Local bug expert, compost king, and market gardeners, Lana and Garth, will share their know-how, in a garden tour of a historic homestead and growing food processing business.
You will enjoy new ways of growing strawberries, cantaloupe wearing pantyhose, ask your questions about insects and get a handle on how food goes from the earth to a delicious product that can be eaten all winter. Refreshments and appies will be served under a 100 year old apple tree at the end of the tour offering an opportunity to ask your questions and visit with fellow gardeners.
Date: was June 17, 2023
Time: 3 to 5:00 – tour and then refreshments and apples under a 100-year-old apple tree during the Q&A and chance to meet fellow gardeners and share gardening stories.
Price: Members – $25.00 Non-members: $35.00
Location: Close to Invermere – you will receive the address with your ticket.
Things to bring: comfortable walking shoes, dress in layers, bug repellent, water, sunscreen, hat, garden journal (if you don’t have one you can buy one that afternoon from Groundswell for $10).
Special note: there is an honour system market stand with produce and all kinds of goodies so you may want to bring some cash for goodies.
——-after event update:
Dr Garth took the temperature of 3 different compost piles and declared them all healthy. We saw the most amazing system in place to use green waste. Garth and Lana are using it to rebuild the soil of her grandfather’s potato farm and what a job they are doing.
They taught us a lot about hunting for garden bargains and we learned about the step process they were using to reclaim a field, a perennial bed, and a used greenhouse. Hard work, lots of imagination, and joy in creating nutritious fresh & dehydrated food resulted in such beauty and abundance in just one year from last year’s tour to this year.
We ended the day with Happy Hour under a 100-year-old apple tree. The perfect Saturday afternoon.
Chef Ian Smith, of Eagle Ranch, created a plant-based menu for our special guests, Sonya Buys and Paul Branconnier who were here to provide nutrition education to 180 of our Laird gardening students. They also shared some great nutritional food hacks with some of our seasoned gardeners.
Chef Ian used locally grown produce for the meal. Sonya and Paul gave the food a 5-star rating rivalled only by the incredible ambiance and service of Eagle Ranch. Thank you, Chef Ian. Groundswell appreciates all you do to make the valley healthier.
Groundswell comes up green at the trade show.