Education

Credit Valley Conservation Authority

From Melanie Kramer, our January speaker, has sent a number of links to Credit Valley Conservation information:

  • Here is the link to CVC’s Native Plant Nurseries list: www.creditvalleyca.ca/nurseries – find nurseries that only sell native plants, nurseries that carry some native plants and sources of locally native plant seed. Those highlighted with an asterisk only carry native plants.
  • Here is the link to all of our gardening and landscaping resources in case anyone missed picking something up: www.creditvalleyca.ca/landscaping – scroll to bottom for individual links to plant lists and more.
  • Environmentally friendly information on lawn care, I’ve included a link from TRCA that you can pass on: http://www.trca.on.ca/dotAsset/58631.pdf

 

Gardening Tips

100 years ago, people were eating things that most of us will never taste. So what happened?

 Curator: Megan Kelley

 This is a part of a special Upworthy series about organic farming, made possible by Only Organic. Read more.

Um … where did all the seeds go?

1905.

Back in 1905, a book called “The Apples of New York” was published by the New York State Department of Agriculture. It featured hundredsof apple varieties of all shapes, colors, and sizes, including Thomas Jefferson’s personal favorite, the Esopus Spitzenburg.


Whoaaaa. The book is full of invaluable information and amazingdrawings.

That was 110 years ago, when commercial apple orchards were still pretty rare and when even in the biggest of those orchards, everything was done by hand.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. But why is that apple book such a big deal? The book is significant because most of the apples listed in it have all but disappeared in the past century. DISAPPEARED. In fact, we used to havethousands of apple varieties, but most of those have largely vanished due to industrial agriculture. Now, many varieties are only found tucked away in agricultural research centers and preservationist orchards.

Fact: Today, the 15 most popular apple varieties account for 90% of all apple sales in the U.S. The most commonly sold apple? Red delicious.

2015 looks so different.

The fate of all those apple varieties is not uncommon. “In the last century, nearly 75% of our agricultural crops have disappeared. They’re simply gone. Today, farmers primarily grow 12 crops. And of these, we mainly eat potatoes, rice, corn, and wheat.”

See the rest  here : 

http://www.upworthy.com/100-years-ago-people-were-eating-things-that-most-of-us-will-never-taste-so-what-happened?c=upw1

 

What are you curious about?

Education is one of our key activities at Streetsville Horticultural Society (SHS).

We would like to hear what you are curious about in gardening in Streetsville. This will assist us in planning speakers, educational information and workshops.