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  • Title: FEASt » Food Education Action St. John's
    Descriptive info: .. Food Education Action St.. John s.. About.. What we do.. Who we are.. Getting involved.. Events.. FEASt Fest.. Open Garden Day.. Colouring book.. Growing in Pippy Park.. Pippy Park Workshop Series.. Pippy Park Family Garden Project.. Photo gallery.. Previous years galleries.. Links and resources.. Recipes.. FEASt workshops at the St.. John s Farmers Market.. Jul.. 06.. 2012.. Please join FEASt for another season of excellent Farmers Market workshops on growing, gathering, and enjoying local food.. Our first four workshops of the summer are:.. July 7: Container gardening with Angela Heffernan.. July 21: Maple syruping with Steve McBride.. August 4: To be announced (soon!).. August 18: Vermicomposting with Krista Williams (Trouter s Special).. Workshops are free, and open to the public.. We start at 11:00 am at the FEASt table, outdoors at the.. St.. , at the Lions Club Chalet (Bonaventure Avenue, behind the Remax Centre).. Registration is not necessary, just pop on over!.. Interested in volunteering with FEASt? Drop us a line at.. local.. feast@gmail.. com.. Good gardening at Government House.. Jun.. 29.. Did you know that there s a thriving community garden on the grounds of our beautiful and historic Government House? Jackson McLean (winner of last year s.. FEAST photo contest.. , by the way) has been working with local students and volunteers, including Her Honour Jane Furneaux Crosbie, to develop the garden since 2010.. There s a write-up and some fantastic photo galleries.. here on the CBC website.. What an inspiration!.. First workshops of the Farmers Market season.. 20.. The.. is well underway for the season, and FEASt will be joining the fine market folks for another summer of informative and exciting workshops.. Our schedule is still being finalized, but so far we have July s workshops plotted out:.. July 7: Container Gardening with Angela Heffernan.. July 21: Maple Syruping with Steve and Lisa McBride.. Workshops begin at 11:00 am, and are held outdoors at the FEASt table (on the side of the building).. The St.. John s Farmers Market is held at the Lions Club Chalet on Bonaventure Avenue, behind the Remax Centre.. Workshops are free and open to the public.. We look forward to seeing you there!.. Spring plant sale at the MUN Botanical Garden.. May.. Here s a note from the wonderful folk at the MUN Botanical Garden.. This garden is an incredible resource, and their plant sales are excellent opportunities to pick up some lovely additions for your own in-ground or container garden.. The Friends of MUN Botanical Garden will be having a SPRING PLANT SALE on Saturday morning, June 2, starting at 10 a.. m.. at the Garden s field center, located at 306 Mount Scio Road.. Please arrive early for a good selection.. All proceeds help support MUN Botanical Garden.. For more information please call 864-8590, email.. bgprograms@mun.. ca.. or visit.. mun.. ca/botgarden.. Summer workshops: what would you like to learn?.. 24.. Once again, FEASt will be hosting workshops at the.. through the summer market season.. These workshops are free, casual and open to the public no need to register, just grab a chair and join us!.. Local food: so much to talk about!.. In the past, we ve covered a range of topics related to local foods, including container gardening, canning and preserving, cooking local foods, lead-safe gardening, saving your own seeds, and growing sprouts.. Do you have any suggestions about workshop topics for this summer? Is there something about local  ...   registration is recommended.. To register, and for more information on how to participate, contact Lori Heath at 738-7542 or.. safersoil@gmail.. Co-sponsored by FEASt (Food Education Action St.. John’s), The Food Security Network of Newfoundland and Labrador, The Newfoundland and Labrador Environment Network and Landscape NL!.. Visit Safer Soil.. here.. Workshop spaces available: Creating the Year Round Garden.. 01.. Dan Rubin of Perfectly Perennial Herbs and Seeds in Pouch Cove will be running his excellent workshop on year-round gardening this Sunday, May 6th, from 9:30 to 4:00, at the lovely Points East Bed and Breakfast.. Gardeners of all skill and experience levels are welcome to come learn how raised beds, cloches, cold frames, tunnels, row covers, and greenhouses can help create a four-season vegetable garden right here on the Avalon.. Learn about plant selection, seeding, soil enrichment, intensive planting, and using protective structures to extend your growing season.. The cost of the workshop is $45; this includes lunch, hands-on activities, group discussions, and a tour of local backyard gardens.. To register for the workshop or for more information call 709-335-8315 or email.. secondstage@hotmail.. To order your own 3′ x 6′ foot raised bed kit, add $25 to workshop fee.. Beekeeping workshop at Paradise Farms.. Apr.. 25.. If you heard beekeeper Aubrey Goulding of.. Paradise Farms.. speak at FEASt Fest, you were surely inspired to learn more about the wonders of beekeeping in Newfoundland.. Well, you re in luck! Aubrey has scheduled workshops for the evenings of June 4th and June 6th.. The June 4th filled up quickly, but there are spaces available for the workshop on the 6th.. The workshop will focus on biology of the colony, equipment, general management, and answering lots of questions.. Cost is $30.. 