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Markham Homegrown Workshops

Are you planning on growing your own food this spring? The City of Markham has created a program just for you - Markham Homegrown Workshops. This new program is supported by the Greenprint, Markham’s Community Sustainability Plan and Markham’s Food Charter (PDF), which identify food security – safe, accessible, healthy food for all – as one of our priorities.

Please sign up for the workshops through the Eventbrite link.


Workshop Date Time Location Eventbrite

Backyard Food Growing 101

Have you always wanted to grow your own food, but didn’t know where to start? Come learn some basic concepts and skills so you can have access to locally homegrown food this summer!

May 10, 2017 7:00PM - 8:30PM Cornell Library – Learning Place A/B

Growing Themed Gardens for Kids!

Want to get the kids involved in the garden this year? Learn how to plant themed gardens such as pizza and soup gardens. *

*Cooked sample garden foods will not be included.

May 23, 2017 7:00PM - 8:30PM Thornhill CC, Fireside Lounge

Bee Friendly – Make Your Garden Pollinator Friendly

Are you looking for ways to make Markham more pollinator-friendly?

Markham was declared as Canada’s First Monarch Friendly City in 2016, so help us live up to this declaration by learning how to increase pollinators to your yard, including bees, monarch butterflies and other beneficial insects!

June 7, 2017 7:00PM - 8:30PM Cornell Library, Learning Place A/B

Don’t Have a Yard? Try One of These Space-Saving Ideas!

Perfect for those who have limited space, or just want to start a small, easier-to-maintain garden.

June 27, 2017 7:00PM - 8:30PM Thornhill CC, Fireside Lounge

Managing Garden Pests Naturally

Pesky pests? Learn how to deal with them without using pesticides.
Come and join us for an evening to learn how to control your garden pests, the natural way. Natural pest control is better for the environment, more creative, and you don't have to worry about eating your pesticides, too.

July 12, 2017 7:00PM - 8:30PM Angus Glen Library, Meeting Room

Introduction to Composting at Home

Have you heard of the secrets? Turning kitchen scraps into black garden gold?
Come learn about how you can return nutrients back to the earth. Composting is an easy way to give back to the earth, by putting less in your green bin. There are many methods you can take on at home, so come learn which is best suited for your household.

August 1, 2017 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Angus Glen Library, Meeting Room

Seed Saving 101

This will be a hands-on workshop on how to collect and save seeds for coming seasons or to share with family and friends.

Seed saving is an important practice in sustainable farming, it builds a stronger future for the community — keeps costs down, improves the yearly production/preservation of healthy produce, offers diversity and food security.

If you’ve also borrowed seeds from the Markham Homegrown Seed Library, this is one way to learn how to save your seeds and return them for next year’s circulation. 


September 18, 2017 7:00PM - 8:30PM Markham Village Library, Program Room A/B


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