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November 2018

Water for the Wise

Southern Vancouver Island enjoys a warm summer Mediterranean climate, but the summers have been hotter and drier in recent years. Heat-stressed cedar hedges in the city show dry tips that brown and lengthen as the months draw on; island arborists have noted increased numbers of Douglas firs and Western redcedars dying during dry stretches. Ravenhill …

A Trip to the Mushroom Show

One night earlier this week the wind was lashing raindrops hard against my window, in a way it hasn’t since last winter. Lightning and thunder are a rarity on this part of Vancouver Island, as the ocean moderates our air temperature, but now the rain was hammering down in an insistent drumbeat and reminding me …

Permaculture Program Instructor Interview with Solara Goldwynn

Solara Goldwynn is an instructor at Pacific Rim College’s School of Permaculture Design. Her Perennial Plans and Design Methods classes this year have been featured in the PRC Permaculture blog. We recently sat down with her to talk about the importance of perennial plants, being an idealist, and finding inspiration in a changing climate.   …

Salves, Stories, and Sneezes

Throughout the year, as part of our Herbal Production and Processing class, we’ve chosen a single plant to engage with deeply – from its propagation, through cultivation, harvesting, processing, and finally its therapeutic application. This past week, we assembled to talk about our experiences in this process of growing and medicine-making, and ultimately, in getting …

A Plant Out of Place

The days have been sunny and warm of late, and so the biggest clue that fall has arrived is simply that the moisture is back. A gentle dew darkens the toes of my shoes on the walk across my yard in the mornings; ribbons of mist lick at the trees between the highway and the …