Fall Newsletter 2015

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Well, the gardening season sure flew by this year, and from the looks of things everyone had success with their harvests. It’s quickly coming up on time to close up the garden for the season. A few things need to be done to put it to bed for the winter. Please note that water delivery has now ended for the season.

Help with the compost
To make space for the garden waste from all of our plots, Marc needs help with the compost.  Materials need to be moved along from one composter to another. As well, a front needs to be added to one of the bins. Anyone able to help with this task, please contact Marc at cramcasas@hotmail.com.

Cleaning out the garden beds
Please make sure your garden plot is emptied out and weeds are removed from around your plot by the end of October. Non-weed materials can go in the composter once the work mentioned above is done. Weeds can be placed in the garbage bins marked “WEEDS”.

Dirt for your garden plot
There is still extra dirt on the ground at the front of the garden near the picnic table. Please help yourself if you need to top up the level in your garden.

Recording your donations
Don’t forget to track your produce donations. One of the conditions of our lease with the City of Yellowknife is that each garden plot donates ¼ of its yield to a registered charity organization. Please track your donation using the online form. There is a list of organizations on the page.

Sauerkraut Workshop – Saturday, October 17
Do you have more cabbage then you know what to do with? Please join Amy Lam for a hands-on sauerkraut-making workshop! Amy will walk us through the steps to make this delicious probiotic.
When:   Saturday October 17 from 1:30 to 2:30
Where:  Abe Miller Building kitchen (4912-53 street).
Cost:     By donation

To reserve a space (maximum of 20 people) please contact Karla at karla.langlois@tetratech.com or 445-7761 by October 14.

Participants will need to bring a 1 L clean glass jar (mason jar, old pickle jar or Fido clamp style jar), a cutting board, and a cabbage. You may also want to bring your favourite knife, but not necessary.

Trails End Community Association AGM
The 2015 AGM will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 16 at 6 Trails End (Linda and Tom’s place). Please make sure that all members of the Association are present, or assign a proxy. Download a proxy form here.

A big thank you to Bromley and Sons
Once again, a big thank you this season to Bromley and Sons for supplying our water for the garden. By way of thanks, gardeners dropped off a large basket of produce and goodies to the water depot. We couldn’t do it without you, Bromley and Sons!

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Questions about the Trails End Community Garden? Please contact Dawn Curtis at 446-6169 or Myka Jones at 446-2447, or by email at trailsendgarden@gmail.com. 

Garden Opening Meeting Tuesday, May 12  7:30 – 8:30

The 2015 Garden Opening Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 12 from 7:30 to 8:30 at the garden. Please review the Garden Guidelines beforehand, and make sure at least one gardener for your plot is in attendance. A contact information sheet will be handed out at the meeting, so let us know if you do not want your information shared.

Work Bees
Several work bees will be held in May and June. Some of the jobs we know need to get done right away are connecting the water, repairing several garden boxes, and shovelling dirt and gravel. There will be a sign-up sheet at the Season Opening Meeting.
 


Questions? Please contact Dawn Curtis at 446-6169 or
Myka Jones at 446-2447, or by email at trailsendgarden@gmail.com. 

Seed Sharing Event – YK Public Library – Sunday, March 15

Seed Sharing: Hosted by the Yellowknife Community Garden Collective.

Do you have extra seeds that you are not sure what to do with? Perhaps you are looking to try growing a new vegetable but do not want to commit to purchasing an entire package from a catalogue? Come down to our seed sharing event on March 15th with your extra seeds (or a small donation) and swap seeds with your fellow gardeners. This is also a wonderful opportunity to share gardening knowledge with or to learn from other gardeners.

No gardening experience required! All levels of gardening experience are welcome to the event.

When: Sunday March 15th 2015
Drop in anytime between 1:30 – 3:00pm. (Come early for best selection!)
Where: Yellowknife Public Library (in the Library Meeting Room)

City of Yellowknife 2015 Gardening Workshops

Hello Gardeners,

The City of Yellowknife is hosting five gardening workshops from now until late April.

The first workshop is being hosted next week by Lone Sorenson, called “Time to Plan Your Food Garden”.

Time to Plan Your Food Garden (15 years+)
Course ID 16626
15 Yrs. and over
$16.75
Wednesday Feb-18-2015
7:00PM – 9:30 PM
PSAV Multi Purpose Room-Multiplex

Getting serious about growing local food for yourself and/or for the Farmer’s Market? If you are interested in or committed to growing your own food garden, or for growing food for the Farmer’s Market, the middle of winter is the right time to get started. In this workshop, you will learn how to be organized and ready to grow incredibly nutritious vegetables this coming growing season. You will learn how to select seeds that grow well in our North of 60 climate and how to plan your garden for maximum yields, including a strategy to ensure good soil conditions. You will learn where and how to order seeds and other supplies that may be hard to find locally. You will also get ideas on how to expand your garden or build a new garden.

