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Workshops at the Yard

Summer Workshop Series 2024

Dig in with us for in depth, hands-on learning that will help budding vegetable gardeners build knowledge, confidence, and success in their own vegetable gardens. All workshops take place in person on Saturday mornings at our yard in South Etobicoke.

NEW! Participants enjoy a 20% discount on all BUFCO products (custom raised beds and Specialty Beds excluded) during workshops.

What’s On

Register for one of our upcoming workshops:


Tomato Pruning 101

10 North Queen St., Etobicoke
Saturday, July 20, 2024, 10am-12pm

Arlene demystifies the tomato pruning process in this hands on workshop that set participants up for success! We take a deep dive into tomato anatomy, provide opportunity for hands on pruning, staking and feeding practice, and learn important harvest tips and tricks. Each participant will leave with a properly pruned, staked and fed tomato plant that can be planted out or potted up at home. Bring your pruners and garden gloves. Everything else is supplied!

Register: $39 per seat + $35 materials

Summer Maintenance Best Practices

10 North Queen St., Etobicoke
Saturday, July 27, 2024, 10am-12pm

Participants will hone their powers of observation as they tour the BUFCO Yard gardens and assess what summer maintenance is required. We’ll explore everything from pest and disease identification and treatment to proper watering, weeding, mulching, and feeding techniques. Succession planting, sowing and planting techniques will be discussed, as will the use of accessories to increase yields and reduce pest pressure. Be prepared to get your hands dirty so bring your garden gloves!

Register: $39 per seat

Kitchen Gardens for Balcony Growers

10 North Queen St., Etobicoke
Saturday, August 10, 2024, 10am-12pm

How is growing in containers different? Can I achieve a high yield on my balcony?

Learn how to create an abundance of beauty and food in small spaces. Learn about creative solutions to growing in a variety of formats, including vertical gardening, container gardening, microgreens, and more. Understand how to set up, maintain, fertilize, and winterize your gardens, and how to manage pests in small spaces. Yes you can have your balcony and your gardens too!

Register: $39 per seat

Build A Raised Garden Bed From Scratch!

10 North Queen St., Etobicoke
Saturday, August 17, 2024, 10am-1pm

For the weekend warrior, the budding DIYer, and the gardener in all of us, this workshop focuses on how to build and install raised garden beds from scratch, using our Eastern White Cedar lumber. Predominantly a hands-on session, we will learn about measuring, cutting, assembling, and installing raised beds. No experience with woodworking and woodworking tools? No problem! We’ll show you how, starting with stringent safety procedures. By the end of this class, participants will have completed a full build and installation of at least one raised garden bed!

Register: $39 per seat + $25 materials

Succession Planting for Winter Harvest,
Cover Cropping

10 North Queen St., Etobicoke
Saturday, August 24, 2024, 10am-12pm

Keep those harvests coming with a plan that extends your season and keeps you eating from your garden well into winter. Learn about succession planting, what and when to plant and how to use cold frames and hoop tunnels to protect your new, late-season crops from the elements. You’ll also learn how to feed and protect your soil over the winter by using cover crops.

Register: $39 per seat

LIMITED TIME OFFER: 20% OFF DIY RAISED BED KITS

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