Keeping Food Real Workshops

2018 Keeping Food Real Cold Climate Gardening Series

  • Workshops can be booked in-person through the College of the Rockies Fernie Campus or online via their website.
  • Limited space is available.  Book early to avoid disappointment.

 

Dig Into Gardening – DIG101

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Click here to register in Sparwood

Want to grow food? This 3-hour workshop for beginners is a great place to start. Learn about soil and seed basics, starting seeds indoors, preparing a garden site, deciding what to grow and co-existing with wildlife. Explore how to access growing space even if you live in an apartment. Take away the knowledge to get started and a useful workbook for planning and planting your first garden. Participants will leave with cold-adapted seeds, mapping and recording sheets, and a reference resource workbook. 3 hour workshop.

Locations:

  • Fernie SAT 14 APR 2018 9 am-12pm (COTR Fernie Campus)
  • Sparwood SAT 14 APR 2018 2-5pm (Sparwood Public Library)

Cost: $19

 

Plan Your Garden

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Explore garden planning, crop spacing, mapping, as well as succession and rotation planting theory. Utilize essential pen and paper exercises to make the best of your garden space. Draft a map of your garden (current or future) and learn how to use simple organization and data recording to benefit your gardening success for years to come. Participants will leave with resource sheets for garden mapping and data recording. 2 hour workshop.

Prerequisite: All participants are welcome. Cost: FREE

Date: Fernie MAY 25th 2018 7 pm – 9 pm (COTR Fernie Campus)

 

Jump Start Your Garden

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A hands-on opportunity to grow your gardening knowledge, set at a small scale, cold-climate, permaculture-inspired farm. This workshop will demonstrate organic-inspired techniques to prepare, protect, and provide for your soil to keep it healthy and productive. Starting seeds, planting strategies and transplanting techniques that will improve your gardening success. Learn about the advantages and benefits of gardening in a colder climate. Wear weather-appropriate clothing/footwear and bring a lunch and a pen. Participants will leave with vegetable seedlings and a reference resource workbook. 3.5 hour workshop.

Location: Spruce Spring Streams Farms. Detailed directions and parking instruction will be provided by email to registrants closer to the date of the course.

Prerequisite: We recommend taking DIG101 or having some gardening experience prior to this workshop, but all participants are welcome.

Date: Fernie MAY 26th 2018 9 am-12:30 pm

Cost: $29

 

Maximize Yields, Optimize Efforts

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The best strategies, tips and techniques to help get the most out of your garden while optimizing your time and efforts in our cold-climate, short-season conditions. Learn about season-extension techniques (floating row covers, hoop houses), cut-and-come-again crops, variety selection, succession planting, harvesting, efficient watering, and easier weeding. Experience the strategies commercial, permaculture-inspired farmers use, then apply them in your own garden. Wear weather-appropriate clothing/footwear and bring a pen. Participants will leave with cold-climate adapted seeds and a reference resource workbook. 3.5 hour workshop.

Prerequisite: We recommend taking DIG101 or having some gardening experience prior to this workshop, but all participants are welcome.

Location: Spruce Springs Stream Farms. Detailed directions and parking instruction will be provided by email to registrants closer to the date of the course.

Date: May 26th, 2018 1 pm-4:30 pm

Cost: $29

 

Making Living Compost: Methods and Uses

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Elevate your compost-making skills at this hands-on workshop by learning how, and why, to harvest the benefits of a healthy soil food web. The ultimate soil-builder, living compost not only provides nutrients and organic matter, but also a healthy community of soil-microbiology to help your plants thrive. Learn to source appropriate materials, mix them at the proper proportions, and monitor the pile as it matures into black gold with a beneficial soil food web. This workshop is part classroom theory and part hands-on at the EcoGarden, so bring weather-appropriate clothing/ footwear and a pen. There will be a one-hour lunch break (lunch not included). Participants will leave with vermicompost and a reference resource workbook. 6 hour workshop.

Location: COTR Fernie Campus & Community EcoGarden. Meeting at the COTR in the morning.

Date: May 27th, 2018 10 am- 4 pm

Cost: $39

 

Join us for a four-course gardening weekend intensive, May 25th- May 27th in Fernie. Gain the skills and knowledge needed to root your success in cold-climate food gardening in the Elk Valley and beyond. Instructed by experienced cold-climate gardeners and hosted, in part, by the passionate and knowledgeable farmers of Spruce Spring Stream Farms.  $79 (regularly $97)