Berries, roots and new shoots

Gardening workshops for newcomers to the Kootenays and new gardeners to continue next week

Local permaculture expert Chris Vassallo discusses the benefits of 'no-dig' potatoes at a previous One World Gardening Workshop in Kimberley.

Local permaculture expert Chris Vassallo discusses the benefits of 'no-dig' potatoes at a previous One World Gardening Workshop in Kimberley.

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“The One World Garden Workshop series has been lots of fun so far, and there are still four more to come!” commented Shannon Duncan, who is coordinating the One World Garden Project.

As well as learning tricks and tips from a variety of local experts, there has been great food sponsored by the Snowdrift Café and prepared produce from the garden.  For upcoming workshops, Hot Shots Café will also be offering up some of their delights and local gardens are producing abundantly so we are guaranteed more great food!

The goal of these workshops is to welcome newcomers to our community, along with increasing the amount of food grown locally.  If you are new to Canada or if you have a friend or neighbour who is new to Canada, invite them along with you for an evening of garden fun.

There are written notes provided after each workshop, so don’t worry if you’ve missed the first ones.

These workshops are a great opportunity to learn more about growing food in our area, as well as mingle with people in a casual atmosphere.  It’s easy to relax in the garden, and a wonderful way to meet new people.  The garden provides a neutral backdrop where people relax and open up to their surroundings naturally.  They are also a great introduction to local community gardens that anyone in the community is able to access free of cost.

These workshops are part of the Welcoming Communities initiative and are a partnership between Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy, Wildsight Kimberley Cranbrook and Cranbrook Food Action Committee, made possible through funding from the Government of Canada and the Province of B.C.

The next workshop, Berries, Roots, and New Shoots, is August 6 in Kimberley and August 7 in Cranbrook, from 6 to 8 p.m.  The workshops are free and a light meal is included, but registration is required. Call Shannon at 250-427-7981 or email (Cranbrook) cranbrookfood@gmail.com, or (Kimberley) Shannon@wildsight.ca.