Attention to all our Garden Bed Members and veggie gardeners. check out the list of seeds we have available for you to plant in your garden bed this season. Thank you to Village Vancouver for providing a lot of the seeds. Also, we will be getting beautiful organic tomato plants towards the end of May/ beginning of June, so no need to start from seeds or purchase any plants.
UBC Environmental Education students worked with families with kids under the age of 6 on physical literacy and nature education. They had 4 sessions in the Riley Park Community Garden learning about compost and planted a few vegetables. If you have an idea for education or workshops in the Fieldhouse or using the Community Garden, apply online to use our space.Read More
The education project “Ecological Literacy Through Gardening” is a pilot project that involves the SPEC school garden program, Charles Tupper Secondary School and the Riley Park Community Garden. This project is designed to promote ecological literacy among high school aged students, and enhance their access to healthy and wholesome food. An additional purpose of the project is to encourage youth to develop critical thinking about the land, its history and the protocols of community relations and responsibilities. Pictures and more information to come. Visit their garden bed at #5.
Built by Robin Hastings (our Bartlett Tree Expert on the right), the Produce Library invites community members to help themselves to produce left in this space. Selina Pope, beside Robin on the right, led the Work Party to harvest the fall planted crops.
A big thank you to Farmer Chris of One Love Farm who donated the plants and worked with us on their planting. Marta Ramos, our Newcomer Community Kitchen coordinator (on the left) is most grateful to use the produce from the garden in her program.
Join us at the Terry Salman Library Branch at Hillcrest Community Centre to learn more about the garden and our activities. Meet garden volunteers, tell us what you want to see and do in the garden and take home seeds. 6pm - 8:45pm.
Saturday, January 13 10-2 bring your tree to Riley Park Parking Lot and have your tree chipped by Bartlett Tree Experts. Be sure to share with your friends. A by donation event.
Monthly donation stations at the Nat Bailey Farmers Market to benefit Little Mountain Neighbourhood House Community Kitchens and Drop-In programs for immigrants and newcomers.Read More
Thank you to everyone who came out to this event, where choreographer Eleanor Hendricks taught us how to connect to our garden space through dance. Lori Snyder was also there to help us learn about the importance of connecting to plants and the Earth as the First Nations have for centuries.
Special thanks to Anya and her family for preparing hot food for our enthusiastic yet chilly group. We ate pierogies, squash soup, and cabbage rolls in the fieldhouse while chatting and drinking tea.
To round off the end of the day, we began painting on the murals around the fieldhouse, inspired by themes we explored throughout the day through dance.
Our fieldhouse neighbours Merakos Fieldhouse were also hosting an upcycled market and pop-up cafe in Riley Park. The market was a breath of fresh air in this time of consumerism and waste, so congrats to Rebecca and Selina who crafted it. Some highlights of the event were the "Buddy Booth" where you can buddy up with people looking to get involved in similar activities, the florentines at the fieldhouse cafe, and local organization Melt Collective which repurposes disposed-of plastics into objects of use (check out their website here).
Overall, a great wintery day leading up to the holidays!
Wow- what an evening! We had the pleasure of celebrating the inaugural season of the beautiful Riley Park Community Garden- thanks to the Little Mountain Neighbourhood House for hosting our large turnout. There were snowflake decorations, incredible food provided by Chickpea, apple cider pressed in the garden and fermented by gardener Robin, and much more. Read on!
MC for the evening and project manager Joanne MacKinnon started off the event proceedings acknowledging key volunteers and introducing Lori Snyder, who spoke in relation to our garden and its connection to First Nation communities.
Then we had a presentation of a slideshow made by Erika, which featured highlights from the 2017 season- and will posted to this website soon!
We also heard from Art and Allan about "Riley Park through the Ages". This project has required a lot of work and is ongoing- so stay tuned where to see more of this topic!
We also heard from Len who discussed our Shed project, which will be an opportunity for our community to gather even closer.
For the rest of the evening, volunteers contributed to the ongoing "Riley Park storybook" spearheaded by Anya- a visual scrapbook of memories drawn/written/put together in all shapes and forms representing the 2017 season. Guests were also encouraged to share feedback by way of post-it notes on the walls responding to certain questions pertaining to the garden and their experience.
Thank you so much for everyone's hard work this season. Make sure to check the calendar for more events happening through the winter!
