Current Events

Here you’ll find descriptions of our upcoming events (see the calendar below), Testimonials and past events.

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What Live & Learn Participants are Saying:

“Practical and lots of fun. Very satisfying, too.”
“Lots of time for questions and good conversation. Thank you!”
“I love learning from people in the community and elders.”
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Events

2015 Workshops

Rick O’Neill “Mushrooms Among Us!” Oct 25 Sechelt – Join Rick, a local mushroom enthusiast, at the Sechelt Arts Centre for an evening of fungi related stories, slides and video he has collected over the years.  Rick will delight us with his shrooming adventures and answer questions about our elusive prey.

Bryce Rudland “Intro to Home Brewing” Oct 24 Davis Bay – A friend got Bryce into brewing in 2003. As a student at BCIT, cheap beer was a no brainer. He brewed his first batch in a small bachelor suite kitchen using a pale ale malt extract recipe he got from a local home-brew supply. When it was finished and it tasted just like a regular beer and he knew home brewing would be a great hobby. Since then he has switched to the more traditional method of all grain brewing.  He even grows his own hops. Join us to learn all his tips for brewing the perfect beer.

Brenda Thomas “Hay Bale Gardening” Sep 20 Gibsons – Brenda is a local farmer who in the last two years has discovered an innovative way to grow vegetables with bales of straw.  She has had many successes and failures and is excited to share everything she has learned with you.  She will show us how to sources straw locally and condition the bales to be ready to plant.  Join us as we explore this weed-free gardening method and harvest some delicious veggies on her farm.

Georgy Good “Blackberry Jam and Jelly” Sep 5 Masonic Hall  – Some of Georgy’s earliest memories of growing up are watching her Ukrainian grandmother make jams and jellies in the kitchen.  Recently, she was the owner of a private label catering company working in the lower mainland.  She developed and produced a variety of amazing products for local stores. The products had to be made to be consistent, safe and of the highest quality.  In this Introduction to Jam and Jelly Course, those attending the Blackberry Session can expect to learn the basics of making jam and jelly in a safe and consistent way. They will be able to apply those principles to other types of canning as well.

Denise Lagasse “Squash; to know them is to love them”
Mar 28 Roberts Creek Hall – Squash are easy to grow, prolific, highly nutritious, delicious and are an excellent food crop that stores well for months.  In this workshop you will gather basic tips for successful squash growing and seed saving.  Acquaint yourself with 40 different and unique varieties from around the world including Queensland Blue from Australia, Canadian Crookneck Squash from the Iroquois and Black Futsu from Japan.  Learn how you can participate in growing squash as part of the Sunshine Coast Seed Collective initiative to grow a more sustainable and local culture of good food and seed.

Ana Cohen-Fernandez “Land Reclamation”
Mar 28 Roberts Creek Hall – Ana aims to familiarize the audience with the concept of land reclamation and share some useful tools and strategies for reclaiming disturbed land using wildlife habitat as an example.

Leonie Croy “Planning a seed saving garden”
Mar 28 Roberts Creek Hall – Join us for a beginner seed saving workshop with a special focus on getting started in the spring.  We’ll explore the differences of a seed saving garden to any other garden.  And we’ll discuss what to look for when you’re buying or exchanging seed at Seedy Saturday events.  We will also cover other basic concepts and discuss methods for harvesting, drying and cleaning seeds with the opportunity to try at least one seed cleaning method. By the end of the workshop, you will go home with a packet of seeds and a seed saving handout.

Events

2014 Workshops

Lynn Grossutti “Cookie Exchange and Christmas Baking”
Dec 14 Roberts Creek – Lynn is a local caterer specializing in using local foods to create delicious meals.  One of her passions is baking cookies.  Join us with a few dozen of your holiday favourites to share and bring home your tin filled with assorted delights.  In the kitchen we will be making two of my family treasures handed down through generations.  The first is almond crescents, a small shortbread style cookie that is made in many cultures and is absolutely delectable.  The other is a Fruitcake.  This fruitcake uses local heritage apples as its base and substitutes the candied fruit with golden raisins.  It is spiced to perfection and tastes amazing with hot mulled cider.  Everyone will get a loaf to take home and a dozen almond crescents.  If you would like to bring a tin of your own special Christmas cookies we will be giving participants an opportunity to share them among each other to create a truly unique gift idea.

Sarita Moodie “Traditional Indian Parantha”
Dec 13 Rockwood Centre - Sarita loves creating delicious cultural dishes for her family.  In this workshop she will show you how to make traditional Indian unleavened bread called Parantha. We will stuff it with a couple of common fillings including spices, potatoes and/or other veggies. We will learn rolling and stuffing techniques, and of course get to sample our finished flatbreads. You will go home inspired to try this recipe on your own

Stephanie Grindon “Kombucha for beginners”
Dec 6 Davis Bay Hall - Ever wondered how to make Kombucha tea, that yummy fizzy drink from the health food store?  Did you know that it is simple and fun to make at home with simple ingredients?  Kombucha is full of enzymes, probiotics, amino acids, antioxidants, and nutrients.  It has been linked to many health benefits and has been brewed and enjoyed for hundreds of years.  You can make your own, and flavour it as you like.  Come see how it is made, and go home with some starter and a Kombucha baby.

