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Deepening Our Roots
Sun, October 16, 2016, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT
Let's wrap up the garden season together with an afternoon of workshops, food and ideas. Through its Seeds For Change program, York Region Food Network is thrilled to offer Deepening Our Roots, a free session for new and experienced gardeners.
At this family event, you'll have an opportunity to take 2 of the 4 workshops being offered.
The workshops include:
Composting: Compost is organic material that can be added to soil to help plants grow. Making compost keeps these materials out of landfills where they take up space and release methane, a potent greenhouse gas. With so many styles of composters out there, it can be tricky to know what model to go for. Join David Lightwood as he shares best practices for composting.
Permaculture: Join Kate Vinokurov for this workshop to learn about permaculture & creative garden design. Whether you have a garden or you are planning to build one, this workshop will inspire you to think "outside the square." You will learn about sustainable practices in the garden and ways to maximize productivity.
Extending Your Garden Season with Cold Frames: ColdFrames are just one method of growing and sheltering food plants for eating beyond the relatively short Canadian outdoor season - during which they can be produced and maintained on their own, either in garden beds, in plants, or on decks. The techniques displayed here allow for planting some seedlings out earlier in spring, and for warming the soil and planting certain seeds directly in the soil much earlier in the spring than the traditional GTA planting date.
Preserving: Dehydrating food is one of the oldest forms of preserving food when it’s freshest, most abundant, and least expensive! Learn dehydration techniques for a variety of foods and uses. From chickpeas to turkey dinner leftovers, from kids snacks to canoe trip meals, dehydrating is easy, creative, and delicious. Join us for this fun workshop!
Interactive gardening and learning opportunities for kids
Following the workshops, sample seasonal delights with a harvest celebration.
This is a free event. Please register for this event by Friday October 14, 2016.