Events

Current Events:

Healing Garden
Friday, May 27th, 2016  |  10AM – 11:30AM| Earthwise Gardens
colourful Earthwise Garden JuneCome join us at our Healing Gardens event on May 27th, from 10-11:30 AM. Explore how natural DSCN0328spaces restore body and mind. Alyssa Hall, a Therapeutic Horticulturalist and Professional Gardener, will introduce therapeutic horticulture and share first hand stories of positive psychological and physical benefits.  Hear Patricia Fleming, Executive Director at Earthwise Society will be providing information on the new Therapeutic Horticulture Community Program operating out of the Earthwise Garden and Farm. Hope you can join us!

 

Past Events…

Earthwise’s 3rd Annual Bee-Friendly Plant Sale & Market Day

Saturday, May 14th, 2016  |  10AM – 2PM  | Earthwise Gardens

Join us at our annual pesticide free plant sale at Earthwise Gardens on May 14th, from 10 – 2. The event will also feature a farmers’ market, educational tours, speakers and activities. “With the global spotlight on bee decline we’re hearing from more and more people who want to help.” says Patricia Fleming, Earthwise’s executivimage (9)e director. “The Bee-Friendly Plant Sale is an opportunity to do just that as part of a fun, community event.” Friendly, trained staff and volunteers will be on-site to assist gardeners of all skill levels to choose the right plant for the right place, and lead guided tours through the rich ecologically diverse gardens.

Earthwise will also be having a one day sale as part of the event, and will be offering our Bee Garden Starter Kits for the reduced price of $30. The kits contain seven plants carefully selected to provide a steady source of nectar and pollen throughout the seasons.   Also for sale are a variety of easy care perennials to help with creating pollinator friendly, native, heritage, shade or drought tolerant gardens.

Other bee and family friendly activities include honey tasting, a kid’s corner, presentations from beekeepers, and a variety of vendors at the farmers’ market. For brunch, Chef Derek Bothwell will be serving up treats like honey and goat cheese flatbread, fresh from the cob oven.

EARTH WEEK: Spring Garden & Farm Tour

Wednesday, April 20 from 4:00pm  to 5:00 pm

Earthwise Society provides opportunities for people to rediscover their connection with the natural world through volunteering at the Earthwise Garden and Farm in Boundary Bay.  Join Earthwise expert guides for a site tour and conversation about where to start.  The tour is open to anyone who is interested in learning how to help create, sustain and enjoy nature with others at the three acre Earthwise site.

The tour will point out how the diverse plantings of the Earthwise Garden increase biodiversity, support healthy pollinator populations, and provide habitat for owls, barn swallows, songbirds and frogs.   Visitors will also take an inside look into the operation of a small scale, local organic farm that serves as learning ground for volunteers, apprentices, youth, and a new generation of growers.

Please RSVP to: info@earthwisesocieity.bc.ca

RAIN DAY!

Celebrate Earth Day with a parade of wet and waterwise family fun

When: Saturday, April 23 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Sun or rain, sport your brightest, silliest and most flamboyant rain gear for a colourful celebration of an oft neglected planetary resource – fresh water.

The morning kicks off with performer and children’s entertainer Jacques Lalonde leading an exuberant high stepping Gumboot Parade through the butterfly, hummingbird, bee, waterwise and other themed gardens.  

Now in its second year, the event brings back popular bright spots like the Tsawwassen Library’s Raindrop Story Circle and the rainy day kids’ crafts.

Adults can meander at a slower pace, taking in guided tours of the property highlighting landscape techniques to conserve, collect, and re-use water in home, garden, and farm settings, and including a stop at the rain garden demonstration area.

 Bring a favourite rainy day soup recipe for the community sharing board located farm produce store, a social enterprise business. Warm up with a hot coffee or hot chocolate and cookies as they browse the farm store for delectable tender early Spring greens from 10-2pm.

Rain Day OPENS!
10:00 am – Rainy Day crafts in the Allotment Barn
– Farm Store opens (warm beverages available)
10:30        – Raindrop Story Circle (Allotment Barn)
11:00         – Gumboot Parade and Rain Dance performance
12:00        -Waterwise  garden tour. (meet at the entrance to the Allotment BarN)
12:30        -Raindrop Story Circle ( Allotment Barn)
2:00         -Farm store closes and Rain Day wraps ups

Grab some kids and join in the splishy splashy fun!

