City Farm School 2014!

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The Concordia Greenhouse has announced that they are now accepting applications for 2 full-season internships for the 2014 season.

Market Gardener Program

The Market Gardener Internship is designed to create urban farmers who are interested in taking their produce to market, while also working collectively to design and manage a typical scale community garden plot. Beginning in early March, students will embark on a full season of running a small scale urban garden market, from seedling to garden to market to preservation, ending in late October. Bringing the farm internship to the city!

Schoolyard Gardener Program

Schoolyard gardens are a growing innovation in alternative education spaces. As a space, gardens offer kids the chance to take ownership and feel proud of the way in which their school grounds look. Not only this, but we are seeing immense opportunities for offering regular curriculum classes in the garden, especially topics such as science, art, and health.

This program is ideal for someone who is interested in working with youth, but who is also motivated to plan and manage a garden for an entire season… no small task!

We are accepting applications on a rolling basis – so act fast – as space is limited!

And stay tuned for details about other upcoming events, workshops and mini-internships.
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City Farm School Launch 2014!

Thursday February 6th, 6 – 8pm Presentation
8 -10pm Farmer Mixer
Concordia University Downtown Campus
Hall Building 1455 De Maisonneuve W. 7th floor Room H-767

We are pleased to launch the City Farm School for 2014! This year’s event will be actually be a dual Launch event… First we will present all the new offerings that CFS will have for 2014 including a re-vamped School Yard Garden internship and our new mini-internships. After that… We are honored to announce that Jean-Martin Fortier of Les Jardins de la Grelinette will making the Montreal debut of his new book The Market Gardener: A Successful Grower’s Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming. This book is a must read for anyone interested in learning about low-tech, low-carbon, high-yield organic production.

Come out and hear Jean Martin discuss the idea of micro-scale farming as an alternative way of professionally entering agriculture. He will share the techniques, tools and technologies that he uses to operate his successful market garden. His presentations blend storytelling, know-how, and photographic images about how he designed and manages Les Jardins de la Grelinette.
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And… that’s not all. Join us afterwards at the Concordia Greenhouse for an Urban Farmer Mixer! Come out and connect with local farmers and urban agriculture organizations in the twilight of our rooftop greenhouse.
Free!

2-Day Workshop – Spin Farming & Microgreens with Curtis Stone

February 8th and 9th
Concordia University Downtown Campus, exact location TBA
Back again by popular demand! We are happy to be teaming up with Curtis Stone to bring you two days of workshops, showcasing some of the most innovative techniques in urban agriculture. The first day will cover the basics of spin farming. On day two we are offering something completely new – an intensive session on how to grow micro-greens!

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Day 1 – SPIN farming Basics (Saturday Feb. 8th 10am – 5pm)

Day 2 – Microgreens for small scale Production(Sunday Feb. 9 10am – 2pm)

Full details here.

Cost:
– General $75 for both days or $50 for just one
– CFS students past and present $65 for both days or $40 for just one

For location information and to register – just visit the City Farm School website.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djJFi1tRNMw

Check out this rad radio interview about CFS!:

(The interview starts at approx 8min and ends at approximately 24min.)

http://archives.ckut.ca/128/20140204.08.00-09.00.mp3

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2-Day Workshop – Spin Farming & Microgreens with Curtis Stone

2-Day Workshop – Spin Farming & Microgreens with Curtis Stone

February 8th and 9th
Concordia University Downtown Campus, exact location TBA
Back again by popular demand! We are happy to be teaming up with Curtis Stone to bring you two days of workshops, showcasing some of the most innovative techniques in urban agriculture. The first day will cover the basics of spin farming. On day two we are offering something completely new – an intensive session on how to grow micro-greens!

Day 1 – SPIN farming Basics (Saturday Feb. 8th 10am – 5pm)

Day 2 – Microgreens for small scale Production(Sunday Feb. 9 10am – 2pm)

Cost:
– General $75 for both days or $50 for just one /
– CFS students past and present $65 for both days or $40 for just one

For more information or to register check out our website

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Events This Week in the Greenhouse!

Art in the Atrium Workshops: Natural Painting Tool Kit

Tuesday, January 28th, 5pm – 7pmimages (1)

Atrium Lounge

Here is a spin on an old, beloved DIY workshop: learn how to make your own natural paints and dyes, and go a step further by building your own recovered material canvases and personalized wooden paintbrushes. A series of bits-and-bobbins materials will make for some really interesting tools (have you ever painted with wolf’s fur? or on old patterned sweaters?) and new media to explore. This workshop will save you big dough at the art store, and is a much more fun and sustainable way to paint.

