The West Coast Farm and Garden Show began as a biennial event in 2016 as an expansion on our annual Seedy Saturday gathering at the Tofino Botanical Gardens. Due to its popularity and the increased interest in sustainable food systems in our region, we will now be hosting the event on an annual basis. The purpose of the event is:

1. To support local producers and backyard growers with the tools and knowledge they require to grow and farm.
2. To create an opportunity for Vancouver Island farmers to connect with individuals, restaurants, retailers, and markets.
3. To foster food security on the west coast through networking and capacity-building with Vancouver Island growers.


This year’s feature events will focus on the future of creating community-scale food systems on the west coast. The vision for our programming is being developed in response to recommendations set out in the Coastal Addendum to the Alberni Agriculture Plan in 2018.

We have a wide range of programming offerings over the weekend - for everyone from the backyard grower, seasoned agriculturist, food lovers and families.

Full program offerings will be released by Feb 1st.

Scroll down for details on 2020 Workshops & Feature Events.

2020 Workshops & Feature Events

Friday, March 6th

7:30pm-9pm

Ecolodge Classroom

Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of food waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive only on discarded food. What they find is truly shocking.

Tickets $10 (not included in weekend workshop pass). Purchase online or at the door.

Film Screening

Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story

Saturday, March 7th

10am-11am

meet at Darwin's Café (outdoor walk)

Pacific coastal food brings to mind the vast bounty of foods that are plentiful in the forest and ocean. While many consider these foods ‘wild’, First Nations have been in deep relationship with flora and fauna over generations. Join Gisele Martin on a walking tour of the Tofino Botanical Gardens and learn about cultural lifeways which continue to protect Indigenous family gardens.

Tickets $10 at the door (included in Saturday or weekend workshop pass).

Ancestral Gardens Walking Tour

with Gisele Martin

Saturday, March 7th

10:30am-11:15am

Ecolodge Lounge

Kelby of Surfrider Pacific Rim will be demonstrating how to make your own reusable beeswax wrap. Using beeswax wraps keeps food fresh while replacing wasteful single use plastic wrap.

By donation.

Beeswax Wrap Making Demo

with Kelby Morris of Surfrider Pacific Rim

Saturday, March 7th

11:15am-12:15pm

Ecolodge Classroom

Learn the ins and outs of keeping chickens on the coast. Topics will include choosing breeds, using chickens to increase the compost supply for your farm and garden and to diversify your farm income.

Tickets $10 at the door (included in Saturday or weekend workshop pass).

Chicken-keeping

with Sally Hill of Crackin' Yolks Farm

Saturday, March 7th

12:30pm-1:30pm

Ecolodge Kitchen

Learn to safely preserve seasonal produce with local PRESERVESafe certified trainers. This information session will focus on the principles of drying, boiling water bath canning, and pressure canning for both home preservation and for agriculturalists looking to reduce food waste and expand their business through the sale of preserved food products.

Offered by donation thanks to Eat West Coast / Clayoquot Biosphere Trust.

Food Preservation Demo

with PRESERVESafe Certified Instructor Zoe McEnery

Saturday, March 7th

1pm-2pm

The Barn

Teach the next generation of food growers how to grow food in our unique climate.  Learn what grows best on the coast, how to grow it and manage it with the entire family.

By donation.

Growing Food with Kids

with Wickaninnish School Garden Coordinator Paula Robertson

Saturday, March 7th

1:45pm-2:45pm

Ecolodge Classroom

An overview of the processes involved in mushroom cultivation (from inception to harvest). Learn about the challenges faced by a start-up mushroom farm.

Tickets $10 at the door (included in Saturday or weekend workshop pass).

Small-Scale Speciality Mushroom Production: Experiences of a Start-Up

with Stoyan Petrova of Comox Valley Mushrooms

Saturday, March 7th

3pm-4:30pm

Ecolodge Classroom

Learn about using agricultural innovation to increase small community resilience with local and visiting experts. Professional agrologist and ethnobotanist, Hannah Roesler, will present on education based initiatives that are currently being developed to bolster local food growing around Vancouver Island including Indigenous agri-tourism. Louise Rodgers will talk about innovations in agricultural systems as they relate to organic waste management. Lastly, the Tofino Community Food Initiative will discuss the current and future agricultural initiatives they are working on locally.

