Have you taken the Veggie Village Pledge? Royal Botanical Gardens opened a new demonstration garden late this past summer. Veggie Village encourages people to eat local – either by supporting local farmers, or by growing your own produce in your yard or a community garden. Pledge to use locally grown produce in at least one meal a week for a year to help reduce your carbon footprint.
The photo book of the garden story for year one is ready and it's beautiful! Browse through it online and you can also place your order to get one for yourself. A huge thank you to Emma for all her work in putting it together, and thank you to everyone who shared their pictures!
11 gardeners and supporters met together on a cool and rainy evening in October, sharing a hearty stew and huddling in (in!) the garden shed to talk about food policy. Our report has been submitted to the People's Food Policy Project for inclusion in their workshops at the Food Secure Canada's Assembly.
I had the opportunity to present to church leaders of the Christian Reformed Church from across Ontario about our community garden. There were 30 participants from about 15 churches.
While I told our story about how we made it happens and the success of our first year, I focused on how we intentionally engaged the community because we wanted the garden to also be a place where we would build relationships and connections - community.
At the end, I asked for values needed to both involve community and build community. This is what the group said:
All gardeners must have their plots tidy by the end of October 23. Tidy means:
- all non-frost tolerant plants should be clean up and put in the compost piles
- anything you are no longer harvesting should be pulled up and put in the compost piles
- all weeds that lurked under your plants are in the compost piles
We encourage all those with late season crops to have them continue, and also those who want to grow winter crops. Please just keep your plot looking neat.
Katrina and Emma put together a wonderful newsletter about our garden - please share widely! Newsletter PDF (408KB)
On July 29th the garden invited City Councilors and staff to check out the garden. We had a great group of gardeners and friends and decadent treats, and Ward 3 Cllr. Bernie Morelli came out for over an hour to check out the garden and talk about his hopes for a garden in Gage Park. He is looking for folks in the Gage Park area interested in helping start a community garden. Interested? email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
These are ripe when:
- you see a colour change
- they have a hard skin (can't puncture with fingernail)
- they sound jollow when knocked
- the stem is hard and dry
To harvest, cut off the vine leaving as much stem as possible. Wash them to remove bacteria that might cause them to rot (spray with peroxide if you don't want to use bleach). Store in a cool, dry area out of sun. If they are not quite ripe, but you have to pick them, you can let them cure / ripen in a dry, warm place (80F / 27C).
Chat about Permaculture? We are leading a workshop on how permaculture principles are being creatively expressed in Hamilton, and we would love to chat with others interested in permaculture for inspiration and ideas. Email email@example.com if you'd like to get together some time in the next week or so. From Wikipedia: Permaculture is an approach to designing human settlements and agricultural systems that mimic the relationships found in natural ecologies.
Below is a map with marks for where gardeners come from in the city - so many close by and some from a little further away.