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02 Apr 2015 5:30 PM (PDT) • UBC Botanical Garden - 6804 SW Marine Drive
02 Apr 2015 6:00 PM (PDT) • Kitsilano Neighbourhood House - 2305 West 7th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6K 1Y4
09 Apr 2015 6:00 PM (PDT) • 650 W 57th Ave, Vancouver
18 Apr 2015 11:00 AM • 130 West Broadway, Vancouver (at MEC's store)
22 Apr 2015 5:00 PM (PDT) • UBC Botanical Garden - 6804 Marine Dr SW, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
23 Apr 2015 5:30 PM • 2305 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver

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Upcoming events

    • 02 Apr 2015
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (PDT)
    • UBC Botanical Garden - 6804 SW Marine Drive
    • 15

    Learn to grow healthy food year-round in containers, community gardens, backyards, rooftops and more.

    Students will learn about: 

    • site assessment for food gardens
    • preparing healthy, organic soils 
    • selecting plants and starting seeds
    • how and when to harvest food

    Students will get hands-on experience with: 

    • selecting food plants for small space production
    • sowing seeds
    • transplanting seeds

    Instructor: Dr. Carole Christopher and Dr. Tara Moreau

    Carole has a doctorate in Nutrition with particular focus on nutritional ecology and food policy. She has developed and taught university courses, was a consultant to the US Federal Trade Commission's attempt to regulate food advertising to children, and has over 25 years experience as an activist in food and environmental issues. Carole speaks frequently on the role of technology and marketing in creating an industrial food system that is nutritionally hazardous and ecologically unsustainable. She advocates supporting regional and urban agriculture by eating locally and seasonably whenever possible and is an avid organic gardener and seed saver. Carole is Co-Chair of SPEC's Food Committee.

    Tara is Associate Director, Sustainability and Community Programs at the UBC Botanical Garden. Dr. Moreau is also co-chair of the SPEC Food Committee and founder of the Urban Farmer Field School. She holds a PhD in plant science and was a postdoctoral fellow with the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions. Tara is a consultant with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and serves at the Co-Chair of the Vancouver Food Policy Council.

    This event will be hosted at UBC Botanical Garden, all registration information and fees will be processed through the Botanical Garden admin system. 

    • 02 Apr 2015
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (PDT)
    • Kitsilano Neighbourhood House - 2305 West 7th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6K 1Y4
    • 13

    The foundation of sustainable food systems is sustainable soils! Learn about how to create and support healthy soils for food production.

    Students will learn about: 

    • Types of soils in Vancouver
    • Soil health 
    • Plant health 
    • How to build soil fertility 
    • Soil testing

    Instructor: Dr. Art Bomke

    Art was raised on a small farm in Illinois and has an academic background in soil and crop management. His career in UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems (formerly Agricultural Sciences) included teaching, research and community outreach, with emphasis on soil science, agroecology and food systems. Recycling and reusing organic waste materials has been a central focus since Art began work at UBC in the 1970s. Current activities as a Professor Emeritus include advising undergraduate and graduate students and supporting local, small scale and new farmers.

    Cancellation Policy: SPEC reserves the right to cancel any course or reduce the number of instructional hours, should the class not reach 50% capacity 5 days before the class. In the event that a course is cancelled, SPEC will offer students the option of transferring to another course, or obtaining a full refund.

    Refund Policy: All cancellations must be made at least 5 working days before the start of the course by contacting fieldschool@spec.bc.ca or 604.736.7732. No reimbursement within 5 days of hosting the course. A 5$ processing fee is charged for cancellations. There is no fee for transferring the registration to another person.


    • 09 Apr 2015
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (PDT)
    • 650 W 57th Ave, Vancouver
    • 15

    Extend your growing season this year with a solar greenhouse! Learn how solar greenhouses use passive design features to collect and store energy from the sun rather than from other sources. 

    Students will learn about: 

    • Structure & design (including materials) 
    • Passive design features 
    • Active solar technologies 
    • Collecting & storing energy 
    • Methods of greenhouse food production 
    • Plants to use in your greenhouse

    Instructor: Rob Baxter

    Rob Baxter is a co-founder and a director of the Vancouver Renewable Energy Cooperative and Chair of SPEC's Energy Committee. He teaches a course in renewable energy for Langara College Continuing Studies. He is an advocate for renewable energy, specifically solar energy as well as sustainable transportation. Rob believes in practicing what he preaches and has constructed a solar greenhouse for his family's use.

