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Date(s) - 30/01/2021
9:45 am - 4:00 pm

Garden Education Center



Duncan Seedy Saturday is going virtual this year! Join us for a day of workshops about gardening, soil health, herbalism and native plants!

The day will feature four hour-long virtual Zoom workshops, featuring our Cowichan Green Community team. Feel free to join us for one or two of the workshops, or for the entire day!

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Soil Health 101

Hosted by: Carolyn Morris of the CGC

Carolyn is an enthusiastic and experienced backyard food gardener who bases her pursuits in healthy, sustainable food systems. A teacher by profession, Carolyn has taught Gaia College’s Organic Master Gardener Class as well as multiple workshops on introductory food production. Carolyn has worked in a diversity of growing environments and loves hands on, experiential learning.

You are invited to join Carolyn for an introduction to soil health – what that means, and how to further support a healthy growing system.

10am – 11am, doors open at 9:45am


Cultivating & Processing Herbs: Herbal medicine to grow in the Cowichan Valley

Hosted by: Lauren Bosch

Lauren is a herbalist, gardener, wildcrafter, and medicine-maker. She has a deep connection to plants and a desire to share them with others to meet their specific needs. Lauren has completed a Phytotherapy (Herbal Medicine) diploma through Pacific Rim College and has also studied a range of courses on Botany, Horticulture, and Gardening and has expanded those to practical knowledge by getting her hands in the soil.

Learn about which herbs to grow in your garden and why. Included will be how to cultivate, harvest, process herbs to make medicines, and some common herbal uses.

The event also kicks off our month-long Seedy February event, where you can access locally adapted seeds from local seed producers. We will be hosting local growers both online at the Cow-Op ( or at the reFRESH Marketplace at the Cowichan Green Community at 360 Duncan St.

11:15am – 12:15 pm


Meadow Making: growing native plants to support local biodiversity and pollinator health

Hosted by: Hannah Auer of The Resiliency Project at the CGC, featuring Kristen Miskelly of Saanich Native Plants

When we integrate native plants into our landscapes, we support the health of the ecosystem, create habitat for pollinators and other beneficial insects and help restore healthy food webs. In this workshop, Hannah will share the local effort to create pollinator habitat throughout our community, and how you can get involved in The Resiliency Project and contribute to the movement. Kristen will share the work she does at Saanich Native Plants, supporting many local restoration efforts and growing native plants for the public. There will be a Q&A session with Kristen, where you can ask any of your questions regarding native plants.

Kristen Miskelly is a biologist who specializes in the restoration and botany of southeastern Vancouver Island and is passionate about ecology, conservation, and native plant propagation. Kristen co-operates a local native plant nursery and consulting business, Saanich Native Plants, that she hopes will assist others in conserving and enhancing natural habitat. Kristen received her MSc from the University of Victoria, focusing on the ancient vegetation of southern Vancouver Island. She has a diverse background in botany, conservation, and ecological restoration and regularly teaches courses and workshops focused on botany, plant identification, restoration, and naturescaping.

1:45pm – 2:45pm


Hydroponics 101

Hosted by: Sandy Munns, manager at the Garden Education Center

Sandy Munns is a tinkerer, gardener, and Environmental Scientist with a passion for growing food. Working in the hydroponics industry for 4 years exposed him to a new aspect to gardening: one that is both futuristic and efficient. Currently the supervisor at CGC’s Garden Education Centre in Duncan, Sandy is busy running an incubator seed farm and retail nursery, but of course has a hydroponic display garden running in the greenhouse.

Please join us on Saturday, January 30th for virtual workshops along with live Q&A.

3pm – 4pm


The Seedy Saturday event on January 30 is kicking off a month-long Seedy February event, where you will be able to access locally grown seeds both at the reFRESH Marketplace at 360 Duncan St, and online at the Cow-Op (! We want to continue to connect local farmers and their locally adapted seeds with the community.


Seed Swap!

The community seed swap is a beloved part of Seedy Sunday, and this year we are encouraging community members to stop by the community seed library at the Garden Education Centre at 2431 Beverly St. This community seed bank is always accessible for all community members to use! If you want to contribute seeds to this seed bank, please stop by and drop them off with our staff.

Please contact info@cowichangreencommunity or with any questions!


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