2009-05-07 / Local & State

Workshop Scheduled On Sustainable Gardening

Event to be held this Saturday
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

A workshop delving into diet and grains, seed selection and propagation as well as the yearround garden is scheduled for this Saturday in McConnellsburg. Open to the general public, the "Grow Biointensive: Sustainable Gardening Workshop" will be held in the old Department of Public Welfare office at Penn's Village Shopping Center from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. by area resident Jennie Cejka.

In addition to touching upon five different areas of interest, the seminar will also boast a "taster's table and demonstrations" and allow participants to take home bedding plants to get their own gardens under way.

According to Cejka, with the heart of the ecosystem revolving around soil, participants will take away first-hand knowledge on innovative ways "to improve and grow new soil."

"We are using up soil at an alarming rate," said Cejka. "Come learn how to be part of the cure and not part of the problem."

Cejka further noted that residents will also receive instruction on learning how to select, save and propagate the best varieties of vegetable plants for this area and the grower's tastes. In addition, double-digging and "grow biointensive" techniques will be shared to improve a gar- den's yield with only a minimum amount of effort.

The event is free and open to the general public. However, preregistration is required in order for ample taster's table items and giveaways to be available. Light refreshments will be served, but participants may wish to pack a lunch.

Area residents wishing to attend the May 9 workshop can register by contacting Cejka at 814-735-2199 or at griffinwick@ yahoo.com.

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