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Friday, April 18, 2014

Feature Friday: Earthwise Farm

We are so blessed living in Metro Vancouver. What we sacrifice in sunshine we make up for in lush natural beauty. There are so many amazing local organizations working hard to educate us on the virtues that surround us and promoting sustainability. 

Living here, lot sizes are shrinking and green space is slowly becoming harder to find. And if you have a passion for anything green this can be heartbreaking. Those with a green thumb and/ or a concern for the environment can find this discouraging- and even something that should be challenged. For those dedicated to encouraging green & sustainable initiatives, Earthwise Society helps bring communities together around these goals.

Located on a 3- acre property in Tsawwassen, BC, the organization offers a venue to learn & practice sustainable gardening & farming. Whether you're simply curious or an avid advocate about these practices, the organization offers a variety of programs & opportunities to help you on your way.

In addition to the regular programs & volunteer opportunities (click here for more info), Earthwise has several upcoming events to help introduce individuals to sustainable practices. (You can also subscribe to have their organic produce delivered right to your door! Click here for more info).

Upcoming Events & Programs at Earthwise Farm

Bee Friendly Plant Sale & Fair- April 26 10am- 2pm
Family- oriented event for all ages. Information about pollinator- friendly flowers, crafts, science activities, tours of beehives, & tasting from the farm's cob oven

Grow With Me Program
Family- friendly event where parents & kids spend a day on the farm. Family members volunteer together & learn about farm operations & how to grow their own veggies. Call 604 946 9828 or email the farm at info@earthwisesociety.bc.ca for more info & dates.

School Eco- Tours
All grades can book a garden or farm tour & workshop to learn what happens on the farm & how they can start their own garden and compost system. Teachers can contact the farm by phone or email to book a tour.

Summer Camps
Available for ages 7 through 12. Children can register for each theme week on Tuesdays & Wednesdays each week in July & August. Each week the kids will have the opportunity to create something to take home that helps plants & wildlife, such as birdhouses & feeders, and plant boxes. Register by phone or email. See below for dates & more info.

Junior Master Gardener: Uncover seedy secrets and grow sunflowers, beans and other yummy plants.

July 8-9

It’s for the Birds: Make a real bird house and find out how you can help our feathered friends in your garden.

July 15-16

Wild Water: Examine pond creatures, discover how chemicals affect water and make a mini water garden.

July 22-23

Secret Soil Creatures: Discover the world of creepy crawlies that live in the dirt and make a bug hotel.

July 29-30

Pollination Power: Learn about bee and butterflies, tour a real bee hive and make a mason bee house.

Aug. 5-6

Wiggly Worms and Slimy Slugs: Learn to love worms, make a worm compost and have a slug race!

Aug. 12-13

Farming Fun: Be a farmer on our organic farm, harvest some veggies and construct a scarecrow.

Aug. 19-20

Plant Science: Peer into the world of plants through real scientific experiments.

Aug. 26-27

Nocturnal Camp: Discover which animals lurk at night at Earthwise on a bat walk using a real bat detector.

Aug. 30

Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Nocturnal camp runs 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Ages:        7-12 years
Location: 6400 3rd Ave, Boundary Bay
Cost: $70/week (2 days) or $60/week for registrations of 6 or more weeks.
         Nocturnal camp is $30.

If you would like more info about Earthwise Society or would like to register for an event/ program you can contact them at 604 946 9828 or email the farm at info@earthwisesociety.bc.ca. Make sure you also check out their informative website & find them on Facebook!

April posts sponsored by Gary Gallant Travel

Images courtesy of Earthwise Society