Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Inner City Community Garden Tour

The Annual Inner City Community Garden Tour is coming up!
Date: Thursday, August 25th
Time: 5:30-8:30pm

Meet at:
Orioles Community Center 444 Burnell St. at 5pm for snacks and a stroll around their gardens built on an old tennis court before taking off on a bus at 5:30 for a tour of 8 inner city community gardens.

Take the low floor bus or bring your bike for an evening of garden wisdom, inspiring stories, and to see some of the incredible changes that come with greening a community. All are welcome!

Donations accepted at the door for the Community Gardens that we visit.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Kids Gardening

Kids programming is making a comeback at DMSMCA!

Join us on Tuesdays (12pm - 5pm) and Wednesdays (10am - 5pm) at Orioles Community Gardens at 444 Burnell St (Orioles CC)

Garden and nature themed activities will be offered including potato tower building, berry picking, regular trips to the Orioles garden and more!

Join us! Drop in! Its FREE!!

Plus 5 books to get your kids gardening (all available at Winnipeg Pulic Library):
  1. Grow It, Cook it with Kids by Amanda Grant J 635 GRA 2010
  2. Gardening with Kids by Catherine Woram J 635 WOR 2008
  3. How Does Your Garden Grow? : Great Gardening for Green-Fingered Kids by Clare Matthews J 635 MAT 2005
  4. Dinner from Dirt : 10 Meals Kids Can Grow and Cook by Emily Scott J 641.65 SCO 1998
  5. The Kids Can Press Jumbo Book of Gardening by Karyn Morris J 635 MOR 2000

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Where to Find Fruits & Veggies in (and around) Winnipeg

This month's issue of Wave (pg. 29) has a list of farmer's market, market stands, u-picks and clubs. The list is printed below, with a couple of additions:

Veggie Van Market
West Broadway Development Corp.
545 Broadway
The market is located in the parking lot of the Klinic Community Health Center
July - September
Thursday, 4 to 6pm

FortWhyte Alive Centre
1961 McCreary Road
Tuesdays & Thursdays

Main Street Farmers’ Market
1085 Main Street at the Age & Opportunity Centre

Osborne Village Farmers’ Market
Corner of Osborne Street and River Avenue, in front of the Gas Station Theatre

Red River Ex Farmers’ Market
3977 Portage Avenue, just west of the Perimeter Highway

St. Norbert Farmers’ Market
3514 Pembina Highway
Wednesdays & Saturdays

South Osborne Urban Market
Riverview Community Centre, 90 Ashland Ave.

The Forks Market
The Forks Market Plaza

Transcona BIZ Farmers’ Market
Transcona Christian Church parking lot, 131 Victoria Ave. West

Wellness Institute / Seven Oaks Hospital Farmers’ Market
1075 Leila Ave.

Boonstra Berries
15km N on Hwy #7, 1km W on Hwy #67 at Stonewall exit

Cormier's Berry Patch
La Salle

Crampton’s Farm Produce Market
1765 Waverley Street, corner of Bishop Grandin & Waverley

Floodway Gardens
Lot 567 Shalom Path – 10 km North of Perimeter Hwy, between Henderson Hwy & Floodway

Grenkow’s U-Pick
St. Norbert
S on Waverley St., W on Des Trappistes St., 2.4 km S on Brady Rd.

Jardins St. Leon’s Gardens
419 St. Mary’s Road, corner of St. Mary’s and Carriere

Mayfair Farm
Portage la Prairie
1-866-738-4299 or 857-4581

Makarchuk's Strawberry Farm
Portage la Prairie
Hwy 1 to Hwy 13, 2.5km S to Oakville, 12km W on Hwy 331

Patten Acres
Portage la Prairie
On Trans Canada Hwy 40 minutes W of Winnipeg
1-888-857-7648 or 857-4321

Petrasko Brothers Garden Centre
1577 Henderson Hwy

Please phone u-picks ahead of time to ensure berries are ready!

