Urban Soil Management

  • 02 May 2012
  • 6:00 PM
  • 23 May 2012
  • 9:00 PM
  • YWCA Metro Vancouver, 535 Hornby Street
  • 9


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Description: Healthy soil is the root of all successful farms and gardens. A good understanding of basic soil science will help you make important decisions about choosing the right plants for your location, improving your soil's drainage and water retention, and increasing fertility.  This class will cover the challenges and benefits of our regional soils, fertility and amendment, drainage, mulch, compost, and soil types and textures, quality assessment, and urban concerns such as contamination and compaction.  Students will get hands-on experience with taking soil samples, and interpreting a soil fertility test.


Chris Thoreau holds a BSc. in Agroecology from UBC where he focused on soils, small-scale plant breeding, and urban farming. Previous to his time at UBC he operated Influence Organics, a one-acre certified organic farm on Vancouver Island’s Saanich Peninsula. Here Chris focused on utilizing no-till and permaculture principles to grow a variety of vegetables for local markets, CSAs and restaurants. Chris currently operates My Urban Farm - a bicycle-powered urban farm in Vancouver that specialized in microgreens, and co-owns Your Local Food Pedalers.  He is also an IOIA-trained organic inspector.

Alisha Hackinen is a long time student at UBC having completed her BSc in Global Resource Systems there in May 2009. While in her undergraduate years, Alisha had the opportunity to intern with several small local scale organic farms which drove home the message that soil management is foundational to the health of our community and our planet. She is currently pursuing her M.Sc. in Soil Science in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, under the supervision of Dr. Maja Krzic. Alisha’s research will combine two fields which she is passionate about, soils and education, by examining teaching methods in sustainable soils management.

4 Wednesdays, May 2, 9, 16, and 23 

from 6-9pm

Important additional information:

Online payments are completed through our PayPal site via credit card, you will be directed automatically.

Offline (manual) payments by mail or in-person are accepted by cheque or cash.

To pay in person prior to the event: Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 AM to 4 PM visit SPEC at 2060 Pine Street, Vancouver, BC, V6J 4P8 (The Kentwood Building). Ask for Oliver. Please bring exact cash or cheque. Register online for the course prior to visiting the office.

Mailing cheques: Cheques payable to SPEC may be sent to 2060 Pine Street, Vancouver, BC, V6J 4P8.

In most cases we will require you to pay in advance to hold your space. If there are spaces available the day of the event you may pay at the door with exact cash or cheque, however registration at the door will be on a first come first serve basis.

Credit card payments are not available by phone or in-person.

Please note that minimum registration must be met for courses to run. If necessary classes may be cancelled with at least 24hr notice. Refunds will be provided for cancelled classes.

Refunds can not be guaranteed for no-shows or cancellations with insufficient notice.

Please make cheques payable to SPEC. Questions? email fieldschool@spec.bc.ca

Thank you, On behalf of the SPEC|YWCA UFFS team.

2060-B Pine Street Vancouver BC V6J 4P8 | tel: 604-736-7732  | www.spec.bc.ca | admin@spec.bc.ca

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