On Thursday, October 26th the Tamworth/Erinsville GrassRoots Growers will be hosting an evening devoted to trees with speaker Tim Gray. Tim, who is a graduate of Sir Sandford Fleming College, worked for 30 years with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, subsequently with Trees Ontario, and currently with Forests Ontario.

Over the years he has provided information and advice to hundreds of landowners and organizations on tree planting and forest management. Whether you have already planted hundreds of trees or you are considering planting one tree, you are sure to learn something of value from this presentation, including what is available in terms of tree-planting initiatives and tax incentives. Tim will be bringing samples, displays and handouts as well.

Also on that night GrassRoots Growers will hold its fall seed exchange. Now is the time to collect seeds and bring your extras to the meeting. Please label them clearly and package them securely. The seed exchange is free, and if you are a starting gardener, don’t worry about not bringing seeds to trade. We will be happy to get you started. 

If you’re new to seed saving and want some practical advice, visit the GrassRoots Growers website (below), click on “Links”, and scroll down to consult “How to Save Seeds” prepared by steering committee member Lois Smith. 

In addition to the seed exchange we expect to have a selection of cacti, succulents, and Eastern Cedar seedlings for sale at a modest price.

The evening will conclude with refreshments and a chance to talk to others with similar interests. We hope we’ll see you there. GrassRoots Growers events are open to all and admission is free. However, if you wish to make a donation to help defray costs, it will be welcome.

Tamworth/Erinsville GrassRoots Growers is a community-based group. Their mission is to encourage interest in local and organic gardening for both the home garden and the market garden; to raise awareness of issues surrounding food production; to improve our practical knowledge of all aspects of plant life; and to provide networking opportunities for gardeners. Visit te-grassrootsgrowers.weebly.com for more info.