Stephanie Grindon “Canning Berry Jam”
Dec 6 Davis Bay Hall - Stephanie is an organic gardener, and real food lover.  This is a starter class on the safe way to do home canning, and is also a good introduction to high acid water bath canning methods.  This is a skill you can easily expand to can not just jams and jellies, but all sorts fruit, tomatoes sauces and salsas, as well as the many types of pickles and condiments.  Come and take part in the canning process as we make mixed berry jam, then take home your prized first jar of natures amazing nectar.

Leonie Croy  ”Saving seeds that sustain us”
Oct 11 Davis Bay Hall – Leonie knows how empowering it is to save seeds from food you have grown in your backyard. Together you will explore how simple it can be when you start with plants that self-pollinate and produce mature seed in their first year. We will cover reasons for saving seeds, identify basic concepts of seed saving and relevant botanical terms and also discuss methods for harvesting and drying beans, lettuce and tomato seeds. By the end of your class you will have participated in a couple of seed cleaning methods and go home with a seed saving booklet and a package of seeds.

Denise Lagasse “Harvesting Our Wisdom”
Oct 5 Fall Faire Roberts Creek – How do you save tomatoes with black rot on their ends?  What does a Cossack Mountain Ground cherry taste like?  Every year growers set out with tried and true seeds and methods of gardening learned over time.  They also set out to try new experiments .  Each year has its’ own learning and richness as the garden produces in new and sometimes unexpected ways. Join Denise in an open circle where each gardener\participant will be encouraged to share what they have learned this year.  Justin will keep notes so that by the end of this hour long sharing time each person’s knowledge will be honored and typed into notes as reference material for us all.    This is the beginning of Sunshine Coasters starting to record their collective food growing knowledge to pass down and around to make our community stronger and more sustainable.

Rossana Miro “Wonderful Olive Oil”
Sep 13 Gibsons - In this workshop you will learn a little of the history of the olive and the oil it can produce.  Rossana will share with us the finer points of tasting quality olive oil and will discuss with the class the issues she has faced with the olive oil industry.  If you love olive oil be sure to register early!

Rossana Miro “Homemade Soap”
Jul 12 Gibsons - Holistic Nutritionist Rossana Miro will teach how to make naturalsoap, by using a few simple ingredients.  You will see examples ofsoap she has made and watch her process in action.  She will share info about the relation between health and body care products, how to avoid dangerous substances and how keep your detoxification system healthy.

Christina Beaudoins “Its Spelt Delicious”
Jun 22 Rockwood centre - In this workshop, Christina will guide participants to make a delicious, artisan style loaf of bread using organic Spelt flour. Spelt is a grain that does not seem to affect people who are sensitive to wheat. We will use the no-knead method that uses no bread machine and no hand kneading so anyone can make this artisan loaf of bread!  During this workshop you will learn more about Spelt’s health benefits, sample a variety of breads made from Spelt flour and take home enough flour to inspire you to try the recipe at home!

Stephen Murphy “Trout Fishing 101″
May 17 Trout Lake - Stephen has been fishing trout for years and has a wealth of knowledge and tricks for catching delicious lake trout.  In this class you will learn to set up a line, tie on a hook, bait it and cast.  He will also show us how to spin cast.  Bring your fishing license, fishing rod and a sunhat for this awesome experience.

Rick O’Neill  ”Wildlife Habitat in your backyard”
Apr 27 Roberts Creek - Rick will talk to us about his passion; wildlife and how it interacts with us in our community.  He has years of knowledge and stories to share and will also show incredible examples of homes made for bats, squirrels and other woodland friends.  Everyone is welcome.  Just come to the OneStraw booth at Earth Day on the Roberts Creek pier at 1pm to join.

Heinz Engelmann “Grafting Fruit Trees”

Mar 30 Rockwood centre - In this workshop, Heinz will teach us about different kinds of grafting and what situations to use them in.  He will also discuss the varieties of rootstock, how to make the perfect cut, how to seal the wound and what to look for in the months after the graft.  We will then all get a chance to do some hands on grafting with samples Heinz will provide.  By the end of the workshop you will be able to graftonto your own trees.

Leonie Croy  ”Saving seeds that sustain us”
Mar 9 RC Hall – Leonie knows how empowering it is to save seeds from food you have grown in your backyard. Together you will explore how simple it can be when you start with plants that self-pollinate and produce mature seed in their first year. We will cover reasons for saving seeds, identify basic concepts of seed saving and relevant botanical terms and also discuss methods for harvesting and drying beans, lettuce and tomato seeds. By the end of your class you will have participated in a couple of seed cleaning methods and go home with a seed saving booklet and a package of seeds.