DONATIONS ACCEPTED!

Qi Gong and Tai Ji class

Wednesday, January 29th,

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5:00 — 7:00

Atrium Lounge

Come to learn the ancient eastern art of calming down while at the same time rejuvenating our body and mind. Instruction will be given for various gestures, movements, breathing, and attentional focus that lend themselves to organizing the three brains: the reptilian, the mammalian, and the neo-cortex. Walk away from the practice refreshed and with some new tricks to take care of your body and mind and lower your overall stress level. Because space is limited please RSVP Tristan Stark: letsresume@gmail.com. Sliding scale fee: $5—20.

RISE Kombucha Information Session and Tasting

Thursday, January 30th, 5 to 7 pmimages

Atrium Lounge

No pre-registration and free of cost

RISE Kombucha is offering a free information session and tasting at the Greenhouse. Participants will learn about the different stages of development of Kombucha and how it’s made, as well as get to taste the different flavors of Kombucha that RISE has to offer.

This week in the Greenhouse!

Wood Burning 1551701_664890276883491_245528993_n

Tuesday, January 21st
Recent renovations have left us with piles and piles of lovely wooden blocks that need to be upcycled! Wood burning – the art of gently singeing designs, patterns, and shading into sanded wood – is a great way to create unique and sustainable pieces, all with the versatile utility of wood. Create your very own design and concept: address blocks, cutting boards, wall boards, wooden frames, etc. You can bring a picture to reproduce in wood, or your own *unstained, unvarnished* wood pieces to burn.

ANNUAL WINTER PLANT SALE!

Wednesday, January 22nd, 12- 7pm                                                                                                We hope you haven’t forgotten the magnificence of the plant kingdom in the middle of this cold and snowy winter. To make sure of that we’re having another houseplant sale Wednesday January 22nd from 12-7pm(or until supplies last). We have plants suited for sun or shade, large and small, and all eager for new home. Prices range from $1-20, and we will be providing discounts to undergraduate students. Don’t forget to bring your student ID!purple heart

Here is a list of some species we have to offer:

– aloes of all sizes (lots of them this time!)

– english ivy

– gollum jade

– heartleaf philodendron

– prickly pear cactus

– purple heart plant

– snake plant

– spider plant

– cuban oregano

– mother of thousands

– geranium

– papyrus

– mint

– silk pothos

If you have any questions please send them to concordiagreenhousecollective@gmail.com. To accommodate for the challenge of transportation due to the cold, purchased plants can be kept on reserve for more convenient pick-up until Friday, January 24th at the latest, and must be picked up during regular opening hours. **** Note: the earlier you come, the more selection you will have, some species (particularly the many more that are unlisted) are short in numbers. We hope to see you there!

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Thursday, January 23rd, 5pm-7pm
Create your own tiny terrarium necklaces, customized to your desire! Easy and fun to create. Drop by any time to make your own with all materials provided.
$5-$10 sliding scale.

 

DIY Fermentation, Medicinal Herb Zines and Homogrown Calendars!

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Thursday, January 16th, 5-7pm, in the Greenhouse!

Come to the Concordia Greenhouse and start fermenting! This workshop will give a brief overview of the history and practice of fermenting vegetables (e.g. sauerkraut) and give you the tools to go home and start fermenting your own veggies.
Rather than strictly following recipes, fermentation is an age-old art that involves working together with nature to preserve food, render it more digestible, and enhance flavour. Workshop facilitators will provide everything from jars to veggies, so you can kick-start your own project to take home with you!

20 ppl pre-register (concordiagreenhouseatrium@gmail.com)
Cost 5$ to 10$

PLUS! We will have Medicinal Herb zines available (created by a former City Farm School student!)

Did you know the 2014 HomoGrown (Queer farmer) Calendar is already SOLD OUT! Luckily the Greenhouse has copies to sell! Stop by on Tuesdays or Wednesdays (come today!) between 11am – 2pm to pick up your copy! Limited supplies $15-$25 PWYC!

And on Thursday, January 30th, 5pm-7pm, come back for a Kombucha lesson with RISE Kombucha!

RISE Kombucha is offering a free information session and tasting at the Greenhouse. Participants will learn about the different stages of development of Kombucha and how it’s made, as well as get to taste the different flavors of Kombucha that RISE has to offer!

