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Campus Crops is a student run urban gardening initiative at McGill University's downtown campus. We want to grow food on campus, by students, for students. We have been running garden behind the School of Environment building at 3534 University since 2007. In 2009 we started a terrace garden behind the James Administration building. We're really excited to keep improving these two spaces, and need lots of helping hands for the summer ahead! Get in touch and get gardening!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Small Scale Gardening Workshop with Santropol! This is exciting!

[via Santropol]

This is it! Jean-Martin Fortier, family farmer at Les Jardins de la Grelinette, renown organic agriculture expert, and author of Le jardinier-maraîcher will be giving a workshop on small scale organic gardening (this time, in English)!

Come to meet Quebec's pioneer in small scale bio-intensive farming!

During this 2-hour long training, the urban gardener will learn all the tricks and tips of a professional farmer while those who are willing to start their own small scale commercial farming operation will find enough inspiration to get started!

Jean-Martin Fortier has more than 10 years of experience as an organic vegetable grower. He is the founder and co-owner of Les Jardins de la Grelinette, a well-known farm in Québec for its intensive methods of production. Jean-Martin as recently published a book (in french) where he details how he and his wife manage more than 1 acre and half, while using no tractor. His book, le jardinier-maraîcher, explains the methods, tools, and horticultural techniques, which can turn a market garden into a viable small farm. More information on Jean-Martin Fortier and his book can be found at this website:www.lejardiniermaraicher.com.
For a video of Jean-Martin's farm, click here.

During this training, Jean-Martin will present the tools and techniques he uses to make diversified bio-intensive vegetable production possible and productive! In more details, he’ll show us how to:
  • Set-up a garden using permaculture design;
  • Cultivate on permanent raised beds using a no-till approach;
  • Improve weeding using the best manual tools available;
  • Efficiently fight against plant diseases and garden pests;
  • Extend the gardening season by protecting your plants from cold temperatures using passive structures;
  • Use alternative machinerie (vs tractor) to work the soil.
When: Wednesday, November 28th, 6:30-8:30pm.
Where:  Santropol Roulant, 111 Roy East (corner Coloniale).
Cost: 15$ per person. To purchase your tickets, click here.

You can check out the Facebook event or website page here.

For more info, please contact Noémie at 514-284-9335 or by email.

**This training is also a fundraising event for Santropol Roulant’s urban agriculture activities. Thanks for your support!**

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