Maria Hunter  ”Advanced seed saving”
Mar 9 RC Hall – Maria Hunter of Dragonfly Seeds will lead a workshop that will cover advanced seed saving concepts and techniques for squash, brassica and other cross-pollinating seeds, including isolation and population size.  Denise Lagasse of the Sunshine Coast Seed Collective will share details about our squash growing, trading and sharing project, that we hope many coast gardeners will join in with this year. The ‘Squash Swap’ will begin with spring planting and come to fruition at the Fall Fair. The workshop will use an open space format, where participants will bring questions and we will set aside time to address these with on-site reference, or future follow up, in order to build the capacity of our community to become self-sufficient in seed growing and saving.

Lynne Hunt “Hook a Heart”
Feb 8 Rockwood centre - In this workshop you will learn a little of the history of the traditional art of rug hooking, see examples of mats, old and new and learn to pull a loop through a backing. You will make a small heart ornament. Hooks will be supplied for use during the class. A sturdy hoop at least 10 inches in diameter is needed. Please bring one if possible. Some hoops are available for use during the class if you are unable to provide your own.

Events

2013 Workshops

Paddy Silverthorne “Christmas Shortbread”
Noz 23 Rockwood centre - Join Paddy as she makes some delicious kneaded shortbread for Christmas. She has been using a traditional shortbread recipe for over 50 years and now is excited to share it with you. Paddy makes these cookies regularly and always has a tin on hand for guests. This is a great way to start the Christmas season.

Corey Smith “Introduction to Knife making”
Nov 13 Roberts Creek hall - Corey is a local knife-maker who, with the help of the Live & Learn program, is filming a workshop on the fundamentals of knife making as the final step in acquiring his diploma in education from Vancouver Community College. You are invited to join him in the first lesson, “Key Concepts, Design, and Technical Considerations of the Journeyman Knife.” Please bring along a knife and a story, whether an heirloom, or a knife you use everyday. We will learn to describe the knife parts and discuss the making of the blades. At the end of the class, we will learn how to sharpening the knives we have on hand.

Vicki Warner “Introduction to Bereavement support ”
Nov 13 Rockwood centre – This workshop is actually a beginning support group, and is for those who have suffered a bereavement of any kind. Vicki has led a similar group for the past few years in Peachland, BC. Participants learn to support each other in an understanding, caring and confidential group. With this group experience you will learn about the grieving process.

Gene Savage “Scrapbooking memories of summer”
Oct 24  Christenson village - Gene has been scrapbooking memories for her family for the last 25 years.  In this class she will show you many examples of her work over the years and teach you how to create your own.  Please bring 3 photos from this summer to create some pages for your ownscrapbook.  All other materials will be provided. This is an all ages event.

Robyn Hume “Introduction to Macro Photography”
Oct 19 Roberts Creek hall - Robyn Hume and special guest Delvin Solkinson want to share Macrophotography tips as we tour through the Heart Gardens project in Roberts Creek.  In this beginner workshop you will learn about lighting, framing your shot and the finer points of Macro photography.

Beps Swanson “Memories of the Needlepoint guild”
Oct 17  Christenson village - Beps was a member of the Needlepoint guild here on the Sunshine Coast for many years.  She helped to create the huge needlepoint piece that has hung in the Sechelt Library for many years and is going to be at the class on special loan from the library for us all to see..  Beps would like to take you on a trip into the past and share with you the history of this beautiful piece.

Joe Gelleny “Basic relief carving”
Oct 17  Christenson village - Joe has a love of carving and would like to show you his work and teach you how to do the same.  Each student will get a piece on wood to begin carving on and some basic tools will be provided.  We will then trace our favourite image onto the wood and carve it out using a relief method.

Robyn Hume “Knitting for everyone”
Sept 14 Gibsons Library - Robyn will show you how to choose the most suitable yarns and needles for your project. She will discuss the differences between various needles, yarn construction, fibre content and material qualities. All to help you choose with confidence from a yarn shop. There will be yarns to sample knit and pattern booklets to view. Plus time allowed for technical Q&A.

Lynne Hunt “Introduction to Primitive and Traditional Mat Making”
Aug 31 Rockwood centre - In this workshop, you will learn the history of this craft practiced by our pioneer sisters. Using a hook, strips of recycled fabric and a burlap backing, functional yet beautiful items were made, ranging from rugs, seat covers and wall hangings to trivets and mug mats. You will see examples of mats, old and new and examine the materials used. Each participant will try their hand at “pulling loops” to create a small hooked piece.  You will need a sharp pair of scissors and a sturdy hoop or frame about 12 inches in diameter. Hooks and fabric will be provided and some hoops and frames are available for the class if needed.

Paddy Silverthorne “Sewing and mending by hand”
Aug 31 Rockwood centre - Join us to learn the basics of mending and accessorizing your own clothes.  Paddy has been sewing and mending since 1934 and has offered to share her wealth of knowledge with the community.  The topics she will cover in this first class will be how to sew an invisible hem and also how to select fabric, patterns and thread for the best product.  Bring your questions and learn from experience.

Sara Stewart “Edible Weeds”
Apr 3 Davis Bay hall – There’s no such thing as a weed! Extend you growing season by learning to identify common edible wild plants. Sara will teach you about the medicinal and nutritional value of a variety of greens and roots that often end up in the compost heap.  You will also head into the kitchen to learn how to use them in every day cooking and life. Turn your garden menace into a meal and a tedious chore into a harvest.

