Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Save the World- Workshops at Foxglove Farms-Salt Spring

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011


Foxglove Farms


Foxglove Farm Sustainable Living Workshops Series:  

How Mushrooms can Save the World, Alternative Energy, & Beekeeping

What Community event
When Jun 11, 2011 09:00 AM to
Jun 30, 2011 04:00 PM
Where Foxglove Farm, Saltspring Island
Contact Name Claire Jutras
Contact Email programs@foxglovefarmbc.ca
Contact Phone 1 (250) 931-5336
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Upcoming Workshops:

June 11-12: Solutions from the Underground: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World

Saturday evening, June 11th, 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Sunday, June 12th, 2011, 8:30am – 4:30pm
instructor: Paul Stamets
cost: $175 + HST (includes lunch)
 Fungi, particularly mushrooms, offer some powerful, practical solutions to many of the forces of environmental degradation facing the biosphere. The central premise is that habitats have immune systems, just like people, and our close evolutionary relationship to fungi can be the basis for novel pairings that lead to greater sustainability and better health. Paul Stamets will discuss the evolution of mushrooms in ecosystems and how fungi can help heal the environment and its inhabitants. Paul’s work with mycelium shows how these largely untapped organisms can replace chemical insecticides; break down toxic wastes, including petroleum-based products such as diesel, dioxins, and numerous other toxins into non-toxic forms. Farmers, gardeners, green architects and ecological designers all can use these emerging mycotechnologies.

June 17-18: Wind, Water, and Sun: Alternative solutions for heating, cooling, and powering your home

Friday evening, June 17th, 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Saturday, June 18th, 2011, 8:30am – 4:30pm
instructor: Steve Abbott
cost: $120 + HST (lunch included)
This workshop covers home energy needs on both a theoretical and practical hands-on basis. The course begins with an evening overview adressing typical household energy needs and conservation strategies, including a review of renewable energy technologies for meeting those needs. This will be followed by an in-depth exposure to passive solar principles for heating and cooling and active solar collection for domestic hot water, two of the highest areas of consumption in a typical home. Our final session will include a show and tell of passive solar improvements to an existing home, a solar cooker and other appropriate technology devices. We will finish the course with a hands-on session manufacturing an efficient solar thermal collector and incorporating it into a domestic hot water system.

Beekeeping 365

Sunday, June 19th, 2011, 8:30am – 4:00pm
instructor: Brian Scullion
cost: $95 + HST (lunch included)
Keeping bees provides us with honey and pollen, pollination, and an intimate relationship with the fascinating world of bees. This one-day workshop will present a year’s cycle, including all of the steps from building boxes and selecting queens to extracting honey. The workshop will provide an emphasis on bee health, including nutrition, diseases, pests, and various ways to manage your bees in harmony with the landscape and your neighbours.

Quoted from Sierra Club BC
Foxglove Farm Sustainable Living Workshops Series: How Mushrooms can Save the World, Alternative Energy, and Beekeeping



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1200 Mount Maxwell Road
Salt Spring Island, BC, V8K 2H7

farm office: 250-931-5336
accommodations: 250-537-1989

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