Workshops

Upcoming Workshop:

March 11 to 13, 2022 

Due to concerns regarding Covid-19 and the ensuing regulations, The Garden has not scheduled workshops at the farm during 2020 and 2021. We are hoping to start up again in 2022.

Workshops at The Garden offer participants a unique opportunity to learn about a wide range of techniques used in sustainable and regenerative food production.  Jane Squier shares key knowledge acquired as a grower for over 40 years; in Alberta's foothills (Zone 3B), tropical Papua New Guinea, and the coastal Mediterranean climate of British Columbia.  The Garden integrates different technologies to create low-input, energy efficient and regenerative growing environments.  The participants will learn practical and cost effective approaches to apply in their own projects through a series of presentations and hands-on activities.

Have a look at the workshop descriptions below and I hope you will consider attending!

Workshop Description...

Grow Avocados and Oranges in Canada? Why Not!

Pushing the Limits with Greenhouse Design Considerations & Much More

March 11 to 13, 2022

Learn what it takes to create a healthy and manageable growing environment, whether small or large, heated or unheated!

Friday evening starts with a 'meet and greet', and is followed by a presentation about the challenges and creative solutions engaged in transitioning The Garden's greenhouse from commercial hydroponics to an energy efficient and productive sub-tropical orchard.

Saturday and Sunday we explore the following topics:​

  • Greenhouses! Key considerations for creating a plant friendly environment

  • Cost effective and reliable options for venting, heating, glazes...

  • Sub-tropical fruit production in Canada

  • How to regenerate soil health and biology, healthy soils grow healthy plants!

  • Nutrient cycling with anaerobic digestion, Johnson-Su bioreactors, vermicomposting...

  • On-farm analysis, simple methods to assess soil and plant health

  • Rainwater catchment and filtration

  • hands-on activities

Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of what it takes to create a healthy and manageable growing environment with a useful list of resources to continue to develop knowledge, skills and appropriate plans. An online forum with resource links is available to participants after the workshop to share ideas and projects.

Workshop cost:  $500

Lunch is provided both Saturday and Sunday. 

Dinner is provided Saturday evening.

and for a future date: 

The Ins and Outs of Anaerobic Digestion

with Engineer and Designer Kealan Gell

Kealan Gell, Off-Grid Gas & Fertilizers Ltd. will share his knowledge on how to operate and maintain a small or pilot anaerobic digestion and biogas system.

This includes several case studies of pilots as well as ongoing operational digesters with feedstock including: 

  1. food scraps and greenhouse waste

  2. residential septic sludge and glycerin

  3. green waste

  4. dairy manure and fats, oils and grease

 

Participants will also be able to work through their own scenario, and what would be required for either a small digester installation or a pilot digester trial. Exact size, length of trial, and purpose will be up to you.

 

We will provide guidance on available technology, and what to take into consideration for your pilot or small scale digester operation including maintenance and trials.


An introduction will be provided to anaerobic digestate based fertilizers and soil amendments as well as general background on hydroponic growing, by Jane Squier, The Garden, who has spent many years managing technology for successful commercial hydroponic greenhouses.


We will discuss biogas use, as well as fertilizer preparation on-site, including low tech digestate
solids separation and liquids pasteurization. A trial will be underway testing the use of several specific digeponics (digestate-hydroponic) preparations, alongside conventional hydroponic fertilizer.

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