Leonie Croy  ”Saving seeds that sustain us”
Mar 2 RC Hall – Leonie knows how empowering it is to save seeds from food you have grown in your backyard. Together you will explore how simple it can be when you start with plants that self-pollinate and produce mature seed in their first year. We will cover reasons for saving seeds, identify basic concepts of seed saving and relevant botanical terms and also discuss methods for harvesting and drying beans, lettuce and tomato seeds. By the end of your class you will have participated in a couple of seed cleaning methods and go home with a seed saving booklet and a package of seeds.

Maria Hunter  ”Advanced seed saving”
Mar 2 RC Hall – Maria Hunter of Dragonfly Seeds will lead a workshop that will cover advanced seed saving concepts and techniques for squash, brassica and other cross-pollinating seeds, including isolation and population size.  Denise Lagasse of the Sunshine Coast Seed Collective will share details about our squash growing, trading and sharing project, that we hope many coast gardeners will join in with this year. The ‘Squash Swap’ will begin with spring planting and come to fruition at the Fall Fair. The workshop will use an open space format, where participants will bring questions and we will set aside time to address these with on-site reference, or future follow up, in order to build the capacity of our community to become self-sufficient in seed growing and saving.

2012 Workshops

Marlene Stephens  ”West coast salmon wellington”
Dec 20 RW centre – Marlene would like to share a West Coast alternative to turkey with you this season. You will learn to use ready-made puff pastry to make Salmon Wellington and wow your guests. Each student will practice with a mini wellington and go home with ideas for other tasty uses for this pastry, including smoked salmon tarts. The versatile puff pastry is ideal with both sweet and savoury dishes!

Sara Stewart “Wildlife friendly farming”
Dec 18 RC hall – Sara will use her background of wildlife conservation to help participants learn to prevent conflict with wildlife on their property and in their community. Learn how to avoid attracting a variety of animals and deter them from eating your garden, fruit and livestock. You will be able to view your own land with a new perspective and be inspired to implement non-lethal techniques that encourage co-existence with nature.

Charlie Russel  ”Dry cured bacon”
Dec 8 Madeira park – In this class, Charlie will discuss meat curing techniques in general, including food safety when curing, and the specifics of the dry curing used for the best bacon, pancetta, guanciale and other cured meats. He’ll demonstrate making the cure, preparing the pork belly and curing environment, dredging, and the final smoking process. Students will get to see and feel the differences in the meat at each critical stage in the process, and we’ll conclude with frying up a strip or two for each student of the final product.

Heather Till  ”Festive holiday bread”
Dec 1 RW centre – In this fun, easy and kid-friendly workshop, we will create Festive Holiday Bread, fragrant and full of raisins, dried fruit and spices. We will shape the bread dough into a variety of loaves and buns, including a beautiful braided loaf that’s easy to make and impressive looking. Participants will take home samples of delicious bread they have made themselves.

Lisa Murata  ”Raising backyard chickens”
Dec 1 RW centre - Lisa has been raising chickens for the last 20 years and is currently running a successful farm here on the coast. In this class you will learn everything you need to get started with your own backyard flock including choosing your breeds and age of chickens, health, feeding, housing and predator protection. This beginner’s course will get you off to a great start.

Corey Smith  ”No fail shortcrust pastry”
Dec 1 RW centre – Corey will guide students in making a never-fail shortcrust pastry. Shortcrust pastry is a type of pastry often used for the base of a tart, quiche or pie. It does not puff up during baking because it usually contains no leavening agent. Students will assist Corey in making mincemeat tarts and rustic Cornish pasty so we can taste this amazing pastry for ourselves.

Stephen Murphy  ”A mushroom walk in the woods”
Nov 28 RC Prov. Park – Local mushroom enthusiast Stephen Murphy will guide a walk to discover the rich diversity of fungi in the local forest of the Sunshine Coast. Participants will meet at the Roberts Creek hall where we will gather before we leave to enter the forest. We will be carpooling to the class destination a short ride away and we will be leaving the hall at 12 noon sharp. As we walk and discover fungi we will stop and attempt to identify and observe mushrooms in their natural habitat. The focus will be on identification techniques and habitat observation rather than collection of edibles.

Heather Till  ”So you just don’t think you like tofu!”
Nov 3 RW centre – This creative and hands-on workshop is filled with cooking tips and recipes that will change your mind about tofu. We will make and sample tofu burgers and sweet and sour tofu, plus learn how to prepare tofu as a substitute in recipes that call for chicken or beef.

Marlene Stephens “Sri-Lankin chutney”
Nov 3 RW centre – This is the genuine Sri Lankan chutney you may have tried at the New Moon Festival on those delicious samosas. Come and learn to make a big batch so you can share and have plenty for yourself. We will make some ourselves and take the recipe home. We also get to taste some while the jars process and you will get a jar to take home with you.

