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 23rd of March, 1.30-3.30pm Beeswax Wrap Workshop Fundraiser Location: Nanoose Edibles Organic Farm. B.C. Certified Organic – 1960 Stewart Road Nanoose Bay V9P 9E7 Check out the Facebook Event Register for Event Here What: Plastic, plastics everywhere!!! It is used for a short time and discarded – such as packaging for food and storage. By 2050 there is expected to be more plastic in the ocean than fish by weight! Our society has taken things out of control and resorted to convenience over environmental preservation. We have produced more plastic in the last decade than we have in the last century… and there are lots of simple things we can do in the home to turn this around. Have you ever thought about how much single-use Saran Wrap, for example, is used to preserve food in the fridge? Beeswax wraps provide an easy, reusable and funky alternative. What’s even better is that beeswax is naturally antibacterial AND because the fabric we use is 100% cotton, at the end of its use you can just put it in the compost to break down! At Nanoose Edibles Organic Farm, we have an on-going conversation on how to reduce plastics on the farm. Although this workshop was originally going to be provided for free, we have decided to turn it into a fundraiser ($10 per person, children under 16 are free). Why? Nanoose Edibles Farm is currently being faced with several up-front costs which Barb and Lorne need help paying. An example is just this week, our trusty tractor broke down and needs a $1000 part replaced! With Spring just around the corner and the need to prepare beds, the timing couldn’t have been worse. All proceeds from this event will therefore go towards up-front farming costs.
WE WILL PROVIDE THE BEESWAX AND AS MUCH FABRIC AS WE CAN. However, if you have some fabric (100% cotton) that you want to turn into a wax wrap please bring it along! Event registration is necessary to confirm numbers. We look forward to seeing you there!
Who are the Speakers? Mathilde Gordon and Daniel Greenwood are two Aussies who have been working in the field of environmental management, and are currently working at Nanoose Edibles Farm. The two spend a good portion of their lives volunteering for ocean conservation, particularly with regards to marine debris. They have been living single-use plastic-free for three years now and can provide tips on how to reduce plastics in our daily lives!
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.
Saturday 24th August, 10am-12pm Fava bean work party at Nanoose Edibles Farm Location: Nanoose Edibles Organic Farm. B.C. Certified Organic – 1960 Stewart Road Nanoose Bay V9P 9E7 Check out the Facebook Event The fava beans need to be picked from the field and shucked! Meet your local community and fava lovers and get your gardening questions answered. What are fava beans? They are larger than a string bean and the rest you have to come and find out! Another name for them is broad bean… Please wear closed toe shoes, bring a water bottle and a hat as it can be hot out there! There will be shady tasks as well, jobs for all ages and abilities. You’re welcome to bring a lunch as we sit around chatting about favas after we are done picking the crop. Kids welcome! You will be going home with knowledgeable fava bean information, recipes, gardening advice, and 100 grams of fava beans (purples ones excluded) to plant in your garden for greens, beans and soil health.
Saturday 14th of September – Learn to Harvest: From Farm to Table Location: Nanoose Edibles Organic Farm. B.C. Certified Organic – 1960 Stewart Road Nanoose Bay V9P 9E7 Check out the Facebook Event Time: 10-12pm What: Would you like to learn how to correctly harvest food fresh from the garden? Join us on a farm tour where we show you how to pick your favourite fruits, vegetables and greens! Remember, there’s no such thing as a silly question!
More details: Many people have lost their connection with their food, not having the time to plant a garden and experience the joys of harvesting. This is an important learning experience for both adults and children and will leave you with an added appreciation of how food is grown. We guarantee that it will taste better from farm to plate! Some of the crops available for harvest include carrots, squash, tomatoes, basil, beets, kale, collards, broccoli, chard, radishes, arugula, herbs, apples, pears, grapes…
At 12pm Barbara will be sharing a checklist for successful winter planting.
We will also have a transplant sale of selected varieties of winter vegetables - all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Perhaps you will find a favourite that you’d like to plant at home
Please bring closed in shoes, a hat and water-bottle. Note: All produce you harvest will need to be purchased afterwards!
Friday 13th – Sunday 15th of September –Weekend Transplant Sale Location: Nanoose Edibles Organic Farm. B.C. Certified Organic – 1960 Stewart Road Nanoose Bay V9P 9E7 Time: 10-5pm each day What: We have a variety of fruit, greens and vegetable transplants in time for your winter garden.
Get some crops in the ground! 1.Apple trees 2.Pear trees 3.Kale 4.Arugula 5.Cold hardy Broccoli + Cauliflower 6.Endive At 12pm on Saturday the 14th Barbara will be hosting a roundtable and sharing a checklist for winter planting to eliminate crop failure!
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.