    Cancellation Policy: SPEC reserves the right to cancel any course or reduce the number of instructional hours, should the class not reach 50% capacity 5 days before the class. In the event that a course is cancelled, SPEC will offer students the option of transferring to another course, or obtaining a full refund.

    Refund Policy: All cancellations must be made at least 5 working days before the start of the course by contacting fieldschool@spec.bc.ca or 604.736.7732. No reimbursement within 5 days of hosting the course. A 5$ processing fee is charged for cancellations. There is no fee for transferring the registration to another person.


    • 18 Apr 2015
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 130 West Broadway, Vancouver (at MEC's store)
    Come out learn how to charge your batteries before the Sun Run! These solar panels were installed by Bullfrog Power, Canada’s leading green energy provider, Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), Canada’s leading outdoor retailer, and the Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC), the oldest environmental non-profit in BC.


    The array generates about 10 kwh per day, and over 3000 kwh annually. It has enough power to run a modest energy efficient household! Come join our Go Solar Tours this summer to learn how to:

       -Identify different types of solar panels
       -Determine the costs and savings of Installing a solar panel
       -Make your home/building solar ready
       -Integrate solar energy Into a building
       -Move away from fossil fuels and into renewables

    This tour is a community collaboration, and we’d like to thank our partners, MEC for providing the roof space and Bullfrog Power for funding this project.

    This tour is part of Wild About Vancouver and registration is free!


    • 22 Apr 2015
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (PDT)
    • UBC Botanical Garden - 6804 Marine Dr SW, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
    • 15

    Explore how climate change is expected to impact local ecosystems on a guided walk from the UNA Old Barn to UBC Botanical Garden.  


    Students will learn about: 

    • Vancouver's weather and climate
    • Climate-moderating techniques
    • Planting for resilience
    Students will get hands-on experience with: 

    • Identifying key features of resilient ecosystems
    • Identifying climate-monitoring plants

    Instructor: Dr. Tara Moreau

    Tara is Associate Director, Sustainability and Community Programs at UBC Botanical Garden. Dr. Moreau is also co-chair of the SPEC Food Committee and founder of the Urban Farmer Field School. She holds a PhD in plant science and was a postdoctoral fellow with the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions. Tara is consultant with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and serves at the Co-Chair of the Vancouver Food Policy Council.

    This event will be hosted at UBC Botanical Garden, all registration information and fees will be processed through the Botanical Garden admin system. 

    • 23 Apr 2015
    • 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • 2305 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver

    45th Anniversary Party poster

    You’re invited to SPEC’S 45th Anniversary Party on Thursday, April 23, 2015, at Kitsilano Neighbourhood House, 2305 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver from 5:30-9:30 p.m.

    It will be a great party and an opportunity to celebrate SPEC’s achievements with other supporters, new and old.

    Guest speakers: Andrea Reimer, Vancouver City Councillor, and others to be confirmed shortly.

    There will be complimentary food, cash bar, music & dancing with DJ Marinho, silent auction and more!


    We hope you can join us!

    Please register here, email us at admin@spec.bc.ca or call us at 604-736-7732



    • 30 Apr 2015
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (PDT)
    • Kitsilano Neighbourhood House - 2305 West 7th Ave, Vancouver, BC, V6K 1Y4
    • 15

    Learn bioremediation skills to safely grow food while helping repair and regenerate the land. 

    Students will learn about: 

    • Microbial Remediation: Using Microorganisms to break down & bind contaminants 
    • Phytoremediation: Using plants to extract, bind, & transform toxins 
    • Mycoremediation: Using fungi to clean up contaminated soil & water
    Students will get hands-on experience with: 
    • How can we work with the power of living systems to heal and transform toxic and damaged landscapes into thriving, nourishing, and fertile places once more.
    • Exploring some ways to work with the many micro-organisms, mushrooms, and plants that are the planets finest and oldest disaster responders, alchemists, and healers.

