10:30am-11:15am Janet Melrose Harvesting and Saving Seed from your Garden
Saving your own seeds not only completes the cycle of life in the garden, it gives you a store of free seeds to
use and share!Plan now to save seeds from your garden this year! From: which to sow and where, to
selecting and maturing plants; harvesting techniques and storage over the winter
11:30am-12:15pm Kath Smythe Squishy Squash
Squash is one of the easiest and most productive garden plants one can grow. Even so, this vegetable
has some surprising features. For instance, did you know you can train squash to grow vertically
to provide more space in the garden? Or that you can actually eat the squash blossoms? One of my fondest
memories is being out in the backyard and picking squash with my Mum. When it was served for dinner
she would refer to the menu item as Squishy Squash. Growing summer and winter squash can add to your
culinary reperatoire. From dark green and golden yellow zucchini to winter squash - acorn, butternut,
pumpkins and others, there's a squash for just about every garden and cook. Learn how to sow, grow,
protect, harvest and use these delightful and nutritious veggies.
12:30pm-1:15pm Paul Hughes Resilient Food Systems, Food Access, Food Sovereignty, Community Farms, Urban Ag
1:30pm-2:15pm Denis Manzer Fermented Food 101: Pickling Vegetables the Probiotic Way
Janet Melrose is 'Calgary's Cottage Gardener', who specializes in Garden Education, Horticultural Therapy and advocating for a Sustainable Local Food System: successfully synthesising Community-Based Horticultural Therapy programs located in Community Gardens and other organizations; and working with gardeners of all stripes to develop their skills and experience of gardening for enjoyment, health and sustenance. Her motto is 'Grow, Nurture, Bloom'.
Denis Manzer has been on a quest to help bring the healing powers of food to the people! He is founder of Ferment Your Food and The Calgary Fermentation Festival. His mission? To empower people with the skills and know-how to be able to live in harmony with the land as our ancestors did. You can find Denis at The Light Cellar Superfoods in Bowness, pumping out local organic sauerkraut commercially and instructing various workshops.