Dear Friends of the Farm,
1. Farm update
2. Orchard Work Party
3. Permaculture Design Course
4. Plant Sale
Farm Update
We’re so delighted to finally be harvesting for our community again. Many thanks to our new Board member, Jennifer Jakubec, for taking pictures of our salad harvest this last week & to all the volunteers who have helped tend our seedligns through some really poor weather. Gilmore Park United & Bethel Mennonite Community Meals both benefited from fresh greens this week.
Orchard Work Party
Thursday April 28 & Thursday May 5
5:30-8:30pm
“Sharing Farm Orchard” at the dyke
Gilbert Rd. & Dyke Rd, beside the community garden
Happy Spring! Everywhere we look the trees are in full bloom, the sun is out… and our orchard is growing! 

Come out for the first work parties of the season – the next two Thursdays – and help us wake up the orchard, weed and mulch the apple trees, and give them a good start to the season.

Many hands make light work – so come if you can on either or both days, and invite your friends.
There’s something for everyone of all ages and abilities, from heavy wheelbarrowing to weeding and spreading newspaper mulch, to clearing away pruned branches.  The trees will thank you.

We will supply garden gloves and tools.  If you bring  your own hand-weeding tool, you may want to label it.
Please bring your own water cups to keep hydrated – the water from the taps is good municipal drinking water. 

For more info, contact Kimi – our new Orchard Coordinator at: 604.727.1969  |  sweetdigz (at) gmail.com

Permaculture Design Course
The Richmond Fruit Tree Sharing Project and the Richmond Food Security Society have teamed up with local Permaculture activist and educator Erin Innes to offer a summer-long course in sustainable design and ecological land stewardship at the Richmond Sharing Farm at Terra Nova Rural Park.  A design science with applications to agriculture, architecture, economics, and community organizing, Permaculture uses observation of ecological principles to design human systems that go beyond sustainability.  Permaculture systems regenerate their environment and natural resources while producing abundance to meet human needs.  From growing food to green building, soil and water remediation to renewable energy and appropriate technology, this course covers a broad range of topics in Permaculture design and qualifies students to receive their internationally recognized Certificate in Permaculture Design.  Design professionals, farmers, urban homesteaders, builders, community organizers, and anyone with an interest in creating sustainable communities will find themselves inspired and challenged by the dynamic and hands-on learning environment.  Coursework will take place in the context of a working community farm, with a focus on integrating Permaculture systems into an existing production organic agriculture operation. 

The course will run Tuesday evenings from May until August, plus one Sunday per month and a weekend of project building in September. Students who complete all units will receive their Permaculture Designer Certification through the Urban Permaculture Guild.

For more information, contact the Richmond Sharing Farm at 604 244 7377 or look online at www.passionatepermaculture.wordpress.com

Plant Sale
Saturday, May 7- Sunday May 8th, 10am-2pm
Mark your calendars! Our volunteers have been busy seeding lettuce, chard, tomatoes, peppers & more so that you wouldn’t have to! Join us the weekend of Doors Open and come by the Red Barn at Terra Nova Park, 2631 Westminster Hwy, to shop for your veggie starts.  All proceeds go to the Richmond Fruit Tree Sharing Project and enable us to fund seedling supplies to our local schools.
Volunteer Opportunity: We are looking for 4 volunteers to take a morning or afternoon shift at the plant sale. If you are available from 9:00-12:30 or 12:00-2:30, please e-mail arzeenahamir (at) shaw.ca or call (604) 727 9728
Hope to see you at the farm!

 

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