    Instructor: Leila Darwish

    Leila Darwish is a community organizer, urban gardener and permaculture designer with a feisty commitment to environmental justice, food security, and sweet DIT (doing it together) earth repair and community care. She is the author of the book "Earth Repair: A Grassroots Guide to Healing Toxic and Damaged Landscapes".

    Cancellation Policy: SPEC reserves the right to cancel any course or reduce the number of instructional hours, should the class not reach 50% capacity 5 days before the class. In the event that a course is cancelled, SPEC will offer students the option of transferring to another course, or obtaining a full refund.

    Refund Policy: All cancellations must be made at least 5 working days before the start of the course by contacting fieldschool@spec.bc.ca or 604.736.7732. No reimbursement within 5 days of hosting the course. A 5$ processing fee is charged for cancellations. There is no fee for transferring the registration to another person.


    • 05 May 2015
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (PDT)
    • Kitsilano Neighbourhood House - 2305 West 7th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6K 1Y4
    • 14

    Learn to grow healthy fruits and veggies in containers, community gardens, backyards, rooftops and more.

    Students will learn about: 

    • site assessment for food gardens
    • basic gardening considerations
    • common garden pests
    • how and when to harvest food

    Students will get hands-on experience with: 

    • selecting food plants for small space production
    • sowing seeds
    • transplanting seeds

    Instructor: TBD


    Cancellation Policy: SPEC reserves the right to cancel any course or reduce the number of instructional hours, should the class not reach 50% capacity 5 days before the class. In the event that a course is cancelled, SPEC will offer students the option of transferring to another course, or obtaining a full refund.

    Refund Policy: All cancellations must be made at least 5 working days before the start of the course by contacting fieldschool@spec.bc.ca or 604.736.7732. No reimbursement within 5 days of the course. A 5$ processing fee is charged for cancellations. There is no fee for transferring the registration to another person.


    • 10 May 2015
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 130 West Broadway, Vancouver (at MEC's store)

    Come join our Go Solar Tours this spring and summer to learn how to:

    • Learn about solar energy from an expert
    • Identify different types of solar panels
    • Determine the costs and savings of Installing solar panels
    • Make your home/building solar ready
    • Integrate solar energy Into a building
    • Move away from fossil fuels and into renewables

    This tour is a community collaboration, and we’d like to thank our partners, MEC for providing the roof space and Bullfrog Power for funding this project.

    The array generates about 10 kwh per day, and over 3000 kwh annually. It has enough power to run a modest energy efficient household!


    • 26 May 2015
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (PDT)
    • Trout Lake Beach within the John Hendry Park: The park entry is at Lakewood and East 13th Avenue (Broadway Skytrain Station). Meeting place is at the beach located at the South end of the lake near the bathrooms and Gazebo. We will start at 6pm sharp!
    • 13

    Learn to identify edible and medicinal plants growing in Vancouver neighbourhoods! Foraging the city is a great way to get grounded in your neighborhood by getting to know your neighbors whether they are plant, mineral, animal or human.  

    Students will learn about: 

    • How to identify edible plants growing wild in city
    • The importance of eating from a local environment
    • Common uses of edible/medicinal plants in the area

    Instructor: Sonja Hebert

    Sonja is an herbalist, and budding wild crafter. She has been involved in community building through co-operative living for 10 years. Adding to previous herbal studies, she completed a course in 2012 through the Urban Herb School that shifted her paradigm and relationship to herbs within the local ecology. She has been foraging the city for edibles ever since. 

    Cancellation Policy: SPEC reserves the right to cancel any course or reduce the number of instructional hours, should the class not reach 50% capacity 5 days before the class. In the event that a course is cancelled, SPEC will offer students the option of transferring to another course, or obtaining a full refund.

    Refund Policy: All cancellations must be made at least 5 working days before the start of the course by contacting fieldschool@spec.bc.ca or 604.736.7732. No reimbursement within 5 days of hosting the course. A 5$ processing fee is charged for cancellations. There is no fee for transferring the registration to another person.


    • 28 May 2015
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • 130 West Broadway, Vancouver (at MEC's store)

    Come join our Go Solar Tours this spring and summer to learn how to:

    • Learn about solar energy from an expert
    • Identify different types of solar panels
    • Determine the costs and savings of Installing solar panels
    • Make your home/building solar ready
    • Integrate solar energy Into a building
    • Move away from fossil fuels and into renewables

    This tour is a community collaboration, and we’d like to thank our partners, MEC for providing the roof space and Bullfrog Power for funding this project.

