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Call for Summer Volunteer

Elmira District Secondary School is looking for a volunteer who can commit to caring for the school garden over the summer in exchange for space and produce. The garden was planned, built and maintained by students in the environmental science class. They are used to teach about health eating, horticulture and local food. Time expected is 1-2 hours weekly. If you are interested in the Elmira Garden Program, contact: Carol Popovic 519-575-4400 ex. 5336 cpopovic@regionofwaterloo.ca

Grants up to $4,000 with Edible Trees!

Beautify your neighbourhood, and bring fresh fruits or nuts to your community all at the same time through the Edible Tree program. The program offers funding of up to $4,000 and other resources for community-based projects that provide residents with access to fresh fruit and nut trees while making a positive difference to the Canadian environment including: Increases equitable access to healthy food, Strengthens communities by empowering neighbors to share in the harvest and care of city-grown food resources, Benefits the local community by providing access to the trees and their fruit by...

A Living Fence-Hedge: the Pollinator Fedge

A couple years ago, members of the Salvation Army Hope and Unity Community Garden (HUG) in Kitchener, Ontario, were interested in learning some tactics to control populations of cucumber beetle, potato beetle and flea beetle. I discovered that the best defense against so-called pests is healthy, nutritious garden soil. Strategies that increase soil health include composting, mulching, growing cover crops in the fall, rotating plants, and increasing the biodiversity of both plants and animals. The more habitat for insects and birds, the better balanced the growing system. The more perennial...

Building Community with Water Tower Gardens

Building Community with Water Tower Gardens. Read this article in Cambridge Times by Colene Evans-Allen, a 10-year resident of the Preston Heights neighbourhood. A great story of determination that results in a beautiful community garden and positive change for a neighbourhood! "Something had to change in my neighbourhood or we would have been living at the mercy of drug dealers and criminals. I lived in an apartment complex made up of low-income households, single-parent families, drug dealers and violence. The police were regular visitors to the complex, two people were stabbed, and one...

Why seed saving is so important!

You love to garden! You planted your favourite veggies, herbs and flowers in the spring, watched them sprout, watered them diligently, added compost, weeded and mulched, observed bees pollinating, reaped the harvest, and savoured delicious flavours as you cooked and preserved your bounty. Now the garden season is nearly over - or is it? What about all those seeds? There are many reasons gardeners might want to save seeds, and it's not hard to do once you learn the basics. First of all, here are a few thoughts on why seed saving is so important: a) Adaptated varieties - Saving your own seeds...

Garlic Harvest at Queen's Green Community Garden

This garlic braid contains 150 garlic bulbs that were recently harvested at Queen's Green Community Garden. This garlic was grown in an area about 8 feet by 8 feet. The garlic variety is a soft neck purple garlic that my parents passed on to me about 20 years ago. They grew the same bulbs for about 30 years. The soil was supplemented last fall with free compost from the Region of Waterloo landfill and free manure from the St. Jacobs Livestock Exchange Barns.

Cucumber beetles!

At Rosemount Community garden, we are encountering a host of cucumber beetles which are attacking cucumbers, zucchini, and pumpkins, as well as hollyhocks. We are using a spray made from boiling rhubarb leaves with some dish soap. Small plants can be covered but must be uncovered for pollination. We are blaming the very dry weather, but would welcome any other organic solutions. (Info from planetnatural.com) Submitted by Linda Bluhm, garden co-ordinator

Tree Mobile at Preston Community Garden, Sturdy Park

Greetings Gardeners, We hope you are enjoying your February and getting excited about growing with us this season! We have joined forces with the TreeMobile to be their Cambridge pickup location. TreeMobile is a small volunteer organization that sells fruit trees, shrubs and vines at low prices online with the goal of helping more people grow delicious, affordable and local food in their communities. Cool right? http://www.transitiontreemobile.org/woo-commerce/shop/ The idea here is anyone in Cambridge can order on-line and pickup their plants up at the garden. There is only one scheduled...

Funding for Canadian School Gardens

An exciting new resource for Canadian School Gardens through the Whole Kids Foundation , gain access to funding and fantastic school garderning resources. Created in partnership with FoodCorps , the School Garden Grant program provides a $2,000 monetary grant to support a new or existing educational edible garden on the grounds of a primary or secondary school. Emerging leaders teaching kids, building school gardens and connecting farm and school. The Garden Grant applications are due Nov. 3. Don't miss out on this great funding opportunity for school gardens! For more information on this...

City of Kitchener wants to help grow its community gardens

The City of Kitchener is working to make it easier for groups to start up community gardens! There are 28 community gardens on city land right now, where people can sign up for a small plot to grow fruits, vegetables or flowers. Catherine Thompson writes a great article for The Record. Read more

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