Saturday, November 20, 2010

Riverview Community Conversation Series presents: Food, Inc.

Food, Inc.
Sunday, November 28, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Riverview Community Centre
90 Ashland Ave.

In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on the U.S. food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of the U.S. government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Their nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and the environment. Consumers have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won't go bad, but they also have new strains of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. North American society is riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.

It’s Free! Everyone is Welcome.

For more information, e-mail:

Brought to you by the South Osborne Urban Community Cooperative and the Community-Led Emissions Reduction Program South Osborne.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Riverview Community Conversation Series presents: The Power of Community

The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil
Sunday, November 7th, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Riverview Community Centre

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, Cuba's economy went into a tailspin. With imports of oil cut by more than half – and food by 80 percent – people were desperate. This film tells of the hardships and struggles as well as the community and creativity of the Cuban people during this difficult time. Cubans share how they transitioned from a highly mechanized, industrial agricultural system to one using organic methods of farming and local, urban gardens. It is an unusual look into the Cuban culture during this economic crisis, which they call "The Special Period." The film opens with a short history of Peak Oil, a term for the time in our history when world oil production will reach its all-time peak and begin to decline forever. Cuba, the only country that has faced such a crisis – the massive reduction of fossil fuels – is an example of options and hope.

Brought to you by the South Osborne Urban Community Cooperative and the Community-Led Emissions Reduction Program South Osborne.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Fall Garden Clean-Up

Saturday October 30th 11am-3pm
Orioles Community Garden

Your help is need to remove dead plant matter, top up boxes with soil and turn the compost bins. Bring your mittens and spend some time with your neighbours putting our garden to sleep for the winter.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Gimme Some Truth Presents: The Garden

The Garden by Scott Hamilton Kennedy
Friday October 22 At 7:30 PM
Cinematheque, 100 Arthur Street
Tickets $10
The Academy-Award nominated documentary The Garden tells the story of an  urban garden in South Central Los Angeles which began as a form of healing after the LA race riots of 1992 and the farmers' struggle to hold onto the land as city and other interest groups try to take it away from them. At 14 acres andover 300 families it was the largest community garden in the country.  

The Garden chronicles their battle, and in doing so, brings to light issues of environmental sustainability, social justice and race relations. Director Scott Hamilton Kennedy from Los Angeles will attend this screening and the Q and A to follow. 

More information about The Garden, about the GST forum and other films playing is at:

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Fresh, The Movie

Celebrate National Organic Week (October 9th – 16th) with a screening of the new thought-provoking documentary – FRESH.
Join the Organic Food Council of Manitoba and Manitoba Farm Mentorship for the premiere of the film FRESH on Wednesday, October 13, 7:00 pm at the Park Theatre (698 Osborne St S).
Fresh, The Movie, presents a vision of the possible by profiling heroes all over the U.S. who are changing the way we eat.  If Food Inc. was your wake up call, Fresh, The Movie is your call to action. Check out  
After the screening, join in on a panel discussion with Manitoba rural and urban farmers and distributors.  Find out what they are doing to reshape our food system. 
Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.  The event will feature a silent auction and door prizes.  Take home some great local and organic prizes
Purchase tickets on line at or at Vita Health (Osborne), (Wall St.) or at McNally Robinson's (Grant Park). 

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Fall Canning Workshop - Jams and Jellies

October 4 from 5 - 9 pm
St Matthews Maryland Community Ministry 
641 St Matthews

If you have always wanted to try your hand at making yummy preserves and canning, this is your opportunity. Learn  how to safely turn fruit into yummy preserves. Participants do not have to bring their own food or supplies, these workshop are open to everyone.

Everyone welcome!