Tickets $10 at the door (included in Saturday or weekend workshop pass).

Agricultural Innovation in Small Communities

with Hannah Roesler, Louise Rodgers and Leah Austin

Saturday, March 7th

6:30pm-9:30pm

Darwin's Cafe

Join us for a celebration of locally farmed and foraged foods. Proceeds from the dinner support the Tofino Community Food Initiative's year-round community projects and programming.

Only 30 tickets available - they are sure to sell out!

Tickets available online soon (not included in Saturday or weekend workshop pass).

Fundraiser Dinner

details TBA

Sunday, March 8th

10am-11am

Ecolodge Classroom

There are numerous potential synergies between agriculture and tourism. Join this session to understand the full spectrum of agri-tourism opportunities available to BC farms and to identify useful strategies to diversify farm revenue through agri-tourism. Participants will learn about BC’s manual “Farm Diversification through Agri-Tourism” and leave with ideas and better insight about what is involved to successfully design and deliver exceptional experiences to BC visitors on our diverse farms.

Tickets $10 at the door (included in Sunday or weekend workshop pass).

Realizing Synergies between Agriculture and Tourism

with Nicole Vaugeois of Vancouver Island University

Sunday, March 8th

10:30am-11:15am

Ecolodge Lounge

Kelby of Surfrider Pacific Rim will be demonstrating how to make your own produce bags. Using produce bags from repurposed materials eliminates the use of single-use plastic bags in the grocery store.

By donation.

Produce Bag Making Demo

with Kelby Morris of Surfrider Pacific Rim

Sunday, March 8th

11:15am-12:15pm

Ecolodge Classroom

Chad Jeremy Young’s practice of beekeeping is guided by his respect for all living species that contribute to the vitality of our west coast ecosystems and food production. His approach views the entire system as one: alders, mushrooms, ducks - they all have a role. During this forum, Chad will be taking questions and facilitating discussion about beekeeping on the coast. All points of view are welcome on this varied topic - expect to learn tips to start and maintain a healthy hive and more!

Tickets $10 at the door (included in Sunday or weekend workshop pass).

Beekeeping

with Chad Jeremy Young

Sunday, March 8th

12:30pm-1:30pm

Ecolodge Kitchen

Learn to safely preserve seasonal produce with local PRESERVESafe certified trainers. This information session will focus on the principles of drying, boiling water bath canning, and pressure canning for both home preservation and for agriculturalists looking to reduce food waste and expand their business through the sale of preserved food products.

Offered by donation thanks to Eat West Coast / Clayoquot Biosphere Trust.

Food Preservation Demo

with PRESERVESafe Certified Instructor Erica Daley

Sunday, March 8th

1pm-2pm

The Barn

The lush rainforest ecosystem of the west coast has infamously provided nutrient-poor soils for agricultural growing. How can we build and sustain rich soils in our region and create a viable environment for growing food? Compost! Join local composting expert, Georgina Valk, to learn how to make your own wildlife proof composter. 

By donation.

How to Compost (and be wildlife safe) on the West Coast

with Georgina Valk of Tofino Urban Farm Co.

Sunday, March 8th

1pm-3pm

Ecolodge Classroom

With our unique temperate climate, we are able to grow food year round. Connie Kuramoto will go through the basics of crop planning for a coastal garden and participants will have the opportunity to break into small groups to work on their garden plan.

Tickets $10 at the door (included in Sunday or weekend workshop pass).

Growing Year Round on the Coast

with Connie Kuramoto of Gardens-on-the-Go

Sunday, March 8th

3:15pm-4:45pm

Ecolodge Classroom

The benefits of small-scale community focused farming extend way beyond the provision of fresh, local and nutritious food. Residents gain knowledge about local food systems, increase their food literacy and connection to seasonality. Moreover, a community-based farm offers opportunities for volunteerism, for skills sharing between generations and to connect with your neighbours. Come and learn from some successful models of small-scale growing initiatives on the island.

Tickets $10 at the door (included in Sunday or weekend workshop pass).

Panel Discussion: Small Farms, Big Impact

with representatives from Ucluelet First Nation WYA Junction Garden, Laura Boyd-Clowes of Cowichan Green Community, Arzeena Hamir of Amara Farm and Jen Cody of Nanaimo Foodshare

P.O. Box 391 Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0

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