    The array generates about 10 kwh per day, and over 3000 kwh annually. It has enough power to run a modest energy efficient household!


    • 04 Jun 2015
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (PDT)
    • Kitsilano Neighbourhood House - 2305 West 7th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6K 1Y4
    • 14

    Got bugs on your balcony? Wilted plants in your yard? Join us as we explore pests in the garden with practical tips for creating pest-free places.

    Students will learn about: 

    • Common pests in the garden
    • Organic pest control options
    • Importance of plant diversity for healthy gardens

    Students will get hands-on experience with: 

    • Assessing plant health
    • Identifying garden insects
    • Using organic pest controls

    Instructor: T.B.D.


    Cancellation Policy: SPEC reserves the right to cancel any course or reduce the number of instructional hours, should the class not reach 50% capacity 5 days before the class. In the event that a course is cancelled, SPEC will offer students the option of transferring to another course, or obtaining a full refund.

    Refund Policy: All cancellations must be made at least 5 working days before the start of the course by contacting fieldschool@spec.bc.ca or 604.736.7732. No reimbursement within 5 days of hosting the course. A 5$ processing fee is charged for cancellations. There is no fee for transferring the registration to another person.

    • 16 Jun 2015
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 130 West Broadway, Vancouver (at MEC's store)

    Come join our Go Solar Tours this spring and summer to learn how to:

    • Learn about solar energy from an expert
    • Identify different types of solar panels
    • Determine the costs and savings of Installing solar panels
    • Make your home/building solar ready
    • Integrate solar energy Into a building
    • Move away from fossil fuels and into renewables

    This tour is a community collaboration, and we’d like to thank our partners, MEC for providing the roof space and Bullfrog Power for funding this project.

    The array generates about 10 kwh per day, and over 3000 kwh annually. It has enough power to run a modest energy efficient household!


    • 18 Jun 2015
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (PDT)
    • UBC Farm, (The Yurt) - 3461 Ross Drive, Vancouver, BC V6T 1W5
    • 15

    Learn to grow your vegetable garden in a world with dwindling water resources.

    Students will learn about: 

    • When to irrigate 
    • How much to irrigate 
    • Irrigation for gardens and small-scale systems 
    • Water-wise practices 
    • Rainwater collection 
    • Drought tolerant crops 
    • Improving soil drainage 

    Students will get hands-on experience with: 

    • How to measure soil water content by hand 
    • Choosing the best irrigation system (drip, micro-sprinkler, etc) for your garden

    Instructor: Dr. Jose Celedon

    Jose grew up spending his summer holidays and weekends helping at his uncle’s Farm where he learned his first lessons about growing vegetables and fruits. Since then, he has been always involved with different farming activities, from driving tractors to fixing irrigation pipes. Jose worked in irrigation research for the Chilean Ministry of Agriculture and developed teaching material in water management and irrigation for the University of Chile. He obtained a PhD in Horticultural Sciences at the University of Florida, USA. Currently, Jose is doing Postdoctoral studies in genetics of tree defenses against insects at the University of British Columbia in addition to collaborating with the UBC Farm to improve their irrigation system and practices.

    Cancellation Policy: SPEC reserves the right to cancel any course or reduce the number of instructional hours, should the class not reach 50% capacity 5 days before the class. In the event that a course is cancelled, SPEC will offer students the option of transferring to another course, or obtaining a full refund.

    Refund Policy: All cancellations must be made at least 5 working days before the start of the course by contacting fieldschool@spec.bc.ca or 604.736.7732. No reimbursement within 5 days of hosting the class. A 5$ processing fee is charged for cancellations. There is no fee for transferring the registration to another person.


    • 25 Jun 2015
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (PDT)
    • Kitsilano Neighbourhood House - 2305 West 7th Ave, Vancouver, BC, V6K 1Y4
    • 14

    Learn to preserve high acid fruits and vegetables using the boiling water bath canning method!

    The workshop will consist of a presentation and hands-on canning session in which participants will have the opportunity to make preserves using local, seasonal ingredients. Registration includes all supplies and participants will take home two jars of preserves.