00/person.. For more information or to register, e-mail.. info@beenatural.. or phone 782-1435.. A huge success!.. 19.. Our 4th annual FEASt Fest went off without a hitch this past Saturday! Our energetic volunteers did an amazing job of organizing the space, sharing their knowledge, connecting local food consumers with local food producers, and serving up a seemingly endless stream of absolutely delicious soups, stews, and sweets.. We had seasoned gardeners, brand-new babies, and everyone in between.. A fantastic day in a fantastic space.. Now how are we going to top it next year?.. Listening, learning.. Food growers of the future?.. The seed swap table.. before the swapping began.. Then things got a little messy.. The food was magnificent!.. Our booth.. This print has been very generously donated to us by Don Anthony, and we ll be selling tickets on it through the summer, for a draw at the Farmers Market at the end of the season.. Keep an eye out for us, and buy your tickets!.. FEASt would like to extend thanks to the City of St.. John s, the Georgestown Bakery, Anne Madden and the.. ,.. Red House Soups.. , our presenters and panelists, our booth exhibitors, our volunteer cooks and servers, and to everyone who came out to join us.. Thanks also to The Telegram for.. this article.. on FEASt Fest.. Older Entries.. Events Calendar.. Events are coming soon, stay tuned!.. Find us on.. Facebook.. FEASt Mailing List.. Sign up four our monthly newsletter and notices about upcoming FEASt events!.. Name (required):.. Email (required):.. Enter the letters and numbers below:.. (If you have trouble reading this code please email.. ).. Site Administration.. Log in.. Entries.. RSS.. Comments.. © 2010 FEASt.. Suffusion theme by Sayontan Sinha..

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  • Title: What we do » FEASt
    Descriptive info: » What we do.. EDUCATION CAPACITY BUILDING:.. FEASt is all about sharing knowledge and skills; through workshops, displays at community events, presentations in schools etc.. And within FEASt we are identifying members strengths to share and areas where we want to learn more.. GET GROWING NEIGHBORHOODS PROJECT:.. Several exciting projects by FEASt: connecting new growers with local mentors, resource sharing, mapping local food and DIY projects inspired by Food Not Lawns.. Food Not Lawns is a growing international effort to produce more local food in urban centres.. It is about building community, living in environmentally sustainable and creative ways, and having fun getting our hands in the dirt.. For more info on Food Not Lawns read the book by Heather Flores or visit her website.. www.. foodnotlawns.. net.. LAND USE:.. To protect, and put into sustainable use, farmland in and near the city with the aim to achieve long-term food security we are :.. working with the.. Friends of Pippy Park.. to develop a long-term plan for increasing gardening  ...   and provide opportunities to train younger farmers.. CLTs are non-profits that hold land in trust for the community, with the intention of preserving its environmental integrity.. providing input into.. Municipal and Regional Land Use Planning Processes.. FOOD POLICY:.. In collaboration with diverse community members and groups, FEASt is developing policies that promote equitable food access, good nutrition, environmentally sustainable food production procurement, and responsible food waste disposal.. Two initial priorities identified are:.. John’s Urban Agriculture Resolution:.. Although not binding by law, a municipal resolution could raise public awareness of, and be used to hold the City accountable for, supporting healthy, sustainable, and accessible food production within St.. (Example from Victoria, BC.. http://www.. communitycouncil.. ca/crfair_nl/PDFs/Urban_Agriculture_Resolution.. pdf.. Institutional Food Policy:.. Institutions (hospitals, universities, schools, government departments, etc) are major consumers and providers of food.. Most have contracts with food suppliers who are unconcerned with sustainability.. A policy document on sustainable food procurement and disposal is being developed by us for institutions and can be used to inform future contracts and practices..