Marina Stjepovic “Sourdough bread from scratch”
Nov 3 Rockwood Centre – Do you want to make delicious Sour dough bread at home? Do you know how to keep the starter “alive?” Come and learn to prepare and maintain your own sour dough starter from scratch and learn how to make a loaf of naturally leavened artisan bread using the no knead method. Marina really just wants to show people how to break free from recipes, and FEEL how to make bread. We also get to taste some too!

Bernard Wera “Chicken butchering 101″
Oct 28 RC – So you want to raise chickens for your own meat, but are not sure if you have what it takes to ‘harvest’ them? This is the class for you … a hands-on introduction to chicken butchering, covering how to catch, kill, and process our feathered friends humanely & efficiently to a ready to cook or freeze state. Each participant will process at least 2 birds.

Heinz Engelmann “Hugel Culture”
Oct 27 Mason rd Sechelt – Heinz is inviting you to his field on Mason rd. to learn how to construct a Hugel Culture bed for gardening. In his 20′s after hearing and reading about hill beds he constructed a ten-metre long bed using what he found on the farm. The growth was so incredible that he decided to build another bed like it the following year. After years of experimentation Heinz is constructing another one of these beauties on his farmland in West Sechelt and will teach us how to build one in the process.

Stephen Murphy “Explore the world of mushrooms”
Oct 24 RC hall – Stephen, a mushroom enthusiast, will take you on a tour of the mushroom world. Learn to read a mushroom key, discover spoor prints and how to grow your own mushrooms at home. We will cook up a few of these tasty delights then try them out. Come and be inspired by the mushrooms that grow all around us.

Leonie Croy & Maria Hunter “Saving seeds that sustain us”
Aug 8 RC Hall – Leonie and Maria know how empowering it is to save seeds from food you have grown in your backyard. Together you will explore how simple it can be when you start with plants that self-pollinate and produce mature seed in their first year. We will cover reasons for saving seeds, identify basic concepts of seed saving and relevant botanical terms and also discuss methods for harvesting and drying beans, lettuce and tomato seeds. By the end of your class you will have participated in a couple of seed cleaning methods and go home with a seed saving booklet and a package of seeds.

Todd Thompson “Distilling cedar oil”
July 21 RC hall - Todd will show us how to use two different styles and sizes of stills. He would love to answer your questions about all of its uses and will demonstrate the process of transforming cedar boughs into an oil. You can use this oil for many purposes like cleaning supplies and aroma therapy. The still can be used to distill many different products. You will learn about still safety, about the variety of possible ingredients in creating oils and spirits as well as how the still works on the inside and out. Don’t miss this!

Rashmi Singh “Coastal market feast”
July 18 RC hall - In our first ever collaboration with the Farm Gate Market, we present a new series of cooking classes: The Coastal Market Feast. Rashmi Singh will use what she finds from the vendors at the market to create a delicious dish with an Indian flare. Rashmi is the owner of Curry in the Creek and an incredible chef. She will meet her class in the market common at 4pm sharp. To begin our class, we will follow her through the market to purchase amazing ingredients from the friendly vendors. When our basket is full, we will head into the kitchen and Rashmi will show us how to use the ingredients we bought to create a dinner to remember.

Marina Stjepovic “Sourdough bread from scratch”
June 14 Rockwood Centre – Do you want to make delicious Sour dough bread at home? Do you know how to keep the starter “alive?” Come and learn to prepare and maintain your own sour dough starter from scratch and learn how to make a loaf of naturally leavened artisan bread using the no knead method. Marina really just wants to show people how to break free from recipes, and FEEL how to make bread. We also get to taste some too!

Leonie Croy & Maria Hunter “Saving seeds that sustain us”
June 5 Davis Bay Hall – Leonie and Maria know how empowering it is to save seeds from food you have grown in your backyard. Together you will explore how simple it can be when you start with plants that self-pollinate and produce mature seed in their first year. We will cover reasons for saving seeds, identify basic concepts of seed saving and relevant botanical terms and also discuss methods for harvesting and drying beans, lettuce and tomato seeds. By the end of your class you will have participated in a couple of seed cleaning methods and go home with a seed saving booklet and a package of seeds.

Heinz Engelmann “Hugel Culture”
Apr 28 Mason rd Sechelt – Heinz is inviting you to his field on Mason rd. to learn how to construct a Hugel Culture bed for gardening. In his 20′s after hearing and reading about hill beds he constructed a ten-metre long bed using what he found on the farm. The growth was so incredible that he decided to build another bed like it the following year. After years of experimentation Heinz is constructing another one of these beauties on his farmland in West Sechelt and will teach us how to build one in the process.

Maria Hunter “Seed Saving for beginners”
Mar 3, 2012  Roberts Creek HallMaria Hunter of Dragonfly Seeds and Mojave Kaplan will lead a workshop that will cover basic seed saving concepts for vegetables and herbs.  If you can grow a bean plant, you can save seeds. It is truly fun and easy, and you can save a lot of money, too!  Learn hands-on seed cleaning, storage tips, and participate in lively discussion.  Bring envelopes to re-use for seeds.

