VWFSC Seedling Sale



Get the best of locally grown and lovingly tended starter plants, grown by Vic West Volunteer gardeners. Visit the Vic West Food Security table at Vic West Fest this coming Saturday (May 10). Prices range from 50 cents to $5, all proceeds go to the Vic West Food Security Collective for ongoing projects.

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Kindergarten classes in Banfield Orchard

kids-orchardOn Earth Day, April 22nd, Mrs. Stead and Mrs. Lienard/Mrs. Davey’s kindergarten classes from Vic West Elementary had their third walking field trip to the Banfield Park Orchard.

Check out their blog post.

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Banfield Orchard Featured on CRD Green Map

Banfield Orchard GatesHave a look at the in-depth history of Banfield Park on the CRD Community Green Map website.

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How to Grow Tomatoes

Seed Germination

tomatoesSeeds germinate in 3 to 14 days depending on how warm and moist you keep them. Seed tomato seeds directly into potting mix, they must be kept at a temperature of 60 degrees F. Cover seeds 1/4 inch deep. Potting mix should be made up of peat, perlite and lime. We use Sunshine #4 (Organic), Transplant into 4” pots with a rich potting mix ( ½ potting soil, ½ compost plus 1 T. per pot soil amendments) when they have their true leaves – about 10 to 20 days.

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VWUF Tour de Coop

Saturday April 5th, 1 – 4 pm

chickenCome learn how easy and fun it is to own chickens – pets with benefits! We will start with an information session from 1-2pm at the Community Centre and then walk as a group to visit Muriel, Bawk, Mrs. Pants, Blackberry and all their VicWest chicken friends. Children are welcome.


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Spring Community Potluck Dinner

Potluck Dinner Poster

Sunday April 6, 5:30 pm

Victoria West Community Centre

We’d love to see you! Bring a dish to share, cold or warm, easy or elaborate, entree or dessert. Bring your children, friends, neighbours. Musicians, yes, we would like your tunes as well! Entrance fee: one spring flower.

Hosted by the Vic West Food Security Collective: Cultivating community by sharing meals.

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VWUF Growing Great Tomatoes Workshop

Saturday March 22,  1 – 3:30pm
VicWest Community Centre

tomatoesCome learn from an expert on how to grow great tomatoes starting with planting seeds to harvesting your own tomato seed. Mary Alice Johnston owns and operates ALM Organic Farm – Full Circle Seeds in Sooke where she grows 46 varieties of tomatoes. In addition to 20 years experience owning and managing an organic farm and seed company, Mary Alice has been teaching farming in Canada and other countries around the world for 16 years. She will be bringing plants and seeds to buy.

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Fresh air, new growth emerging … ah, springtime

first crocus

Ah, these past few days have been lovely.   After the blustery winds and miserably snowy rain of last week,  the sun has returned and the earth is warming up.  Colour is bursting forth everywhere.  I found these crocus peeking up in Banfield Commons. Continue reading

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Grow a Row


Grow A Row Victoria

  • Grow a Row is a community of gardeners, businesses, groups and individuals gathering together to help those in need.
  • Grow an extra row of food in your garden and bring it to one of the drop off locations around town where it will be distributed to food lunch programs, community kitchens, food banks and Our Place to name a few.
  • Support food justice and security in your own backyard! Continue reading
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Seeds, seeds, seeds

seedsTwo exciting annual events for farmers, gardeners and growers of all kinds will take place this month:  

For local exchange of seeds and information, the annual VW Urban Farmers seed exchange takes place this week, followed by the annual Seedy Saturday. Continue reading

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