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Building Living Fences:May 2016Just Us! Centre for Small Farms

Carolyn Greene will demonstrate how to build a waddle fence, and we’ll begin the process of creating a living willow fence in the Children’s Garden.  This will be a hands-on project.

Open and free to the public (donations welcomed)

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Sustainable Food Systems & Community Development with Sarah Pittoello:May 24 - June 10Acadia University

In this Acadia course, participants will gain confidence applying a sustainability lens to food system issues, gain experience with community-based food systems, and explore and develop personal experiences as food citizens.  Students will broaden their capacity as gardeners and food citizens—regardless of prior experience!—through: readings and critical discussions; independent project work with community organizations; and hands-on gardening activities.

This course is offered through Open Acadia and will be taught by Sarah Pittoello.

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Plan your Seed Saving Garden:Sunday, May 29, 1-3PMJust Us! Centre for Small Farms

Would you like to learn how to design your garden to save seed, rather than buy new seed every year? Or maybe even save seed to sell to the many independent seed companies in Nova Scotia.

Steph Warr from Twisted Brook Farm grows seed for Annapolis Seeds and Hope Seeds and will lead participants through the process of designing your garden so that you can ensure good quality seed.  She will highlight concepts like minimal populations, isolation distances, and discuss what to do to reduce GMO contamination (alfalfa, corn, etc.).

Open and free to the public (donations welcomed)

Bring your garden planning ideas for your own garden!

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Animal Housing using Natural Materials:May 2016Just Us! Centre for Small Farms

Sam Etemadi, Steppe Eagle Farm in Scott’s Bay, will go through the basics of joinery.  Using mortise and tenon joints on alders and birches, Sam will create natural shelters and fences for sheep and poultry.

This will be a hands-on workshop, ideally for small-scale livestock farmers.  There will be a nominal fee for the workshop.

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Slow Food AGM, Lunch, and Tours:June, 5 10AM-2PM, 2016Horton Community Hall

Find out more about GOOD, CLEAN, and FAIR in our food and farming systems at the Slow Food NS Annual General Meeting on Sunday, June 5th at 10AM at the Horton Community Hall (across from the Tangled Garden).  The meeting will include educational sessions and discussions about Slow Fish and about regulations affecting small-scale producers and processors.

The AGM will include an update by Al Stewart regarding Horton Ridge Malt & Grain with a tour after the meeting.  A tour of the Just Us! Centre for Small Farms will also be available following the meeting.

For more information, please visit www.slowfoodns.com

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A Rare Breeds Renaissance: Growing our future from the past:June 10-12, 2016Ross Creek Centre of the Arts

Rare Breeds Canada is proud to host conversations on the importance of heritage breeds in the future of livestock farming.  An amazing lineup of speakers including Lawrence Alderson, Elaine Shirley, Tom Hutchinson, Jeanette Baranger, Dirk Van Loon, Marg Zillig, and many more.

The event will be held at the Ross Creek Centre of the Arts in Canning, NS. To register please visit: www.artscentre.ca/rare-breeds-at-ross-creek/ and for more information check out www.rarebreedscanada.org

 

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Deconstructing Dinner with Jon Steinman:June 2016Wolfville, NS

Jon Steinman, founder and producer of the radio and TV show, Deconstructing Dinner, will be coming to Nova Scotia to share his thoughts on the next chapter of the local food movement.

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How make a Pollinator Garden:June 26, 1-3PMJust Us! Centre for Small Farms

A pollinator garden is a foundational component to any garden or farm.  Pollinator gardens provide food, drink, and a place to stay for bees, butterflies, birds, and other pollinators.  Join Gilberte Doelle, Wild Rose Farm, as she describes the importance of beneficial insects and helps select plants to help attract and keep them for the growing season.

Open and free to the public (donations welcomed)

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BerryFest:Summer 2016Just Us! Centre For Small Farms

Wendell Berry, sheep farmer from Kentucky, is arguably the poet laureate of agriculture.  Seminal writings like “The Unsettling of America”, “The Gift of Good Land”, and “The Mad Farmer Poems” have helped shape a generation of farmers with a philosophy and practice of sustainability.  The Just Us! Centre for Small Farms, in cooperation with Gaspereau Press, Windhorse Farm, and The Box of Delights Bookshop look to celebrate the works of Wendell Berry.

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Artisanal Cheesemaking with David Asher:August 2016Locations across Nova Scotia

David Asher, The Blacksheep School of Cheesemaking, will host a series of workshops in Nova Scotia on the art of making cheese.  David is an organic farmer, farmstead cheese maker and cheese educator based on the gulf islands of British Columbia, Canada. A guerrilla cheesemaker, David does not make cheese according to standard industrial philosophies – he explores traditionally cultured, non-corporate methods of cheesemaking.

His workshops teach a cheesemaking method that is natural, DIY, and well suited to the home kitchen or artisanal production. He is the author of The Art of Natural Cheesemaking.

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The Market Gardener’s Toolkit with Jean Martin Fortier:TBATBA

Join the Just Us! Centre for Small Farms host Jean Martin Fortier in the release of the film, The Market Gardener’s Toolkit, in which he shares his tools and techniques for successful, profitable, human-scale farming.

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Mead Making with John Cummings:May 1st, 2016 at 2-4PMJust Us! Centre for Small Farms

Mead or “honey wine” is one of the oldest fermented beverages yet is only now gaining widespread popularity.  Join John Cummings of Green Man Botanicals from Gaspereau Mountain in a hands-on workshop on turning honey into mead.

Cost will be $15, this workshop is limited to 20 participants.  This event is in collaboration with Slow Food NS. Please register via info@centreforsmallfarms.ca

Seedy Saturday At The Wolfville Market:April 16, 9-1PM, 2016Wolfville Farmers' Market

Come visit the Just Us! Centre for Small Farm booth to learn more about Pulses, our Community Seed Library, upcoming Seed Saving Workshops, and how you can help stop GM alfalfa contamination.  We will be giving common alfalfa seed for you to grow and collect seed from as a sign of solidarity with the farmer’s right to save seed.

Vandana Shiva:Nov. 2014TBA

A scientist, philosopher, feminist, author, environmentalist, and activist, Dr. Vandana Shiva is a voice for peace, sustainability and social justice. She is the founder of Navdanya, an NGO that promotes biodiversity, organic farming, seed saving and the rights of farmers.

Sandor Katz:Aug 22, 2014 12:00AMTBA

A self-taught fermentation experimentalist, Sandor wrote Wild Fermentation and The Art of Fermentation to share the wisdom he had learned and demystify home fermentation.

Leanne Simpson:Early Summer 2014TBA

Writer, scholar, storyteller and spoken word artist of Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg ancestry, Leanne is an instructor at the Centre for World Indigenous Knowledge, Athabasca University.

J.P. Courtens:Feb. 2014TBA

Jean-Paul and his wife Jody Bolluyt farm using biodynamic principles. Together, they farm at Roxbury Farm, a 375-acre diversified operation growing vegetables, hay, beef, lamb, pork, and chicken.

Temple Grandin:Dec 3, 2013 7:00PMDal Agricultural Campus, Truro

Temple Grandin is a doctor of animal sciences, professor, author and advisor on animal behaviour. Her insights into animal behavior and livestock handling have revolutionized food-animal welfare, and she is a champion for individuals with autism and their families.

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