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Are you wanting to start a garden / grow food at home or work and need some help? Wondering what's in your garden and whether to keep, eat or get rid of it? Wanting to sort out to how to manage a garden you've inherited or rectify a sorry looking yard? Curious about permaculture? Our coaching services include site visits, gardening alongside you to meet your goals, research and recommendations towards having a garden that enhances your quality of life. We work with individuals and groups. Contact us for more info.
ACTIVITIES for children, youth and families
We offer activities at schools, farmer's markets, festivals and events. Activities are usually about gardening, healthy food, or what we find in gardens and nature. We specialize in fairy gardens, seed balls, blending gardening with story telling, growing and making food, and getting into the mysteries of soil with kids. We have special programs for babies, toddlers and parents that focus on giving young ones great early development opportunities in safe and engaging garden settings. We design activities to meet special needs. See the schedule for what's coming up. Contact us if you'd like us at your event.
Workshops, courses and discussion groups for new gardeners, advanced gardeners / farmers and educators.
We offer education on many topics, including:
Permaculture Design Organic Gardening Soils and the Soil Food Web Deep Gardening for Social Change Worm Composting / Composting Garden Planning and Design Garden Programming and Leadership Teacher Training (also training for other professionals wishing to garden with groups) Herb Identification, Harvesting and Processing Harvesting and Preserving Food Health Promotion Garden Tours
EVENT PLANNING and SUPPORT
We help deliver indoor and outdoor events (or enhance yours) with community or professional talent, local/organic food, garden and sustainable living education, minimal waste and lots of laughter. Garden Jane's network of event-makers includes gardeners, educators, community cooks and chefs, artists, musicians, dancers, clowns, puppeteers and alternative health practitioners. One of our favourite projects is Cirque Dirt a down-to-earth circus event that brings people together to enjoy music, performance, healthy food, earth lessons and circus spirit. Contact us if you'd like us at your event.
*** PROGRAMS for groups
Looking for something engaging to do with your group? Need help developing your program or a piece of land? We design programs and help run them if you like. Available this season:
Bean Keepers - for schools and community groups (free, all ages)
Starting a Garden Program (for agencies, daycares, schools and other organizations)
We help you to: determine your goals; design a program that engages people; plan ahead for critcal maintenance in the first year and future years; design and implement an organic garden; access high quality plant material, soil amendments and tools. Includes garden workshops, hands-on demonstrations of great activities, and site advice that is tailored to your needs. Also includes resources, some plant material, supplier and program contacts, and advice through the growing season. Activities are curriculum linked for schools. For more info, contact us.
Intermediate and Advanced Garden Program (for agencies, daycares, schools and other organizations)
We help enhance established gardens and garden programs through specialized staff training, community workshops, kids activities. We offer help with plants, composting, pruning, mulching, structures, art enhancements and community events. We aim to support groups to have a 5-10 year plan for their project so they are more viable, sustainable and productive.