    Students will learn about: 

    • Food safe practices for boiling water bath canning of high acid and acidified foods (fruit and pickles)
    • Sources for canning equipment, tools and ingredients
    • Canning through the seasons

    Important note: For safety, please wear closed toed shoes to this class.

    Instructor: Caitlin Dorward

    Caitlin Dorward is an avid canner who loves cracking open a jar of home-canned peaches in mid-January. She has been teaching canning workshops with SPEC since 2009 and is Food Safe and Market Safe certified. When she's not canning, Caitlin works as a Research Associate at the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and as a graduate student studying sustainable agriculture at UBC. She has seven years of experience working on community food security and food systems issues, including two years as a SPEC Director


    Cancellation Policy: SPEC reserves the right to cancel any course or reduce the number of instructional hours, should the class not reach 50% capacity 5 days before the class. In the event that a course is cancelled, SPEC will offer students the option of transferring to another course, or obtaining a full refund.

    Refund Policy: All cancellations must be made at least 5 working days before the start of the course by contacting fieldschool@spec.bc.ca or 604.736.7732. No reimbursement within 5 days of hosting the course. A 5$ processing fee is charged for cancellations. There is no fee for transferring the registration to another person.


    • 11 Jul 2015
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • 130 West Broadway, Vancouver (at MEC's store)

    Come join our Go Solar Tours this spring and summer to learn how to:

    • Learn about solar energy from an expert
    • Identify different types of solar panels
    • Determine the costs and savings of Installing solar panels
    • Make your home/building solar ready
    • Integrate solar energy Into a building
    • Move away from fossil fuels and into renewables

    This tour is a community collaboration, and we’d like to thank our partners, MEC for providing the roof space and Bullfrog Power for funding this project.

    The array generates about 10 kwh per day, and over 3000 kwh annually. It has enough power to run a modest energy efficient household!


    • 18 Jul 2015
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (PDT)
    • Trout Lake Beach within the John Hendry Park: The park entry is at Lakewood and East 13th Avenue (Broadway Skytrain Station). Meeting place is at the beach located at the South end of the lake near the bathrooms and Gazebo. We will start at 6pm sharp!
    • 14

    Learn to identify edible and medicinal plants growing in Vancouver neighbourhoods! Foraging the city is a great way to get grounded in your neighborhood by getting to know your neighbors whether they are plant, mineral, animal or human.  

    Students will learn about: 

    • How to identify edible plants growing wild in city
    • The importance of eating from a local environment
    • Common uses of edible/medicinal plants in the area 

    Instructor: Sonja Hebert

    Sonja is an herbalist, and budding wild crafter. She has been involved in community building through co-operative living for 10 years. Adding to previous herbal studies, she completed a course in 2012 through the Urban Herb School that shifted her paradigm and relationship to herbs within the local ecology. She has been foraging the city for edibles ever since.

    Cancellation Policy: SPEC reserves the right to cancel any course or reduce the number of instructional hours, should the class not reach 50% capacity 5 days before the class. In the event that a course is cancelled, SPEC will offer students the option of transferring to another course, or obtaining a full refund.

    Refund Policy: All cancellations must be made at least 5 working days before the start of the course by contacting fieldschool@spec.bc.ca or 604.736.7732. No reimbursement within 5 days of hosting the course. A 5$ processing fee is charged for cancellations. There is no fee for transferring the registration to another person.


    • 01 Aug 2015
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • Community Garden - Guelph and 7th, Vancouver, BC
    • 15

    Join this course to meet a queen! 



    After discussing bee ecology and safety, we’ll slip on protective clothing and gather a hive of 10,000 bees. Finally, we’ll sample honey from a variety of sources and discuss the importance of bees and the environment. This course is meant to only whet your appetite. Please attend an advanced course before starting your own hives.

    Students will learn about: 

    • Bee ecology
    • Beekeeping safety
    • Basic hive management
    Students will get hands-on experience with: 

    • putting on protective clothing
    • inspecting bee hives 
    • harvesting honey

    Instructor: Norm Kaethler

    Norm is a beekeeper, community gardener, and science teacher. He has worked at a boy’s school in Vancouver since 2008, where he cofounded a beekeeping and gardening club in 2011. In the 6 years between his BSc (2001) and BEd (2007), Norm worked at Pesticide Action Network North America and the BC Centre for Disease Control, where he learned the value of advocating for environmental and public health issues. He lives in Vancouver with his wife and 2 daughters.

