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January 26 - Edible Education series running through April
March 2015 ongoing - Mother Earth Month events
London Gets Local - Locavore Challenge and Eco-friendly Education
Library Plant Swaps start May 9 - here's the list!

Tuesdays, March 17 to May 5 or March 19 to May 7, 2015...seed to table garden course





Thurs. Mar. 26 - Webinar - Healthy Food - sustainable resources
Fri. Mar. 27 - Class - Shade Gardens
Mon. March 30 - Webinar - Healthy Food - Community Collaboration
Mon. April 6 - Sun. April 12 - Online - Home Grown Food Summit
Fri. April 10 - Opening evening of Friday Night SOHO market
April 18 Go Wild Grow Wild expo
Wed. April 22 - Wild Gardening
Wed. April 22 through Fri. April 24 - 5th Canadian Conference on Social Enterprise
April 24 - Class - Attract Birds and Butterflies to your garden - class
Fri. April 24 - Wholistic Hall - meet up
Sat. April 25 - Awesome altered tee shirts - Kula Craft
Sun. April 26 - sharing economy - barter exchange

Wed. April 29 - Bless the Bees
Thurs. April 30 - film - Permaculture the Growing Edge, with music
Sat. May 9 - tree pick-ups from FNL project

Thurs. May 21 - Starhawk! Encouraging Action, Inspiring Hope


Fri. May 22 through Sun. May 24 - Brighid Festival
Saturday, May 23 - South Branch Spring Social
Mon/Tues, June 1 & 2 - Conference in Toronto - Urban Agriculture and Resilience
Sat. June 6 - Forest Convergence

Sunday, August 30/15 - World Kitchen Garden Day

 

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Edible Education Food Lecture Series

Starting Monday January 26/15 ... series runs through April 2015

Some of the world's preeminent food policy thinkers and researchers are taking part in a new Edible Education lecture series at UC Berkeley this spring semester, and their lectures are being made available to stream online. Starting Monday January 26/15 with an introductory note from Michael Pollan, the series will be updated weekly with contributions from Marion Nestle, Eric Schlosser, and Raj Patel. You can stream those live on the day itself and participate in a Q&A on Twitter and Facebook, or you can just pick up the video on YouTube later on.

The decisions made when setting food policy, argues Pollan, have broader consequences than most of us imagine. "Eating is, among other things, an ecological act," he says, before detailing some of the more devitalizing impacts of high-volume agriculture on our environment and ecology. He also echoes the words of New York Times writer Mark Bittman, another participant in this Edible Education initiative, in asking for more political attention to be granted to the centrality of food to so many issues:

"These are all related: You can’t address climate change without fixing agriculture, you can’t fix health without improving diet, you can’t improve diet without addressing income, and so on. The production, marketing and consumption of food is key to nearly everything."

The series will run all the way through the end of April, with the final few lectures looking into ideas for a more sustainable food system that can serve the planet's population without sapping its resources as aggressively as the current one.

 

Mother Earth Month

Mother Earth Month celebrates Mother Earth beyond Earth Day, April 22, and even beyond a month of events.

Celebrations, walks, films, talks, crafts, art, and more! Watch for the "Mother Earth Month!" note with events listed below. Partners in this amazing undertaking, spearheaded by Becky Ellis of Mantis, are:
The London Public Library: http://www.londonpubliclibrary.ca/
Mantis: http://mantisfestival.blogspot.ca/
Sprouts - Cultivating  ECO Adventures: http://www.lcrc.on.ca or projectsupport@lcrc.on.ca
London Gets Local: https://www.facebook.com/LondonGetsLocal
Circle Women's Centre: http://www.brescia.uwo.ca/thecircle/
Wholistic Hall: https://www.facebook.com/wholisticHALL

note: as of March 11/15, webkeeper Maureen hasn't got all the events listed yet - she's adding them by date ... so check back!

London Gets Local - Locavore Challenge & Eco-friendly Education

Monday, April 20 through Wednesday, May 20

Locavore Challenge! In an effort to reduce our carbon footprint and invest our dollars in our local economy, London Gets Local challenges you to purchase from local initiatives and consume local products only during Mother EArth Month.  Local Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 most dedicated participants!  Join London Gets Local on Facebook to participate.

Eco Friendly Education!  Follow London Gets Local on Facebook for the duration of Mother EArth Month to receive daily tips of what you can do to live a green, Eco-friendly life!