Gumboots and Raindrops – Spring Break Camp

When: Tuesday, March 22, 2016    9am – Noon

Ages: 6 – 10

Come explore and discover the WET side of nature on World Water Day! The morning will be awash with art and nature activities and “waterwise” learning as kids celebrate water, and soak up the magic of  the nature rich setting.  Rain, rain come today so we can splash and play!

COST: $20

Call: 604 946 9828 to inquire further, or register

Olde Fashioned Christmas Market – December 5th from 10 to 3

Come, they told me…

To this year’s Olde Fashioned Christmas Market at Earthwise! In the joyous spirit of this wonderful holiday season, we offer you an afternoon of warmth and Christmas cheer that will be fun for the whole family. We are again collaborating with Farm Fresh Events to bring in a great set of vendors that will inspire your holiday gift-giving while at the same time helping you feel better connected to your local community. Food and warm drinks will be available, including a seasonal favorite – mulled cider! Santa’s workshop returns with more chances to make a holiday craft, along with listening to holiday stories from the ever-popular FVRL storytime. And, of course, Santa will be making his rounds to see who’s being naughty or nice – you can also catch him in the barn to snap a keepsake photo with.

The Earthwise Farm Store will be open throughout the event, providing a selection of fresh organic produce, including beets, greens, carrots and squash. Finally, as a special treat this year, hand-made Earthwise wreaths and centrepieces will be for available for purchase in the farm store.

Christmas Wreath Workshop – November 28th at 10am

Join us to make a beautiful evergreen wreath from local greenery. Take home your unique creation to decorate your front door. All materials provided.

COST: $20 per person

Call: 604.946.9828 to register

Barn Owls in Delta: Species on the Brink

Where: Earthwise Society in the Red Barn     

When: Saturday, November 21st at 2pm

This is an informational session about barn owls – a truly amazing species, and one that we should all be looking to protect here in Delta. Hosted by MLA Vicki Huntington on site at Earthwise Society, there will be several local experts in attendance to share their findings and let us know how we can help.

FREE ADMISSION

Tea Gardens Workshop – October 24th at 10:30am

Alyssa Dawn Hall, a registered horticulture therapist, will guide us on how to turn plants into delicious herbal teas! This is a great workshop to attend as we head into these dark, colder months. Hope you can join us!

COST: $10 per person

Call: 604 946 9828 to register

100 Mile 2015 another great success!!

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Table 9.

Thank you again to everyone that made 2015’s 100 Mile Banquet such a resounding success.  BIG thank you to Chef Derek Bothwell and our meal sponsor Chill Winston Restaurant for making the event possible.  Special thank you’s as well to our wonderful beverage sponsors, Wellbrook Winery, Chaberton Estates, Massey Wines, Peacock and Martin, Lotusland Vineyards, Delta Law Office/Central City Brewery!

100 Mile Banquet – October 17th at 6pm

Come and join us at our signature fundraising event! Enjoy a five-course meal featuring a Jerry Gelderman Pig Roast expertly prepared by chef Derek Bothwell of Chill Winston. All courses are paired with delicious local wines and beer. This year’s music will be by world music artists Rio Samaya. Silent Auction.

COST: SOLD OUT!

Call: 604 946 9828 to inquire further

Thanksgiving Centrepiece Workshop – Sat. October 10th at 10:30am

Maureen Johnson, expert floral designer and gardener at Earthwise, will cover important flower-arranging techniques, and participants get to take home their creations to adorn the family table or mantelpiece.

The timing of this workshop coincides with the Saturday Farmers’ Market at Earthwise, so participants will have plenty of time to enjoy the Market and Farm Store afterwards.

COST: $20.oo per person. RSVP requested so workshop materials can be harvested and on-hand in the appropriate quantity.