No pre-registration and free of cost

Annual Winter House Plant Sale!

vegWe hope you haven’t forgotten the magnificence of the plant kingdom in the middle of this cold and snowy winter. To make sure of that we’re having another houseplant sale Wednesday January 22nd from 12-7pm(or until supplies last). We have plants suited for sun or shade, large and small, and all eager for new home. Prices range from $1-20, and we will be providing discounts to undergraduate students. Don’t forget to bring your student ID! Here is a list of some species we have to offer:

OUR PLANTS:

– aloes of all sizes (lots of them this time!)

– english ivy

– gollum jade

– heartleaf philodendron

– prickly pear cactus

– purple heart plant

– snake plant

– spider plant

– cuban oregano

– mother of thousands

– geranium

– papyrus

– mint

– silk pothos

If you have any questions please send them to concordiagreenhousecollective@gmail.com. To accommodate for the challenge of transportation due to the cold, purchased plants can be kept on reserve for more convenient pick-up until Friday, January 24th at the latest, and must be picked up during regular opening hours. **** Note: the earlier you come, the more selection you will have, some species (particularly the many more that are unlisted) are short in numbers. We hope to see you there!

January at the Greenhouse!

Hey folks!

We are officially back open for regular hours (Weekdays 11am – 5pm) starting today Monday, January 6th!

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Coming up this month…..

Afternoon tours of the Greenhouse

Thursday, January 9th, 3 to 6 pm
Come up to the Greenhouse to enjoy some warm tea, discover the Atrium and Tea Kitchen, and join a guided tour of the Greenhouse!
Teas will be brewing all afternoon, and the fifteen minute tours will given be at 4pm, 5pm and 6pm.

Hot Topics in Urban Agriculture: DIY Fermentation!

Thursday, January 16th, 5 to 7 pm
20 ppl pre-register (concordiagreenhouseatrium@gmail.com)
Cost 5$ to 10$
Come to the Concordia Greenhouse and start fermenting! This workshop will give a brief overview of the history and practise of fermenting vegetables (e.g. sauerkraut) and give you the tools to go home and start fermenting your own veggies.
Rather than strictly following recipes, fermentation is an age-old art that involves working together with nature to preserve food, render it more digestible, and enhance flavour. Workshop facilitators will provide everything from jars to veggies, so you can kick-start your own project to take home with you!

ANNUAL WINTER PLANT SALE!

Wednesday, January 22nd, 12- 7pm                                                                                                We hope you haven’t forgotten the magnificence of the plant kingdom in the middle of this cold and snowy winter. To make sure of that we’re having another houseplant sale Wednesday January 22nd from 12-7pm(or until supplies last). We have plants suited for sun or shade, large and small, and all eager for new home. Prices range from $1-20, and we will be providing discounts to undergraduate students. Don’t forget to bring your student ID!

Here is a list of some species we have to offer:

– aloes of all sizes (lots of them this time!)

– english ivy

– gollum jade

– heartleaf philodendron

– prickly pear cactus

– purple heart plant

– snake plant

– spider plant

– cuban oregano

– mother of thousands

– geranium

– papyrus

– mint

– silk pothos

If you have any questions please send them to concordiagreenhousecollective@gmail.com. To accommodate for the challenge of transportation due to the cold, purchased plants can be kept on reserve for more convenient pick-up until Friday, January 24th at the latest, and must be picked up during regular opening hours. **** Note: the earlier you come, the more selection you will have, some species (particularly the many more that are unlisted) are short in numbers. We hope to see you there!

DIY Kombucha

Thursday, January 30th, 5 to 7 pm
RISE Kombucha is offering a free information session and tasting at the Greenhouse. Participants will learn about the different stages of development of Kombucha and how it’s made, as well as get to taste the different flavors of Kombucha that RISE has to offer!        No pre-registration and free of cost

Volunteer with us!

Atrium Garden Volunteer Session

Sundays, 1pm – 3pm (no need to sign-up, just drop in!)

The tea atrium gardening sessions are both a great introduction to the basics of plant care, and a way to develop a keen eye for observation and response to the complex and fascinating secret lives of plants. Tasks include harvesting and processing herbs, refilling the herbal teas in the communal kitchen, pruning, pest control and fertilizing. Sessions might also include house plant propagation: pruning, rooting, potting, and re-potting an assortment of house plant species.

Our mission is to provide a welcoming, organic green space that fosters community by providing experiential learning opportunities within a year-round growing environment.