Transition Guelph

Category: Urban Food

The Urban Sugaring Project is starting up again with a  free pancake breakfast on Saturday January 28th from 9 am until noon.
The breakfast will take place at St. James the Apostle Church, located at 86 Glasgow Street North (corner of Paisley Road and Glasgow Street North).  Come and meet the committee members, hear more about the project, and enjoy some pancakes with locally made maple syrup!
The Urban Sugaring Project allows tree owners to tap their trees and have volunteers boil the sap and turn it into syrup. At the January 28th breakfast, tree owners can rent a kit (a bucket, tree tap, and instructions) for $10.  The sap is collected and return to a central location for processing.
To learn more about the project please contact us at urbansugar@transitionguelph.org

Potluck Welcomes Green Thumbs and More

On Wednesday February 15 Transition Guelph is hosting a free community potluck from 6 until 8 p.m at St James the Apostle Anglican Church located at 86 Glasgow St North in Guelph.

This will be a fun night of food and discussion. Transition Guelph’s Urban Food Working Group will be making presentations on the many projects that they have on the go. Learn about Tree Mobile, GROW, Urban Sugar Project, Appleseed Collective, Guelph Community Orchard Project and much more. Transition Guelph will also be signing up volunteers for upcoming projects and events.

Image result for tool repairDo you have a tool that is in need of repair?

Come out to the Guelph Tool Library’s first Tool Repair Café! Patrons will leave the Repair Café, proudly holding their newly repaired item and with a smile on their face!

What to Bring

Clothes, jewellery, toys, bicycles, electrical appliances, etc.

Where

St James The Apostle Anglican Church ‐ 86 Glasgow Street North

When

Saturday, 20 August 2016 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM


Want to Volunteer? Contact us at toollibrary@transitionguelph.org

Come out for an official tour of the Guelph Tool Library!

Visitors can stop in for a light snack and drink while seeing the GTL space and inventory, learn how to use the GTL online reservation site, and buy a membership.

More at http://urbanfarmtour.weebly.com/workshopsspecial-events.html

Transition Guelph’s Urban Food Working Group is presenting a half-day, free, self-guided tour of urban farms and gardens. The Urban Farm Tour will include 15 farms and gardens of all shapes and sizes, including community gardens, home gardens, and actual farms.

Communities all over the world are slowly building sustainable food systems that are more equitable and ecologically sound. The Urban Farm Tour is meant to highlight the many ways in which we can grow food in the city and inspire those that tour the gardens to try to grow something themselves. Many gardeners and farmers will be available to answer questions and impart their knowledge about how to grow delicious, healthy food.

Learn how to grow diverse crops, keep chickens and bees, use permaculture methods in urban areas, harvest rainwater, make compost, and much more.

More at http://urbanfarmtour.weebly.com/

Come enjoy the wonders of nature while foraging for wild edibles on a late morning/early afternoon hike! Whether you’re keen to learn about nature, want to be more self-reliant or perhaps lack a green thumb, foraging is a fantastic window by which to explore the natural world and increase one’s awareness of and respect for its beauty and complexity. Wild foods are very nutritious and often have much higher amounts of minerals and nutrients than their domesticated counterparts, they not only benefit one’s nutrition but can also be a medicine and they do all the work of growing themselves for free!

Join experienced forager and nerdy biologist Luke Eckstein in exploring and gathering from what is around us. We will see what’s out right now, touch things, taste things, and discuss all aspects of foraging. We will practice our identification skills, share knowledge and get better acquainted with the world of plants (and mushrooms if we encounter any)! 

More at http://www.mingaskillbuilding.ca/workshop/foraging-for-wild-edibles-summer-morning/

harcourt-prep-day-01Planting season is upon us and there is so much going on with TG right now. May is looking jam packed right now! I’m sitting at almost 7 months pregnant right now and I can honestly say that I plan on spending every spare moment gardening – and there’s no shortage of opportunity. I’ve got some raised beds in my backyard that are ready to go, a plot at my local community garden that I’m excited to start this year, and a number of other projects that I can get involved with on weekends to lend a hand. It’s an awesome opportunity to get outside, meet friends, work communally, and also expose my son to a lifestyle that I truly believe in!
If you’ve been interested in getting involved with Transition Guelph, this is a great time of year to jump in. All events are open to the public with no experience required. TGers are friendly, open, and come from all walks of life. I can honestly say that this is the warmest group of people I have ever had the pleasure of spending time with. So no excuses! Come hang out!
 
