October 29, 2016 – AGM, new Coordinator invited, looking forward

Greetings!  Past Members and any interested folks are warmly invited to the October 29 Annual General Meeting of the non-profit Heartwood Folk School Society.  Special Invitation:  If you become a Member at this AGM ($5 fee), you can receive free entry to the Cedar Basket Making Class that follows.  In any event, Heartwood is at a […]

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Heartwood summer break, Fall AGM & restart

After a summer break extended by a major challenge (see farewell below), we at Heartwood Folk School are now ready to restart in the fall.  This is to continue our mission of teaching practical, joyful, Earth-caring, and community-strengthening skills – as do other wonderful organizations in our Pender community.  Up next is an October 17 […]

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September 20th, 2015

June, 2015: Food Preservation Classes

Did you know that sometimes you’re not supposed to wash food before you preserve it?  With traditional food fermentation, you’d be washing away the living organisms that preserve the food for you (and make it even healthier too!).  See here for June, 2015 classes on canning, fermenting, and other food preservation methods.

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April 22nd, 2015

January, 2015: Composting & Soil Building Classes

With the CRD’s January 1, 2015 deadline for “no more kitchen scraps” in the nearest landfill, Heartwood Folk School thinks it’s a key time to offer these two January classes:  “Composting Basics” (for homes and small growers) and “Soil & Soil Building – Really Important Tiny Lives”.  We have an expert visiting teacher – see […]

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December 5th, 2014

Heartwood AGM & Old-time Baking

Saturday, July 26: ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING for Heartwood Folk School Society (11:30 am, brief, with treats!  at Pender Community Hall upstairs) Current Members and anyone interested is welcome to attend our upcoming AGM.  This is where we report on the past year, and talk about which classes we can do next to serve our community.  We invite […]

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July 6th, 2014

June, 2014 Classes on Herbs, and Mushroom Gardens

We are happy to announce that on Saturday, June 14, 2014, Master Herbalist Don Ollsin of Victoria will be coming to Pender to offer two amazing classes…  Top 20 Herbs to Wildcraft/Gather or Grow for our Health, and Creating a Fungi/Mushroom Garden.  We invite you to seen these class descriptions (and now here are photos just in!).  

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We are the Heartwood Folk School!

Here’s good news…  Of all our activities to date, our practical skills-teaching has had the most powerful community impact and interest.  This is why on February 8, 2014, Members unanimously voted for our non-profit society to become the Heartwood Folk School Society!  We invite everyone to our first classes under our new name – a Knitting & […]

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June 1 Fruit Tree Workshop & Meeting

In a few weeks, we’re hosting two summer events.  Firstly, all interested folk are welcome to attend a Fruit Tree Workshop (see below).  This workshop and also a brief, informal Members Meeting are both on Saturday, June 1, downstairs at the Pender Community Hall.  Feel free to come by during the Farmers Market. Fruit Tree Workshop (10:30 […]

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April 13th, 2013

Poultry Raising Workshop – January 19, 2013

The little chicks below (click “more” if you need to) are what you get when you cross an Isa Brown hen with a Barnevelder rooster.  Come out to PCT’s January 19, 2013 Poultry Raising Skill-Building Workshop to find out more!  (SEE POSTER).  It’s on a Saturday from noon to 3 pm at the Community Hall, and then […]

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December 29th, 2012

Sept 29: Seed Saving & Seed Bank workshop

Below is our next workshop to support local food growing and food security: * Skill-building workshop on SEED SAVING & SEED BANKS (Saturday, September 29, 2012, noon to 4:00 pm, Community Hall upstairs, free event).  This is to follow-up on PCT’s Community Seed Bank initiative.  Now we know of over 30 people keen to help, but we need to learn more […]

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September 26th, 2012

Hazelnut Tree Planting! (Feb 28/29)

Newsflash: In about 11 days (on February 28 and 29, 2012), 11 young hazelnut trees are coming to the Pender Islands School, and we need your help!  These little trees also need your patience, because it’ll be 8 years before they make nuts (not quite like a big box store).  This is our School Nut Tree Project, which is […]

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February 18th, 2012

Food Growing – February & March activities

Greetings!  PCT invites everyone to the School Nut Tree Meeting (Thursday, February 9, noon to 2 pm, School Community Room).  See here for more about this. The Farmers’ Institute invites everyone to Seedy Saturday (February 25, 10 am to 2 pm, Community Hall).  See here for more about helping with a Pender Community Seed Bank.

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February 6th, 2012

First gathering of 2012!

Here’s your invitation to the first Pender Community Transition gathering of the new year! OPEN PENDER ORGANIZATION CONVERSATION  (Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 7:00 pm, Pender Community Hall):  Lately, some people from Pender groups like the Farmland Project, Moving Around Pender, Recycling, and Restorative Justice have been reaching out to each other in new ways – proposing joint […]

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December 22nd, 2011

2011 Energy Day, nut tree project, and DVD

So there was a power failure, setting up a dark gym with headlamps, multiple competing events, and finally an evacuation!  Despite all this, PENDER’S FIRST ENERGY DAY on November 12, 2011 (see poster) was very well-attended and went amazingly well.  About 150 Pender adults and kids came through, and I’m sure the Kikuchi family’s deliciously-sustainable food […]

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November 20th, 2011