Saturday, May 14, 2016

Landman


Left: Colette Whiting Right: Rebecaa Landma Photo by Cathy Brown

Our March speaker was Rebecca Landman from Landman Gardens and Bakery.  
Rebecca has a varied education ranging from culinary management at Canadore College and sustainable agriculture at Fleming College.  She and her family provide GMO-free, anti biotic free and hormone-free meats and  farm fresh eggs as well as delicious baking and fresh produce along with delicious jams, salsas and pickles.

In their gorgeous dry stone house on the property they offer 5 course gourmet "Blackhouse" dinners made with products from their farm.  If you are looking for a special experience book one of their themed dinners!

Landman farms are located at 322345 conc 6-7.  just off county road 25 between highway 89 and grand valley.  You can also visit them on Thursdays at the Shelburne Farmers market and on Saturdays at the Orangeville market 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Welcome Back!!

The first meeting of 2016 is March 15th held at the Shelburne Agriculture Bldg, 377 William St. (Beside the fire hall) at 7:30pm.

Our speaker will be Rebecca Landman of Grand Valley speaking about "Community Shared Agriculture".  Rebecca is a third generation farmer, and grows 1.5 acres of vegetables.  She also has a commercial kitchen where she processes vegetables into pickles and jams.  Rebecca graduated culinary management at Canadore College and Sustainable Agriculture at Fleming College.

Our yearly membership fee is a bargin at $12 - and includes 7 speakers, a demo and discounts at some of our local green houses.  Our topics this year are Creating Jungle effects - What's New in Gardening - Water Conservation and Buffer planting - Clematis - Living Underground - Plants interacting with Beneficial Fungi - Three Season Colour

We meet the 3rd Tuesday of the months of March, April, May September, October, and November in the Agriculture Bldg and June and Aug at the Royal Canadian Legion 203 William St for our flower shows.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Shelburne Horticultural Society is on YouTube!


May 23rd is the date for this years annual plant sale. Details Here

Add some great perennials to your gardens from our members gardens.

Hear our president Wayne Hannon talk about the sale here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWrFG8Ljwn4

Where do your seeds come from?

I think most people are aware of the issue of our declining bee population – but have you considered our seed situation?
When you purchase a packet of seeds have you considered where they come from?



Aabir Dey of the Bauta Family Initiative with Everdale Farms shared with us at our last meeting how much of a concern this is becoming.  Virtually all vegetable seed planted in Canada has been imported and because of this we are losing plants and seeds that are adapted to our area.  The other big concern is that many heirloom  varieties are becoming extinct because the seed companies are only focusing on the  popular varieties.

The Bauta Family Initiative http://www.seedsecurity.ca/en/ is providing resources and bringing existing farmers and projects together across Canada to increase the production of regionally adapted seed suitable for organic growing.   They are working on building regional seed security in Canada.

Seed security = Food Security.  Without seed we cannot grow our own food.

They are focusing on four main areas – Training and Networking, Applied Research, Public Access to seed and a Seed Facilitation fund.
Check their website for some training videos. http://www.seedsecurity.ca/en/194-2014-5-webinar-series

Although you can request more varieties from seed banks such as much of the public is unaware that they can do this.  They are working to make it easier for the general public to have access to them.

Have you ever considered saving your own seeds?   The advantage of saving your seeds is that each year the plant adapts to your area and the seeds pass this information along in their plant line.

Hawthorn Seeds http://www.hawthornfarm.ca/index.php  has become part of a seed co-op (Seeds of Transition) where multiple organic market farms each commit to growing a different variety for seed.  Hawthorn then comes in and harvests the seed and makes it available to the public.  This allows the market farms to continue to do what they do best – grow produce – yet it also increases the seed available.

What can you do to support local grown seeds?

1) Attend a Seedy Saturday many of them are hosted in the spring
Check out http://seeds.ca/ for more seedy events, seed banks and Canadian Seed companies.

2)Purchase from farms that grow seed local to you.

Aabir mentioned these ones in his presentation
Hawthorn Farm Organic Seeds - http://www.hawthornfarm.ca/
Urban Harvest - http://uharvest.ca/shop/
Cottage Gardener - http://www.cottagegardener.com/
Here are some others that I found as well - https://www.pinterest.com/annaleak/gardening-seeds/
Check your area for seed libraries.  There are some seeds at the Dufferin Museum.

3)  And last but not least learn how to save your own seed!!
Hear Aabir Dey on Youtube here:

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Meeting Tonight

Join us tonight at our meeting the topic is "Gardening From a Hammock" by Dan Cooper.

To find out dates and locations of all the meeting please Click Here


Sunday, March 9, 2014

2014

Well - I think we all wondering if spring is actually going to come this year.

Our first meeting for 2014 will be Tuesday, March 18th.
7:30 p.m. Agricultural Community Centre
Speaker: Bev Stableforth-May
Topic: Herbs, All Things Herbal

Thursday, September 5, 2013

PLANT SALE!!


Fall Plant Sale
Date: Sept 7th
Time: 9am
Location: The parking lot of Dufferin Mutual Insurance, 712 Main St. East

There will be a selection of hardy perennials that are acclimatized to the Shelburne area.
Typical plants that you might find are: Hostas, Heuchera, Iris, Phlox, Day Lilies and ground cover.

Do you have some gardening questions?  Not sure where to start?
Come out and meet some of our members and get your questions answered.