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Gleaning Launch

April 24 2024  6:30-8:30pm
Echo Park Fieldhouse
$5 Entry Fee

Come to this event to celebrate the opening of our 2024 Gleaning season. This is a great way to connect with others in our community and:

  • Take in presentations about fruit tree maintenance

  • Register for the 2024 Gleaning Season

  • Learn more about becoming a pick lead

  • Participate in a mock gleaning pick

  • Receive other AVFSS program updates


We welcome you to join us as we enter the most 'productive' season of the year!

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Gardening 101
Workshop Series

First Sunday of each month 1:30-3:00pm
Dry Creek Community Garden
Cost: $15 ($10 for AVFSS members)

AVFSS is presenting a workshop series to help your garden thrive within our local seasonal timeline. 

March 3 - Let's Get Started

seed starting, lights, garden types, soil testing & amendments

April 7 – Time to Get Growing

potting up and pricking out, fertilizers, plant supports & covers

May 5 – Hot Stuff, Thirsty Stuff

watering, heat-lovers, shade covers, pollinators

June 2– Good Bugs, Bad Bugs

which is which, what to do, harvesting, winter beginnings 

July 7 – Winter's Coming! Sow What?

winter gardening vs. overwintering, garlic, cover crops

Family Farm Day

Annual Event in September
No cost

Alberni Valley Food Security Society has partnered with Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District for this event, held every September. 

This is an excellent way to learn more about local agriculture and meet some farmers in the Alberni Valley. A variety of urban and rural sites participate in the self-guided tour and often have farm fresh products available for sale.

Check back here and on our Facebook Page closer to the date to learn more details about the 2024 event. If you have interest about participating in the event please connect with the AVFSS Manager by clicking the button below:

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Seedy Saturday

February 15 2025  10am - 2pm
echo centre - 4255 wallace st.
- entry is by donation -

Alberni Valley Food Security presents the annual Seedy Saturday event. Come and participate in this community event to purchase your seeds and plants for the upcoming gardening season. There are children's activities, a seed exchange, presentations, and opportunities to win prizes. 

For additional event information email our Seedy Saturday coordinator 



A special feature of Seedy Saturday is the Seed Exchange table. This is a great way to support local seed quality, diversity and accessibilty. We encourage everyone to participate and you can learn more about it by clicking below

Pruning Workshop

Early March

Learn how to care for the health of your nut or fruit trees and vines by minimizing damage, preventing disease and increasing their life and productivity,

Join pruning instructor, as they demonstrate pruning techniques on a variety of fruit trees and vines. The cost is $30 with a discount available for Alberni Valley Food Security Society members.

Participants are asked to bring their own pruning tools (hand and bypass pruners if possible), gloves, snacks & water, and a paper and pen if they would like to take notes. A washroom will be available on site. 


For more information and to register click the link below to email our admin team:

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