Posted by: silverspringsgarden | October 12, 2016

Silver Springs Edible Garden

Speaker Series

The next events in our Silver Springs/Parkdale Speakers series will be David Silburn on October 19, 2016, and Andrea Rocchio on November 16, 2016. Both events will take place at the Parkdale Community Centre.

David Silburn

David Silburn, M.Arch., BA EnvSt. Research Associate, Green Building Technologies Applied Research and Innovation Services SAIT Polytechnic Intern architect David Silburn is the lead Research Associate in Green Building Technologies (GBT) at SAIT Polytechnic’s Applied Research and Innovation Services (ARIS) department. Since 2009, David has developed and managed the GBT research initiative, and taught and created course and program curricula for Energy and Construction programs, non-profits, and Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan) Building Canada program. David is a designer, construction manager and technical consultant for the Net-Zero Energy Home (NZEH) Discovery series

His work has been published in reports to federal and provincial governments on near-zero and net-zero homes as well as energy efficiency component assemblies. He received the Custom Project of the Year award from the NZEH Coalition for his work on the Discovery 4 home and a Doing It Right This Time (DIRTT) Innovation award for the design, development and prototype of a building-integrated solar-thermal, evacuated tube balustrade (railing).

Andrea Rocchio

Andrea’s interest in rainwater harvesting began after taking the Permaculture Design Certification with Verge Permaculture in 2012. She has a passion for educating homeowners and encouraging them to install rainwater harvesting systems.
To further her education, she earned her Water Harvesting Practitioner certification with Watershed Management Group in Tucson Arizona.
Andrea also delivered the RAIN program through Green Calgary, completing 100 home visits to educate homeowners on the best practices for managing water on their property. “Rainwater harvesting is something that can be done on a small individual scale or a large industrial scale; each with many benefits for the environment and the property.”

Julie Walkers talk on Culinary & Medicinal Herbs took place on August 16, 2016 and here’s what one of our Gardeners had to say about the event:


If you haven’t met Julie Walker yet, you must put her on your list of interesting people to get to know!  Soon….very soon!  Parkdale Community Gardens hosted our August event of the Speaker Series Collaborative.

Julie Walker is a naturalist, explorer and Program Director of Full Circle Adventures.  She entertained and informed us of dozens of wild plants (most we consider weeds!) that are perfect for using in your kitchen. The best part is they are almost always right at our doorstep!

Julie has taken prominent chefs from Calgary Restaurants…think River Cafe and the like…  to forage the foothills, ranches and forests for delectable wild herbs and plants.  We were thrilled to get the insider on what they are using and how they are incorporating these wild herbs and vegetables onto their menus….Fir tip syrups, fire weed “asparagus”, dandelion greens….not to mention the teas you can make from leaves, roots and flowers of clover, bergamot, and nettles to name a few that are tasty and incredibly healthy for you.  It doesn’t end there!  Salads, soups and more are all possibilities!

In the short time we had with Julie she gave us some great advice on identifying certain species and when best to harvest each one…also you must pay heed to the 10 % rule…never take more than 10 % of the plant you are hunting for in that given area!  Very important to keep in mind when you are a steward of the earth!  So much to know! So many ideas!

Details on upcoming topics are available at: . Speakers we have engaged are all very knowledgeable and passionate about their respective topics!

Please join us for these dynamic speakers for information packed evenings!

Tickets are $15.00 + GST available on-line (PayPal) at or cash/chq at the door.



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