introduction to the 6-month indoor gardening program by eco evolver

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This document is the slide deck for a webinar. It contains information about the importance of indoor gardening, the common pitfalls, and how a new 6-month program intends to make indoor gardening accessible to new gardeners. You can listen to the webinar here: http://ecoevolver.com/webinars/thank-you-6-month-program/

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  • 1. Webinar:Eco Evolvers6-month Indoor Gardening ProgramWell begin shortly...1

2. Webinar:Eco Evolvers6-month Indoor Gardening ProgramAn innovative program that builds a communityof indoor gardeners that come together to sharein the learning and growing.Thank you for joining the webinar!2 3. The Host of Tonights WebinarMacKinnon Ravine Food Forestpermablitz. July, 2014Emilio Gagliardi was born and raised in EdmontonStarted career as a web application developerCompleted Masters of Science in Psychology, 2009Founded Eco Evolver in 2012 to develop practicalsolutions for living sustainablyProject lead for Edmonton Catholic Schools firstindoor living wall at St.Teresa Elementary SchoolMember of MacEwan Universitys Sustainability AdvisoryCommitteeAdvocate for both the Earth Charter Initiative and TheNatural Step frameworkResearching, learning, teaching, and developing humansystems are what Im passionate aboutI do this work to help people reconnect with NatureAND align with the unstoppable force of evolution.3 4. So why indoor gardening?Its getting cold in Edmonton and we love to eat freshvegetablesThe changing climate and global economic trends areforcing the price of food up and our purchasing powerdownResidential urban agriculture is one piece of thesustainable community puzzleIndoor gardening contextualizes science-based learningoutcomes and provides an excellent platform forinquiry-based learningExcellent for people with reduced mobilityThe skills and materials we use for indoor gardeningcan be used to support our outdoor gardensZipGrow Towers by Bright Agrotech LLC4 5. Common pitfallsThere are so many types of indoor gardening that its overwhelming to get started.There are a lot of variables to design for, build into and monitorEach expert you talk to has a different opinion about how to grow plants, whichproducts to use, how to configure the grow beds, and theyre all right.Indoor gardens place all of the responsibility on you right away. Without soil, microbes,sun, rain, insects and the entire ecosystem helping your plants develop, its up to you.Our daily habits and external responsibilities make it difficult to integrate the dailypractice of gardening. We need to become grazers and eat when food is at its peak.We over-estimate our motivation/commitment/ability and under-estimate the learningcurve and daily investment.Treating plants like products. Weve come to expect that when we buy something itssupposed to work. Gardening is filled with mistakes and losses. Thats life.5 6. The Purpose of the ProgramTo build a community of gardeners that share in the experience of growing together.We use the same technologies, we work together in pairs, we progress at the same pace,and learn from each other. Reduce the risk and simplify the learning.To walk participants through the entire gardening cycle, from germinating to transplantingto harvesting to composting and of course - eating!To learn from local experts and build meaningful relationships within the community.Leafy greens can take 45-65 days to mature. Six months ensures everyone gets 1-2 crops.Get parents and children interacting together, and having fun during the winter months.To create a crop of savvy indoor gardeners that can teach others in the community.To develop a framework that can be added onto for more advanced topics, or run as-isacross Edmonton, much like the Master Naturalist and Master Composter programs run bythe City.6 7. What Were Gonna GrowThe focus of the program is to teach people how togrow leafy greens. For eating in salads,sandwiches, in smoothies and your favouritedishes. Bursting with healthy phytonutrients andVitamin A, Vitamin C, & K as well as folate andCalcium, leafy greens like Kale, Chard and CollardGreens are so important to a healthy body thateveryone should be growing their own!The challenge is germinating. Most of the indoorgardening configurations require that thegermination of the small seeds of leafy greens bedone in a separate area, with specialenvironmental considerations. And, germinatingcan be a tricky process to figure out, which meansyoull plant a lot of seeds and sometimes not getany to sprout.For these reasons, well also discuss how to growmicrogreens, which are the shoots of edible plantsharvested just after the first leaves havedeveloped. Microgreens have an excellentgermination rate, blow your mind flavour, requireminimal care, and allow you to maximize yourinvestment by producing food you can eat every 14days, with the equipment you already have.Immediate rewards builds confidence and providesthe motivation to persevere through the initialstages of learning.7 8. What Were Gonna GrowThe focus of the program is to teach people how togrow leafy greens. For eating