 

Spring Plant Swaps at the Libraries

Following is a list of the spring plant exchanges, in date order.  I've not put them in with other events because it would take 3 times the time.  Hope this works for you!

Calling all gardeners! Bring in your extra cuttings, bulbs and plants to exchange with other gardeners.  Please label plants.  Note:  Some Library Spring Plant exchange locations will have Master Gardeners on site to answer your gardening questions.

Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Beacock Library, 1280 Huron Street, 519-451-8140

Saturday, May 23, 10:00 a.m. to noon
Byron Library, 1295 Commissioners Road West, 519-471-4000

Saturday, May 23, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Crouch Library, 550 Hamilton Road, 519-673-0111

Saturday, May, 23, 10:00 a.m. to noon
East London Library, 2016 Dundas Street East, 519-451-7600

Saturday, May 23, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Jalna Library, 1119 Jalna Blvd., 519-685-6465

Saturday, May 23, 10:00 a.m. to noon
Stoney Creek Library, 920 Sunningdale Road East, 519-930-2065

Saturday, May 30, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Landon Public Library, 167 Wortley Road, 519-439-6240

Saturday, May 30, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Cherryhill Library, 301 Oxford Street West, 519-439-6456

Saturday, May 30, 9:30 a.m. to 11:0 0 a.m.
Lambeth Public Library, 7112 Beattie Street, Lambeth, ph. 519-62-2951

Saturday, May 30, 10:00 a.m. to noon
Masonville Library, 30 North Centre Road,  519-660-4646

Saturday, May 30, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m
Pond Mills Library, 1166 Commissioners Road East, 519-685-1333

Saturday, May 30, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Sherwood Library, 1225 Wonderland Road North, 519-473-9965

 

 

 

From Seeds to Table - 8 week course by Middlesex London Master Gardeners

From Seeds to Table - 8 week course by Middlesex London Master Gardeners

Tuesdays, March 17 to May 5, 2015 - 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
or Thursdays, March 19 to May 7, 2015 - 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Civic Garden Complex , 625 Springbank Drive

Cost – $100 which covers the eight sessions, some basic planting supplies, and personalized coaching as needed.

8 weeks of classroom instruction and hands-on workshops covering everything from soil preparation and seed selection to planting, maintaining, harvesting and preserving. Focus is on gardens you can EAT as well as colourful and helpful companion flowers.   

Register through the Middlesex London Master Gardeners website at: www.londonmiddlesexmastergardeners.com

or Print this form and Send your Cheque for $100, payable to London Middlesex Master Gardeners by MAIL to P.O.Box 42, Komoka, ON N0L 1R0.

These courses have sold out for the last few years ... register early!

 

Webinar - Healthy Food for All - Resources for a Sustainable Food System

Webinar 1: Resources for a Sustainable Local Food System
Thursday, March 26th, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST

Registration: https://healthy-food-for-all-part-1.eventbrite.ca
Healthy Food for All - Resources for a Sustainable Local Food System
Presenters: Joan Brady, Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition Project Manager
 Carolyn Young, Executive Director of Sustain Ontario

This is the first webinar of the Sustainable Food Systems for Ontario project series. Part 1 webinar will give a brief overview of the Healthy Food for All, Sustainable Food Systems for Ontario project and will highlight some of the resources that have been produced as a result of the project. First, an online toolkit featuring an extensive list of resources in both the English and French languages will be highlighted and participants will be given a guided tour of the newly developed resource. Information will include an introduction to the toolkit search menu and orientation on how to update and add resources.Then, the project partner, Sustain Ontario, will introduce their Peer Learning Circle (PLC) process. As part of the Healthy Food for All project, Sustain Ontario facilitated four PLCs on a variety of relevant topics. Each circle determined their learning priorities, shared resources and invited speakers to supplement their learning; meeting a minimum of six times over the course of a year.Discover some of the highlights of that shared learning, the response of various PLC participants and plans to continue the networking beyond the current project.

Class - How to Have the Best Herb and Vegetable Garden Ever

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Lee Valley Tools store, 2100 Oxford Street East, London

In this session, Ron Rossini will speak on growing herbs and vegetables from seed to harvest. The discussion will include growing hints, dealing with problems and pests, and the maintenance and conditions needed to make this the best growing season ever!

Fee: $20.00 Lee Valley sessions tend to fill up! To purchase tickets call: (519) 659-7981
(tickets are not available online 48 hours notice required for cancellation refunds.

