Gardens, harvest part of LEPS focus

A wide variety of programs are available to help promote gardening, fresh food and the harvest.

Got fruit? In 2011, the Langley Community Harvest Program donated 695 pounds of fruit to the Langley Food Bank, and LEPS wants to link with owners of fruit trees and volunteers willing to help with this year’s harvest.

If you know of any unpicked fruit trees, stop by the LEPS office to pick up some brochures to distribute. Call 604 532-3515 or email for more information.

You can learn about backyard composting at a free workshop Saturday, Aug. 11, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the Langley Demonstration Garden at 4887 221 St. Learn the basics of backyard composting and transform your kitchen and yard waste into rich, dark compost.

Email or call 604 532-3521.

Meanwhile a Gardening with Children Workshop will help parents who are having trouble getting their children to eat vegetables.

Once they learn how to grow their own, they will love eating lettuce and carrots. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves during this hands on workshop for you and your kids on Aug. 11, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at St. Dunstan’s Church, 3025 264 St. This free workshop is open to the public. To register, call 604 856-5393 or email

Learn how to take clippings and cuttings from softwood and shrubs and pot them at Maples Discovery Gardens Co-op on Sunday, Aug. 12, from noon to 4 p.m. The gardens are at 7743 200 St. RSVP to

Plan a visit to the Langley Demonstration Garden, between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Aug. 14, 15 and 16 for a barbecue and snacks, garden tours, scarecrow building, and lots of fun activities for the whole family. Bring along some old kid-sized clothing to personalize your scarecrow!

Contact or call 604-532-3521 for more information and to register.

Pollinator Power is a hands-on workshop where will build and take home a mason bee house and learn how to attract a diversity of pollinators to your garden, resulting in more abundant vegetables, fruits, and flowers. Aug. 18, 2-4 p.m. at the Langley Demonstration Garden.

Email or call 604 532-3521.

The annual Blackberry Bake-off  is on Wednesday, Aug. 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Langley Demonstration Garden. This marks the grand send-off of the Demonstration Garden at its current site. Visitors can check out the plans for the new location at the Derek Doubleday Arboretum.

Enter a blackberry creation for a chance to win local fame as Langley’s best blackberry chef. Enjoy a barbecue lunch, visit the kids’ corner, pick up some treats at the farmers market, and groove to live music.

To enter a blackberry creation and receive a list of acceptable ingredients (as per Fraser Health regulations), or more information email or call 604 532-3521.

Follow a dramatic story through planted fields and fruit orchards, as Georgia, an organic farmer, and her scientist daughter struggle to save their farm from an over the fence GMO attack and find love in unexpected places, in the Project Corndog-Dinner Theatre. The evening finishes with guests, farmers and actors sitting down to an open air organic meal.

Tickets are $50 and must be bought in advance. The play is being hosted at Fraser Common Farm in Aldergrove on Aug. 24, 25, and 26. For tickets and more information contact Tallulah at or call 604 730-0450.

You can learn how to safely preserve your summer harvest at a Food Preservation Workshop to guide you through the steps of canning seasonal produce.

Participants are asked to bring your an apron, paring knife and cutting board to the Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre, Aug. 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Space is limited, and registration is required. Email or call 604-532-3521 to reserve your space. This workshop has a sliding scale fee of $5-$40.

On Youth Night, young people 13 to 18 are welcome to drop by for free food, games, and entertainment. Bring your instrument and hang around to jam. This event will be held rain or shine on Aug. 31, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Langley Demonstration Garden. For more information email or call 604-532-3521.

If you are looking for composted manure to add to your garden for the 2012 winter growing season, visit and browse the listings for available composted manure.