free sustainable workshops

Free Sustainable Workshops

Free Sustainable Workshops are back for 2023! Delta residents can register for free gardening and green living workshops to help create a more sustainable community. Our local instructors will teach you how to grow your own food, care for your garden, harvest honey, and more! Workshops are held in North Delta and South Delta starting in the spring. Workshops are free, but registration is required.

2023 Workshops are listed below, registration is now OPEN for select workshops.        

Register NOW through or by phone at 604-952-3000.

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How to Compost and Make Great Dirt!

Compost is a valuable addition to your garden, rich in nutrients and beneficial microorganisms. In this workshop, learn how to start composting, optimize your composting set-up, reduce your effort, and produce free compost year-round.

Instructor: Rhiannon Johnson

Tuesday, February 07

7 – 8:30 pm

North Delta Recreation Centre  Multipurpose Gymnasium

Barcode # 12191

Small Space Gardening

Do you have limited growing space? Not a problem! Learn how to use containers, pots, pocket gardens and terracing to maximize square footage for your favorite plants and vegetables this season.

Instructor: Rhiannon Johnson

Monday, March 13

7 – 8:30 pm

North Delta Recreation Centre – Delta Room

Barcode # 12194

Creating a Family Garden

Bring the family and find out quick and easy ways to involve your kids in growing food. Leave with plans for a pizza garden. This workshop is designed for families with children aged 5-12.

Instructor: Ian Lai/Urban Bounty

Saturday, April 01

10 – 11:30 am

South Delta Recreation Center  Arctic Room

Barcode # 12186

Plant Propagation for Beginners

Who doesn’t love free plants? Join Kristin on a hands-on demonstration on seed starting, division, and cuttings.

Instructor: Kristin Crouch

Saturday, April 15

10 – 11:30 am

North Delta Recreation Center – Hall B

Barcode # 12190

Planting to Attract Pollinators

Are you having problems with pollination in the garden? With insect populations on the decline, we need to learn how to support them by using plants filled with nectar and pollen. In this workshop, we will look at plants that will attract beneficial insects to help increase the yields in your fruit and vegetable garden.

Instructor: Kristin Crouch

Saturday, April 29

10 – 11:30 am

South Delta Recreation Centre  Hall A

Barcode # 12192

Growing Green and Fighting Invaders

Are aggressive plants or pests competing with your ability to grow food or manage your garden? Discover practical tips for preventing and managing invasive species and learn how to make your garden more resilient to the changing climate. We’ll cover basic plant identification skills and grow your gardening knowledge to help you maintain a healthy garden while protecting the environment.

Instructor: Tasha Murray

Thursday, May 11

7 – 8:30 pm

South Delta Recreation Centre - Hall C

Barcode #16916

Hot Water Bath Canning

Learn the basics of hot water bath canning. Capture the flavors of summer and stock your pantry safely. Participants will understand the best practices for canning and take home ideas to implement this season. Participants learn traditional homesteading skills that have shown a resurgence and become mainstream. Participants leave with new knowledge that is simple to implement and incorporate into daily life.

Instructor: Ian Lai/Urban Bounty

Saturday, May 20

10 – 11:30 am

South Delta Recreation Center – Arctic Room

Barcode #12188

Floral Arranging for Beginners

Do you love bringing flowers into the home but aren’t sure how to arrange them? Join instructor Kristin Crouch as she talks about how to get started, how to keep your flowers looking great from seed to harvest, and how to cut flowers so that they stay healthy. Create a bouquet together to take home!

Instructor: Kristin Crouch

Saturday, June 03

10 – 11:30 am

South Delta Recreation Centre  Hall A

Barcode # 12189

Love Food, Hate Waste

Make the most of the food you love. Learn how to create exciting and delicious meals with seasonal ingredients and leftovers. Food samples included!

Instructor: Ian Lai/Urban Bounty

Saturday, June 17

10 – 11:30 am

South Delta Recreation Center – Arctic Room

Barcode # 12187

Resilient Gardens – Surviving drought, heat, storms, and cold

Learn how to set your garden up to be resilient to variations and extremes in weather and to adapt your food garden to a changing climate. Whether it be dryer, hotter summers, weeks of cold snaps in the winter, fluctuating temperatures, rainfall, or snowfall, learn gardening techniques to help make your veggie garden more resilient to extreme weather events.

Instructor: Rhiannon Johnson

Saturday, June 24

10 – 11:30 am

South Delta Recreation Center – Arctic Room

Barcode # 12193


Have more questions? Contact the Engineering Department by phone at 604-946-3260 or by email.