Thank you to everyone who came by and participated in our last "official" work party of the season here at Riley Park Garden! We had an amazing day this past Saturday. Here are the details!
The morning started with the UBC Rewilder Group gathering in the garden to transplant the native plants from their garden bed into the communal northern bed. Thank you to the Rewilders for providing coffee, yummy stew, and knowledge about how to "Re-wild" our city's green spaces!
Shown below is a slideshow of some of the photos from the garden work party in the morning. The UBC LFS students were hard at work finishing the produce library, and garden bed members were hard at work harvesting and taking out plants.
After working hard in the garden, we had a wonderful "Heritage Potluck", where community members were encouraged to share a dish representing their family background. Some highlights included Anya's pierogies, Amy's chicken curry, Mary's cake, and Felicia's soup + crumble.
After lunch was the highlight of the day: the presentation on Riley Park Through the Ages! We were lucky enough to hear from Lori Snyder, Dr. Art Bomke, and Allan Buium about how the space has changed throughout the centuries. Thank you very much to these presenters for their time researching and contributing to this very educational activity!
What a great way to officially wrap up Riley Park Community Garden's first growing season. Stay tuned for upcoming events throughout the fall/winter- and especially look forward to our Season Wrap-Up Celebration: November 29th at the Little Mountain Neighbourhood House!
We had a really wonderful cozy day at the garden last Saturday! Our open-door work party was led by Art, who taught us how to cut cover crop properly and talked about harvesting methods. The UBC LFS students were hard at work building the produce library under Robin's direction. This structure will be ready later this month for gardeners to place produce they can't take home!
After the slightly damp work party, the weather let up in time for an educational presentation from Blue Comet seafood at their tent at the Farmer's Market. Learning about sustainable seafood is important for us in order to respect the oceans and the spirit of the salmon! This led us to a Three-Sisters Potluck lunch featuring dishes made with squash, corn, and/or beans. Highlights included Amy's vegan casserole and Anne's cassava and corn fritters.
Special thanks goes out to The Fish Counter, who provided us with some beautiful salmon and spreads. The leftover fish platter was donated to the community kitchen program at the Little Mountain Neighbourhood House.
We were very happy to celebrate the spirit of the wild salmon as they return from the sea up the rivers. Salmon is a very important resource of the Pacific ocean, and we respect the First Nations traditions honouring their spirit. Pictured below are some paintings of salmon that were done by kids from the "Art of Tennis" summer camp, which will be "planted" in an installation around the garden.
Lastly, we had a great time in the audience and participating in the Shakespeare-inspired original play by Varouj: "The Garden". Make sure to come see the final production on October 21st!
We are taking this weekend off as the rain will be giving the garden quite the drink. Stay tuned for the events and activities planned for the next garden day on October 21st!
Lots of fun was had in the garden this past Saturday, despite some typical Vancouver fall weather! There were many tasks to take part in, such as "topping" our buckwheat cover crop (seen above being done by Aiden). This ensures that the buckwheat, now gone to seed, does not disperse in the wind.
Other jobs included painting and assembling the produce library, which is still in progress. Thanks to Robin for spearheading this project which will provide a place for garden members to store surplus vegetables for anyone in the community to share.
There was also lots of harvesting to be done- and certainly more to do in the coming weeks! Come along to help us harvest at the last two work parties: October 7th and 21st!
After the work party, many gathered for Master Gardener Selina's workshop on garlic. We learned a lot about the different (and best) varieties of local garlic, and tasted some too! Some fortunate garden bed members planted some garlic in their beds with the hopes of a delicious bounty next summer!
Lastly, the Shakespeare in the Garden Original Play was rained out this week, but is set to go next Saturday, October 7th at 3:30!
Make sure to come out to the next two work parties, which both have special events afterwards:
- October 7th: 10am Work Party followed by Three Sisters Lunch and Salmon Caravan Celebration, followed by The Garden (an original play)
- October 21st: 10 am Work Party followed by a presentation on "Riley Park Through the Ages" and then Artful Community Reflections
We had an amazing time at Riley Park this past Saturday working in the garden and celebrating apple season! We are so lucky to live in British Columbia, where there seems to be beautiful apples growing in every direction! The sunny, crisp autumn day started in the morning with our weekly work party, led by Peter. We accomplished several tasks, including working on the compost structure, assembling our new wooden entrance signs, weeding, and measuring beds for irrigation plans. We also welcomed the UBC LFS students who will be working with us for the semester!