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  • Title: Who we are » FEASt
    Descriptive info: » Who we are.. Formed in Fall 2007, FEASt is a volunteer-run initiative, taking action on local, healthy, sustainable food issues.. Our mission is to cultivate creative change from the ground up, harvesting healthy communities while getting to the root of food systems.. We work on linking regional food-related projects, public education, influencing policy, promoting urban food growing sharing, and more!.. We look forward to hearing from you about the food issues that you feel are crucial to this region..

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  • Title: Getting involved » FEASt
    Descriptive info: » Getting involved.. We’d love to hear your ideas and ways in which you’d like to participate in FEASt.. You can use the link in the sidebar to sign up for our monthly electronic newsletter, which features upcoming events and opportunities.. FEASt board meetings are  ...   throughout the year.. Membership in FEASt is renewed at our annual general meeting each fall.. FEASt is a volunteer-run organization.. If you would like to share your time or expertise with us, or just learn more about what we do, please drop us a line at..

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  • Title: Upcoming events » FEASt
    Descriptive info: Upcoming events.. FEASt monthly activities meetings.. Please be advised that our monthly activities meetings have finished for the season.. Please keep an eye out for our updated meeting schedule in the new year, and huge thanks to all of you who came to meetings to share your ideas.. Have a restful winter!..

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  • Title: FEASt Fest » FEASt
    Descriptive info: » FEASt Fest..

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  • Title: Open Garden Day » FEASt
    Descriptive info: » Open Garden Day.. Our third annual Open Garden Day happens Sunday, August 21.. This is a great chance to explore some of the wonderful edible gardens of St.. This year we have a wonderful range of gardens, including allotment-style community gardens, shared-harvest neighbourhood projects, backyard container gardens and front-yard potato bins.. Grab a map.. !.. Meet (some of) the gardeners.. We ve got words today from Rachelle at the Rabbittown Community Garden, and photos from the Memorial University Community Garden, two fantastic projects that demonstrate how different community garden models can work.. Pop in on the two of them tomorrow and see what s growing!.. Memorial University Community Garden.. Q: How long have you been gardening? How long have you been keeping this particular garden?.. A: The MUN Community Garden was built by Memorial University staff, students and faculty during the Fall of 2010.. It opened in the Spring of 2011 for its first growing season.. Q: Are you the only person using your garden, or is it shared?.. A: This community garden currently consists of 30 plots and has almost 100 members!.. Q: What motivated you to begin growing food in the city?.. A: We wanted to provide a space for students and others who might not have access to a garden and be a place where people can learn in a fun and supportive atmosphere.. This project will increase awareness of food security and health and wellness issues, increase opportunities for students with disabilities, and engage youth in the process.. Also, a community garden brings together many factors that involve sustainability such as composting, water conservation, and growing food locally, which are part of Memorial’s sustainability declaration.. Q: What has been your greatest gardening triumph this year?.. A: Seeing first-time gardeners grow wonderful veggies, such as spinach, lettuce, onions, and broccoli.. Q: Have you had any colossal gardening failures so far this summer?.. A: The tomatoes in the garden have been slow to grow due to the cold temperatures, but we still have our fingers crossed!.. Q: Have you found any resources particularly helpful in developing your garden (books, television or radio programs, websites, organizations, etc)?.. A:.. Cold Climate Gardening.. Canadian Gardening for Dummies.. Rabbittown Community Garden.. A:I personally have been gardening all my life.. This garden is in its fourth growing season.. A: We are a demonstration garden of the Community Garden Alliance who s moto is All for One Harvest, One Harvest for All.. This garden is planted and maintained by everyone.. When it s harvested, everyone then gets an equal portion.. A: The city is where I live.. I have long since been aware of the economical and physical benefits of growing your own food.. The past few years, living in the city, I ve been focused on the social and mental benefits.. A: We were fortunate to host the Go Project, through the United Church, where 30 young adults donated their time to help develop the garden.. It was a great effort by all involved.. Q: Have you had any colossal gardening failures so far this summer? What is your greatest gardening foe?.. A: This year has been hard