Saturday, March 21, 2009

Fruit Trees & Bees

Fruit Tree Grafting

Learn to graft your own heritage dwarf apple tree. These small size trees are suitable for growing in pots on balconies or in small back yards. From theory to hands-on, several grafting methods will be demonstrated and practiced. A wide choice of apple varieties will be available to choose from so you can graft the tree you want. Bring a very sharp knife. Participants take home the tree they grafted.

Date: Saturday, April 4 th
Time: 10am-12pm
Place: Barn, Terra Nova Rural Park
Cost: $12
Instructor: Brian Campbell

For more information or to register, please contact Arzeena Hamir at

Orchard Mason Bee Houses

Discover the joys of keeping Orchard mason bees. These important native and solitary pollinators of fruit trees are gentle and hesitant to sting, making them ideal for children and families to work with. We’ll explore their life cycle with forage and habitat requirements in the context of successfully creating a home for these charming native bees. Nesting types that can be made at home will be demonstrated. Materials to make your own nest will be provided.

Date: Saturday, February 28th
Time: 1pm-3pm
Place: Barn, Terra Nova Rural Park
Cost: $15
Instructor: Brian Campbell

E-mail or contact Arzeena Hamir at to register

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Shorewood chickens

A post from Heather Havens:

I am from a village called Shorewood, inside of the city of Milwaukee WI, both of which are trying to legalize backyard chickens. Shorewood's efforts were started by a very awesome young girl names Carenna. A group has gathered around her to help make this happen, and they are doing a fantastic job. They go to the council again tomorrow, and this is a presentation that they made for that appointment tomorrow (they went to Madison WI, home of Mad City Chickens to take pictures and get interviews). I was so proud, and thought it was so nice (and persuasive), that I couldn't help but share it with you

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