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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

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Stay tuned for new events coming in 2023! Subscribe to our Newsletter to stay in the loop. 

The Regenerative Home Gardener Course 

is a season-long course to teach you all the fundamentals to grow your own bounty this year. The course is taught by master gardener and regenerative farmer Stephanie Jacobs. This course guides you through everything you need to grow your own abundance — from garden planning and planting, right through to seed saving. Shared amenities like automatic irrigation, field processing stations and tools makes it easy for you to show up and get growing! 

For more information and to register for the course, email Stephanie directly at theregenerativehomegardener@gmail.com or click here for more info. Limited spaces available! 

 

Growing Young Farmers Summer Camps

We are thrilled to be partnering with GYF to offer farm-based summer camps! Children have the opportunity to connect to nature by getting their hands in the dirt, grow food, visit with the sheep, and learn about biodiversity. Questions can be directed to Brooke of Growing Young Farmers at brooke@gyfs.ca.

Land and Forest Stewardship   

Sandown is 83 acres of arable land, wetland, forest wetland, and classic Coastal Douglas Fir forest. It is also an exercise in community co-management, as we learn as a community how to understand and best serve this wonderful, varied ecosystem.  Enhancing the land will ensure increased biodiversity, cleaner waters, living soils, and increased carbon sequestration. Would you like to be a part of this stewardship program? For more information, please sign onto our mailing list or email us at sandowncentre@gmail.com 

Community Gardens

Through the summer of 2021, we worked to build our community gardens, and are now entering into our third year in the gardens. We are currently full, but please join the waitlist to be notified on future availability at sandowncg@gmail.com

Past Events

Forest Bathing

In April 2020, we ran a half-day mini retreat of forest bathing, a practice developed in Japan. Forest therapy guides Kelly Kiss and Peter Hehl, certified forest therapy guides from Saltspring Island, will introduce us to the practice of forest bathing in our very own 20 acre Sandown forest, home to 115 unique bird species. This is a beautiful mindful practice that will cultivate a deeper connection with the forest and with yourself.

Flavour Trails

The Flavour Trails program promotes and organizes community celebrations that provide opportunities to experience the quality and creativity of the Capital Region’s harvesters, farmers, fishers, food producers, chefs, vintners, cider makers, brewers and distillers. By connecting consumers to growers and producers, Flavour Trails contributes to the growth and sustainability of the local food economy, which is at the heart of CRFAIR’s mandate.

Pumpkin Patch and Market

Pick your own pumpkin and support our farmpreneurs every Saturday at Sandown during the month of October, 2021. 

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