Those Weeds of the Email World

dandelionsRecently a number of the Vic West Food Security blog members received a bogus email, no subject line, encouraging them to click on a link. It was semi-convincing, from an email address that looked something like the food security email might look.
But it was spam, those invasive weeds of the tech world.
The Victoria West Food Security Collective does not send out mass emails showing everyone’s address. We use Mailchimp for newsletters, and those signed up on the blog receive new posts via email. We also send notices with actual information in them, about events, gardening tips, photos of luscious vegetables and nice composted soil. We won’t simply invite you to click a link.
With any of your incoming email, if it doesn’t look quite right, don’t open it!

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Wassail 2017

Banfield Park Community Orchard Wassail

Saturday January 14th 2:30pm

wassail-poster2017-bigWassail – 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. 

A family outdoor celebration. Bring a lantern to light the orchard. 
 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.
Hosted by the Vic West Food Security Collective, a project of the Victoria West Community Association.


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Winter Solstice 2016 Potluck Dinner

winter-solstice-2016 potluck dinner at Victoria West Community Centre

Please come and join us for our winter community potluck dinner. Bring your appetite and a dish to share, bring children, friends and neighbours!


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Autumn Harvest Potluck

autumn-harvestEveryone is invited:

Vic West Community Potluck Dinner

Saturday, October 15th at 6:00pm

Victoria West Community Centre

521 Craigflower Road



Please bring a dish of food to share. Our theme is “Harvest” so something from your garden would be great. No garden? No worries. Any food item is appreciated.

Hosted by the Vic West Food Security Collective, a Vision Project of the Victoria West Community Association.
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Community Gathering in Vic West Park

Gathering posterOn Saturday afternoon from 1-3pm, the Vic West Food Security Collective is hosting a community information gathering on the site of the recently proposed Community Garden in Vic West Park.  The City of Victoria is redeveloping the park and has designated an area of the park for a large community garden. Everyone is welcome to attend. We will be sharing the City’s plan for the site as well as a design by UVic’s Permaculture Design students.  The Permaculture students developed a plan for the site which is intended as a model only.  As part of their coursework, the plan includes information about the physical site such as prevailing winds, soil conditions, water flows and drainage. Their proposed plan includes (but is not limited to) allotment garden plots, a food forest, gathering spaces, quiet alcoves, composting systems, tool sheds, and outdoor cooking facilities.  The students have graciously allowed the Food Security Collective to share their findings and their design and we, in turn, are offering it to the public as an example of how the space might be used. We will share both sample site plans at the information gathering on Saturday. Hope to see you there.

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Proposed Vic West Park Community Garden

proposed new garden site

The City of Victoria has committed to redeveloping Vic West Park and has designated a section of the Park for a large community garden. The Vic West Food Security Collective (VWFSC) has agreed to starting the process. We invite you to join us.

The first step in developing the Vic West Park Community Garden is to build a “Garden Planning Team” who will, together with our community of  neighbours, partners, and community organizations, bring the garden from concept to celebratory completion.

Before we turn the earth, we need to identify uses for the space, host place-making events, and develop key roles. The Garden Planning Team needs gardeners, planners, designers, carpenters, artists, organizers, and any others who have time, energy, skills and interest to bring this project into being.

The Garden Planning Team is looking for people who know the history of the land and indigenous plants; who can gather information, attend meetings, liaise with agencies; who are interested in having a plot in this new garden; who want to build community through growing and sharing food; who can visualize the proposed site for the good of the whole community; who have planning, fundraising, or project management skills; and who are educators and program facilitators. Contributions large and small are welcome.

It will take a community to create this garden and we’d love it if you’d join us now by becoming a member of the Garden Planning Team.

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Summer Potluck Dinner

Summer Potluck-2Vic West in the Summer

It’s summertime in Vic West. Gardens are growing, flowers are out, the days are long and warm.

Come out and have dinner with your friends and neighbours on Saturday, June 18th at the Victoria West Community Centre.  Bring a dish of food to share, some flowers for the tables, and your lovely selves. Invite a new neighbour to join you, or bring along your house guests. We look forward to sharing a delicious meal and delightful conversation with you.


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BIG Plant Sale Saturday

DSC_0391Saturday, May 14th, 11:00am to 3:00pm at Vic West Fest in Banfield Park.

Annual Plant Sale, hosted by the Vic West Food Security Collective. We sowed seeds in March, tended the wee shoots all spring, fed them organic compost, sang love songs to them and gently potted them up for you. They are ready for your garden. We have tomatoes, basil, squash, tomatillos, perilla, a large variety of herbs, raspberry and thornless blackberry bushes, cabbages, kale and more.

The Plant Sale is an annual fundraiser, supporting Banfield Park Orchard, Banfield Commons, Evan Street Orchard, and the Rayn or Shine Community Garden.

These are some of my starts in the greenhouse this morning. Tomorrow they’ll be yours.

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New Community Garden for Vic West

DSC_0074Vic West Park Community Garden

A new community garden is coming to Vic West and we’d love you to be part of it. Looking for people to form the “Garden Planning Team” to take this project from concept to celebratory completion.


Are you looking for a garden plot? Do you have time, energy, skills or interest to share? Dreamers, planners, artists, builders, gardeners, students and many more are all needed.

Come visit the Food Security Collective’s display at Vic West Fest in Banfield Park on Saturday, May 14 between 11am and 3pm for more information. Or see details below. Continue reading

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What’s growing on

What’s growing on … a look at what’s growing in the garden and a suggestion about what to do with it.

rhubarbIt’s rhubarb time. And if you think rhubarb is only for pies, think again. Try it in a sauce or salad, use it with meat, add it to your curry. Rhubarb is really versatile and can go sweet or savoury.  Here’s a really easy way to prepare it to add to any salad.

Wash a few stalks of rhubarb and saute them in a pat of butter for about 5 minutes or until tender but crisp. While still in the pan, add a drizzle of honey and balsamic vinegar. Tear a handful of arugula and spinach leaves into a bowl, add the rhubarb, some chopped basil leaves, a handful of sprouts – alfalfa, pea, sunflower – and crumble a bit of goat cheese over top. Toasted sunflower or pumpkin seeds would make a nice crunchy addition. Dress simply with a good olive oil and lemon juice.

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