Pictured is a gardening workshop held in July

Pictured is a gardening workshop held in July

Have no fear of the frost monster

One world garden workshops this weekend, Saturday, Sept. 14, in Cranbrook and Kimberley

The fourth workshop in the One World Garden Series, No Fear of Frost, is coming up Saturday, September 14, 10-noon in Kimberley and 3-5pm in Cranbrook.  With the abundance of harvest season upon us, this is an exciting time to get your hands dirty in the garden!

In No Fear of Frost we’ll be learning about simple ways to extend the harvest, including a demonstration of building cold frames, the wonders of protective fabrics, and local experiments with hydro-thermal energy.  There’s no reason your tomatoes can’t ripen on the vine this year.

The goal of this workshop series is to increase the local capacity for growing food by offering a place where immigrants or people new to gardening can learn more about growing food locally while gaining hands-on experience and exchanging skills with local members of the community.

“These workshops have been so much fun, with local garden mentors coming to share their knowledge I’ve seen a lot of people gain new gardening confidence this summer”, says Jessica Windle, Wildsight Kimberley/Cranbrook Food Sustainability Coordinator.

Following the workshop in Cranbrook will be the Public Produce Garden’s second annual Potato Pickin’ Party, complete with a potato boil – come down, taste some taters, and take some home, too!

The Kimberley workshop will be held from 10-noon at Rita’s Memorial Garden at 455 Bryant Blvd. and in Cranbrook from 3-5pm at the Public Produce Garden in Eric McKinnon Park.

The Potato Pickin’ Party is 5-7pm, bring the family down for some fun in the garden!  Consider inviting your friends or neighbors who are new to town to come and share in the harvest too!

As part of the Welcoming Communities project, Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy, Cranbrook Food Action Committee and Wildsight Kimberley Cranbrook have teamed up to provide these gardening workshops for free.  This project is made possible through funding from the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.

The workshops are free but require registration.  To register, in Cranbrook: cranbrookfood@gmail.com or call (250)427-7981, in Kimberley: shannon@wildsight.ca or call (250)427-2535 ext 223.