Great Workshops Coming Up!

The Master Gardeners Association of Alberta is a great resource for gardening information. They have the following great courses coming up:

https://www.mgaab.org/events/eventdetail/51/-/no-til-gardening

No Til Gardening

Friday 05 February 2021, 06:30pm – 07:30pm
  If you love to garden but hate weeding and watering, join us as we explore no till gardening with Kim Ross.   Kim will share with the MGAA members in a 1-Hour presentation how she made the switch and in just two years of no till gardening has enjoyed higher yields with fewer plants, significantly less weeds and reduced watering on her 26,000 sq ft garden.   Kim is a fifth-generation farm girl with a 26,000 sq ft garden that feeds her family of six all year around as well as provides veggie baskets for customers throughout summer. She has her Bachelor of Science, Master of Photographic Arts, Master Gardener and is teaching several classes for the University of Saskatchewan. In addition, she is working on her Prairie Horticulture Certificate in both the Greenhouse Crop production and Vegetable and Fruit Production streams. Join Kim on her Facebook page @Rossdale Farms as she shares her love of gardening with others.   This talk is FREE for Active MGAA members and $10 for the Public.   Please register using EventBrite https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/mgaa-notill-gardening-with-kim-ross-tickets-138052866841.  

Contact Susan at events-north@mgaab.org if you require assistance.

Medicinal Benefits of Herbs

Thursday 25 February 2021, 07:00pm – 08:00pm
Join Denise O’Reilly for her talk on the medicinal benefits of Herbs, wild and cultivated.     Denise O’Reilly has lived most of her life on her family’s farm in Cherhill Alberta. The farm has been in the family since 1910 where they believe in quality food, enhanced through regenerative agricultural practices and soil nurturing. Work with nature, not against it and always chemical free.   She is also teaching several courses for the Stony Plain OMG program.  

Denise achieved her Forestry Diploma with NAIT in 1986 and worked in the field for several years, as a forest Technician. She renamed the farm Hill and Dale Farm after what her great-grandparents had called it, and they now sell free range meat products, cheese and dairy produce (when available), wild foraged mushrooms and 20 kinds of garlic and related products to direct markets.    

She sells Local Alberta-Grown, Short Season Open-Pollinated and Heirloom Seeds locally and abroad, by mail order and through Seedy Sunday events, hosted by the Seeds of Diversity Group. https://abunadhseeds.com/  She started A’bunadh (pronounced a-boon-arh) Seeds in response to the lack of availability of locally produced seeds. She has been working on building up a seed saving co-op with those who also want to get into seed saving, as well as building her farm intensively to make the most of the space she has.  Also, on her farm, in season certified organic strawberry and vegetable Upick, farm store with fresh items and preserves. On farm workshops and courses, farm stays and internships available.  

Denise is actively involved in the Alberta Mycological Society where she has won numerous awards for her photography. Denise conducts local summer mushroom hunts and identification courses. She writes for newspapers and magazines and is current president of the Sangudo and District Horticultural Society.   Please register using EventBrite at

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/mgaa-herbs-wild-and-cultivated-with-denise-oreilly-tickets-139796574317

  Contact Susan at events-north@mgaab.org if you require assistance.

Published by gardenofeden2010

Avid environmentalist for over 30 years, gardener, lecturer, photographer, grower of all things beautiful, saver of seeds (our right), promoter of keeping the earth free and clean. Mother of 3 and wife of 1. Member of a very large women's community (over half the world).

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