Harvest In The City – with kale!

Eat More Kale with The World In A Garden

Join us next week to kick off our autumn workshop series  – Harvest in the City.

On Wednesday, Sept. 19.12 at 7 pm to celebrate kale with recipes, tastings, tips  &  The Book of Kale from our very own Chef Katie Lysakowski & Nutritionist, Tricia Sedgwick, at Whole Foods Market Cambie!

To find out more about our workshop series or to register, click here.

There's so many reasons to love kale - come learn why!

There’s so many reasons to love kale – come learn why!

Fall Garden Fun for Kids

School is just around the corner, but who says kids have to be in the classroom to learn?

We are happy to announce Passport to Permaculture Fall Workshops for Kids! If you missed our summer camp, don’t fret- kids can join us for after school workshops this fall, Sept 25th & Oct 2nd at The World in a Garden. Activities include: planting with recycled materials, making a garden salad-to-go, getting creative with garden art and much more!

REGISTER HERE or e-mail Alicia for more details: alicia@theworldinagarden.com

    

Read a testimonial from one of our camper’s parents from Passport to Permaculture Summer Camp 2012:

“Our daughter attended the Passport to Permaculture and said it was her best summer camp ever,  every day she came home excited to tell me what she had experienced.  She loved that she could touch everything in the garden and I appreciated that she could explore all the elements of growing, maintaining and learning about a garden.  She became aware of the importance of Bees from a bee keeper, the cycle of the chicken and the egg while the kids could hold the chicken and putting together a market to sell the produce that they had harvested from the garden.  I enjoyed seeing her and the other children engaged and taking ownership of the garden, identifying plants, enjoying the fresh produce and learning that vegetables don’t grow in the back of a store.”

Growing Local, Selling Local, Eating Local

There are a handful of lucky people who get to experience the local farmers market from behind the table, and we are happy to be some of those people! You can find us [and our locally-grown produce] at the Kerrisdale Farmers Market this season on select Saturdays, 10am-2pm. We are grateful to have the opportunity to get chummy with the other vendors, meet our neighbours and proudly distribute our produce that is grown just down the road from the market! It doesn’t get more local than that!

Find us at the market on the following dates in 2012:

Aug 25, Sep 1, Sep 15 & Sep 29

What’s on sale at our table this Sat, Aug 25th?

Blackberries, Gourmet Lettuce blend, Salt Spring garlic, beautiful beets and more!

Local Food by Local Kids!

Local Food by Local Kids!

Our campers are planning an awesome farm market for Friday afternoon! Come by our garden at West 57th & East Blvd to support our youth education programs!

Join us this Friday to taste the fruits of our labour during Passport to Permaculture Kids Camp week!

9 Reasons to get your Passport to Permaculture

…At The World In A Garden’s Summer Camp for Kids!

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 1. Learn the 3 Ethics of Permaculture

Come out and practice the 3 ethics: Care of the Earth, Care of All People & Fair Share and learn their importance in the production of local and sustainable food

2. Grow your own food!

From raspberries and carrots to kale, we’ll be planting, tending, harvesting and eating fresh food from the garden. Using creative recipes for yummy tastings we’ll have your kids joining in our mission to “Eat More Kale.”

3. Meet the chickens

Ok, wait, chickens in the city? Yes! Passport to Permaculture campers will learn about our feathery friends and how they provide for us AND the garden!

4. Play in the Dirt!

Embark on a “Soil Safari.” We’ll get up close and personal with the living organisms that make up a thriving ecosystem and find out why good soil is our lifeline. In fact, it’s proven that a good bacterium in soil improves our mood and increases serotonin in the brain.

5. Build your own garden pizza Rocky Mountain Flatbread Company

Our campers will head out on a pizza-making excursion to Rocky Mountain where local ingredients are the norm. They’ll also get a “taste” of the value of ethical business and social entrepreneurship.

6. Get to know our buzzing garden bees!

Spend a BEE-themed day in the garden learning about our buzzing friends and making bee-utiful arts and crafts! You’ll see how these pollinating friends play a pertinent role in food production as well as the benefits of raw, local honey.

7. Travel the World in Our Garden

Our campers learn about the cultural importance of different food plants, traditional recipes and harvest celebrations from our culturally themed gardens – it’s a multicultural affair!

8. Learn to work in harmony with the nature.

It’s an opportunity for kids to observe nature while they collect stamps on their passport! We’ll learn to create a happily functioning ecosystem that requires minimal inputs with the yummiest of outputs!

