[microfarmer] Re: farm and garden classes coming up at SLAS

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Looking awesome and the feedback on the last forum also bodes well for SLAS - 


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Subject: [microfarmer] farm and garden classes coming up at SLAS




Welcome to the Sustainable Living Arts School - Roberts Creek area offerings!  
More classes are being designed and we will keep you as up to date as possible. 
We are now registering for the classes noted below. All classes are $25 unless 
otherwise noted. Call Robin at (604) 885-4505 for more info or email 
info@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx And please let me know if you would like off this list.



March 23, Sunday – Gardening for the Faint of Heart – Robin Wheeler - Barter 

This class was designed for the beginner gardener who wants a good grounding in 
the basics. We will learn terms like “vertical gardening”, “microclimate”, 
“heavy mulch” and more. We will discuss water and soil feeding systems, basic 
plant health and annual/perennial plant needs. We will touch on pests, seasonal 
cycles and much more. The goal, in this short time, is to help students hone 
their questions and direction by understanding the basics better.


10 – 1 pm (bring a bag lunch – bevies provided) $32 or bring offerings in trade 
– no item will be turned away. 


April 5 – 6 – Permie Primer Weekend – Skills for those settling in to a new 

Saturday, April 5 -


10:00 – 11:15  – Food Preservation Primer – how to choose a method! With Robin 
Wheeler (Pell Road)

This class won’t be as fun without Val teaching it – she had all those homemade 
goodies and cheeses to pass around! But we can learn the difference between 
dehydration, canning, pressure canning, and packing in oil and vinegar, and how 
to decide on a method, and we will discuss the pros and cons of each method. 
Beginner class.


11:30 – 1 pm  - Raising Poultry Organically with Lisa Atkinson 
Perfect for the beginner, we will cover raising chicks and poults (turkeys) 
organically. Topics will including: choosing your chicks or poults, breed 
types, sources, starting young poultry, catching disease early and keeping 
chicks healthy so you don’t need medications. Also we will cover the difference 
in feeding and management of chickens for egg or meat production. 


1 pm – lunch – bring your own or order ahead – snack plate and herb tea $6 


1:45 – 4:15  or so   Using Medicinal Herbs with Lyrae Emerson
Are you mystified with what to do with those herbs that you carefully grew and 
harvested? In this course we cover a multitude of different ways that herbs can 
be used from herbal salves and balms, to poultices, oils, infusions, 
decoctions, fomentations, and we will even look at other uses such as crafts 
and household use. Fee $40 for 2 1⁄2 hours, price includes 1 jar of all purpose 
healing herbal salve, some looseleaf tea, herbal pills and other miscellaneous 
medicines that we will be making in class.


Sunday, April 6, 2008  - Day 2 of the Permie Primer Weekend (Pell Road)


Learn How-to Design an Edible Forest Garden (or Food Forest) Using Permaculture 
Principles with 

Gregoire Lamoureux  of the Kootenay Permaculture Institute


                   How to Create a Forest Garden in your Backyard


A forest garden is an integrated system of interplanted, mutually beneficial 
trees, shrubs, perennial & annual plants that produces food, medicine, fibre 
and more. Come learn how to develop a practical strategy for creating more 
abundance (for yourself, your family, your neighbours  and  beneficial insects 
and birds) in any backyard - be it lawn, bush or even damaged land. 


9:00am - 12:00pm: Introduction, what is a forest garden, plant species, etc.  
Slide show and discussion.
12:00 - 1:00pm: Lunch (bag lunch or pre-ordered snacks and tea $6)
1:00 - 4:00pm: Observation, how to design & implement a forest garden, hands-on 
 Working portion as we review and use strategies on an existing property site. 

Full day - $65

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