News and Events

Summer Update!

Our Edible Plant Nursery is closed for the rest of the 2017 season, *but* our Farm Stand will still be open and so is the farm! We’ll keep pumping vegetables out of our main site and 3 satellite sites until around October (weather willing). A big THANK YOU to all our wonderful nursery customers this year. We love meeting new gardeners, and chatting about tips and tricks with the many seasoned veggie growers in Victoria.

Saturday June 17th       Summer Plant Sale !

Toms

Join us this Saturday for one of our last plant sales of the season. We still have a full selection of all varieties. This may be the last weekend we have tomatoes available! So come down and get what you need to fill all the little pockets you have left in your garden. We still have lots of cucumbers, summer squash, edible flowers, greens, herbs and more. See you  this Saturday 10-3 @ 1015 Balmoral. The food stand will be open too!

 

 

FARM STAND Officiallyfarm stand Open 1015      Balmoral

Wedensday 9-5

Thursday 9-5

Friday 9-7

Saturday 10-3

We have this week: Salad Greens, Mixed Lettuce, Turnips, Kale bunches, Baby Kale for kale chips and Arugula.

IMG_3622

Saturday May 27th       Plant Sale  & ASK A PRO!

zucchini-romanesco

It’s finally feeling like summer is here, the nights are warm and we’ve got SO MANY plants for your summer of abundance! Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, basil, greens and loads of flowers and herbs to tuck into the space in between! This Saturday.

Saturday May 27th 10am-3pm          1015 Balmoral Rd

**Don’t forget to bring your gardening questions! We’ll have Master Gardeners on hand to help you nurture your new plants!**

Saturday May 6th      HOT! Plant Sale  & Open House

summer 2017 nursery banner whiteIts getting to be the best time of year to be a gardener! So many beautiful plants to choose from. We have our full stock of Tomatoes available, but this week we’re adding prolific hot and sweet peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, basil, all kinds of flowers and so much more! And it’s not too late for all the cooler weather crops too. Check our availability list below for available stock and prices. See you soon!

10am-3 pm       1015 Balmoral Rd

Screen Shot 2017-04-14 at 8.39.23 AM

 

 

Saturday April 22nd Spring Plant Sale & Open House

Toms

It’s official. Our first big Tomato Plant sale of the season is on! This saturday come down to the farm and get your yearly supply of our most favorite farm selected varieties. They’re sturdy and big and well hardened off for a spring planting. We will have great deals on bulk purchases.

10am-3 pm       1015 Balmoral Rd

We will have a free tour and tomato planting and care demo starting at 12 noon.

 

Easter Family Hang Out & Grow Your Greens        Workshop

Greens Banner

Saturday April 15th

This Saturday join us at the Nursery from 10-3. There will be activities for kids, coffee and hot chocolate & plants galore! We will be giving free workshops throughout the day on Extreme Green Production! Learn how to grow more salad greens than you can possibly eat, in a tiny space. Feel free to take a walk around the farm & feed the chickens and fish. There will also be a seeding table for kids to take home their very own little starter planters to care for.

The nursery is open too and we will have specials on select plants.

Greens workshops start at 11, 12 & 2

1015 Balmoral Rd Saturday April 15   10-3

strawberry1

Spring PLANT SALE –    Saturday March 25, 2017

We have another Saturday Open House & Plant Sale coming up! On Saturday March 25th we’re excited to host your from 10 am to 3 pm, so come down and pick up some of our organically grown, carefully tended, healthy & vigorous plants. We’ve got Spring salad greens, peas, bare root strawaberries and asparagus, edible flowers, culinary herbs,  and so much more. Interested in our farm system and how to extend your growing season here in Victoria? Join us for a free tour and season extension demo at 12 noon. 

Date: Saturday March 25th
Time: 10 am to 3 pm.
Place: 1015 Balmoral Rd.
Farm Tour starts at noon.

