Waterloo Gardeners is a community group with a passion for gardening. We are a volunteer, non-profit organization located in Waterloo, Ontario. Since 1895, when we were known as the Waterloo Horticultural Society, we have offered presentations, workshops and other activities to encourage knowledge and awareness of horticulture and the environment in the community. Our programs and activities are for anyone who has an interest in gardening.
Our Next Meeting - May 28, 2021
Speaker: Jill Byers
Topic: Cultivating Cannabis at Home
Jill Byers has been studying, volunteering, and working in Waterloo Region since 2006, earning her Honours BA in Geography at Wilfrid Laurier University, completing courses through University of Guelph's Sustainable Urban Agriculture program, and also courses through Conestoga College Senior Leadership & Management in the Not-for-Profit Sector Program. Jill worked for 3 years developing the Waterloo Region School Food Gardens project in partnership with Seeds of Diversity Canada. She has built over 20 school food gardens, and the project continues to thrive today. In 2018, Jill made a change to study cannabis upon legalization of the recreational market, and completed the post-graduate program Commercial Cannabis Production at Niagara College. She is now the Lead Grow Technician at the Aleafia Health Inc. indoor grow facility.
Cannabis, also known as marijuana (among countless other names), is a psychoactive intoxicant that was banned in Canada from 1923 until medical cannabis became legal in 2001. The consumption and sale of recreational cannabis was legalized and regulated on 17 October 2018, after Parliament passed Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act. While there was much discussion about the ramifications of legalization, very little impact can be seen in the community.
Cannabis in Canada is legal for both recreational and medicinal purposes. Canada is the second country in the world, after Uruguay, to formally legalize the cultivation, possession, acquisition and consumption of cannabis and its by-products. Canada is the first G7 and G20 nation to do so.
Cannabis affects people in different ways. It depends on the person, the situation, the type and quality of cannabis, and the method of use. Research shows most people who use cannabis use it moderately. Since cannabis does not pose a risk for physical addiction ,most people are not compelled to continue to use it. Instead, people use cannabis when they perceive its effects are beneficial.
Medical marijuana is available as an oil, pill, vaporized liquid and nasal spray, as dried leaves and buds, and as the plant itself. The herb is typically used to treat chronic pain, nausea and vomiting associated with cancer treatment and muscle spasms.
Login will begin at 7:00 pm; the presentation will begin at 7:30 pm.
Join us in our Breakout Rooms for discussion after the meeting
We are currently seeking volunteers for our watering team this summer. Please visit the volunteer page for more information. Below are some images from recent days at our two public gardens Memorial Park and Carnegie Green.
The first of five videos we made in summer 2020 with James Graham. James conduct us on a tour of the Good Earth Community Garden in uptown Waterloo. Be sure to visit our YouTube channel for more! Don't forget to subscribe so you don't miss anything!
If you love gardening and want to share your passion with like-minded people, we hope you will join us. In addition to monthly meetings (Zoom, for now), we have a bi-weekly newsletter and activities to engage with members.
Come and volunteer with us! We always welcome helping hands.
We are affiliated with the Ontario Horticultural Association of Ontario. http://www.gardenontario.org