Growing Your Community Food System from the Ground Up

January 1, 2009 at 3:00 pm Leave a comment

Les amis,

Our allies at Growing Power in Milwaukee are throwing their 2009 workshop series “Growing Your Community Food System from the Ground Up”. Eventually we will do the same thing here in Toronto – with the generous advice and assistance of Will Allen (owner of GP) and our southern friends.

In fact Will Allen may be coming back to Toronto very soon… We’re working on that!

Fair winds and light song!


Growing Power presents:

“Growing Your Community Food System from the Ground Up”

2009 Workshop Series


“Growing Your Community Food System” is an intensive, hands on, training workshop offering diverse groups the opportunity to learn, plan, develop, operate, and sustain community food projects. Project participants leave the workshop with improved skills that they can take back into their communities and pass on to others. These workshops are for both rural and urban projects.

We encourage you to bring several members of your group or operation to these workshops if you are interested in multiple topics; this is especially helpful if you are a member of a training or outreach organization.

These workshops put organizations, projects, and food producers in touch with each other to help build collaborations and long-term, sustainable partnerships.

Please come prepared to get your hands dirty!

Leave your dress shoes at home and wear your farmer duds.

2009 Workshop Schedule:

Please inquire about Friday’s special programs!

Saturday and Sundays

January 10th and 11th

February 21st and 22nd

March 7th and 8th

April 18th and 19th *17th special training date

May 16th and 17th *15th special training date

Workshops Topics:


Build an indoor system for raising fish. Recycle the wastewater from the fish and grow plants. This is known as aquaponics. See us grow Tilapia at a very low cost. Learn how to build indoor fish and plant systems for food production. Participants will set up a small scale Aquaponics system and learn how to maintain and monitor tilapia fish production in a closed loop/natural system.

Bee Keeping:

Learn the ABC’s of urban or rural beekeeping without the use of chemicals. Participants will leave with a solid understanding of the materials, suppliers and environment to keep these amazing animals content and productive.

Community Project Design:

Develop effective action plans for your food system project. Meet people who have actually done community projects requiring technical expertise in soil remediation, urban agriculture & food distribution, aquaculture, vermiculture, community gardening, large or small-scale composting, bee-keeping, etc.

Living Biological Growing Systems:

An Innovative Approach to Sustainable Production. Learn how to develop a comprehensive and sustainable growing system that can grow food year-round without heat.


Learn how to build indoor/small scale compost systems, and design and maintain outdoor/small and large-scale systems. Discuss collection of waste streams in the city or on the farm.


Construct and maintain a worm bin. Use vermicompost as a fertilizer or use it for generating cash from those who want an excellent, organic fertilizer

Hoop House Construction:

Hoop houses are a great season extender whether used for early tomatoes or year round greens. They are extremely adaptable and can be inexpensive to maintain. This workshop will demonstrate how to bend pipe to make hoops, how to erect and secure the hoops, how to finish the ends as well as pull the plastic. We will also discuss strategies for utilizing the structure.

Year Round Production and Marketing Workshop:

Participate in a group discussion focused on year-round greenhouse production and marketing strategies to effectively sell your product. Get hands-on training to learn how to mix soil, seed, harvest, wash and package sprouts. Take home some finished product to share!

Animal Health-

Learn the proper breeding, nutrition, and environment for your animals. Develop your custom strategic plan to select which species most ideally fit together in your individual set of circumstances.

Please call to find out when other specialty workshops will be offered on Fridays. (April and May)

Other workshops may include:

Dismantling Racism and multicultural alliance building, Record keeping/accounting/human resources and legal risk management, Mushroom growing, Youth programs and soap making, and cheese making.

For Complete Details

for this innovative and comprehensive program, send an email to: and she will send you the full information packet, including fees and registration information.


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