Keeping Food Real has been educating gardeners since 2008, as a project of the Wildsight Elk Valley Branch. Working to help more people grow more food, the Keeping Food Real program has educated hundreds of adult learner to create thriving cold climate gardens.
Wildsight works locally, regionally and globally to protect biodiversity and encourage sustainable communities in Canada's Columbia and Rocky Mountain regions. Learn more at wildsight.ca
Learn under the guidance of our Keeping Food Real cold climate garden experts
A perfect blend of experience, creativity and garden wizardry. The best people formula.
Cold Climate Gardener
Dawn has 15 years of mountain gardening under her belt as the founder of the Fernie Community EcoGarden. She brings to the table a decade of environmental education program development, a habit of spending too much time in the garden, and an incredible passion to help more people learn how to grow their own food.
Gaëtane is living her passion for right livelihood operating Naturaleza Ag in Fernie BC. Her approach is informed by permaculture design, environmental science and regenerative agriculture and intersects themes of local food security, community resilience and scientific inquiry. She aspires "stick it to the man" one local carrot at a time.
Seed Saving Educator
Cold Climate Gardener
Mary has been gardening in British Columbia's short-season climates for over 40 years. Initially specializing in cultivating medicinal herbs, in recent decades she has been dedicating her gardens to growing out and preserving seed for herb and vegetable varieties naturalized to our marginal-agricultural areas.
Grow your knowledge, skills, ability & confidence to create a thriving garden
Take a hand-crafted learning adventure under the guidance of experienced cold climate gardeners
What our students are saying...
I want homegrown food!! Now I have the motivation, confidence and knowledge to make it happen. I can't wait to eat from my garden.
What? Where? When? How? When starting my garden from scratch I needed all the answers. Now I have the resources I need to make it happen.
Finally I have some insight on the differences when growing in our colder climate. Such great information!
This course has given me gardening tricks and a whole lot of knowledge that has helped me have a more effective yield from our garden.
Master the key steps to planning,
planting, nurturing, and harvesting your garden
with support, enjoyment & know-how
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We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Agriculture