DIRT, The Movie!

Transition York Region & Cathy’s Crawly Composters present:

 

DIRT, The Movie!

Saturday, May 14th

2 pm – 5 pm

By Donation

 

York Region Administration Building, Committee Room B

 

This compelling documentary narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis discusses that which sustains us … soil.

 

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Key Ingredient to Lasagna Recipe is Compost



In celebration of Compost Awareness Week, York Region Food Network(YRFN) cooked up some lasagna gardening thanks to our friends at Miller Compost. For more than a decade Miller Compost has supplied YRFN with compost, a key ingredient to a nutrient rich garden. Today the compost arrived bright and early at the Aurora Community Garden, just in time for the ceremony in which Blaire McArthur of Miller Compost of Ontario was presented with a certificate of appreciation for the long time support Miller Compost has offered the YRFN Community Garden program. Peter Secord, also representing Miller Compost said, “Miller Compost believes in supporting community gardens with locally produced compost to support food production. “Feeding our soil” with high quality compost allows us to be a small part of the York Region Food Networks big efforts.”

Also recognized was the tremendous support provided by the Town of Aurora to the YRFN Aurora Community Garden. Town of Aurora Mayor, Geoffrey Dawe said, “This program enables members of the community, local government and businesses to come together in a cooperative way to enhance the quality of life for residents of Aurora.” Mayor Dawe further added, “The Town of Aurora actively supports the good work YRFN provides through its community garden initiative.”

Left to Right: Town of Aurora Mayor, Geoffrey Dawe; Miller Compost, Blaire McArthur and Peter Secord

Concluding the ceremony was a demonstration of lasagna gardening, a low maintenance approach to gardening which adds layers of various types of organic matter to the soil. YRFN Aurora community gardener, Barb Taylor along with YRFN Program Coordinator, Catherine Cook grabbed assistance from the attendees to help place layers of newspaper, straw, coffee grounds, vegetable scraps and Miller compost to the garden bed. Within minutes, a nutrient rich garden bed was created, ready for planting.

Foreground, left to right: ACG gardeners, Barb Taylor and YRFN Program Coordinator, Catherine Cook
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Key Ingredient to Lasagna Recipe is Compost

Celebrating Compost Awareness Week, York Region Food Network(YRFN) is cooking up some lasagna gardening thanks to our friends at Miller Compost. For more than a decade Miller Compost has supplied YRFN with compost, a key ingredient to a successful garden. On Friday, May 6th the compost will be put to good use as guests at the Aurora Community Garden will be treated to a demonstration of a gardening technique known as lasagna gardening. Following the demonstration, YRFN will be presenting Miller Compost with a certificate of appreciation in recognition of their continued support.

Mayor Geoffrey Dawe says, “This program enables members of the community, local government and businesses to come together in a co-operative way to enhance the quality of life for residents of Aurora.” Mayor Dawe further adds, “The Town of Aurora actively supports the good work the YRFN provides through its community garden initiative.”

Support for the program isn’t limited to the Town of Aurora; Miller’s commitment to the gardens over the past 10 years is proof of their support. Peter Secord, Sales Manager of Miller Compost adds “Miller Compost believes in supporting community gardens with locally produced compost to support food production. “Feeding our soil” with high quality compost allows us to be a small part of the York Region Food Networks big efforts.”

WHEN: Friday, May 6, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE: Aurora Community Garden – Alliance Parkette, located adjacent to Cornerstone Community Church, 390 Industrial Parkway South, Aurora, L4G 3V7. Parking is available on site at the garden. Guests are also welcome to use the church parking lot.

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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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