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posted January 21, 2010

Bookings for next spring's Cold Frames and other Season Extension Techniques, for both Workshops and Presentations are rolling in. Please check back regularly for more details!

If you're interested in hosting a Presentation or Workshop, we'd love to hear from you...

Events are listed by date, so insertions will be made as Presentations, Tours, and Workshops are confirmed.

For our autumn and winter 2010 Workshops, Presentations, and Tours

click this Fall 2010 events link.

 

 

Saturday, 6 February 2010, 10 a.m. - 3p.m.

Pickering's Seedy Saturday East Short Community Centre, 910 Liverpool Road South

Kyla Dixon-Muir will be speaking on ColdFraming and other Season Extension Techniques at 12:30. Presentation free after $3- entry fee.

 

 

Wednesday, 10 February 2010, 7:30 p.m.

Hillsburgh Garden Club, Erin Township

At: St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 81 Trafalgar Rd. (formerly Main Street), Hillsburg ON

Presentation on Season Extension Techniques and getting your food garden started early for the spring.

New members always welcome. Cover charge for non-members $2.00


 

Saturday, 13 February 2010, 9:30 a.m. - 12 noon

Cold Frame Building Workshop

Construct a complete modular and stackable ColdFrame to take home with you.

All plans, wood, materials, hardware, and tools will be provided.

If you can handle a screwdriver, staple gun, and drill you can do it!

To be held at Ralph Thornton Centre, 765 Queen Street East, Toronto (just east of Broadview, south side of Queen)

Pre-registration required. Workshop cost $125 per person.

Reserve early!

Participants' spaces must be paid for by Wednesday 10 February 2010, in order for custom-cut materials to be prepared.

posted February 10, 2010 Sorry, folks, this workshop is completely booked. Please see below for another date added in April, due to popular demand.
Do book early, as the promotional events in which our garden will be participating in coming weeks mean this additional workshop will fill quickly.

Enquiries and registration: coldframes@gmail.com

Seeds, garden blankets (floating row covers), soil thermometers, and books will be available at the workshop.

Join Kyla's Hundred Footstep Diet - both local and organic - and grow more of your favourite greens safely and easily!

 

Saturday 20 February 2010 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Seedy Saturday at Royal Botanical Gardens, for Hamilton/Burlington area

See: www.rbg.ca/pages/events_annual.html#Anchor-FEBRUARY-37516 for details.

 

Sunday 21 February 2010, 12:30p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Toronto Community Garden Network's Seedy Saturday (in support of TCGN and Seeds of Diversity Canada) Artscape Wychwood Barns, near St.Clair and Christie, Toronto ON

Kyla Dixon-Muir will be speaking about Season Extension Techniques and ColdFraming. Free with admission. Stay tuned for confirmed time of presentation, tentatively scheduled for 3:00 p.m..

 

Saturday 27 February 2010, 1:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Guelph Enabling Garden's Seedy Saturday

Evergreen Seniors Centre, 683 Woolwich Street, Guelph, Ontario N1H 3Y8

Back by popular demand: Kyla's free presentation on ColdFrames and other Season Extension Techniques 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. -- a comprehensive presentation on spring food gardening head-starts.

See: www.enablinggarden.org/ for more information.

 

Saturday 6 March 2010, 12 noon - 4 p.m.

Scarborough's first Seedy Saturday !

Including Kyla Dixon-Muir's popular presentation on ColdFraming and other Season Extension Techniques, scheduled for 1:30 pm as of Tues 2 March 2010.

here is the link to the Scarborough SS: www.tcgn.ca/wiki/wiki.php?n=Events2010.ScarboroughSeedySaturday2010

and the list of workshops and presentations. www.tcgn.ca/wiki/wiki.php?n=Events2010.Scarborough-Workshops

 

Monday, 8 March 2010, 7:30 p.m.

Oakville Horticultural Society

Kyla's popular presentation on ColdFraming and other Season Extension Techniques will be the subject of this evening's gathering.

Meeting location: Knox Presbyterian Church, Dunn St at Lakeshore Road, downtown Oakville.

See: www.oakvillehort.org/Meetings.html for more

 

 

Sunday 14 March 2010, 2:00p.m.

This is the first morning of Daylight Savings Time -- and clocks "spring forward" one hour.

Tour - ColdFrames in Action

Cost: PWYC, minimum $2- per person
NO pre-registration - just show up on time, please...

We will begin punctually at 2:00 pm.

Again: This is the first morning of Daylight Savings Time -- and clocks "spring forward" one hour.

The tour runs an hour, or more - depending on attendance numbers.

This tour will be a conversational lecture, with a informal question-and-answer as we progress from plot to plot in the garden.

View a wide variety of ColdFrames in action, sheltering autumn's over-wintering annuals and leafy perennials. See simple ground-level wire-cage frames, wire sign frame structures, simple wooden frames, Low Raised Beds, through to Tall Raised Beds spanning a variety of microclimates. View a range of covers (lights) with which to top frames.

Learn about planting, watering, and ventilation strategies for over-wintered crops and early spring starts. See soil solarization in action for earliest spring seedings. View simple structures used for hardening-off transplants to outdoor climates used for early planting-out of your own windowsill-started seedlings.

