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Field trip to Richmond’s Seedy Saturday


Chris K, Chris M, Kai and Julie pose with some of our Seedy Saturday purchases: starter bags for growing our own shitaake and oyster mushrooms!

This weekend we joined up with some other Maple Ridge gardening residents and carpooled down to the Seedy Saturday event at the Richmond Sharing Farm. 

It. Was. Awesome.

Gorgeous sunny day, LOTS of people enjoying the event, inspiring garden plots to look at, fun seeds to buy, gardening tips to learn… Very, very enjoyable.

In addition to the mushroom starter bags (in the photo above) from The Mushroom Man, we picked up some veggie seeds from the Richmond Fruit Tree project and from legendary Harold Steves (the man behind the creation of the Agricultural Land Reserve, his seed info here), as well as some berry bushes from The Urban Fruitery (no website).

Also at the event were the folks from Pacific Permaculture, a mason bee group, Tatiana’s Tomatoes (a local business with an INCREDIBLE number of tomato seeds that they save in their seed bank – we’re talking almost 4000 tomato varieties!), and another table that I didn’t get to (I think it was farm meat of some kind). 

Afterwards, some of us stopped by the West Coast Seeds store in Ladner to pick up a large list of additional seeds (SUPER cute store! Everyone should visit!) and now I’m pretty much obsessed with seeds. 

Big thanks to Gail (instructor of the current Growing Food workshops in Maple Ridge) for organizing the field trip! 

Other upcoming Seedy Saturday events in the Lower Mainland:

Mission – All Saints Anglican Church, April 7th, 9-2pm
 – Historic Stewart Farm, April 14th, 11-3pm

Chilliwack – Mathieson Centre, April 28, 1-3 

A visit from local high school students


One of our dreams for this farming project is that it may serve to inspire and educate others about growing your own food, permaculture and living in harmony with nature. It’s been exciting to see our space (and our experiments) used for some educational purposes in the last year: first as a field trip destination for a permaculture class and a master organic gardener class and more recently, as a field trip destination for the grade 12 social justice class from Thomas Haney Secondary School in Maple Ridge. 

Matt and I were on hand when the students came by so we gave them a tour, spoke to them about our project and filled them in on some of the different methods we’re experimenting with on the farm. Teachers Mark and Jenny gave questions to the students in advance that they were supposed to be thinking about and asking us about while at the farm. The questions included:

Why ducks?

What is a food forest anyway?

What are those rings of plants around your fruit trees?

Benefits of composting?

Permaculture what?

Can we eat the lasagne garden?


What’s up with square foot gardening?

What do chickens need a tractor for?

Why use heritage breeds?

SUCH great questions! (The lasagne garden one was the most popular :) The visit made me wish that I could have been learning about this stuff when I was in high school. I’m pretty sure I would have gotten started with growing my own food a lot earlier if I had. I think it’s fantastic that high school students are getting exposed to issues of food justice, health and environmental protection. It makes me feel hopeful about the future.

All in all, the visit was a success (at least we think so!) and so much fun. Matt and I had a blast talking to the students, watching them eat nasturtiums and kale straight from the garden, introducing them to our baby chicks, testing their knowledge about compostable matter, and enlisting them to move our chicken tractor for us. 

To Mark, Jenny & al
l the students who came to visit us – thanks for coming! We hope you’ll come back again soon and continue to explore ways in which we can pursue healthier, happier lives that benefit each other and our environment.