    Cancellation Policy: SPEC reserves the right to cancel any course or reduce the number of instructional hours, should the class not reach 50% capacity 5 days before the class. In the event that a course is cancelled, SPEC will offer students the option of transferring to another course, or obtaining a full refund.

    Refund Policy: All cancellations must be made at least 5 working days before the start of the course by contacting fieldschool@spec.bc.ca or 604.736.7732. No reimbursement within 5 days of hosting the course. A 5$ processing fee is charged for cancellations. There is no fee for transferring the registration to another person.

    • 06 Aug 2015
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 130 West Broadway, Vancouver (at MEC's store)

    Come join our Go Solar Tours this spring and summer to learn how to:

    • Learn about solar energy from an expert
    • Identify different types of solar panels
    • Determine the costs and savings of Installing solar panels
    • Make your home/building solar ready
    • Integrate solar energy Into a building
    • Move away from fossil fuels and into renewables

    This tour is a community collaboration, and we’d like to thank our partners, MEC for providing the roof space and Bullfrog Power for funding this project.

    The array generates about 10 kwh per day, and over 3000 kwh annually. It has enough power to run a modest energy efficient household!


    • 03 Sep 2015
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (PDT)
    • Kitsilano Neighbourhood House - 2305 West 7th Ave, Vancouver, BC, V6K 1Y4
    • 15

    Learn to preserve low-acid foods using a pressure canner!

    This workshop will consist of a presentation and hands-on pressure canning session in which participants will have the opportunity to make preserves using local, seasonal ingredients. Registration includes all supplies and participants will take home a jar of preserves.

    **Please note that this workshop is not appropriate for beginner canners. Participants in this workshop should have already taken an introductory (boiling water bath) canning workshop through SPEC or elsewhere, and/or be comfortable canning high acid foods using the boiling water bath method on their own. 

    Students will learn about: 

    • Food safe practices for pressure canning of low acid foods such as vegetables, fish, meat, beans, and more. 
    • Sources for canning equipment, tools and ingredients

    Instructor: Caitlin Dorward

    Caitlin Dorward is an avid canner who loves cracking open a jar of home-canned peaches in mid-January. She has been teaching canning workshops with SPEC since 2009 and is Food Safe and Market Safe certified. When she's not canning, Caitlin works as a Research Associate at the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and as a graduate student studying sustainable agriculture at UBC. She has seven years of experience working on community food security and food systems issues, including two years as a SPEC Director.


    Cancellation Policy: SPEC reserves the right to cancel any course or reduce the number of instructional hours, should the class not reach 50% capacity 5 days before the class. In the event that a course is cancelled, SPEC will offer students the option of transferring to another course, or obtaining a full refund.

    Refund Policy: All cancellations must be made at least 5 working days before the start of the course by contacting fieldschool@spec.bc.ca or 604.736.7732. No reimbursement within 5 days of hosting the class. A 5$ processing fee is charged for cancellations. There is no fee for transferring the registration to another person.

    • 24 Sep 2015
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (PDT)
    • 650 W 57th Ave, Vancouver
    • 15

    Extend your growing season this year with a solar greenhouse! Learn how solar greenhouses use passive design features to collect and store energy from the sun rather than from other sources. 

    Students will learn about: 

    • Structure & design (including materials) 
    • Passive design features 
    • Active solar technologies 
    • Collecting & storing energy 
    • Methods of greenhouse food production 
    • Plants to use in your greenhouse

    Instructor: Rob Baxter

    Rob Baxter is a co-founder and a director of the Vancouver Renewable Energy Cooperative and Chair of SPEC's Energy Committee. He teaches a course in renewable energy for Langara College Continuing Studies. He is an advocate for renewable energy, specifically solar energy as well as sustainable transportation. Rob believes in practicing what he preaches and has constructed a solar greenhouse for his family's use.

    Cancellation Policy: SPEC reserves the right to cancel any course or reduce the number of instructional hours, should the class not reach 50% capacity 5 days before the class. In the event that a course is cancelled, SPEC will offer students the option of transferring to another course, or obtaining a full refund.

