Category: Seedy Saturday 2014

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Dianne MacLean: Growing Food & Growing Community – Rotary B – 11:30 – 12:30

Bio:  Dianne MacLean, (Bear Dreamer) is a Metis Storyteller, Environmental Educator, Community Net-Worker and Consultant.  She has had varied background as a Registered Nurse, Wildcrafter, Metis Storyteller, and Herbalist.  She has strong connections to the Aboriginal Community and is an internationally respected Elder. Diane has worked as a Community Net-worker for many organizations and non-profits.   …

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Gordon Hutchings: The Co-evolution of Flowering Plants & Native Bees – Rotary B – Saturday – 10:30-11:30 am

Bio: Gordon Hutchings of Hutchings Bee Service has been studying native bees for 25 years in B.C., Yukon and Saskatchewan. He has been contract field biologist for Royal B.C. Museum, B.C. Ministry of Environment (Conservation Data Centre), the Yukon Territory Government, and Canada Wildlife Service. A busy bee himself, Gordon is a prolific speaker and advocate in his field, and …

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2014 Seedy Saturday Volunteer Orientation – Tuesday, Feb 18 – 7-9pm @ LUSH Valley

Hello to all new and returning Seedy Saturday Volunteers, Please note that there will be a 2014 volunteer orientation held at LUSH Valley 1126 Piercy Ave Courtenay on Tuesday February 18th from 7 – 9 pm for new or returning volunteers. We look forward to seeing you there.   [important]Click here to view more information about 2014 Seedy Saturday[/important]

Ellen Rainwalker: Growing & Saving Your Own Seeds – Rotary A – Saturday, March 1 – 10:30-11:30 am

Bio: Ellen Rainwalker is a former market gardener who has been growing food and saving seeds for over 40 years. She now grows a year-round garden in Cumberland. Ellen is a member of several groups that are working to increase local food security, including the Comox Valley Community Seed Bank and the Comox Valley Food …

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Roderick Lane: Developing Farmland: A lesson in patience – Rotary B – Saturday – 12:30 -1:30 pm

Bio: Roderick Lane is a farmer, traveller, and mountain ambler who lives on Forbidden Fruit Farm in the foothills of the Comox Valley, where he grows apples, nuts, and a variety of perennial herbs. Roderick has spent eight years transforming marginal third growth forest into a blossoming young orchard. His Forbidden Fruit Orchard is a …

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Elaine Codling: Urban Permaculture Gardens: Absolute Abundance in Small Spaces – Rotary A – Saturday – 12 – 1 pm

Bio: Elaine is a Permaculture Design Consultant and teacher with an international education and more than 25 years of experience organic gardening and green living. Following a long career in nutritional consulting and natural healing she took a Permaculture Design Certificate on Denman Island and followed up with an internship at the Permaculture Research Institute …

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Harold Steves: How Richmond Became a GE-Free Zone – Friday – Lower Native Sons Hall – 7-9pm

Bio: The Steves family is one of Richmond’s first founding families, after which the community of Steveston is named. Manoah and Martha Steves were the first settlers in the area, arriving in 1877. They imported the first purebred Holstein cattle into BC, established a dairy to provide milk for the fledgling City of Vancouver and were Western Canada’s first seedsmen. Born …

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Moss Dance: Young Farmer Panel – Rotary B – Saturday – 12:30-1:30 pm

Moss started out as a farm apprentice in 2003 and developed an organic farming obsession – she’s had dirt under her fingernails ever since. Moss grows at Ripple Farm in Merville, and collaborates with Arzeena Hamir (Amara Farm) to run Merville Organics (, a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) box program. Merville Organics sells fresh veggies …

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Jay Miles-Baker: Young Farmer Panel – Rotary B – Saturday – 12:30-1:30 pm

Bio: My name is Jay Baker-French. I’ve been a life-long lover of growing food, starting out in my neighbour’s vegetable garden and my parents’ compost pile at a very young age. When I got to university, it took me a while to realize that I could, in fact, study what I loved. After a year …

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Dirk Becker: Be Newly Inspired to Grow More Food Than Ever Before! – Rotary Hall – Saturday, 1 March, 1:45 – 3 pm

Bio: Dirk and Nicole are well known for their urban farming battle to grow food in Lantzville and for creating the successful Bowen Road Farmers’ Market in Nanaimo. They also published Synergy Magazine for 10 years and hosted a radio program – both of which were dedicated to living more consciously. They turned what was essentially …

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