Holiday closure

Holiday closure We’re headed ho-ho-home for the holidays After a very busy year of harvesting fruit, running programs, and caring for trees, we’ve decided it’s time to take a break. From December 25, 2021 – January 3, 2022 we will be out of the office. We look forward to coming back in 2022 refreshed and … Continued

Giving Tuesday 2021

All year long, we work hard to build a movement that changes the way our community lives and eats in Greater Victoria. This movement is rooted in the relationship between the community and the land–we strive to create opportunities for everyone to feel empowered in their relationship to this place.

When is the best time to plant a fruit tree?

Trees are a welcome addition to any backyard! And if you’re wanting to add a fruit tree to your landscape, there is no time like the present (the present being dormant season, that is).

STC @ Oaklands Sunset market

Our students will be at the Oaklands Sunset Market every Wednesday until the end of August selling school-grown produce. The market runs from 4:30 – 8:30 Wednesday evenings at the Oaklands Community Centre (2827 Belmont Ave).

5 ways to tell your figs are ripe

Figs can be a finicky fruit–they don’t ripen off the tree, like apples or pears. In Victoria, what is considered a cooler climate for figs, we only get what’s called the breva crop. These are figs produced on last year’s branches, ripened into ready-to-eat fruit for this year’s harvest.

Codling moth

Fruit trees are amazing and we love our Urban Orchard for the abundant harvest it provides each year. However, we’re not the only ones who love these trees and their fruits–pests come out of the woodwork (literally) and wreak havoc on the harvest. All pests are annoying, but codling moth can be particularly tricky for the trees in our own backyards.

Why should you eat local?

The pandemic changed the way many of us eat. And when the way we eat changes, it’s only natural that the way we think about food changes too. With these changes comes an interesting focus on local food.

Celebrate Mom

This Mother’s Day, give mom the world. Seriously. With these gifts, you not only show your mom how much she means to you but you also take a step towards helping our planet.

LifeCycles x Truffles

There is a new way to support LifeCycles for the months of April, May and June! We are one of the 2021 Community Fundraising Partners for The Truffles Group.

Welcome to Spring

The Spring Equinox is right around the corner and in our temperate West Coast climate, this marks a great time to get your seeds started.