Full info about LeeValley (London, Ont.) seminars and the instructors at website: http://www.leevalley.com/en/home/seminarlist.aspx?rs=25

 

Class - Shade Gardens

Friday, March 27 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
at Lee Valley Tools store, 2100 Oxford Street East - NE corner at Industrial Road

Shade gardens need not be gloomy and devoid of all color. In this two-hour seminar, Jennifer Grant will discuss various plant materials to liven up your "cool" outdoor living space. Shade-tolerant perennials and annuals are the topic of this informative evening.

Fee: $20.00 Lee Valley sessions tend to fill up! To purchase tickets call: (519) 659-7981
(tickets are not available online 48 hours notice required for cancellation refunds.

Full info about LeeValley (London, Ont.) seminars and the instructors at website: http://www.leevalley.com/en/home/seminarlist.aspx?rs=25

Webinar - Healthy Food - Community Collaboration

Webinar 2: Community Collaboration to Impact Sustainable Local Food Systems
Monday, March 30th, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST

Registration: https://healthy-food-for-all-part-2.eventbrite.ca
Healthy Food for All - Community Collaboration to Impact Sustainable Local Food Systems
Presenters:
Joan Brady, Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition Project Manager
Wendy Trylinski, Director of Public Health Education, Nishnawbe Aski Nation
David Thompson, Project Coordinator, Rural Agri-InnovationNetwork
Rosie Kaldwell, Public Health Dietician Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health, member of Harvest Haliburton

The second webinar of the Sustainable Food Systems for Ontario project series will give a brief overview of the Healthy Food for All, Sustainable Food Systems for Ontario project and will highlight the four community planning processes that were undertaken. Webinar presenters represent the four community organizations which partnered in the project. They will share their projects that include the design of a community food assessment, development of a community food charter, dissemination of a community food strategy and the mapping and expansion of marketing venues for local food. Each project partner engaged and included community stakeholders in the planning and implementation of their projects and each leveraged a specific point in their local sustainable food system. A case study highlighting these elements of the project will also be shared.

 

Online - Home Grown Food Summit 2015

Monday, April 6 through Sunday, April 12, 2015
This is a free online event - "because we all deserve healthy food".

Organized by Marjorie Wildcraft of Grow Your Own Groceries ... there are over 30 presentations to help you get home grown food on your dinner table. There'll be a wide range of presentations ... you may already know the names of some of the presenters.

Toby Hemenway –Permaculture Guilds: The Building Blocks For Food Forests
Paul Wheaton – Gardening Without Irrigation
Joel Salatin - Working with Kids So They Will Want to Work with You
Laurie Neverman - Vertical Gardening
Jeannette Beranger - Picking Chicken Breeds Best for Your Yard
Brad Lancaster - 8 Steps to Welcome Rain Into Your Life and Landscape

Register at: homegrownfoodsummit.com
Once you've registered, each day from Monday April 6th through Sunday April 12th, starting at 6:00 am EST each day, four or five presentations will be posted. The presentations will be up for a full 24 hours for you to watch and enjoy
 
When you register, you'll receive the full list of presenters and their biographies. 

Opening night! - Friday Night SOHO Street Market!

Friday nights starting April 10/15 - hours tba
Goodwill Building, SW corner, 255 Horton at Wellington

Friday Night Street Market - Food, entertainment, urban farming, artisans and sustainability!

A partnership project by Planting Seeds Landscaping, SOHO Community Association and Goodwill.

For more information and updates, check the Friday Night SOHO Street Market face book page: here  

Planting Seeds Landscaping, Kyle Hutcheson, proprietor: https://www.facebook.com/PlantingSeedsLandscaping
SOHO Community Association: http://www.soholondon.ca
Goodwill Centre: http://www.goodwillindustries.ca/

Go Wild Grow Wild - exposition on outdoor Carolinian Canada

Saturday, April 18, from 10 am - 6 pm
Agriplex Arena, 845 Florence Street, Western Fair District, London

Carolinian Canada is hosting an outdoor expo to connect people to nature in Carolinian Canada. It will showcase the wonders and benefits of Canada’s ‘secret garden’ of native plants -- from gardening to wildlife; from prairies, parks and trails to eco-tourism and citizen science; from habitat-friendly products to strategies for climate change. It will celebrate simple actions that combine together to create a green future for Canada’s deep south. 