 

IMG_3361

Winter IS Upon Us…

But We are getting ready for the warmth to return.  We are excited to be adding a couple of new projects to the farm this year including a public ‘food library’. We are also adding 4 Half-Price (Full) Shares to our CSA this year and will be striving to have much more farm gate food sales available.

We are currently hiring for the 2017 season. We are seeking a Nursery assistant and farm hand. Check out the ‘Employment’ Tab.

We are excited to by hosting our first ‘teaser’ Plant Sale and Open House of the season on Saturday March 11th. 10 am-2 Pm. We will have available an array of hardy cool weather edible annuals, perennials, and herbs, as well as bare root strawberry, asparagus, potato and garlic seed and more.  There will be a free tour of the farm at noon followed by a short season extension demo of practices we use to grow food almost all year ’round.

We look forward to seeing all our friends and family again this year as well as all the new faces we will be sure to see coming through that farm gate this year.

SUMMER PLANT SALE – Saturday May 28th 2016

We have another Saturday Open House & Plant Sale coming up! On Saturday May 28th we’re excited to host your from 10 am to 3 pm, so come down and pick up some of our organically grown, carefully tended, healthy & vigorous plants. We’ve got edible flowers, culinary herbs, winter & summer squashes, sweet & hot peppers, eggplant, cantaloupe, greens, and of course tomatoes! For complete variety list check out our nursery page : http://masonstreetfarm.com/edible-nursery/

Date: Saturday May 28th
Time: 10 am to 3 pm.
Place: 1015 Balmoral Rd.
Farm Tour starts at noon.

 

We Sow, You Grow – Plant Sale & Open HouseMid Spring Veg Banner with CropsDate: Saturday April 23nd

Time: 10 am to 3 pm.
Place: 1015 Balmoral Rd.
Farm Tour starts at noon.

basil                                                                     Join us for our Big Spring Plant Sale and open house. Come take a free tour of the farm at noon.

We have thousands of plants in over 100 varieties ready and looking to be adopted.

In this sale we will be adding Tasty Tomatoes, Strawberry Plants, Beans, Basil, Sunflowers and more to our regular selection of spring vegetable crops, herbs and perennials.

We will have screamin’ deals on perennials and selected annual vegetable plants as well. Check out the plant list on our Edible Nursery page.

MCF-13

 

 

 

Spring has Sprung – Early Spring Plant Sale!

Nursery Banner 1

SPRING HAS SPRUNG! And we’re ready for a garden party. Come join us for our FIRST early spring plant sale. We’ll have bareroot strawberries, early tomatoes for keeners with greenhouses, and an abundance of spring vegetables, flowers and herbs for everyone. Screaming deals on bomb-proof perennials like daylily, horseradish, comfrey, iris and artichoke. Free Farm Tour and Season Extension Demo at noon! Come and get everything you need to bring the party to your own backyard.

Date: Saturday April 2nd
Time: 10 am to 3 pm.
Place: 1015 Balmoral Rd.
Farm Tour and Season Extension Demo start at noon.

We have a wide selection of early spring vegetables, herbs and flowers for your garden. Check out the plant list on our Edible Nursery page.

Hope to see you there!


 

Full 2016 Winter Production is Under Way

yoka rooftopLast year Mason Street Farm  grew over 4400 pounds (that’s over 2 tonnes) of ecologically grown, local produce for Victoria restaurants and residents. We’re excited to continue to surpass our previous years production this 2016, to help meet the ever growing demand for local, healthy and affordable food.  Our season is underway!


 

Whats New for 2016?

The Paid Apprenticeship Programtara and sara

To meet the growing demand for good food in the city we have hired a solid crew of farmers for the 2016 season. We are also offering 1  Paid Farm Management  Apprenticeship for this year, running April-September.

Click Here for more info…

The Volunteer Farm Internship Programdave raking

Education through cultivation. Come join us on the farm one day per week to hone your soil building and food growing skills. This is a one or two month commitment & provides a real taste of farming.  This program starts in March and runs through to November.

