Container gardening a first step to food security: Brett

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Aurora, right, and her twin sister Aylyah Randell take some time toward the end of the container gardening workshop to design a pot.

The first step to food security in this province could be found in your own home.

A few containers and some seeds could go a long way to having a stable food source and a healthy alternative, says Corrine Brett, Western Environment Centre project coordinator.

Brett led the first in a series of sustainable food skills workshops Friday in Corner Brook. The goal of the workshops is to promote local foods and a sustainable environment and local economy.

Friday’s workshop, attended by 14 people at the First United Church, was on container gardening.

Brett said container gardening is a great first step in growing your own food.

“If you are new to gardening, it can be a little intimidating,” she said.

Gardening in pots does not require the land space of regular gardening.

“You can grow pretty much anything that you would grow in a normal garden, if you have a big enough container,” Brett said.

However, she recommends starting small, and demonstrated to her audience how to get started doing that Friday. She showed how to plant things like herbs and lettuce — stressing the importance of a healthy soil and using compost and sunlight.

Once perfected, the craft of container gardening opens the door to larger gardens. It is also a way to get an early season start — once the contents of the pot grow, they can be transferred to the outdoor garden.

The workshops — hosted by the Western Environment Centre in partnership with the Food Security Network and the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band — are expected to be held about every two weeks.

The next in the series will be on composting, and it is expected to be held at the Mental Wealth community garden off Batstone’s Road. The exact date and time are yet to be determined.

Organizations: Western Environment Centre, First United Church

Geographic location: Corner Brook

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