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 Annual General Meeting, followed by a class on Building Simple Hoop Greenhouses (like the one in the picture below).

Farewell to a Key Heartwood Supporter:  Heartwood Coordinator Zorah Staar is very sad to announce the August 18 passing of her dear partner Colin McLarty, after a heroic battle with cancer.  Colin was the primary, behind-the-scenes supporter of our non-profit educational society, and an inspiration who already knew 90% of the skills that we’ve taught so far. Thanks so much to other community members who have steadfastly supported us for years.  We are also very grateful for your recent donations in Colin’s honour, to the non-profit Heartwood Folk School Society.

Oct 17 Heartwood Annual General Meeting:  We always love to hear your suggestions about exciting new classes that you’d like to attend, coordinate, or teach (email info@heartwoodfolkschool.ca).  The upcoming Heartwood Annual General Meeting (AGM) is an especially good opportunity to help guide our ship. Any interested persons are invited to attend a brief, informal AGM – at 10:30 am on Saturday, October 17 (Community Hall upstairs).  You could check out the Winter Market at the Hall before the AGM, and then stay after the AGM for our 11:00 am Greenhouse class (see below).  Your children/youth are welcome to join us.

Become a Heartwood Director, or Help Coordinate!  Our non-profit Society can have 5 to 8 Directors, and there’s room for 2 more. A lot of Directors’ business is handled by email, and then we meet every few months.  However, Zorah Staar would also love more help with the practical coordinating of Heartwood classes, which involves some compensation from grant monies. Please call Zorah ASAP at 250-629-3825 if being a Director and/or helping to coordinate interests you.

Next class – BUILDING SIMPLE HOOP GREENHOUSES:  see here

Suggested Future Classes – Tell Us What Else You’d Like to Learn & Help With!

* Water for Food Growing – Conservation, Rainwater, other Natural Harvesting, & Irrigation

* Pollinator Support for Food Growing – Bees, Butterflies, Wild Insects, Bats & More

* Top 20 Low-Tech Energy Devices – Old & New, Getting Things Done Using Less Energy

* Top 20 Home Energy Conservation Methods – including new Smart Meter & Home Audit Techniques

* Top 20 Personal Energy Conservation Methods – including how we Move, Eat, Buy, Re-Use & Repair Stuff

* Sustainable & Resilient Neighbourhoods – for neighbourly cooperation on food growing, sustainable energy use, local resilience, and more.  Email info@heartwoodfolkschool.ca with your ideas and feedback!

C - GH1 with irises

Hoop greenhouse built by Colin McLarty