Posts Tagged ‘summer camp’

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.”

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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!

Permaculture for the Future

Alicia here, letting you know that May is Permaculture Month! When I discovered this, I was excited to take the opportunity to spread the word about this amazing method of landscape design, and way of living!

What is permaculture? There’s a lot of definitions out there, but here’s what I’ve got: Permaculture is a method of creating ecologically harmonious, regenerative systems of living in cooperation with nature and caring for the earth and its people. Permaculture basically mimics the mutually beneficial relationships found in nature and encourages humans to work with the environment, not against it.

Permaculture is coming alive in our garden!

Permaculture got me passionate about sustainable farming. I watched a fascinating documentary, A Farm for the Future, about a woman who explores different types of farms around the world and stumbles upon permaculture. After that, I was hooked, and got started thinking, “Why isn’t everyone doing this?”

What are we doing at The World In A Garden? We’ve integrated principles of permaculture into our garden and are continuing to do so this season. We want to be not only sustainable, but regenerative, creating new habitats and micro-climates in a small space that welcome all kinds of bugs, critters, birds, bees and humans!

We’ve also created a summer camp for children (Passport to Permaculture) that gets their hands in the dirt and thinking critically about and following the 3 ethics of permaculture: care of the earth, care of all people and fair share (equal distribution). We are creating a new generation of farmers that are conscious about their impact on the earth, excited to grow delicious food for their communities and working with nature to create a better tomorrow for future generations.

If you’d like to learn more about Passport to Permaculture, you can join us for a Q & A session for parents and hands-on activities for kids at our garden on West 57th & East Blvd, on Monday, May 14th, 5pm & 5:30pm. Hope to see you there!