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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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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