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Growing Market Garden Crops for Colour and Slow Fibre Marketing

Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 3:30 pm to 4:45 pm

Colourful yarn

Workshop Description

This workshop will be an introduction to market gardeners and others who are interested in growing for the local fibre, fashion, and colour initiatives that are growing in popularity.

Intended to game out a way to have non-food plants be profitable for both the soil, market garden rotations, and for the farmers to utilize all their labour and land base for an economic and biological return.

Topics covered will include:

  • the value of growing dye plants from a biological diversity perspective
  • value of dye plants from an economic perspective
  • what dye plants are good for market gardeners
  • ways to intergrate dye plants into the market garden
  • who buys dye plants
  • potential ways to market and sell dye plants
  • other possibilities for dye plants

Speakers: Jennifer Osborn & Becky Porlier

Jennifer is Head Shepherdess at All Sorts Acre Farm.  She is a fibre farmer, natural dyer, permaculture and fibre artist, designer and teacher as well as a dye plant grower.  She enjoys learning by observing, trying, listening, and doing. Applying what has been learned to a working farm to feed, cloth, and nourish our selves, others, and benefit the land we live on.

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Becky is the co-founder and director of the Upper Canada Fibreshed, a not-for-profit facilitating an agricultural textile network in Ontario.

She has been involved in the local food and fibre movement since completing an Msc in Capacity Development and Extension from the University of Guelph in 2012, that led to researching organic farming (Bhutan 2011), food security, (Nunavut 2012), working as an urban farmer Guelph (2012) and at Miracle Farms, a polyculture orchard Quebec (2014).

Settling near the shores of Lake Nippising in Ontario, she is an avid gardener and forager.

Becky Porlier