There will be exhibitors, speakers, and workshops on such things as:
Native plant gardeners. Backyard gardeners. Wildcrafters. Seed Savers.Hikers. Birders. Adventurers. Rock climbers. Gearheads. Paddleboarders. Families. Local food and wine lovers. Skiiers, Campers. Entry fee: only $5.00!

Carolinian Canada: www.carolinian.org ............... For more information: Go Wild Grow Wild

 

Wild Gardening: How to garden for wildlife and yourself

Wednesday, April 22  7:00 p.m.                  Hey! Earth Day!            and it's FREE!
Central Library, 251 Dundas Street, London

Urban gardens attract more than humans - wildlife from insects to mammals are important and frequent visitors. Find out why most wildlife are friends not foes in the garden. Learn practical ways to work with and attract wildlife to create a flourishing garden. Practical Urban Permaculture series, Part 3. A Mother Earth Month event.

A London Public Libraries program, led by Rebecca Ellis, permaculture designer, organizer of the Mantis Arts and Eco Festival. Rebecca's Earth Magic Permaculture site: http://earthmagic101.blogspot.ca/

2015 Canadian Conference on Social Enterprise

Wednesday, April 22, 8:00 a.m. through Friday, April 24, 6:00 p.m.
London Convention Centre, London, Ontario
cost: $450.00

This is the fifth annual social enterprise conference to be held in Canada, and invites you to join hundreds of existing and prospective social enterprise operators from every region in Canada. Taking place in London, Ontario from April 22-24, 2015, the Conference offers an exciting three days of training and work sessions, networking opportunities, speakers and dynamic, interactive events. There will be local social enterprise tours and stories, opportunities to learn and share, government and private sector engagement models, governance, scaling and measuring impact!

To learn more about the 2015 Canadian Conference on Social Enterprise, click here.

Presented by the Canadian Council on Social Enterprise and Pillar Nonprofit Network. http://www.pillarnonprofit.ca

Wholistic Hall - meet up with other environment-minded people!

Friday, April 24 - 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Wholistic Hall, 432 Richmond Street, London

Want to take the challenge to go garbage-free and consumer as little as possible?  Have fun doing it by finding a supportive and vibant community of Earth Activistis.  No guilt, just support, info sharing, and community building.  A Mother Earth Month event.

Wholistic Hall: https://www.facebook.com/wholisticHALL

 

 

Class - Attract Birds and Butterflies to Your Garden

Friday, April 24 - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
at Lee Valley Tools store, 2100 Oxford Street East - NE corner at Industrial Road

Flowers aren't the only colorful attractions in your garden. Master gardener Ron Rossini will show you how to attract butterflies with native and non-invasive plants to create a sustainable garden for both your rooted and winged friends. In addition to being beautiful themselves, butterflies are also beneficial pollinators. Learn how to plan your garden to bloom for butterfly migrations in late August and early September.

Fee: $20.00 Lee Valley sessions tend to fill up! To purchase tickets call: (519) 659-7981
(tickets are not available online 48 hours notice required for cancellation refunds.

Full info about LeeValley (London, Ont.) seminars and the instructors at website: http://www.leevalley.com/en/home/seminarlist.aspx?rs=25

 

Kula Craft - Awesomely altered tee shirts

Saturday, April 25 - 1:00 - 2.30 p.m.
Wholistic Hall, 432 Richmond Street, London

Give old tees a fashionably new life!  Materials and handout supplied.$10.00 cost. A Mother Earth Month event.

Wholistic Hall: https://www.facebook.com/wholisticHALL

The Sharing Economy - Barter Exchange

Sunday, April 26, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Wholistic Hall, 432 Richmond Street, London

Do you have a knack for canning preserves, crafting your own beer, soap making, knitting/sewing, jewelry making, or maybe you have  skill you would like to share.  Come on out for a fun interactive afternoon of bartering!  Bring your best goods and barter with a like-minded community.  Showcase your skills and swap for something else of value.  A Mother Earth Month event.

Spots are limited so reserve today at: londongetslocal@gmail.com

Wholistic Hall: https://www.facebook.com/wholisticHALL

Bless the Bees: Why pollinators are suffering and what you can do about it

Wednesday, April 29    7:00 p.m.                FREE!
Central Library, 251 Dundas Street, London

From Honeybees to Monarch butterflies, pollinators are in decline throughout the world. Find out what urban gardeners and eaters can do to help pollinators. We will explore pollinator-friendly plants, practices, and policies as well as learn about the growing backyard beekeeping movement. Practical Urban Permaculture series, Part 4.  A Mother Earth Month event.

