Submitted by Paulina Grainger, Arts and Outreach Coordinator
Who would have thought gardening could be so much fun? With this group of newcomer senior participants, it’s been a barrel of laughs. Together they’ve shared various traditions of growing food around the world – cultural knowledge they’re been trying to incorporate in their own small gardens here in Victoria, with varying success. Two organizations, Compost Education Centre and LifeCycles Project have partnered with ICA to help the seniors expand their local knowledge in growing wholesome food close to home. They have facilitated a number of interesting and information-packed workshops, including; composting basics, soil stewardship, rain harvesting, how to attract pollinators, ecological gardening techniques, and how to produce food in your own backyard. The seniors have also gone fruit tree harvesting in the Greater Victoria area and have taken a native plant field trip to Pepaken Hautw in Brentwood Bay.
The next workshop the group is looking forward to is on how to can and preserve food on October 27. It’s not too late to join us!
This project is funded by the Victoria Foundation & TD Friends of the Environment Foundation. For more information, please contact Paulina Grainger, Arts & Outreach Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.