St. Stephens Church

Peninsula Wine Fest

St. Stephens Church
The Anglican Parish of Central Saanich is hosting the Peninsula Wine Fest on Saturday, August 29, 2015 (1:00 to 4:00 pm) on the grounds of the historic St. Stephen’s Anglican Church in the beautiful Mount Newton Valley. Participating wineries include de Vine Vineyards, Dragonfly Hill Vineyard, Highland House Winery (Roost Farm Centre), Muse Winery, Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse, Symphony Vineyard, and Church and State Wines. Tickets go on sale June 15. 100 Early Bird tickets are available for $35 until July 6. The ticket price after July 6 is $40. Your ticket entitles you to a wine tasting demonstration, appetizers, live music and a unique etched wine glass as a take-home souvenir. Rounding out the tasting of over 20 wines is a vintage car show, a tour of St. Stephen’s heritage church and historical cemetery, and a silent auction. For more information, visit Tickets can be purchased online.

Wild Edge Garden Farm: Music, seed bombs and permaculture

A quick update from Solara Goldwynn at Wild Edge Garden Farm: We will be having music Sunday from 11:30–1:30. Also from 12:30–1:30 on Sunday we will be making seed bombs, which will be a fun event for kids. Seed bombs are a compost, clay, and seed mixture that are formed into spheres which can then be tossed around. It’s a ‘guerrilla gardening’ technique. During our introduction to permaculture workshop we will be discussing plant selection, and water harvesting techniques.

What is Permaculture? There are many definitions of permaculture. Here is one from the founders of the permaculture movement Bill Mollison “Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted & thoughtful observation rather than protracted & thoughtless labour; of looking at plants & animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single-product system.”

Permaculture can be used at any scale from home garden, to large scale farms, to towns and cities. It focuses on intelligent and ethical design to support human systems and ecosystems.

Permaculture differs from common agriculture in a variety of ways. There are rarely straight lines in a permaculture garden, because using the contour of the land is extremely important for water harvesting and storage. Using these techniques, we can flood and drought-proof landscapes. Multiple species are used, which provide multiple services. We plant nitrogen fixing plants and dynamic accumulators (perennial plants with deep roots which can access minerals) to support  fruit and nut trees. The focus is on perennial plants as they require less energy input than annuals and provide more nutrient dense food. With permaculture we are attempting to create a self-sustaining and thriving ecosystems, which provides an abundance of healthy food, leading to a healthy, vibrant culture.

There is a lot of information online about permaculture, check out our website to see how we use permaculture in our business and on our property. Or come to Wild Edge Garden Farm during the flavour trail for our one-hour workshop (Saturday and Sunday) on permaculture!

Submitted by Solara Goldwynn
Wild Edge Garden Farm
539 Downey Road (please use Norris Rd entrance–Look for the signs!)
Open: 10 a.m to 4 p.m.
Permaculture workshop: 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Water in the Crawl Space Lights Up Muse BBQ

It’s going to be a great weekend of rural rambling on the North Saanich Flavour Trail, and you’re invited to kick off the weekend at the Friday night BBQ and concert with music by Water in the Crawlspace at Muse Winery.

The North Saanich Flavour Trail begins with an evening celebrating the bounty of the Peninsula, beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Enjoy a Muse BBQ alongside the vineyard and celebrate the rural life of Deep Cove with local music.  Enjoy our Harvest Spread filled with locally farmed products including Wine Maker’s Ribs, the Bistro Muse Salad, Beef or Chicken burgers with all the fixin’s, Veggie skewers, coleslaw and Berry Crumble – all for only $25 per person.   Non alcoholic refreshments and a cash wine bar also available.  Tickets will be available through Muse Winery – call 250-656-2552 to reserve, or stop by the winery to pick up. Hope to see you at the Kick Off for all the fun!

We’ve got more happening the rest of the weekend at Muse – we’ll have features coming up on our local artists who’ll be in the vineyards on Saturday and Sunday. To keep up to date, join our blogosphere at or follow the Muse Follow us on Twitter