A London Public Libraries program, led by Rebecca Ellis, permaculture designer, organizer of the Mantis Arts and Eco Festival. Rebecca's Earth Magic Permaculture site: http://earthmagic101.blogspot.ca/

 

Mother Earth Celebration

Permaculture: The Growing Edge ... with song and spirit!

Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Brescia University College, London

A special showing of the film Permaculture: The Growing Edge, along with musical performances by Westminster Park and WomenSpiritSong.  The evening will be ended with a Labyrinth walk. A Mother Earth Month event.

Tree order - delivery charges waived

Fresh fruit and nuts from your own yard!

Food Not Lawns has again partnered with Steve "Tree Hustler" Leroux  and Whiffletree Nursery to save us a bit of money towards our food-growing gardens!

Saturday, May 9, 10:30 a.m.to 1:30 p.m.
pick-up location: London Food Cooperative, Princess Avenue, London

Whiffletree Nursery has a wide assortment of fruit and nut trees for gardens and patios.  FNL believes it is important to plant for today and for the future. Steve Leroux is the tree guy! Trees will be delivered free of charge, for pick-up at the London Food Cooperative store.  You do have to get your order in and pay ahead of time ... making sure to say you are purchasing through this project.

Please check the Food Not Lawns London Canada website - here - for all details of this project.

Hurray for everyone involved.  The program was a success last fall, its first time out ... and is sure to be a success again!

Whiffletree Farm and Nursery: http://www.whiffletreefarmandnursery.ca/
Steve Leroux: http://blog.treehustler.ca/tag/steve-leroux/
London Food Coop: www.londonfoodcoop.org
Food Not Lawns London Canada: www.foodnotlawnslondoncanada.org

Starhawk - Encouraging Action, Inspiring Hope

Thursday 21 May 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
The Mercato, Brescia University College, 1285 Western Road, London
 
Starhawk is one of the most respected voices in modern Goddess religion and Earth-based spirituality, and a committed global justice activist and organizer. She will talk about how we must channel our "sacred fire" - our  fierce protective anger at ecological devastation and concentration of wealth/power - into activism to face those crises.

Tickets $25.00 for Circle members, $30.00 for non-members.

This event is likely to sell out fast.  Please check the website for full details, including registration: http://brescia.uwo.ca/thecircle/events/the_sophia_series.html

Brighid Festival - Sacred Flame, Holy Well: the fire of activism and the waters of compassion

Friday, May 22 through Sunday, May 24 - three absolutely packed days!
The Mercato, Brescia University College, 1285 Western Road, London

The Circle's 8th Annual Women's Spirituality-in-Action Weekend with facilitators: Mary Condren, Starhawk, Margie Gillis, & Michelle LeBaron 
 

The importance of empowered women to our planet is more acute than ever before. Today we face many challenges, from climate change to social and political injustice to the concentration of wealth and power into fewer hands. For a new world to emerge, we need a set of values that will counter these issues. We need our courage and passion to be twinned with nurturing and compassion so we may engage in sustained and hope-filled action that can regenerate our wounded world.

$385.00 Circle member weekend registration
$440.00 non-member weekend registration

note: the Brighid Festival weekend does not include Starhawk's talk on Thurs. May 21 ... but tickets are available at a discount for Brighid Festival attendees.

See the Brighid Festival Full brochure for all details: http://brescia.uwo.ca/thecircle/events/brighid_festival.html 

The Circle Women's Centre for Spirituality, Activism & the Earth
Brescia University College, 1285 Western Road, London, Ontario, Canada N6G 1H2
ph. 519-432-8353, ext. 28288        www.thecircle.ca

South Branch Spring Social!  

Saturday, May 23 ... 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
at the Carolinian Food Forest in South Branch Park

This is the first annual event.  Join in for free food, free trees, and free fun. More info will be added as available!

London's Carolinian Food Forest is a 1 acre experimental forest planted on public park land in London Ontario in the beautiful Thames River valley. The project blog will inform you about the project and provide detail and inspiration to help you build your own food forest in the community you live in. A Mother Earth Month event. ....... http://londonfoodforest.blogspot.ca/

Conference: ‘Exploring the Economics of Urban Agriculture and Resilience’

Monday, June 1 and Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Toronto, Ontario
http://www.greytogreenconference.org/

It will be three years since the highly successful Urban Agriculture Summit in Toronto and many new developments in the field have taken place across North America and around the world. Green Roofs for Healthy Cities will be hosting Grey to Green in Toronto – with a focus on local and regional food systems and resilience.

