Sub-Tropical Fruit in Canada!
Pushing the Limits with Energy Efficient and Sustainable Greenhouse Design
We begin Friday evening with a ‘meet and greet’ and a slide show presentation which will provide an example of a farm design process.
Saturday and Sunday we will touch on the following items using examples from ‘The Garden’ :
Growing sub-tropicals in Canada
Greenhouse environment, venting and heating systems
Healthy soils, hydroponics and digeponics
Integrated Pest Management
Rainwater catchment and filtration
Nutrient cycling (recovering nutrient from organic waste) with compost, anaerobic digestion (AD) and vermiculture.
We will build a small scale hydroponic system and process digestate from the anaerobic digester to create a nutrient solution. By Sunday afternoon the system will be growing plants!
Time will be scheduled for designing food production systems for your own location. You will look realistically at:
the strengths and weaknesses of your proposed site,
the amount of time you are able to devote to implementation and maintenance,
identifying what and how much you want to produce!
At the end of the week-end participants will leave with a deeper understanding of what it takes to create a healthy, sustainable and manageable farm/garden.
A light lunch will be provided both Saturday and Sunday . A delectable dinner will be served Saturday night using produce from The Garden and other Salt Spring farms.
Please inform us if you have any food allergies.
Workshop cost is $395 including meals.
A non-refundable though transferable deposit of $100 is required for registration.
The workshop is capped at 10 participants.