    Refund Policy: All cancellations must be made at least 5 working days before the start of the course by contacting fieldschool@spec.bc.ca or 604.736.7732. No reimbursement within 5 days of hosting the class. A 5$ processing fee is charged for cancellations. There is no fee for transferring the registration to another person. 


    • 10 Oct 2015
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (PDT)
    • T.B.D.
    • 14

    Don't just learn how to prune! Learn the art of fruit tree canopy management. From pruning cuts to maximize fruit production, to tree growth, to common diseases, to the proper shape of a canopy.


    This class will go over the theory of canopy management, followed by a hands-on portion. This this opportunity to become an urban orchardist! 

    Students will learn about: 

    • Understanding tree growth & development 
    • Canopy Architecture: Shape & size of canopy 
    • Pruning Cuts: What they are & how they are used

    Instructor: Dr. Kent Mullinix

    In addition to his extensive research and management experience, Mullinix has lived and worked on a diversified family farm in central Missouri, owned and operated (with his family for over 25 years) a pear orchard on the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains, and for 14 years provided direct oversight for the planning, establishment and management of a 45 acre organically farmed apple, sweet cherry and peach teaching and demonstration orchard in north central Washington.

    Cancellation Policy: SPEC reserves the right to cancel any course or reduce the number of instructional hours, should the class not reach 50% capacity 5 days before the class. In the event that a course is cancelled, SPEC will offer students the option of transferring to another course, or obtaining a full refund.

    Refund Policy: All cancellations must be made at least 5 working days before the start of the course by contacting fieldschool@spec.bc.ca or 604.736.7732. No reimbursement within 5 days of hosting the course. A 5$ processing fee is charged for cancellations. There is no fee for transferring the registration to another person.



