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HEALTH, FITNESS, SKILL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS
Spring Forest Qigong
Session #1 : Thursday January 10 – Feb. 21 (no class Feb. 14) @ 7:00 – 8:00 pm (6 weeks)
Cost: $50.00/6 week session or $12/drop-in per class
Spring Forest Qigong (SFQ) is a powerful self-healing practice of gentle movements that can be done standing, sitting or lying down. This practice consists of meditation exercises designed to assist with improving health and well being and is comprised of 4 components: visualization, breath, postures/movements and sound. Instructor: Kimi Nakamura
PARENT SUPPORT PROGRAMS
Valley Dads Night Out – Lush Valley Little Chefs
Fathers and male family members/caregivers and their children cook and eat a meal together with Lush Valley’s Little Chefs program. Please register in advance by emailing email@example.com
LUSH VALLEY: 2018 Fall Program Guide
Senior Computing 101
Computer Classes geared for seniors who want to extend their computer knowledge. Four one hour sessions will cover how to connect with the grand kids, how to use social media with your computer and your smart phone, safety when surfing, and how to keep your computer in top notch shape.
All welcome – not just for seniors!
Instructor: Kathy Birkett – Ocean’s Edge Business Services
Instructor: Sheila McDonnell
First place Pie winner at the 2016 Comox Valley Fall Fair and Exhibition, Sheila McDonnell will guide you through pie making. Please come to the foods room at Lake Trail School. All supplies provided.
Our Community dinners feature local seasonal produce, from our own garden whenever possible. Join our volunteers for a “cook-together” to provide the scratch- made foundations of our feast. Please feel free to bring yourself, your family, a game , a story or an an activity to share after-dinner. Potluck items are welcome, but not necessary. If you do bring something, please bring the recipe/key ingredients to help identify ingredients in case of any food allergies. Our dinners offer a free, fun, family event held at Lake Trail School 805 Willemar Ave. in Courtenay.
Our next Community Dinner! TBA
GARDEN PROGRAMS – 2019
Instructor: Elaine Codling
2019 Year Around Kitchen Gardening Series
Workshop #1: Planning the Year Around Garden
February 4 @ 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Register here
January dreaming; Seed catalogues; Planting calendars; Seed starting; and Crop rotation. Planning the year around garden is a matter of imagining it through time and space. January is the time to draw maps; set time lines; sort through your seed collection; pour over catalogues; and review last year’s notes.
Planning is the key to a continuous harvest. Good garden design and soil care; planting and harvesting schedules; crop rotation; and working with the right varieties for the season will improve your yield, reduce your labour, and increase the resilience of your crops.
Workshop #2: Soil & Fertility: Preparing the Garden for the Year Around Harvest
February 21 @ 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Register here
Rich fertile well drained soil is every gardener’s dream. How does your soil compare and what can you do about it? Soil structure and composition; pH; organic content all have an impact on fertility. Spring is the best time to amend the soil.The gardener’s tool kit includes compost; organic fertilizers; soil probiotics, mineral supplements, mulch, crop rotation, and cultivation practices for moisture retention and weed control.
A garden that feeds us year around must be fed. Improving the soil, increasing and maintaining fertility, and supporting soil life is one of the gardener’s most important tasks. Healthy soil means healthy plants that produce more delicious food.
Workshop #3: Indoor Starts
March 4 @ 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Register here
Starting seeds in trays and transplanting out seedlings is one of the most effective ways to get ahead of the growing season and maintain year around production. Transplants can be set out sooner and can foil pests that prey on seedlings. Transplants are also hardier and less stressed by extremes of weather.
Mid-March is the time to start your own delicious tomatoes. This class will include tips for growing successful starts indoors and out; what to start and when; and timing for both earlier and late season starts.
This is a hands-on class. Each participant will have the chance to plant a small tray of starts to nurture at home.
Workshop #4: Dormant Pruning with Karen Cummins
March 10 @ 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Register here
Guest Presenter: Karen Cummins
Good tree and shrub care is critical for good fruit production. Please join us for a
demonstration and some hands on practice in the Lake Trail garden. Dress for the
weather; bring your secateurs.
Please join us in welcoming guest presenter Karen Cummins. Karen is an ISA certified Arborist and a Horticulturist. She has extensive training and a wealth of experience in sustainable landscape design and organic garden management.
Workshop # 5: Transplanting, hardening off; cold protection
March 11 @ 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Register here
Unseasonable weather can have a devastating effect on garden production. Sound strategies for coping with unpredictable conditions and specific techniques for safeguarding your produce will be explored. Best practices for choosing varieties, timing seedling, setting out transplants, and weather protection options will be discussed.
Workshop #6: Love your Soil: Maintaining Fertility in the Year Around Garden
April 1 @ 6:30 – 8 pm Register here
Rich, fertile, and well drained soil is every gardener’s dream. How does your soil compare, and what can you do about it? Soil structure and composition, PH, and organice content all have impact on soil fertility. Spring is the best time to amend the soil. The gardener’s tool kit includes compost, organic fertilizers, soil probiotics, mineral supplements, mulch, crop rotation, and cultivation practices. Healthy soil means healthy plants that produce more delicious food.
Workshop #7: Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for the Kitchen Garden
April 8: Monday 6:30 – 8 pm Register here
Guest Presenter: Karen Cummings
Spring offers the best selection of perennial fruits for the kitchen garden, whether you are
planning to add new plants or just want to improve the health and productivity of existing
trees. This class will cover selecting, planting, and caring for your edible landscape.
Please join us in welcoming guest presenter Karen Cummins. Karen is an ISA Certified
Arborist and a Horticulturist. She has extensive training and a wealth of experience in
sustainable landscape design and organic garden management.
Workshop #8: Transplanting, Hardening off, Weather Protection
April 15: Monday 6:30 – 8 pm Register here
Transplanting time has arrived but your tiny plants still need care and protection
to be strong and productive. Unseasonable weather can have a devastating effect
on sprout and seedlings. Sound strategies for coping with unpredictable
conditions and specific techniques for safeguarding your produce will be
explored. Best practices for choosing varieties, timing seedling, setting out
transplants, and weather protection options will be discussed.
Workshop # 9: Plant Propagation Workshop
April 28 Sunday 1- 3 pm Register here
Celebrate the abundance of the spring garden. Propagating plants from existing plants
is easy and rewarding. There are many simple techniques for propagating herbs and
vegetables. Taking cuttings, layering, or dividing are ways to quickly and inexpensively
produce new plants. In this class we will discuss a number of options for multiplying
perennials herbs and vegetables.
This is a hands on class. We will be taking and rooting cuttings of a variety of herbs
that can then be transplanted into your home garden or grown in pots in a sunny
window, patio, or balcony.