Maria Hunter “Advanced Seed Saving”
Mar 3, 2012 Roberts Creek HallMaria Hunter of Dragonfly Seeds and Mojave Kaplan will lead a workshop that will cover advanced seed saving concepts for tomatoes, squash and other difficult seeds.  Mojave will share some wonderful stories of her experiences in gardening and seed saving that will explain the more complex aspects of keeping seeds until next year.

Linda Moorcroft “Whole Wheat Bread”
Feb 21, 2012  Sunshine Coast  Alternative School
Learn to make bread from scratch.  Linda has over forty years of incredible knowledge and can answer your questions on this delicious art.  Make and taste many homemade breads and take home the recipes.

Kim Wilkinson “Wild Dock Seed Crackers”
Feb 11, 2012 Roberts Creek Hall Learn how to harvest and process the seeds of the Western Dock plant.  We will make home-made crackers using the seeds and participants will go home with a recipe for the crackers, and a new appreciation for this wonderful wild food plant!

Bernard Wera “Liver Pate”
Feb 11, 2012 Roberts Creek Hall Bernard will lead you through preparing a mouth watering Liver Pate using local meats and ingredients.  He is excited to be able to share some of the health benefits of locally grown meats.  We will make and sample the Pate then participants can take some home to share with their sweet Valentine.

Margaret Robinson “Cake Pops”
Feb 11, 2012 Roberts Creek Hall
Learn to create this most trendy of treats, the delicious Cake Pop.  Margaret will lead you through preparing different shapes and sizes to tempt your taste buds.  You will also be able to take a few home to share with that special someone come Valentine’s Day.

2011 Workshops

Barb Higgins “Salves and Stories”
Dec 16, 2011 Roberts Creek Food Hub Barb will show you how to make a salve with Comfrey that will make you wonder why you didn’t do this a long time ago.  This salve can be used on all parts of your body and will make your skin feel younger.  It also makes a great gift for the holidays.  And if we’re good Barb will share some tales of insight so don’t miss out!

Steve Murphy “Explore the World of Mushrooms”
Dec 16, 2011 Roberts Creek Food Hub Stephen, a mushroom enthusiast, will take you on a tour of the mushroom world.  Learn to read a mushroom key, discover spoor prints and how to grow your own mushrooms at home.  We will cook up a few of these tasty delights then try them out.  Come and be inspired by the mushrooms that grow all around us.

Marlene Stephens “Holiday appetizers using Phyllo pastrty”
Dec 16, 2011 Roberts Creek Food Hub Marlene will show you how to make delicious treats for the holidays using Phyllo pastry.  You will learn to use a variety of ingredients and techniques to prepare your own goodies. She will then send you home with the recipes to try out on your Christmas guests.

Rick O’Neill “BC Wildlife in Pictures”
Dec 13, 2011 Sechelt Arts Centre Join Rick O’Neill for a photographic tour of the wildlife and habitat here in beautiful British Columbia.  He will share his many adventures in the wild, snapping pictures and show you a collection of his greatest finds.

Holly Ann Higgins “Honoring the Salmon”
Dec 12, 2011 Sunshine Coast Alternative School, Sechelt Holly Ann will provide each participant with a beautiful Sockeye salmon to work with.  She will show you how to fillet the fish, then how to use the rest to make a delicious salmon broth.  Holly believes in using every part of the fish and will show you all the hidden wonders that most people throw away.

Sheilagh McKenna “What’s the Buzzz at the Library”
Nov 25, 2011 Sechelt Library Sheilagh will introduce you to the fascinating world of the bees and show you the equipment and tools of the trade. You will discuss the differences between wasps and bees for better identification, talk about the inner workings of the hive, about the bee dance and what it all means.  Come and taste some local honeys and pollen too!

Holly Ann Higgins “Honoring the Salmon”
Nov 22, 2011 Gibsons Arts building Holly Ann will provide each participant with a beautiful Sockeye salmon to work with.  She will show you how to fillet the fish, then how to use the rest to make a delicious salmon broth.  Holly believes in using every part of the fish and will show you all the hidden wonders that most people throw away.

Linda Moorcroft & Faye Hansen “The magic of Bread”
Nov 22, 2011 Gibsons Arts building Learn to make bread from scratch.  Linda has over forty years of incredible knowledge and can answer your questions on this delicious art.  Make and taste many homemade breads and take home the recipes.

Bernard Wera “Chicken Butchering 101″
Oct 29, 2011, 2879 SC Hwy, Robert’s Creek So you want to raise chickens for your own meat, but are not sure if you have what it takes to ‘harvest’ them?  This is  the class for you … a hands-on introduction to chicken butchering, covering how to catch, kill, and process our feathered friends humanely & efficiently to a ready to cook or freeze state. Each participant will process at least 2 birds.

Annette Clarke “Making Cattail and Grass Containers”
Oct 22, 2011 2546 Miles Rd, Robert’s Creek Cattails are an abundant local source both of wild food and an excellent fibre for weaving.  Learn about this and other local sources for making containers of woven, dried plant materials using simple weaving, braiding and coiling techniques.  You’ll come away from this class with more knowledge on native natural fibres, your very own  cattail mat or container and / or grass basket, and some great ideas on cattail cuisine!

