We hope you are finding some joy in a garden or two this fall and that you are enjoying some healthy local fall eating. So many of us are thinking about how to have more healthy food on the table and in our communities these days. Whether you are into learning some basic skills, or whether this is your life work, we're glad you are here.
We are excited to share six new permaculture videos, co-created with Windpath Media and students from the 2013 Permaculture Design Course. We'll be announcing our 2015 course dates soon:
We are all about helping people of all ages connect with healthy food and gardening. Check out our schedule of workshops, courses and project happenings here. Up soon we have an exciting Gardening and Permaculture Design for Wellness session on Wed Apr 16th. In the next few weeks we're looking for volunteers, urban farmers and community-oriented growers to help us shape The Backyard Farm and Market at Erin Mills. Up next in that project are the Backyard Market meeting on Tues Apr 22nd at 7 pm and The Backyard Farm & Market Strategy meeting Sat Apr 10th.
We continue to have seed ball kits for sale for those looking for a fun activity to do with a class, at a kid's party or for your own fun. Seed balls can be made over the fall with winter rye or clover and spread immediately, or they can be dried and saved until spring.
People are critical players in the social and garden ecosystems we strive to nurture. A big thank you goes out to the 7000 people who came out to workshops and events in 2013 (and 30,000 since 2007!). Thank you to the many caring people who spread the word and pitch in to put on the workshops, events and activities.
Storiesare an important part of how we share what we know. Here are some recent media and publications:
Alive (April 2013) did a piece on Permaculture: Revolution disguised as organic gardening, with comments from Jane.
Check out the Toronto star article from Oct 21 2011. There's also a That Channel web tv interview, recorded May 13th 2011. Info. Seeded and Soiled features a piece that explains a little more on why soils are so integral to our education programs. There's also a new bit of the 500 year plan.
"A 500 year plan" (a small excerpt!) was published inHope Beneath Our Feet: Restoring Our Place in the Natural World in September, 2010. The book is an anthology about how we can live right now in a time of environmental crisis. Also contributing to the book are Paul Hawken, Alice Walker, Diane Ackerman, Barry Lopez with an afterward by Wendell Berry. Order the book here. Earlier in 2010, About Local Food: Four Conversations with Toronto Food Activists by Laurel Waterman was published as well. It features an interview with Jane. About the book.
Hope to see you in a garden, kitchen or at a your home sometime soon!
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