I always know it is spring time when my email inbox starts to overflow. Other signs include birds tweeting on the phone lines, crocuses blooming, and everyone is abuzz with plans for the coming season.
This week, here are some (and I apologize, not all), of the exciting things you should check out, apply to, or get involved with if you are interested in gardens and food. As always keep an eye on the Halifax Garden Network Calendar for an updated list of workshops and events.
- Seedy Saturdays
- Plant Propagation and Considerations for Greenhouse Soil Workshop
- Passive Solar Greenhouse Design Workshop
- Introduction to Permaculture Workshop
- Permaculture Certificate Course
- Community Garden Coordinator Workshop
- Hands On Season Extension For Market Gardeners
- Loaded Ladle: Looking for new Board Members
- Spryfield Urban Farm: Job Posting
The Long List:
Seedy Saturdays are amazing events held all over Canada in the spring where local, small scale, and back-yard seed savers and growers get together to share their wares and information. They are great events to go to to purchase your seed supply and to learn a whole lot about what and how to grow certain varieties. Here are dates and times of Seedy Saturday events across Nova Scotia:Dartmouth, NS Alderney Landing Farmer’s Market Saturday March 24, 9-11 a.m. Contact Sarah Ensslin for more information
Captain William Spry Community Centre, 16 Sussex Street
Saturday March 31, 2-4 p.m.
For more information or to book a table to sell seeds, bulbs, and other garden supplies, please contact Marjorie Willison for more information.
Sackville, NBTweedy Hall, Mount Alison University Saturday March 31, 2012 1-3 p.m.
In conjunction with ACORN’s AGM, we are also hosting The POLITICS OF FOOD Forum (Everyone welcome–please help spread the word!), which will feature a series of speakers through the course of the afternoon.
For more information contact Lucia Stephen.
Wolfville, NSFarmer’s Market building, 24 Elm Av. Saturday April 7, 8:30-1 p.m.
Our fifth annual Seedy Saturday will feature a community seed exchange, a plant swap, a workshop speaker series, a Town of Wolfville children’s gardening program, free admission, a fundraising table for Seeds of Diversity Canada, and a number of vendors selling local seeds, plants, transplants, composted seaweed, tubers, Acadian forest tree saplings, and much more. Our event takes place in conjunction with the Wolfville Farmers’ Market, featuring 50 additional vendors, free live music, fair trade coffee, and delicious breakfasts and lunches. We hope you’ll join us!
For more information contact Michelle Fike (902) 697-3344
Plant Propagation and Considerations for Greenhouse Soil
Passive Solar Design Workshop
Come learn the basics of passive solar design for growing food in all seasons through the story of the Bloomfield Community Greenhouse. This full-day, hands-on workshop will equip you with the basics to start designing your own greenhouse!
Topics will include:
- Basics of passive solar design.
- Designing a greenhouse for winter food production
- Factors to consider: Site, solar access, temperature, humidity, light and air.
- Thoughtful choice of crops for a winter greenhouse.
- Introduction to off-grid solar electricity.
- Energy gain and loss in a greenhouse
- Design forum – bring your dream greenhouse design and work together on it, or a practice exercise.
Permaculture for Transition Workshop
April 14-15 9-5 p.m.
St. Luke’s United Church, Tantallon.
Permaculture Design Certificate Course
- 72 hour intensive course
- Course runs: May 12-27, 2012
- Implementation (optional): May 28-June 2
The course, facilitated by Graham Calder, has a broad curriculum demonstrating the principles, patterns and practices of permaculture design. It utilizes a variety of perspectives from local self-sufficiency to international aid. The course is forged to give a foundation for restoring, rebuilding and reconnecting human ecosystems.
Community Garden Coordinator Workshop
Saturday April 14th, 11-4:30 p.m.
North Branch Library
Free, please R.S.V.P.
This is a free all day event designed to bring coordinators, volunteers and community members who work with Community Gardens together to talk and to learn from presentors and from each other. The workshop will cover communication and building engagement in the garden, soil fertility in the community garden setting, and offer a chance for gardeners to ask questions and share solutions in small conversations.
All types of gardens are invited and encouraged to attend, from the traditional community garden, to school and univeristy gardens, gardens at shelters, family resource centres, youth centres and more. We hope each garden can elect a couple of folks to come and share their garden’s knowledge and struggles. Please R.S.V.P. to Garity by sending the participants names and contact information as soon as possible.
Hands On Season Extension for Market Gardeners
Saturday April 7, 2-8 pm.
Abundant Acres Farm
Join us at Abundant Acres for an afternoon hands-on session to build a low-cost, unheated hoop house (2-4) and stay for the potluck afterwards to talk shop about greenhouse growing and other season-extension techniques. The session is free, please bring something to contribute to the potluck. Click here for directions to the farm.
Loaded Ladle is looking for Board Members
To get involved, email us, or find us on Facebook!
Urban Farm Museum in Spryfield Garden and Program Coordinator
Working at the Urban Farm Museum in Spryfield is a marvellous opportunity to work outdoors with vegetables, herbs, fruits, children, families, and youth during the growing season. Mostly outdoors, some indoor work. Sturdy footwear and protective clothing required.
April 17 to October 15, 2012, Tuesday to Saturday (morning only on Saturdays) 1 evening, and sometimes 2 evenings, per week. Part-time beginning and end of season.
For complete job description, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Application deadline by 5 pm on April 5, 2012
Written By: Garity Chapman