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The EcoPersonals

Grow Your Own Farm. An 8-month mentorship program that teaches hands-on farming from seed to harvest. March-October 2018. 2 days a week. Free of charge, with farm mentors Carolyn Herriot & Goldenrose Paquette. Deep Roots Farm in Yellow Point/Cedar. Register by calling Carolyn Herriot 250-924-4478 or Goldenrose Paquette

Haliburton Farm Certified Organic Food Box. Sign up for a17-week food box, June 20 through October 10. $25/week, total $425. Or  food box email! brings together people and organizations who care about the quality of life in our region. Check out upcoming events, info, videos, solutions and resources for healthier communities, including the One Planet Region Conversations Series.


Thur 1, 8:30am - 4:30pm Farmer to Farmer. The annual Farmer2Farmer Conference is an initiative about local people, local issues, and local solutions! It provides powerful networking and learning opportunities for farmers and food producers in the region. Saanich Fairgrounds, 1528 Stelly’s Cross Road, Saanichton.

Thur 1, 3:30-4:30pm AWESome potential: Airborne wind energy’s opportunities and challenges. Can balloons, blimps and kites provide cheaper, steadier and more abundant clean energy? The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions is pleased to invite you to a free public seminar with research fellow Markus Sommerfeld to learn about the opportunities and challenges of airborne wind energy systems. UVic Harry Hickman 110. Register: 

Thur 1, 7pm An Evening with Genevieve Singleton, Naturalist Extraordinaire. Genevieve is a volunteer with the Cowichan Valley Naturalists who has shared her passion for nature with children and adults for many years. Yellow Point Ecological Society. 13561 Barney Road, Yellow Point.

Fri 2, 8am- 9:30am Resilient Region Exchange. A space for forging new partnerships, incubating ideas, and developing projects that contribute to a resilient, healthy and green capital region. The spring event theme is Collaborative Climate Action and is co-hosted by the BC Climate Action Secretariat. 525 Superior St, Victoria. 

Fri 2, 7pm Giving the Palestinian Refugees a Voice. Ramzy Baroud presents his new book, The Last Earth, A Palestinian Story. He is also the author of My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza's Untold Story. Sponsored by Social Justice Studies UVic. UVic David Strong C116. 

Sat 3, 10-11:30am Eelgrass Restoration training in Cowichan Bay. Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre, 1845 Cowichan Bay Road, Hecate Park. 

Sat 3, 10-2pm Eco-Sense Perennial Edible Plant nursery. Well stocked with new plants just arriving. Tots of large bare root trees for food production.  3295 Compton Rd, in the Highlands. 250-478-2680 

Sat 3, 4-7pm Youth Food Network Community Earth workshop. Claremont High School, 4980 Wesley Road (Room 264). Tea, speakers, dinner and more! 

Sat 3, 10-12pm Composting Basics. The 6 factors for composting success, how to choose the best composting system for your needs and how to increase the rodent resistance of your compost pile. Free. Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park St, Victoria. 

Sat 3, 1-3pm Spring Planting: From Seed to Seedling. Spring is here and it’s time to get your hands dirty! Learn how to start seeds, transplant and harden off your seedlings, as well as care for your crops. This workshop also covers principles of crop rotation, soil building, and how to make your own organic fertilizers to maintain plant health. $0-$20. Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park St, Victoria. 

Sat 3, 5-8pm Bee Friendly Community Potluck and Movie. John Barsby Community School in Nanaimo has recently earned its Bee Friendly Campus Status. To celebrate, please join us for a community potluck and the screening of "SEED: The Untold Story," OR, "The Queen of the Sun: What bees are telling us." Please bring a healthy prepared and labeled dish. Family friendly and open to the community. 550 Seventh St, Nanaimo. 

Sun 4, 1-3pm No Ivy League. Meet at Cattle Point near the boat ramp and kiosks. Help to restore the health of the endangered Garry Oak Ecosystem in Uplands Park by removing invasive plants like English ivy. Tools, gloves and instruction provided. 

