Volunteer, Donate, or Share this Giving Tuesday

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Nanaimo Community Gardens Society is a proud member of Mid Island Gives, a civic movement dedicated to highlighting the hard work of local non-profits. Giving Tuesday is a global movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Black Friday. The “Opening day of the giving season,” it’s a time when charities, companies and individuals join together and rally for favourite causes. In the same way that retailers take part in Black Friday, the giving community comes together for GivingTuesday.

Nanaimo Community Gardens Society is running an online campaign to encourage our community to get out and grow food! We  believe growing food is essential to a healthy community and environment. This Giving Tuesday, we will continue to get individuals and families active in growing, sharing, buying and eating locally grown foods! Consider making a cash donation by clicking here.


There Goes the Summer…Here Comes the Fall!

Herb Boxes

Volunteers at Beban Learning Gardens had a busy time this summer. Besides the regular jobs of watering, weeding, seeding and harvesting, we managed to put together some designer herb boxes and three fine-looking picnic tables.

Thanks to patrons who bought some winter vegetable starters from us over the last few months. We have several planter boxes full ourselves and they look ready to cope with whatever winter weather comes their way!

New Picnic TableOur next major project is having a permanent composting and soil storage area built.

Winter Vegetables – mid-Sep 2017

Great news! We will finally be able to start a weekend work party beginning Saturday, Sept. 23. New volunteers, as well as seasoned ones, are welcome to come to Beban Learning Gardens every Saturday through December (barring any extreme weather) from 10 am to 1:00 pm, to take part in various gardening activities both inside and outside our greenhouse. Children are welcome as long as they are supervised by a parent. Activities might include transplanting, weeding, harvesting (and sharing the harvest), seed-saving, planting garlic, composting, building, painting, and all the other jobs involved in keeping our communal garden in tip-top shape. Education is our mission so you can expect to learn gardening knowledge from others as well as sharing what you yourself might know. The first work party will likely include a tour of the garden. Work clothes and gardening gloves are a good idea but we do have spare gloves to share.

Nanaimo Community Gardens membership forms will be available but, if you wish, you can take a look at them by clicking here.


Samples of our weekly harvest

Why 2017 is a Poor Fruit Year

Lee Sanmiya says it’s the worst year for fruit trees here she can remember and credits the cold wet spring that stretched into June for the absence of apples, plums and cherries this fall.

“So if the weather’s really cold and rainy then insects can’t get out to pollinate during that critical time of bloom which is a week or two maybe for some trees,” said Sanmiya.  See the video and full story here:

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Harvest Time!

Happy Harverster!

This youngster recently came to our work party at the Beban Learning Gardens and helped pick peas.  Teaching people to grow organic food locally is what we’re all about – look at that grin!!

Harvesting Herbs de Beban


We have also been busy harvesting fresh herbs to dry for our very own “Herbs de Beban” mix.


Winter veggies are being planted to get a good growing start before the winter season.  We still have a great variety for sale every Wednesday morning from 10:00 until 12:00.