Events

2015

2nd Saturday Work Parties continue from March through October- (with the odd exceptions!) 11am-3pm

March 14, April 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, August 8, follow us on facebook for postings on  various events

Archives: 2014

2nd Saturday Work Parties continue from March through October- (with the odd exceptions!) 11am-3pm

June 14, July 19, August 9, September 27, October 11

Terroir: Urban Cloth Project

Terroir is the main event happening at MOP, as well as other near by sites. Find out all about our growing cloth project here

Monday September 1st 2-5pm

JOIN US: Harvest Celebration  for the Urban Cloth Project!

JULY EVENTS

Thursday  July 3 7 pm   Legion of Flying Monkeys concert and video shoot, come be a part of the audience and enjoy the  shady hillside and music.

Tuesday  July 8 6-8:30pm  Fibre dye harvesting – gathering berries and bark for future dye projects of the Means of Production fibre- for hte installation to be made on site as a part of the Urban Cloth Project

Saturday July 19 11am-3 pm Join in for foraging fibre plants and general  garden clean up work in the shady area of the garden.

Wednesday July 9 and 23  6-8 pm  As a part of the Urban Cloth Project, dance with us through-out the spring, summer and fall. Explore connections between labour, land and community as the growing season inspires our dances. Ongoing sessions will lead towards participatory performances linking place & local materials. Wear movement friendly footwear, sun hat or rain gear. Open to all. Contact Mirae for more information: miraerosner (at)gmail.com.
Wednesday July 30 6.30 pm Potluck picnic and garden tour with the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood house Food Connections Group. Meet some neighbours, enjoy the garden and learn about the  plantings at MOP  that grow specifically for  use in creative applications. Musical instruments? Paper? Cloth? Dye? Tools?….Yes!

June

Tuesdays  6-8.30pm June 3, 17

Fibre research/foraging/harvesting on site with Sharon Kallis and Tracy Williams

Wednesdays 6-8pm June 4, 18

Dance in the Outdoors: Explore connections between labour, land and community as the growing season inspires our dances with Mirae Rosner

Saturday June 14  11-3pm,

Weed and Weave event. Our usual weeding day just so happens to fall  within the second annual weekend National Garden Days time-frame. Join us in weeding and weaving a small  work made on site with our green waste.

July

July 30 6.30 pm- on. Join for a Food Connection Potluck and garden tour, connected with  Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House Food Connections Initiative. Follow the link to find out more

September

Monday, 1st- Labour Day! Join us for a celebration and exchange of the Terroir project research.  A tea party and more, maybe even a flax harvest!  2-5pm

2013  Schedule of Events:

Our general work parties are always the 2nd Saturday of the month  March- September from 11-3,

Mark your calendars and come on out to MOP!

Here is our full list of seasonal events including a brief overview of what you might see in our Artist in Residence (AIR)  bed- this year is  Flax to linen: being managed by resident artist Caitlin French with  tech support by Penny Coupland. Keep an eye on the Residency page for updates or  read the Urbanweaverstudio blog for all the facts to grow your own flax!

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February

The Wedding Weave Amphitheatre

Dates: Feb 16, 17, 23, 24 11-3pm

free, with a maximum  for participation: please preregister  here

Jamie and Kim invite you to join them in working with Means of Production (MOP) artists Sharon Kallis and David Gowman in the weaving of a living willow sculpture that will provide shade in the MOP performance area.

Using the willow grown on site, the sculptural form created will weave between living willow crops; defining a new switchback pathway and provide a growing, ever- changing backdrop to future MOP performances for community projects.

Interested participants can register for one or multiple days, the workshops are free but space is limited so weaving techniques can be taught. Techniques used are perfect for use in small gardens for trellis building. Please dress weather appropriate, in shoes with a good tread as the work is hillside. For more information about MOP please visit the website at moparrc.com.  Tea provided, potluck snacks encouraged.

We would like to thank Sean McIntyre, Environmental Youth Alliance and Vancouver Park Board for their contribution in making this project possible!

In the  AIR Flax to Linen bed:
Remove weeds, dig over, top dress with bone meal for potassium, add a compost dressing on top for potassium.

March

Saturday March 9 11-3 pm,   Monthly Work party: show up AND GET YOUR HANDS IN THE EARTH!  Everyone welcome to participate.

Sunday March 10th 11-3pm Weaving Hazel Wattle Hurtles!

free, with a maximum  for participation: please preregister  here

Join our very own local Welshmen; Brian Jones, who will lead us in weaving new hurtle fences with the hazel harvested on site. The fences will be used as a part of the switchback pathway being created down the hill from the bamboo to the hazel crops.

