Throughout the day, workshops will be presented 100% free of charge to festival goers on a range of food-related topics, from growing your own sprouts to radical food politics. If you would like to present a workshop, please get in touch:

Workshop Schedule

Workshop Description

1:00-2:00 Everything You Need to Know about Healthy Eating (Java U Terrace)

A simple overview of what research shows is healthy eating, and how to set, achieve, and maintain health goals like healthy eating.

-Presented by Gaby Szabo, Nutritionist

1:00-2:00 Self-Watering Containers (Greenhouse)

Comprehensive instructions on how to make self-watering containers for all your house plants.

-Presented by The Rooftop Garden Project

2:00-3:00 Sprouts! (Java U Terrace)

A workshop on how to grow your own sprouts at home.

-Presented by Arlene Throness, Concordia Greenhouse Coordinator

2:00-3:00 Making Seed Balls (Greenhouse)

An explanation of the process of making seed balls and their benefits to urban agriculture.

-Presented by Graham Calder, P3Permaculture

2:00-3:00 Food for the Soul: Sustaining Ourselves in the Work We Do (Room Z-05)

An open discussion about what feeds us spiritually and emotionally as we seek to change the world.

-Led by Ellie Hummel, Chaplain and Coordinator of the Multi-faith Chaplaincy

3:00-4:00 Exploration of Food (Java U Terrace)

A blindfold taste experiment to explore the emotional, physical, political, and spiritual relationship with food.

-Presented by Nutritionist Myrite Rotstein, TastyLife

3:00-4:00 Learning How to Compost (Java U Terrace- R4 Table)

A presentation of Concordia’s R4 Worm Compost.

-Presented by Faisal Shennib, Concordia’s Environmental Coordinator

3:00-4:00 How to Make Gnocchi (Greenhouse)

A cooking workshop on making Gnocchi, a potato based pasta that is cheap, easy to make, nutritious, and freezable.

-Presented by Arlette Martinez, Italian chief and caterer

4:00-5:00 Vert ta Ville (Mackay Garden)

A tour of Concordia’s urban garden on Mackay Street. Participants will get to take some of the harvests with them.

-Presented by Laurence Fauteux, Vert Ta Ville Founder and Coordinator

4:00-5:00 Food Politics (Java U Terrace)

Practical knowledge about the politics surrounding food and how you can empower yourself to affect change in the current food system.

-Presented by the People’s Potato

4:00-5:00 Tea Drying (Greenhouse)

Come learn a bit about herbal tea. We will cut, dry, drink, and plant some to take home!

-Presented by Kate Husted, Greenhouse Atrium Tea Project & RealiTEA Project

5:00-6:00 Preserving and Canning (Java U Terrace)

We invite you all to join us in our laboratory to learn about and experiment with the savvy and simply delicious science of preserving food. In this canning crash-course, we will not only talk about the plethora of ways to save food, but we will also demonstrate the ease and ruckus pleasure of pickling–yum! Curious participants will leave with a prize jar, all of our c-a-ndensed expertise, and a potent helping of enthusiasm to start their own experiments.

-Presented by Kristina L.D. & Yvonne Lau, local canning wizardesses

6:00-7:00 Seed Saving (Java U Terrace)

A guide to saving and preserving heritage tomato seeds.

-Presented by Ruby Jean VanVliet, Greenhouse Communications Coordinator


9 responses to “Workshops

  1. Hi,
    Do you consider that GMOs have a role to play in sustainable agriculture?
    Just wondering where Concordia stands on this issue.
    M. Davis

  2. Can’t speak for the university on this one, but considering our history of massive destruction and disregard for environment and health, we think we should cool it on the GMOs and explore organic, local agriculture a bit more. Maybe once we’ve demonstrated some maturity as a species we can try fooling around with DNA again. What do you think?

  3. Kudos on a fantastic workshop program! Great variety and some fascinating themes – wish I could attend them all! 🙂

  4. Just wondering if young children are welcome at the workshops??

    Also, if I can’t make it to all the workshops I’d like to attend is there any way to get in touch with the presenters in the future?


    P.S. I personally think that GMOs have NO role to play in sustainable agriculture … kind of an oxymoron, non??

    • Hi Eartha, children are definitely welcome, so long as they don’t interrupt the workshop – meaning we love their participation but we want to avoid disruption for the other participants. So it’s your call!

      As for the presenters, if they don’t have a link up you can email us at for contact details.

      Hope this answers your questions!

      – The Fest Team

  5. What is your response to those who say that there is no such thing as Organic, that we have altered everything to the point that no heirloon varieties exist and nothing is truly natural anymore?

  6. This is a great line-up and I’m so excited that this event is happening. I’m really going to try to sneak out of work to catch some of the workshops. Thanks so much for organizing it!

  7. I found out about this too late! But amazing! and I’ll try to get down in the evening.
    I’d love to be a part of this next year! Give a workshop or participate in some other way. You can check out my blog above, and my new website coming soon:, I am “re-presenting” myself with the focus more on sustainability in healing, right now this is how what I do looks like on the internet:

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