Barb Higgins “Wild mountain teas”
Oct 18, 2011 Robert’s Creek Food Hub
Learn from Barb how to make delicious teas from plants that grow here on the Sunshine Coast.  She wants to share the knowledge of which teas taste the best and her experiences using these plants in many ways during her life.

Krystal Beley “Fruit canning for begginners”
Oct 18, 2011 Robert’s Creek Food Hub Join Krystal as she processes apples from the Fruit Tree Project into delicious apple sauce. This is a great way to make use of the season’s abundant fruit by preserving it  for the winter months.  Participants will learn to prepare and can the apple sauce and will take home a jar and the recipe for this local treat.

Trish Thompson “Chicken 3 Ways”
Oct 18, 2011 Robert’s Creek/Food Hub Trish will use a Rotisserie chicken from the local grocer and turn it into 3 amazing meals for the whole family.  We will start by portioning the chicken for the first dinner then the participants will make a delicious chicken casserole and a savoury chicken soup with what is left.  Time and money saving tips!

Annette Clarke “Keeping Warm Naturally:  Wool-bearers & Spinning Class”
Oct 16, 2011, 2546 Miles Rd, Robert’s Creek
This class introduces different types of woolly animals and their fibres (sheep, llama, goat and rabbit), and the handling and preparation of their wool.  Learn about how to wash, card and spin their fibres.  Get hands-on experience with the spinning wheel!

Holly Ann Higgins, “Honoring the Salmon”
Oct 15, 2011 Rockwood Centre, Sechelt
Holly Ann will provide each participant with a beautiful Sockeye salmon to work with.  She will show you how to fillet the fish, then how to use the rest to make a delicious salmon broth.  Holly believes in using every part of the fish and will show you all the hidden wonders that most people throw away.

Linda Moorcroft & Faye Hansen “The Magic of Bread”
Oct 15, 2011 Rockwood Centre, Sechelt Learn to make bread from scratch.  Linda has over forty years of incredible knowledge and can answer your questions on this delicious art.  Make and taste many homemade breads and take home the recipes.

Krystal Beley “Make Applesauce From Scratch”
Sept 29, 2011 Salvation Army, Gibsons Join Krystal as she processes apples from the Fruit Tree Project into delicious apple sauce ~ sweetened or unsweetened, chunky or smooth, spiced or not, a great way to make use of the season’s abundant fruit  by  preserving for the winter months.  Participants will learn to prepare  and can the apple sauce and will take home a jar and the recipe for this  local treat. You will also learn some basic facts about apples including the best ways to store you abundant crop.  There will be various apple  treats to sample and recipes available to get you inspired to cook with  apples.

Justin French and Nadi “Plum-apple chutney from scratch:  Beginner course in fruit canning”
August 24, 2011 Robert’s Creek Food Hub Join us as we process apples and plums from the Fruit Tree Project into delicious chutney ~ a perfect, slightly spicy condiment for just about any meal, and a  great way to make use of the season’s abundant fruit by preserving for  the winter months.  Participants will learn to prepare and can the chutney, and will take home a jar and the recipe for this local treat.  A great  introductory class to become familiar with canning, and learn more ways  to preserve fruit (other options will be discussed).

Annette Clark, “How to creat frog homes!  An introduction to natural pond building and wetland restoration.
“Sept 11, 2011 Shirley Macy Park, Gibsons Learn about wetland ecology including native plants and amphibian species.  Participate in a hands-on pond-restoration project at the Shirley Macey Park in Gibsons, and learn how to create your very own natural pond for habitat, as a beautiful landscape feature, and best of all, as natural mosquito control!  Families welcome.

Rashmi Singh “Delicious Dosas”
July 6, 2011,  Roberts Creek Food Hub Dosas are gluten-free crepes made from a fermented batter of lentils and rice flour – a healthy option especially for those who can’t eat wheat.  Participants will learn how to make the dough and the filling which is a potato/spinach dish spiced with aromatic Indian spices. It is simple but nourishing and is completed with a yummy coconut chutney as a side condiment. This is food from the Southern part of India which does not use many wheat products.  Come prepared for a  hands-on workshop, and enjoy a delicious meal.  Handouts will be provided. This is an opportunity to widen your culinary horizons and share with your friends and family.

Rashmi Singh “Delicious Dosas”
June 11, 2011, Gibsons Rec Centre Dosas are gluten-free crepes made from a fermented batter of lentils and rice flour – a healthy option especially for those who can’t eat wheat.  Participants will learn how to make the dough and the filling which is a potato/spinach dish spiced with aromatic Indian spices. It is simple but nourishing and is completed with a yummy coconut chutney as a side condiment. This is food from the Southern part of India which does not use many wheat products.  Come prepared for a  hands-on workshop, and enjoy a delicious meal.  Handouts will be provided. This is an opportunity to widen your culinary horizons and share with your friends and family.

The Wonders of Kale, with Tawha Barboza
Tawha will teach you how to prepare some amazing foods featuring Kale as a primary ingredient ~ yummy enough that even kids will gobble them up!  Learn about the health benefits of this prolific plant that grows year-round in SC gardens.  Contact nadi@onestraw.ca to register.