Call: 604-946-9828 or Email: garden@earthwisesociety.bc.ca

TOMATO FEST!  Saturday Aug 29th 10-3pm

A Free Farm Fresh Foodie Festival!tomatofest15

Our annual farm fresh foodie festival! Celebrate and taste the difference that certified organic makes with our  25 varieties of organic heirloom tomatoes. Enjoy a day on the farm with the whole family.The always popular tomato tasting will be back and in action with many to choose from, don’t forget to pick your favorites!  Take a wander through the garden and farm and then stop by our hoop house to see where the tomatoes are lovingly nurtured by our volunteer Tomato Experts, Maja and Graham. Live music,  Interactive Kids Zone, Food Demos,  certified organic Cob Oven pizza by guest Chef Derek Bothwell of Chill Winston, Wine Tastings  and the Tsawwassen Saturday Market are all part of the day.

See you there!!

 

 

 rainsculpturecontestposterRain Harvest Sculpture Contest 2015

The Earthwise Society is proud to present the Rain Harvest Sculpture Contest. An artistic competition to celebrate the magic of water through creative exploration of kinetic garden art using the sound and motion of rain.

Contest submission will be open until Dec 18th, 2015 and entries will be installed for display at the Earthwise Garden in time for our annual Rain Day celebration in March 2016. The winning entry will receive a cash prize (TBD) and will be permanently displayed as part of Earthwise Society’s rain garden.

Please refer to the Rain sculpture contest guidelines for details on how to submit your contest entries. Get the application here rain sculpture entry form

The Rain Sculpture Contest is part of Earthwise Society’s Rain Harvest Program. The goal of the Rain Harvest Program is to increase public understanding and engagement in ensuring the sustainability of fresh water supplies, through education and a community celebration of rain. Help us raise awareness of the beauty and fragility of this important resource by printing and sharing the rain sculpture poster in your office, workplace or communal bulletin boards.

 

Tsawwassen Saturday Market

The Tsawwassen Saturday Market runs every Saturday until October from 10am to 2pm, adjacent to the certified organic Earthwise Farm.    Just past Boundary Bay Beach in Tsawwassen, residents, beach goers and weekend holiday makers alike will be able to enjoy a morning stroll through the lovely demonstration gardens as they shop for freshly harvested certified organic Earthwise produce along with artisanal foods, BC wines, handcrafted artworks, jewelry and gifts.

 

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Saturday May 9th 10am – 2pm

It is more than just a plant sale it is a celebration of spring planting and a great opportunity to learn about how you can help feed the bees! Our nursery will be stocked with many PESTICIDE FREE “bee friendly” perennials for you to choose from as well as all our other plant stock. Earthwise “bee kits” are a great gift idea for any gardener and makes feeding the bees easy-peasy. There are three types of bee kits consisting of seven preselected  plants that bloom from March to November providing food and flowers throughout the growing season.  They are bee-autiful! Our horticulturist, garden staff and many experienced volunteers will be on hand to help with any and all questions.

The farm store will be buzzin’ with our certified organic farm produce and a fine selection of Westham Island honey, Vista D’oro artisanal jams, organic coffee and cookies. IMGP6736  Resident bee- keeper, Janet Wilson, will also be on site conducting her incredible interactive beehive tours.

We invite you stroll though our one acre demonstration garden and to stop by the Feed The Bees booth at the farmer’s market to register your bee friendly garden and learn more about one of our favorite pollinators.

We’ll bee seeing you there!!

 

Rain Day

orA free family day at the Earthwise Garden celebrating what puts the ‘wet’ in
‘Wet Coast’,  Rain!  Grab your most colourful rain boots, jackets and umbrellas and join us here on the farm for some splish-splashy fun. Puddle jump your way over to our event barn for the Raindrop story circle (10:30 & 12:30) presented by the Tsawwassen Library or build your own rainboot and pop-bottle planters. The younger set can try their hand at rain paintings and building rain sticks. Everyone is invited to take part in the interactive Gumboot parade through the site at 11:00am and all participants will be entered into a prize draw. The 2014 Delta May Queen will be on hand and judging Gumboot paraders for their creative ensembles. The free Introduction to Rain Gardening and garden tour meets in the Earthwise office at noon and participants will learn all about the hows and whys of  building a rain garden. Everyone can warm up with a hot coffee or hot chocolate and cookies as they browse the farm store for delectable tender early Spring greens from 10-2pm. The days line up looks like this…

