2020 greengate events - JOIN US in the greenhouse!



WORK SHOPS QUICK VIEW:

FEBRUARY WORKSHOPS

  • Sat. Feb 15:   10:15am - 1:15pm   -   SEED STARTING SUCCESS FOR THE NORTHERN GARDENER
  • Sat. Feb 15:   2:00pm - 5:00pm   -  TOMATO GROWING FOR THE NORTHERN GARDENER
  • Sat. Feb 22:   11:00am - 3:00pm   -   CONTAINER GARDENING FOR SMALL SPACE GROWING
  • Sun. Feb 23:  10:15am - 1:15pm   -   SEED STARTING SUCCESS FOR THE NORTHERN GARDENER
  • Sat. Feb 29:   10:15am - 4:15pm   -   BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO GROWING A GREAT GARDEN

MARCH WORKSHOPS

  • Sat. Mar 14:   10:15am - 1:15pm   -   SEED STARTING SUCCESS
  • Sat. Mar 14:   2:00pm - 5:00pm   -   TOMATO GROWING FOR THE NORTHERN GARDENER
  • Sun. Mar 15:   11:00am - 4:00pm   -   SOIL HEALTH PRIMER
  • Sat. Mar 28:   11:00am - 3:00pm   -   CONTAINER GARDENING FOR SMALL SPACE GROWING

APRIL WORKSHOPS

  • Sat. Apr 4:   10:15am - 1:15pm   -   HENS & EGGS (INTRO TO BACKYARD CHICKENS)
  • Sat. Apr 4:   2:00pm - 5:00pm   -   INTRODUCTION TO BACKYARD BEEKEEPING
  • Sun. Apr 5:   12:00pm - 3:30pm   -   PLANT NUTRITION & SOIL AMENDMENTS for the Natural Gardener
  • Sat. Apr 11:  11:00am - 4:00pm   -   SOIL HEALTH PRIMER
  • Sat. Apr 25:  10:15am - 5:00pm   -   FOODSCAPE YOUR YARD

MAY WORKSHOPS

  • Sat. May 2:   10:15am - 1:15pm   -   PLAN AND PLANT A POLLINATOR GARDEN
  • Sun. May 3:   11:00am - 3:00pm   -   CONTAINER GARDENING FOR SMALL SPACE GROWING
  • Sat. May 16:  10:15am - 4:15pm   -   PERMACULTURE GARDENING
  • Sun. May 31:  11:00am - 2:00pm   -   PLAN AND PLANT A POLLINATOR GARDEN




SEED STARTING SUCCESS for the Northern Gardener - Workshop

Hosted by The Urban Farm School and greengate Garden Centres

SATURDAY, FEB. 15, 2020 - 10:15am-1:15pm
or SUNDAY, FEB. 23, 2020 - 10:15am-1:15pm
or SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 2020 - 10:15am-1:15pm



If you're concerned about the rising cost (and decreasing quality) of vegetables and want to learn to grow food economically, learning to start your own seeds is a great first step! Instead of buying pre-started seedlings at the garden center, why not grow your own?


Whether you are a beginner gardener or simply want more plant diversity, this 3-hour workshop, geared toward the northern gardener, will give you the information and tools you need for a successful start to spring! You'll learn everything you need to know to start your own veggies from seed, including seed storage and viability, optimum germination requirements, seed-starting mix recipes, specific seed-sowing dates for Calgary, and so much more! We'll discuss which plants need to be started indoors (and when) for our Calgary climate, and which seeds are happiest planted directly into your garden. Let's get growing!


(pre-registration required)


Instructor: The Urban Farm School

Location: greengate Garden Centres

Cost: is $46.

Purchase tickets on-line @ The Urban Farm School: HERE





TOMATO GROWING for the Northern Gardener - Workshop

Hosted by The Urban Farm School and greengate Garden Centres

SATURDAY, FEB. 15, 2020 - 2:00pm-5:00pm
or SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 2020 - 2:00pm-5:00pm



Mortgage Lifter. Pineapple. Matt's Wild. Bloody Butcher. Green Zebra. The list of amazing tomato varieties goes on and on and on, proving that the tomato is one of the most popular, and for some, challenging fruits to grow.


If you LOVE tomatoes, this workshop is for you! Having been a pro tomato grower for Hotchkiss Organic Produce, I can provide you with some expert growing tips and tried-and-true tactics to maximize your tomato-growing (and tasting!) experience, AND I'll share with you my list of favorite short-season varieties and reliable producers. I want you to come away with the confidence that you absolutely CAN grow the most awesome tomatoes in our northern climate, even WITHOUT a greenhouse! Totally tomato-licious!


