Tuesday, March 12, 2013

New Website, Garden Planning Workshop, and School Farm Building Invite

Making fish cakes at February's Community Kitchen.
After many years, our updated website finally lives!  So far we've only got the basics up, but we're loving the clean lines and uncluttered appearance.  Best of all, you can easily navigate around and find out about other programs and projects being offered by Collingwood Neighbourhood House, download a volunteer form, and even find self-guided walking tours and historical information about Renfrew-Collingwood.

Find the monthly Community Lunch menu, links to Youtube stories, and the latest event schedule easily and quickly over here.  Community Lunch is still the best bargain in town, with nutritious dishes made with love--$6.25 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 for students, and $3.25 for children under 12.    

We'll be running a FREE Garden Planning workshop tomorrow (March 13) at 5pm to get you started in the garden and to launch another exciting year of Rooftop Gardening right here at 5288 Joyce St..

The deadline for the Neighbourhood Small Grant project is coming up quickly--March 31!  Grants of $500-$1000 are available for resident-led projects.  More information is available here.  

Volunteers building garden beds at Cheyenne Avenue
Community Garden

Schoolyard Market Garden Build--Calling All Hands!

Canada's very first schoolyard farm is coming to Renfrew-Collingwood, and Fresh Roots Urban Farm needs us.  Read below for their call-for-volunteers.  Put on a pair of gloves and help make history!    

Hello Friends of Fresh Roots!

We are establishing a school farm this month! The first of its kind in Canada! And we'd love for you to come out and join us!

In collaboration and generously supported by Vancity, The Real Estate Foundation of BC, Vancouver Foundation, the City of Vancouver, and the Vancouver School Board (along with many other awesome partners and collaborators)...
March 23 & 24 Fresh Roots will be establishing a 1/4 acre Schoolyard Market Garden at Vancouver Technical Secondary.
The schoolyard market garden will serve as an outdoor classroom for students and teachers, and provide healthy, fresh produce to go into school cafeterias and sell into the neighborhood.

Students, neighborhood residents, and community members will be joining us March 23 through March 27 to help us wheelbarrow the soil into place so we can sow seeds and get growing!

And we are inviting you to join us as well!
When: March 23 through March 27

Where: Vancouver Technical Secondary School map here
Time: 10am - 1pm, 1pm - 4pm each day.
Please choose a time block you can commit to and email your RSVP to volunteer@freshroots.ca
What to wear: Clothes you can get dirty in! Long pants! Closed toed shoes! Gardening gloves, Rain-Gear: we'll be working outside rain and shine.
What to bring: Water bottle, snacks, A willingness to have fun - at our farm events we work, laugh, eat, have a great time.

Please email all questions and RSVPs to volunteer@freshroots.ca

If you cannot commit to a block of time, feel free to drop by and say hi.

With a fistful of fertile soil,
The Fresh Roots Farm Team

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