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MILLHURST COMMUNITY GARDEN WORKSHOPS 2023
 

In 2023 our garden workshops are focused on self reliance in garden and home.  We will start off with members of our community sharing some of their cultural food followed by a series of workshops designed to teach skills to support a balance home and garden life..

About Sakaw Garden Education Director: Cindy Suelzle is an avid gardener in Edmonton and writes a blog called Backyard City Homestead. She delights in spending time with her grandkids, especially in the yard.  She is a proponent of self reliance and in living a debt free lifestyle.  She is actively involved in teaching self-reliant skills through her blog site, her youtube channel (a new project in the making), through her work as a Thrive Life Consultant, and in person in church groups and the community.  

She is our Educational Director at Sakaw Community Garden.

ENDING ONE GARDENING SEASON AND PREPARING FOR THE NEXT ONE; PUTTING YOUR GARDEN TO BED 

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The end of gardening season comes as a relief to most of us. The weather is cooler, the daylight is shorter, the harvest has slowed down, greens have turned to yellows and browns. We're done!  It might feel like it's time to catch our breath, but it’s a mistake to abandon the garden just because it's winding down. Don't fall for it. Your garden NEEDS you. Putting your garden to bed is an important step in it's health next spring. 
There are things we can do now that will set ourselves up for success next year.   Come on, give yourself one more final push, then you can both rest in the winter - guilt free.  

DATE

Tuesday October 10th, 2023

TIME

7:00 - 8:30 pm

COST

$5.00

LOCATION

To Be Determined

INSTRUCTOR

Cindy Suelzle

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TOMATOES

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Based on tomato sales, the average North American eats almost 30 pounds of tomatoes a year. But what about those of us who grow and preserve our own? How would stats ever reflect that? Tomatoes are one of the most popular vegetables grown in Canadian gardens, and September abounds with them!  
Let's explore, share and sample together. Show us your favourite homegrown tomatoes. We'll share tips on how to grow them, use them, and preserve them, as well as recipes, and of course we'll sample some of our favourite ways to eat them. Let's learn from each other.  

DATE

Tuesday September 12th, 2023

TIME

7:00 - 8:30 pm

COST

$5.00

LOCATION

TBD

INSTRUCTOR

Cindy Suelzle

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POTPOURRI

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In the world of scented candles, air fresheners, and plug in deodorizers, most of us have forgotten that there is another way of naturally freshening up one’s home year round, using flowers from your own garden.   Learning how to make potpourri is easy, the supplies are inexpensive, and it's a way to reuse and recycle, not only your garden flowers, but containers. Your potpourri can last for years, and can be refreshened from time to time to put new life into it.  

DATE

Tuesday August 15th, 2023

TIME

7:00 - 8:30 pm

COST

$5.00

LOCATION

Sakaw Gardens

INSTRUCTOR

Cindy Suelzle

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INFUSING YOUR OWN VINEGARS

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This is a hands-on class using herbs, vegetable and fruits that are easily assessable in an average garden.   
If you enjoy flavoured vinegars that can be bought at specialty stores or restaurants, prepare to be amazed at how easy it is to infuse your own!  Fun to create, use and great gifts too!. 

DATE

Tuesday July 18th, 2023

TIME

7:00 - 8:30 pm

COST

$5.00

LOCATION

Milhurst Community League

INSTRUCTOR

Cindy Suelzle

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HERB GARDENING & USING WHAT YOU GROW

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Growing herbs is one of the most delightful things about summer gardening, and is the perfect first experience.   Herbs are among the easiest plants to grow, usually very forgiving, pleasingly fragrant, lovely to use decoratively, and the majority can be used in the kitchen as well as around the home.   

We’ll be discussing: 
- what to grow, which plants are the easiest to grow & which herbs will come back next year 
- how to grow, how to care for your plans, how to harvest & how to use

- herbs that are easy to use in the kitchen with some recipes for cooking with garden herbs.  

DATE

Tuesday June 13th, 2023

TIME

7:00 - 8:30 pm

COST

$5.00

LOCATION

Sakaw Gardens

INSTRUCTOR

Cindy Suelzle

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PERENNIAL GARDENING

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Perennials are plants that come back year after year, building structure and interest all season long. There are many hardy perennials that are easy to grow in Alberta!  These staple plants will keep your garden lush and full for years.  Perennial plants are also great for the eco-systems of our gardens.  We’ll be discussing which plants are suitable for your yard / garden - in the sun spots as well as the shady areas. Where to find them. Where and how to plant them. How to care for them. What you can expect from them.   

