This spring the Environment Centre is launching what it hopes to be the first in a series of workshops to establish edible gardens around the Centre and to teach participants how to achieve the same results in their own yards and communities.
Our pilot project is to renovate the circular space in front of the Centre. The first four workshops will take us through the process of clearing, designing, lasagna layering and plant selection. The last three workshops will involve planting veggies, bushes and herbs.
Each three hour workshop will involve two components. The first is labour, we will all work together to get the garden prepared. This allows participants time to ask questions about the process and time to get to know each other and the land so we can make decisions together about how the garden is designed and what plants we want to introduce. The second component is a lesson. The themes of each workshop are listed below. Teachings are in the permaculture style which incorporates ideas of organic, small scale, intensive, holistic and sustainable living and gardening.
Workshops run from 1:30 to 4:30pm.
- April 24, 2016 – Introduction to Permaculture
- May 1 – Forest Gardens, design and plant selections for Peterborough
- May 15 – Soil health, ecosystems and structure
- May 29 – Plant needs, life cycle, biology
- June 12 – Vegetable Growing basics
- Sept 11 – Broad scale site design, designing your outdoor space
- April 23, 2017 – Herb gardens
Workshops are $15 each or $70 for the series.
Children are welcome but must be registered and accompanied by a supervising adult. If the cost of the workshops is preventing you from registering either yourself or a child please choose the pay by cheque option and pay what you can. Participants will be contacted if rain prevents a workshop and rain dates will generally be on the following Sunday. Money raised at the workshops will go toward further workshops and more gardens around the Centre.
Looking to the Future…
We would like to create the opportunity for everyone to help make this garden grow. Do you have some gently used tools you can donate toward the project? Do you have some plants you can share? Our wish list includes raspberries, strawberries, fruit bushes, culinary and medicinal plants, perennial vegetables and edible flowers and tea plants such as daylily and beebalm. You or your organization can also donate money for further workshops and initiatives.
We would like to increase the number of workshops we are offering until we have a year long program of 30 workshops. These workshops would take us through all the seasons in the garden with the goal of giving participants the knowledge to initiate projects in their own yards and communities.
Let us know topics for workshops that interest you. Further workshops could include teachings on working with water and energy, natural building design, pattern understanding, pruning and orchard maintenance, animal forage systems, aquaculture, veggie season extension, food preserving and storage, greenhouse growing, composting, caring for tools, propagation and seed saving, plant diseases, insect pests, growing fruit, pollinators, urban and community permaculture, current food and energy systems, waste treatment and other topics that participants feel will lead them to being more self sufficient.
Further work around the centre could include maintaining existing gardens, harvesting, renovating the old orchard and creating new gardens with raspberries, strawberries, fruiting bushes, herbs, perennial veggies and medicinal, craft and dye plants.
We will be taking this project one step at a time and be guided by community support and input. Our ultimate goal is to have a permanent community edible garden where we can come together to learn and share ideas.
Please contact Cathy Hooper with any offers of donations or ideas: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cathy Hooper is certified as a Master Gardener and Permaculture Designer. She runs a market garden and has recently purchased 5 acres in Warsaw where she is implementing permaculture design. For more information, visit her website www.growediblegardens.
orgor feel free to contact her with questions at peterboroughediblelandscapi email@example.com.