because of the weather so a lot of our crops either didn t come or didn t come well.. Our greatest foe has been the cabbage butterfly.. Q: What is your favourite piece of gardening advice?.. A: Just try growing something.. It takes very little effort or money to plant some seeds.. A: I would advise people to look to those growing in your area or in a similar climate.. Our fellow organizations such as FEASt, FSN, MUN Botanical Gardens are great ways to get informed.. Q: Is there anything else you would like to add for our readers?.. A: Rabbittown Community Garden has openings right now for others to join us.. You can contact us at cga.. stjohns@gmail.. com or join.. Community Garden Alliance on Facebook.. Renee B.. A: I did a little container gardening years ago.. I ve been only 2 years here in this garden.. A: Solo.. A: I learned about raised beds and.. Get Growing Neighbourhoods.. from enthusiastic gardeners on Open Garden Day 2009.. A: I m enjoying a major reduction in ground elder and mile-a-minute from work done last fall.. I have a tomato in spite of the weather.. A: My new apple tree never made it in the ground I think it got apple scab or some other fungus.. My main foe is slugs/snails.. A: Keep it simple start with one crop.. A: Lori Heath/.. Safer Soil.. on lead mitigation and for using my garden as part of her experiment.. A: My garden grows thanks to my friend Otto s advice and my dad s untiring labour.. Angela H.. A: 3 years.. A: Just me.. A: Recognition of how important food security is to NL and the dire need to increase our food production; also wanting fresh organic produce for myself.. A: Kale, chard, parsley.. A: Zukes cukes pathetic, no peas or beans, leaf miners eating my leaves.. A: Things just want to grow it s easy to start, expertise comes with time.. Square Foot Gardening.. The Avalon Vegetable Garden.. You Grow Girl.. A: Grow it or support those who do LOCAL FRESH is the way to go.. Leisha S.. A: I have been gardening for about three years now with a combination of raised bed gardens and sidewalk container gardens.. This is the first year for this particular location of garden, although several plants have been transplanted from past locations.. A: I m the only person using the garden, though I ve been grateful  ...   is that I have kind of let the greenhouse get away from me a bit in that it is more overgrown than usual I think the weather has deterred me a little this year in staying on top of things.. A: Best piece of gardening advice is to just dive into it and do it.. Also to learn from year to year so you can improve upon the previous year.. A: The best resources that I have found over the years are Rodale publications (Organic Gardening), Canadian Gardening magazine, GardenWeb forums web site, and trial and error.. John s Safer Soil.. A: The St.. John s Safer Soil Demonstration Garden has been in operation since the summer of 2008.. A: The project, and the garden, is operated by a non-profit organization called Common Ground, which promotes sustainable agrigulture and community development.. Food at the garden is grown for the Gathering Place meal program.. Q: What motivated you to begin growing food in the city?.. A: The impetus behind the Safer Soil project comes from recent studies which have found elevated soil lead levels in St.. John s, particularly in the older parts of the city.. In partnership with the Centre for Long-term Environmental Action in Newfoundland, (CLEANf/Ld), MUN Geography St.. John s Environmental Lead Project and MUN Botanical Garden, the project was created to promote safe and sustainable city gardening and recreation in urban green spaces.. Q: What has been your greatest gardening triumph this year?A: Continuation of Atlantic Canada s first successful field trial of biochar, an organic soil ammendment which increases soil fertility, reduces water requirements, sequesters carbon and immobilizes heavy metals in soil.. Q: Have you had any colossal gardening failures so far this summer? What is your greatest gardening foe? A: My spinach bolted! Snails are my foe, even though they are cute.. Q: What is your favourite piece of gardening advice?A: If you are worried about lead in your soil, have it tested.. If you have high lead levels, keep it covered.. Grow food in raised beds and containers with new soil.. Q: Have you found any resources particularly helpful in developing your garden (books, television or radio programs, websites, organizations, etc)?A: The U.. S.. EPA EMPACT Lead Safe Yard Manual can be accessed online at.. epa.. gov/region1/.. leadsafe/tool2.. html.. It contains everything you need to know for a Lead Safe YardQ: Is there anything else you would like to add for our readers?A: St.. John s Safer Soil will be conducting garden tours at our demonstration garden behind the Gathering Place during the summer and fall.. In order to arrange a tour for yourself, your family or community group, please call 738-7542.. Free educational materials are also available on our website at.. safersoil.. ning.. Eastern Edge Gallery.. A: Everyone at the gallery has been gardening on and off