Nourishing Nettles with Sarah Ward.
Sarah will teach you not only where to look for this wild edible treat, but also how to ethically harvest (withOUT stinging yourself!) and prepare a variety of delicious, nutrient-rich recipes.

Wild Dock Seed Crackers, with Kim Wilkinson
Learn how to harvest and process the seeds of the Western Dock plant, our local native buckwheat. We’ll make home-made crackers using the seeds and participants  will go home with a recipe for the crackers, and a new appreciation for this wonderful wild food!

Gathering Through The Year, with Justin French
Learn when to pick key wild foods here on our beloved Sunshine Coast.  Justin will share with you what to bring on the hunt, and when to look for these amazing foods right outside your door.

The Art of Food Preservation, with Justin French
Justin will show you the tools needed to preserve your favorite fruits and vegetables in canning jars. Also covered is pressure canning meats, dried foods and local mushrooms. He will answer questions and offer recipes while the participants taste some delicious canned treats!

2010 Workshops

Ocean Walk and Cockle Gathering Lesson with Barbara Higgins
On August 20, participants in a Live & Learn workshop travelled to Sargeant Bay to learn about coastal foods from Sechelt (shíshálh) First Nation elder Xwu’p'a’lich Barb Higgins and her daughter Holly Ann Higgins. Barb shared childhood memories and discussed coastal medicinal plants. Holly Ann demonstrated how she “walks for cockles,” searching with eyes and feet for the large shellfish at low tide. Cockles, sometimes known as “heart clams,” are a traditional food source in this area, and participants enjoyed searching for them. (Note: gathering cockles and other shellfish requires a tidal (saltwater) fishing license from Fisheries and Oceans Canada.) Later, Barb and Holly Ann explained how they process cockles by steaming and smoking. Barb talked about her grandfather’s activities on the nearby Trail Islands. The outing concluded with beautiful singing and drumming, led by Holly Ann and Barb with all participants joining along.

Wild Berry Walk on the Mountain with Barbara Higgins
Sechelt (shíshálh) First Nation elder Xwu’p'a’lich Barb Higgins led a group of Live & Learn participants up the mountain above Trout Lake to learn about respectful gathering of wild foods. Barb taught participants how to gather native huckleberries, trailing blackberries, thimbleberries, salal berries, and even some elusive blackcaps (wild raspberries). Students also learned a song and some lessons about honouring wild and native foods.

Pressure Canning Salmon with Faye Hansen and Justin French
September 15, 2010 – Faye Hansen and Justin French taught Live & Learn class participants how to can salmon. Pressure canners may look scary and blow off steam, but they were no match for Faye, Justin, and their fearless students! Canning salmon is a great way to preserve the fish. Pressure canning also turns not only the filets but also the skin and even bones into a delicious, healthy, ready-to-eat treat in a jar. Thanks to Holly Ann Higgins for providing the salmon.

Apple pie with Trish Thompson
September 8, 2010 - Apples, apples, everywhere this time of year. Trish Thompson taught how to make a healthy and delicious apple pie, including how to make a home-made crust using locally ground flour. Thanks to the Fruit Tree Project for the apples and the Flour Peddler for the flour.

Canning Fruit with Faye Hansen
September 1, 2010 - Faye Hansen demonstrated how to make three kinds of homemade jam with a variety of local fruits .The class included not only making the jam, but learning how to safely and efficiently can the jam in glass jars to enjoy through the winter and beyond.

Fruit Cobblers and Crumbles with Trish Thompson
August 25, 2010 - Easier and faster than pie, with a minimum of fuss and extra ingredients, fruit crumbles are a great way to bake up a variety of fruits to eat now or freeze for winter. Trish Thompson taught students how to make cobblers with locally gathered apples and plums.

Making pie with Trish Thompson
August 18, 2010 - Trish Thompson taught how to not be intimidated by that mountain of wild blackberries and yellow plums, but turn them into berry-plum pie. Participants also learned how to make a flawless crust using locally ground flour and several options of shortening. Thanks to the Fruit Tree Project for the fruit, and to The Flour Peddler for the flour.

Chutneys and Cordials with Trish Thompson
August 11, 2010 - Trish Thompson guided a Live & Learn class into new ways to use all those yellow plums that are practically falling from the sky this time of year on the Sunshine Coast! The class made and canned an exotic yellow Plum Chutney, learned to use a hand-grind processor for plums, and brewed up a delicious Plum Cordial drink. Thanks to the Fruit Tree Project for the plums.

Beginning Jam Making and Canning with Barbara Higgins
August 4, 2010 - Sechelt (shíshálh) First Nation elder Xwu’p'a’lich Barb Higgins taught participants the timely action of taking last fall’s fruit out of the freezer to make room for the incoming, as well as processing some of the abundant local cherries that are so freely available this time of year. Participants learned the basics of making and canning jam, and each participant got to take home a jar of “Cherry Razz Mixed Berry Jam” that they just had canned!