in salads,sandwiches, in smoothies and your favouritedishes. Bursting with healthy phytonutrients andVitamin A, Vitamin C, & K as well as folate andCalcium, leafy greens like Kale, Chard and CollardGreens are so important to a healthy body thateveryone should be growing their own!The challenge is germinating. Most of the indoorgardening configurations require that thegermination of the small seeds of leafy greens bedone in a separate area, with specialenvironmental considerations. And, germinatingcan be a tricky process to figure out, which meansyoull plant a lot of seeds and sometimes not getany to sprout.For these reasons, well also discuss how to growmicrogreens, which are the shoots of edible plantsharvested just after the first leaves havedeveloped. Microgreens have an excellentgermination rate, blow your mind flavour, requireminimal care, and allow you to maximize yourinvestment by producing food you can eat every 14days, with the equipment you already have.Immediate rewards builds confidence and providesthe motivation to persevere through the initialstages of learning.8 9. How Were Gonna Grow ItGrowing microgreens and germinating seedsdoesnt require much. A sturdy shelf, a grow light,something for the seeds to grow in, called media,and water.I use coconut coir for my media, which is theshredded and washed husks of coconuts. Its a greatmedia because it kinda feels like soil, iscompostable, and is easy to wash off. There are anumber of media types you could use, and all havepros and cons to consider.In the picture, the top shelf is where Imgerminating a number of plants; Arugula, Kale anda Mesclun salad mix. On the middle shelf is a trayof microgreens. I used the mumms spicy lentil mix,which consists of Lentils, Radish, and Alfalfa.You can see the setup is nearly identical. The lowshelf is an unruly batch of spinach seeds that nevergerminated.9 10. How Were Gonna Grow ItThe real heart of the program uses a verticalgardening system called the Spring Tower, byBright Agrotech LLC. The Spring Tower is acomplete vertical garden system (except for thelights) that uses a single ZipGrow Tower. Iveselected this product for a number of reasons:Excellent design and constructionEasy to use and built to last for yearsSupports a wide range of ediblesBright Agrotech produces, videos, webinars,blog posts and downloadable resources for theirproducts. Theyre super high quality!ZipGrow Towers can be used hydroponically andaquaponicallyThere is now a business plan template for theZipGrow Towers with production estimates,materials schedules, and much more!10 11. The Guest SpeakersAndre MarchakThe owner of All Seasons Garden Centre, Andre has years of experience growing indoorsand provides friendly advice to all his customers. Andre has agreed to put together a specialpackage for this program and will share some of his tips and tricks for successfulgardening.David DescheneauEdmontons power house for commercializing indoor food production, David is a master atbuilding gardens of all shapes and sizes, and has tremendous experience growing leafygreens and microgreens indoors. David is a Do-It-Yourself guru and will share hisexperiences growing microgreens and leafy greens.Rene MichalakA true pioneer out of Red Deer, Rene is the genius behind the Food Garage Project, aninitiative approach that envisions your garage and yard as producing food year-round. Reneuses a combination of growing methods, including my new favourite, aquaponics.Nathalie JacksonA dear friend and inspiration, Nathalie is the Hippie Gardener and uses her eco-farm Eastof Edmonton to grow a tremendous amount of food. Nathalie will share her experiencestransitioning from indoor gardening to outdoor gardening in the spring.Jana Lee Saco-SmitThe is all about conscious nutrition and food preservation. Jana will provide some juicydetails about what we can do with our harvests beyond eating. Dehydrating, canning andmore.Tara PruskoTara is a graduate of the Master Composter/Recycler program hosted by the City ofEdmonton and will share her knowledge about how to properly compost. Because lets faceit, no gardener is complete without a compost or two.11 12. The Super Cool Stuff Youll GetItem Description QuantitySpring tower Hydroponic tower garden 1T5 light grow light 4T5 light bracket light mounting bracket 2power bar 224hr manual timer Timer for lights 21020 grow tray heavy duty hydroponic grow tray 61020 net tray insert net tray insert 4Coconut coir growing medium (20L) 1Ready Rooters seed starters (100) 1Pressurized Mister Pressurized Mister 1Chlor-de-Tox Water additive (500ml) 1pH Down Water additive (500ml) 1Wild Thing (A) Hydroponic nutrient (500ml) 1Wild Thing (B) Hydroponic nutrient (500ml) 1Wild Thing (M) Hydroponic nutrient (500ml) 1Hand Shears 1mumms Sprouting Seed microgreen seed mix (250g) 1Organic Seeds Package of organic seeds (200) 1pH Testing kit pH Testing Kit 15 Gal Bucket Standard 5 Gal Bucket 112 13. The Super Cool Stuff Youll Get13 14. The InvestmentOne of the biggest hurdles to getting into indoorgardening is the cost.By registering in the program, you get: Excellent savings on the cost of materials A growing community to suppo

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