Community Supported Agriculture Manitoba
Consumers pay a fee to a farmer at the beginning of the year, and receive produce weekly during Manitoba’s growing season.

Fruit Share Winnipeg
Connects fruit tree owners with volunteer fruit pickers to make good use of local fruit. One-third goes to the tree owner, one-third to the pickers, and one-third to community organizations such as food banks.

Harvest Moon Local Food Initiative
Produce and meat-buying club that connects consumers to local farmers, with deliveries to various Winnipeg locations.

Sharing Backyards
Connects gardeners with garden plot owners.

South Osborne Urban Community Co-operative
Garden share program connects gardeners with land owners.

Winnipeg Community Gardens Network
Garden.Network Information on where community gardens are located.

To get more information, please visit:

Farmers’ Market Association of Manitoba.
Lists all the farmers’ markets in Manitoba.

Manitoba Agriculture
Manitoba’s local produce guide, which lists farmers’ markets, market stands, U-pick farms and community supported agriculture.

Prairie Fruit Growers Association
Listing of organic strawberry, raspberry and saskatoon U-pick farms in Manitoba. Includes location, whether the farms are open, and what type of fruit and vegetables are available for sale.

Friday, May 13, 2011

InFARMation (and Beer!) III

This local food movement… what have we grown so far?
Wednesday, May 18 · 7:30pm - 11:30pm
The Park Theatre, 698 Osborne Street

This time we’ll be InFARMing the masses about two innovative and rapidly growing local food movements in Manitoba: the Harvest Moon Local Food Initiative, local food buying clubs and the South Osborne Urban Community Co-Op. Both organizations have a lot of exciting initiatives on their plate this upcoming season – join us to hear all about our beginnings and where we’re headed from here.

As usual there will be short presentations and discussion, but this InFARMation (and Beer!) is first and foremost a celebration.

The “Slow Dancers” will be rocking the house and as always there will be plenty of delicious local food specials, local beer, great friends and good times.

Admission to InFARMation (and Beer!) is always *free!*

Thanks to Heifer International, the Manitoba Cooperative Association, United Way of Winnipeg and the Province of Manitoba's Cooperative Promotion Board for their support of this event.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Lipton Garden Opening & Maintenance Bee

Sunday, May 29, 2011
11am - 3pm

The opening of the garden is a time for gardeners to find out their plot number, sign the Gardener Guidelines form and to begin planting. This will also be a time for gardeners to volunteer some time toward the overall upkeep of the garden including weeding the area around the garden and planting in the communal beds.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Orioles Garden Opening & Maintenance Bee

Saturday, May 28, 2011
11am - 3pm

The opening is a time for gardeners to find out their plot number, sign the Gardeners Guidelines form and to begin planting. This will also be a time for gardeners to volunteer some time towards the upkeep of the garden. This could include some painting (with non-toxic milk paint), topping up beds with soil, weeding the area around the garden and turning the compost bins.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Gardening With Indigenous Plants

Wednesday, May 18, 2011
6:30 - 7:30pm

Would you like to know more about the native prairie plants that once covered our city? Learn about wildflowers, grasses, medicinal plants, how to attract birds and butterflies, and save water.

Location TBA.

Contact Robyn at greening(at) to register.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Sustainable Lawncare

Wednesday, May 4, 2011
6:30 - 7:30pm

Come learn how to maintain your lawn without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers and fossil fuels. Tips for dealing with weeds and insects, as well as information on grass alternatives, will also be provided.

Location TBA.

Contact Robyn at greening(at) to register.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Compost Bin Building

Saturday, April 30, 2011
1 - 3pm

This hands-on and interactive workshop will teach you how to build a backyard compost bin out of wood. We will also discuss alternative building materials and review other styles of compost bins.

Location TBA.

Contact Robyn at greening(at) to register.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

HUGE West End Spring Clean Up!

