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Meaningful Connections for Effective Board Leadership

Whether a Change Agent, Challenger, or Cheerleader; the individual personalities within a board create a diverse culture of skills, even when a seemingly difficult individual comes into play. In order to quell issues that may arrive during meetings with inhibitor-types, there must be an element of meaningful team-building to break down any walls that may exist between directors and staff. This will increase communication, comfort levels, and ultimately increase productivity. It is important to note that diversifying your board skill-set can allow for effective leadership when each individual...

Harvest Feast September 13

Hi Folks, I hope you get a chance to savour the flavour of the Harvest Feast booked for 6:00 pm this Sunday at 22 Willow Street Waterloo. I went last year and it was great. Young City Growers teamed up with Chef Jon Rennie to provide a high end plate made from local garden produce. The food was fantastic for the cost! Also, the Multicultural Community Garden Network organised youth entertainment that set the mood. I had the honor of meeting some really interesting people including some political personalities.

Plant an Edible Forest Garden with Mansion Greens!

Mansion Greens Community Garden is pleased to invite you to an edible forest garden planting event on June 6th. It has been our longtime dream to create a food forest/forest garden as an extension of our community garden, and this dream is now becoming a reality! If you're unfamiliar with the concept, forest gardening is a low-maintenance sustainable gardening practice based on woodland ecosystems, that incorporates fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, vines and perennial vegetables. Mansion Greens Community Garden was recently awarded a grant from Tree Canada to install a large forest garden...

BEE-nifits to Creating Bee Friendly Gardens

Every spring over a million beehives are trucked to California to pollinate almond trees for a two week almond bloom. Over many years of this practice, bees have be strongly showing protest and problems are arising. A giant almond pollen party in California where bee colonies are being shipped from all over North America is really just a recipe for a giant disease spreading party. Providing the bees with one type of pollen, while spraying the almond trees with pesticides and getting them to use pollen from genetic engineered crops further results in an unhealthy colony. You may have heard of...

Write your own blog post!

Welcome to the Community Garden Council of Waterloo Region blog! Our hope is that this blog will be used as an opportunity to hear from you, to ask questions, contribute knowledge and share stories about community gardens. We are very excited about using this new tool and hope it will increase collaboration and interaction between community gardeners in Waterloo Region. Stay in touch for topics such as: “What will you grow in your spring garden this year?” “Helpful gardening tips” “Attack of the rabbits and squirrels! What do I do?” “Benefits to Community Gardens: Community Builder, Fresh and...

EARTH TIME

We dig a hole, we plant a seed, we water it and watch it grow. As it grows, we pull out the weeds crowding the tiny plant so it can photosynthesize and get nutrients from the soil. When it bears its bounty we eat it, the taste is unlike anything in a store. It is truly a magical and delicious event. Somehow it seems unreal. It feels like a miracle. It is not just about “gardening” it is actually about Earth time. A phrase I’m using to mean time spent in nature or time set aside for the Earth, the way you would for a good friend. Sometimes when I garden, my son just runs around me – picking up...

rare's Springbank Community Garden

Springbank Community Garden is located on rare’s 900+ acre nature reserve in Cambridge Ontario and has more than 100 garden plots available to the community. In addition to individually rented plots they also have Demonstration, Education and Food Bank gardens. Thanks to the federal New Horizons for Seniors grant program, the Food Bank gardens have been made more accessible to senior volunteers by providing more ergonomic tools and proper transportation up to the garden. The Food Bank plots are called the Community Roots Food Bank Garden and have helped to create an even larger sense of...

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