LifeLong Learning

Room to Grow Wonders How Does Your Garden Grow?

Life Long Learning! What does that mean to you? The Hornby Island Education Society is excited to offer once again new learning opportunities for the adult learners.

We will be launching a series of one off talks starting in March. The general format for these talks will be to have guest speakers present their topic and then have time for a question and answer session. Each session will be 1.5 to 2 hours and will be offered on a Sunday or Tuesday afternoons at Room to Grow.

The first offering is coming up on Sunday, March 15th with Arzeena Hamir. 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.

She will be presenting a two hour talk on Food Growing Success – Tips & Tricks to Get the Best Production, including Using Greenhouse & Direct Seeding vs Transplants . Arzeena will be happy to take questions after the 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.

The second talk will be on Tuesday, March 31st, An Introduction to Mason Bees. This is an excellent follow-up from the first talk on gardening. At this talk, Al and Nancy Morton, from Comox will talk about the life cycle of the amazing mason bee, talk 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. ( 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. We are excited! See you there. Martha Gerow, HIES