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.

Garden Party

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

Perma-WHAT??

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 info@transitionyorkregion.org

Transition York Region

Cold Frame Seminar

Get a jumpstart on your gardening season with cold frames

Cold frame expert Kyla Dixon-Muir of the Riverdale Meadow Community Garden will be sharing with us cold fame gardening techniques as well as demonstrating a quick and easy way to build your very own cold frame!

You will have a chance to win a cold frame built by one of YRFN’s dedicated volunteers. There will also be donated wood for those participants interested in building their own wooden cold frame at home.

Date: Saturday March 5, 2011

Time: 10:00 a.m – noon

Place: York Region Food Network

510 Penrose Street

Newmarket, ON

Cost: Free

Refreshments provided

For those who are interested, Kyla will be selling cold frame starter kits for $20 with the proceeds going towards supporting the Riverdale Meadow Community Garden.

Please R.S.V.P by February 18 to:   Catherine Cook, York Region Food Network, 905.967.0428 ext 203 or Toll free: 1.800.454.9736

Space is limited

KM in the AM: Building Partnerships for Research and Knowledge Mobilization

Food Security

At YRFN we recognize that food security or insecurity, is about income and access to healthy food. For that reason we endeavour to work in the community in a number of different ways to address injustice and income inequity and create opportunities for all residents to be able to access healthy food.

Joan Stonehocker, Executive Director, York Region Food Network

You are warmly invited to attend a morning discussion on the topic of Food Security. This event has been organized by the Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) Unit at York University, which operates in partnership with the United Way of York Region.

KM in the AM is a series of issue based forums linking the university and community/government agencies to enhance research, the graduate student experience and knowledge mobilization. There will be brief presentations by a university researcher and a community agency representative, followed by ample time for questions, discussion, and networking.

Confirmed Speakers:
• Rod MacRae, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University
• Joan Stonehocker, Executive Director, York Region Food Network

Date: Tuesday, January 25
Time: 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
Lunch will be served at 11:30.
Location: York Regional Food Network Office – 510 Penrose, Newmarket, L3Y 1A2

Space is limited. Kindly RSVP to Krista Jensen at kejensen@yorku.ca or 416-736-2100 ext 88847 to confirm your attendance.