Rain Day OPENS!
10:00 am – Rainy Day crafts in the Allotment Barn
– Farm Store opens (warm beverages available)
10:30        – Raindrop Story Circle (Allotment Barn)
11:00         – Gumboot Parade and Rain Dance performance
12:00        -An Introduction to Rain Gardening
and garden tour. (meet in Earthwise office)
– Slug Races ( Lawn)
12:30        -Raindrop Story Circle ( Allotment Barn)
1:00          – Rain Day wraps up
2:00         -Farm store closes

 

 

Community Celebrates Local Food at Earthwise Society’s 6th Annual 100 Mile Banquet Fundraiser

Guests at Earthwise Society’s 6th annual Hundred Mile Banquet, enjoyed a delicious five course meal Saturday, October 18, 2014 at the Southlands Red Barn in Tsawwassen. Using the best locally sourced and organic ingredients, the dinner featured the culinary talents of Chef Derek Bothwell of Chill Winston Restaurant, and was paired with local artisanal wines and beers from some of the lower mainland’s amazing producers.IMG_0568

Earthwise Society hosts the banquet as a community celebration of the bounty and diversity of local agriculture.  Executive Director Patricia Fleming comments: “Every year, more and more people are discovering that eating local is not only good for the environment, it tastes better too.”  Much of the produce for the dinner was freshly harvested the same day from the Society’s two acre teaching farm. Small-scale farms such as the Earthwise Farm serve local markets and make an important contribution to sustainable regional food systems.

IMG_0497At the start of the evening, MLA Vickie Huntington presented Earthwise with a plaque in recognition of their educational and community programs, which read, in part,  “For nearly 40 years, Earthwise has led environmental education and community stewardship initiatives in Delta. I would like to thank the dedicated workers and volunteers of the Earthwise Society for their commitment to our natural environmental and for their contribution to community sustainability.”

In keeping with the “hundred mile” theme, Earthwise featured many locally owned and sustainably operated businesses as part of their silent auction: “We are so thankful for the continued support we’ve received throughout the community. The Hundred Mile Banquet is our signature fundraiser, supporting the society’s educational and community programs.”

Earthwise Society would like to thank MLA Huntington and all of the guests, sponsors, and volunteers who contributed to the success of the event and recognize Chef Derek and his team from Chill Winston for a delicious evening.

Earthwise Olde Fashion Christmas Market

Hear ye, hear ye, come one, come all to the Olde Fashioned Christmas Market at Earthwise.  Olde Fashioned Christmas Market On Saturday, December 6, from 10am to 3pm, Earthwise Society will host its annual Christmas Market at the Earthwise Farm & Garden. Experience an old-fashioned Christmas with hands on activities and crafts for the whole family, and a special visit from Santa! Visit Santa’s Workshop to build your own winter bouquets, decorate Christmas cookies, or paint tree ornaments. There are even rumors that there will be a surprise visit from Mr. Claus and his elves arriving on Santa’s Christmas tractor for pictures and story time with the kids!

The Christmas Market is presented through Farm Fresh Events, so it will be a great opportunity to revisit many of your favourite vendors from the Saturday Markets at the Earthwise Farm.   Shop for hand crafted gifts, enjoy your favourite baking from Gesundheit Bakery, pick up fresh organic eggs and order your Christmas turkey from Rockweld Farms.   To take off the winter’s edge, warm up with some hot apple cider and then help spread some Christmas cheer by joining in with the “Jingle Bells” carolers.

The Earthwise Farm store will be open during the Market, offering a selection of fresh organic vegetables. Winter vegetables include red and golden beets, oriental greens, many kids of squash, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, and more.   Don’t forget to pre-order your “Holiday Harvest Box”, a special selection of organic produce from the Earthwise Farm for your holiday dinner, available for pick up on Saturday, December 20, during the last Earthwise Farm Store of the year.

Interested in pre-ordering a Holiday Harvest Box? Click here to reserve yours now!

Burlap to Black Tie 100 Mile Banquet Fundraiser at the Earthwise Farm.

