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    • 21 Apr 2019
    • 28 Jul 2019
    • 14 sessions
    • Cambie Square Communal Garden, 2685 Cambie St Vancouver, BC V5Z 4K2
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    Every Sunday, join Cambie Square Communal Garden volunteers in the garden to collectively grow veggies, learn about gardening, and reconnect with nature.

    There are no individual plots. Rather, all volunteers share in the planning, planting, harvesting and maintenance of the garden. Volunteers come from many backgrounds; some are experienced gardeners and some are new to gardening. We all share a keen interest in growing food, maintaining biodiversity and creating sustainable systems. 

    Volunteers meet every Sunday at 10am to garden, or help water the garden during the summer months on their own time.

    The garden is located at, 2685 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4K2, on the East side of the grass square. 

    If you are new to volunteering with the garden, please sign up and let us know which date you'd like to join. If you are a returning volunteer, please contact cambiesqvol@gmail.com to let us know you're coming. 

    • 04 May 2019
    • 07 Sep 2019
    • 5 sessions
    • Olympic Village Skytrain Station

    Did you know we are surrounded by renewable energy? Whether it's green transportation, energy efficient buildings or an urban farm, it's just a question of taking another look around. Join Ruth and Chris from SPEC's Energy Committee in exploring a diverse array of renewable energy assets at Olympic Village and let's discuss how far down to road we are for a zero fossil fuels future. 


    Tour dates for 2019:

    • Saturday, May 4
    • Saturday, June 15
    • Saturday, July 13
    • Saturday,  August 17
    • Saturday, September 7

    All tours begin at 11am at the Olympic Village Canada Line skytrain station for a 90 minute free walk, ending at the Creekside Community Centre (1 Athletes Way, Vancouver).

    If you have been on SPEC's Solar Panel tour and are hungry for more technology, or if you are interested in learning about passive design, LEED certified buildings, and wastewater thermal energy recovery, this tour is for you!

    Our first tREX tour of the summer on May 4th will be a part of Jane's Walk. Jane’s Walk is a community-based approach to city building that uses citizen-led walking tours to make space for people to observe, reflect, share, question and re-imagine the places in which they live, work and play. They walk cities to honour and activate the ideas of Jane Jacobs. More about Jane's Walk.

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    • 14 May 2019
    • 08 Oct 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • Kits House: 2305 west 7th Ave, Vancouver

    Every second Tuesday of the month, meet with members of SPEC's Food & Environment Committee to discuss ongoing and future projects. The meeting is free and visitors are always welcome.

    Monthly Meeting Details

    Location: Kits House (2305 West 7th Ave, Vancouver)

    Schedule: The 2nd Tuesday of each month, from 5:30pm - 7pm

    Room: Ask at the front desk for the room location. 

    New? Meet Leadership Team members Olga Lansdorp, Art Bomke, and Tara Moreau. To read about their passion for our environment, go to Our People

    Past Meeting Updates

    Updates for February 13 Meeting

    As development of our new Ecosystem Services on Farmland project ramps up, the February Food & Environment committee meeting will include a discussion on how to focus the project's mission and what kind of goals it would like to achieve. If you are interested in planning and project development, and have a keen interest in farming or protecting agricultural land, we would love to have your input!

    In preparation for the meeting, please review the following document that gives more information on the project, and the discussion questions we will cover.

    Brainstorming Session Document


    • 19 Jun 2019
    • 20 Nov 2019
    • 6 sessions
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    Take part in our monthly meeting to chat with members of SPEC's Energy & Transportation Committee and learn what projects we are working on.

    The meeting is free and visitors are always welcome!

    MONTHLY MEETING DETAILS:

    Location: Kits House (2305 West 7th Ave, Vancouver, BC)*

    Schedule: The 3rd Wednesday of each month, from 6:00pm - 7:30pm

    Next Meeting: June 19, at Electra Meccanica Showroom, located 102 E 1st Ave.

