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Although our garden does produce, it is more valuable as an educational resource and as a place to experience and share the joy of gardening than as a food supply.

If you’re hoping to grow some food this summer but don’t have land, here are a couple of options that may interest you:

There is a map of community gardens on the Halifax Garden Network website. Go to the site and then click on “Map” at the top of the screen..

Another option is to make an arrangement with someone to do gardening in their yard. A great place to start checking this out is Halifax Landshare. If you have a yard to share, this is a great way to let people know. The system is still in the process of taking root and sprouting, so there will be more yards and gardeners arriving on it soon!

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The Halifax Garden Network website contains a wealth of practical gardening advice, guides to community gardening organization and coordination,a map of community gardens and shared backyards in Halifax, a calendar of local gardening events, and a web forum.  You can add your profile, yard, and opinions over at halifaxgardennetwork.com.

NSPIRG (our root organization) will be holding its annual general meeting on Tuesday, November 4th, from 7-8:30 PM.  All are welcome to come enjoy free local food and learn about NSPIRG’s efforts to resolve local environmental and social justice issues.  Dalhousie students are expecially encouraged to attend, as NSPIRG is funded by Dalhousie Student Union fees.

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So, it is november, and while the garden collapses into winter, there is still a lot going on for the garden. Yes indeedie, some exciting news!

First, there is a garden listserv: gardenHalifax!
to subscribe: gardenhalifax-subscribe<at>lists.riseup.net
to unsubscribe:
gardenhalifax-unsubscribe<at>lists.riseup.net
It is there for collective gardeners, guerrilla gardeners, native plant lovers, and all land stewards in the area to share ideas and support each other. Join up if you wish.

Second, there are some fun projects happening around the garden this winter. We are working on expansion, program development, and networking. I don’t really have the time to get into it all right now, but now it is thriving and if you want to talk about it, let me know.

Also, if you are a writer looking for some things to write about, let me know. We can use you! There are a bunch of things we could use writers and editors for.

Oh yeah, and remember that you too can post blogs on here. Please do. Follow the ‘access’ tag and you can get it.

More soon….

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Ah, rain.

The EAT YER WEEDS! session with Savayda Jarone was postponed due to the delicious deluge.  We have re-scheduled for next Thursday, July 12,  same time –6:30pm, same place.  And I repeat, do come out;  this knowledge set is some of the most paradigm-shifting, re-connecting, and empowering wisdom attainable in two free hours.

Saturday July 7.  Our plumber friend has come through, mined the mines of his plumbing co-workers, and is going to purchase the goods to interconnect our rainbarrels.  Young plumbers gaining skills in low-tech, rain-harvesting strategies: it warms my heart.  And we are next.  Assuming it is not a total deluge, Saturday morning around 11am let’s interconnect our donated rainbarrels to gather these sweet rains.

And, on Saturday, lets build a big, phat, sheet-compost for our squash plants.  Second to knowing our medicinal weeds, this is one of the most useful, energy efficient, light-living skills we can know.

The following Saturday, July 14, perhaps we should do Intro to Permaculture.  I will have to bust my bootie to get this together, but it is the last of my free Saturdays, so let’s do it.

What is Permaculture?  Check out the good ol’ Wikipedia definition;  the collection of Permaculture videos on YouTube, put together by  Permaculture Activist; and this month’s New Internationalist is titled ‘Edible Earth:  In search of Permaculture’.

While I am not a certified teacher of Permaculture, I do have my design certificate through Linnaea Ecological Garden Program, which is an 8 month intensive taught by some of the first Permaculture teachers in north america.

The next free Saturday for me is August 11, and on that day, together with the EAC, we have organized a solar dehydrator building workshop.   A solar dehydrator is a box the size of a small fridge, on stilts, with drying racks, that collects solar warmth, creating a convection current to dehydrate fruits, seeds, greens, and herbs.  Dehydrating is the most energy effecient, and ancient, way of preserving food.  It is also the best of way of preserving food while retaining the nutritional integrity of the food.  Solar dehydrators are great for sun-dried tomatoes, dried fuits, tea herbs, and for safely saving seed.  The more dehydrators in the city, the better.

To build the dehydrators, here is a list of materials to scavenge:

  • Wood : 2X4 or 2X2 lumber (scrap is fine, but pieces at least six feet long), boards or plywood to cover the box
  • Glass: old windows or panes of glass
  • Steel: metal duct (to make a chimney), sheet metal for the sun absorber plate
    nails and screws
    hinges

At the workshop we will have a dehydrator to reburbish, giving us an idea of what we are aiming to build and lessons learned from experience.  I am going to collect the gear to make myself one, and you can gather the gear for yourself to make your own there using the tools, or just come by and watch.

In the meantime:

  • June 28, Herbalist Association of Nova Scotia, annual Herb fair on McNabbs Island.
  • August 4.  Evolve!  Weeds and wild walks out there, and dancing energy into mama.
  • August 10.  Intro to Permaculture at Red Fox Farm, for Heliotrust.

Still in the works:

  • Start a Nursery:  its your duty to biodiversity.  workshop
  • Micmac medicinal plants with Laurie Lacey
  • The sweet sacred, with Little Grandmother
  • fence beautification
  • gathering native plants to create a woodland garden

Oh yes, and do check the HUGG wiki (Halifax Urban Gardeners Group) for some other great opportunities to get involved with urban agriculture.  Of note, there is a brainstorming session on July 18 at the EAC, 7 pm, for the creation of a garden freecycle site and new community garden.

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