for years.. Obviously the gallery does not have gardening as its main occupation BUT has been trying to integrate gardening, and environmentally sound and innovative practices into the re-development of the building it inhabits.. No big changes have come out of this YET.. That won’t stop us from dreaming and scheming.. This particular garden is a new art project.. On St.. John’s Days we invited the public to come plant flowers and seeds in pots they painted and to then give them as gifts to their favourite places in St John’s.. It was a lot of fun and we liked it so much we wanted to make a bigger and better movable garden.. So, the plan is to set up a variety of beds and pots and planters to be artfully designed and painted by the public; participants in workshops, and then plant edible and beautiful plants.. When we can not keep the garden out front of the gallery any longer, it will be MOVED to a variety of other spaces to be looked after.. A: It is shared with the public as a temporary site that then will be dispersed to several to look after in their own spaces.. Artist Jesse Walker just recently with his exhibition inside the gallery with Liz Solo, presented a Night Gardening performance where he redesigned the front of the gallery by creating beds in which he planted cucumbers, onions, lettuce, spinach and more.. In the midst of parked cars, some of these plants are sprouting and growing and we are trying to maintain what we can.. This will be a part of the movable art garden too.. A: Expensive produce and the desire to see things grow.. This garden is exciting because though it may be small and a first step it adds green and life to a parking area in front of the gallery and on the harbour.. A: Jesse growing spinach and lettuce in a small mound of earth ion front of parked cars.. A: Urban everything is the greatest gardening foe in the parking lot.. Oh, and the wind I suppose.. :) Lack of sun… and the fact that the beds that are there from Jesse’s project are all on gravel basically.. None of it is a failure because it is a great project and the Movable Art Garden will enhance all of his efforts and maybe become a permanent feature in front of the gallery.. Imagine an art residency in a parking lot garden!.. A: Get dirt under your nails.. A: Friends’ experiences.. A: Hope you enjoy Eastern Edge Gallery’s Art Marathon Festival Movable Art Garden!.. You can learn more about Eastern Edge Gallery at their.. website.. , and you can keep up with the 24-Hour Art Marathon at their blog,.. artmarathon.. wordpress..

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  • Title: Colouring book » FEASt
    Descriptive info: FEASt is proud to present our new local food colouring book!.. I Know Where MY Food Comes From.. Illustrated by Chloe Edbrooke | Written by Rachelle Batstone.. Special thanks to Food for Thought and the Community Garden Aliance for sponsoring this initiative.. Copies are available through FEASt.. To obtain a copy come out to any of our events or contact..

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  • Title: Pippy Park Workshop Series » FEASt
    Descriptive info: » Pippy Park Workshop Series.. FEASt presents the Pippy Park Summer Workshop Series.. Come discover all the exciting agricultural projects happening in Pippy Park and learn about the Park’s potential to provide food.. The workshop schedule for the 2012 season will be available early this coming summer.. For more information, please contact.. growinginpippypark@gmail.. , or call 722-6604..

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  • Title: Pippy Park Family Garden Project » FEASt
    Descriptive info: » Pippy Park Family Garden Project.. Sunday, Sept.. 18, 2011.. Anyone who has been living in St.. John s this summer knows that it’s been a tricky year for gardening.. After a slow start, brought about by cool air and grey skies, we are now enjoying a late summer burn.. Our tomatoes continue to gather weight, our potatoes have been harvested, and our Brussels sprouts are also bursting forth.. Although our August was remarkable as a month that lacked beans, we snacked on them while gardening today.. In all honesty, I’d stopped looking at them.. And then! And then! Surprise of surprises, there they were, hiding away underneath their leaves.. The air was cool but the sun was out this afternoon.. A quick application of sunscreen on the faces of babes prepared them for another Sunday of gardening at Pippy Park.. We began by digging for weeds and worms, built another castle for King Dirty and then finished harvesting our row of potatoes.. We were excited to see how big the tomatoes were getting on the vine, and one young gardener harvested them for us by gently removing them at their stems.. Three generations of a family harvested onions together at their bed, with Nan loosening the soil at their base, Mum holding the onion greens and (Grand)daughter pulling the onion from its roots.. They shared their harvest with another family and we all agreed that they smell very, very good.. Nan announced that she would put them on sandwiches for herself