(pre-registration required)


Instructor: The Urban Farm School

Location: greengate Garden Centres

Cost: is $46.

Purchase tickets on-line @ The Urban Farm School: HERE





CONTAINER GARDENING FOR SMALL SPACE GROWING - Workshop

Hosted by The Urban Farm School and greengate Garden Centres

SATURDAY, FEB. 22, 2020
or SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2020
or SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2020



Not everyone has a personal plot of land on which to grow their vegetables. In fact, growing in containers, whether that's on your balcony, patio or outside your front door, is rapidly gaining popularity as a way for urbanites to grow healthy food that's literally within reach!


Whether you are a beginner gardener or simply want more plant diversity, this 3-hour workshop, geared toward the northern gardener, will give you the information and tools you need for a successful start to spring! You'll learn everything you need to know to start your own veggies from seed, including seed storage and viability, optimum germination requirements, seed-starting mix recipes, specific seed-sowing dates for Calgary, and so much more! We'll discuss which plants need to be started indoors (and when) for our Calgary climate, and which seeds are happiest planted directly into your garden. Let's get growing!


(pre-registration required)


Instructor: The Urban Farm School

Location: greengate Garden Centres

Cost: is $46.

Purchase tickets on-line @ The Urban Farm School: HERE





BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO ORGANIC GARDENING - Workshop

Hosted by The Urban Farm School and greengate Garden Centres

SATURDAY, FEB. 29, 2020 - 10:15am-4:15pm



There's NEVER been a better time to grow a garden! Rising food costs and questionable commercial food quality make growing your own veggies an attractive and practical option


The best way to ensure you have really high quality, nutrient-dense food is to follow nature's example and use sustainable growing practices, ones that take care of your soil and respect your ecosystem. You'll be amazed at how easy it is to get started, and how much healthy & nutritious food you can produce in your own yard! We'll take you through all the steps, from locating your garden and soil preparation to seed selection and basic planting techniques, plus a list of the easiest veggies to grow in our local climate. We'll explore raised beds and no-till gardens, as well as some creative solutions for growing in small spaces. You'll learn tons of tips for sustainably growing and caring for your vegetable plants, including the best times to harvest your bounty!


(pre-registration required)


Instructor: The Urban Farm School

Location: greengate Garden Centres

Cost: is $76.

Purchase tickets on-line @ The Urban Farm School: HERE





PLANT NUTRITION & SOIL AMENDMENTS for the Natural Gardener - Workshop

Hosted by The Urban Farm School and greengate Garden Centres

SUNDAY, APRIL 5, 2020 - 12pm-3:30pm



Wondering what your plants really need for robust and healthy growth? Are you concerned about producing really high-quality, nutrient-dense vegetables for your family, but not sure if your soil has what it takes?


If you're confused by all of the many soil amendments available, and have no idea which ones are right for your garden, you are not alone! This highly informative 3-hour workshop will give you the low-down on what your plants actually need and use for optimal growth, and how soil conditions and soil life influence nutrient availability. We'll explore nutrient cycling as well as some of the most-used natural amendments for effectively improving the condition of your soil, so that you can grow your best plants ever.


(pre-registration required)


Instructor: The Urban Farm School

Location: greengate Garden Centres

Cost: is $46.

Purchase tickets on-line @ The Urban Farm School: HERE





THE PERMACULTURE GARDEN - Workshop

Hosted by The Urban Farm School and greengate Garden Centres

SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2020 - 10:15am-4:15pm



Knowing how to grow food is a key skill for attaining a more resilient lifestyle. Understanding how to take an ecological approach to your food-growing systems allows you to not only be more sustainable, but also regenerative.


Permaculture, as a whole-systems design methodology, provides a new lens through which we can gain a greater understanding of how we can provide for our needs while respecting the natural environment, using nature as our guide. In this full-day workshop, we'll explore the fundamentals of Permaculture, how permaculture gardens build and support long-term resiliency, and how we can implement various strategies in our food-growing systems that build fertility, diversity and stability for long-term abundance. We'll explore the fundamental importance of building living soil, and discuss which plants add value to our food-growing ecosystems.


(pre-registration required)


Instructor: The Urban Farm School

Location: greengate Garden Centres

Cost: is $76.

Purchase tickets on-line @ The Urban Farm School: HERE





HENS & EGGS 101 - Workshop

Hosted by The Urban Farm School and greengate Garden Centres

SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 2020 - 10:15am-1:15pm



Want to get prepared for when Calgary finally allows urban chickens? Just beginning your rural homesteading adventure and want to start with chickens? If you're not sure what's involved and whether or not chickens are for you, this fun and informative introductory workshop will give you all the basics you need to get started!