Sun 4, 10am-3pm Seedy Sunday Nanaimo. Speakers include Carolyn Herriot, Dan Jason, Chris Brown. Nanaimo Secondary School, 355 Wakesiah Ave, Nanaimo

Sun 4, 10am-1pm Beach Clean-Up at Cordova Bay. More friends, less plastic trash! 


Mon 5, 12-1pm Creating Safe and Compelling Environments:  Is It Possible? With Steve Woolrich. Community safety and crime reduction continues to be a high priority. Are fortified cities what we want, or as community stewards can we explore the possibility of creating stylish, exciting, safe, supportive and welcoming environments? Over the past 25 years Steve has established a reputation for excellence in policing, corrections and corporate security and is the principle of Rethink Urban Inc. Council Chambers, Victoria City Hall  

Wed 7, 14, 21, 7pm The Whole Nine Yards, with Jeff de Jong. Taking on a major garden project is nothing short of creating something from nothing. Can you make your landscape sustainable, environmentally-friendly, productive and attractive at the same time? Front, side and back yards hold different challenges and opportunities. Jeff will focus each class on a specific area and show you how to achieve success, from the soil up. Register on-line or call 250-472-4747 so we can guarantee you a space. 

Thur 8, 12 noon and 7pm DOLORES, A film by Peter Bratt on International Women's Day. Dolores Huerta is among the most important activists in American history. A partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. She tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century—and she continues the fight to this day, at 87. Presented by Amnesty Victoria, Amnesty at UVic and VIDEA. Also on PBS, Tuesday, March 27 at 9pm. UVic Fraser 152 

Thur 8, 3:30-7pm International Women's Day Rally in Centennial Square for Bread & Roses with poetry, music and performance art. 

Thur 8, 6:30pm Monthly Vegan Buffet at Green Cuisine, 560 Johnson St. An informal gathering of Vegans, Vegetarians, and Veg-curious people 

Sat 10, 10am Stop the Kinder Morgan Pipeline - Kwekwecnewtxw Protect the Inlet. Join the bus from Victoria for a massive convergence in Burnaby, joining Tsleil-Waututh First Nations Elders, Spiritual Leaders, and grassroots members as they launch their campaign to stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline. Stand with them in defense of their land and waters, and bear witness to their sacred ceremony. 

Sat 10, 10am-1pm Fairfield Repair Café. Have something needing repair?  Bring it and we will fix it for free - and you can learn how to fix. Save money, save your favourite items, save our landfills, save the world! We can typically repair most things including furniture, appliances, electronics, clothes and fabric goods, knitted goods, toys, tools, bicycles, knife sharpening, etc. Sometimes, we have specialized expertise to fix computers and help you work your cell phone. 1330 Fairfield Road (next to Moss Street Market and Sir James Douglas School). Free; donations welcome to cover our costs. 

Sat 10, 10-3 Help Habitat in Havenwood Park restoration work party with Habitat Acquisition Trust, Greater Victoria Green Team, Friends of Havenwood Park and the City of Colwood. Havenwood Park, Veteran’s Memorial Pkwy, Colwood. Contact or call 250-995-2428

Sat 10, 10-12pm Worm Composting. Everything you need to know about starting up and maintaining a worm bin compost system, also known as vermicomposting. Free. Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park St, 

Sat 10, 1-3pm Grow Your Own Food 101, with Alysha Punnett. Want to grow your own groceries but not sure where to start? This is a crash course in veggie growing designed for those who want to start growing their own fresh produce. We will touch on site selection, timing, starting seeds, diseases and pests and more! Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park St, Victoria. Please pre-register. 

Sun 11, 11am Yellow Point Ecological Society hike in Wildwood Ecoforest, Cedar. Meet at the Ecoforestry Institute Nature House.  

Sun 11, 11am-1pm Beach cleanup at French Beach. Bring bags, buckets and gloves because we usually run out! Meet at the French Beach Group Site Parking lot, 2nd left off of West Coast Rd. 