Please register in advance
Katie | 774.7201 x 4 

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This series is made possible through a collaboration of multiple organizations including DMSMCA. Funding provided by Heifer Canada through Food Matters Manitoba's Local Food Project

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Perennial and Bulb Swap

Broadway Neighbourhood Centre
185 Young Street
Saturday October 2, 10 am - 1 pm
  • Bring your extra perennials and bulbs to share
  • New to gardening? No plants yet? Please join us!
  • Experts available to answer all your gardening questions!
  • Tea and a snack provided

Monday, June 14, 2010


From the CTV website:

Officials with the province have issued an advisory after the fungal disease called late blight was found on tomato seedlings at several retail locations in Winnipeg and Brandon.
The blight does not cause any human health issues, but poses a serious disease issue for vegetables in the nightshade family, including tomatoes and potatoes, said provincial officials.
Retail outlets have stopped selling the tomato plants.
The blight shows up as lesions and grey-green areas on leaves and can also show up as white mildew on the underside of leaves in high humidity, said officials.
Home gardeners should check their tomatoes and potatoes immediately, said officials. If late blight is present, destroying the affected plants by uprooting and bagging the infected ones is the best option to prevent further spread to healthy plants, said officials. More information and pictures of tomato plants with late blight can be found at:

Friday, May 28, 2010

Composting Workshop

Basics for Beginners
Saturday, June 5th, 12 - 1:30pm
VCC Orioles Community Centre
444 Burnell

Just bought a bin at the sale in May and need to learn how to use it?

Come to this workshop to learn the pleasures of turning scraps into soil!

RSVP to Robyn at

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Orioles Garden Opening

Saturday, May 29th from 10am to 2pm.

Come and plant your plot, socialize with neighbours and see our new greenhouse!

Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale

  • Compost bins $30 (black earth machine style bins that are available from the City of Winnipeg)
  • Rain Barrels $50

Please pre-order your bin or barrel as there will b a very limited walk-up inventory on site. Contact Robyn at

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Gardens with an 'S'

It's official! DMSMCA Gardens is plural.

The new Lipton Community Garden, located in the Tot Lot on Lipton near Yarwood, is seeking gardeners. If you live in Daniel McIntyre-St. Matthews, then please contact Robyn at for more information.

Monday, February 15, 2010

free worms to a good home!

Are you looking for some red wrigglers so you can start your own vermicomposter?

Catherine from the Orioles Community Garden has too many worms in her composter. She will deliver worms within the West End, Wolseley and West Broadway areas, or arrange for pick-up if you live further away. She can tell you how to get started, what your worms need, and how to avoid all those pesky problems like fruit flies and swampy compost.

Email her at bluegreenie (at) for more info. Or leave a comment on this post.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Seedy Saturday

WHAT: Winnipeg's 10th annual mid-winter gathering of gardeners
WHEN: February 13, 2010, 10 am to 4pm
WHERE: Fort Whyte Alive on McCreary Road

Celebrate prairie biodiversity with a full day of workshops, displays, vendors and visiting. Bring your seeds and join the fun of the seed swap. This grassroots garden show offers inspiration and information on heritage seeds, organic gardening, native plants, and urban agriculture. Admission to Fort Whyte is free for this special event.

Enjoy a tour of Fort Whyte Farms winter greenhouse project, crafts for kids, and outdoor activities for the whole family. Meet some heritage poultry breeds, live and in full feather, thanks to the Anola Cluck and Quack Poultry Club and Rare Breeds Canada.

10:00 am Seed Swap Begins

11:00 am Pollinator Friendly Gardens - Susan Leblanc

12:00 pm Growing Heirloom Vegetables - Mandy Botincan

1:00 pm Community Compost Projects - Compost Action Project

2:00 pm Poultry Raising for Beginners - Wian Prinsloo

Participants include: Devil’s Creek Herb and Berry Farm, Herb Society of Manitoba, Heritage Harvest Seeds, Living Prairie Museum, Mandy’s Greenhouse, Prairie Flora, Sage Garden Herbs and more.

Fort Whyte Alive is beyond the city bus routes – if you have a vehicle please offer a ride to your friends and fellow gardeners. Limited shuttle service will be available between the Assiniboine Park Conservatory and Fort Whyte.