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A ten-week gardening course on a real, working urban farm!

Using techniques from permaculture and organic agriculture, we’ll go step by step through the process of planning, planting, maintaining and harvesting your urban food garden. Whether you have an established garden or are starting from scratch, this course will prepare you with the tools we use on our farm right here in the city of Vancouver. We’ll focus on growing to meet the challenges of urban farming, such as degraded soil, small spaces, and limited time and resources — you’ll leave ready to hit the dirt when spring comes, and get growing year-round!

This course is offered on a pay-what-you-feel basis; you pay what you feel is fair, based on your resources, the time and effort of the instructor, the quality of the information and how valuable it is to you. We suggest a donation of $150 to $300 for the series of ten classes, 2.5 hours per week for ten weeks. Your support helps keep farming alive inside our city limits and makes you a part of localizing our economy.

About our farm: The Farmhouse Farm is a grassroots urban agriculture project on a standard city lot in Vancouver’s Sunset neighbourhood. We are a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) venture based on the concept of share-cropping. Our five members pay a weekly fee for an equal share of our total harvest, which is delivered to their door by bicycle — no chemicals, and no fossil fuels. We are a woman-run organization committed to creating a localized economy based on “real valuables;” good food, grown with love, with care for our environment, care for people, and a fair distribution of resources at the heart of everything we do.

To register for courses or to find out more about our farm, email to farmhousefarm(at)gmail(dot)com


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Think that gardening season is done once summer’s end is near?  Resigning yourself to go back to buying food from California until next June?  Well, think again!  Here in Vancouver we are blessed with a 12-month growing season, and this workshop will help you get started making the most of it!

Even if this is your very first foray into the world of growing your own food, this half-day workshop will give you the knowledge and confidence to jump into fall and winter gardening and into the magic of eating your very own fresh foods even when there’s snow on the ground.  We’ll go over crop selection and soil preparation, care and maintenance, and strategies for meeting the challenges of fall gardening on the coast.  You’ll leave with handouts and reference materials as well as a few little plantlings of your very own to get you started, even if it’s just a few pots on your balcony!

The suggested donation is $35 to $50, which includes the 4-hour workshop (complete with snacks homemade with love by yours truly), all your reference materials and a selection of veggie starts to take home and get growing.

In order to ensure we can all talk to and hear each other, there are only 12 spaces for this workshop so if you’re interested, email your name and contact info to me and I’ll respond to reserve your space.  If you know anyone who might be interested, please help spread the word!

See you in the garden,


When: Saturday, August 30, 1 – 5 p.m.

Where: The Farmhouse

Email: farmhousefarm [at] gmail [dot] com

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