Posted by: silverspringsgarden | October 12, 2016

Silver Springs Edible Garden

Harvesting is in full swing at the Edible garden. The deluge of rain in July gave everything a running start and the garden boxes have produced lots of quality vegetables for the Gardeners and for our annual donation to the Food Bank.


Speaker Series


Imagine your yard not only as a retreat….but a productive retreat!

Parkdale Community Gardens hosted the fourth event of our collaborative Speaker Series in July.

Luke Kimmel and Adrian Buckley of reGenerate Designs walked us through the newly planted Food Forest in Parkdale’s Community Garden. Much to the delight of those who attended, we learned the techniques and benefits of developing a “Food Forest” in our own yards and green spaces.

When we think of the word “forest”, we automatically think “big”…Well my friends, it doesn’t have to be! Quite a few of us already have some of the basics in place – we just have to expand on them and get a little creative. Luke and Adrian gave us a concise overview of what a food forest is and how to develop one in our own small spaces. A food forest essentially incorporates permiculture principles in that you replicate how different plant species co-exist and depend on each other just as they do in a natural forest.

There are seven basic components involved:

  1. The Canopy, this would include tall fruit/nut trees
  2. The low tree layer – Dwarf varieties of apple, pear, and cherry trees
  3. Shrub layer – Berries such as Saskatoon, Haskap etc.
  4. Herbaceous layer – Comfrey, herbs
  5. Rhyzosphere – Root veggies, garlic
  6. Soil Surface – Ground cover such as strawberries
  7. Vertical layer – Climbers and Vines

By incorporating these ideas of companion planting, permiculture, rain harvesting and soil building, you will develop not only a sustainable food source for yourself, birds and wildlife…but also a beautiful low maintenance, healthy eco system! Good for you…Good for the planet!

The next events in our Silver Springs/Parkdale Speakers series will be Julie Walker on August 17, 2016, on September 21, 2016, a speaker dealing with Canning, Drying & Preserving the fruits from your garden, and on October 19, 2016 David Silburn will speak on Solar Energy & Net Zero Houses. The next three events will take place at the Parkdale Community Centre at 7:30 PM at the Parkdale Community Centre – 3512 5th Ave NW

Julie Walker

Julie Walker is a self-taught naturalist, explorer and Program Director for Full Circle Adventures.

Her talk will be about foraging for edible food in the wild and how to collect and add these plants to your own personal garden. Want to learn about edible wild plants for food, medicine and old fashioned tea? That’s the topic for this session

. The native plants grow in specific places and those natural minerals and soils enhance their health. You get the chance to smell the leaves, learn their uses and the plant habitats until you feel as at home as they are. Her goal is to inspire you to delve deeper into relationships with the world of nature.

Learn about the many Alberta plants that have been used for healing, food and tools. Introduced weeds and native plants that grow in healthy soil are rich in nutrients. Find out the amazing gifts of each plant, some to make rope, others to eat the root, some for tea and others to make baskets. Most native plants are easy to grow in your own yard! Imagine the money you can save going out the door or onto your balcony for a leaf for tea or for a soup green

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.”

. 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 information and dynamic packed evenings!

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





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