Workshop shows how to grow your own food in Hay River
Friday, February 24, 2012 - 4:01 PM
Yellowknife, N.W.T. - If you ever wanted to learn to grow your own food, this weekend is the time.
The NWT Native Seed Development Program is hosting a workshop at the Aurora Research Institute on the K'atlodeeche Reserve to show people how to grow native plants and produce local food.
There will be workshops on Saturday as well as one-on-one planning sessions on Sunday.
Jackie Milne is one of the co-ordinators of the program and she said the idea is to show people how to live more sustainable.
“The earth can sustain us, we just need to be more adaptive and maybe use our intelligence to conserve our energy more and design a system so the systems don’t require so many inputs,” she said.
Milne said people don't always think about growing their own food, but it's a practice which has been around for a long time.
“If we recall, the indigenous people lived here and fed themselves from the environment,” she said. “If they did it then, if anything, it should be easier for us to do it now.”
To help prove her point, Milne says the lunch provided at the workshop will be 100 per cent local food.
One of the workshops will focus on how regular people can turn their yields into a business venture, while another will be on designing the right garden.
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