Microgreens are an amazing, small-space, intensive crop popular with restaurants, farmers markets and CSA boxes. They can be grown all year round as a great income supplement to your farm or as a business all on their own. And, of course, you could just grow them at home for yourself and your family!
Join microgreens growing expert Chris Thoreau of the Vancouver Food Pedalers Cooperative, in cooperation with the Richmond Farm School, for this one-day comprehensive workshop on the art of growing microgreens.
When: November 22, 2014; 9:00am – 4:00pm
Where: Kwantlen Polytechnic University – Richmond Campus
Chris will cover all aspects of microgreens production including:
- Equipment and Infrastructure
- Selecting Soil and Seeds
- Hygiene and Sanitation
- Crop Planning and Record Keeping
- Crop Production
- Climate and Light Adaptations
- Harvesting, Packaging, and Transport
- Sprout Regulations (ugh!)
Each topic will be covered in detail and include important tips, methodologies, and a focus in the importance of attention to detail. The workshop will also include electronic take-home materials for future reference.
You will leave this workshop not only with a greater understanding of intensive microgreens production but also with greater insight into how to grow food on a small-scale efficiently.
Come prepared for a day of images, discussions, and the odd bit of humour as we take you from seed to sprout in one day – preparing you for your own microgreens production in 2015!
Please bring a lunch!
Who should attend this workshop?
- Small-scale farmers looking to diversify crop options – especially during the shoulder season
- New famers looking to build their skills in intensive agriculture
- Individuals and families looking to grow more food at home in tight spaces
- Anyone interested in growing food locally year round – indoors and out!
Discounted price (25% off) is offered to:
- Alumni students of Richmond Farm School
- Current and Alumni students of KPU Sustainable Agriculture Program
- Current and Alumni students of UBC Farm Practicum Program and the UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Chris Thoreau has been growing microgreens in the Strathcona neighbourhood of Vancouver for the past six years and growing food in one form or another for the past 15 years. His focus is on intensive, urban food production, developing efficient production systems, and actually trying to take some time off of work once in a while. Visit his sometimes active blog here or look for him and the Food Pedalers at a local farmers market or cycling around town doing sprout deliveries!
Questions? Send us an email!