Some of the leading-edge issues and to be discussed include:
* Designing for food and the bottom line – how designing buildings with food production in mind can reduce costs, generate improved rents, increase property value and improve employee efficiency.
* Resilience – how do we prepare our communities for extreme weather impacts by using green infrastructure approaches and best practice. How green infrastructure can improve social cohesion and stability.
* Technical advancements in indoor food production.
* Resilience and the role of urban and peri-urban agriculture in issues of short and long term food security.
* Community/participant design – how engaging end users transforms the design process and can result in numerous project cost savings.
* Exploring the edge of technological innovation – design integration for multiple benefits – the ecology of local food production – chickens, fish, CO2, vegetables, waste heat, bees and worms.
* Rethinking parks for resilience – increasingly parks are seen as serving multiple functions in urban areas, beyond traditional recreational spaces. Parks are becoming focal points for community cohesion, managing stormwater, protecting biodiversity, tourism, generating tax revenue, food and more.
* Employment opportunities – there are a wide range of opportunities associated with generating much needed employment through green infrastructure investment and development.

Fee: Non-Profit & Charitable: $175 (Rises to $199 after March 31, 2015)
- agenda page: here 
- registration page: here  

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities: http://www.greenroofs.org

The Deep Roots of Regeneration - Forest Garden Convergence 2015

Saturday June 6, 2015, 9am – 6pm. - After 6pm – Evening Activities – Bonfire, etc.
at The Living Centre, 5871 Bells Rd, London, Ontario

Carolinian Canada Forest Garden Guild and The Living Centre are pleased to announce the second annual Forest Gardening Convergence. Join us for panels, discussions, and networking and new all-ages activities appropriate for  children. Meet and connect with forest garden practitioners, permaculture teachers, designers and students from Southwestern Ontario. Buy products related to forest gardening. Learn about local food and plant medicine and the ecological biodiversity of our region.

apple tree
Forest gardening is a low-maintenance sustainable plant-based food production and agroforestry system based on woodland ecosystems, incorporating fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, vines and perennial vegetables which have yields directly useful to humans. Forest gardening incorporates many streams of thinking, looks for the best avenues in sustainable and regenerative practices in tending to our earth, and strives to value diversity and breed abundance.  The members of the Carolinian Canada Forest Garden Guild are people who understand the need to unify and work together to protect and celebrate

Registration – Click here to register. Registration in advance is required.
Full day registration is $85, with a special early bird price of $65 until April 20, 2015.
A special rate of $45 is available for people willing to volunteer for 3-4h during the Convergence.
Note: Please contact Jessica Roder-Roberts to volunteer.

Click here to request more information e.g. who's on the panel, about where to stay, children's activities,

World Kitchen Garden Day - 30 August 2015

Sunday, August 30, 2015 - always the 4th Sunday in August - local info coming nearer date!

World Kitchen Garden Day is an annual, decentralized celebration of food produced on a human-scale. It is an opportunity for people around the world to gather in their gardens with friends, family, and members of their local community to celebrate the multiple pleasures and benefits of home-grown, hand-made foods.  http://kgi.org/world-kitchen-garden-day

How it started: Kitchen Gardens International, founded by Roger Doiron, initiated Kitchen Garden Day in 2004 as a healthy response to "Snack Food Month" organized by the International Snack Food Association each February. The thinking was that if the makers of potato chips, pretzels and fluorescent orange cheese doodles could spend 28 days and millions of dollars promoting their foods, the world's kitchen gardeners should be able to have at least a day for celebrating theirs.

Goals:
To celebrate the positive role of organic kitchen gardening in society, health, and gastronomy
To raise awareness about the benefits of eating local and to encourage people to explore local food options in their areas
To build community spirit, at local and international levels, around the universal experiences of gardening, cooking, and eating

Activities:
How people celebrate International Kitchen Garden Day and with whom is up to them. Some choose to do so in public ways with large gatherings of friends and neighbors, whereas others opt for a more intimate celebration with close family.  Here are a few ideas for some activities you might consider organizing depending on the level of involvement you would like to have:
- a walking tour of gardens in your area
- a kitchen garden or local agriculture potluck
- a kitchen garden taste-test -a harvest or planting party
- a benefit for a local food/gardening charity
- a kitchen garden "teach in"
- a single food theme party
- an activity at a local farm 

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