We believe it's very important to be responsibly informed and educated regarding basic chicken care before making the commitment to own and manage your backyard birds. Come on out to URBAN FARM SCHOOL to tap into the expertise of our chicken guru, Jenni Bailey, where you'll benefit from her hands-on knowledge and experience with raising urban chickens. Find out all about these fascinating little critters, how to manage for optimal health, and explore the pros and cons of urban chicken management as well as which breeds are best for our climate and conditions. We'll also look at various coop styles and discuss what works and what doesn't! Whether you're on a few acres or living the urban farming dream, this is sure to be a fun workshop!


(pre-registration required)


Instructor: The Urban Farm School

Location: greengate Garden Centres

Cost: is $46.

Purchase tickets on-line @ The Urban Farm School: HERE





INTRODUCTION TO BACKYARD BEEKEEPING - Workshop

Hosted by The Urban Farm School and greengate Garden Centres

SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 2020 - 2pm-5pm



Considering a foray into beekeeping? Beekeeping is not a hobby to be taken lightly


This 3-hour, super popular introductory course will help orient you to the fascinating world of beekeeping and help you understand what to expect in regards to responsibility, equipment, and the logistics of beekeeping through the seasons. Join us, and our beekeeping expert Jessie Smulders of Green Box Bees, as we guide you through the basics of beekeeping, and discover for yourself if backyard bees are for you!


(pre-registration required)


Instructor: The Urban Farm School and our beekeeping expert Jessie Smulders of Green Box Bees

Location: greengate Garden Centres

Cost: is $46.

Purchase tickets on-line @ The Urban Farm School: HERE





SOIL HEALTH PRIMER - Workshop

Hosted by The Urban Farm School and greengate Garden Centres

SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2020 - 11am-4pm
or SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 2020 - 11am-4pm



Did you know that most of us are growing food in ways that are based on highly out-dated soil science


New and continuing developments have revealed the absolute importance of growing in living soil that is teeming with micro-organisms. Understanding this, and shifting our soil-management practices, is key to growing incredibly nutrient-dense food. In this 5 hour workshop we will dive into this fun and amazing topic and explore key strategies for building ultimate soil health, getting the most nutrients into your crops, and building and supporting those essential soil microbes!


(pre-registration required)


Instructor: The Urban Farm School

Location: greengate Garden Centres

Cost: is $69.

Purchase tickets on-line @ The Urban Farm School: HERE





FOOD SCAPE YOUR YARD for Long Term Abundance - Workshop

Hosted by The Urban Farm School and greengate Garden Centres

SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2020 - 10:15am-5pm



Future-proof your yard by planning and planting an edible landscape! By following nature's example, we can design abundant, productive and layered landscapes that provide for our long-term needs and have the diversity, stability and resilience of natural, healthy ecosystems.


A FOOD FOREST, or forest garden, is a grouping of multi-layered plant species that work together to support the health of the whole system, while providing you with abundant food sources! Unlike a natural forest, however, the edible landscape is designed to allow plenty of sunlight in, anchored by trees chosen for their ability to produce fruit, habitat, or other services. Supporting these main species are a myriad of other plants that perform important ecosystem functions, provide food, support pollinators, protect the soil and add beauty. Creating beautiful, functional and nurturing landscapes that you actually want to spend time in and enjoy is the ultimate goal!

In this 7-hour introductory workshop you will learn how to incorporate many different compatible and useful plants, including fruit trees, berries, canes, ground covers, medicinal plants and more into your growing systems in a synergistic way that helps support you, the plant community, the soil and your ecosystem!


(pre-registration required)


Instructor: The Urban Farm School

Location: greengate Garden Centres

Cost: is $79.

Purchase tickets on-line @ The Urban Farm School: HERE





PLAN & PLANT A POLLINATOR GARDEN - Workshop

Hosted by The Urban Farm School and greengate Garden Centres

SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2020 - 10:15am-1:15pm
or SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2020 - 10:15am-1:15pm



Want to support your local pollinator super-heroes? Join us as we explore some of our essential native insect species and how we can provide ultimate habitat for ensuring they have the ability to continue their vital work!


We'll dive into the various important plant species that are rock stars in the pollinator garden, how they take their place in the diversity-rich ecological garden, and how to plan for providing pollinator services throughout the growing season, starting in early spring through to late fall. We'll also look at various strategies for creating inviting habitat, including wild zones, insect hotels, and access to water. Join us for a fun and informative workshop!


(pre-registration required)


Instructor: The Urban Farm School

Location: greengate Garden Centres

Cost: is $46.

Purchase tickets on-line @ The Urban Farm School: HERE









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