Sun 11, 1-3pm No Ivy League. Meet at Cattle Point near the boat ramp and kiosks. Help to restore the health of the endangered Garry Oak Ecosystem in Uplands Park by removing invasive plants like English ivy.  Tools, gloves and instruction provided. 

Sun 11, 2pm-4pm Smart South Island Innovation Challenge. Help choose the winners of the Prosperity Project's Open Innovation Challenge, a four-month competition to find the best and brightest ideas for using data and connected technology to solve real-world problems identified by residents of the South Island! Top pilot project teams will be pitching in front of a live audience and expert panel for a chance to win one of three $15,000 prizes.  Flury Hall, Bob Wright Building, UVic 


Tue 13, 3:30-5pm Get Outside and Learn! Teacher Gathering. Are you a K-8 teacher in School District 61, 62 or 63? Do you want to provide more outdoor learning opportunities for your students? You are invited you to the launch of Sierra Club BC’s new Get Outside and Learn after-school gathering series! Please register James Davis, james@sierraclub.bc.ca 

Tue 13, 5-7pm Victoria Green Drinks at the Drake Eatery, 517 Pandora. Great beer and wine, great company! 

Tue 13, 7pm Sockeye Salmon of the Skeena: a Century of Change by Michael Price. Victoria Natural History Society AGM. UVic Fraser 159. 

Wed 14, 6.30pm Growing Food Course Free Information Session. Haliburton Farm, 741 Haliburton Road. Our hands-On course runs March 28 to Sept 5th, Wednesdays, 6:30pm - 9:30pm and Saturdays 1pm - 4pm Registration: 

Wed 14, 7-9:30pm Albatross, by Chris Jordan. A sweeping and hauntingly beautiful documentary that showcases the vibrancy and resilience of one of the world’s largest sea birds and illustrates the devastating effects on the species from plastics pollution. Followed by Q&A and a discussion on the Environmental Law Clinic’s work on marine plastics pollution to generate a conversation about a national strategy to reduce marine plastics pollution. On a remote atoll in the North Pacific Ocean, albatross chicks are dying, bodies filled with plastic. Director Chris Jordan explores the collective shadow of contemporary mass culture, edge-walking the line between beauty and horror, abstraction and representation, the near and the far, the visible and the invisible. Free. UVic Fraser 159.

Thur 15, 5pm The New Economy of a One Planet Region, with Ana Maria Peredo, UVic and  other speakers. Conversations for a One Planet Region. Community Room, Greater Victoria Library, Broughton St. Contact Trevor Hancock 

Thur 15, 5:30-7pm Wilderness Committee Victoria Volunteer Action Night! #202 – 3 Fan Tan Alley. Take the elevator up to the 2nd floor. 

Thur 15, 7pm Look & See Film Screening. A reflection on the challenges to farming communities and an invitation to promote the values that sustain them. Presented by Vancouver Island Regional Library and Duncan United Church, Social Justice. Duncan United Church. Free or by donation 

Sat 17, 7-10pm A Tribe Called Red: In Conversation. Performances from local musicians, then A Tribe Called Red will have a sit down conversation with Mohawk/Tuscarora and former Victoria Poet Laureate, Janet Rogers about their work, social issues, and creative resistance. Parkside Hotel & Spa, 810 Humboldt St, Victoria. $15 – $25 Cocktail party later (Combo ticket on sale for $25). Appetizers provided info@vipirg.ca250-721-7285. Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group (VIPIRG) 

Sat 17 - Sun 25 Permaculture Teacher Training at OUR Ecovillage. Only a few spots left! This course teaches you to empower yourself to advocate for change through whole systems design and teaching! In this course, you will learn significant teaching techniques to communicate Permaculture principles and strategies in a wide variety of educational settings. 

