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Green Talks: Learn all about growing food in Whistler


On May 1st, in partnership with the Association for Whistler Area Residents for the Environment (AWARE) we will launch a new event series at the museum: GREEN TALKS. Occurring the first Wednesday of every 2nd month, we will feature an evening presentation on a selected environmental topic. Coming up first:


With a growing awareness of the impacts our food choices make on the environment, AWARE (the Association of Whistler Area Residents for the Environment) is focusing it’s upcoming Green Talk on one of the lowest impact food production methods, growing food in your own backyard.

Myrtle Philip's veggie garden that kept Rainbow Lodge guests happy.
Myrtle Philip’s veggie garden that kept Rainbow Lodge guests happy.

Guest speakers will be talking specifically about growing food in Whistler, with respect to the challenges resident food lovers may face. A major challenge for growing our own food is Whistler’s short growing season. As well, there are spatial challenges such as not having a traditional yard space, limited sunlight or strata constraints. Presentations and the ensuing discussion will talk about how growing food in containers, vertically or inside may help to meet some of these challenges. Attendees will also learn about which plants grow well together and which do not, as well as things we should avoid growing so as not to attract bears.

Simone McIsaac of Root Down Farm, one of the guest speakers at the event, highlights “we do a lot to bring local food to Whistler by taking part in the Farmers Market and our Harvest Boxes but we tell people that the best thing they can do is grow their own. Fruit and vegetables taste the best when they have just been picked from the garden.”

Green Talks are hosted in partnership with the Whistler Museum on the first Wednesday of every odd numbered month, 6pm-8pm. Each Green Talk focuses on a different environmental topic and the May 1st meeting represents the last event in a string of local Earth Day celebrations.

Media Contact: Claire Ruddy, AWARE President
604 966 7806 / c_ruddy [at ]@yahoo [dot] com

AWARE Contact details:
info [at] awarewhistler [dot] org
Facebook: AWARE Whistler

When: Wednesday May 1st, 6-8pm
Where: Whistler Museum
Tickets: Free! (donations to AWARE are appreciated)

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