Duration: 3-hours per session
Introduction: A carefully considered garden plan is the foundation of a happy garden. Factors to consider include location, size of the garden, planting methods, and what you are inspired to grow, eat, and enjoy. This two-part workshop explores the fundamentals of how to plan and plant a thriving vegetable garden. Special Guest Jocelyn Molyneux (she/her) of Wastenot Farms reveals the basics of soil science and regenerative growing practices during her hour-long segment in Part 1. By the end of the two-part series, participants will be able to create a garden plan specific to their own site with greater independence, confidence, and joy.
Vegetable Garden Part 1: We dive in with garden planning essentials and discover why soil is so much more than just dirt. Jocelyn demystifies the complexities of soil science by introducing participants to The Soil Food Web to gain a basic understanding of this fascinating, interconnected underground community. BUFCO CEO and Garden Designer Arlene (she/her) then explores how to assess a garden site before expanding on hardiness zones, planting schedules and frost dates. The session culminates with a hands-on exercise where we develop crop lists based on what we’ve learned so far. Now you’re ready for Garden Planning Part 2.
All participants will be required to adhere to our Covid protocols as they exist at the time of your workshop.
Arlene Hazzan Green (she/her) is an Organic Master Gardener, an Accredited Organic Land Care Practitioner with SOUL (Society for Organic Urban Landcare), and has a Diploma in Organic Land Care from Gaia College. She is an avid gardener and life-long learner who is a garden designer and BUFCO CEO and Co-Owner.
Jocelyn Molyneux (she/her), founder of Wastenot Farms Inc, developed Jocelyn’s Soil Booster as a way to give growers the tools needed to build healthy soil. She holds a Master’s degree in Applied Environmental Science and Management, as well as undergraduate degrees in Neuroscience and in Business Administration. Jocelyn has more than a decade of experience in waste management, sustainability, and regenerative growing and is truly passionate about helping fellow Canadians find and implement solutions to the planet’s most pressing environmental issues.