Sat 17, 1-3pm Planning Your Year-Round Veggie Garden #3, with Alysha Punnett. Here in Victoria good planning makes it possible to harvest produce from our gardens during every month of the year. Knowing when to sow seeds is important. But it’s just as crucial to know when and how to transition one crop to another. This presentation will show you how to plan to grow year round, protect your crops in winter, and we’ll even touch on pests and diseases! Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park St, Victoria. $0-$20

Sat 17, 1:30-3pm St. Patrick’s Day is Green in Uplands Park. Meet in the grass field at the Beach Drive entrance to Cattle Point. Join the Friends of Uplands Park and the leprechauns on a Green Treasure Hunt.  Ramble though the park finding evergreen and baby deciduous plants…maybe a 4-leaf clover, a snake or a pot o’gold. Touch, smell and look closely with magnifying lenses. Use St. Paddy’s photo guide to identify native plants. Make a green chia craft and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the green way. Family program. Donations appreciated. 

Sun 18, 1-3pm No Ivy League. Meet at Cattle Point near the boat ramp and kiosks. Help to restore the health of the endangered Garry Oak Ecosystem in Uplands Park by removing invasive plants like English ivy. Tools, gloves and instruction provided. 


Tue 20, 7pm Tiny Homes, Small Houses. Join us for a film about a couple’s adventures in building a tiny home: why they decided to go that route and how it all turned out. Followed by a presentation and discussion on the ins and outs of Tiny Homes. Sponsored by the SSI Library and Transition Salt Spring. SSI Library. Free  

Tue 20, 7:30pm Ecosystem-level outcomes of invasive species management in Garry oak meadows presented by Nancy Shackelford. Victoria Natural History Society, Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature House. 

Wed 21, 6-8pm Think Green Supper Club. Plant-based eating choices to improve our health and protect our planet. Come and join us! $15.07. Heidi 

Wed 21, 6:30-8pm Transition Sooke Book Club 

Thur 22, 7pm Justice for the Peace Island Tour comes to Sooke, featuring Ken and Arlene Boon, third generation Peace Valley farmers whose land would be flooded by the site C dam.. Sponsored by Transition Sooke, Awareness Film Night, Sierra Club and Rolling Justice Bus. Masonic Hall 6544 Throup Rd., Sooke. By donation to the Boons. Info:  

Fri 23, 9:30-12:30pm Gardening with Native Plants. Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary. Call to register 250-479-0211  Free 

Sat 24, 8am Birding with Geoffrey Newell, Friends of Uplands Park  Meet Cattle Point. Bring binoculars and a friend. Free. 

Sat 24 and Sun 25, 12-4pm Wild ARC Open House. Don’t miss this once-a-year opportunity to peek behind the scenes at one of BC’s busiest wildlife rehabilitation centres! Bring your family and friends to our facility to see what it takes to care for more than 3,000 injured and orphaned wild animals – information and free tours can be reserved at BC SPCA Wild ARC, 1020 Malloch Road, Metchosin

Sat 24, 9:30am-4pm Bike Skills Instructor Training. Are you interested in becoming a bike skills instructor with the Greater Victoria Bike to Work Society? This Training Weekend is the first step to becoming a qualified Adult Bike Skills Instructor - a great-paying ($25/hour), flexible part-time job that allows you to share your love of cycling! $75 To register go to 

Sat 24, 10am-1pm Foraging Forest Walk with the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Learn about the edible bounty found in BC’s coastal forests with the chief forager from Toque Catering on a guided nature walk. Identify edible plants, as well as native and invasive species. Tips for harvesting and cooking with edibles, and best practices for removing invasive plants. And sample Sea Cider’s organic award-winning cider. Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse, Saanichton. Free, but registration required. Space limited. 

Sat 24, 1-3pm Backyard Rainwater Management, with Jess Bossert. Long summer droughts and winter deluges make rainwater management in our region a challenging proposition. In this workshop you will learn how use rain as a resource and protect the environment by reducing pressure on our stormwater systems. The focus will be on practical design techniques that allow you to mimic the function of natural systems to solve practical water problems in your landscape. Learn about rain gardens, bioswales, rainwater harvesting and more from an experienced industry professional. Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park St, Victoria. 