 

This workshop may be in the garden – or in a local backyard, and will encourage sharing of plants. You’ll be informed of location about a week before the class.   

DATE

Tuesday May 9th, 2023

TIME

7:00 - 8:30 pm

COST

$5.00

LOCATION

To Be Determined

INSTRUCTOR

Cindy Suelzle

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GETTING AN EARLY START & KEEPING IT GREEN
COMPOSTING & RECYCLING

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Things can be tricky here in the spring when the sun is shining and you’re eager to get things in the ground. We will discuss the difference between cold and warm weather crops, companion and succession planting and what you can do to get your garden ready before you put things in the ground.

 

The second part of the evening we will talk about composting and recycling in our city and climate. And who knows we may have a little time for some scrappy cooking.

 

DATE

Tuesday April 11th, 2023

TIME

7:00 - 8:30 pm

COST

$5.00

LOCATION

Millhurst Community Hall

INSTRUCTOR

Mattea Bujold with  ONE GARDEN

New Growth

STARTING YOUR SEEDLINGS INSIDE

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Planning your garden and starting your seeds, these two things should go hand in hand but for many of us they seldom do. We’ll discuss a few techniques for planning your garden then move into the how and when of starting your seeds indoors. We will do a brief overview of the following:

  • Germination

  • Timing 

  • Growth Conditions 

  • Growth medium

  • Potting up

  • Problem solving and pest control

  • Seeds that should be directly sown

DATE

Tuesday March 14th, 2023

TIME

7:00 - 8:30 pm

COST

$5.00

LOCATION

Millhurst Community Hall

INSTRUCTOR

Mattea and Didier

from ONE GARDEN

New Growth

CHILEAN COOKING

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Sharing some similarities with Mediterranean cuisine, Chilean cooking stems mainly from a combination of Spanish and Indigenous influences. Olivia will teach us about foods that are typical in Chilean cooking, giving us tips and hints, as well as demonstrating Porotos, a family favourite stew that incorporates squash, potatoes and other vegetables with Romano beans (a substitute), and sopaipillas (a bread). We’ll sample it, and you’ll be able to go home and make this hearty and delicious winter soup for your family. 
 

About the instructor: Olivia is a 1st generation Canadian, her parents having immigrated as refugees from Chile during the political coup of the 1970’s. She grew up immersed in a fusion of Chilean and Canadian cultures, helping in the kitchen preparing traditional favourites.  With her husband Fidel, they incorporate Chilean dishes and flavours into their daily meals.

DATE

Tuesday Feb. 7th, 2023

TIME

7:00 - 8:30 pm

COST

$5.00

LOCATION

Millhurst Community Hall

INSTRUCTOR

Olivia Ramos 

SOPAIPILLAS

GERMAN COOKING

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From schnitzel to spaetzle, German food is hearty and delicious. Uschi will teach us about foods that are common in German cooking, giving us tips and hints, as well as demonstrating pork schnitzel and spaetzle.  We’ll top the meal off with sautéed red cabbage, and poppyseed cake.  You can go home and make this typical German meal for your family. 

About the Instructor:  Uschi and her husband Wolfgang moved to Canada from Germany in 2007 with 9 of their 12 children.  They came for work.  She loves to do family history work, is an active gramma in the lives of her 16 grandchildren, and loves to learn healthy new ways of being SELF RELIANT

DATE

Tuesday January 10th, 2023

TIME

7:00 - 8:30 pm

COST

$5.00

LOCATION

Millhurst Community Hall

INSTRUCTOR

Uschi Koneitz

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HOMEMADE SAUCES, DRESSINGS AND MIXES

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Making your own sauces, dressings and mixes at home is not only easy and more cost effective than store bought, but you are in total control of the ingredients and can choose the best. 
And there are no preservatives, and no 'added' ingredients because you're in charge. And because they're so quick and easy, you don't have to store them - just whip them up when needed.

We'll be covering: 

  • sauces like Tzatziki, Pesto, BBQ, Plum, Teriyaki, Peanut, Tarter. Tomato and of course Salsa

  • dressings like Dill Buttermilk, Green Goddess, Asian, Poppyseed, Greek

  • mixes like Biscuit, Pancake, Mediterranean and Cream sauce mix

DATE

Tuesday November14th, 2023

TIME

7:00 - 8:30 pm

COST

$5.00

LOCATION

Millhurst Community Hall

INSTRUCTOR

Cindy Suelzle

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