Starting a Vegetable Garden

Monday April 14 – 6 to 9 PM

Shatford Centre

Eva Durance and Kathryn McCourt, Instructors

  • selecting a site
  • preparing the soil
  • choosing seeds and bedding plants
  • caring for your garden
  • lots of time to ask questions

For information or to register, email or call 250-494-8244

New PUAA Video by Rita Montgomery!

Just in time to support our request to Penticton City Council to extend our gardens to include rental beds, Rita has completed a video on PUAA founder Eva Durance and Board member Kathryn McCourt describing the goals of the organization and the actions members are taking to achieve them. To learn more about the Association, click this link:

Please contact us with questions or comments.

PUAA may lose C.URB!

The City of Penticton has said they will not renew our lease.
On Monday, March 17 at 6 PM, we have a chance to change their minds. Eva and I are making a presentation, but it won’t be effective if we are the only ones there.  We need to show the kind of support that there is for this Association, so anyone who cares at all for the value of locally grown food, please come to the Council Meeting at City Hall, 171 Main Street.
Your presence will make a big difference to the strength of our presentation. It will be very short, and you can leave immediately after.
I’ll see you there!
Kathryn McCourt

News Update

Global Community Resilience Specialist,  John Croft is coming to the Okanagan  

Monday October 14  - Kelowna Town Hall Meeting   – 7pm – 1310 Bertram Street, Kelowna at the Unitarian Fellowship

Free Town Hall Meetings with global change maker, John Croft on his community building Dragon Dreaming method and how we can prepare for the Great Turning. John has assisted thousands of individuals who have gone on to develop over 1500 projects worldwide. Transition Towns are just one of the projects and they have 1130 initiatives in 43 countries. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to meet and discuss community resilience and the coming transition to a more sustainable system with one of the most sought after experts on community development.

Tuesday October 15 –  Penticton Town Hall Meeting  -   7PM 760 Main Street, Penticton at the Shatford Centre


Introduction to  Dragon Dreaming Workshop  - October 18-20th – Shatford 760 Main Street Penticton

John Croft has assisted individuals and organizations in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Brazil, Australia, Africa, Canada, USA, Eastern and Western Europe to develop over 1500 successful projects that are good for the Earth and build communities. 

When Rob Hopkins wanted to start Transition Towns, he had John facilitate a Dragon Dreaming workshop, and the result was an amazingly successful Dragon Dreaming project that has impacted millions of people and hundreds of cities all over the planet. 

Dragon Dreaming helps individuals develop successful projects for the Great Turning by using the power of dreaming and vision. During the four project stages – Dreaming, Planning, Doing and Celebration a playful approach is used in order to access the collective wisdom, engage and diminish burnout of the team. Inspired by Deep Ecology, The Work That Reconnects by Johanna Macy, wisdom of Australian aboriginal people and by modern Systems Theory, the process places a high value to personal growth, resulting in empowered people, and outrageously successful projects. 

All who seek to “awaken” – lead a meaningful life – or make a difference will benefit from this transformational workshop. No matter whether you are involved in your community or not, whether you are already engaged in personal or collective projects, or are only tentatively dreaming about an idea, Dragon Dreaming can help. help. 

Discover how to dance with you dragons and make 100% of your dreams come true! This is John’s only workshop this year in Canada. 

$200 per person. Limited seating. For more information, or to register, call 250-770-7668, email or visit

Introduction to Dragon Dreaming Workshop

760 Main Street, Penticton, British Columbia V2A 5E2

The “Growing Garlic and Saying Goodnight” course did not take place on Sunday September 29 and is instead being offered on Saturday, October 5th, 1 – 3 PM. There is room for two or three more people, so if you’d like to attend, please email as soon as possible.

The October 6 Cleanup and Potluck is from 2 to 6 PM, with dinner being about 5. Participants are asked to bring gloves, plate and cutlery, something for the potluck and a chair. And dress warmly! Please RSVP to This is a very good event for non-members to attend to find out what the Penticton Urban Agriculture Association is all about.

Our last course is on Monday October 7th from 6:30 – 7:30 PM. Cameron Baughen will be opening “A Real Can of Worms” and demonstrating how they make compost out of newspaper and kitchen scraps. This workshop takes place at the RDOS office on Martin Street.  Please email to register.



Two more courses and two upcoming events!

