A Season in Review!
|Our Fibonacci Herb Spiral coming in to full bloom! What a great teaching tool and sitting Area!|
|Layers of compost|
We started early again in the greenhouse growing beautiful cool weather and hot weather crops, kale's, cabbage, leeks, onions, eggplants, tomatoes, peppers, celery all got head starts in doors while winter raged on. We grow all our seedlings in soil blocks, this system allows us to use our own compost we make mixed with topsoil, sand, and worm castings to create an almost no waste seeding program. We have full control over our soil mixes, we know that everything is organic and we don't have to buy thousands of containers or flimsy plastic seeding trays that usually have to be thrown away at the end of the season. By growing our own seedlings we can use saved seed and grow a wide diversity of vegetables, flowers, and herbs that you will not find garden centers and stores.
|Friends and volunteers helping build our raised permaculutre beds in early spring|
This season can be highlighted by all the amazing initiatives and new projects that took place in the garden!
One of our biggest initiatives this season was that we started a Community Compost Program!
Our Kitchen Scraps to Fresh food program has been widely successful. Trying to figure out away to get more people involved in the garden, to distribute fresh food to folks in need in an ethical and dignified way, and how to produce enough compost so that we wouldn’t need to truck any in; led to the development of our Compost Markets. We held five markets starting in mid August to Mid October were community members could bring kitchen waste and trade for market dollars that were good at each market. Collection bins were setup at all the entrances to the garden; and would be brimming with kitchen scraps every morning or after every weekend. Bringing food scraps to the garden became a great incentive based way to get our community composting! It allowed everyone to get involved and feel connected to the garden.
|A wheelbarrow of food scraps traded for fresh veggies|
|Jonathon excited for composting!|
We also made large pots of soup for and muffins so everyone could also eat together creating a stronger community. It was so successful that throughout next season we will have biweekly community compost markets! We now have the largest schoolyard compost program in Canada and will produce over 40 yards of finished compost this year!
|Proper composting takes a community of organisms and people to make|