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Events

04 Aug 2016 3:00 PM (PDT) • Kits House: 7th and Vine
04 Aug 2016 5:00 PM (PDT) • Queen Elizabeth Elementary School, 4102 16 AVE W, Vancouver, BC
04 Aug 2016 6:00 PM (PDT) • SPEC, 2305 West 7th Ave., Vancouver, BC
06 Aug 2016 10:30 AM (PDT) • MEC 130 W Broadway, Vancouver
09 Aug 2016 5:30 PM (PDT) • Kits House: 2305 west 7th Ave, Vancouver
11 Aug 2016 3:00 PM (PDT) • Kits House: 7th and Vine

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Upcoming events

    • 28 Jul 2016
    • 15 Sep 2016
    • 8 sessions
    • Kits House: 7th and Vine

    Enjoy connecting with local food, growers, food makers, artists, and other members of your community at your local farmers' market.

    Discover unique and local artists.


                                         Kitsilano Images                                 

    Doug sells arts cards and photos of Vancouver and from around the world. He prints the photos himself on silver nitrate. Come say hi to Doug and check out his beautiful art!

    FYI: Limited subsidy coupons available: please contact Trisha at 604.736.3588 ext 128 or email patriciap@kitshouse.org. 

    For general market inquiries contact Shupa at 604.736.7732. or market@spec.bc.ca



    For five years, Kits House and SPEC have collaborated to organize the West Side Community Food Market. The market connects people with their food and community and supports the local economy, generating over $22,000 in revenues for vendors (2015).

    • 04 Aug 2016
    • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Queen Elizabeth Elementary School, 4102 16 AVE W, Vancouver, BC

    School Garden Clean-up Work Party

     Get your hands dirty and have fun with fellow elder earthkeepers!

    Help us clean up a school garden!

    The SPEC School Gardens program brings food gardens and food education to school children. During the summer school break, we maintain 9 gardens.

    Date: Thurs August 4, 5-7:30 pm

    Location: Queen Elizabeth Elementary School

    Tools and other support will be provided by SPEC.

    For more information 

     Call 604-736-7732 or email elders@spec.bc.ca 

    or

    Register right here!


    • 04 Aug 2016
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • SPEC, 2305 West 7th Ave., Vancouver, BC
    • 13

    Integrated Pest Management Workshop

    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.

    Learn about: 

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

    Get hands-on experience with: 

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


             About the Instructor: Kiara Jack               

    Kiara has a Diploma in Environmental Studies from Langara College and a B.Sc in Global Resource Systems from UBC. She is a Professional Agrologist with the British Columbia Institute of Agrologists.  Kiara specializes in integrated pest management (IPM) for conventional and organic potatoes and vegetables, as well as, seed potatoes.  She has also monitored blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and cranberries. Her research has focused on tuber damage reduction at harvest, two spotted spider mite and thrips control in potatoes, and pest, disease and soil management options for organic production.  She has experience collaborating with members of the government and industry and farm worker experience in conventional, organic and permaculture farming systems. 

    • 06 Aug 2016
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • MEC 130 W Broadway, Vancouver

    Come Out and Learn How to Charge your Batteries! 

    Take part in a guided tour of SPEC’s solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on top of Mountain Equipment Co-op’s store on West Broadway in Vancouver. 

                                     Public Tour Dates:                               

    Sat, August 610:30 am - noon
    Wed, September 7, 5:30 pm -7:00 pm

    Meet: At the roof top parking lot of Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC at 130 W Broadway, Vancouver). Right by the store entrance, there is a staircase and elevator to get to the rooftop.

    Important: The solar panels are not wheelchair accessible. To reach them, you have to climb a 2 meter ladder.

    RSVP: Registration is limited to 80 people

    You can learn about: 

    • solar energy systems 
    • cost savings and how to integrate solar into your home and buildings
    • the newest storage options. including the Tesla Powerwall
    • new community solar initiatives in BC
    • BC's energy supply
    Great for kids and adults. 

    Tours are supported by Bullfrog Power, MEC, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and SPEC's individual donors. 


    • 09 Aug 2016
    • 13 Sep 2016
    • 2 sessions
    • Kits House: 2305 west 7th Ave, Vancouver
    Meet with members of SPEC's Food & Environment Committee. The meeting is free and visitors are welcomed.


    Location: Kits House: 2305 west 7th Ave, Vancouver

    Schedule: The 2nd Tuesday of each month.

    Room: Ask at the front desk for the room location. 

    New? Meet Leadership Team members Art Bomke, Kate Menzies and Tara Moreau.

    To read about their passion for our environment, click on the link, or go to: Home>About us> Our People 

    • 11 Aug 2016
    • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • SPEC, 2305 West 7th Ave., Vancouver, BC
    • 15


    Composting Workshop

    Come learn how you can compost at home, whether you have a backyard, or a balcony. Learn how to set up, take care of, and harvest both backyard and a worm composting bin systems.

    Take home a personal kitchen compost bin!

    Benefits:

    • Turn fruit and veggie scraps into a valuable end product
    • Grow stronger, healthier plants
    • Get more connected with your food’s life cycle
    • Decrease the amount of household waste being picked up by the City

                             Instructor: Bronwyn Smyth                         

    Bronwyn has been working at City Farmer since 2008, when she connected with the organization during her undergraduate degree studying Food and the Environment at UBC. She works both in the City Farmer Vancouver Compost Demonstration Garden, and teaches worm bin and backyard composting to ages 3 to adult.