This farm to table feast is the Earthwise signature fundraising event of the year that celebrates the local harvest and directly supports our many community and educational programs. A farm fresh foodie event showcasing the talents of Chef Derek Bothwell of Chill Winston restaurant in Gastown using  Earthwise certified organic produce, ethically sourced meats, artisanal products and wine all crafted, grown or raised within one hundred miles of the Earthwise Farm.

The five course culinary adventure is served with specially selected wine pairings for each course and the evening is rounded out with live music and a silent auction. Tickets for this event sell out fast so call today to save your seat. $125 per person ( charitable tax receipt available upon request)

TOMATO FEST 2014 – Saturday August 30th 9-3pm

Our annual farm fresh foodie festival! Celebrate and taste the difference that certified organic makes with our  25 varieties of organic heirloom tomatoes. Enjoy a day on the farm with the whole family. Live music, Farmer’s Market, Creative Kids Zone, Farm tours and FOOD!  Taste our heirloom tomatoes and pick your favorite, enjoy food demos and pizza from our cob oven. We may even have a wine tasting or two.. stay tuned for more info!!


Tsawwassen Saturday Market at Earthwise

The Fraser Valley’s only all-organic farmers market is held weekly on Saturdays from 9am to 12pm at Earthwise Society Farm. Located across from Boundary Bay Beach in Tsawwassen, residents, beach goers and weekend holiday makers alike, will be able to enjoy a morning stroll through the lovely demonstration gardens as they shop for farm  fresh organic produce along with artisanal foods, BC wines, handcrafted artworks, jewelry and gifts.  Farm, garden and bee hive tours round out the experience, as this gem of a market has something for everyone. Make the Tsawwassen Saturday Market at Earthwise Farm, your first stop every weekend this summer. Opening July 19th, 2014.

 

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Spice Road Market – Saturday July 5th 11-3 pm

A vibrant annual event that explores and celebrates  the different cultures that make up the community of Delta: this year’s theme is India. The Spice Road Market will feature an art show, Banghra dance demonstrations, Mehndi artists, traditional and contemporary music, a kids zone with traditional crafts, vendors, farm store and the Taste of Delta restaurant competition featuring Earthwise produce.

The Taste Of Delta restaurant competition will feature a selection of restaurants in a friendly “black box” competition in which they will be asked to create an Indian inspired signature dish with Earthwise certified organic produce for the public to sample and vote on as their favorite “Taste of Delta”. Tasting tickets are available for purchase at Earthwise 6400 3rd Avenue, Boundary Bay  $10 advance, $15 at the gate. Please call 604 946 9828 for more information.

Earthwise would like to thank our incredible sponsors for all their support:

RJ1200
South Asian Post
VanCity North Delta & Tsawwassen
Chill Winston
Delta Arts Council
Delta Food CoalitionFraser Valley Regional Library

 

plantsaleposter 2014Earthwise “Bee Friendly” Plant Sale – Saturday April 26th (10:00am – 2:00pm)

Have you heard the “buzz” about our annual “Bee Friendly” Plant Sale and fair? Join us for a fun filled day on the farm and learn how you can help support our local bee populations and the Earthwise Society.

Learn about composting, bee friendly container planting and gardening month by month (for May) at one of our workshops.

Take a Bee Safari through our bee friendly garden with our organic horticulturist, Bardia and follow it up with Beekeeper Janet to see how our precious pollinators live, right here at Earthwise.

Children of all ages will love the “Just Bee a Kid Zone”  as our Outreach Educator Krystal has some amazing activities planned that will keep the younger set busy as… bees!

Chef Derek from Chill Winston will also be on hand cooking up tasty treats with honey from our cob oven  (fig, blue cheese and honey flatbread, anyone?) while North Vancouver’s own Jahmon will be playing on our Five Senses Garden patio.

The Delta Naturalists, Feed the Bees, Westham Island Honey and The Portal with their amazing Ferlow Botanical product line will also be joining us for the day.
Our farm store will be open and our organic growers/educators Charlotte and Nahum will be on hand, we invite you to come and meet the people who grow your food.

We’ll bee seeing you there!

