Volunteers needed for Wassail!

Banfield Park Community Orchard Wassail
Saturday, January 12th, 2019 – 2:30pm

Wassail – Waes Hael – “be of good health”. Olde English tradition of wassailing, dating back to the 1500s, is a ceremony to wake fruit trees from their winter slumber and scare away evil spirits, ensuring a good harvest. 

Come awaken the trees in the Orchard! The Wassail is a family outdoor celebration, dress for outdoor conditions. Bring a mug for mulled cider and a spoon for soup. A small $ donation would be appreciated to help cover the event costs.

2:30pm – Crowning the Wassail King and Queen
3 pm – Morris Dancers 
3:30pm Wassail Ceremony – bring a mug for mulled cider
4pm – Feast – Soup and bread will be served. 

Volunteers are needed to make the event a success!

Please contact Patti at vicwestgarden@yahoo.ca if you can help.

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Food Garden Volunteering in Banfield Park!

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Thank you volunteers!

Thank you to all the Thursday food garden volunteers who helped take care of the Community Gardens this summer! The food forests are thriving better with your help!

There will be no Thursday volunteering today, or for the next two weeks. We will resume again on Thursday, October 18th from about 1-4pm. And there’s a leaf mulching work party on Sunday, October 21 from 11am-3pm. Hope to see you again 

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Leaf Mulch the Food Gardens Work Party!

11am-3pm – Sunday, October 21st
Banfield Community Orchard & Commons
521 Craigflower Road

Volunteer help is needed in the Community Food Gardens of Banfield Park to spread mulch and winterize the gardens!

Enjoy pizza and snacks!

Please bring a wheelbarrow, forks, rakes, gloves and be prepared with rain gear.

Do you have questions about volunteering? Contact Stephanie, Community Garden Volunteer Coordinator, at foodgardens@victoriawest.ca


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Harvest Edible & Medicinal Plants classes

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Four classes left! Drop ins are welcome.

Each week will focus on different in season plants. We’ll head outside and tour Vic West gardens ready to harvest, and learn in-depth properties about each plant. Then we’ll bring it back to the kitchen for some tasty fun.

Vic West Community Centre. Register: http://www.victoriawest.ca/
Thursdays 6:00-7:30pm (no class Oct. 11) 5 classes for $75 Drop-ins $20

Latifa Pelletier-Ahmed is an instructor of Phytotherapy at Pacific Rim College. She has a Master’s of Science in Herbal Medicine and a Bachelor of Science in Botany. She is particularly interested in reconnecting people to nature.

More info: http://www.latifasherbs.com


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Volunteers needed!

Food Garden Volunteering!

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Vic West Corn Roast!

CornRoast8.5x11_2018Sunday September 16th, noon to 4pm
Raynor Street at Craigflower Road

Come join the community celebration on Raynor Street with local music, food and fun for the whole family! The corn will be hot and the juice is as local as you can get!

Volunteers are needed to help make the day a big success! Contact vicwestgarden@yahoo.ca if you can help.

Hosted by the Victoria West Community Association – Food Security Collective..

Apple Pie Contest
Time to show off your baking skills by entering your home-baked apple pie to win the blue ribbon. Bring your pie to the Vic West Corn Roast by 1pm, judging is at 2pm. Prizes for the top three pies.


Zucchini Car Race
What to do with all those zucchini?? Race them at the Vic West Corn Roast! The car building and racing is always a blast for kids of all ages. Build a car at home or at the event. Racing all day.

Scarecrow Contest
It’s time to get your scary on…get creative and make a scarecrow at home any size or style using any material and bring it to the Vic West Corn Roast by 2pm to win prizes, judging is at 3pm.

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Tour of Banfield Commons and Community Orchard

5pm, Thursday, August 16th, 2018

Meet in the Orchard next to the Vic West Community Centre at 521 Craigflower Road

Enjoy a guided tour of Banfield Commons and the Community Orchard with Latifa Pelletier-Ahmed. There are numerous edible and medicinal plants planted around the garden. Some plants are native and others are introduced, but all grow well with minimal support from humans.

All are welcome, suggested donation $5.

The garden will be hosting volunteer hours between 1pm and 7pm. Please feel free to drop by any time to learn more about the community gardens, horticulture, permaculture and native pollinator observation. Stephanie our volunteer coordinator will be happy to help you get involved in the garden. Feel free to contact her: foodgardens@victoriawest.ca

Let us know if you are going on Meetup! or facebook!

Some photos from the Spring Plant Walk:

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Help the plants and trees stay hydrated!

Vic West’s Community Garden Volunteer Coordinator is taking a summer break, and help is needed to water the food gardens once a week from July 23-August 3rd, 2018.

Please email foodgardens@victoriawest.ca as soon as possible if you can help so we can orient you with this fun task!

watering team

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