A book of photos demonstrating strategies adopted in previous years will also be available for reviewing.

Wear sensible Canadian winter attire, including sturdy footwear, scarves, hats, and wind-resistant coats. (We are located on the side of the Don Valley, where the winter winds can blow heavily.)

Please note: Toronto District School Board regulations prohibit dogs on their properties; as we operate within proscribed by-laws, please do not bring animals to the garden.

The garden is on uneven natural terrain, including a hillside.

Books about related activities developed in this garden, and soil thermometers and garden blankets (floating row covers) will be available for sale.

Location: behind rear parking lot, south of all buildings, at City Adult Learning Centre, 1 Danforth Avenue.

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An advisal will be posted on this website by 9:00 a.m., new Daylight Savings Time, on the morning of the tour,

IF it becomes necessary to postpone the tour to another day due to inhospitable weather.

posted March 13, 2010

Environment Canada forecasts only 2-4 mm of rain for Sunday 14 March 2010, and limited winds.

THE TOUR IS ON: TRUE CANADIAN SPIRITS WILL STILL HAVE FUN AND LEARN LOTS.

THERE WILL BE NO OTHER TOURS THIS SPRING. COME ON OUT: YOU WON'T MELT...

 

 

Saturday 27 March 2010, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Build Your Own Cold Frame Workshop

By popular demand: a unique opportunity to construct a complete modular and stackable ColdFrame to take home with you, for folks north of Toronto.

All plans, wood, materials, hardware, tools, and safety gear will be provided.

If you can handle a screwdriver, staple gun, and drill you can do it!

To be held at Evergreen Seniors' Centre, Room 2; 683 Woolwich Street, Guelph.

Pre-registration required. Workshop cost $125 per person.

Reserve early! Participants' spaces must be paid for by Wednesday 24 March 2010, in order for custom-cut materials to be prepared for you.

Enquiries and registration: coldframes@gmail.com

Seeds, garden blankets (floating row covers), soil thermometers, and books on Season Extension Techniques and ColdFraming will be available at the workshop.

Join Kyla's Hundred Footstep Diet - both local and organic - and grow more of your favourite greens safely and easily!

We're proud to say that all participants who (anonymously) gave us feedback after attending Toronto's February event ranked this workshop between 8-10 out of 10. They also said they would recommend this workshop to a friend.

You will be working in pairs, so register with a friend !

As kids and power tools do not mix well, for safety's sake, we regret that we cannot allow children in the workroom.

Parents, please make alternate caregiver arrangements. Thank you for this consideration to your fellow Workshop mates.

Book now - enrollment is limited !


 

Saturday 10 April 2010, 9:30 a.m. - 12 noon

Build Your Own Cold Frame Workshop

By popular demand: a second opportunity to construct a complete modular and stackable ColdFrame to take home with you.

Don't let the unseasonably warm weather lull you into a false sense of security: we can still get Cold Alerts and freak frosts that could kill your exposed seedlings between now and the end of May. Your ColdFrame will not only protect against that, but can also be used to harden-off the seedlings you have started indoors.

All plans, wood, materials, hardware, and tools will be provided.

If you can handle a screwdriver, staple gun, and drill you can do it!

To be held at Ralph Thornton Centre, 765 Queen Street East, Toronto (just east of Broadview, south side of Queen)

Pre-registration required. Workshop cost $125 per person.

Reserve early! Participants' spaces must be paid for by Wednesday 7 April 2010, in order for custom-cut materials to be prepared.

Enquiries and registration: coldframes@gmail.com

Seeds, garden blankets (floating row covers), soil thermometers, and books will be available at the workshop.

Join Kyla's Hundred Footstep Diet - both local and organic - and grow more of your favourite greens safely and easily!

We're proud to say that all participants who (anonymously) gave us feedback after attending the February event ranked this workshop between 8 & 10 out of 10; they also said they would recommend this workshop to a friend.

Book now - spaces are limited !

As kids and power tools do not mix well, for safety's sake, we regret that we cannot allow children in the workroom.

Parents, please make alternate caregiver arrangements. Thank you for this consideration to your fellow Workshop mates.

 

Saturday 24 April, 2010, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Seedy Saturday at Everdale Organic Farm & Environmental Learning Centre, Hillsburgh, ON

See www.everdale.org/node/97 for more information as it becomes available.

 

 
 

 

Fall and Winter 2010 Presentations, Tours, and Workshops



Saturday 4 December 2010, 2pm to 4pm

ColdFrames In Action Tour

Join in and be amazed! See a range of new frames using new materials and unique design applications, in newly developed micro-climates. Taste the freshest local heritage and heirloom greens, and learn more about Kyla Dixon-Muirís Hundred Footstep Diet at Riverdale Meadow Community Garden!

Location: City Adult Learning Centre, 1 Danforth Ave.,

(West of Broadview Avenue, South side of Danforth)

The garden is south of the rear parking lot, back of all school buildings.

TDSB bylaws prohibit animals on school property, so please do not bring pets. Thank you.

