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Welcome to the

This wiki acts as an ongoing space for communication, ideas, and organizational details regarding the promotion of local food initiatives on the University of Manitoba campus.


We are beginning the movement towards a more ecologically literate university...

"On every campus we need large, highly visible vegetable gardens that are tended by everyone who likes to eat; cafeterias that provide, insofar as they can, only local foods; compost heaps steaming next to these cafeterias to remind us to pay our debt to the soil. We need administrators committed to dismantling, not enlarging, our vast system of technological dependencies, and professors committed to living defensibly and responsibly and competently before their students. Our foreign studies programs must become local studies programs."


2011 NEWS




We will be preparing for the 2011 growing season by starting some of our veggies in the greenhouse. Everyone is welcome! The greenhouse is located in the Agriculture Building.


                         1st planting - Saturday April 9th - 10 am to 2 pm

                         2nd planting - Saturday April 23rd - 10 am to 2 pm



Forum : Gardening in the Clay


This is a panel discussion regarding the reality of gardening in the clay and strategies on improving soil balance. Panel includes: Gary Martens, Marilyn Firth and Aaron Glenn. (Thursday March 31, 6- 8 pm, GSA Lounge, University Centre)


Individual plots now available!


We are offering individual community garden plots to students, faculty, staff and the community. For more information please email (uofmstudentgarden@gmail.com). We highly recommend that those interested in stewarding a plot attend our Clay Forum on March 31st.  


Monthly meetings


Monthly meetings will be held on the first Monday of every month in the student resource room (180 Helen Glass) from 4 - 6 pm. If you are new, this is a great way to learn more about the garden and get involved in various projects. 


Next meetings:

April 4th

May 2nd


Join our e-mail list!


By joining the email list, you can get information about the garden such as monthly meetings, workshops, and upcoming events. Email the coordinator, Jennifer Bamford (uofmstudentgarden@gmail.com) and ask to be put on the list.





If you have any questions or comments, do not hesitate to contact our coordinator, Jennifer Bamford   uofmstudentgarden@gmail.com


The Student Farm is now an UMSU Service group. Check out the UMSU site here


You can also check us out on Facebook!








Need some inspiration during the winter? Check out what other students are doing: 

Iowa State Student Farm  Cornell Student Farm U of Minnesota Student Farm

Rodale Student Farm Directory 



PAST NEWS ... what's sproutin' in the Farm?


We are close to securing a garden coordinator position through UMSU for this summer.  A meeting will take place this Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 4:00 in room 218 Agriculture building to discuss.  Please come and provide your opinion!



FARMFEST 2009 was fantastic. Thank you to everyone who came out, it was a very successful event from the farm's perspective in raising awareness of the project and hopefully some new bodies will join us come spring. Many thanks to UMSU, Assiniboine Credit Union and Alumni Association for supporting the event.


We just received a $1200 grant from Assiniboine Credit Union for the Farm! 


Check out this edition of the Bulletinhttp://myuminfo.umanitoba.ca/index.asp?sec=40&too=100&dat=6/17/2009&sta=3&wee=3&eve=8&npa=19677 



Where is the Farm?   maptogarden.pdf 



A BIG thank you to Salt Spring Seeds (http://www.saltspringseeds.com/) and Brother Nature Organic Seeds (http://www.brothernature.ca/) for their amazing donations to the student garden. 

Contributions such as this are affirming for both our efforts and in the future of sustainable agriculture in Canada! 



The Village Market began on July 2nd 2009 at the Gas Station Theatre at River and Osborne and we participated for the second year by having a weekly table.  It was a great way to spend an afternoon in the sun, with great people, great music, and great Half Pints beer! 


We held two canning workshops with the Manitoba Food Charter for the month of August 2009. The workshops covered basic canning and preserving techniques, which you can later use to preserve the abundance of vegetables from the garden!


Indigenous Gardening Workshop:  Was held on Sunday June 14th with Audrey Logan.  A good turn out resulted in us planting the first stage of our traditional mound garden in the NE corner of the garden. Notes and info will be posted here and emailed out soon.