Past events

24 Mar 2015 Your Food Garden: Design and Planning
05 Feb 2015 Launch of the Better Transit and Transportation Coalition
05 Dec 2014 SPEC Annual General Meeting
14 Nov 2014 From the Waste Up. Living a plastic free life in Vancouver
18 Oct 2014 Fruit Tree Pruning
11 Oct 2014 Solar Greenhouses
07 Oct 2014 Save Money in your Zero Waste Kitchen
23 Sep 2014 Canning Advanced
18 Sep 2014 Growing Food in Small Spaces - Fall Edition
09 Sep 2014 Introduction to Canning
28 Aug 2014 Your Garden and Climate Change
22 Jul 2014 Urban Foraging
17 Jul 2014 Plant Protection and Garden Pests
12 Jul 2014 Beekeeping for Beginners
26 Jun 2014 Winter Harvests from Small Spaces
19 Jun 2014 Sell What you Sow
12 Jun 2014 Waterwise Gardening 101
27 May 2014 Urban Foraging
08 May 2014 Bio Remediation
15 Apr 2014 Solar Greenhouses
03 Apr 2014 Soils, Compost and Containers
25 Mar 2014 Seeding 101
20 Mar 2014 Food Garden Design, Planning and Record Keeping
13 Mar 2014 Growing Food In Small Spaces
04 Dec 2013 SPEC's 2013 Volunteer THANK-YOU and AGM Holiday Party
14 Nov 2013 Solar Greenhouses
22 Oct 2013 Growing Food In Small Spaces (Fall Edition)
17 Oct 2013 Lacto-Fermentation
17 Sep 2013 Urban Foraging
13 Sep 2013 Preserving the Harvest: Home Canning
03 Sep 2013 Managing a Direct Market Small Farm
10 Aug 2013 Beekeeping Intermediate
30 Jul 2013 Plant Disease Management
27 Jul 2013 Beekeeping For Beginners
16 Jul 2013 Carpentry for Gardeners: Garden Structures
13 Jul 2013 Chickens In The City
25 Jun 2013 Carpentry for Gardeners: Chicken Coop Building
18 Jun 2013 Growing Food In Small Spaces (Summer Edition)
11 Jun 2013 Urban Foraging
06 Jun 2013 Food Waste: Alternatives for Multi-Family Housing CANCELLED
06 Jun 2013 Pest Management
30 May 2013 Medicinal Herbs
16 May 2013 Seed Saving: Basics
11 May 2013 MarketSafe Certification
09 May 2013 Succession Planting
07 May 2013 Organic Soil Management
30 Apr 2013 Seed Starting
23 Apr 2013 Grassroots Bioremediation
20 Apr 2013 SPEC|Surfrider Kits Beach Clean Up 2013
18 Apr 2013 Growing Food In Small Spaces (Spring Edition)
13 Apr 2013 Organic Canopy Management: Fruit Tree Pruning
03 Apr 2013 Oceans & Waste
28 Mar 2013 The Urban Farmer Field School: Full-Season Registration
21 Mar 2013 Food Waste: Alternatives for Multi-Family Housing
07 Mar 2013 After School Special: Get Growing: Starting Spring Seedlings
21 Feb 2013 The Great Green Kitchen
17 Jan 2013 Going Zero Waste
28 Nov 2012 Year End Community Party and AGM
06 Nov 2012 After School Special: Planning Your Food Garden
18 Oct 2012 Living Zero Waste: Advanced
14 Oct 2012 Preserving the Harvest
06 Oct 2012 Ambleside Beach Clean Up
25 Sep 2012 Living Zero Waste
22 Sep 2012 Season Extension
18 Sep 2012 Energy Conservation for Renters
15 Sep 2012 Solar Greenhouses
09 Sep 2012 Preserving the Harvest
08 Sep 2012 Coquitlam Watershed Tour
26 Aug 2012 Capilano Watershed Tour
28 Jul 2012 The Buzz About Bees: Beekeeping for Beginners
21 Jul 2012 Fruit Tree Pruning
12 Jul 2012 Carrots and Climate Change? Implications for Urban Farming
10 Jul 2012 Growing Food in Small Spaces: Winter Edition
19 Jun 2012 Organic Pest Control for Urban Food Production
16 Jun 2012 Chickens in the City
06 Jun 2012 Carpentry for Gardeners Section 2
05 Jun 2012 Carpentry for Gardeners Section 1
26 May 2012 MarketSafe Certification
15 May 2012 Growing Food in Small Spaces
08 May 2012 Community Food Systems
02 May 2012 Urban Soil Management
17 Apr 2012 Seed Starting and Propagation
05 Apr 2012 Managing a Direct-Market Small Scale Farm
04 Mar 2012 Solar Greenhouse Workshop
05 Feb 2012 Living Zero Waste
08 Dec 2011 Annual General Meeting and Holiday Party
03 Dec 2011 Canning and Preserving
07 Nov 2011 Living Zero Waste
17 Oct 2011 Energy Conservation for Renters
20 Sep 2011 Pizza Dinner Fundraiser
10 Sep 2011 Whole Foods Living Naturally Fair
06 Aug 2011 Canning and Preserving
26 Jul 2011 Pest and Disease Management
26 Jun 2011 Climate Change and Year-Round Gardening
28 May 2011 Fundraiser Yard Sale
05 May 2011 Gardening Workshop with SVNH
11 Dec 2010 Winterize Your Home
10 Dec 2010 Annual General Meeting and Holiday Party
23 Oct 2010 Canning And Preserving Workshop
30 Sep 2010 Reducing Household Air Leakage Workshop Sep 30th
18 Sep 2010 Building and Solar Technology Tour
18 Sep 2010 SPEC Social - What We're All About!
10 Aug 2010 Building and Solar Technology Tour
17 Jul 2010 SPEC Workshop: Winter Container Planning
12 Jul 2010 Building and Solar Technology Tour
10 Jul 2010 SPEC Workshop: Agriculture and Climate Change: A Search for Low Greenhouse Gas Food
24 Jun 2010 Building and Solar Technology Tour
17 Jun 2010 SPEC Film Night - To The Tar Sands
29 May 2010 SPEC BC Solar Days - A Solar Celebration!
20 May 2010 SPEC Film Night - The Unforeseen
15 May 2010 SPEC Workshop: Waterwise & Succession Gardening
24 Apr 2010 SPEC Growing in Small Spaces Workshop at Evergreen's Earth Day Celebration
24 Apr 2010 Soil Fertility & Plant Health Management
17 Apr 2010 Birds, Bees and Biodiversity
15 Apr 2010 Building and Solar Technology Tour
10 Apr 2010 Concepts In Year Round Gardening
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