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The upcoming workday on Tuesday, April 17TH from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM will focus on general garden maintenance and repair, including a potential focus on repairing the compost corrals; raised bed repair and building; general maintenance and cleaning; fruit tree and bush pruning; and a whole host of other possible activities.

We strongly encourage those friends and members with general building and carpentry skills to join us and lend a hand. If you live near by, and have access to hand tools or battery tools that might be useful, please bring them with you if possible. We will share what basic tools we have.

We also encourage ALL those interested to come out and enjoy an afternoon at Maloca. NO SPECIAL SKILLS REQUIRED.

Check out the pictures from our last workday!

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Hello everyone!

It’s that time of the year again…

Join us in the garden on Thursday, March 29TH @ 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM! We’ll prepare for the upcoming growing season by cleaning up the site, mapping out the plots…and we’ll even get some seeds in the ground! This is a perfect opportunity for people who are considering joining to come and get acquainted with the space and some of the tasks involved. It’ll also be great to see some old faces! As with all of our events, absolutely no experience is necessary – there will be people down in the garden to show you the ropes!

If you would like be escorted down to the Maloca Community Garden, please meet in the Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies (HNES) building @ 1:00 PM. Otherwise, you can use this map and drop by at your convenience. We’re located in the southwest corner of campus.

We hope to see you there!

In the meantime, join our Facebook page!

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It’s already time to start thinking about the upcoming growing season! Join us Thursday, February 2ND @ 2:30 – 3:30 in HNES 105 or Wednesday, February 8TH @ 1:00 – 2:00 in HNES 105 to find out how you can become involved in the Maloca Community Garden. We’ll also be discussing everything from what we would like to plant, how we would like to organize the layout, what kind of activities we should plan and opportunities for community engagement and partnerships.

Right now all of the plots are dormant and covered in mulch. Damian, a Master in Environmental Studies student and Production Manager @ Fresh City Farms even helped us plant some winter rye in the Fall to provide ground cover for the Winter. Speaking of Damian, he’s facilitating a panel called World Crops, Local Food? Diasporas and the Food Justice Movement – check out more information on the Faculty of Environmental Studies website!

Some Environmental Studies students enrolled in ENVS 1200 Taking Action: Engaging People and the Environment stopped by in October to help us put the Garden to bed! Although the process was somewhat tedious – weeding  all of the beds, turning the soil, covering the soil with newspaper and cardboard and then adding a final layer of leaves and wood chips – it’ll ensure that this Spring the beds will be ready to go with minimal preparation!

Maloca Community Garden – WINTER 2012 UPCOMING EVENTS

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Maloca’s beds are no longer bare! On Saturday, May 28TH members and volunteers added plants such as tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, beans, corn, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts etc. to the Garden. We also harvested Maloca’s first crops: radishes and salad greens. Stop by the site to see our new additions, and check out how many beds we have reclaimed!

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P.S. Check the EVENTS section for a schedule of when people will be in the garden in June! Also, check out our FACEBOOK PAGE and FLICKR for more Maloca photos!

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Hey Gardeners!

I hope everyone has had a fun and fruitful summer!

The garden is looking good, a little weedy but very green! A Great big thanks to all of the garden members here throughout the summer water, weeding and keeping the gadren fresh and lively. There are currently lots of things ripe or ripening in the garden, including squash of all kinds, tomatoes, beans, peppers, jalapenos and some fall raspberries (mmmm!). So I hope everyone is getting a chance to make it out to the garden and do both some weeding and some harvesting.
Now that we’re all back from wherever the summer has taken us I would like to
have a meeting. We need to discuss our plans for the garden, catch up and Elect A New Steering Committee!

So the MANDATORY meeting will be on Sunday October 3rd at 5pm at the garden weather permitting. If the weather does no cooperate we will have our meeting in Health Nursing and Environmental Studies building first floor lounge. I will be sending out more details regarding the positions on the steering committee and a reminder closer to the meeting date.

Between now and then I would like to have an extreme weeding day on Saturday September 25th, starting around 2pm. We have TONS of weeding to do so everybody come on out and we’ll get things all weeded up!

I hope to see you all at both of these events.

Cheers,
Alix

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So the votes are in and I know the anticipation is getting to some of you so here it is, the results of our elections:

Campus Communications Coordinator – Lori Dagenais
Social/Events Coordinator – Nikki Satira
Secretary/Archivist – Onur Yilmaz (AKA Rusty)
Treasurer – Itai Chikowore
Work Coordinator – Ian Bowls
Coordinator – Alix Jolicoeur

The meeting was actually quite brief but we did head out to the garden after and roast marshmallows and some vegetables! Yippee for our new fireplace!

So despite the cold and dreary weather lately there should still be a few more weeks of gardening and harvesting, so I hope to see you all there.

Cheers, Alix

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We had another productive and bountiful workday at the garden last Friday. Thanks to everyone who came out and especially to all the little ones who were a big help and kept us laughing or smiling! Hope you can make it this afternoon with Ian and Tim, or again on Friday afternoon and evening.

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There’s lots to harvest, so come out and help! Hope to see you there!

eric

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