Growing 101: Mushrooms, Fruit Trees, and Vegetables – Young Urban Growers
May 27 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The theme for May’s Young Urban Growers meeting is “growing”! Join us at the Iceland Teaching Garden for an introduction on growing mushrooms, fruit trees, and vegetables in the city. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP with firstname.lastname@example.org. Speakers include:
Rahul Mehta – Fruit tree grower
Rahul Mehta is a lifelong resident of Mississauga, and currently works at Peel Multicultural Council, working to develop Mississauga’s first cycling hub. He has been an avid gardener for over 10 years, learning from organizations such as LEAF, where he recently took their Tree Tenders course, and Ecosource, where he has been involved with the Peel Environmental Youth Alliance and Iceland Teaching Garden since they were first created. Taking the next step on stewardship of our natural infrastructure, Rahul is now working to develop a fruit-tree harvest and care project this summer as part of his broader goals with Sustainable Mississauga, an organization launching in June.
Miles Oleskiw – Mushroom grower
Miles Oleskiw has been a grower and forager for over 10 years. He is currently volunteering with Ecosource, helping them start some mushroom logs at their Local Food Hub which will be used in their field-to-table programs. Miles has been foraging all over Ontario and can’t wait to share his experience of finding Chanterelles, Lobster mushrooms and some Matsutake a few years ago up north.
Rav Singh – Vegetable grower
Rav Singh currently works at Ecosource as the Urban Agriculture Coordinator and works to empower communities in engaging with their local food systems. Working with youth from across the Region of Peel, she grows organic produce at the Iceland Teaching Garden for local food banks and markets. She has 4 years of growing experience and has worked on large and small organic farms in Canada and internationally. Rav loves to experiment with different urban growing techniques and is working with local youth to create a new food podcast for Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon.
Young Urban Growers are youth in Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon who meet monthly to learn about and discuss various food and urban agriculture topics. To find out more about Young Urban Growers, please e-mail email@example.com.