It’s been quite a while since our last newsletter went out and if you’re reading this, thanks for sticking around! We appreciate the support and gratitude we receive every week from friends and customers at the market and look forward to sharing that energy. We are holding an Open Farm Day on June 23, 2019 read on for the details. We look forward to seeing you!
In nature, change is always happening. And as we are indeed a part of nature, change is always in progress here at Sunrise Gardens. This natural trend to grow, shift and evolve is present in our personal lives and as an extension and reflection of our lives; our business is also always growing and changing in some large and small ways. As we become more empowered to make decisions based on a strong understanding of our values we have identified two key areas where further change is necessary. The first is a need to eliminate the use of plastic packaging and the second is our need for greater work-life balance.
In order to reduce our use of plastic packaging we have identified 3 opportunities for positive change; (1) we will switch from plastic produce bags to cellophane bags (which biodegrade readily);
(2) We will greatly reduce the amount of hard plastic used by selling directly to our customers rather than through a retailer. We are very excited to begin offering a ‘bring your own container’ option at the Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market, beginning in May.
(3) Any tender produce that still requires extra protection in transport will be packaged in a plant- based, recyclable plastic. This last option is still not our preferred practice, as we are looking at eliminating plastic packaging altogether; rather, it is a temporary solution while we research and test other packaging options.
Another way to offset our hard plastic use is by encouraging our customers to return clean used containers to us at the market. We reuse these containers to grow Pet Grass and are also used to make the ‘Grow your own Greens’ Kits we have for sale.
We have made the necessary decision to discontinue our collaboration with our wholesale partners in order to further allow us to reduce our use of packaging as well as reduce the size of our operation, allowing us more time and energy to pursue other important aspects of our lives.
An important practice we will continue is encouraging and educating others to grow some of their own shoots and greens, whenever possible. We will create more opportunities to offer workshops, tours and inspiration to our customers. Recently, Dawn attended the Resilience Festival and shared her passion and experience growing microgreens with the lightest impact on Earth as possible. She spoke on the subject of soil health and composting this past March at Edmonton’s Seedy Sunday and will be presenting a workshop on thermal composting later this summer. Dawn has also been mentoring small and large growers in the province to support and encourage their success in growing microgreens and organic vegetables.
You will be hearing more from us over the next few months as we are excited to share the new and wonderful things we are growing here on this land and in our lives.
Good Growing to you all!
OPEN FARM DAY JUNE 23, 2019
We would like to extend a warm invitation to all of you (and family) to join us at Sunrise Gardens for our first Open Farm Day on June 23, 2019. This gathering will also be the soft launch of our new endeavor as a Nature and Learning Center.
We will begin with a garden tour at 11am, light lunch of our own veggies and greens at 12:30pm, and a Nature Walk at 1:30pm, with opportunities to discover and learn about the local flora and fauna within forest and wetland ecosystems.
In celebration of the Summer Solstice, we will be holding a drum circle at 5pm with a fire ceremony (weather permitting) and BBQ to follow. Stay and enjoy some or all of the day with us, as you choose.
To help us plan and prepare, please RSVP by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
We will reply with any further information you might need as well as with directions.
PS: We are approximately 45 minutes from Downtown Edmonton.
Dawn, Kathryn and Trish