Upcoming Workshops!

The Secrets of Healthy Soil

By Silvia Di Blasio (Me!)

“Hands Holding Seedleng” by adamr from: http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/
“Hands Holding Seedleng” by adamr from: http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/

April 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Soil, along with water, air and biodiversity is one of the pillars of life: without soil, we couldn’t have trees to produce the oxygen we breathe or the plants that make the foundation of all the food we eat. Our wonderful soil is also used for healing, building and playing!

In this short workshop, local permaculturist Silvia Di Blasio will introduce us to the wonders of soil: from how is it made to how to recognize its texture and improve its structure. You’ll learn what nutrients are important and how to get them from natural and inexpensive sources. Understanding the soil under our feet helps us to understand the marvelous interconnections of life; grow healthier food and restore life to our mighty soil.

Instructor: Silvia Di Blasio has been gardening organically for many years. She holds a Permaculture Design Certificate from UBC, an Organic Master Gardener certificate from Gaia College and is currently completing a Sustainable Horticulture citation at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and a Diploma in Community Permaculture through the Permaculture Institute (US).

Location, times and registration: http://www.villagesurrey.ca/event/the-secrets-of-healthy-soil/

More workshops coming (Dates to be announced ~ April and May):

  1. Intro to Permaculture for gardeners: enhancing food sovereignty

Permaculture is the art and science of creating systems that work both for humans and Nature: Permaculture helps households and communities to live in harmony with their environment by implementing practical solutions to areas such as food, water and energy (among many others).

Come and learn how you can utilize Permaculture to improve your garden or improve neighbourhood unused lands, while you support Nature and improve your community food sovereignty.

  1. Reducing waste: The secrets of great composting

What is good composting and we should we care? Composting can be found anywhere in the natural world. In Nature, nothing goes to “waste” and nobody needs to apply fertilizers or amendments; how can we re-create this in our homes and neighbourhoods? Can we get food from “waste” as Nature does? Yes, we can!

In this short workshop, we will see how we can manage kitchen “waste” more efficiently and troubleshoot common composting challenges. You will learn how to create a composting bin or a vermin-composting “factory” with minimum investment and great results for your kitchen, your garden and your wallet.

  1. Emergency Preparedness for families and neighbourhoods

Disasters and emergencies are part of life. While some disasters are unavoidable, many are preventable. Research shows that well connected and prepared families and communities recover faster and deal better with emergencies of all sizes.

In this hands-on, highly interactive workshop, you’ll learn to recognize potential risks an hazards, how to create a family or neighbourhood plan, how to ensure your house and neighbourhood is safer and what skills and supplies you would need to stock up. Emphasis will be made on the areas of food and water.


Note: some of these workshops are being organized by the amazing (and now official) people from Village Surrey Transition Initiative and some under the Food Action Coalition (Surrey/White Rock) with the support of City of Surrey.

I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.”
~ Rabindranath Tagore

I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.”
~ Albert Schweitzer

The most worth-while thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others.”
~ Robert Baden-Powell


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