and Pop tomorrow.. When her granddaughter questioned why she would not have them at dinner that night, she explained that they were going out to eat, and promised that the onions would, indeed, be enjoyed very soon.. Thanks to one of our gardeners, we have been given the materials needed to construct a soil sifter, and at craft time we decorated it with pictures of flowers, vines, snails, spiders, sunshine and rain.. We are also delighted to have a few new gardening tools, thanks to FEASt Board Member Costa, who purchased them and dropped them off for us today.. At snack time we enjoyed sliced apple, carrot, hummus, apple juice and granola bars.. Next week we will be taking a group photo underneath our favourite tree.. 11.. We had so much fun harvesting some of our potatoes today!.. The children tried their hands at finding potatoes in the soil, and we marveled at the different shapes and sizes that they grew into.. Each time we dug into the dirt and found one we reacted as though we were watching fireworks.. Oooh! Look at this one! Ahhh! That one s so small and cute! One looked a bit like a face!.. At the end of the day, we sent potatoes home with six families.. We still have part of a row left to harvest and will do so again next week.. Afterward, Nikki taught the children how to make friendship bracelets.. At snack time, we drank blueberry juice and made a toast to her.. Nikki s been an AMAZING aspect of our garden! Today was her last day with us.. We wish her the best of luck with her future endeavours.. 4.. Today we performed our regular gardening activities and also played a game of soccer! Salad greens, tomatoes, and arugula went home with participants.. Check out the September edition of SNAP St.. John s for a story about Open Garden Day!.. snapstjohns.. com/?option=com_sngevents id[]=305253.. Sunday, August 28.. We had a fantastic day at the garden!.. The brussels sprouts are coming along! Our tomatoes are continuing to grow, and there were two red ones ready to harvest today!.. Our garden keeper is almost finished now, but we will have to give it a face and a name next week.. We ve made it out of newspaper and grocery bags, dressed it in blue corduroy pants, a plaid shirt, and will also offer it a hat once we re finished decorating its face.. At the garlic workshop, we discussed proper growing, maintenance and harvesting techniques.. We also shared our favourite garlic recipes.. As it turns out, most of us put garlic in everything.. Garlic vinaigrette, roasted garlic on bread, pasta sauces, pesto, and forty clove garlic chicken were just a few of the dishes we talked about today.. You can find a garlic chicken recipe here:.. canadianliving.. com/food/chicken_with_40_cloves_of_garlic.. php.. Mmmm our mouths were watering by the time the workshop was over!.. During snack time, the children are enjoying collecting fruits that are growing in the bushes that surround the garden.. We have raspberries, gooseberries and currants.. Yum!.. Because it was such a sunny day, watering the garden was one of our favourite activities today.. Everyone helped out, and we practiced watering our plants at their roots again, making sure to give them a big soak.. Each family has planted individual plots, and, for the most part, they are doing very well.. One family has planted corn, swiss chard, brussels sprouts, salad greens, leeks, beans and squash.. We were excited to see the growth that has occurred over the past week, especially the brussels sprouts! Elsewhere, one family is encouraging slugs to feed on a glass of beer instead of their cabbage leaves.. New skills were also passed on from mum to nephew today, as one little boy learned how to pollinate squash.. Take a look at our photos!.. Hope  ...   finished painting our veggie markers.. One young gardener also built a castle for King Dirty and enjoyed digging in the soil and making rock walls for the kingdom.. Sunday, July 3, 2:00-4:00pm.. We could not have asked for a more beautiful day! With the weather heating up, it s a good idea to pack sun hats and sunscreen in your gardening bags!.. This week, we enjoyed snacks and refreshments after our gardening activities.. Hummus, pita, apple slices, fruit juice and granola bars were enjoyed by children and parents alike.. So far, participating gardeners do not have any food allergies, however, please email Laura at growinginpippypark@gmail.. com in order to offer your family s food preferences so that we may continue to share snacks that everyone can enjoy.. Sunday, June 26, 2:00-3:30pm.. This week s activities included planting and socializing.. Many of those who arrive on Sundays are continuing to get to know each other, so we enjoyed tending the plots together and sharing some of our own gardening stories with one another.. One of our main garden tasks involves rock collecting.. There seems to be an endless supply of them in our garden beds! We are utilizing these treasures as material for our garden paths.. Participating families continued to work away on their beds, and were assisted by Nikki and Laura, who are working at the garden this summer.. We