Get your hands dirty in Family Earth's beautiful veggie and wildflower gardens. Learn organic gardening skills, get expert advice on how to start or improve your own garden, and have fun as a family. Gardening workshops are guided by Michaela and Conor, Family Earth's in-house gardeners.
What You'll Bring Home
Understanding Of Food Systems
Appreciation For Natural Ecosystems
Experience Working Together As A Family
Organic Gardening Skills and Experience
Cost: Each workshop is $20 per person.
Ages: The family gardening workshops are designed for ages 5+. Younger children accompanying a sibling are welcome and free. Kids, bring your grownups along!
Time: Each session runs for 2 hours. Come early or stay afterwards to wander through 34 acres of forest, meadows and wetlands.
Where: Workshops take place at the beautiful Family Earth homestead at 14081 Groves Road, Ingleside, Ontario, K0C 1M0. 60 minutes south of Ottawa, 90 minutes west of Montreal, 20 minutes west of Cornwall.
Food: We have a locally sourced picnic offering coming soon! In the meantime feel free to pack a lunch if you'd like to picnic on the Family Earth acreage after your session.
Check out each topic for more information about what will be covered. Sign up for the gardening topic that interests you most, or all of them!
July 10 and 17 - Soil: Our Life Support System
When was the last time you thought about soil? And yet without it the land and air dwelling animals and insects of our earth, us included, wouldn’t exist. It is one of the most valuable, and the most at risk resources on our planet. In this playshop you will literally get your hands dirty. You will start by investigating the soil from your very own backyard (that’s right… come with dirt!) and you will understand the components of soil by making things from it. Then you’ll take a deep dive into the wonderful world of composting to learn about how the organic components of soil come to be and what you can do to care for our soils. Have questions about the soil in your own garden and how to improve it? These will be answered. This workshop is perfect for those who are new to gardening, as well as more experienced gardeners who want to improve their organic gardening game. Fun for kids, yet challenging for adults.
July 24 and 31 - Water Is Life
In this workshop water will take us on a journey and teach us how we as gardeners can protect it. Inspired by Grandma Mandamin, the Water Walker, we will begin with a hunt for water in the gardens and surrounding wilderness of Family Earth. We will uncover how settler farmers tried to make sure they had the right amount of water to grow food and the impact their efforts had on the local environment. Then we will investigate how we’ve struggled to make sure there’s enough water for Family Earth’s gardens and how we cope with water shortages. Finally, you’ll have a chance to take this learning and use it to take better care of water in and around your own garden. Curious about rain gardens? We've got you covered. To help with your water conservation efforts you will make an up-cycled watering can for use in your own garden.
August 7 and 14 - How Veggies Grow
More Details Coming Soon!
August 21 and 28 - Bugs In The Garden
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