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GrassRoots Growers: Awards and Milestones Susan Rehner

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his is the third year that Grassroots Growers has given awards to promising students enrolled in the Sustainable Agriculture program at Fleming College. And we’re pleased to announce that this year’s awards were given to Courtney Gates and Carmen Weatherall. Both students are doing summer placements as part of their program at Fleming, and they have permitted us to share details of their experience and goals with you.

orchard, which covers 2.5 acres, will eventually contain a mix of 400 apple trees of different ages and varieties. Staff in the orchard will run educational programs focusing on orchard practices and urban agriculture. Once back at Fleming in September for her final semester, Courtney will work part-time at the College helping implement projects and assisting with the United Way community garden.

sustainably. He is also interested in educational opportunities in his field and has plans to set up a sustainable agriculture program at an elementary school. Another goal is to run a successful business related to some aspect of sustainable agriculture.

Courtney is excited by innovative, state-of-the-art farming that minimizes negative impacts on the environment. In particular, she is interested in vertical Courtney’s summer placement is at farming, an indoor solution to growing Downsview Park (Toronto) in the urban nutritious food year-round in urban areas orchard sector. Downsview Park is a large We wish both and in regions where food cannot be urban park (572 acres) on the site of the award winners, grown easily, such as the far north. former Canadian Forces Base. Previously, Courtney and Vertical farming uses far less land and 70 it was the home of de Havilland Canada, Carmen, success to 80 percent less water, and it doesn’t an important aircraft manufacturer. The in their future require the ventures. It is application of gratifying to see pesticides, young people who herbicides and are concerned fertilizers. the health group located in Stone Mills Township. Our mission is to Eventually, she is about a community-based Courtney Gates is excited by innovative, state-of-the-art of the would like to encourage interest in local and organic gardening; our practical knowledge farming improve that minimizes negative impacts on the environment and help design environment. of all aspects of plant life; support related educational initiatives both locally and are taking positive and extend this action by provincially, and provide networking opportunities for gardeners. method to pursuing careers function in CoMInG uP... For more information visit our website at www.te-grassrootsgrowers.weebly.com in sustainable agriculture. homes so that or email us at tegrassrootsgrowers@gmail.com people can Plans are underway for a fall event on become more Ten PlanT SaleS – October 1 at which Blair Richards-Koeslag self-sufficient a MIleSTone will share her knowledge of wild edibles. and not rely on Blair is a long-time forager of wild food shipped GrassRoots Growers recently reached a edibles, a PINA-certified (Permaculture from far away. milestone. We held our tenth annual Institute of North America) permaculture plant sale on May 25, and it was a teacher, a chartered herbalist, and an Carmen resounding success. Many customers tell organic grower of trees and vegetables. Weatherall has us they wouldn’t miss our sale and have So, come with questions and leave with been immersed been coming to it year after year. Not information that Blair has gathered from in farming surprising, since we have a wonderful her long experience and study. a community-based group located in Stone since...is he was a variety and number of plants — heirloom child,Mills takingTownship. Our mission is to encourage tomatoes, annuals, perennials, herbs, Details of the fall event, when finalized, part in 4-H, vegetables, shade plants, sun improve plants, interest in local and organic gardening; will be sent to those on our e-list, posted showing beef pollinator plants, trees, and shrubs. All on our website. and on Facebook. Please our practical knowledge all aspects of plant life; support related and dairy of cattle are carefully sorted and modestly priced. mark October 1 on your calendar. It as a teenager, educational initiatives both locally and provincially, and provide Holding such a large sale requires a lot of should be a very informative and and taking a networking opportunities for gardeners. work and we couldn’t manage without interesting evening. Our events are free High Skills the additional help of volunteers and the and we invite everyone to join us. But Major program For informationgenerous visit our support websiteof atthose who since we are a volunteer organization in more landscaping contribute plants. The sale’s success with no outside financial support, The Sustainable Agriculture program at Fleming College has www.te-grassrootsgrowers.weebly.com and ultimately depends on those who come donations are welcome to cover some of encouraged Carmen Weatherall to think outside the box and or email horticulture. us at tegrassrootsgrowers@gmail.com and buy. Thanks to all who helped, and our expenses. to appreciate the importance of investing in new technology. He values all who came to buy plants. May your Fleming gardens flourish despite the challenges of College’s mix intense heat and drought. of in-class learning about agriculture and The money raised from the plant sale, business and the our only fund-raising event, provides the hands-on fieldwork Fleming College awards mentioned with experienced farm above, allows us to book expert speakers industry employers. The for our fall and spring events, and Sustainable Agriculture enables us to contribute to community program has projects such as local agricultural fairs. encouraged him to Next year, GrassRoots Growers, in think outside the box partnership with David Field’s family, and to appreciate the will fund an award to be given to a importance of investing graduating student at Guelph University in new technology. who has completed the Certificate for

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After graduation, Carmen would like to travel to learn more about the practices and techniques of farming

Organic Agriculture within the Bachelor of Science degree program. This award will be given in memory of one of our founding members, Mary Jo Field.

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is a community-based group located in Stone Mills Township. Our mission is to encourage interest in local and organic gardening; improve our practical knowledge of all aspects of plant life; support related educational initiatives both locally and provincially, and provide networking opportunities for gardeners.

For more information visit our website at www.te-grassrootsgrowers.weebly.com or email us at tegrassrootsgrowers@gmail.com

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