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Urban Farming In Action

KinPark Youth Urban Farm is one of the programs through the Cowichan Green Community. It is a youth-led urban agriculture demonstration site focusing on organic and permaculture practices. The goals are to train youth in sustainable food production, how to run a farm/business, and to offer various educational programs to those of any age relating to urban agriculture.

This past summer, KinPark Youth Urban Farm worked outdoors with youth ages 6-20. KinPark Kids Camp ran all season doing various activities, such as; planting, harvesting, seed saving and hosted cooking classes utilizing the produce the kids helped to grow. This kids camp will continue next year as well, so keep updated on the KinPark Youth Urban Farm Facebook page and Instagram (@kpyouth) to keep updated on current and upcoming events.

The ‘Growing SusTEENability’ workshop has run every Thursday afternoon since March. This workshop series is for self-identified girls ages 13-18. This program will continue every Thursday after school from 3:30-5:00 pm throughout the school year. Some highlights so far, including painting a bee-themed mural, introduction to seed saving, sewing their masks, virtual cooking classes, financial literacy and budgeting, and home vermicomposting. This FREE on-farm skill-building and peer support is an amazing opportunity for teens looking into sustainability, green business, and building skills to promote self-sufficiency and self-esteem, plus snacks are included!

As the days get cooler and shorter, KinPark will also be focusing on winterizing the gardens and preparing for the spring. Activities include construction, repairs, cutting plants back in the greenhouse, planting native plant species, harvesting produce and seeds, processing produce, sorting and planting garlic; and mulching, amending, and covering garden beds. Volunteers, staff and students from the neighbours at Cowichan Secondary will be working to help with these tasks. The grade 11 Earth Science class will be working at the farm weekly, and the Environmental Stewardship class will be at KinPark weekly for the rest of October.

As a working urban farm, KinPark is always striving to produce quantities of high-quality vegetables, herbs, and preserves for sale. At this time of year, the available products include garlic, leeks, beets, various winter squash, spinach, mustard, lettuce, kale, an assortment of fresh and dried culinary herbs, garlic scape pesto, pickled beets, and applesauce. Find KinPark Youth Urban Farm products for sale on Cow-Op.ca and in the ReFresh store at 360 Duncan St.

- Lauren Bosch

Ceres Edible Landscaping Intern

Cowichan Green Community

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