Upcoming workshops by Robin Wheeler

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Hi all,

Our next series of workshops with Robin Wheeler is coming up this weekend.

Cheers, Ross Village Vancouver
www.villagevancouver.ca P.S. We’ll be holding more workshops with Robin on April 30-May 2nd and June 5-6.

Saturday, April 10th
Seed Saving in the City 9-11am (co-sponsored with Langara College Continuing Studies)  Langara College (Oakridge neighbourhood)

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 throughout Vancouver. Your donation includes a copy of The Five Levels of Seed Saving by Terry Klokeid. (Copies of Robin’s brand new booklet Grow Your Own Seed Collective will also be available for $10.) Part of Spring Cultivating Food, Cultivating Neighbourhoods series. (See event listings www.villagevancouver.ca)
Creating Community – Supporting a Neighbourhood that Pulls Together 11:30am-12:30pm
(co-sponsored with Langara College Continuing Studies)
Langara College (Oakridge neighbourhood)

City dwellers have many skills and resources all around them, but may not have a mechanism for organizing and drawing on those skills at the times when they’re most needed.

We’ll look at how the sharing of resources takes place so easily in rural communities, and how this can be applied to building a wider community in an urban area and the valuable support it can provide. Part of Spring Cultivating Food, Cultivating Neighbourhoods series. (See event listings www.villagevancouver.ca)   Concepts in Year Round Gardening 2-4pm (co-sponsored with SPEC) SPEC (Kitsilano)

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.

Part of the proceeds will help support SPEC’s School Gardens Project.

Designing for Long Term Storage 4:30-6pm

Mount Pleasant

Food storage is missing from our modern habit and building design. We will discuss food preservation (tubers, grains, onions, etc.) and how to choose locations for many food types so that appropriate storage areas can be created in apartments and houses. We’ll also examine common problems and strategies to reduce waste.

Sunday, April 11th

The Food Secure Household 10-11:30am

(co-sponsored with Green Millennium Foundation and West End Residents Association)

West End Community Centre (West End)

City dwellers will feel more resilient through both short term (earthquake) and long term (for instance, droughts in our farm lands) food interruptions if they have a plan.  This class is a starting point for identifying vulnerable areas and creating a personal map to a more food secure footing. Part of the West End Neighbourhood Food Growing, Sharing, and Preparedness 2010 series.

Register thru WECC. $15 per workshop. Anyone who registers for all six workshops (see below) will receive a  gift of their choice of either of Robin’s books.  Register online (www.westendcc.ca), in person, or by calling (604-257-8333). You can download the Spring 2010 Guide. See page 22!

Apartment Gardening 11:45am-1:30pm

(co-sponsored with Green Millenium Foundation and West End Residents Association)

West End Community Centre (West End)

This class will cover the problems of tiny gardens and will address some cures. We will talk about the best plants for small gardens and how to get the biggest, healthiest harvest possible. Part of the West End Neighbourhood Food Growing, Sharing, and Preparedness 2010 series.


Register thru WECC. $15 per workshop. Anyone who registers for all six workshops (see below) will receive a  gift of their choice of either of Robin’s books.  Register online (www.westendcc.ca), in person, or by calling (604-257-8333). You can download the Spring 2010 Guide. See page 22!

Intensive Urban Microfarming 2:30-5:30pm

Sunset

Getting the most out of a normal urban garden can take imagination. This class assists us to boost production through a deeper understanding of microclimating, and of lateral growing, food cycles, succession planting, “shoulder cropping” and much more.

All workshops are offered on a pay what you can basis. (Workshops at WECC have a fixed amount attached to them to accommodate their registration system.) A one hour workshop usually costs $10 to $15; 1 1/2 hour workshops $15 to $20; 2 hour workshops $25 to $30, and three hour workshops around $40. Our contributions to these workshops make it possible for teachers like Robin to expand and to deepen the scope of the important educational and social change work that they are involved in, particularly in these uncertain times.   To register: (or to find out more about hosting a future workshop), please contact Ross at rmoster@flash.net.

For further information:
VV Transition Initiative : www.villagevancouver.ca. Transition Town movement: www.transitiontowns.org. Robin’s work and the Sustainable Living Arts School: www.ediblelandscapes.ca. Vancouver Sustainable Living Arts School: www.slas.ca.

West End Neighbourhood Food Growing, Sharing, and Preparedness 2010 series

VV, Green Millennium Foundation (GMF), and West End Residents Association (WERA) present Robin Wheeler in a series of workshops on the food-secure household, gardening, food growing, and community organization, geared toward residents of the West End. (But of value to everyone.) The workshops will be held on one Sunday and two Saturdays at the West End Community Centre in Vancouver.    April 11 (Sun) 10:00-11:30 am — THE FOOD SECURE HOUSEHOLD
April 11 (Sun) 11:45-1:30 pm — APARTMENT GARDENING
May 1 (Sat) 9:15-10:30 am — FOOD DIRECTED EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
May 1 (Sat) 10:45 am- 12:15 pm — SEED SAVING IN THE CITY
June 5 (Sat) 9:15-10:45 am — FOOD PRESERVATION
June 5 (Sat) 11:00 am-12:30 pm — INTENTIONAL COMMUNITY – SHAPES IN SHARING.

$15 per workshop. Anyone who registers for all six workshops will receive a gift of their choice of either of Robin’s books.
Register online (www.westendcc.ca), in person, or by calling (604-257-8333). You can download the Spring 2010 Guide. See page 22! Sponsors: www.greenmillennium.org, www.wera.bc.ca and VV. Special thanks to the West End Community Centre Association for their support (venue and promo)!

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