May 30th, 2009 Transplant Day: was amazing. Over 50 people showed up, including UMSU executive, media personnel and many new faces.  Group gardening sessions now begin every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 4:30pm onwards. Feel free to drop in then or anytime to weed and mulch and water.


An article about us in the University Teaching Services newsletter by Eunice Friesen.



We have an article in the latest issue of the Gradzette... many thanks to Aaron and Siobhan for putting this together!      http://umgsa.ca/docs/Gradzette25-3.pdf


2009 Funding from the Major Outreach Awards has come through- $2000! 

2009 Funding from the Faculty of Agriculture Endowment Fund has come through- 2000! 

2009 Funding from the Faculty of Architecture Endowment Fund has come through- 1,500! 


A new folder with funding information has been added.  It includes some funding applications which can be used as references and fodder for other applications, as well as some letters of support. Feel free to use any and all..! sohbet



Community Events...............................................................................



Strategic Planning and Brainstorming


Resources and Contacts


Comments (12)

Dayna Kroeker said

at 12:50 pm on Jan 30, 2009

Any takers for adding zucchini and dill to the list?

Dustin said

at 8:31 am on Feb 12, 2009

I noticed in the minutes that we are thinking of growing hops if we grow barley... if they are just being grown for decoration then seeds are fine but if you actually plan on brewing with them then we need to get rhizomes since you can only use the female plant and if they cross pollinate they are useless... or at the very least very bitter.. and if we are going to get rhizomes we better get on that since we will most likely have to mail order them and the season is starting any day now.

aaron glenn said

at 11:14 pm on Feb 13, 2009

how much are female clones/rhizomes of hops? where can we get them? and will they produce in manitoba in the first season? a hopyard may be a good addition to the garden, but how realistic is it? we should just grow some more soybeans, lentils or other beans instead of barley if it is not realistic, it sounds good though and we may be able to find some funding for the endeavor if we are creative about it...

Wian Prinsloo said

at 8:18 am on Feb 14, 2009

saw some hops grown on tour with the diploma class last fall around portage. Dave Rudge from Half Pints say they do grow here and that "Cascade" is an especialy hardy/good variety. Not very well versed in "hops talk", but wouldn't the whole point of adding hops to a brew be to add that bitter tangyness? I am a fan of stouts and ales but a good hoppy pilsner sure does wash down well once in a while!

Wian Prinsloo said

at 8:24 am on Feb 14, 2009

Should mention to everyone that the garden seed list and order is up. File name: Student garden vegetable list. xls

I would suggest that anybody who would like things added to that list simply purchase it themselves. I have catalogues from 5 pretty decent seed companies who would love your money. I think it would be a valuable learning experience also for those who are seriously interested in gardening (or taking it to another level...there's gotta be some farmers at heart among us).

cheers peeps! enjoy!

Dustin said

at 8:47 am on Feb 14, 2009

99% of all beer has hops in it to a varying degree... in fact the German beer purity laws of 1516 state that beer is made up of barley, hops and water... interestingly enough in 1516 they didn't know yeast was required to ferment it... but hops do grow here and cascade is a good all around hop. The trouble is how many of us would actually utilize it if we grew it... while we can malt our own barley it is a time consuming task. If anyone is actually interested though, I have a great book called the homebrewers garden that talks all about it, I'll try to remember to bring it to the next meeting.. however if we can always just do the barley and buy dried hops later.. since a hop yard is more of a multi year project.

Kevin Baron said

at 11:14 pm on Mar 17, 2009

I looked at the U of M Alumni Association's webpage and their application form for funding conferences and special events. The student garden group definitely fits the criteria. I'm willing to write something up but maybe for the agenda at the next meeting brainstorming about a one time event and/or an event that could be held at regular intervals (say a promotional BBQ or open house day) might be a place to start. April 30th is the next deadline for these applications.

Kevin Baron said

at 3:35 pm on Mar 23, 2009

I think that's Kaeley in that picture there. Congrats!


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