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Events to put the “community”into agriculture
On Sat. January 25, 11:30-12:30 (with trader-and-vendor-set-up at 10:30am) the Bowen Island Community School is partnering with the Bowen Agricultural Alliance to host the third annual Seed Exchange and Sale in the BICS Multi-purpose room. Past Seed Exchange events have been successful and lively all-ages events which welcome all gardeners, of all skill-levels and include our youngest gardeners through to our oldest gardeners.
The Seed Exchange features seeds harvested and packaged by students as part of the school’s garden program, as well as seeds collected, saved, or that you just have too many of!
Sometimes gardeners bring in favourite books, articles and garden plans to share as reference, or to sell/trade, as well as garden plans, tips, and tricks to help other gardeners (including soil-amendment recipes and more!) You can also use the communication board to ask questions, or if you are looking for certain types of seeds, or have or want plants that might be subdivided in the spring.
The event is made possible thanks to an ongoing partnership between BICS through the role of the Community School Coordinator and BAA (the Bowen Ag Alliance.) BAA volunteers enthusiastically set-up the room, and are on hand to talk about garden plans, and to sign up members. A $10 individual, or $20 family BAA membership has many benefits; including a 10% discount off West Coast Seed orders and at Garden Works.
After the Seed Exchange participants are invited to the BAA Food and Agriculture Community Gathering with potluck snacks in the gym, at 12:30, to continue talking about and making connections with those interested in learning more about local agriculture and how to support it. Farmers, foodies, gardeners, chefs, newbies, old-timers, bee-keepers, backyard chicken keepers, bio-char, aqua-culturists, and more are invited to ‘cross –pollinate’ with others and to share ideas co-create and help grow capacity for local food and agriculture. This event is hosted by the Bowen Agricultural Alliance.
Check out www.bowenagalliance.ca for more information.