Urban Bounty’s Spring Fling is an annual fundraiser and event that gives us a opportunity to connect with our community, share more about the work we do and fundraise for the year ahead. This is also a great way for our members of the community to get to know us, learn more about how they can get involved, ask any questions and share any suggestions they may have. 

This event is hosted at the end of April in Paulik Park by the Urban Bounty office located at 7611 Ash St., Richmond. We will be sharing more details about our 2024 event in the new year. 

Here is a snapshot of our 2023 Spring Fling and Compost Fundraiser that we hosted on Saturday, April 29.

We had our compost pick-up, seed library, information table, kids activities, pollinator information station, Paulik Park tours run by the Garden Club and products available for sampling and purchase.

Compost Fundraiser

Customers were able to pre-order their compost and pick up at the Spring Fling. We also had a limited supply of compost available for purchase on the day of, first come first serve.

Seed Library

We had our seed library set up for participants to browse. We also had people bring seeds that they wanted to swap or donate to our seed library.

What is a Seed Library? A collection of seeds donated by community members and organizations to be shared with the community. Urban Bounty Members request seeds from the library and use them to grow food throughout the growing season. At the end of the season, members collect, dry, clean and save their seeds for personal use and return some to the library. This is how we keep our library stocked for members to use. We will always accept donations as well.

Paulik Park Tours

The Richmond Garden Club lead 2 tours of Paulik Park throughout the day. The tours included learning about creating meadow flower gardens, using nature to create fencing, creating “no dig” gardens and why, creating pollinator-friendly and drought-resistant gardens, and the importance of protecting trees.

Pollinator Info Table

Sharlene Singh, an urban gardener and garden educator, shared some amazing information about encouraging different pollinators to visit your garden space. She discussed how to add a variety of flowering plants that help support and provide food for the many species of native pollinators (bees, beetles, hummingbirds, butterflies) we have in our urban neighbourhoods from the early spring to the late winter.

Kids Activities

Shirley hosted a super fun worm table complete with a bucket of worms and soil to explore and a worm scavenger hunt! Participants could grab a clipboard and explore the park in search of clues. Once they found all 5 clues and brought it back to Shirley, they won a prize. What a fun way to learn about worms! It was a hit with the kids.

We had an incredible time and we couldn’t have asked for better weather.

Looking forward to next year, see you then!