This Saturday April 30th: Join us at the GROW Communal Gardens to learn and share skills with experienced gardeners! 9am – 12pm
 
Tuesday May 2nd: Come hang out at 10 Carden from 7pm-9pm as we try to (successfully) watch Revolution and eat yummy snacks
 
Saturday May 7th: The Guelph Community Orchard is going to be hanging out at Harcourt United Church from 9am – 12pm. Stop by and lend a hand!
 
Saturday May 14th: Treemobile sorting day! We are still looking for volunteers as we DOUBLED orders from last year (yay Guelph!).
 
Sunday May 15th: Treemobile planting/delivery day! If you’ve got a vehicle or a shovel to share, come plant!
 
PLUS: check out all the amazing reskilling workshops hosted by Minga Skill Building Hub
 
Details for all the events are online here: http://www.transitionguelph.org/events/ Please share this post.
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TreeMobile is a working group of Transition Guelph. It is a project designed to increase resiliency and reduce carbon emissions in Guelph by increase the tree canopy (since trees absorb carbon as they grow). We aim to increase local food yields thereby reducing the average food miles for people in our city. It’s the best! It’s also not-for-profit and it’s volunteer-powered. TreeMobile delivers food-bearing trees and plants to people’s yards. Trees and plants are sold at just-over-cost and come with volunteer planters for those who need help in planting.

THIS IS WHERE YOU COME IN! If you’d like to help plant, you can sign up to volunteer at: http: //www.transitiontreemobile.org/volunteer/ as soon as possible.

We need folks to help sort and label trees/plants that have been ordered on Saturday, May 14 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the (GCUOF) Guelph Centre for Urban Organic Farming (at College Avenue East and Dundas Lane on the U of G campus). A light lunch will be provided to volunteers.

AND We need volunteer planters for Sunday, May 15 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. You will be working in teams to deliver and plant in the Guelph area. A tree-planting demo will be the first order of the day, so you don’t have to be an expert to participate, just willing to get your hands dirty. The day will start and end at GCUOF where a light lunch will be provided with an opportunity for debriefing and suggestions.

Our hope is to have someone with a videocamera to make a video of both sorting and planting activities. If you are available, please let us know and join the fun.

If you have questions, contact Jill Gill at peter.gill@sympatico.ca for more details.

TreeMobile is a working group of Transition Guelph. It is a project designed to increase resiliency and reduce carbon emissions in Guelph by increase the tree canopy (since trees absorb carbon as they grow). We aim to increase local food yields thereby reducing the average food miles for people in our city. It’s the best! It’s also not-for-profit and it’s volunteer-powered. TreeMobile delivers food-bearing trees and plants to people’s yards. Trees and plants are sold at just-over-cost and come with volunteer planters for those who need help in planting.

THIS IS WHERE YOU COME IN! If you’d like to help plant, you can sign up to volunteer at: http: //www.transitiontreemobile.org/volunteer/ as soon as possible.

We need folks to help sort and label trees/plants that have been ordered on Saturday, May 14 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the (GCUOF) Guelph Centre for Urban Organic Farming (at College Avenue East and Dundas Lane on the U of G campus). A light lunch will be provided to volunteers.

AND We need volunteer planters for Sunday, May 15 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. You will be working in teams to deliver and plant in the Guelph area. A tree-planting demo will be the first order of the day, so you don’t have to be an expert to participate, just willing to get your hands dirty. The day will start and end at GCUOF where a light lunch will be provided with an opportunity for debriefing and suggestions.

Our hope is to have someone with a videocamera to make a video of both sorting and planting activities. If you are available, please let us know and join the fun.

If you have questions, contact Jill Gill at peter.gill@sympatico.ca for more details.

Guelph Community Orchard Project is a working group of Transition Guelph. GCOP is Guelph’s first ever community fruit and nut tree orchard in two locations – 87 Dean Avenue (Harcourt United Church) and 195 College Avenue West (Guelph Community Christian School). The orchard sites were planted in September 2012, are maintained by volunteers and the produce is available to anyone in the community of Guelph to pick for free. A portion of the harvest is supplied to two local food pantries, for folks who experience food insecurity in our city.

The GCOP’s next work ‘party’ at the Harcourt site is scheduled for Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m.-noon. We will be engaged in a spring clean-up and preparing the site for further plantings. Come join the fun and get your hands dirty. Please bring fork/spade if possible. All are welcome. Contact Jill Gill at peter.gill@sympatico.ca for more details.

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