The Grow More Waste Less series offered at the Upper Valley Food Co-op is a collection of gardening workshops geared towards those looking to learn more about soil health, individuals looking for support when managing their own gardens, and a means to connect the Upper Valley Community through the love of locally grown food.
• Starting Up A Garden
, Thursday, February 8th, 6pm
• Composting: Managing Food Waste on a Home Scale
, Thursday, March 8th, 6pm
• Soil Health/Climate Health: Food, Soil, Water, Climate, Hope, Thursday, April 12th, 6pm
• Attracting Beneficial Insects: Promoting Diversity Above and Below the Ground, Thursday, May 10th, 6pm
What to expect when coming to the workshops:
Starting Up A Garden, Thursday, February 8th, 6pm
Learn the basics of what to plan for when starting your garden. Class is suitable for beginning, and intermediate gardeners. Topics include: Design logic, planning for succession crops, preparing soil, no-till techniques, crop rotation, frost and sun protection, hardening plants, seeding tips, timing and temperature, thinning, irrigation and using mulch. This is an interactive workshop with plenty of time to ask questions and share experiences. No question is a bad one; bring yours!
Composting: Managing Food Waste on a Home Scale, Thursday, March 8th, 6pm
Reduce your trash size and smell, feed the soil, save money and the planet! Learn about the spectrum of possible and practical ways to manage trash including composting in the backyard. We’ll cover the basics of recycling, vermiculture, hugelkulture, and get into detail about compost ingredients and recipes, bin types and management systems. Cat’s enthusiastic and simple approach to composting will surely activate your interest and demystify the process. Engaging powerpoint with Q&A.
Soil Health/Climate Health: Food, Soil, Water, Climate, Hope, Thursday, April 12th, 6pm
This presentation covers the impact of agriculture on our environment and the solutions underfoot. Learn the fundamentals of where food comes from and how your daily food choices are directly connected to soil health, the soil food web, water cycles, the human micro biome, ocean dead zones and climate change. We end with a series of accessible positive solutions. Engaging powerpoint with Q&A.
Attracting Beneficial Insects: Promoting Diversity Above and Below the Ground, Thursday, May 10th, 6pm
We’ll talk about weeds and bugs, both beneficials and pests. Learn the difference, how to identify them, and about systems you can put in place to foster an environment to support a balanced diversity of their populations in your yard and garden without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. Topics include: common garden pests and organic controls, beneficial insects and companion plants, design elements for insects, responsible integrated pest management. Engaging powerpoint with Q&A.
At Upper Valley Food Coop we couldn't ask for a better collaboration for our 2018 theme "Less is More" as Cat Buxton's work encompass that practice. Cat focuses on educating the public to understand the microbial benefits of composting and how it can be used to impact our environment in a significant way. Cat is all about contributing Less man-made products in our waste system, and incorporating More food waste in our composting, this will allow us to grow more nutrient dense foods giving us a healthier diet, and make a difference in our soil bio-diversity, which in turn, helps our ecosystem on a larger scale. Has this description peaked your interest? Be on the look-out for the following workshops every second Thursday this winter and spring:
Cat Buxton is a busy cross-pollinator. A social entrepreneur, she runs Grow More, Waste Less, in Sharon VT, empowering and connecting communities to affect positive change from the ground up. A self-described microbe geek, Cat loves to talk about bugs, soil health, gardening, and composting, pretty much wherever she goes. She manages the edible schoolyard at Thetford Elementary School, weaving it into K-6 project based learning, and is a technical guide for school compost systems. She’s the coordinator for Upper Valley Apple Corps and a host of other projects including the Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition, Soil4Climate-Vermont, and three active service projects with the UVM Extension Master Composting Initiative. She serves on the Board’s of Upper Valley Food Co-op, Rural Vermont, and the Soil Carbon Coalition. She consults, teaches, and presents about soil and ecosystem health. She loves to be outside with hands on earth, and to live simply with her husband and kitty friends.
This workshop series is open to gardeners of all ages. This is a free lesson with a suggested donation of $5 to go towards the support of Vermont Community Garden Network (VCGN). The Vermont Community Garden Network’s mission is to support and grow the state’s vibrant network of community and school gardens. This mission is achieved by growing gardens, gardeners, and garden leaders. Learn more about VCGN at vcgn.org
Please call the Co-op at 802-295-5804 in the event of inclement weather to be sure the workshop has not been cancelled. You can find this workshop upstairs in the Co-op's Classroom.