By car or bike: The driveway into CALC is immediately at the East end of Prince Edward Viaduct (bridge with luminous veil above the Don Valley) where Bloor St. becomes Danforth Ave., (If you're crossing the bridge eastbound, this driveway is west of the on-ramp to DVP Northbound - drive slowly.) Take the driveway all the way back of all buildings to the fenced-in parking lot. The garden is on the far side of this lotís fence.

By TTC, or on foot: There is a walkway along the east side of the school's property, west of Pizza-Pizza. Use the pedestrian crossway by the DVP on-ramp (Royal Drive). Pass the greenhouse, keep walking south of all buildings, enter the parking lot; the garden gate is on the south fence of the parking lot. As there are 2 staircases that may be snow- or ice-covered, use caution. See our Membership pages for a Google map.

An advisal will be posted on the gardenís website by 9:00 a.m. the morning of the tour, IF it becomes necessary to postpone the tour to the next day, Sunday 5 December, (same times, 2pm to 4pm) due to inhospitable weather.

please r.s.v.p. to cgwebsite (at) sympatico (dot) ca

For $20 - per person, this unique tour will tickle your tastebuds and leave your mind reeling with many applications for your own yard, school, allotment or community garden plot.

Bundle up in warm clothing and sturdy footwear for this outdoor tour!

Arrive before 2:00 p.m. to register for this event's raffle and your follow-up gift package.

posted December 03, 2010; 12:35 p.m.

 

The weather for Saturday looks sunny -- but windy !
Given the rain this week, the pathways may be wet, so please consider your footwear carefully.

The tour is a GO for Saturday, 4 December, 2010, 2-4pm.
Please arrive early to register -- we always begin on time.
If you have just received information about this tour, you can attend and pay without prior r.s.v.p. --
it's a garden, there's always room for more interested folks ! See you there...

 

 

Saturday 28 August 2010, at Everdale, Hillsburgh ON

Build Your Own Cold Frame Workshops

Enrol for either of two separate 3-hour Sessions: 10am - 1pm or 2pm - 5pm

Your unique, rural, farm-setting opportunity!

Construct a complete modular and stackable ColdFrame to take home with you and get your garden growing anew for the fall and be ready to harvest greens from October, through winter, into spring. Learn how to extend your growing season without the use of electricity or a greenhouse.

All plans, wood, materials, hardware, and tools will be provided.

If you can handle a screwdriver, staple gun, and drill you can do it!

To be held at Everdale Organic Farm and Environmental Learning Centre

Pre-registration required. Workshop cost $125 per person.

Reserve early! Participants' spaces must be paid for by Wednesday 25 August 2010, in order for custom-cut materials to be prepared.

Enquiries and registration: info@everdale.org or 519 / 855-4859 x 101

Seeds, garden blankets (floating row covers), soil thermometers, and books will be available at the workshop.

Join Kyla's Hundred Footstep Diet - both local and organic - and grow more of your favourite greens safely and easily!

Spaces are always limited in order to provide individual attention

Visit www.everdale.org for information and inspiration on a vast array of events and programs.

 

 

4, 11, 18 September 2010, 9:30 a.m. - 12 noon

3 separate Saturday morning

Build Your Own Cold Frame Workshops

Build your own complete modular, stackable ColdFrame, and take it home with you that morning.

Keep your garden growing this fall, and right through the winter, and have the earliest-possible spring food crops!

Grow foods outdoors without electricity or a greenhouse!

If you can handle a screwdriver, staple gun, and drill you can do it! All plans, wood, materials, hardware, and tools will be provided.

To be held at Ralph Thornton Centre, 765 Queen Street East, Toronto (just east of Broadview, south side of Queen)

Pre-registration required. Workshop cost $125 per person.

Reserve early! Participants' spaces must be paid for by the Wednesday prior to each (separate) Saturday's workshop, in order for custom-cut materials to be prepared.

Enquiries and registration: coldframes@gmail.com

Seeds, garden blankets (floating row covers), soil thermometers, and books will be available at the workshop.

Join Kyla's Hundred Footstep Diet - both local and organic - and grow more of your favourite greens safely and easily!

We're proud to say that all participants who (anonymously) gave us feedback after attending spring's events ranked this workshop between 8 & 10 out of 10; they also said they would recommend this workshop to a friend.

Register early - workshop classes are small for safety and personal instruction !

For safety's sake, we cannot allow children in the workroom.

 

 

Monday, 20 September 2010, 7 - 9 pm

Outdoor Food Gardening from Fall through Spring Presentation

Royal Botanical Gardens, Hamilton ON

Why just get a 6-8 week spring headstart in your garden, when you can gain 6 extra months of food production by starting more seeds and sheltering existing crops for fall-through-winter-into-spring gardening?

Yes, it is possible -- and easy -- to garden outdoors including right through our Canadian winters, without a greenhouse and without electricity!

Hear Kyla Dixon-Muir, SW Ontario's ColdFrames and Season Extension Techniques expert, speak on using a variety of planting and sheltering strategies to extend your food gardening for leafy greens and root crops through all four seasons.

See: www.rbg.ca/ for details.

 

 


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