Tag Archives: Robin Wheeler

Learn How to Save Seeds

Village Vancouver & Farm Folk City Folk present Seed Saving in the City this weekend.

Saturday, October 30, 2010
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Strathcona Community Centre
601 Keefer Street, Vancouver

Limited to 25 participants so register today!

Don’t miss this rare Vancouver opportunity to learn about Seed Saving from four top BC seedswomen.

Facilitated by Maria Hunter from Dragonfly Seeds, Mojave Kaplan of Planting Seeds Project, Robin Wheeler of Edible Landscapes fame, and Susan Davidson of BC Seeds.

Learn seed saving basics, the politics of seeds, how to build seed collectives and how to select for good traits. You’ll also learn about isolation distances, small business creation, hear personal stories, and work together to create the base for a local seed chapter.

Suggested donation: $30
Subsidies are available, no one turned away for lack of funds.

To register contact:

Strathcona Community Centre
Course number CRN 45504.401

For further information contact Village Vancouver, Strathcona Community Centre (see Fall Program Guide p. 6 and 7), or Farm Folk City Folk.

To join Village Vancouver Seed Savers, visit them online

Village Vancouver June 2010 Workshops

Village Vancouver is offering six workshops with Robin Wheeler this month.

Robin Wheeler is the founder of the Sustainable Living Arts School and runs Edible Landscapes on BC’s Sunshine Coast. Robin is the delightful, engaging and very knowledgeable author of Food Security for the Faint of Heart, and Gardening for the Faint of Heart, and her workshops are a real treat. (Click each book title for my book review of each.)

Workshops are offered on a pay what you can basis (typically $25 – $30 for 2 hrs, $40 for 3 hrs). Your contribution to these workshops make it possible for teachers like Robin to expand and deepen the scope of the important educational and social change work that they are involved in.

For info on additional workshops and events, including those listed below, visit the Village Vancouver website.

Intentional Community – Shapes in Sharing
Saturday, June 5, 2010
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
West End Community Centre

City Dwellers have many skills and resources all around them, but may not have a mechanism for organizing and drawing on those skills in times of trouble. This class will look at the different shapes in sharing that take place so easily in rural communities and may need a boost in the city. We will talk about building trust and safeguarding our precious possessions while opening up to a wider community and its valuable support.

Register online at www.westendcc.ca, in person, or by calling 604-257-8333.

Introduction to Medicine Making
Saturday, June 5, 2010
1:30 – 4:30 pm
Kitsilano neighbourhood, venue confirmed with registration

There are so many plants that are safe, easy to recognize and locate, and effective for personal use. We will learn some techniques, and then how to make teas, poultices, tinctures and infused oils for our own use. We’ll learn about solvents, supplies and storage.
To register, contact Ross at rmoster@flash.net.

Concepts in Year Round Gardening
Saturday, June 5, 2010
5:00 – 7:00 pm
Fairview, venue confirmed with registration

The Whys and Wherefores of food cycles – why we want them and how to get them. We will plan round the calendar food supplies, both in the larder and stored in the garden.
To register, contact Ross at rmoster@flash.net.

Gardening for the Faint of Heart
Sunday, June 6, 2010
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Kitsilano, venue confirmed with registration

We will confront the bare bones of garden needs, and begin our list of things to do, and create a do-able map of how to begin our 2010 food garden. If you’re new to gardening, this is a good introductory course.
To register, contact Ross at rmoster@flash.net.

Seed Saving in the City
Sunday, June 6, 2010
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Main Street neighbourhood, venue confirmed with registration

Seed saving is the missing link in food security. In our current climate of seed patenting and ownership, it’s important that our communities retain their knowledge about how to properly save seeds. We’ll talk about the politics and the joy of seed saving, learn basic skills, and discuss the creation of neighbourhood seed saving collectives in Vancouver. Your donation includes a copy of The Five Levels of Seed Saving by Terry Klokeid. (Draft copies of Robin’s new booklet How to Grow a Seed Collective: a community template for seed saving will also be available.)
To register, contact Ross at rmoster@flash.net.

Intensive Urban Microfarming
Sunday, June 6, 2010
3:30pm – 6:30 pm
Sunset neighbourhood, venue confirmed with registration

Getting the most out of a normal urban garden can take imagination. This class assists us to boost production through a deeper understanding of microclimates, and of lateral growing, food cycles, succession planting, “shoulder” cropping and much more.
To register, contact Ross at rmoster@flash.net.

Learn more about upcoming workshops and events at Village Vancouver.

Newbie Gardener Guide

I knew after reading Food Security for the Faint of Heart I was in for a treat with Gardening for the Faint of Heart.

Interspersed with lots of her typical humour, Robin Wheeler has another winner on her hands. I’m a newbie, Bumbling Gardener this year, so her advice on which beginner steps to try and which advanced activities to avoid were really helpful. Her style is calming, pragmatic and entertaining and the book is absolutely crammed with easy to read gardening info.

My favourite chapter was Edible Landscape, a window into seeing your whole yard for it’s food and fruit-bearing potential.

I must say I NEVER thought I’d read a gardening book at all, let alone for before bed relaxation.

Food Security for the Faint of Heart

I met Robin Wheeler, author of Food Security for the Faint of Heart this weekend, giving a presentation at the Vancouver City Farmer urban gardening information centre. In her discussion about the book, it struck me that what she calls “food security” is really just the “stocking up for winter” that my mother and grandmothers did on a regular basis.

The book starts with an earthquake scenario, a bit of shock and reality to catch people’s attention, but many of the things she writes about, including her gardening tips and tricks, would help any family that wants to take full advantage of the garden plot out back in the yard.

It’s an easy, humourous read absolutely full of useful information that no home gardener/home canner should be without.