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Vegetable Seed Starting

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Ignatius Jesuit Centre

5420 Ontario 6

Guelph, ON N1H 6J2

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During this dreary grey winter, isn’t it nice to dream about picking warm and juicy tomatoes ? What about a freshly picked zucchini ready to be stir-fried? Maybe you already have a seed catalogue sitting on your countertop but you don’t know where to start. Starting your own seedlings provide you with a plethora of diversity in choosing various varieties that are not typically available when you purchase transplants. Also, you will save a lot of money starting your own seeds. Your dreams of heirloom tomatoes and broccoli are not impossible!

YOU WANT TO TAKE THIS CLASS BECAUSE:

  • You want to successfully start, transplant, and grow your own seedlings
  • Having a diversity of vegetable plants in your garden is important to you
  • You want to save (a lot of) money
  • You’re a new gardener who is just starting or an experienced vegetable gardener and would like to stop buying transplants.

In the perfect prequel to Seedy Saturday and the Resilience Festival, we will address the do’s and don’ts
of starting vegetables from seeds including where to source your seeds, when to plant them, optimal light, soil, heat conditions, and how to successfully transplant them into your garden. We will address basic crop planning, trouble-shooting pests, moisture levels and more. This workshop includes classroom and hands-on greenhouse portions, with ample opportunity to ask questions.

STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE:

  • Hands-on techniques for seeding several different types of vegetables from diverse plant families
  • Trays of seeds to take home and nurture (pick from several types of vegetables!)
  • Hand-outs with great tips and tricks for starting plants
  • Instruction from an experienced Community Supported Agriculture farmer (who is passionate about seedlings)

YOUR INSTRUCTOR:

Ever grateful to family for introducing her to organic agriculture at an early age, Becky has maintained a passionate interest in food and farming throughout her life. A co-op placement during her undergraduate degree in Sustainable Agriculture at Trent University landed her in an internship on a farm raising small-scale, diversified livestock and growing organic vegetables for market, CSA and wholesale… and that’s when she knew she was hooked on farming! After her successive season on that farm, Becky was really grateful to join Ignatius Farm and CSA as a Farm Assistant and continue her work and learning in vegetable production as part of the team in field production and sales.

Growing seedlings is the hopeful start to each season that Becky looks forward to most – the lush sense of plant potential and the dreams and plans for later harvest (and cooking!). When not working on the farm, you can often find Becky spending her time off experimenting in her own community garden plot at Ignatius Farm, recently working on a few flower projects and growing vegetables for her family and friends


EVENT DETAILS:

Date: Saturday March 17th from 9:30am-1:00pm

Where: Ignatius Jesuit Center – 5420 ON-6, Guelph, ON N1H 6J2.

We will be meeting in the parking lot located in front of the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) pick up location. When you drive into the driveway of Ignatuis, you’ll drive up a small hill and will pass a parking lot to the main building on your left. Keep driving. You’ll notice Loyola House on your right. Keep driving. Park in the parking lot just up on your left and you’ll meet in the concrete CSA building in front of the parking lot.

Bring:

  • Dress for the weather and to get dirty. This workshop will run rain or shine. We will be inside the greenhouse for most of the workshop, but please dress appropriately.
  • Pen and paper
  • Snacks. Please look after yourself.
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