distributed our energy over family and communal plots, and also ran another craft activity.. We have planted potatoes, lettuces, beans, tomatoes, squash, peppers, cilantro, basil, nasturtiums, brussels sprouts, leeks and carrots.. Families have planted these items and more in their allotments.. Seed and seedling sharing occurred informally today, and some of the leftovers were donated to our communal plots.. Should you be interested in visiting us, please do not hesitate to contact Laura at growinginpippypark@gmail.. Sunday, June 19, 2:00-3:30pm.. Happy Father s Day!.. This week, we took some time to discuss the organization of the garden.. All those who arrived shared their hopes for the summer, and also expressed that they wished to plant their own rows, and come to the garden throughout the week.. After considering each others interests, we decided to distribute two row allotments, and reserve a few communal rows for those who are only able to stop by from time to time.. This will ensure that all those who visit the garden at harvest time will be able to enjoy fresh produce.. So far, five families have planted their own plots, and we are sharing labour at the communal beds.. New garden signs have been decorated, and children were also invited to leave their mark on the wall inside our garden shed.. When the day was over, one child exclaimed This is the best day of my life! We re thinking that s a pretty good indication that things are going well this year.. :).. Sunday, June 12, 2:00-3:30pm.. This week s family gardening activities will feature songs, planting, and an edible hike hosted by Costa Kasimos!.. Hope to see you there!.. Please join us at the Pippy Park Family Garden on Sunday, June 5th for our first official event of the summer.. The theme is seeds!.. Enjoy stories, songs and a workshop on seed selection hosted by Sarah Crocker (of the Seed to Spoon Organic Farm Collective)! Activities will be occurring from 1:00-2:30pm.. Know of any families that might be interested in participating? Pass it on!.. Would-be weeders and planters of all ages are also invited.. Spare hands and enthusiasm are welcome, most certainly!.. Email Laura at growinginpippypark@gmail.. com for more information.. July, 2010.. Lots of progress has been made on the garden in the past month.. We started with a weed-filled plot of land, and weeded, and weeded until all the dandelions, thistles, and grass were gone.. The children weeded while singing.. Mr.. Weed, Weed, Mr.. green green weed, won t you please get out of my garden!.. (to the tune of Mr.. Sun).. Then we built beds in the shape of a rainbow.. So far we ve planted potatoes, cabbage, broccoli, peas, beans, tomatoes, swiss chard, squash, parsley and dill.. Every Sunday we ve planted something new, and the kids and parents have been working together.. We ve identified flowers, played farmer vs.. weed tag, had story time and sometimes just dug in the dirt!.. The garden is doing great thanks to everyone s help! We re still looking for more participants for the coming weeks, if interested, please contact growinginpippypark@gmail.. On Sunday, June 13th, the Friends of Pippy Park in partnership with FEASt, launched a new gardening program for children and their parents.. This is a family program targeted at younger children to come with one or both parents to learn through having fun, all about soil and all the creatures in it, plants including weeds and where our food comes from and how we grow it.. The program includes storytime, sing alongs as well as growing flowers and vegetables.. The program is very informal and no child is too young to come along.. In this first session we had children form 2 weeks to 7 years old and they all had a good time! The program runs throughout the Summer on Sundays at 1 pm for about an hour and a half at #5 Mt.. Scio Rd.. There is a one-time $10.. 00 fee.. For more information or to register contact..

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  • Title: Photo gallery » FEASt
    Descriptive info: FEASt photo contest winners.. We ve doubled up and announced our 2010 and 2011 photo contest winners at the same time! It has been a truly woeful delay, but at long last we can tell you that Rob Vail, of St.. John s, is the 2010 winner for his lovely photo, Flower.. Flower, by Rob Vail.. Our 2011 winner is Jackson McLean, who works with student volunteers at the Government House Vegetable Garden in St.. Vegetables photographed by Jackson McLean.. Jackson writes, These vegetables  ...   Crosbie.. Local Junior High and High School student volunteers planted, watered, weeded, and harvested the vegetables over the summer and fall, under the supervision and guidance of Government House gardeners Fred Walsh and myself.. The produce was donated to the Food Aid Centre Bridges to Hope, who then distributed it to people in need.. What a fantastic initiative, and what an encouraging photograph.. Both winners will receive a FEASt gift package in the coming weeks.. Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us!..

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