Sept 29   1-3 PM

Growing Garlic and Saying Goodnight: Planting Garlic and Preparing the Garden for Winter with Brenda Lende Those of you who attended Brenda’s spring course on bedding plants and went home with a headful of gardening tips know that this will be another opportunity to gain from Brenda’s years of gardening experience.

Oct 7  6:30-7:30 PM

A Real Can of Worms: An Introduction to Vermiculture with Cameron Baughen,RDOS Solid Waste Management Co-ordinator Learn how to let earthworms do your composting for you! Cameron is always perfecting his technique and loves to share it. Note: this class will be held at the RDOS office.


September 28th 

A Taste of the Arts

Spend an evening at the historic Shatford Centre with people who love and support the arts, while enjoying savoury and sweet culinary delights, silent auctions and
entertainment. Taste For The Arts 2013 POSTER

October 6th

2nd Annual Garden Cleanup and Harvest Potluck

After taking Brenda’s course, the garden cleanup will be easy and we can all enjoy another dinner as amazing as last year’s. You’ll want to be there! Time and other details TBA.


Course Update! What’s coming up….

Courses at C.URB

Learn to grow your own food organically!

Aug 24 9-10AM Polyculture 101: Cultivating resilience, beauty and diversity with Garden Guardians and Companion Planting with Ryan Foster, Permaculturist

You’ve heard the term “Permaculture” before, but can you explain what it means? After you take this course, you’ll be able to. You’ll know more about Companion Planting than “Carrots Love Tomatoes.” And you’ll recognize a “Garden Guardian” when you see one! Definitely not to be missed.


For info and to register, email or call 250-494-8244
$10/hour Courses FREE for Members !

Upcoming Events: Rammed Earth Course and Community Garden Tour!

The Rammed Earth Course is BACK!

Interested in learning how to build with earth?!  Learn rammed-earth construction basics. Help build a bench at the Center for Urban Agriculture.

Sunday, July 28, 5:00 – 8:00 pm.

Course price is $45 per person

Please book by emailing Kathryn McCourt


And join us for a tour Vancouver Hill Community Garden:

PUAA members have been invited to tour Penticton Community Gardens on Vancouver hill. Come and learn from others’ efforts with CG Vice-President Rebecca Ogden.

At the Community Gardens 2:00PM.

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We look forward to seeing you there!

Creative ‘Food Forester’ Teaching June 22 & 23


Creative ‘Food Forester’ Teaching June 22 & 23

Renowned Food Forester, Richard Walker, will be instructing on June 22nd and 23rd at the Shatford Centre. Space is limited, so we encourage you to research this amazing gardening process and decide whether you would like to attend as soon as possible.

Maybe you’ve read the recent UN report recognizing perennials as essential in creating sustainable food sources…

Or maybe you realized what many gardeners, farmers and people around have discovered…
Food Forest gardening provides food, fiber, fuel and medicine with lower maintenance and cost over time.

Whatever you’ve heard, food forest gardening is a method of gardening based on natural forest systems that, when mature, need little to no fertilizing, watering or maintenance.

Go to this link: to learn more about this opportunity.

The workshop will be held from 9 am to 5 pm, June 22nd & 23rd. Cost is $200. For additional information and to register, go to or contact Shatford Centre Okanagan School of the Arts at 250-770-7668 or send an e-mail to

Richard started as an organic farmer in Alberta. Not an easy task in the early 70′s in conservative Alberta. He applied his organic farming skills to 3 acres of bare horse pasture where 25 years later stood a lush self-sustaining forest garden. With over 400 nut trees, seven stories of food, fiber, fuel and medicinal bearing perennial plants and vines, this is a, if not the, premier food forest in Canada.

Having converted a degraded piece of land into an abundant mix of rare, unique nut, fruit and medicinal plants from all over the world, he is one of Canada’s most experienced food foresters. We are incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to learn from Richard. He’s a practicing gardener, plant breeder and herbalist.

Canada Permaculture Organic Leaf: His food forest was and is so successful that as students we can save years of trial and error by learning from him. This course attracts some of the leaders in the fields of permaculture, organic gardening, food forestry, urban homesteading and sustainability. The wealth of knowledge brought by the course participants will add to this unique opportunity to learn, share and network with others involved with regenerative land care.


Richard Walker will be instructing on June 22nd & 23rd!