Other City of Yellowknife gardening workshops

(see the Winter 2015 Recreation Guide website to register)

  1. How to Start Your Tomato Seedlings (March 11, 2015) ($16.75): Learn how to start your tomato seedlings indoors using the soil block method: save on space, time, and money. You will learn how to make small soil blocks into which you can plant your tomato seeds. Also learn how to transplant seedlings from a small block to a larger ones, and to eventually outdoors.
  2. How to Grow Food in Small Spaces (April 1, 2015)($16.75): Growing food in small spaces is a state of mind! You will learn how to look at the space you currently have and find ways to expand it. Find out about different creative options available to your particular situation. Using concrete examples from the instructor’s own garden and greenhouse, you will discover new spaces and ways to grow food you did not know existed!
  3. Starting Seedlings for Outdoor Growing (April 8, 2015) ($16.75): Learn how to start seedlings for your food garden such as cabbage, cauliflower and other food plants that are suited for the North of 60 climate. All materials are provided.
  4. Ready, Set, Plant! (April 29, 2015) ($16.75): Getting ready to plant can be tricky. In this workshop, you will learn; how to do your own soil testing; and how to prepare your soil; the best time to plant; how to direct seeds and transplant seedlings; and how to properly care for your spring garden.

2014 AGM Minutes and Financial Statement

2014 AGM Minutes and Financial Statement

Thank you to those who were able to make it out to the 2014 AGM in December.

The 2015 board members are:

Linda Maljan
Isabel Gauthier
Karla Langlois
Dawn Curtis
Myka Jones

Stay tuned for information coming soon about the 2015 gardening season!

Questions? Please contact Dawn Curtis at 446-6169, dawngcurtis@gmail.com or
Isabel Gauthier at 766-3430, gauthier.isabel@gmail.com.

AGM – Trails End Community Association December 3, 2014

Trails End Community Association
Annual General Meeting

The Trails End Community Association (Community Garden) Annual General Meeting is coming up soon. Please try to attend, especially if you are interested in gardening next year. If you can’t attend, you can participate by proxy. All you need is written instructions, signed by you, authorizing another member to vote for you.

What:  Trails End Community Association AGM
When:  Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Time:    8:00 pm
Where: #6 Trails End Crescent

To vote, you must be a member in good standing. Memberships are $20/individual, and can be paid at the AGM.


Questions? Please contact Dawn Curtis at 446-6169, or
Isabel Gauthier at 766-3430, or by email at trailsendgarden@gmail.com

Thank you to our sponsors and supporters!

The Trails End Community Association would like to thank the following sponsors and supporters. Without them, the garden would not be possible:

Sponsors
City of Yellowknife
Walmart-Evergreen Green Grant
Boreal Garden Centre
Bromley and Sons
Yellowknife Community Garden Collective
Yellowknife Direct Charge Co-op
Carothers Home Hardware Building Centre
Industry, Tourism and Investment
Greg Rogers

Supporters
Maureen and Tim  Van Overliw

Garage Sale, Saturday June 7

Multi-household

GARAGE  SALE and Seedling Sale
Saturday, June 7, 2014
9 – 12
Trails End Crescent

Consider putting out a table and joining your neighbours for a fun morning!

We hope to raise some funds for the garden from this garage sale, so donations of items or a portion of your garage sale earnings will be gratefully accepted.


Questions or items to donate? Please contact Dawn Curtis at 446-6169, Isabel Gauthier at 766-3430, or email us at trailsendgarden@gmail.com.

 


Garage sale, workshops and more!

Even though we’re still a few weeks away from planting, preparations are well under way for the 2014 gardening season. The remaining soil for the garden and some chickenpoop fertilizer should be delivered soon.

Some of the behind-the-scenes happenings include sourcing a water tank and water delivery system, a shed and fencing for the garden. These items do cost money, so if anyone has leads on where we can find them for little or no cost, please let us know.

There are also a number of great workshops planned over the next few weeks, and don’t miss your chance to participate in our annual Garage Sale. Read on for more details!


Garden Plots

Still a few garden plots available for this season!
Thanks to those of you who have already registered and paid for your garden plots for this season. There are still a few plots available. If you’re interested, please contact us at trailsendgarden@gmail.com.


Garden Orientation

Orientation Session for This Year’s Gardeners
Wednesday, June 11
8:00 – 9:00 pm
– at the Trails End Community Garden
There will be an orientation session for this year’s gardeners to go over the garden guidelines, watering procedures, composting and other garden-related matters.
This session is mandatory, so please make sure that at least one gardener from your household can make it.


Workshops

* unless otherwise indicated, all workshops take place at the Trails End Community Garden

Soil Fertility
with Lone Sorensen
Thursday, May 8
7:30 – 9:30pm
Come learn about soil fertility. We will do soil testing, and learn how to prepare the soil for both direct sowing seeds and for planting seedlings.
Fee: voluntary donation

Build a Composter from Pallets
with Marc Casas
Saturday, May 24, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Learn how to build an attractive compost bin using a cheap, abundant local resource – wooden pallets!
Fee: voluntary donation

Twigs to Help Your Garden Grow
with Noelene Byrne
Come out and learn how to make sturdy, rustic twig structures that add beauty to your garden while providing practical supports for growing plants.
June, date to be announced
Stay tuned for more details.

Vertical Pallet Garden Boxes
June, date to be announced
Learn how to build attractive garden boxes using our favourite building material once again, wooden pallets!
Stay tuned for more details.


Garage and Seedling Sale

Trails End and 49A Avenue Community Garage Sale
Saturday, June 7
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Help make this our most successful community garage sale effort to date, by joining in the fun and holding your household garage sale along with your neighbours. Support the Community Garden by purchasing seedlings!
Donations from your earnings to the Trails End Community Association will be gratefully accepted.


How can I show my support even if I’m not gardening?

Even if you’re not interested in a garden plot, or end up on the waiting list, please consider supporting us by becoming a member of the Trails End Community Association, which is the organization that represents the Community Garden.
This year, your support will be recognized in our wooden flower garden, and with a sampling of produce.

For more information, please see our application form.


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