The Hornby Island Education Society is excited to offer once again new learning opportunities for the adult learners. Each session will be 1.5 to 2 hours and will be offered on a Sunday or Tuesday afternoons at Room to Grow.
Sunday, March 15th with Arzeena Hamir
“Food Growing Success – Tips & Tricks to Get the Best Production, including Using Greenhouse & Direct Seeding vs Transplants”
Arzeena is an organic farmer and agronomist from Merville, BC. She and her husband own Amara Farm, a 26-acre certified organic vegetable and blueberry farm. Amara Farm was one of the founding members of Merville Organics Growers Cooperative. Arzeena will be happy to take questions after the two hour presentation. We hope that with the many gardeners on the island that this topic will be of great value to both new and old gardeners. Cost for this event will be by donation at the door on the day of the talk.
Tuesday, March 31st with Al and Nancy Morton
“An Introduction to Mason Bees”
This is an excellent follow-up from the first talk on gardening. At this presentation, Al and Nancy Morton from Comox will talk about the life cycle of the amazing mason bee, and about how to make nesting tubes, boxes and a starter house. There is a $15 fee which includes a starter kit and an optional additional charge of $20 for 20 cocoons. Mason bees are an amazing addition to any garden. Pre-registration for this talk will be required as there is a hands on portion and limited seats. (firstname.lastname@example.org or 250 335-1443)
We are still working on finalizing presentations for April, May and June so stay tuned for updates. One in particular to watch for is Cannabis: Miracle Cure or Snake Oil? Presented by Dr. Susan Booth.
These events are hosted by HIES’ LifeLong Learning Program.