    About City Farmer:

    For 38 years, City Farmer has been teaching people how to grow food in the city, compost their waste and take care of their home landscape in an environmentally responsible way. People can visit the City Farmer Vancouver Compost Demonstration Garden, 2150 Maple Street, and see how we take care of our urban landscape, including a climate adaptation garden, green roof, cob shed, organic food garden, permeable lane, natural lawn, waterwise garden, worm and backyard composters and more. 


    • 25 Aug 2016
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • SPEC, 2305 West 7th Ave., Vancouver, BC
    • 15


    Intro to Canning Workshop

    A hands-on workshop suitable for participants with little or no canning experience. Through a presentation and hands-on canning session, you will learn food safe practices for boiling water bath canning of high acid such as fruit and berries.

    Registration includes all supplies and you will take home a jar of jam we make in the workshop. 

    There will also be opportunity for discussion of sources for canning equipment, tools and ingredients, and canning through the seasons.

                           Instructor: Caitlin Dorward                         

    Caitlin Dorward is a Food Safe and Market Safe certified canning instructor who has been teaching canning workshops emphasizing modern, food safe methods for preserving local food since 2009. Caitlin received her own canning training through the National Centre for Home Food Preservation and Fresh Choice Kitchen’s "Train the Trainer" program. She is a Research Associate at the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at KPU and current Co-Chair of the Vancouver Food Policy Council.

    • 07 Sep 2016
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • MEC 130 W Broadway, Vancouver

    Come Out and Learn How to Charge your Batteries! 

    Take part in a guided tour of SPEC’s solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on top of Mountain Equipment Co-op’s store on West Broadway in Vancouver. 

                                     Public Tour Dates:                               

    Wed, September 7, 5:30 pm -7:00 pm

    Meet: At the roof top parking lot of Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC at 130 W Broadway, Vancouver). Right by the store entrance, there is a staircase and elevator to get to the rooftop.

    Important: The solar panels are not wheelchair accessible. To reach them, you have to climb a 2 meter ladder.

    RSVP: Registration is limited to 80 people

    You can learn about: 

    • solar energy systems 
    • cost savings and how to integrate solar into your home and buildings
    • the newest storage options. including the Tesla Powerwall
    • new community solar initiatives in BC
    • BC's energy supply
    Great for kids and adults. 

    SPEC partners with Vancouver Renewable Energy Coop (VREC) to host the tours. Tours are supported by Bullfrog Power, MEC, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and SPEC's individual donors. 


Past events

28 Jul 2016 Water Wise Gardening: Grow lots of food with little water
28 Jul 2016 SPEC Elders Circle: Reclaiming Elder Wisdom - Event 2
25 Jul 2016 Free Public Go Solar Tours
20 Jul 2016 Energy Committee Meeting
13 Jul 2016 Zero Waste Committee
23 Jun 2016 SPEC Elders Circle: Reclaiming Elder Wisdom Launch event
22 Mar 2016 Celebrate UN World Water Day
15 Mar 2016 Energy Committee Meeting
13 Mar 2016 "Reclaiming Hope" a theatrical event that engages the audience
13 Jan 2016 No January Meeting: Energy & Transportation Committee
17 Dec 2015 Zero Waste Committee Celebration: Please Click Link for Details
04 Dec 2015 Vancouver Soil Celebration at City Hall
03 Dec 2015 SPEC AGM and Year-End Party
24 Oct 2015 Autumn Fair Kits House: Free Family Friendly Event
14 Oct 2015 Energy Committee Meeting
13 Oct 2015 Master Recycler Vancouver
06 Oct 2015 Master Recycler Vancouver
29 Sep 2015 Master Recycler Vancouver
24 Sep 2015 Solar Greenhouses
22 Sep 2015 Master Recycler Vancouver
12 Aug 2015 Waste Committee Meeting
12 Aug 2015 Energy Committee Meeting
06 Aug 2015 Go Solar Tour!
01 Aug 2015 Beekeeping for Beginners
30 Jul 2015 Westside Community Food Market
23 Jul 2015 Westside Community Food Market
18 Jul 2015 Urban Foraging
16 Jul 2015 Westside Community Food Market
15 Jul 2015 Energy Committee Meeting
08 Jul 2015 Waste Committee Meeting
02 Jul 2015 Westside Community Food Market
25 Jun 2015 Introduction to Canning
20 Jun 2015 Volunteer Appreciation Beach Potluck Picnic!
16 Jun 2015 Go Solar Tour!
09 Jun 2015 SPEC Fundraiser Dinner
08 Jun 2015 World Ocean Day: Jericho Beach Cleanup
26 May 2015 Urban Foraging
10 May 2015 Go Solar Tour!
05 May 2015 Growing Food In Small Spaces
23 Apr 2015 SPEC 45th Anniversary Party
22 Apr 2015 Earth Day Tour: The Pacific Northwest and Climate Change
18 Apr 2015 Go Solar Tour!
02 Apr 2015 Grow Organic Food in Small Spaces
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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