Date(s) - 18/11/2023
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Means of Production Garden
Focused on soil quality, observing leaf mulch availability at each site and plant check in regarding end of life cycle for harvesting fibres. General review of weather data gathered from both sites. These gatherings include a short walk around the gardens followed by conversation time in a circle (under cover as required)- hands busy processing fibres while we share reflections and observations.
Individuals are welcome to sign up for one, or both of these free walks.
Chantelle Chan and Sharon Kallis
More about the Series:
A part of the Weaving Art & Impact: Tying Plant Threads to Climate Resilience project
Supported through funding from Vancouver Park Board: Neighbourhood Matching Fund
This project brings seasonal fibre harvesting knowledge and hand skills together with citizen science opportunities for observing climate change impacts on the land and plants.
Connected stewardship activities will also assist us to revitalize previously inaccessible spaces in the Means of Production Garden and community maker- opportunities include creating community weavings, making drop spindles and processing our locally grown plant fibres for future weaving projects.
The learning gardens tended by EartHand hug the north and south shorelines of Skwácháy̓s (hole in bottom in Sḵwx̱wú7mesh sníchim)
In previous seasons, people have noticed that a single species planted at Means of Production (MOP) and Trillium will be ready for harvest at different times.
The hypothesis is that the elevation difference of 27m and related temperature difference of a few degrees, as well as rain fall variations within a 2 km range, impacts plant growth, decay and subsequent harvest timelines.
Each seasonal walk provides a different focus for our collective lens of observation and discussion at each site. Returning to the same plants each walk we will develop an ongoing awareness of what we are observing in the plant cycles of growth and decay, and the harvesting and stewarding schedule that is layered onto our work with these plants. Comparing tactile and visual observations of the same plants growing at the different locations will connect with data gathered through the climate recording stations located at each site, while looking to other plants we can observe at each site as seasonal indicators.
Walks are planned rain or shine (within reason), and are free events- please register so we can stay in touch should our schedule need to shift due to weather extremes.
Also, due to site limitation for taking folks through the gardens and being able to have conversations, registration is limited- Please do show up for walks that you sign up for, or cancel 24 hours before to allow us to release your ticket to someone else. Thank you!
Tickets registration opens 4 weeks prior to each event.
Bookings are closed for this event.