LEARN, LIVE & LOVE
We love sharing our sustainable farm where food and friendships grow and prosper. others can come learn in environment of nurturing.
Understanding the value and obligation of elders to share knowledge, we created a place where humans, animals, plants and mycelium can grow to their full potential .
Where others can come learn in environment of nurturing. Actively participating in the stewardship of our land.
We offer a multitude of courses designed to help you grow your own healthy, sustainable and delicious food. Each course gives you a chance to have hands-on experience in producing your own high-quality food that will nourish your body, save you money and help care for the earth. See below for a list of the courses we provide:
Plant Propagation: Cloning
Many of our favourite plants are often easier to clone than to plant from seed because of the exacting conditions that are required to get the seeds to germinate or because we want to reproduce a specific plant. Cloning also makes sense when can’t or don’t want to buy seeds. Cloning in the growing phase of a plant makes this possible. Cannabis, Lavender and Rosemary are good examples of plants which are commonly cloned that we can show you how to clone. Once you have registered, we will contact you to find out what plants you would to learn how to clone and you will take home 4 of your newly cloned plants.
- When: During the spring months and in October
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Age restrictions: Adult
- Duration: Up to 1 hour, class limited to two people but we can accommodate more in good weather.
- Cost $60 (includes up to 4 clones)
Plant Propagation: Grafting
Have you ever wanted your apple tree with more than one type of apple growing on it? It is possible with Grafting! This is our only class that is held at our student’s residence so that we can lend our expertise to show you how to graft apples or plums onto your existing tree. On your registration, please indicate in the ‘additional comments’ section what types of tree you have that you want to propagate as well as the recipient tree which you want to graft on to. This will help us ensure that we bring the correct tools for the job to make your graft as successful as possible. We have a small selection of apples and plum cultivars that we can supply twigs to use.
- When: Offered in January and February, subject to distance restriction of 15km from Gibsons.
- Level of Difficulty: Moderate
- Age restrictions: Adult
- Duration: 1 hour, class limited to two people
- Cost $60
Introduction to Mushroom Log Inoculation
This is a hands-on class where you will learn how to inoculate freshly cut hardwood timber with Oyster or Shitake mushroom plugs and spawn. You will take home two student sized logs you have inoculated along with a wealth of knowledge so that you can successfully do this at home. Each paid student gets one email consultation on best location to place logs in your home. Although we discuss this in class, it is often one of the hardest parts of mushroom growing so sometimes it is helpful to be able to show us a photograph in order to discuss best possible locations.
- When: During the spring months (mid-March 21 to mid-June)
- Level of Difficulty: Low with assistance
- Age restrictions: 12 and older with an accompanying adult
- Duration: 1 – 2 hours, depending up class size
- Cost: $60 (includes two student sized logs for you to nurture and one follow-up email)
Advanced Mushroom Log Inoculation
This is a very technical class where adherence to precise procedures and strict laboratory protocols are crucial to the success of mycelium propagation. In this indoor lab class, you will learn how to reproduce mycelium and how to use mycelium to inoculate spawn. You will take home your own jar of mycelium in agar that you can use as your starter as well as one small bag of inoculated grain. Please note there are additional student requirements for this class noted below. As there are many important learnings in the course, we will be emailing you some foundational information that you will need to read and understand as it is important to limit your time in the lab where at all possible.
- Prerequisites: Our Introduction to Mushroom Log Inoculation
- When: Twice during the month of November (1st and 3rd weekends)
- Level of Difficulty: High
- Age restrictions: Adult
- Duration: 2 hours, class limited to two people
- Cost $120 person
Student Requirements: Be prepared to wear a protective jumpsuit, shoe covers, mask and gloves: this is not an option so if you have any allergies to latex or vinyl, you will need to be prepared to supply your own clean suit as approved by us in advance. If you have any sensitivities to isopropanol alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, bleach or anti-bacterial sprays then you cannot take this course as these are all key products in maintaining a clean laboratory environment for mycelium propagation.
WARNING: Half of this class is in the lab. Once you are in the mushroom laboratory there is no leaving for bio-breaks… if you have to leave, then you will not be able to be re-admitted unless you purchase an additional suit, gloves, mask and boot covers for the price of $20. This is required due to the risk of extraneous mold and bacteria infection. We recommend that you do not drink up to 2 hours before the start of the course.
We are willing to share our knowledge, we have many talents. Ask for your needs to be met and they may be met.
Nature is unpredictable. And as such, we are unable to guarantee that your crops will grow as expected. However, when things do not go as they should, we want you to contact us as and we will work with you to determine what happened and, more importantly, if anything can be done to get things back on track.
It takes time to prepare for students and takes us away from our farmstead work so cancellations are accepted up three weeks prior to the start of the course. After that time, we will refund you 50% of your course fee and you will receive the course information via email.
For safety reasons, hands-on activity in our classes are restricted to individuals with no functional impairments and are over 17 years of age. However, we are happy to host people with all abilities if you let us know in advance. We want to ensure that we provide the best experience for people of all abilities.
HOW TO REGISTER
Purchase options for our classes are posted on our online store which opens in Spring 2020. Purchase the course online and in about two weeks prior to the start date of the course, we will email you with some details on how you can find our Farmstead as well as some suggestions on things you should bring and what you can expect for the class.