Please join us from 1 – 4 pm and help with the clean up efforts!

Saturday April 30th
Meet at 823 Ellice Ave (former West End Library at Ellice & Arlington)
Volunteers will be provided with tools, supplies, guidance and food.

Come out rain or shine to help us clean up our neighbourhood. This year the DMSMCA will be collaborating with other West End groups to make the clean up efforts span the West End neighbourhood. We’ll be working together with Spence Neighbourhood Association, West Central Women’s Resource Centre and St. Matthews Maryland Community Ministry.

Bring your sense of community pride as well as your appetite, food will be served afterward at St. Matthews Maryland Ministry at 641 St. Matthews.

This year we’re hoping to make our portion of the West End Clean Up vehicle free and offer garbage pick up via bicycle trailer. If you have a bike trailer to offer to us we would be very grateful! We are also in need of a photographer to capture all those great clean up moments! Please contact Robyn at if you would like to offer your photography skills or your bike trailer (stipends are available).

Contact Robyn at greening(at) for more information.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Composting for Beginners

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
6:30 - 7:30pm

Want to start composting but need more knowledge before you start? This workshop will cover the basics of composting from bin selection, what your should and shouldn't put in your bin and learning about the ever crucial ratio of greens to browns.

Location TBA.

Contact Robyn at greening(at) to register.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Pre-Order

For the second year in a row DMSMCA will be holding a rain barrel and compost bin sale on May 28th. The compost bins available are the black earth machine style bins that are available from the City of Winnipeg. The rain barrels are of good quality (there is one at the Orioles garden for those who would like to see it).

You must PRE-ORDER your bin or barrel!

Contact Robyn at greening(at) or 774-7005 ext.104

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Community Garden Plot - Sign Up

Orioles Garden Site & Lipton Garden Site
DMSMCA is now accepting applications for plots in the community gardens. If you live in Daniel McIntyre-St. Matthews and are interested in having a plot in one of our community gardens this season, please contact Jen S. or Robyn at greening(at) or composting(at) or call 774-7005 to get an application form.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Rain Barrel Fundraiser is pleased to partner with the Winnipeg Community Garden Network,
a not-for-profit group of volunteers dedicated to encouraging a healthy
community gardening movement in Winnipeg by supporting and linking gardeners.
The members of this organization encourage all homeowners to use rain barrels
to collect rainwater to use in the garden – this is a good gardening practice
with both environmental and financial benefits.
Each rain barrel comes fully equipped with a leaf and mosquito filter basket,
an overflow adaptor that permits multiple barrels to be connected in series,
1.2m of overflow hose and a spigot that attaches directly to a garden hose
(additional hosing can also be purchased if required). There are three colours
available – black, grey and terra cotta. All have a capacity of approximately
220 litres and are approximately 1m tall and .6m in diameter. The price is $55
per barrel. Orders are now being taken for a May 8, 2011, pickup date.
Distribution will be from 10am to 2pm at the Mother’s Day Plant Sale in the
parking lot of the Canadian Mennonite University, 500 Shaftesbury Boulevard.
Order your barrel online by selecting one of these buttons below:
Buy Now (use your debit or credit card to pay online now) at OR Cash-on-Pickup (reserve a barrel and pay in cash at the sale event).
You can place your order by telephone. Call 204-783-8513. You can also call if
you need assistance placing an online order.
A limited number of extra rain barrels MAY be available for walk up customers
at the sale event. These will be sold on a first come, first served basis for
$65 each. To guarantee you will get a rain barrel, please order online or by
Bring your receipt to the Mother’s Day Plant sale at the Canadian Mennonite
University on May 8, 2011 to pick up your barrels.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Gardening Saturday

The Friends of The Assiniboine Park Conservatory present:

Gardening Saturday
March 26, 2011
9am - 4pm

Canadian Mennonite University - North Campus
500 Shaftesbury Bldv.

Admission: $5

For more information go to: