Nicola Valley Community Garden Society
Gardening in the Nicola Valley
“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow” Audrey Hepburn
Since 2012 when the Nicola Valley Community Garden Society came about by a group of friends who had a passion for gardening. They have wanted to continue to share that passion with their community.
Nicola Valley Community Garden has since become a place for members to share their expertise year after year with new gardeners and the community. Besides putting on different events and talks throughout the year, members also help each other with day-to-day tending when needed.
Most importantly its a place where you can grow a garden with help from other members. Whether you are new to gardening or an expert, young or old there is something for you. A few things they offer;
- Compost sharing
- Seed sharing
- Joint Watering
- Garden Mentoring
- New to Gardening? They can help you get started.
Although its in a community setting the benefits can be astounding. Being in a community plot allows you to learn as you grow and it also allows you to help others along the way. It really is a win win situation.
First of all a garden is a place where you can slow down and take in the tranquility of your surroundings. Be sure to take a look at the little things while you’re gardening. Enjoy teaching your children how to grow their own nutritious food. Harvesting what you grow is so rewarding. Besides, I think there is nothing quite as soothing as digging in the dirt and nothing quite as rewarding as watching those little seeds come through the earth. As well as growing to become food on our plates.
Few of the Past Functions
Every year the Nicola Valley Community Garden Society hosts a few exciting functions. Below are a few of the past functions held at the gardens.
- Salsa Fest. Although no longer run, this event was meant to be a community celebration. To share the wonderful produce available in the area or grown by the gardeners. It was a great opportunity to do a bit of fundraising. Fundraising helped ensure the organization and garden was sustainable into the future. The salsa competition was held on Aug 15, 2015. It was an exciting event that hosted 8 competitors and 3 judges. The attendees were also treated to a salsa dance lesson as well as delightful taste experiences. Wouldn’t be fun to have this event again?
- Harvest Potluck. Again an older event, this was held on one day in the fall. Gardeners would all share their harvest with fellow members. What a great idea as not every one may want to grow the same things. Being able to share your bounty with others was a great benefit.
- Yoga in the Garden. This event was held in the garden over the summer. Becoming a popular peaceful way to spend an hour. The Community Garden is looking at possibly reintroducing this. In order to do this they would need volunteers to help set it up and run it. If your interested contact the Nicola Valley Community Garden Society.
And a couple more past talks
- Compost and sq ft garden. There isn’t a lot known about this at the moment. They were talks they held once a month. Different subjects discussed around composting and sq ft. gardening.
- Earth ships by Sarah Molnar. Seems like a very interesting talk about combining your living space with your growing space and all the benefits you can rep by doing this.
- Adventures in Permaculture with Julia Ghog and Mike Ebenal. While this talk featured three examples of experimental gardening using permaculture principles. The hugelkultur, the herb mound and the no-weed raised garden beds. It would also be interesting to learn other permaculture gardening ideas, for instance forest gardening.
Nicola Valley Community Garden has a number of great events coming up in 2019. Be sure to check out NVCGS on Facebook or follow me at Experience Nicola Valley to read about whats going on past and present.
Nicola Valley Community Garden’s Mission Statement
- Facilitate and cooperate in the development of a sustainable food system for residents of the Nicola Valley.
- Support the development of a network of community.
- Encourage education in gardening; nutritional well-being and food security.
- Engage seniors in the community mentoring of others.
Wondering how can you become involved? Check out a few options below.
Besides becoming an associate member of the NVCGS, which will help show that what they strive to do is important. And as a result this helps them generate funds to keep going. Whether you are gardening or interested in giving talks, there is always a way you can help support them.
Finally it promotes a sense of pride in our Community. As we work towards healthier lifestyles and food sustainability for all.
In Conclusion here are some upcoming events for March
- March 8th – 12-6 pm – NVIT
Table at Food Connection Event
- March 19th 6:30-7:30 Earthwalker Spiritual Shop
Caring for House Plants and tropicals guest speaker
- March 23rd – 10-4 – Civic Center
Table at Nonprofit fair
- March 30th 10-4 Civic Center
1 o’clock talk about benefits of gardening @ Woman’s Fair
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