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Roman, weeding half the farm in a morning… You have to wake up early to beat Dyle there.

Hi everbody new and experienced! Welcome to the 2012 Growers GuildWe’ve got a ton of cool stuff to announce so I’ve put together a list:

1. Greenhouse

Winter was really productive for the EOGG Chained Basement Trolls Grant Writers. We had some great help from Roger Graves Writing Class WRS 302 that provided us some solid documents to get us rolling. Thanks to Vicky for running over the submissions with an hatchet eye for detail. We secured the CIP $5000 dollar grant that put us over the top to purchase our new production greenhouse

2. Curriculum Integration. 

In conjunction with Community Service Learning (CSL), and with shout outs to Geordie, @Unclehat12 and @meganSLrogers for down to the wire last minute follow through, we are currently funding a position to research Urban and Community Agriculture in the context of Canadian Universities.

Our hope is to present Dean Kennelly of ALES with a coherent package sometime in the late fall that lays out the specific areas where we see The Growers programming integrating with the curriculum of ALES. We’ve connected with two interested Professors on this so we should have some news as our research progresses!

3. Community Orchard.

We are finalizing the purchase of 30 prairie hardy fruit trees / shrubs from Little Tree Nursery in consultation with Dr. Ken Fry at Olds College and are leveraging the skill set of one of our newest volunteers Ben Pike. He has worked on and designed community orchards and is super stoked very keen to have this new project be a success. 

4. Childrens Garden.

Our friends at APIRG  have once again supported the Vision of EOGG and stepped up to fund the construction of a Childrens area at EOGG. Thanks to Elvira and Suzana for keeping this idea afloat! We are planning on building raised beds, a Scarlet Runner tunnel, and a native grassed area for the kids to hang out, garden and relax after we make them pick rocks for hours.

5. Our first field day will be Saturday, May 5 @ 10am.

 We will try to meet and get a few of our crops in the ground. This will be a good day to get a feel for the Farm. We wont worry too much about production but as always there will be a ton of stuff to do! 

Remember, this is our forum for chatting, so if you want to engage with the folks @growersguild this is the place to do it. You can always just reply to an email you receive and Posterous (the web host) will do the rest. You can also hit us up via email or on Facebook and Twitter, but you’re destined to get a little more isolated response.

Welcome to the Guild,

Travis Kennedy (Prezi)

 

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9 Responses to Huge Greenhouse? Childrens garden? Community Orchard? Permaculture area? No Fee @growersguild this Spring. #yeggargen #yegfood #jointheguild

  1. Ken H says:

    It will be great to get back outside at the garden and to see everyone. Are we looking for more members I have a few people interested. Were we going to get an extra area to plant on this year? Lots to talk about come Cinqo de Mayo 🙂

  2. eogg says:

    Yes and Yes! We do have more land this year and we always need more volunteers! Member referrals have always been our best bet! Bring them out and show them around!

  3. marilyn.kontz says:

    I am so excited for this year! I'll be out of town on the 5th, but will be anxious to get in there once I'm back. Yay!

  4. marilyn.kontz says:

    Also, is anyone going to the Slow Food Edmonton event next Thursday? I can't make it, but it sounds like an interesting event. I have the Facebook event if anyone wants more information, send me a note & I'll forward it to you.  Marilyn

  5. boogiemonster says:

    I am very excited to hear that children are welcome at the garden. We are new but would like to come out this summer and get involved. Looking forward to it!~Monica

  6. ann_hazlett says:

    looking forward to seeing everyone May 5th, even though it will be a busy day.  hope to be able to get a copy of the Beet Relish we made last summer. it was really good and received rave reviews! I have had requests for more of it!Ann

  7. tulip2 says:

    Am interested in more info. re the Slow Food Edmonton event, Marilyn….Looking forward to the Greenhouse and Orchard!

  8. taramccallen says:

    Very excited about this year. I will be able to make it out more then last year. Where will the greenhouse go? How is the research going to work? Will someone from the university be tracking the results or will it be up EOGG? Excellent idea for children’s garden, no better way to get them interested in the environment and the food they eat!

  9. eogg says:

    You were a great addition to the team last year, even if you couldn’t be there all the time! We need to have a meeting with Barry Irving (Farm Manager) to discuss the location of the Greenhouse. Hopefully we can figure that out this week!Community Service Learning (CSL) is an University of Alberta program with structured grants that helps community groups to build for credit community experience that matches university curriculum. We will be working with the Faculty of Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences and CSL to fit our group with something along the lines of Crop Planning or Soil Science or maybe Environmental Ethics. If you want to help on this, Geordie is your contact.

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