Nurturing the Garden Earth- Free Workshop

Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 10:00am


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'Good gardeners grow vegetables and great gardeners grow soil.' Growing nutritious food takes more than just planting a seed. Its about the relationships that we develop with the plants and animals around us. Its about understanding the importance of the soil as an organism which we need to support. There are many ways we can maintain a healthy ecosystem in our garden and get a bountiful harvest in return.

Join us for a morning of indigenous story telling and discussion about building soil through companion planting, crop rotation and more.


Following this session we will serve free lunch 12-1

This event is free, donations are welcomed.


Francine Desjardins

I am a Métis woman of Kanien'kehá:ka (Mohawk) and French ancestry from the Bear Clan.  I’ve been active in drum circles, ceremonies and community gatherings and events since 1999.  I am a retired Federal Public Servant, having worked 37 ½ years, mostly in the financial sector.

I am a pipe carrier, traditional dancer, holder of a full moon lodge and a knowledge keeper.

I give Aboriginal Awareness presentations to communities and schools.  As a drum carrier, I carry traditional songs and share this knowledge by facilitating drum and other healing circles in the community, most recently for the Lanark Drum Circle.  I support all people in the circle by making space for them and by giving them a voice.

I speak for the water and support the betterment of life on Mother Earth for the next 7 Generations.  In 2012, I completed an 1,100 kilometers spiritual walk to reconnect to Mother Earth and All My Relations.

I am also connected to the Lanark County Neighbours for Truth and Reconciliation, who support and provides cultural awareness to surrounding communities, i.e. Perth’s Healing Forest Memorial.


Laurie Clark

Laurie Clark of offers nature connection programs to address the ecological, inquisitive and experiential needs of people interested in learning outdoors. Her goal is to offer a context that can enrich and enliven one's interaction with the land, each other and with themselves. As an advocate for reconciliation, she is an active team leader with Lanark County Community Justice where she facilitates Knowledge Sharing Circles to ensure a safe, caring and restorative learning environment.


190 Gore St. East

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