March 13, 2015

Community Garden

Summer Sprouters

Lake Trail Neighbourhood Connections invites you to discover the magic of the Lake Trail Community Garden this summer!

Summer Sprouters is a drop-in program geared towards families with little ones aged 6 months to 5 years, but welcome to all. Explore, play, create, and learn with our staff, special guest facilitators, and community partners including City of Courtenay Recreation.

The drop-in runs Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from July 3rd to August 19th, 9:30 am – 11:30 am. (No program August 5). Donations are accepted with proceeds to Lake Trail Neighbourhood Connections.

Stay tuned to the Lake Trail Community School Garden group to stay up to date on Summer Sprouters activities and special guest surprises throughout the summer months.







Garden Explorers

A new partnership is blooming between Courtenay Recreations Adapted Programs for Adults with Disabilities and Lake Trail Neighborhood Connections. Participants enjoy flower pressing, lavender bundling, tasting tours, garlic braiding and more! Each month has unique new offerings.

Register in person at the Lewis or Florence Filberg Centres, or by phone at 250-338-5371 or 250-338-1000.


July 9 & 11, 16 & 18 &/or August 6 & 8, 13 & 15. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm


Summer Pruning Demo

Have you ever wondered how to prune your fruit trees for their optimal health?

Join us for a summer pruning demo with special guest Karen Cummins, an ISA certified Arborist and Horticulturalist with extensive training and experience in sustainable landscape design and organic garden management!

Sunday, July 28, 1 pm to 3 pm at the Lake Trail Community Middle School Garden. Pre-registration is required.

As this summer pruning demo requires a hot, dry day, we will be watching the weather closely and will contact registered participants to confirm the dates on the week of the demo. August 11th is the backup date for inclement weather.

Don’t miss this opportunity to grow your pruning knowledge. REGISTER TODAY!



Lake Trail Community School Garden – Volunteer Opportunities

As we move into our 9th year in the garden, we are starting to feel our accomplishment in creating a garden that provides a space for learning for students and community;  demonstrations of sound organic practices that home gardeners can do to grow their own food; and production of significant amounts of food for school and community uses.

Reaching this point has taken much ingenuity and hard  work. Volunteers are needed to help in every way and we appreciate their contributions and fellowship.  If you are an experienced gardener who would like to share your knowledge to spread the messages of sustainable edible education, or a beginner who wants to learn while working with others, please contact coordinator Elaine Codling at

We would be especially pleased to have a dedicated composter team to support the essential soil-building tasks and extend community education opportunities.

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