Right after the work party, Norm Dooley presented an apple varietal tasting in addition to teaching us about apples. Norm brought down 8 varieties of apples in bulk from his favourite orchards in Keremous, B.C.
Once the tasting was finished, the apple-themed potluck began! There were several dishes, including two salads, baked apples, homemade pastries, and the contest-winning dish: Felicia's gluten-free apple crisp!
Other activities happening at the garden during the apple festival included decorating paper bags for carrying apples home, as well as pressing apple cider juice using an old apple press! Thanks to Robin for bringing that to the garden. The wasps were definitely pleased as well!
Thank you for everyone who came out and participated! See you next Saturday!
This past Saturday in the garden was another highlight of our season. The sun was shining, the Farmer's Market was lively, and many new and familiar faces gathered in the garden throughout the day to celebrate the season. We first had a garden work party led by Master Gardener Selina. We are lucky enough to have Dr. Art Bomke in our graces, professor Emeritus from UBC, who taught us about cover cropping and its benefits before we dug into the garden.
After the work party, we enjoyed organic corn from the farmer's market's corn boil. Our lovely event planner, Anne-Genvieve Poitras, made delicious butters with herbs from the garden which were thoroughly enjoyed!
After the corn feast began the Artful Community Reflections event. Committee member Anya set up four art stations inspired by the four elements of the First Nations Medicine Wheel: Air, Water, Earth, and Fire. Many adults and children flexed their creative muscles and lent respect to these ancient traditions through art. Thank you to everyone who participated!
With a new month comes the first crimson clover bloom! Committee member and Professor Emeritus Dr. Art Bomke noticed this beauty in our clover cover crop beds. Cover crops are meant to enrich the soil this season in order to prepare for planting berry bushes next season! Make sure to check the beds out next time you're in the garden.
Here is a list of our September events (in addition to Saturday work parties at 10am):
Sept 14: 7pm General Meeting @ Room 320 in the Hillcrest Center
Sept 16: 10-2pm Corn Festival with Riley Park Farmer's Market
12:30pm Artful Community Reflections
Sept 17: 11am & 3pm UBC Rewilders Workshops
Sept 18: 6:00pm Soil Science Workshop with Jo from Rootshoot Design
Sept 22: 6:30pm Medicine Wheel Fall Equinox Celebration
Sept 23: APPLE FESTIVAL
- Sweet and Savoury Apple Baking and Cooking Contest
- Paper Bag Decorating (for you to take home the free apples)
- BYOB - Bring Your Own Bag to take home apples
- Tasting Table: Apples - 6 varieties
Sept 30: 12:30pm Garlic Growing Workshop with Master Gardener Selina Pope
3:30 pm Shakespeare in the Garden
This past Saturday, August 26th, was a very special day in the garden! There were many new faces at our garden work party in the morning and we got lots done- check out the new borders on the herb gardens next time you stop by!
After the work party, we were fortunate enough to have a tomato varietal tasting with Shirlene from Earth Apple Organic Farm. We tried over 8 different tomatoes, with shades ranging from bright yellow to totally black! Thank you Shirlene!
With that informative introduction, the tomato-themed potluck began! There were dishes from several different cultures made by many garden bed and community members. Highlights included tomato quinoa casserole, gazpacho, bruschetta, sundried tomato pasta, caprese salad, and more. Thank you very much to everyone who participated! What a yummy lunch!
The day was made extra special due to a visit from the Honourable Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould. We all enjoyed having Jody in the garden, digging into the soil, chatting with community members, and enjoying a plate from the tomato-themed potluck!
A message from Bernard Higham, Constituency Coordinator:
"Thank you so much for the kind (and very delicious) invitation for Jody and myself to the Riley Park Community Garden tomato gathering! Jody deeply enjoyed getting the chance to stretch her legs and have some great conversations with the attending folks out in Riley Park on a lovely day. The garden is such a lovely concept! It heartens us to see a new substantive gathering location for the community. I hope that Riley Park serves as a template for future community gardens/social hubs."
Thank you to everyone who made this day possible! Look towards our calendar on the Events page to stay tuned for upcoming events!