Workshop Descriptions

Learn more about our Horticulinary Workshops

Our itineraries allow participants to learn a diversity of gardening and culinary skills. Learn more about each individual workshop and the keynote address below:

Keynote Address

Travis Kennedy, Lactuca Urban Farm
– All Tracks –

Travis is CEG (Chief Executive Gardener) at Lactuca Farm, an urban salad green machine currently farming an acre of production area at Northands. He has 20 years experience Vegetable gardening and holds degrees in Horticulture and Sustainable Agriculture. Dude knows how to make stuff grow. He is intensely focused on soils and intensity in cropping systems.

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All About Tomatoes Part I/II

ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen
– Perron Track –

ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen prides itself in being experts in teaching the most up to date and safe methods for home canning. In this two-hour workshop, participants will learn proper techniques to preserve their tomatoes as well as some unique tips and tasty ways to use their bounty of tomatoes including fresh salsas, sauces and more. Hands-on component included.

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Apple Cider (Hard, Sweet/Soft)

Nathan Smith & Kristy Rhyason, YEG Cider
– Braeside & Mission Tracks –

Nathan and Kristy are cider lovers, tasters, and experimenters and the brains behind YegCider. Nathan is an urban orchardist and graduate of Peter Mitchell's Cider and Perry Academy while Kristy is a marketing and communications consultant with an interest in permaculture, foraging, and food education.

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Chicken Butchery

Kyle Iseke, D'Arcy's Meats
– Braeside Track –

Looking to improve your butchery skills or simply save some money at the grocery store? Kyle will show you how to quickly and easily break down a chicken so that you have the confidence to do it at home. We might even dispel some chicken myths and give you some ideas on how to use the products of your butchery that you'll be going home with!

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Fabulous Fall Bulbs

Bob Stadnyk - Greenland Garden Centre
– Perron Track –

Spring flowering bulbs are a treat for the eyes and so easy to plant. Fall Bulb expert Bob Stadnyk from Greenland Garden Centre will show you how even the most novice gardener can be rewarded with colourful blooms in spring.

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Food as Medicine

Brittany Watt & Christiane Panesar, Harvest Chef
– Mission Track –

You may be suprised to find out some of the medicinal benefits of many common and widely available local foods. This session will discuss preventive foods as medicine and using common foods as treatments of many ailments. There will be demonstrations on tinctures, broths and samplings and of different foods, both familiar and unfamiliar... that provide health to us.

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Garlic 101

Eric Whitehead, Untamed Feast
– Grandin Track –

Garlic lovers rejoice! Eric will teach you how to grow garlic locally sharing a variety of tips and tricks. You'll learn about different garlic varieties, how and when to plant, how and when to harvest and maybe even some tasting of his locally produced products.

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Gin & Craft Gin Cocktails

Geoff Stewart, Rig Hand Distillery
– Grandin Track –

In this session, you'll learn from Geoff Stewart, President of Rig Hand Distillery how Gin is made and which local ingredients go into it's production. Along with some tasting, you'll learn how to create locally inspired craft cocktails from the local gin.

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Heirloom Gardening & Seed Saving

Denise O'Reilly, A'Bunadh Seeds
– Perron Track –

Not sure the difference between hybrid and heirloom plants? Unsure how to propogate the seeds from your favorite vegetables for next year? In this interactive session, you'll learn how to save seeds from your garden and develop your own line of heirloom vegetables!

Homemade Fall Pasta

Neil Korotash, MCHS
– Grandin Track –

It's the time of year when you or your friends are trying to unload their extra squash or zucchini so why not make a delicious ravioli out of it? In this session you'll learn how to make, roll and cut a simple homemade pasta and a delicious squash filling to stuff inside it.

Hugulkultur Raised Bed Gardening

Kenton Zerbin, KZ Permaculture
– Braeside & Mission Tracks –

Hugul-what? Learn by doing and get your hands in the dirt in this interactive session as you work together with Kenton to build the ultimate in sustainable raised vegetable gardens! You'll learn some permaculture principles and how to easily build a raised hugultur garden.

Microgreens & Sprouts

Claudio Bolli, Wild Green Garden Consulting
– Grandin Track –

As harvest winds down and winter looms, don’t panic! You can still grow food indoors - to keep it simple, we’ll focus on microgreens and sprouts. This workshop will teach you how to sprout your own greens all winter long. Walk away with information on materials and methods from super simple (and dirt cheap!) to more involved.

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Sourdough Bread 101

Laura Rogerson, Breadlove
– Mission Track –

An intense session covering starting and maintaining a sourdough starter through to the art of how to create wonderful loaf of bread. This session will be interactive! Bring a bowl so you can mix up your very own sourdough! You will take home your dough (for baking on Sunday at home) and BREADLOVE dehydrated sourdough starter to revive at home and make your own sourdough on an ongoing basis. Come prepared to learn and have fun. And don't forget your appetite, as we will be doing some taste testing!

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Totally Tropical

Joe Gadbois, Greenland Garden Centre
– Braeside Track –

The fresh foliage of indoor plants not only clears the air but adds a decorative touch. Joe Gadbois from Greenland Garden Centre will share some of his favourite tropicals and tips for growing them indoors.

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