    *Meetings are sometimes held at Electra Meccanica's showroom on 102 East 1st Ave. This provides an incredible opportunity to tour Electra Meccanica's showroom and see these cutting-edge electric cars in person.

    About Electra Meccanica:
    "United by a passion to develop affordable, leading edge electric vehicles, Electra Meccanica has produced the high performance, commuter friendly single seater SOLO electric vehicle. The Company is also developing the TOFINO, an elegant, high performance two seater electric roadster. Both vehicles are designed to deliver the ultimate driving experience."

    The Energy Committee is looking for leadership! If you are interested in becoming a Co-Chair, drop by the next meeting and introduce yourself, or check out the volunteer position description
    • 10 Jul 2019
    • (PDT)
    • 13 Nov 2019
    • (PST)
    • 5 sessions
    • 2305 West 7th Ave, Vancouver

    The Waste Committee will not be meeting as usual on July 10. Rather, you are all invited to participate in a composting workshop at Crows Point Community Garden. See below for details:

    Did you know that compost piles can reach well over 50 degrees Celsius? Talk about summer heat! That's because of all those hungry bacteria. Want to learn more about these living decomposition machines? Come to a practical skill building Waste Committee Session together with Crow's Point Community Garden. The session is hosted by a seasoned Master Composter, Tamara, who also facilitated a session on composting for Master Recycler Vancouver.

    Meeting Information

    Wednesday, July 10th, from 6:30pm - 8:30pm

    Location: Crows Point Community Garden - 2299 E 24th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5N 2V3

    Meeting Agenda

    • Backyard and Community Composting! See the attached flyer for more detail.
    • We will also spend some time discussing the upcoming SPEC Sustainability Fair, what the Waste Committee will be doing there, and how you can help.



    Every 2nd Wednesday of the month, SPEC's Zero Waste Committee meets to discuss current and future projects. Come meet with members of the Committee and share your ideas!

    The meetings are free and visitors are welcome.

    MONTHLY MEETING DETAILS:

    Location: Kits House, 2305 West 7th Ave, Vancouver, BC  V6K 1Y4

    Schedule: The 2nd Wednesday of each month (with some exceptions) from 6:30pm – 8pm.

    Room: Ask at the front desk for the room location.

    Please email zerowaste@spec.bc.ca if you have any questions.

    • 23 Jul 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM
    • 2305 West 7th Ave, Vancouver
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    On the fourth Tuesday of every month, join us to learn about SPEC's work in the community. This is usually a small meeting where we cover upcoming volunteer opportunities with SPEC and get the chance to get to know you better!

    If you are interested in getting involved, want to learn what volunteer opportunities exist and would like to meet like-minded people, come and share some time with us!

    If you are a current volunteer and would like to know more about other work we are doing, this is also the place for you!

    Date: Next session will be July 23rd, 5:30pm - 6:15pm

    For July's meeting, we will be talking about our August 31st event Lovin' the Earth Climate Action Fair, and the many volunteer roles we will have throughout the day. If you are interested in getting more involved in the fair, you don't want to miss this meeting.

    Meet Robin, SPEC's Volunteer Coordinator, at the front entrance of Kitsilano Neighbourhood House (2305 West 7th Ave, Vancouver).

    • 06 Aug 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 4996 28 Avenue, Tsawwassen
    • 18
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    If you are a small-scale farmer in Metro Vancouver interested in increasing your knowledge about Cover Cropping Practices, this is the place for you! We are bringing together three experts in this field: Art Bomke is a Professor Emeritus at UBC and has spent decades studying local cover crop varieties; Corine Singfield is a local farmer, teacher, and community organizer with an interest and experience in cover cropping; Grace Augustinowicz is a research associate at the Institute for Sustainble Food Systems at KPU and has been researching agricultural systems for many years. Expect to come away equipped with the knowledge to successfully cover crop on your farm!

    Registration is free!

    • 14 Aug 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 13840 Gilbert Road, Richmond BC
    • 17
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    Join us for an afternoon of in-depth information about how to optimize the drainage on your farm, with local expert Yuko Suda! Yuko is a local small-scale farmer and an engineer, and has expertise in dealing with on-farm drainage issues. Expect to come away with a new understanding of the different reasons why water may be accumulating on your farm, and some ideas of how to address the challenges excess water poses.

