Patchwork Farms at Okanagan College promotes food security and agricultural practises. It will hold a symposium on urban farming Oct. 18 at Okanagan College.

Patchwork Farms at Okanagan College promotes food security and agricultural practises. It will hold a symposium on urban farming Oct. 18 at Okanagan College.

Patchwork hosts farm symposium

Organizers of the Patchwork Farm community garden will host an urban farming symposium Oct. 18 at Okanagan College

Urban farming will be front and centre during a special event.

Organizers of the Patchwork Farm community garden will host an urban farming symposium Oct. 18 at Okanagan College.

“The day will feature expert speakers who will delve into topics of permaculture design, food security and sustainability as well as urban bee keeping and urban agriculture,” said Amy Kermociev, farm co-ordinator.

“Choose to sit in on just a few speakers or enjoy an entire day of learning and exploring the farm. This event is open to the public, but registration is required and opening up soon.”

Sign-in starts at 8 a.m., with the first talk at 8:30 a.m. The event runs until 6:30 p.m.

Registration is at Eventbrite.ca and tickets are $33 (including eight speakers, lunch and snacks).

After three years of development by local partner agencies, led by Kindale Developmental Association,  Patchwork Farms has been a success.

“Currently the produce that is grown at Patchwork Farms is distributed to those who volunteer their efforts in the garden,” said Kermociev.

“We also send produce to the Salvation Army Gleaners, the Women’s Transition House, the Canadian Mental Health Association Kitchen Program, Kindale and other non-profits in the community.”

The Mental Illness Family Support Centre was running its Farm Friends Program out of Patchwork Farms.

The program is for families and individuals of all ages and abilities who are affected by mental illness or substance use issues directly or indirectly.  The program seeks to use the garden as a way to lower stress, build relationships, reduce isolation and teach practical gardening skills.

 

For more information, e-mail patchworkfarmsvernon@gmail.com or check out Patchwork Farms on Facebook.