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April 6: Soil quality workshop for backyard gardeners

Drop-in event for gardeners of all levels | 12 noon to 2 pm

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Saturday April 6, 2024 | LANGFORD, BC [As first published on March 25, 2024]

Posted by Island Social Trends

RAIN OR SHINE! COOL WEATHER is in the forecast for APRIL 6, with the possibility of rain. The workshop will be outdoors but under a covered area. Picnic benches for seating. Light refreshments provided.

If you like growing vegetables and fruits in your own backyard — or would like to start learning about that — this free workshop might be informative for you!

This short 2-hour workshop with guest speakers will explore some tips about soil quality as a key component for success with your home garden. Take home a small soil sample and some great ideas for the 2024 gardening season! Meet fellow gardeners.

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Growing food in your own back yard can contribute to budget resilience and better health.

Everyone welcome:

Everyone welcome! Your garden can be big or small, in-ground or in pots and containers on patios and balconies.

Mark your calendar:

The workshop will be held on Saturday April 6, 2024,

  • LOCATION: PEXSISEN Elementary School, 3100 Constellation Ave, Langford (in the garden box area, in front of the school).
  • TIME: 12 noon to 2 pm.
  • WEATHER: Outdoors – dress for the weather.
  • SEATING: Outdoors on picnic benches.
  • REFRESHMENTS: Bring your own hot beverage. We will provide juice and some snacks.
  • PARKING: School parking lot, and nearby streets.

Register by email or text:

The workshop is free and drop-in. But if you’d like to RSVP that will help us bring enough soil samples and workshop materials.

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To RSVP just send a quick email or phone/text to 250-588-7091.

Guest speakers:

The guest speakers are Kane Chandler-Symons of The Soil Guy and soil specialist Michaila Frawley from Sooke Soil. They have been working hard on their presentation materials, and look forward to meeting all the gardeners who attend.


This workshop is being organized by urban food consultant Mary P Brooke as coordinator for the speakers and the event.

Mary will provide a handout that summarizes the presentation and provides some tips for gardening in your neighbourhood.

The event is presented with the much appreciated support of an individual neighbourhood small project grant from The Victoria Foundation.

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Mary P Brooke, B.Sc. is organizing the March 2024 Soil Quality Workshop.

Mary P Brooke has a B.Sc. in Foods and Nutrition with an interest in household and community support when it comes to achieving a healthy lifestyle through nutrition and natural food. Locally grown food in your own yard reduces the transportation carbon footprint to zero and saves on your grocery shopping bill. And any home gardener will tell you, food tastes amazing when fresh from your own garden!

Mary Brooke made presentations to City of Langford committees in summer 2023 about how municipalities can gain strides with supporting food resilience through strategic urban development and leadership in local neighbourhoods.

New group in the works:

Mary Brooke and is also now organizing a non-profit society called the Urban Food Resilience Initiatives Society (UFRIS). Watch for other food-growing initiatives and activities in the west shore and Greater Victoria in the year ahead.

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