Master Gardener John Edgerton returns to the Syracuse Community Center for a second workshop, discussion and presentation focused on “Gardening in the Face of a Changing Climate”. The event is open to the public and free to attend. The first hour consists of a presentation followed by a time for deeper discussion and questions.
The workshop to explores wholistic, resilient, sustainable techniques for gardening and small farming. He will share his experience and practical knowledge on the importance of healthy soil, healthy plants and helpful insect habitats. Other topics will include variety selection and ways to account for climate-related imbalances of diseases and insects. He will share what others in the bioregion are doing to address these issues. The Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation and the Syracuse-Wawasee Garden Club are jointly sponsoring this program with Chautauqua-Wawasee.
Registration is requested, but not required, in order to estimate attendance for the event. Register at www.chqw.org
About the Presenter
John Edgerton of Shelbyville, Michigan has done both market gardening and community supported agriculture. He has done dozens of workshops on gardening and seed saving, most recently, at conferences sponsored by the Michigan Food and Farm Alliance, Michigan Integrative Food and Farming Systems, and KEEP GROWING DETROIT. He and his partner Amy have worked with the Inter-Tribal Food Summit to grow out and repatriate several varieties of indigenous Northern Flint Corn. They also work with a network of northern gardeners to perform grow- out trials of Upland Rice varieties to determine suitability for our northern bioregion. John and Amy co-taught a course for seniors at Kalamazoo College on "Slow Farming" a form that is committed to limited and appropriate technology. John co-founded a local community garden in Martin, MI.
Oakwood Foundation Chautauqua-Wawasee, is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization focused on providing life-enriching programs to the northern Indiana region. Programs strive to conform to the four Chautauqua pillars: Arts, Education, Faith or Recreation, and serve interests of multi-generational families.