Thursday, April 30, 2009

Grow A Deeper Shade of Green

Join Growing Power’s Will Allen and Lynchburg Grows for a 1 ½ day hands-on workshop on sustainable agriculture and creating local food systems

Where: Lynchburg Grows, 1339 Englewood Street, Lynchburg VA 24501

When: May 12-13 (agenda is below)

Whether you would like to get more and better crops out of your backyard city or suburban plot, start or improve a community gardening project, or learn to turn a larger profit out of a small acreage or farm, this hands-on demonstration workshop is a timely spring event you won’t want to miss.

Save the date, May 12-13 for this lifetime learning experience.

Renowned urban farmer Will Allen, the founder of Growing Power Inc., a Milwaukee farm, community food center and national training center, will lead demonstrations in some of the methods and systems that are revolutionizing organic, sustainable food growing for tomorrow’s world. Lunch is included in the price of registration.

Living Biological Growing Systems: An Innovative Approach to Sustainable Production. How to develop a comprehensive and sustainable growing system that can grow food year-round without heat.

Composting: Learn how to build indoor/small-scale compost systems, and design and maintain outdoor/small and large-scale systems.. Discuss collection of waste streams in the city or on the farm.

Vermiculture: Construct and maintain a worm bin. Use vermicompost as a fertilizer or use it for generating cash from those who want an excellent organic fertilizer.We will build an additional 4 worm-bins that will be offered for sale to participants along with a starter worm population.

Aquaponics: Build a large aquaponics unit/vertical growing system where fish and organic plants live in an enclosed system. We will also build 3-4 model demonstration units that will be offered for sale to workshop participants who want to experiment with an aquaponics system.

Community Project Design: Meet people who have actually done community projects requiring technical expertise in soil remediation, urban agriculture & food distribution, aquaculture, vermiculture, community gardening, large or small-scale composting, bee-keeping, and more.

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Cost: Registration is $75. You may pay by check at the time of event.RSVP to:

Please let us know you’re coming!Space is limited to 50 people so make your reservations now!
Contact: Michael G. Van Ness, Executive Director, Lynchburg Grows(434) 546 – 1793

May 12 – 13th Agenda
Will Allen visit to Lynchburg Grows

May 12th
8:00 am – 8:30 am Workshop Registration / Refreshments
8:30 am – 9:00 am Introduction (Dereck Cunningham, LG Pres. And Will Allen)
9am – 12:00 Composting and Worm Farming
Includes building a compost pile
Includes harvesting worms from worm bin and making 4 worm bins (we will sell 3 of them for $75 ea.)

12:00 – 12:30 pm Lunch
12:30 – 5:00 pm Aquaponics
Includes building an on-site aquaponics/vertical farming unit and 3-4 model demonstration units (We will be selling 3 of them for $250/ea.)
5:30 – 6:30 pm Tour of facility & Refreshments
6:30 – 7:30 pm Will Allen Powerpoint Presentation - "Community Based Food Systems"

May 13th
8:00 am – 8:30 am Registration / Refreshments
8:30 am – 10:00 am Growing & Selling Chemical Free produce for Sale
10:00 am – 11:30 am Building Local Food Systems – including CSA’s, Farmer’s Markets & Farmer’s Co-ops
11:30 am Adjournment of workshop

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