In the  AIR Flax to Linen bed:  late March to May
Remove weeds, rake soil flat, broadcast seed, tread in, water if necessary.

 April

Saturday April 13th, 11-3 pm,   Monthly Work party: show up AND GET YOUR HANDS IN THE EARTH!  Everyone welcome to participate.

Stay tuned for sculptural weaving opportunities on the hillside with Ken Clarke

 May

May 1, 8, 15, 22,  Wednesdays, 6-8:30pm

Basket-bombing for Ken Spencer Science Park: ( working in MOP garden)

A new way to think about leaving your mark! Not guerilla knitting, not stencil tagging, but basket-bombing! Working with Sharon Kallis at Means of Production Garden, participants will do a bit of material gathering of grasses and bind weed and learn simple coiling techniques to create beautiful small forms that will installed at the new Ken Spencer Science Park at Science World around the planting area.

Leave a corner of the world in better shape then you find it: a little weeding, a little weaving, and something beautiful transpires.

Participants are encouraged to bring a bagged dinner for break time, all tools supplied, no experience necessary but some hand strength /dexterity required.Free, but limited registration, please pre-register here

Saturday May 11th 11-3 pm,   Monthly Work party: show up AND GET YOUR HANDS IN THE EARTH!  Everyone welcome to participate.

Sunday May 13th 5- 6.30pm Snake March!

Join us moving the snake from Sun Yat Sen Garden to MOP! more info and sign up here:

Saturday May 25th  11-3pmUrban eco-forestry 101:

free, with a maximum  for participation: please preregister  here-

MOP founding artist Oliver Kellhammer will lead a walk through MOP garden and show examples of how the MOP model of garden planning stabilized the hillside as well as created opportunities for creative production through plant choices. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Means of Production Garden and Oliver will talk a bit about the changing landscape of  MOP use over the past 10 years.  A lesson in grafting and participation in some sheet mulching and general garden clean up will complete the day.

SundayMay 26th, 3-6pm

MOP tea party! Save the date and  stay tuned ; the garden event of the year is being planned…

 June

Saturday June 8th 11-3 pm,   Monthly Work party: show up AND GET YOUR HANDS IN THE EARTH!  Everyone welcome to participate.

Tuesday/Wednesday, June 4 & 5   6-8pm Bee herding fence  at MOP

Our bee herding fence that helps the bees come out of their homes and fly high over heads by a footpath is getting a bit seasonally worn, time for a spruce up! We will do some trimming and clipping from around the native tree section and use other materials grown on site. No registration required.

In the AIR Flax to Linen Bed: June or July depending on  seeding time

When seedlings are 10cm tall, one barefoot weeding of plot (barefoot because the seedlings are so delicate and will die if crushed).

July

Saturday  July 6th 11-3 pm,   Monthly Work party: show up AND GET YOUR HANDS IN THE EARTH!  Everyone welcome to participate.

August

Saturday  August 10th 11-3 pm,   Monthly Work party: show up AND GET YOUR HANDS IN THE EARTH!  Everyone welcome to participate.  Cutting the Scotchbroom! Volunteers will assist in cutting back the Scotchbroom and are encouraged to come out to the  MacLean Park Field house- AKA the Urban Weaver Studio  in the following week and help with  further research in dancing the Scotchbroom to fiber, curious to know more? Watch this video and find all the info on the events page here

Solar Dye Workshops

August 3, 17, 24 12noon-3pm Dye your own wool with natural materials from the Means of Production Garden. Come learn about the many locally available dye plants in the community garden, and pick up some basic principles on natural dyeing so that you can learn to dye at home with plants from your own garden.

Dye materials and wool provided. BYOJ (Bring your own Jar). Instructor Emily Smith. Free, registration required: please pre-register here

In the AIR Flax to Linen Bed:  Late July or August depending on the season:

90 days after germination we can expect a full flush of flowers in the flax crop

10 days after the full flush (maximum amount) of flowering has occurred is the time to harvest. Plants have to be pulled up by the roots in dry weather and stacked root end up either in the sun or indoors to dry. Once dry they can be stored indefinitely before retting.

September

Saturday September 14th 11-3 pm,   Monthly Work party: show up AND GET YOUR HANDS IN THE EARTH!  Everyone welcome to participate.

Stay tuned for Flax processing demos coming to a place near you, with opportunities to process your own flax crop if you are growing your own.

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