Transition Guelph

Category: Urban Food

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.
It would make me beyond happy to meet some of you in person and make new friends 🙂 <3

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.

The GROW Gardens are a communal space for gardeners of all skill levels to come together and grow food. Transition Guelph’s Urban Food Working Group started the garden in 2015 and will be working throughout 2016 to create a space where new gardeners can come a learn the skills needed to grow food in an urban environment. Seasoned gardeners are on hand to share their skills and knowledge. There is a large playground on site and friends, families, kids, and neighbours are all welcome to come enjoy the space. Events are happening all throughout the spring, summer, and fall – check our Facebook group for upcoming dates: https://www.facebook.com/groups/711591168947465/

Come and learn with us!

 

RSVP online at https://www.facebook.com/events/221109021591428/

Join Transition Guelph in the planning for Guelph’s first Tool Library. This is the first public meeting of the committee. We are currently in the planning stages and we are looking for volunteers to help us out with tool acquisition, database design, publicity, and fundraising.

You can contact us at toollibrary@transitionguelph.org for details.

Come learn about the GROW Communal Gardens and help build some platforms for rain barrels (weather permitting). This event is open to anyone and everyone and there is a playground for kids on the site. Bring your work gloves and come willing to get dirty 🙂

The Grow Garden: A teaching community garden

Building community by mentoring gardeners to grow and share food.

The Grow Garden is a Transition Guelph Urban Food Working Group Project located at Grace Community Church.

What We Need & What You Get

Membership is free, we just ask that you help us grow extra produce for local food pantries.
If you don’t have time to be part of the garden we can always use donations of seeds, plants, and money to help the garden flourish. If you are interested in donating funds to the project, please contact us at grow@transitionguelph.org.

The Impact

The aim of the garden is to help folks learn to garden and grow food for themselves. We would like to give people a chance to understand the importance of a a fresh food diet, while also helping relieve some of the strain on their monthly food budget. The excess food will be donated to a few emergency food shelves in Guelph which also feed those in need during times of need.

The Grow Garden is a stepping stone for learning and self sustainability with an emphasis on community building. Our hope is to bring people together through gardening and to better our community through sharing and positive experience. Keep an eye out for our workshops about gardening and food preserving.

If you can’t support us financially please volunteer or come and garden with us! We all want to make our city the best possible place to live and raise a family. Bring your kids, your grandparents, your life partners or your friends and help build a better Guelph!

Please consider donating to our campaign to buy hazelnut bushes for the garden!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/hazelnuts-for-the-grow-garden#/

 

 

Urban Sugaring Project Update

We will be bottling maple syrup on Tuesday March 29 from 11 am until 3 pm.  Feel free to drop by St. James for a coffee if you would like to see the process.  Syrup will be available for pick up the following day, Wednesday March 30 from 6 until 7:00 p.m., and on Sunday April 3 from noon until 1 p.m. from St. James (86 Glasgow Street North).

Meet us at the Albion April 4th at 6 pm to hear about ongoing projects and find out about volunteer opportunities.

 

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