The Garden on Salt Spring Island is hosting a specialized workshop on October 26-28:
Pushing the Limits with Energy Efficient Greenhouse Design
Grow avocados and oranges in Canada? Why not!
The workshop is designed to transfer knowledge and skills required to create a healthy and manageable growing environment, whether small or large, heated or unheated.
We touch on the following topics using examples from ‘The Garden’ :
- Nutrient cycling (recovering nutrient from organic waste)
- anaerobic digestion (AD), compost and vermiculture.
- Growing sub-tropicals in Canada
- Greenhouse environment, venting and heating systems
- Healthy organic soils, hydroponics and digeponics
- Integrated Pest Management
- Rainwater catchment and filtration
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!
Jane Squier will lead the workshop. She has over 40 years of commercial wholesale greenhouse experience as well previously operating an organic market garden for 4 years. She worked as a District Horticulturist in Papua New Guinea for 2 years.
Enrollment is limited to 10 participants and includes 2 lunches and a dinner featuring farm and local food.
Please check out the website for more information about the farm:
Workshop cost is $450, meals included.
A non-refundable, though transferable deposit of $100 is required for registration.
REGISTER for the workshop:
Please contact Jane at this email address or at 250-537-5467