Fresh City Farms (www.freshcityfarms.com) is a community organization that believes our current food production system is not working and strives to play a role in challenging the status quo and re-connecting people with the rhythm of farming by re-introducing it to their daily lives. They are perhaps most well known for their Fresh City Box, which delivers a box full of organically grown food right to your door on a regular basis.
Ran introduced us to the guest presenters Arlene and Marc Green from the Backyard Urban Farm Company (www.bufco.ca) who proceeded to instruct us in the basics of indoor herb growing during the hands-on workshop. The beginning of their presentation was cut off by a mischevious cat who decided to play a cat and mouse right in front of our eyes and then promptly decided to sit on my table and ask for some care and attention. This cat, in combination with the weather, made for a great relaxing feeling of Spring, despite it being the middle of January.
Arlene and Marc - whose BUFCO designs, builds, installs and maintains organic vegetable gardens - gave us a thorough and entertaining presentation on all things herb growing from seed to harvest. It was a presentation definitely geared to the beginner (me), but even the seasoned pros in the audience relished the opportunity to ask questions and get some advice from the presenters and fellow attendees.
So how did I do? Arlene and Marc provided us with soil and a wide variety of seeds to plant in our starter kit. I made the classic rookie mistake of planting more than two seeds, which Arlene stated is an almost irresistible temptation for new gardeners (they are so small!). I also forgot to label my seeds as I went, which at least adds the element of surprise when my plants start to grow. Overall, we were very happy with the workshop. It was hands on and we got a bunch of tips, from the best hydroponics store in Toronto (Grow It All Hydroponics ) to which books to read before we start building our backyard oasis.
I would definitely recommend it for the new and seasoned gardener.
- Helder Marcos