 

Volunteer Open House – Wednesday April 2nd, 2014 7-8pm

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Are you looking for a way to connect with like minded people and be a part of your community? If you enjoy digging in the dirt, working with kids or just want to be a part of a great community organization, then come out to the Earthwise Society in Boundary Bay for our Volunteer Open House. It is a chance to meet existing volunteers, Earthwise staff and our Executive Director, Patricia Fleming and get to know more about the Earthwise Society.

Learn about a variety of volunteer opportunities at an open house on Wednesday, April 2nd form 7-8pm. Visit our website at www.earthwisesociety.bc.ca or call us at 604 946 9828 for more information and to RSVP

Light refreshments will be served.

Earthwise Annual “Bee Friendly” Plant Saleplantsaleposter 2014

It is more than just a plant sale it is a celebration of spring planting with fun activities for the whole family. Our nursery will be stocked with many “bee friendly” perennials for you to choose from as well as all our other plant stock. The farm store will be open with our certified organic farm produce and our bee- keeper will be conducting hive tours. Throw in some music, the “bee a kid” zone, tasty treats from our cob oven and some local vendors and you have a great day out on the farm with the family

116beeBee My Valentine Dinner – Friday February 14th, 2014  6:30 pm

Urban Village Catering’s Bee my Valentine dinner is a unique fundraiser for the Earthwise Society’s Feed the Bees program. It features a four course meal accompanied by the cool jazz and R&B sounds of Smooth Function. Click here for more information.

November 2nd, 6:30-11pm: 100 Mile Banquet Fundraiserfrom burlap to black tie

It’s back! A delicious five-course local meal with wine pairings by Chef Derek Bothwell from Chill Winston. Join us for our signature fundraiser event to support Earthwise and celebrate the harvest! Includes live music and a silent auction featuring local gifts and artisanal products. Get tickets while they last! For more information click here.

Location: Earthwise, 6400 3rd Ave, Delta
Cost: $125/person. Members Early Bird tickets are $100 each (for a maximum of two people) until October 12th. Contact us to reserve your tickets

Bee Jammin’ Market Day – August 3rd 10am-3pm:
Enjoy a great afternoon at Earthwise for our Bee Jammin’ Market Day with music provided by the Delta Arts Council, bee-friendly market vendors, and fabulous food from the Cobb Oven.
Location: Earthwise, 6400 3rd Ave, Delta
Cost: Free

We Are Delta – August 8th 5pm-8pmmarket veggies 3

An evening of art, storytelling, music and food by The Delta Welcoming Communities, held in the Earthwise Gardens and Red Barn.  This event examines the concept of community, and features original works by Ilsoo Kyung MacLaurin,
Jarnail Singh, Faith Love-Robertson,
Leah Philcox-McCullough, Monica
Sanderson and Victoria Williams.

Yoga in the Garden with Shanti Yoga – August 11th – 5:30pm
Enjoy asanas in Earthwise’s beautiful garden with this class from Shanti Yoga.  Spread your mat down on the grass and practice amongst the butterflies and bird calls.
Location: Earthwise, 6400 3rd Ave, Delta
Cost: By donation (suggested $10)

August 11 & 25, September 8: Ladner Village Market
Look for Earthwise at the Ladner Village Market.  We’ll have the best of summer’s produce, from sweet carrots and beets to fresh zucchini and greens–all certified organic!
Location: Downtown Ladner
Cost: Free

August 29, 30th, 31st & September 1st 7pm: Theatre in the Garden
Jane and the Giant Peach—a children’s production for the child in all of us!  Back by popular demand, Knockout Theatre presents this children’s classic, set in the beautiful Earthwise garden.
Cost: $10 (Contact us for advance ticket purchase)

August 31st & September 1st 1pm: Theatre in the Garden (matinee)
Jane and the Giant Peach—a children’s production for the child in all of us!  Back by popular demand, Knockout Theatre presents this children’s classic, set in the beautiful Earthwise garden.
Cost: $10 (Contact us for advance ticket purchase)

September 14 10am-3pm: Tomato Festival Market Day happy people food
Gorgeous heirloom tomatoes, certified organic and GMO-free!  Join us for our final Summer Market Day.  Taste rare tomato varieties, enjoy fresh pizza baked in Earthwise’s Cobb Oven, and enjoy local vendors.
Location: Earthwise, 6400 3rd Ave, Delta
Cost: Free

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