Wednesday markets starting, workshops, meet our new farm interns, call for vendors, and Day of the Honeybee!
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Loutet Wednesday Farm Gate Sales Start May 13th!
Wednesday, May 13th, 10am-12pm | Loutet Farm, 14th St x Rufus Ave

Saturday Farm Gate Sales have been a sold-out success so far this spring - thank you for your support and patience as we work to increase our growing area and the amount of harvest we can offer! Just last week, we started harvesting radishes and arugula from the Sutherland Schoolyard Market Garden, which will continue this week. Wednesday, May 13th from 4-6pm will be our first mid-week sales of the season, and we'll continue every Wednesday after that through October!  Don't miss out on another chance to get fresh local spring veggies. If you haven't already, sign-up for our weekly Fresh Sheet email to learn what's fresh each week. See you at the Farm!

Great Workshops Coming Up!
Want to grow the perfect tomatoes, learn how to preserve your upcoming harvest, or thriftily repurpose things int he garden? We've still got space available in some excellent upcoming GardenSmart Workshops - register today to ensure you don't miss out!

The Well-Rounded Tomato - Sunday, May 10th with Mike Nassichuk - $8.25



Garden Upcycling: Make a Burlap Hanging Planter - Thursday, May 21st with Denise Corcoran - $8.25


Preserve Your Harvest: Water Bath Canning 101 - Wednesday, May 27th with Karen Dar Woon - $8.25

 

Calling all Vendors - Loutet Community Markets 2015 Pilot 

Do you or someone you know grow fresh local produce, or have a local food business that needs another opportunity to reach your customer base?

We are happy to be offering an expanded community market for select dates this summer. This exciting pilot project will introduce the community to other locally produced farm products, as well as showcase local artisans. We are proud to say that all vendor fees will be donated to the Edible Garden Project and Loutet Farm!

The market at Loutet Farm currently sees upwards of 250  visitors each special market day. 

For the 2015 Community Market Pilot Project we are seeking vendors who offer:
  • Free range eggs
  • Organic Citrus and Fruits
  • Organic produce
  • Mushrooms
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Baked goods 
  • Unique Artisans
Interest from food trucks and buskers is also welcome

**Stall fee is $25.00/10’x10’ stall, each market**

Contact Christina, our Loutet Community Markets Manager for your Vendor Interest Package, 
loutetcommunitymarket@gmail.com

Meet our Interns
We've got a great new crop of Farm interns this year, helping us grow amazing veggies and learning all about organic market farming.  Read on to learn more!

Amanda
Amanda sought out the EGP hoping to become more involved in her community after returning from England. She began volunteering with Jason in our school programs. When I saw how excited the children were about growing vegetables and the science (along with Jason's abundance of enthusiasm) I knew I had to jump on the band wagon and nourish that passion, by gaining as much knowledge as I could in order to spread the word.  

Eric
Eric was born on a farm and grew up in small town Ontario. After earning a degree in Math from University of Waterloo, he landed a job in video games and has been in the industry ever since.  Though he has no official farming experience, he has ‘osmosed’ a lot from his Mother and Grandmother - both  who are avid gardeners.  I’m super excited to be given the opportunity to learn from Gavin & Holly as an Intern Farmer for the EGP.  Not many things are more fun than playing in the dirt! 

Cait

Cait discovered Loutet Farm while walking her dog on her first day on the North Shore, and immediately knew she wanted to be involved. Her background in event production opened her eyes to the realities of food security, and she became fascinated by farming.  Our food systems are so important and I have tremendous respect for all the farmers out there that are dedicated to making them safe and healthy.  Cait's favourite veggie is the beet - like a treasure you get to dig up!

Alicia
Alicia's personal journey of weight loss led to having a greater respect for what we nourish our bodies with and where it comes from. On a walk one day, she stumbled upon the farm. When the internship opportunity arose, she felt it would be a great way to fuel her passion for health and learn a wealth of information on sustainable farming and community outreach. When not at the farm, you can find her in her garden tending to vegetable babies, whipping up a baked delight, enjoying a good book or spending time with family and friends. Her favourite vegetables are beets, swiss chard, zucchini and goth broc (purple sprouting broccoli).

Patti

Patti is interested in guiding people to eat whole foods, cook and shop for themselves and as a family while supporting the local economy and global environment. In theory, she understands where food comes from but before becoming an intern, had never experienced cultivating food.  This experience with EGP is the missing piece to my message of getting good food to good people. 

 
Day of the Honeybee
Saturday, May 30th, 10am-12pm | Loutet Farm, 14th St x Rufus Ave
Join us at our annual celebration of the hard-working honeybee! Backyard Beekeeping workshop (free, registration required), North Shore Bee Club displays and other info on our favourite pollinators. Farm gate sales will take place as usual.  See you there!
Each month, we bring you growing tips courtesy of LIfeSpace Project's Garden Guide.  Check it out for great growing tips, info, and planting calendar.  We also sneak in some tips from our very own EGP garden calendar!

May is all about planting! Get those veggies growing....

What to do - The May Long Weekend is the traditional date for sowing or transplanting outside.  Plant out your basil and summer squash seedlings, and when the days are consistently warm later in the month, transplant tomatoes, eggplant, cucumber, zucchini, and peppers in a warm sunny spot. If you didn't start your own seedlings in time, buy transplants from a reputable nursery to get a good start to the growing season. Direct sow salad greens, beans, carrots, kale, green onions, peas, radishes and spinach. 
In late May, start winter veggies like sprouting broccoli, brussels sprouts and kale, for planting-out later in the season.
 

Help our community grow! Make a donation to the Edible Garden Project to support our food security programs across the North Shore.

*New* Skillshare Workbees
 
We've got a new opportunity for people who want to learn about gardening through informal workshops and knowledge sharing! After a mini-workshop on garden topics ranging from growing intensively in small spaces, to compost, to planting a food forest, we will continue the conversation as we garden together in support of the sharing gardens. The sharing gardens are designed, maintained and harvested by volunteers in order to make delicious fresh food accessible to everyone!

We will meet twice a month on Wednesday evenings, 5:30-7pm, at our different sharing garden locations. 
 
Skillshare Workbee Dates:
Wed May 20Wed June 3June 17July 8July 22

If you are interested in joining the team, please contact 
Leslie
!
 

  The EGP School Garden program is looking for volunteers to help teach students how to grow food. We teach over 500 students in six schools around the North Shore and need your help!
Contact Jillian Wheatley if interested. 
jillian@
ediblegardenproject.ca

See you in the gardens!

Upcoming GardenSmart workshops are listed below. Check the website  to see the full offerings for this spring!

Community Events:
Planting Seeds: A Weekend of Stories and Gardens

June 13th and 14th | 9 am to 3 pm
Fresh Air Learning is delighted to welcome you to a weekend of storytelling, gardening, and ecological design for your indoor or outdoor classroom. Join us and plant the seeds for future nature-based programs at your school or child care. To register, visit our Eventbrite page.

Chafer Beetle Workshop Sunday, May10th, 2015 | 2-4pm
Crows feeding on your lawn? Piles of loose sod left in the morning after raccoons and skunks feeding at night? You may have chafer beetles under the turf. Come join us for a walking workshop tour with landscape designer Heather Schamehorn, and learn about how you can stop worrying about what to do with your lawn each year, and avoid the yearly expense of lawn repair.  We will explore alternatives to traditional lawns as well as biological controls for chafer beetles.
This will be held outside, dress for the weather. 
Register at 
perennialpleasures.ca













 

   - Emily, Gavin, Jason, Leslie, Jillian, Holly and Kristi

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