International Compost Awareness Week May 1-7, 2011


The Compost Council of Canada is a national non-profit, member-driven organization with a charter to advocate and advance organics residuals recycling and compost use. It serves as the central resource and network for the compost industry in Canada and, through its members, contributes to the environmental sustainability of the communities in which they operate.

The Compost Council of Canada spearheads a Canada-wide veggie-growing and sharing program, Plant a Row • Grow a Row . Established with the Garden Writers Association with support from local food banks across Canada, Plant a Row • Grow a Row encourages gardeners to grow and share an extra row of veggies for neighbours in need.

An extension of the program, Plant a Row • Grow a Row JUNIOR , is designed to encourage and teach children & their families how to start and grow an edible garden at their home, whether with a backyard or a balcony garden or through access to a local community garden.

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Introduction to Organic Gardening and Permaculture Workshop

Permaculture gardening is the conscious design of garden ecosystems that mimic the diversity, stability and resilience of natural ecosystems. We ask and observe, what would nature do? This hands-on workshop introduces permaculture theory and ways to apply it in your home or community garden. Topics: organic gardening basics; permaculture design and practices; working with water; plant guilds (plants that grow well together, help soil tilth and support the larger ecosystem); dynamic accumulators (plants that accumulate nutrients & feed the soil); plants and plant selection; starting new gardens and soil building; cover crops & mulches; composting; humans and other animals; working less for more; diversity gardening.  In partnership with Garden Jane and Transition York Region.

Saturday, April 30th, 2011
10 am-5 pm
510 Penrose Street, Newmarket

$60-$90 sliding scale, includes resources.

Pre-registration required

The workshop will take place at our office garden and include a trip to the Newmarket Community Garden.

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Garden Party

Join us for an intriguing evening with Garden Jane who will guide us through an introduction to Permaculture principles.


per·ma·cul·ture [pur-muh-kuhl-cher] — n; the practice of producing food, energy, etc, using ways that do not deplete the earth’s natural resources

Get it? Good! Come learn more with us…

Introduction to Permaculture

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Temperance Hall, Sharon Temple

18974 Leslie Street, Sharon

Pay what you can (suggestion $15)

Refreshments provided

To RSVP – email[googleMap name=”Temperance Hall, Sharon Temple”]18974 Leslie Street, Sharon, ON L0G 1V0[/googleMap]

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