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Calgary Community Gardens Meetup Group Message Board › Water Harvesting & Food Growing courses from U of Calgary & Calgary

Water Harvesting & Food Growing courses from U of Calgary & Calgary Zoo & Botanical Garden

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Post #: 7
Hi Food Gardeners,
Great news! The Botanical Garden part of the Calgary Zoo is hosting a series of courses on food growing, water harvesting and growing from seed and horticulturalist Barry Erskine is teaching 2 sections of a food growing evening course at University of Calgary....

Barry Erskine teaches "Growing Your Own Food Garden" at University of Calgary
It's healthy, it's smart, it's cool, and you're in control. Discover and take advantage of your above-ground growing spaces to create efficient and healthy sources of fresh food for your table. Using advanced and unique raised-vegetable-gardening techniques that can be used on balconies, decks, small yards and acreages, you will discover that food gardens are not only sensible options in today's world, but also attractive visual accents.
LAN 108 - 004 2 sessions February 9 and 16, 2010 from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm Cost: $70. plus GST non-credit

LAN 108 - 005 2 sessions April 20 and 27, 2010 from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm cost: $70 plus GST non-credit

Calgary Zoo & Botanical Garden
Water Harvesting - the ultimate in water-wise gardening
Saturday, February 6th 10:00 am to 2:30 pm

With concerns about water use in residential and commercial landscapes continuing to rise, it's time to look beyond the familiar water conserving techniques of mulch, plant selection, drip irrigation systems and rain barrels. Join Ron Berezan, The Urban Farmer, from Edmonton, to learn more about water harvesting. Perfect for dealing with Calgary's extreme fluctuations from drought to torrential rain storms, water harvesting focuses on retaining any natural precipitation that falls within a property and ensuring that it is used or saved. Topics to be discussed will include rain harvesters (rain barrels on steroids!), rain garden, grey water systems and land contouring for water collection.


Calgary Zoo & Botanical Garden presents...
Eating Local
Monday, March 22nd, 2010
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The concept of the 100-mile diet has gained in popularity, but creates unique challenges for residents of the land-locked prairies. Join chef, author, poet and local foods advocate dee Hobsbawn-Smith for an in-depth discussion of the locavore diet north of the 49th. This is an opportunity to investigate sourcing, supplies, growers and the pragmatic realities of eating under the Chinook Arch with dee, who has spent 26 years researching local producers, growers and food in Alberta and Western Canada

Calgary Zoo & Botanical Garden presents...
Getting Grounded: Full-Day Intensives from the Calgary Zoo & Botanical Garden
With 'stay-cations' on the rise and escalating interest in growing our own food, the need for basic information for new gardeners has never been greater. The Zoo is hoping to remedy this with a series of day-long intensives designed to take the mystery out of gardening. Aimed at novice Calgary gardeners, instructors will explain where to start, what to expect and what is possible.

1. From the Ground Up
Sunday, March 21st, 2010
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Immerse yourself in the basics of gardening in Calgary. We'll start at
the root of the matter with a discussion on soil then explain how to
succeed in Calgary's unique climate. Next we'll investigate how plants
work and how gardeners interact with them, leaving you with the
confidence to being creating your dream garden.

2. Fool Proof Plants
Saturday, March 27th, 2010
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
This class will place the emphasis on plants used for an ornamental
purpose. We'll survey the best plant choices for trees, shrubs and
woody climbers, touching on plant selection, care, tips for planting and
more. Next will be a discussion plants that dress up the garden -
perennials, bulbs, groundcovers and wrap things up with a look at
annuals, containers and lawns.

3. Edible Gardening
Sunday, March 28th, 2010
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
With a focus on vegetables and fruit, we'll begin with planning,
building and planting strategies and how to extend the short summer
growing season in Calgary. Then we'll look at the best selection of
fool-proof plants and the practice of integrating edible plants into an
ornamental garden. We promise you'll leave ready to harvest from your
garden this fall!

4. Veggies from Seed
Thursday, April 15th, 2010
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Are you tired of bland tasting and expensive vegetables? Why be
satisfied with less when growing your own gourmet vegetables from seed is so easy. Join Elaine Rude to learn the basics of seed starting including how to decipher seed catalogues, choosing the best growing and best tasting varieties, equipment, and care after germination. Urban farming has never been so much fun!

This friendly message is from Gael of the Community Garden Resource Network a project of The Calgary Horticultural Society.
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