ACAP Cape Breton is launching a series of free workshops focused on building gardening skills specifically for Cape Breton’s climate and ecology. The first will take place the evening of July 21st from 6:00-8:00pm at the Y’s Men Youth Centre at 54 Riverdale Drive in Westmount. In this workshop, participants will learn to build a raised bed, improve soil, and select a garden site from local gardening guru Len Vassallo of Blue Heron Farm.
According to How Bad Are Bananas: The Carbon Footprint of Everything, by Mike Berners-Lee, each of our meals travels 1200km before reaching our plates. The lengthy journey requires fuel and often refrigeration, resulting in carbon dioxide emissions. Locally grown food has a variety of environmental, social, and economic benefits. ACAP Cape Breton hopes these workshops will help Cape Bretoners reap these benefits by teaching the skills necessary for participants to grow more of their own food.
“Understanding our unique combination of climate, pollinators, and soil helps make a harvest more successful,” says Jen Cooper, project coordinator at ACAP Cape Breton. “Growing your own food is tremendously rewarding and delicious, and we are excited to present the expertise of local farmer Len Vassallo.”
There is no fee to attend the workshop. Participants are encouraged to dress for the outdoors, bring sturdy gloves, and get ready to get dirty! For more information, please contact ACAP Cape Breton at 902-567-1628.
ACAP Cape Breton is a an environmental non-profit organization that offers the knowledge that Cape Bretoners need to make greener choices, and works directly on practical solutions that help protect and restore our natural environment.