The Winter period, every Wednesday from 3-6pm at the Island Roots Market Weekly Market Stand Check out the Facebook event During the winter months, Barbara will be attending the Island Roots Market on a weekly basis with a good supply of certified organic brown eggs from our newly laying flock of heritage birds. At the stand we will be selling three varieties of Fava Bean Seeds which can go into the ground right now. Drop in, do your weekly shopping and say hi every Wednesday between 3 and 6pm.
What is the Island Roots Market ? "The Island Roots Market Co-operative is about using the Co-operative economic model (one member one vote) and International Co-op Principles, to deal with 4 local issues: 1. A lack of good jobs in Nanaimo and the surrounding area. 2. The need for economic justice (a reduction in the income spread between the wealthy and the rest). 3. A demand for a greater say in our economy, the development of our community and the environment in which we live. Real democracy. 4. The demand for locally produced food."
Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 10 AM – 3:30 PM Nanoose Edibles attends Seedy Saturday at Qualicum Beach Check out the Facebook event What is Seedy Saturday? Seedy Saturday is an annual event that provides a wonderful opportunity to gain knowledge about gardening in Central Vancouver Island and access to heritage seeds, plants, and garden-related supplies and tools. Nanoose Edibles will have a stand with information on our Kitchen Garden Pantry (opening in April), U-pick weekends at the farm and Spring Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) box program. We will also have various transplants for sale, as well as Favas. Come and say hi!
Some activities at the event include: Seed swap, Plant/seed sales, Expert speakers discussing aspects of gardening, Master gardeners helping with gardening problems, Specimens from nurseries in the region for sale, Seed catalogues available, Shoots with roots family program with children, Raffle, Snacks, lunch, beverages at the Seedy Cafe
Saturday 9th of February, 1.30-3.30pm Fava Beans and Other High Nutrition Foods Location: Nanoose Edibles Organic Farm. B.C. Certified Organic – 1960 Stewart Road Nanoose Bay V9P 9E7 Check out the Facebook Event ROUND TABLE EVENTS - For some years Nanoose Edibles has been hosting Round Table Events during the growing season on alternate Saturdays in the indoor sales building at the farm. The first Roundtable of this season is taking place on Saturday, February 9th. In the light of the newly released Canada Food Guide, we will discuss the value of growing Fava Beans and other High Nutritious Foods. We have been travelling on this pathway for a number of years, encouraging customers to learn about beans, and the entire legume family as a source of local protein available from your garden. There are many other crops you can grow in your garden, not just Fava Beans. Who would have though it: Globe Artichokes, Asparagus, Beets, Collard Greens, Celery, Sunchokes, Garlic, and many more. Please come to our Roundtable and bring along information (and seeds of you wish) of your favourite high-nutrition vegetables.
Saturday 9th of March, 1.30-3.30pm Minimising Plastics with Soil Blocks - Sustainable Roundtable Location: Nanoose Edibles Organic Farm. B.C. Certified Organic – 1960 Stewart Road Nanoose Bay V9P 9E7 Check out the Facebook Event Plastics, plastics everywhere!!! It is used for a short time and discarded - such as packaging for transplants. Farms are no exception. It is the grower, for their own convenience, who has put the transplants into plastic pots! At Nanoose Edibles Organic Farm, we have an on-going conversation on how to reduce plastics on the farm. The farm started off using previously purchased plastic containers and egg cartons which we received from our customers; using the gifted plastic containers to hold the transplants as it grows and the egg carton to hold the bare root transplants to be transported by our customers to their garden was a perfect match. This keeps the plastic containers at the farm to be reused and the egg cartons to be used again in the compost pile. Nanoose Edibles Organic Farm started to incorporate soil blocks for selected plants as the soil blocks do not require plastic. This has been successful method for producing transplants and reducing containers on the farm. Certain plants that do not like root disturbance really thrive in soil blocks. Any plant in the squash, tomatoes, peppers, herbs will thank you. We have also developed a method of re-using milk cartons for transplants, using wooden/mesh trays that Lorne developed to hold them perfectly in place. We will be demonstrating how to make soil blocks and use Milk Cartons for transplants. Kids and adults are welcome to come and get muddy creating their own plastic-free soil blocks, and plant their favorite garden seeds.
Saturday 20th of April, 10am-2pm Grand Opening of the Kitchen Garden Pantry Location: Nanoose Edibles Organic Farm. B.C. Certified Organic – 1960 Stewart Road Nanoose Bay V9P 9E7 Check out the Facebook Event This year, we will be introducing the Kitchen Garden Pantry - Planning and Shopping for your Kitchen Garden To supply your kitchen garden this spring the farm will provide you with transplants from our Kitchen Garden Pantry, located directly behind our farm market building. The grand opening will be on the Easter Long Weekend, and will include some delicious snacks from the farm. We will feature certified organic vegetables, flowers, herbs, fruit transplants and a selection of farm-grown vegetable seeds. We have put together a list of transplants you may wish to grow in your garden, and it would be helpful if you can provide us with any special wishes or desires your may have for high nutrition vegetables, fruit, herbs or flowers. We will continue to collect pollinator plants and flowers for the bee gardens, and you will have the opportunity to buy these as well, or swap them with varieties you may have. Email requests to firstname.lastname@example.org. Some plants take many weeks to reach the transplant stage. To the furthest extent possible, our seeds are heritage seeds that come from the Seed Savers Organizations. Seed Savers Exchange in Iowa has over 16,000 members. Heritage plants may not always be as pretty, but they certainly will have flavor, be nutritious and staying power in your garden. We have made a start on the Kitchen Garden Pantry, but we would love to hear from you with your suggestions. We have already pruned the Raspberries, Grapes, Pears, Plums, Blueberries, Marion Berries, Thornless Backberries, Asparagus and Artichokes, with Quince and Apples left to go. We expect to have some fruit trees left over after we have filled in the holes in our orchard. If you are in need of a larger quantity of root stock, such as Raspberries, and Strawberries, please email us email@example.com with the quantity needed.
Saturday and Sunday 10th-11th of May, 10am-2pm each day Mother’s Day Transplant Sale and Pollinator Walk Location: Nanoose Edibles Organic Farm. B.C. Certified Organic – 1960 Stewart Road Nanoose Bay V9P 9E7 Check out the Facebook Event Pollinators Walk Saturday 11th 12pm Come down to the farm for this two-day transplant event! We will have lots of organically grown transplants available including but not limited to - Tomatoes - Lettuce - Basil - Peppers - Kale - Pollinator friendly plants - Strawberries - Edible flower plants Come for a walk about the farm to get ideas for your own garden. On Saturday the 11th at 12pm, we will have a pollinators walk around the farm. Information on good pollinator plants for the garden, and a demonstration on Blue Orchard Bees. A great event for families! If you want a local pollinator planting list click here for Barbara's list.
We are currently coming up with event ideas for this year. If you are interested in a particular topic, please email your suggestion to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Sustainable Roundtable is a farm initiative to build up a community of members to share their knowledge and learn from each other. Come be apart of the conversation. Please let us know if you would like to run one at the farm. No registration required.