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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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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Pandora’s Box

Margaret Webb, author of “Apples to Oysters: a food lovers tour of Canadian Farms” and biodynamic farmer Michael Schmidt will be featured at a fundraising cultural event at the Aurora Cultural Centre. Ms. Webb will be reading from 3 sections of her book, selling and signing books, and Michael Schmidt will speak a little about the culture of food, and he will also conduct a small orchestra. The format is a little different than a typical concert: it’s called a cultural salon. There’s also a harp concerto, chamber music by Mozart, and a couple of dancers. Nature’s Emporium is providing all the food, and it’s a really nice afternoon out. We have donated $6000 so far to the Yellow Brick House Second Shelter, Second Chances capital campaign, since the fall.

For more information, go to www.pandorasboxsalon.com or call 289-221-0229.

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The Special Diet Allowance: What You Should Know

On November 30, 2010, the Ontario government announced they had decided to keep the Special Diet program instead of cancelling it. But, they said, they were going to make some changes to the program.  This backgrounder explains these changes and says what you should know if you currently get a Special Diet allowance.

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