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5th Annual Seedy Saturday Returns

Saturday, March 16, 10:30am-2:30pm, Benson Centre Cornwall

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Planting a vegetable garden in 2019? Hoping to purchase some local seeds? Looking for expert advice on what to grow? Need a free event for the kids during March break?

Then join us for the 5th annual Cornwall Seedy Saturday on March 16th, from 10:30am – 2:30pm at the Benson Centre.

This is a free, family-friendly event designed to help new and existing gardeners find the seeds, tools, and tricks they need to succeed at home.

With a dozen on-going children’s activities, six scheduled workshops, and our famous “ask-a-gardener table”, this event will have something for everyone.  

What to know more about our free workshops? Download the full schedule here.

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Have seeds, garden supplies, or books to swap? Bring them along, we will also have a traditional “Swap Table” for you.

 

>>Confirmed Vendors<<

Bonville Garden
Pitt Street Garden
Wild Rose Organic Farm
Camacho Farms
Greta’s Organic Gardens
La Ferme Coopérative Tourne-Sol
Bird & Bee
Kitchen Table Seed House
Heritage Seed and Produce
Beyond the Garden Gate
Stephanie Delorme
Stewart’s Honey
Simply Baked Catering.
ZipGrow
 
>>Confirmed Information and Gardening Activity Exhibitors<<
Seed Swap Table
“Ask a Gardener” tables
Transition Cornwall +
Tree Action Arbre
Waste Reduction Action Group
USC Canada – Seeds of Survival
Cornwall Horticultural Society
City of Cornwall, Ontario Environmental Services (Composting)
The Edible Cities Project – Cornwall, On
Seaway Valley Community Health Centre
Kozroots Community Empowerment Projects
Raisin Region Conservation Authority

Volunteer with us! Anyone who would like to volunteer at this event is encouraged to register online >https://goo.gl/forms/NVzWuGvmtMJt9UCE2 or email kathleen.rendek@gmail.com.
This free event has been made possible through the generous support from the Social Development Council of Cornwall and Area, Cornwall Ontario – Choose Cornwall, Cornwall Tourism, and the Cornwall Kinsmen Farmers’ Market.
We hope to see you there!
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February 15, 2019 at 12:43 pm Leave a comment

Screening whets Transition Cornwall+ appetites for edible gardens

It was all things urban farming at the Cornwall Public Library on Sunday as Transition Cornwall+’s Winter Films series continued with a screening of Plant This Movie, a 2014 documentary directed by Karney Hatch.

The timing couldn’t be better for Cornwall.

One of the organizers of the event, and member of Transition Cornwall+, Alan D’Aoust, was on hand for a discussion following the screening. D’Aoust was recently successful spearheading an Edible Cities proposal city council supported in January.

Read Screening whets Transition Cornwall+ appetites for edible gardens by Marc Benoit at The Standard-Freeholder,

February 13, 2019 at 6:07 pm Leave a comment

Not enough fruits, vegetables grown to feed global population a healthy diet: study

The world’s agriculture producers are not growing enough fruits and vegetables to feed the global population a healthy diet, according to new Canadian-led research.

The study, published this week in the scientific journal PLOS ONE, indicates that agricultural practices aren’t keeping step with prevailing dietary wisdom, greatly overproducing grains, sugars and fats while growing three times less produce than what nutritionists suggest everyone should consume.

The study, led by researchers at the University of Guelph and completed by a team of more than a dozen scientists in Canada and the United Kingdom, also stressed that a focus on growing more fruits and vegetables should go hand in hand with reduced reliance on livestock production in order to limit the agriculture sector’s overall impact on the environment.

Read Not enough fruits, vegetables grown to feed global population a healthy diet: study by at The Globe and Mail.

October 31, 2018 at 10:42 am Leave a comment

World Food Day: 4 Easy Ways to Make a Difference

On World Food Day, observed every year on Oct. 16, we can all do our part to combat global hunger and malnutrition.

The United Nations’ second Sustainable Development Goal calls for ending world hunger by 2030 and urges profound interventions from governments, businesses and individuals to help feed the growing number of hungry people in the world.

Last year, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) found that chronic undernourishment grew to 821 million, or one in every nine people worldwide. At the same time, adult obesity is worsening (especially in North America) with more than one in eight adults in the world considered obese.

“Conflict, extreme weather events linked to climate change, economic slowdown and rapidly increasing overweight and obesity levels are reversing progress made in the fight against hunger and malnutrition,” the FAO said.

Read World Food Day: 4 Easy Ways to Make a Difference by Lorraine Chow at Ecowatch.

October 17, 2018 at 3:29 am Leave a comment

Tips on Freezing the Harvest

It’s that time of year—the garden is bulging with fresh produce and you’re spending lots of time in a steaming kitchen preserving it all. I find freezing preferable to canning for a number of reasons.

For one, when it’s time to prepare a meal with my preserved garden goodness, frozen foods tend to be brighter, fresher, and all-around tastier. And relatively speaking, it’s fast and easy.

Over the years, I’ve come up with a few tips to make freezing even easier. Use these freezing hacks to help the environment, too.

Read Tips on Freezing the Harvest by Carole Coates at Mother Earth News.

September 12, 2018 at 10:40 am Leave a comment

Free Summer Pickings in Cornwall!

It is the middle of summer and there are free pickings to be had in Cornwall.   The gardens planted by Transition Cornwall+ Food Action Group along with families in the community at the Fire Station, in front of the Justice Building and along Montreal Road by the Police Station are full of healthy vegetables and herbs ready for anyone to harvest.  There is everything from tomatoes, to fresh green beans, chard and kale as well as basil, thyme, dill, chives and much more.

Read Free Summer Pickings in Cornwall! by Penny Bateman, TC+ Food Action Group

August 6, 2018 at 10:19 am Leave a comment

Seed Saving 101: 10 Things to Know If You Want to Start Saving Seeds

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Beans. That’s right. If you want to start saving seeds, we recommend beans. Or peas. Why? Legumes are by far the easiest seeds to save, and among the easiest to germinate. You can’t go wrong. With that, let’s learn more about the basics of seed saving.

In order for a plant like lettuce to produce seed, you must wait for it to send up its gangly flower stalks, which eventually produce tiny seed pods. By this time. the lettuce leaves are becoming yellow, shriveled, and bitter. It’s the same with most crops—you don’t get to eat it and save the seed; it’s either one or the other. The good news is that a single plant produces many seeds. So you usually need to grow only a few extra for seed-saving purposes.

Read Seed Saving 101: 10 Things to Know If You Want to Start Saving Seeds by Modern Farmer.

July 23, 2018 at 10:57 am Leave a comment

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