Once spring weather starts, many people are itching to get out and start planting. Growing at least some of our own food is a great way to get healthy food and some light exercise.
Gardening workshops are a sure sign of spring.
Ann Dunnigan shows participants how to properly care for tomato seedlings.
The Biosphere Action Group (BAG) is helping area residents improve their gardening skills.
The BAG is comprised of volunteers committed to providing opportunities to anyone wishing to gain skills in self-sufficiency and more sustainable living.
Appropriately, the first session of the year on March 9 focused on how to start seedlings. This popular workshop was led by local gardener Ann Dunnigan.
Over 20 people gathered to learn how to choose seeds appropriate for our climatic zone and techniques for giving these seeds the best start.
People left with trays of tomato seeds and the knowledge on how to nurture the plants to maturity.
BAG also recognizes the importance of helping youth connect with gardening. On April 16, a full day “Kids Can Grow: Food for All” workshop was offered by Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve (GBBR) staff Glenda Clayton and Martha Martens.
The students spent the morning learning how to grow vegetables and the afternoon, how to enhance wildlife habitat. “My children had a fabulous time learning how to become better gardeners,” Johna Hupfield remarked. “Kids can Grow is a great program. They’re already hoping you will be running another one soon.”
BAG invites both business and homeowners to “Greening Your Property- Tips for Naturalizing Home or Business.
Paul Jenkins, from the Wildflower Farm, will lead this workshop on May 24 from 5 - 6:30 p.m. at Canadore College.
You will learn about alternatives to high maintenance traditional lawns and which native shrubs and plants can be used to add beauty and attract wildlife.
The GBBR is thankful for all the volunteers that make these workshops possible. Many participants provided a generous donation donated to our local food bank in lieu of admission.
We are grateful to the financial support provided by the Walmart – Evergreen Green Grant Program.
Thanks also to Parry Sound Home Hardware for the large donation of a variety of seeds.