FREE Seminar! Cultivating Change: Nourishing Food Resilient Communities / Community Garden Project

Please register to attend with our Associate Director, Kathie MacDuff, via email, at

Keeping with Sorrento Retreat and Conference Centre’s 2024 theme NOURISH, our free seminar will be hosted in our Caritas Conference room on Friday, February 16doors open at 6pm, the seminar will begin at 6:30pmending at 8pm. Refreshments will be offered, and donations happily accepted. There’s plenty of free parking. Everyone is invited to attend. Please pass this information on to anyone you think maybe interested.

Samara Sonmor, the current chair of the newly organized Food Action Society of BC will be our guest speaker. Samara has overseen community gardens in Vernon, presented tons of workshops to community and school groups, and worked with non-profits, church, indigenous groups, and other organizations wanting to initiate community gardens. Samara will define food security/insecurity and discuss a new way of looking at the problem through Food Resilience. Samara will deliver practical ways people (and communities) can increase their food resilience – small actions can have big impacts! Community gardens are an important piece of food resilience in communities and Samara will describe their role and different configurations.

We are thrilled to partner with Food Action on this project!

The Sorrento Retreat and Conference Centre Farm has the space and the vision to create a Community Garden and hopes to engage community partnerships. We are accepting expressions of interest from local residents who may want to lease a bed ($15 for the season, a limit of two per person/family). Please submit your interest via email to

Depending on the success of this first seminar, others will be offered including:

  1. How to build a raised bed
  2. How to fill and plant a raised bed
  3. The benefits of irrigation
  4. The joy of microgreens

Eventually, we hope to offer seminars on food preparation, seed saving, and canning.

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