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March Updates
We acknowledge that we live, work, and play on the ancestral, traditional, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) peoples.
Happy March, Everyone! 

Spring will be here at any moment & we're bursting with excitement. We are busy planning our gardens, starting our seeds, & with the vaccines rolling out, we're planning for a brighter and greener growing season.
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Get in touch!
 
Honey for Sale
 
We'll have honey available starting next week. There are two sizes available, 250 ml is $15, 500 ml is $25. Please email director@richmondfoodsecurity.org to reserve yours!
Plant & Soil Sale 

We have joined with the Richmond Garden Club to hold a plant sale! The Garden Club will have plant starts available, and we'll have our seed swap, seed library; honey and soil available for purchase.

The sale will be on May 15th from 10 am to 2 pm at our Paulik park location, 7611 Ash street.

Soil will be available for pre-purchase soon and will be delivered to Terra Nova and Paulik.
Community Gardens


We are happy to welcome our community gardeners back for another season, and to welcome all your new gardeners!


We have an orientation manual for new gardeners to get acquainted with our rules and another manual for anybody new to gardening in general.

Plots should be cleared and tidy by May 3rd, they do not need to be planted. We'll have roll-off bins or extra bin pickups scheduled from April 23rd to May 7th to help with the garden clean-up.

If you're planning on building structures in the garden, you must email coordinator@richmondfoodsecurity.com first to get approval, this is one of the garden rules.

New Gardener Orientation

We'll have a meeting for new gardeners on April 5th from 7 pm to 8 pm. You may be new this year or have been gardening for a little while. All those who would like to join are welcome.

Sign-up via the Eventbrite link here. We'll send a Google Meet link the day of the meeting.
Garden Workshops

 If you're interested in joining us for garden workshops, please fill out the form here.

Garden Tip of the Month


Learn how to start your seeds here.


Spring is around the corner and you can start planting seeds outside! Certain crops like leafy greens, some peas and beans, and spinach. These crops like to be planted in cool soil and may not germinate if the soil is too warm. Always reference the back of the seed pack to check the dates that it can be planted. You can also check the West Coast seeds chart here to make sure you’re choosing the right seeds.

 

You can also start seeds indoors like broccoli, tomatoes, basil and many others. Reference the planting guide and seed packet. Certain plants like peas and beans have delicate roots that don’t transfer easily. Start those crops in containers that break down like paper, coconut coir, or manure pots so you can plant the seedling directly in the garden and not damage the roots.

Seed Library 

 

Our seed library is open! You can select up to 3 seed varieties here. If you’re interested in learning how to save seeds and the importance of growing seeds locally, we encourage you to try out our program!

 

We carry peas, beans, lettuce, and tomatoes that are all open-pollinated and non-hybrid.  We also have some flowers and native, pollinator-friendly seeds too. We’ll package your seeds and have them ready at our office, 7611 Ash Street on Fridays, after 12 pm. If you don’t pick them up after 2 weeks, they will be returned to our library.

Seed Swap

We hosted a second seed swap on March 20th from 10 am to 2 pm at our Paulik office and it was a great success. Thanks to all those that stopped by.

Our next seed swap will be on April 17th from 10 am to 2 pm at 7611 Ash street. We'll have the seed library and resources available. Also, we will have a Master Gardener that can answer your gardening questions so you start your garden on the best foot! We'll have COVID practices in place to keep you safe.
Kids in the Garden

 

We are getting ready to bunny proof our school gardens and start planting after spring break. This time last year, schools had to close due to the Pandemic and the grounds were quiet for creatures like rabbits to move in and breed. True to the stereotype, bunnies love eating carrots, but kale, peas and even some bean plants as well!

 

Take a look at our student activity during our Mason Bee Lessons. We are showing how each mason bee works to build her nest by gathering materials and food from their environment - mud for walls, pollen and nectar is the food where an egg is laid on, and eventually, the larva grows and consumes the food before pupating into a mason bee.

Dish it Up - Hearty Potato Corn Chowder



Serves 8
 

  • The Yum

    • 4 slices of bacon cut into strips (substitute with any meat or mushrooms or just leave out!)

  • The Base

    • 1 cup diced onion

    • 1 cup diced carrot

    • 1 cup diced celery 

    • 2 cups diced potatoes

    • 4 cups corn kernels

  • The Seasoning

    • 2 tsp salt 

    • ¼ tsp black pepper

    • ½ tsp smoked paprika

  • The Glue

    • 2-4 tbsps flour

  • The Liquid

    • 8 cups of liquid (any combination of water, milk, stock, or cream)

  • The Finish

    • Green onions to garnish 

  • The Method

    • In a heavy bottom pot, render the bacon over medium heat

    • Remove bacon and set aside

    • In the same pot, sweat the onions, celery, carrots, potatoes, and corn

    • Add in the seasoning, stir

    • Sprinkle in the flour, stir

    • Return the bacon and add the liquid a little at a time, stirring occasionally

    • Bring to a simmer

    • Adjust seasoning

    • Garnish and serve

What's Happening in Richmond
 
  • New Gardener Orientation: April 5th, 7 pm to 8 pm
  • RFSS Seed Swap: April 17th, from 10 am to 2 pm at 7611 Ash Street. Bring seeds to swap out, and sign out seeds from our seed library. Get resources on how to save seeds too and bring our garden questions to our Master Gardener.
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If you are interested in our work and helping us continue it, please consider making a one-time or monthly donation. Your support will go directly to our programs.
Donate Here


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