Get ready for a whole season of wonderful food/farm/wine events!! Flavour Trails are community celebrations that provide opportunities for residents and visitors to experience and taste the quality and creativity of the Capital Region's farmers, fishers, food producers, chefs and vintners. Visit www.flavourtrails.com for up to date information on events.
The annual Farmer2Farmer Conference is an initiative about local people, local issues, and local solutions! It provides powerful networking and learning opportunities for farmers and food producers in the region. The conference brings together over 200 regional farmers in a day that inspires, educates and connects us in ways that help our sector grow together! More info at: www.farmer2farmer.ca
Shop for locally grown, organic seed from over a dozen of the islands’ finest seed producers. You’ll also find an abundance of other delightful and delectable things to grow from tubers, corms, bulbs, whips, and starts, all sold by knowledgeable locals and suited to our coastal climate. And who knows what else you may find? Last year’s show featured live bees and chickens.
You’ll also find things that will help you grow better: tools, soil amendments, and buckets of new ideas. Bring your gardening problems and mystery plants to the Master Gardeners for wise advice. Talk to the vendors, because the people selling those plants and seeds are the people who grew them: they’re an excellent source of advice about growing your new acquisitions in our climate. Check out the many local garden societies, volunteer opportunities, and educational programs available to Victoria gardeners.
And the talks! Don’t forget the talks: they’re many people’s favourite part. We run a full speakers’ program all day, with all talks included in the cost of admission. Hear some of the islands’ finest and most innovative growers talk about everything from basic techniques for beginners to more specialized topics for the advanced class – all with an environmentally-conscious, earth-friendly approach.
The ever-popular seed exchange is Seedy Saturday’s heart. Trade extra saved seeds from your garden for something you’ve never tried before. A few years ago we added a book exchange, which works on the same principle: bring in garden books you’ve outgrown and trade them for ones that suit your current interests.
You can stay all day (lots of people do), listening to talks and browsing the exhibits. We’ve got the Seedy Cafe on site to keep you going, an ATM in case you suddenly spot a must-have fruit tree, and a kids’ activity area. Yes, bring the kids – you can’t train up young gardeners too soon, so anyone under 16 gets in free.
Please do join us on February 18 for Victoria’s Seedy Saturday, the gathering of Victoria’s gardening clans. It’s inexpensive, inspiring, exuberant and, best of all, – it’s spring!
The Capital Region's Good Food Summit is the annual coming together of the Good Food Network of leaders from community organizations, local government, food and farm industry, funding agencies, and health and education sectors to connect and better align our work. Come hear about policy, planning, education and action projects that address local issues with local solutions.
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Register below or if you prefer to pay at the door contact Jelena Putnik, CRFAIR Outreach and Events Coordinator for more info at email@example.com.
CRFAIR is hosting the ever-popular zucchini races at the Saanich Fair this labour day long weekend. Join the fun from 11:00 to 2:00 on Saturday and Sunday to make us part of you day at the fair this year. We will also be launching our first annual zucchini growing contest. Pick up your free packet of zucchini seeds and get growing next spring!
Many thanks to Ron and Dave of Spelt's Service and Coffee Shop in Saanichton for their generous sponsorship of the zucchini races this year
August 19-21, Join us for the North Saanich Food and Farm Festival
The BCFSN annual Gathering is a celebration of our food systems and a coming-together of traditional and indigenous food skills with research and new developments on the ground. It is an empowering and fun way to meet some of the amazing people around BC working in the front lines of food security and food sovereignty.