Vegetable Seed Starting
March 17 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm$60 - $70
During this dreary grey winter, isn’t it nice to dream about picking warm and juicy tomatoes? What about a freshly picked zucchini ready to be stir-fried? Maybe you already have a seed catalogue sitting on your countertop but you don’t know where to start. Starting your own seedlings provides you with a plethora of diversity in choosing varieties that are not typically available when you purchase transplants. Deciding which plants you want to grow and how can be exciting! Your dreams of heirloom tomatoes and broccoli are not impossible!
YOU WANT TO TAKE THIS CLASS BECAUSE:
- You want to successfully start, transplant, and grow your own seedlings
- Having a diversity of vegetable plants in your garden is important to you
- You want to save (a lot of) money
- You’re a new gardener who is just starting or an experienced vegetable gardener and would like to stop buying transplants.
- You don’t want to sift through hours of You-Tube videos or read countless books. You’d rather have a curated and successful method to starting your own seedlings.
In the perfect prequel to Seedy Saturday and the Resilience Festival, we will address the do’s and don’ts
of starting vegetables from seeds including where to source your seeds, when to plant them, optimal light, soil, heat conditions, and how to successfully transplant them into your garden. We will address basic crop planning, trouble-shooting pests, moisture levels and more. This workshop includes classroom and hands-on greenhouse portions, with ample opportunity to ask questions.
STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE:
- Hands-on techniques for seeding several different types of vegetables from diverse plant families
- Trays of seeds to take home and nurture (pick from several types of vegetables!)
- Hand-outs with great tips and tricks for starting plants
- Instruction from an experienced Community Supported Agriculture farmer (who is passionate about seedlings)
Date: Saturday March 17th
Where: Ignatius Jesuit Center – 5420 ON-6, Guelph, ON N1H 6J2.
We will be meeting in the parking lot located behind the Farm Workshop Building. Please follow the signs to “The Farm Workshop Building” when you arrive in the driveway.
Tuition: Early bird $60 (ends February 28th), Regular bird $70
***includes trays of various planted seeds and light refreshments
- Dress for the weather and to get dirty. This workshop will run rain or shine. We will be inside the greenhouse for most of the workshop, but please dress appropriately.
- Pen and paper
- Snacks. Please look after yourself as this workshop will be held over the lunch hour. Light refreshments will be provided but please bring additional snacks if you need them.
Ever grateful to family for introducing her to organic agriculture at an early age, Becky has maintained a passionate interest in food and farming throughout her life. A co-op placement during her undergraduate degree in Sustainable Agriculture at Trent University landed her in an internship on a farm raising small-scale, diversified livestock and growing organic vegetables for market, CSA and wholesale… and that’s when she knew she was hooked on farming! After her successive season on that farm, Becky was really grateful to join Ignatius Farm and CSA as a Farm Assistant and continue her work and learning in vegetable production as part of the team in field production and sales.
Growing seedlings is the hopeful start to each season that Becky looks forward to most – the lush sense of plant potential and the dreams and plans for later harvest (and cooking!). When not working on the farm, you can often find Becky spending her time off experimenting in her own community garden plot at Ignatius Farm, recently working on a few flower projects and growing vegetables for her family and friends
- Minga will provide a 100% refund for workshops cancelled by Minga.
- If a registrant cancels a workshop with more than 5 days notice, a 100% refund will be issued.
- If a registrant cancels with less than 5 days notice or does not show up, no refund will be issued.
- The above policies apply for pre-registered workshops. Refunds or credits will not be issued for a missed class.
* Please note that we’ll be sending out information about specifics of the workshop a few days before the workshop, including a reminder of what to bring.