Thursday, April 11, 2013

DMSMCA is Hiring!

Community Greening and Environment Coordinator Intern
Deadline: April 19, 2013, 4:00 p.m.
This paid internship is made possible through the Canadian CED Network’s CreateAction program. The position pays $15 per hour for 35 hours per week and lasts until September 30, 2013. This position offers a great opportunity to gain valuable experience  and has a very strong possibility of developing into full-time permanent position once internship is complete.
Download the job posting for further details on the position and how to apply.
Community Composting and Garden Coordinator
Deadline: April 24, 2013, 4:00 p.m.
The Community Compost and Garden Coordinator oversees the DMSMCA Composting for Communities Program and assists with the management of the DMSMCA Community Gardens. Applicants must be between 16-29 years old to apply.
Download the job posting for further details on the position and how to apply.
Community Garden and Kids’ Garden Coordinator
Deadline: April 24, 2013, 4:00 p.m.
The Community Garden and Kids' Garden Coordinator manages the DMSMCA community gardens and Kids' Garden programs. Applicants must be between 16-29 years old to apply.
Download the job posting for further details on the position and how to apply.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Wooden Compost Bin Workshop

Tuesday, April 16
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
823 Ellice Avenue

A hands-on workshop showing you how to build a simple and inexpensive wooden compost bin.

To register, contact Bowen at 204-774-7005 or composting(at)

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Seed Saving Workshops

Spence Neighbourhood Association
615 Ellice Avenue

  • Wednesday, March 13 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 19 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 26 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 28 at 2:00 p.m.

Gather together with community members, gardeners and first-time seed starters to help start seeds for the community gardens and volunteers. We will start a variety of seeds and take a look at the plants in the basement. All are welcome.

These workshops are FREE! Snacks will be provided. For more information or to register, contact Tanya at 204-783-2834.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Community Composting 30K Celebration!

Tuesday, March 12
823 Ellice Avenue
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Celebrate 2 years and 30,000 pounds of Community Composting in the West End!
For the past two years, we have collected organic waste from local businesses by bicycle and delivered it to nearby compost bins, diverting 30,000 pounds of waste from the landfill.
Join us for an evening of refreshments, mingling, and learning to celebrate this landmark accomplishment!
  • Hear the experiences of Jonnies Sticky Buns, a community gardener, and our composting coordinator with the program.
  • Discover how you can contribute to our localized nutrient cycling system by composting and gardening right here in your neighbourhood!
  • Find out what other communities and cities are doing with their organic waste and help us is imagine what more our neighbourhood could accomplish.

For more, contact Bowen at 204.774.7005 or composting(at) Join our Facebook event and tell your friends!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Seedy Saturday

March 9 from 10:00 - 3:00
Canadian Mennonite University, South Campus
600 Shaftesbury Blvd.

Winnipeg is hosting it's 13th annual Seedy Saturday, which brings together gardeners, farmers, seed growers and seed savers, native plant enthusiasts, conservation groups, horticultural societies, and anyone ready to dream about spring in the company of friends. Come out for a day of great connections and new ideas. Buy or exchange seeds and participate in a workshop to learn more about seed saving and gardening in Manitoba.

This event has been organized by the Winnipeg Community Garden Network, Seeds of Diversity Canada and Friends of Gardens Manitoba with support from the Canadian Mennonite University and USC Canada.

Admission by donation.

Visit Seedy Saturday Winnipeg for more information.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Growing Local Conference

Friday, March 1 from 7:30 - 3:30
Saturday, March 2 from 8:00 - 4:00
Marlboro Hotel, 331 Smith Street

This year's conference includes:

  • DIY hands-on food skills and production workshops
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Indigenous and Northern Issues
  • Food Justice
  • Health

Registration closes February 22. With a great lineup of workshops, displays and networking opportunities, this 6th annual conference is sure to sell out again. Register now!

More information can be found on the Food Matters Manitoba website.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Vermicomposting Workshop

Wednesday, February 13
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
823 Ellice Avenue

An introduction to composting indoors with red wriggler worms. Don't have the space outside for a bin? Anyone can compost in their home!

To register, contact Bowen at 204-774-7005 or composting(at)

Friday, February 1, 2013

Goodbye Robyn!

Today is Robyn Webb's last day as the DMSMCA Greening and Environment Coordinator. A big thank you to Robyn for all her hard work planning, building and organizing the community gardens! She has been instrumental in their success.

A part-time replacement will be hired in April to take over coordination of the gardens. In the meantime, questions about the gardens may be addressed to Kemlin at director(at) or in person at 823 Ellice Avenue.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Community Gardening in 2013

DMSMCA is now accepting applications for the Lipton, Orioles, Jacob Penner and Central Mosque Community Gardens.

We manage over 90 garden plots that are available to anyone who lives in the Daniel McIntyre-St. Matthews neghbourhood. Each plot is free and priority is given to community members who don't have a yard, and to those who have volunteered their time in the gardens in the past.

Lipton Community Garden
This garden is located in a former vacant city park on Lipton near Yarwood and it has eleven plots for community members.

Orioles Community Garden
Located in front of Orioles Community Centre at 444 Burnell Street, this garden has around 30 individual plots. Demand for plots has exceeded available space since its creation. Orioles also has a number of indigenous prairie plant beds, including a butterfly garden, planted by local children last year. It has a message board for communicating with gardeners, a bike rack and a grass sofa and chairs for relaxing with fellow gardeners.

Central Mosque Community Garden
This garden was created in partnership with Winnipeg Central Mosque and is located at 715 Ellice Avenue. There are a few plots open to community members.

Jacob Penner Community Garden
Developed last year in partnership with Spence Neighbourhood Association and the City of Winnipeg. Fifteen plots are available in this beautiful new space for residents of DM/SM and Spence neighbourhoods.

For questions or to get a 2013 garden application, please contact Kemlim at 204-775-7005 or director(at)

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Soil Health for Better Gardens Workshop

Wednesday, January 16th at 7:00 p.m.
DMSMCA Offices, 823 Ellice Ave.

Come out for a FREE workshop on an holistic approach to gardening, growing and soil health.

The workshop will dig deep to examine:

  • customizing compost for your garden;
  • understanding how life below ground relates to life above ground;
  • soil succession;
  • carbon, nitrogen and pH balance;
  • biodiversity and bioremediation;
  • the soil food web;
  • and microorganisms (bacteria and fungi).

Refreshments will be served!

Please contact Bowen at composting(at) or 204-774-7005 to register or for more information.