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On April 22, 2013 Maloca Garden came alive once more. Gardeners of different backgrounds gathered to get the garden ready for the growing season. We did some spring cleaning and planting! Onions, beets, radishes, rutabagas, carrots, turnips, lettuce, arugula, peas, and beans are now in the ground and ready to sprout! We also pruned the raspberry bushes so we can have more productive plants. The compost was aerated to improve decomposition after the reduced activity during winter. The flower and herb gardens are now free from dead dried plants so we can have more space for more diversity. Finally, we started to protect the raised beds from animal pest. We installed some chicken wire fences, but not all the beds are fenced yet.

Thank you that all who came to help to put Maloca Garden in shape for the summer. Your participation is really appreciated!

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Maloca Garden’s next event will be a raised-bed building workshop. We are going to restore the existing wood structures and build new ones. Hopefully, we will also continue to fence our raised-beds. If you are interested in joining us for that event, stay tuned for upcoming information or email us at maloca.yorku@gmail.com and we will add you to our mailing list.

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2012 SPRING DIG-IN!

Next weekend we’ll be hosting our annual Spring dig-in! The weather has been gorgeous lately, so let’s hope for more sunny skies!

Join us next Saturday, June 2ND from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. We’ll be doing a lot of planting and celebrating the start of another season. As usual, this event will be a potluck. If you’d like to participate, please bring your own plate and cutlery because we would like to try to minimize waste. Also, please feel free to bring your family and friends, the more the merrier!

We hope to see everyone there!

P.S. Don’t forget a water bottle & some sunscreen, there’s very little shade down at the garden.

2012 Spring Dig-In Poster – CLICK ME!

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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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2012 Annual Seeding Workshop

MARCH 8TH – SEEDING WORKSHOP in conjunction with the Faculty of Environmental Studies ECO ART & MEDIA FESTIVAL

Tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, cauliflower, broccoli – oh my! Join us in the Faculty of Environmental Studies lounge on the main floor of the HNES building on Thursday, March 8TH from 1-4 PM. We’ll be planting the seeds that will eventually become the seedlings we will transfer to the Garden in May and we need your help. Come and lend a hand and learn about heirloom seeds, gardening 101 and urban agriculture!

(CLICK HERE FOR YORKU CAMPUS MAP)

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MES Orientation BBQ

On August 31, 2011, we invited incoming Master in Environmental Studies (MES) to attend a free BBQ at the Garden. In addition to enjoying roasted corn, portobello mushrooms and sausages, we roasted some potatoes that we harvested directly from the ground. This was a great opportunity for upper-year students to socialize with new students and share their experiences and food-related interests. I think I speak for everyone when I say this was a successful event! Since then, a number of students have returned to volunteer – THANK YOU!

Although Fall has arrived, there are still a number of chores to do around the Garden, and beets, radishes, lettuce, tomatoes, tomatillos, peppers and corn to harvest. Check your e-mail for more information about upcoming work days, or stop by our office in the Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies (HNES) building, room 136C.

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This summer a number of groups have visited the Garden. Back in June, a group of volunteers from HSBC  descended upon the garden and pitched in with weeding, bindweed removal and digging up new beds. The event was a part of a larger initiative between the Bank, Black Creek Pioneer Village and York University. Despite the rain (torrential downpour!), everyone maintained positive attitudes as we hiked along a nature trail from the Black Creek Parkland, across a river, past the Hoover House on York University’s campus and up to the Garden.  The Associate Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Studies, Leesa Fawcett, was particularly helpful in teaching the students and participants about the natural history of the area. Following that, a group of employees from North York Harvest toured the Garden in July, as a part of a City-wide community garden tour. However, the fun doesn’t stop there!

On July 29TH, 2011, youth from a shelter called Eva’s Initiatives came to visit the Maloca Community Garden on York University’s Keel campus. At the organization’s main location, the residents tend to a garden that grows a range of vegetables and herbs, so the Director was enthusiastic about the opportunity to visit another urban agriculture site. Shortly after that, a Spanish-speaking group from the Jane/Finch community, El Centro Para Gente de Habla Hispana, visited with their summer camp students on August 2ND, 2011. The Centre supports a unique project that use the tomato as a catalyst for conversations about urban agriculture, Latin American culture, sustainability and global issues such as climate change and migrant labour. You can learn more about it HERE.

The Eva’s Initiatives group helped us plant beet seeds and construct a wire barrier around the freshly-planted bed – to ward off hungry groundhogs who have been collecting their fill of organic produce all summer long (they really loved our beans and cabbage.)  The group also helped us ‘hill’ the potatoes, which is when you add more soil around the base of the plant to prevent any potatoes from being exposed to the sunlight (which can make them poisonous!) and to give them more room to grow. We also harvested beets, carrots and basil.  The group even took home some chocolate mint to transplant into their garden. Overall, it was a great visit – despite a brief downpour. Luckily we had the canopy set up!

The children from the summer camp were mesmerized by the fresh carrots, beets and potatoes we unearthed from the garden. It is always enjoyable to see the Garden from other peoples’ perspectives, especially children! Particular points of interest along the tour were the squash patch, the Three Sisters plot, our compost station, the successional planting experiment in the lettuce bed and our barrel ‘o potatoes, which grows potatoes vertically rather than spread out horizontally in a patch. Again, it was another great visit and Will won the kids over by spraying them with the hose on the really hot day.

P.S. Special thanks to Ben who takes so many wonderful photos of the Maloca Community Garden and posts them on our Facebook page.

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