“GMOs in Our Food” Workshop at May 4 GardenFest

GardenFest at the New Canaan Nature Center
Saturday, May 4
10:00 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.
Free and open to the public

NCNC Members 9:30 A.M. PRE-SALE

Workshops throughout the day

 GMOs in Our Food: What You Need to Know

Presentation and Q&A with Fairfield Green Food Guide Founder Analiese Paik, 1:00-1:45

What are Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)? Why are they considered risky and unsustainable? Since GM foods aren’t labeled, how are consumers supposed to avoid them when shopping and eating out?

Analiese Paik, founder of the Fairfield Green Food Guide, will lead a lively, informative, and interactive 45 minute- session that answers all these questions and empowers guests to make Non-GMO food choices at home, at the grocery store, in restaurants, and at the farmers’ market.

Analiese is a local-sustainable food advocate and the founder and editor of the Fairfield Green Food Guide. She frequently writes and speaks on the topic of GMOs and continues to advocate for the labeling of genetically engineered foods.

Workshop Schedule

10:00 – 10:30 A.M. Honey Bee and Beekeeping Demonstration

10:45 – 11:30 A.M. Organic Vegetable Gardening: How to Grow a Healthy & Productive Garden in Your Own Backyard

12:00 – 12:45 P.M. Wildflower & Wild Edibles Hike

1:00 – 1:45 P.M. GMOs in Our Food: What You Need to Know

2:00 – 2:45 P.M. Simple Steps to Organic Lawn Care & Why Organic Matters

3:00 – 3:30 P.M. Honey Bee & Beekeeping demonstration

Workshop & Tour Descriptions

  • Honey Bee and Beekeeping Demonstration – Come and see NCNC bee hives up close and personally. Learn a bit on how to care for honeybees and the importance they play as pollinators. You may even have a chance to taste some fresh honey out of the hive!
  • Organic Vegetable Gardening: How to Grow a Healthy and Productive Garden in Your Own Backyardwith Miranda Lubarsky, Homefront Farmers
    This session is bursting with helpful information to enable you to make the most of your home vegetable garden, whether you’re a complete beginner or a seasoned green thumb.  Topics will include how to get started and what to consider when designing your garden, selecting plants to maximize your garden production and keep everything healthy, how to attract beneficials, the concept of companion planting, plus tips and tricks to help you extend the gardening season.  Finally, Miranda will offer advice on where to find additional support and resources.  Please bring all your questions: they’re sure to be answered in this informative workshop
    Homefront Farmers designs, builds and maintains custom at-home gardens with the goal of helping people produce their own food organically.  Homefront Farmers designs are visually appealing raised bed layouts that are built to last, season after season, year after year.  They offer weekly maintenance to keep your garden productive, healthy and aesthetically please in all seasons.
  • Wildflower and Wild Edibles Hike – Come and join one of NCNC Naturalists for a guided walk around the Nature Center identifying and learning about some of the beautiful spring flowers and those that are edible and delicious.  There is a feast out in nature with the wild plants so come and join us.  Be prepared to taste some samples too!
  • GMOs in Our Food: What You Need to Know, with Analiese Paik, founder Fairfield Green Food GuideWhat are Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)? Why are they considered risky and unsustainable? Since GM foods aren’t labeled, how are consumers supposed to avoid them when shopping and eating out?
    Analiese Paik, founder of the Fairfield Green Food Guide , will lead a lively, informative, and interactive session that answers all these questions and empowers guests to make Non-GMO food choices at home, at the grocery store, in restaurants, and at the farmers’ market. Analiese is a local-sustainable food advocate and the founder and editor of the Fairfield Green Food Guide. She frequently writes and speaks on the topic of GMOs and continues to advocate for the labeling of genetically engineered foods.
  • Simple Steps to Organic Lawn Care and Why Organic Matters with Chip Osborne of Osborne Organics and Miki Porta and Heather Lauver of Pesticide-Free New Canaan This presentation will discuss some compelling reasons why we should consider a natural approach to lawn care.  Public health, children’s health, storm-water runoff, and water quality issues are all reasons why we should begin to reduce our dependence on synthetic and chemical products to grow our lawns and gardens.  Together with our local organization, Pesticide Free New Canaan, this approach will be to share the mission of pesticide reduction and elimination through information and educations.  Chip will then present “Simple Steps to Organic Lawn Care”©, a detailed approach to a natural lawn care program. This will be explained so that the do-it-yourselfer will be able to care for the lawn or so that the homeowner can convey their wishes to their landscape contractor.
    Charles “Chip” Osborne, Jr., founder and President of Osborne Organics, LLC, has worked over 15 years to create safe, sustainable and healthy athletic fields and landscapes.

Children’s Activities

There will also be a variety of family crafts and educational activities such as pot-your-own miniature gardens, wildflower walks and live animal demonstrations.

New Canaan Nature Center
144 Oenoke Ridge
New Canaan, CT 06840

Phone: (203) 966-9577
Fax: (203) 966-6536

Visit the New Canaan Nature Center website for complete information.

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