Herbal Tea Chains

Wednesday, March 9, 2011. Lori Weidehammer led us in a herbal tea chain workshop where participants learned to identify health-giving herbs, dried fruits and spices. While enjoying the pleasure of each others company, community members created herbal tea chains to take home to make their own infusions.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Art Grows Community Something Collective

Something Collective hosted an open studio session in The Incubator on Sunday, Nov 20, opening the doors to community members and like minded artists to share and discuss arts engagement with the Sunset Community. Something Collective artist, Juliana Bedoya created this text based piece out of moss on the concrete foundation at the art centre- one of the many guiding principles that inform their practice.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Dividing & Sharing Herbs

Horticulturalst, Aimee Taylor led us on a herb dividing session last weekend in the Moberly Herb Garden. Community members dug, divided and selected their favorite plants for their home gardens. Aimee assisted members with understanding the herbal characteristics of each plant, suggested suitable planting strategies and guided our decisons of which herb required dividing.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Cultivating Connections T-Party

On Monday, July 25 Sunset neighbours and the Moberly summer camp- Something Green- art, nature & you! celebrated the culmination of Cultivating Connections. Over the past we have had the please of working with the artists from MOPPARC and horticulatral therapist Aimee Taylor. We have dug in the garden, progagated plants, wove with green waste, uppupoed green waste to consturct a trellis and became acquinted with musician who make horms out of organinc and refuse materials. it has been quite the journey. Make sure to check out these artist blogs to find out more detail of what we did and what they do! Cultivating Connections was made possible through a Community and Neighbourhood Arts Development Program from the City Of Vancouver, Office of Cultural Affairs. In celbration of completing this grant we had a t-party that brought community members together to enjoy the garden, learn about herbs in the garden drink tea made from the mint/lemon balm/lavendar that grows in the garden and listen to music. A big thank you to Mohinder Sidhu for preparing the chai tea!

In the afternoon session of Something Green; art, nature & you, the children worked with the musician David Gowman . He led a rhtym insturment workshop that had particpants make their own rhtyn sticks and learn about percussion music. During the T-party, they joined The Legion Of Flying Monkeys, the band that David belongs to.

Madame Beespeakers leads a community member on a tour of the garden where they investigate the chief healing properites of the plant.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Something Green : art, nature & you!

Madame Beespeaker led us in a herb drying workshop. Campers investigated the garden through their senses, then chose their favorite plant to dry. They made these drying racks from green waste materials and hemp.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Cultivating Connections: Trellis making

Sweets peas now have a place to flourish around the community trellis in the Cultural Herb Garden.

The trellis gets filled in and a small woven fence is constructed.

We intergrated the woven circle that were made at the South Hill Street festival in late May.

Stakes were pounded into the ground with David's hand made tools.

Community members 'filled' in the areas with a weaving techinque
David began the process by creating one adult sized sstructure, then a young community memeber suggested we need a child sized one-as well!

Here, Sharon is working with a seven yearold community member to fashion the all important 'stake' which is the foundation of each part. On the summer solstice, artist, David Gowman and Sharon Kallis led community members in a trellis-making process with green waste from our vancouver park land. Community members of all ages assisted with the design & construction which resulted in a new component to the cultural herb garden.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Cultivating Connections- labeling the garden

It has been a productive time in the herb garden this summer. In June, Aimee Taylor led the master healing gardeners in a sign-making workshop. Each sign identifies the herb in the garden with additional information on their chief characteristics for therapeutic use.
During the Trellis making workshop, we installed the signs into the garden.
Many neighbours are stopping to view the garden and this new information that has added a layer of meaning to this culutral garden.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Cultivating Connections with Sharon & Aimee

Cultivating Connections had artist, Sharon Kallis teaching Sunset community members how to weave with green waste this past Saturday. Starting with Invasive Ivy, community members stripped away the outer layer then wrapped up the vines, wetting them to make them more malleable to work with. They then wove the vines into these beautiful baskets. Local Horticultural Therapsit, Aimee Taylo then assited with planting up the containors.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Willow Weaving with Sharon Kallis

On May 28, Moberly attended the annual South Hill Street Festival just west of Fraser Street here in Vancouver. This community event brings out hundreds of neighbours to enjoy performances, food, and cultural offerings. Cultivating Connections had Sharon Kallis lead community members in a demo on weaving with green waste materials. In this case we used: willow and the infamous, invasive english ivy. These circular pieces will be integrated into the new Trellis Art Piece at the Moberly Herb Garden. Construction takes place on - June 21, 22, 28, 29 at 6-9PM.

Please join us!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Herb drying workshop

Madame BeeSpeaker had two groups of students from the local elementary school create herb drying racks as a way to understand the role of herbs in culinary and medicinal practice. Students worked with herbs from Madame Beespeakers garden and the MOP garden as well as the Moberly Cultural Herb Garden. They were led on a meditative exploration of the Moberly Herb garden using their five senses, collecting a variety of their favortie herbs to add to their drying rack. Upon completion, they labeled each herb- comments included"did you know you could eat every one of these?"

Monday, May 16, 2011

Herb Seed Balls for Pollinators

Madame BeeSpeaker led community members in a herb seed ball for pollinators workshop at the Sunset Community Centre in early May.

A young community member submitted this poetic reponse, inspired by Madame BeeSpeakers' workshop- Thanks Jack!

BEES and BALLS for the EARTH

Once there was a man with a seed

Bigger than usual

It Wasn't a SEED

It was a SEED BALL
It Was For The BEES


And Then Came The BEES

And the flowers and the the trees

The End

By Jack Greene (5 1/2 yrs old)This workshop had community members producing a quanity of seed balls providing an act of generosity to share with many!

Seed balls originate from an ancient form of agriculture performed by creating balss of seeds, clay, and compost then sowing them on the surface of the soil. The seeds remain dormant until environmental conditions allow them to germinate and flourish, creating nectar and pollen-rich habitat for pollinators

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Cultivating Connections

Cultivating Connections
A Cultural Herb Garden Project
Please join us this spring for a series of workshop offerings by
environmental artists
who collectively take care of the Means of Production Community Garden in North China Creek Park, at the corner of St. Catherines Street and East 6th Avenue. Located in central Vancouver, in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood.
We will also be working with horticultural therapist, Aimee Taylor.
To find out the entire listing of workshops, demonstrations, and events please go to
Cultivating Connections was made possible through a Community and Neighbourhood Arts
Development grant from the City of Vancouver, Office of Cultural Services

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Plant Propagation

Last week, Horicultural Therapist, Aimee Taylor led a plant propagation workshop. She had community members propagating from leaf veins, monocots and hardwood.