2019 Community Celebrations

  • March 30- Means of Production Open Studio Day 10am-2pm
  • come ready to  get your hands on some bark and wood! local trees from the restoration work in the park will be used in various ways for dyes, fence post placement, wood splitting for basketry with ash wood and more.
  • July 6- Means of Production Garden Party- hillside  stairs completion
  • we hope to have the stairs done and our new areas planted, come celebrate the work and the seasonal offerings with us!

Learning Opportunities:

Stewardship: Join EartHand’s Stewardship Coordinator Jaymie Johnson or Sharon and David for satisfying afternoons of hands-in-the-dirt activity keeping the gardens beautiful and great places in which to spend time. Build new pathways, weed the beds, weave fence repair, and possibly take home a little bouquet of herbs, flowers, willow, or other bountry related to the seasonal work. Nothing like a good honest bit of manual labour with friends to make for a hearty appetite and a good night’s sleep!

February 10, 1-4 pm at MOP:

MOP on the Wild Side – Special Session Saturday April 6, 10am-2pm:

Extra loving attention for the area to the east of MOP main gardens. Come in good work boots and dressed for the weather. Time to listen for birds, rest and contemplate spring life unfolding in the bushes, and discuss how to best support this wild area of the garden. Note: Nesting season began in March, project tasks will respect this.

April 14, 1-4 pm at MOP:

June 9, 1-4 pm at MOP:

Community FoodForest Stewardship Guild                                                                                9 Saturdays over three seasons, 10am-1pm
All tool use and materials included
$310 for all nine sessions
REGISTER on Paypal for all nine sessions
Or see links below description to register for seasons individually

Want to get your hands dirty with some permaculture practice right in the city? At Means of Production Garden, leader Ryan Vasseur will guide Guild members in key skills for maintaining a community food forest in good health and maximum productivity.  Pruning fruit trees, building soil and other fundamentals of permaculture are included in these hands-on seasonal programs that support our community’s food bounty in Mount Pleasant. Learn the garden’s different elements with respect to food production, medicine, and so much more! Understanding the hillside design of MOP and how closed loop systems function is built into the nine learning/work sessions. Guild Members take home mini-harvests of seasonal bounty, from flower bouquets to fresh herbs or fruits as available. Snacks and tea provided each day.

Spring:  Mar 23, Apr 27, May 25 — tree tending, soil building, and sowing seeds
REGISTER for Spring on PayPal

Summer: June 22, July 27, Aug 24 — Soil tending, bee habitat awareness
REGISTER for Summer on PayPal

Autumn: Sept 28, Oct 26, Nov 16 — Tree tending, mushroom inoculation, soil building
REGISTER for Autumn on PayPal

About our Instructor

Ryan Vasseur is a permaculture, rainforest, and healthy soil enthusiast and completed his Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) in 2018. He is passionate about food forests and gardening and looks for opportunities to combine them whenever possible. Ryan enjoys teaching about forest systems, soil health, and empowerment through growing and foraging food. Food forests are bio-diverse, multi-functional spaces that can produce food, medicine, habitat for animals and soil life, and are a model for truly sustainable and regenerative Earth care. During a food forest stewardship session you can expect to learn about building healthy soil, pruning and caring for food producing trees, foraging, mycology, and many more exciting topics. Ryan believes that human beings can be responsible stewards of this planet and create a regenerative future that allows life to flourish.

Fence Weaving….Though it’s highly unlikely that we’ll get the chance to weave in snow again, we’ll still have just as much fun in 2019 practicing (or learning new!) techniques for weaving  pathway fences at our gardens using willows grown on site!
Obviously, dress for working outdoors with good footwear for rough terrain. Tools provided 
Free Programs with limited space, so if you take a ticket, please show up!
Sunday 5 May 2019,  1-4pm — REGISTER 
Thursday 16 May 2019, 6-8pm — REGISTER

Dyers’ Cooperative Garden Share Purchase

April-October 2019, see dates below
Means of Production Garden @ 6th & St.Catherines/ Trillium North Park @ Malkin & Thornton, Vancouver

Means of the Production Garden in Mount Pleasant becomes the site for research, work and crop share for a small group of dedicated individuals interested in building community while growing, tending and using natural dye plants.

Over six months together we will plant, tend and harvest various plants at MOP for shared use and  equal division. Participants agree to attend a minimum of 10 of the 15 offered work dates as well as the site orientation and to work in a collaborative and cooperative way within the small group.Four studio sessions at Trillium North Park allow time for prepping our fibres and cooking up seasonal dye baths. Cost includes an unprocessed  fleece and sample yardage of linen for swatches as decided by the group. Building on what has been learned from 2 successful years of this program it includes:, a later season studio session, material for dying, potluck fibre for dye-pots component and a shared group google document for notes and dye reference. Only 7 spaces max are offered for the 2019 coop.

Lead and Host: Sharon Kallis

Garden Dates at M.O.P:

generally 2nd Wed 6-8pm, 4th Thurs 6-8pm, 2nd Sun 3-5pm

April 10 (site orientation), 14, 25, May 8,12, 23, June 9,12, 27 Jul 10,14,18 Aug 11,14, 22 Sept 1, Oct 27 ( poke berry harvest and solar dyes for take home)

Studio Dates at Trillium:

potluck Sundays 12noon-5pm

April 28, June 30, July 7, Sept 22