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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

What Can We Do?

Tapajós River in the Amazon © Todd Southgate / Greenpeace

At the University of Minnesota Dr. Nate Hagens teaches an honours course called “Reality 101: A Survey of the Human Predicament.” Hagens operated his own hedge fund on Wall Street until he glimpsed, “a serious disconnect between capitalism, growth, and the natural world. Money did not appear to bring wealthy clients more well being.

”Reality 101 addresses humanity’s toughest challenges: economic decline, inequality, pollution, biodiversity loss, and war. Students learn about systems ecology, neuroscience, and economics. “We ask hard questions,” says Hagens. “What is wealth? What are the limits to growth? We attempt to face our crises head on.”

Some students feel inspired to action, and some report finding the material “depressing.” One student shared the course material with a family member, who asked, “So what can I do?” The student struggled to answer this question, and the listener chastised her: “why did you explain all this to me, if you can’t tell me what to do?!”

A fair question. One that, as environmentalists, we often get asked. At the request of Dr Hagens, here is my list: Read What Can We Do? by Rex Weyler at Greenpeace.

December 19, 2018 at 12:29 pm 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

5 Tips For a Bountiful, Water-Saving Vegetable Garden in a Time of Drought

Many are wondering whether there is room for a vegetable garden in a drier future. Some are looking at ways to conserve water, and others are looking at vegetable varieties that have adapted to growing in hot and dry conditions.

Below are some suggestions for vegetable gardening in times of drought that I’ve gleaned from research and these conversations.

Read 5 Tips For a Bountiful, Water-Saving Vegetable Garden in a Time of Drought by Ramon Gonzales at Treehugger.

July 9, 2018 at 10:37 am Leave a comment

Garden Plan For Pollinators

Many pollinator species have suffered serious declines in recent years. Unfortunately, most of our landscapes offer little in the way of appropriate habitat, forage, and housing. Even the most beautiful gardens are not always healthy ecosystems. Design choices, plant selections, and maintenance practices can make a huge difference in creating your own healthy ecosystem, filled with life. As a garden designer, I use this landscape plan for many gardens to attract the greatest varieties of pollinators.

A pollinator garden can be beautiful as well as useful. Strategies such as planting in groups of at least 3 to 5 plants is very important. A single plant won’t attract pollinators, but groups of same plants stand out and pollinators use less energy flying to a compact group of flowers.

Read Garden Plan For Pollinators by Claire Jones at Mother Earth News.

May 30, 2018 at 10:23 am Leave a comment

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