March 20, 2022 Virtual Presentations (Registration Information will be coming soon)
1:00 pm Growing a Successful Seed Saving Garden by Bob Wildfong, Seeds of Diversity
Bob Wildfong has been saving seeds and teaching about garden biodiversity for over 25 years. He mixes science and storytelling to reveal the secret lives of seeds, plants, and pollinators. Bob has been a member of Seeds of Diversity since 1988, and became the first Executive Director in 2002, after a career in software engineering. He teaches food history at the Waterloo Region Museum, and as a steering committee member of the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign, helps build the movement to preserve pollinators. He is a past President of the Culinary Historians of Canada, and delights in explaining how we can learn about future food sustainability by remembering past lessons.
2:00 pm Native Bees of Alberta, How They're Different From Honeybees and What You Can Do To Help Them! by Megan Evans, Alberta Native Bee Council
Megan Evans has a degree in Environmental Science and a master's degree in Ecology from the University of Calgary. She became interested in bees when she worked as a summer student on a pollinator research study with Agriculture Canada. Megan joined the Alberta Invasive Species Council as their Executive Director in 2000, after spending five years with the provincial government. Megan has participated as a Board Director for the Alberta Invasive Species Council; the Canadian Council on Invasive Species, the Entomological Society of Alberta; and co-founded the Alberta Native Bee Council in 2017.
3:00 pm Enjoy Your Front Yard or Balcony Garden by Neil Lang, Front Yards in Bloom | City of Edmonton and Edmonton Horticultural Society
Neil Lang has followed his grandfather's gardening experience which came from the times when gardens were a necessity. Neil started organic gardening in 1984 following sustainable principles. He joined Edmonton Horticulture Society in the mid nineties and by the end of the decade became a Front Yards in Bloom judge. Years later he became the volunteer coordinator of the Front Yards program helping the City of Edmonton Beautification Department. The program grew immensely over the years adding new categories such as Balcony and Edible Gardening. Neil continued in this role until 5 years ago but continues to be involved with judging Front Yards and promoting gardening in the community. No need to be an expert... just a few more plants every year.
4:00 pm Modified - A Free Movie, Seeds of Diversity
Relax and watch a movie following the speaker series. Thank you to Seeds of Diversity for making it possible to share this movie.