A series of hands-on, relaxed and interactive workshops meant to help beginner to experienced gardeners develop confidence and innovative ways to grow the healthiest and most successful gardens possible while maintaining garden integrity, sustainability and diversity for years to come!
The Good Food Co-op is delighted to offer all participants warm beverages and healthy treats at our workshops!
COST: Co-op Members: $20, Non-members: $25 per workshop
SWEET MEMBER-ONLY DEAL: Co-op Members sign up for all 4 workshops for $70.
Presented by the farmers of Midlothian Valley Farm, Ryerson, Ontario
Thursday, March 8th *5:45pm~8pm
Brenda, Hilda and Tom Tota grow over 7 acres of organic produce on their family-run farm and are valued producer-members of Muskoka North Good Food Co-op. They follow the spirit and practice of organic growing methods with no use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. At the workshop, you will be part of a lively discussion about their passion of Resilient Farming. They will also give an active, hands-on demonstration on starting seeds for transplanting outdoors. All are welcome! This is a course for every level of grower from beginner to market gardener.
Presented by Ron and Pauline Patton of Sunrise Heirloom Vegetables and Judith Blanchette of Huntsville’s famous Green Team
Tuesday, March 13th *5:45pm~8pm
Ron and Pauline operate a large market garden in Kearney, Ontario and are treasured producer-members of Muskoka North Good Food Co-op! They continue to expand their operation with commercial greenhouses and expanded gardens. They bring their expertise in garden planning and layout, companion planting and market gardening to our lucky workshopparticipants. There will be plenty of time for a productive Q&A so you can ask them all your burning questions!
Healthy gardens=Healthy soil and organic compost is a necessary and golden addition to all productive gardens. Judith will bring her booming and contagious excitement and knowledge about good, clean dirt and how to make it yourself with garden, yard and food waste! She will also be bringing hundreds of her friends(in the form of red wiggler worms) so she can show them off, and teach the valuable art of vermicomposting.
Presented by Wayne Chalmers of Spring Hill Farms, Trout Creek, Ontario
Tuesday, March 20th *5:45pm~8:00pm
Wayne’s impressive production technologies are something that he passionately and openly shares with anyone who is interested. Co-operatively, Spring Hill Farms and The Good Food Co-op facilitated the Co-op’s first (and not last) Winter Greens CSA program with overwhelmingly positive results. We are delighted that he will be joining us to share his methods in greenhouse production and planting. His business skills as a market gardener have inspired many local producers to become market gardeners themselves, and you can be sure that he will share with you the truth and reality of how you can make your efforts profitable and abundant enough to feed your community. This is bound to be a session full of interesting and useful information!
Presented by Sharon and Steve Bacon of Four Season Greens, Port Sydney, Ontario
Thursday, April 5th *6:15pm~8:30pm
We always say that it is Steve and Sharon who will ultimately save our lives here in Muskoka if the trucks were to ever stop rolling! Sprouts and micro-greens are one of the most nutrient-dense superfoods on the planet and are also very easy and inexpensive to grow at home! You have likely seen a plethora of their products in the Co-op’s fridges and when asked “do you fear teaching their trade to others might interfere with their sales?” Sharon’s automatic reply was “we just want to see as many people as possible having access and eating this amazing food source”. This interactive and captivating workshop and Q&A will ensure that you leave with full confidence to grow your own. The Bacon’s are bringing sprouting kits to sell and the Good Food Co-op has organic sprouting seeds available so you will leave ready to grow!
STAY TUNED FOR OUR FALL SEED-SAVING WORKSHOP TO BE ANNOUNCED IN THE NEAR FUTURE!
In the meantime, if you are interested in seed saving throughout this growing season and have any questions, send them our way and we will find you some answers and information: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Good Food Co-op has an abundant supply of organic, local, open-pollinated garden seeds from 4 producers, so c’mon by to get stocked up!
REGISTER SOON! SPACE IS LIMITED.
If you do not want to register online (using the links above) you can contact Morgan:
WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEED YOU!