The month of July was very busy for the Edible Garden Project! An increase in temperature for the summer also means an increase in farm visits. The EGP was super excited to welcome various different summer camps to the farm in July. On July 11, we spent the day with SDG Les Copains, where we learned about pollinators, did a farm scavenger hunt, and made nature cards and mobiles. We then welcomed the North Shore Neighbourhood House Kid’s Club camps from Westview and Capilano to the farm for a three day camp in which we looked at insects, did some farm work, and more nature art! Finally, we had Karen Magnussen Rec Center’s Summer Camp stop by for a farm visit on July 23.
We have had quite a few community engagement activities going on at the farm this month. The Lynn Valley Garden Club came for a tour of the farm and purchased lots of fresh produce from the market! We are always happy to show people around the farm so if you are interested in a guided tour of the farm, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. On July 13 we held a Tomato Care workshop where Farmer Haydn showed different styles of trellising for both determinate and indeterminate varieties, and talked about pests, nutrient deficiency, watering techniques, and soil fertility. If you are interested in attending one of our workshops, you can check out upcoming sessions on gardensmart.ca. We also had our monthly community potluck on July 24 where we welcomed our local community to bring a plate and share a meal with us! Our next potluck is on August 21.
The markets have also been doing extremely well! This is the first year we are holding Saturday markets every week, and we have had a great customer turnout, as well as an increase in vendors. Our new “sun roasted garlic” has also been a hit. The Gull Bar and Kitchen has used our sun roasted garlic as a garnish on their Beet Salad and Bad Dog Bread Bakery used our garlic and potatoes to make the “Big Deal Bread”. Check our Fresh Sheet for more information on the produce we will be selling every Wednesday and Saturday, as well as which vendors will be at our Saturday markets. See you there!