9. Run a farm market with your very own handmade garden products!

Kids make products to sell at a kid-run farm market at the gates of The World In A Garden! On the last day of camp we’ll put our new knowledge and love of local food to work, because really, are you ever too young to make change and start an ethical business?

DISCLAIMER: If your child attends this camp they may have frequent cravings for fresh food and start growing food in your yard, on your balcony, or even in your home!

Taking a Closer Look at the Garden

Last week we attended the Vancouver Urban Farming Society AGM, reconnecting with a handful of local urban farmers to kick off the society’s mission: promoting urban farming and growing its viability in the city of Vancouver. I often get caught up in the excitement of working with such a passionate group and have to remind myself that there ARE people who don’t even know that this network of people exists; that don’t know their farmers or where their food comes from!

It got me thinking how easy it is to be disconnected from something as crucial as FOOD. It’s important to pause and peel back the layers of the complex systems of which we’re a part!

Yesterday I was in the garden, working furiously to keep up with kale going to seed, meticulously picking the bad leaves off of our plants and planting more lettuce to ensure we have a crop for our upcoming farmers markets. It wasn’t until I slowed down to take a closer look at what was happening that I was reminded what a miracle a growing, producing garden is.

Bees are important pollinators for our food supply!

Bees were rampant around our berry bushes yesterday, playing multiple, important functions in the garden. Thanks to our buzzing friends, many plants are pollinated and can thus reproduce! In fact, one third of food plants depend on the services of pollinators. Bees account for 80% of all insect pollination contributing to the human diet! Plus, the local honey that they produce can even be used to treat allergies! But they’re not the only ones working hard to help us produce our food…

Ladybugs are another amazing beneficial insect. These speckled beauties are actually predatory beetles and chow down on harmful bugs like aphids, preventing those pests from destroying our crops. Fact: Some ladybugs will eat up to 5,000 aphids in their lifetime! I say bon appetit my friends!

Ladybugs play multiple roles that enhance the functionality of the garden.

As urban farmers who are sometimes appreciated but often overlooked, we are grateful to have the opportunity to educate our community about our other friends working hard in the garden. This summer, we’ll be teaching kids about bees, ladybugs, worms and more at our urban agriculture camp, Passport to Permaculture. Campers spend the week outdoors, exploring the multifunctional relationships that create a thriving ecosystem in the garden, from a soil safari to a session all about bees! Click here for registration information.

So take the time to lean in and have a closer look at the plants growing in your garden. There’s a lot more going on than you might expect!

GROW WHAT YOU LOVE

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Self seeding kale “springing” up at The World In A Garden

“Grow what you love”, said Michael Ableman of Foxglove Farm during his week long Growing for Market course that I attended with him and about 15 other farmers.

Intuitively it just made sense. And not just because it offers the sweet rewards that accompany the process of self creation but because I tend to nurture those plants that please the pallet and feed the soul.

So I grow kale.  I love kale. I have loved it since the day I began growing. It must be why I grow it well, so well that this year it is growing wild all over the garden, taking over the garlic patches, the beds freshly sewn with corn salad, nasturtiums, and squashes. It has taken over in some places but I don’t mind, it makes me rather happy to have more kale and observe the wonder of nature.

There’s a saying “Where your attention goes, the energy flows” and it would seem that this has definitely been the case in our garden.

More importantly, the simple words of wisdom, “grow what you love”,  make it clear that there is more to gardening and farming than what you might ever read on the back of a seed package or in a book. Growing is a very personal, intrinsic experience and it really sums up why I so horribly failed at growing brussel sprouts year after year…

So why kale? Kale is the most nutrient dense food per calorie than any other food. It grows year round in Vancouver which means that you can eat it fresh from the plant with the maximum nutrient count everyday of the year. It’s versatile, it produces the yummiest flowers in the spring and nutrient dense kale buds throughout it’s entirety. The fact that it is “pretty” and comes in endless varieties and colours is just a bonus.

We’re so excited about kale that we’ve launched an Eat More Kale campaign. We serve kale smoothies, chips and salads in schools, at local events and  stores. If you’re interested in eating more kale and our fun campaign, let us know we would love to get you involved!

Our next presentation will be on June 12th, 2012 from 11am – 1 pm at BC Children’s & Women’s Hospital farm market that is in partnership with Coquitlam Farmers Market.

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