    Registration is free!

    • 21 Aug 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 13840 Gilbert Road, Richmond BC
    • 19
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    Ever wonder what type of bee it is that you found on a local flower? And what you can do on your small farm to encourage a diversity of native bees? Join local native bee expert Tyler Kelly as we explore the local bee diversity and discuss management strategies to help their populations thrive. 

    Registration is free! 

    • 24 Aug 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 13840 Gilbert Road, Richmond
    • 20
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    Nobody likes plant pests and diseases, and a bit of knowledge can go a long way to help. Local experts from E.S. Cropconsult spend their days immersed in the world of insects and pathogens that affect local crops, and we are lucky to have them host this afternoon session about local pests and diseases. Prepare to come away from this workshop with a plethora of strategies for identifying, monitoring, and combatting pests and diseases on your small farm. 

    Registration is free!

    • 30 Aug 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 13840 Gilbert Rd, Richmond BC
    • 17
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    Healthy crops start from the ground up, and in this workshop for small-scale farmers in Metro Vancouver, you will learn about how to maximize your soil fertility using environmentally friendly methods. A suite of local experts will cover topics from soil testing, local soil types, crop-specific nutrient needs to locally available composts and targeted nutrient application, and the focus will be on methods relevant to local small-scale farmers. 

    Registration is free!

    • 31 Aug 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Riley Park, 50 E 30th Ave
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    What is one thing you could start doing today to help stop the climate crisis?

    Making your own beeswax wrap to use instead of plastic wrap, buying energy-efficient appliances and driving an electric vehicle, or reducing your food waste and regularly composting are all great ways to reduce your carbon footprint and reconnect with nature.

    This fair is less about talking and more about doing. Our speakers, exhibitors, and sponsors have chosen the most impactful actions you can take to help our planet and will give you the tools to accomplish them. Because we believe that loving the earth is about taking one step at a time, however small it may seem.

    Details

    Date: 31 Aug 2019, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Location: Riley Park, 50 E 30th Ave (Next to the farmer’s market)

    Free & All Ages

    People are encouraged to walk, cycle, use public transit or rideshare to the event. Refreshments will be available at the adjacent Riley Park Farmer’s Market.

    Zero Waste: In keeping with SPEC’s values, this event is striving to be zero waste, meaning exhibitors will be handing out as little waste as possible. RSVP to receive the post-event poster package, which includes educational material from all of our booths.

    A big thank you to our sponsors and partners:

    Vancity

    Aviva Community Fund

    CBC Vancouver

    Little Mountain Neighbourhood House

    Riley Park Community Garden

    Agenda – What to expect?

    We will publish the agenda once all our participants are confirmed. Check back regularly as partners, exhibitors and speakers are added. There will be activities for all ages.

    Exhibitors: A wide range of green businesses and local charities will come to deliver workshops, tours or activities around what you can start doing today to make a change.

    Confirmed: Nada Grocery, Electra Meccanica, VREC, Sustainabiliteens, Farm Folk City Folk, Soap Dispensary, Beeswax Wrap Making, Force of Nature Alliance, Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, and more!

    Speakers: 10-minute talks by hand-picked people from our community, to promote their projects and how you can support them – or simply get inspired!

    SPEC Committees: our committees will deliver workshops and activities on topics of food, waste, energy, transportation, and resilience to  discuss some of the most impactful actions you can take to help stop the climate crisis. Some of the activities include: a guided tour through the garden to learn about growing food, hands-on demonstrations of renewable energy technology, and a mock waste audit so you can learn how to do one at home.

    Who is SPEC?

    We are one of Canada’s oldest urban environmental non-profits. Since 1969 its volunteer-driven advocacy initiatives, educational programs and events have inspired countless residents of Greater Vancouver to take a stronger stand for the environment.

    Want to get more involved? Sign up to volunteer here!

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