Click Here for more info…

 

IMG_1605
 The Urban Farming Certificate Program (UFCP)

We had amazing successes with this program in 2015 and graduated a full class. We learned so much from this amazing group about how to continue to improve and grow the program and are looking forward to offering  the UFCP in 2017.

aquaponic 2

Summer Plant Sale – Hot Times in the City!

Mason Street City Farm and Edible Nursery is excited to be hosting another Plant Sale!
Come get all your Summer vegetables this Saturday May 23rd, from 10 am to 2 pm at our Nursery location, 1015 Balmoral Rd.

We will have: Tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, summer squash, zucchini, cucumbers, winter squash, greens of ALL KINDS, beets, culinary herbs, perennial vegetables… and so much more! With special deals on TOMATOES! Check out all our varieties here!

Hatchet and Seed will be joining us this time bringing all kinds of edible fruit, perennials and permaculture plants .
http://www.hatchetnseed.ca/

Purposeful Plants will have an amazing assortment of ancient foods and rare medicinals

FREE TUTORIAL ON TOMATO CARE AND CONTAINER PLANTING AT 1PM

Spring is Here and We’re Ready to Garden with You!

Our Downtown Edible Nursery is officially open and we wanna celebrate! That’s right, you can now buy an array of ecologically grown annual & perennial vegetable starts, herbs and flowers at our farm site at 1015 Balmoral Road, every week from Wednesday to Friday 9 am to 7 pm.  We’re talking artichokes, strawberries, broccoli, greens of all kinds, fennel, thyme, cilantro and tomatoes! Tomatoes! TOMATOES!!!

To celebrate we’ll be kicking it off with an Open House & Sale on Sunday April 19th from 10 am to 3 pm with our friends from DIY Fungi and Purposeful Plants, who will be bringing mushroom grow kits and rare medicinal plants to tempt you. We’ll also be running Farm Tours at 11 am and 2 pm, so come down and join in on the fun!

Hope to see you there!

2015 Urban Farming Certificate Program: Food Skills in Action

mason logoMason Street City Farm is excited to finally be offering the Urban Farming Certificate Program. Students will learn the theory and application of intensive urban food production and the foundations of holistic ecological farming.

For more information and registration click here.

 

Mason Street Farm 2015 Apprenticeship Program!

Thanks to everyone that applied. We are no longer accepting applications.

Application Deadline: January 20th 2015
Working Interviews: February 5 & 6 2015

Link to application:  Apprenticeship-Application-2015

get involvedAbout the Apprenticeship:

This apprenticeship is well suited for individuals with a strong work ethic who are seeking a career path in ecological food production. Many days of this apprenticeship will be fun and enjoyable. Many days will be challenging, wet and monotonous. You will be experiencing life as a production farmer.  We will be serving coffee!

The Mason Street City Farm is offering 3 full season paid apprenticeships for the 2015 growing season.
Apprentices work 2 full days per week with a stipend of $75 per day. This is equivalent to a $650 monthly stipend. Apprentices  are responsible for providing their own room and board in Victoria.

When: April 1 2015 – September 25 2015  (6 month apprenticeship)

Where: 1032 Mason St. The lions share of our work happens onsite but there will be field   trips!

Get Your tickets for Boots ‘n’ Suits 2014: Farmers and Flamenco!

HERE

cropped-facebook-header.jpg

Please join Mason Street City Farm and the Island Chefs’ Collaborative for a five-course feast from the fields by Victoria’s top chefs with local beer, wine, and cider pairings.

Different chefs, different menu, different entertainment, same dress code.

 

Wear your favourite gumboots with your formal wear, and prepare to be inspired, satisfied, and entertained.After dinner there will be live flamenco dance performance featuring Monique Salez, Angela Moran and friends!This Friday November 14th 6:30The White Eagle Hall 90 Dock St James BayPURCHASE TICKETS

good

Mason Street City Farm Continues to Innovate

Edie Irons

Mason Street City Farm, a quarter-acre urban farm in downtown Victoria, is teaming up with Limbic Media to upgrade its technology and teach high-tech green job skills to Victoria high school students……(read more)

 

 

Farmers in a dangerous time