Sat 24, 2-5pm CRD Irrigation Maintenance workshop – Sidney. Call CRD to register 250-474-9684 Free 

Sun 25, 1-3pm No Ivy League. Meet at Cattle Point near the boat ramp and kiosks.  Help to restore the health of the endangered Garry Oak Ecosystem in Uplands Park by removing invasive plants like English ivy.  Tools, gloves and instruction provided. 

Sun 25, 9:30am-4pm Bike Skills Instructor Training. Are you interested in becoming a bike skills instructor with the Greater Victoria Bike to Work Society? This Training Weekend is the first step to becoming a qualified Adult Bike Skills Instructor - a great-paying ($25/hour), flexible part-time job that allows you to share your love of cycling! $75 To register go to 


Mon 26, 7:30pm Stories from the Intertidal by David Denning. Victoria Natural History Society. UVic Fraser 159. 

Wed 28 7-9pm CRD Irrigation Controller Scheduling workshop – Saanich.  Call CRD to register 250-474-9684. Free 

Wed 28, 7:30pm Ethno-ornithology is Way Cool Because… by Ildiko Szabo. Victoria Natural History Society. UVic Fraser 159. 

Fri 30 and Sat 31, 9am- 4pm Bioengineering Techniques for restoration and reclamation of damaged ecosystems. Friday is a classroom day, Saturday is in the field working on a restoration. In Chemainus, Registration required. $75.00, includes lunch on the first day and optional course manual. To register visit,, or call 250-746-0227 or email


All Month

CRD Parks hikes, explorations and events for all ages: 

Change the World on Shaw TV with Guy Dauncey. Channel 4. Interviews with local people who have big bold ideas and positive solutions for the future. 

More Local Events (including hikes): 


Affinite Wealth Group:

Victoria Cycling Adventures:

Victoria Outdoor and Social Club:

Victoria Club Tread:

Victoria Nature Explorations:

Victoria Nature Walks:

Victoria Outdoor Club:

Victoria Sea Kayakers:

Vegan Victoria:

West Shore Cycling:

MEC Victoria Road-Ride Cycling:

Greater Victoria Green Team:

Net Squared Victoria:

Cowichan Valley Outdoor Club:

Cowichan Valley Walking/Hiking Group:



Biweekly. OUR ECOVILLAGE Educational Tours.10-12:30pm with option to stay on for lunch in OUR Zero Mile Meal Eatery. Learn all legal and regulatory work for permaculture, natural building, and sustainable community design while delving into the back of systems and inside cob/strawbale/solar/alt systems. Scheduled volunteer days also avail.   250-743-3067  

Biweekly. Garry Oak Ecosystem Restoration at Fort Rodd Hill. Help us win the battle against invasive species and assist in our meadow project at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site. Scheduled volunteer days.  250-812-8133 

Every day, 10am – 5pm Clothing for Conservation Fundraiser with Habitat Acquisition Trust: visit Hemp & Company, 1312 Government St. $10 from every purchase of the featured Celebration Top goes to HAT. Makes a great gift! 

Every day, 9am-4:30pm The forest is always ‘green’ here in Goldstream. With over 8 km of hiking trails you will be sure to find one of our unique trees, from Western Red Cedar, Black Cottonwood, Red Alder to Douglas Fir, Garry Oak and Arbutus. Stop in at the Goldstream Nature House for up to date trail information. 250-478-9414 or 

Every Day (except Monday) Victoria Public Market, Hudson’s Bay, Douglas St. Maryanne Carmack, 250 884 

Every Mon, 10am -12pm Brodick/Bow Parks (Saanich) Invasive Species removal. Volunteers needed. Training, gloves, and tools provided. No dogs. Judy 250-472-0515 

Every Monday, 4-6:30pm Cowichan Green Community Chow Down Family Cooking Classes. Free. Visit for more details. Registration is necessary by emailing or calling Jennifer: 250-748-8506 

Every Tue, 9am Tuesday Morning Birding. Meet foot of Bowker Ave, waterfront off Beach Drive in Oak Bay. Bill Dancer 250-721-5273. Novice and experienced birders all welcome. 

Every Wed, 11-6pm Haliburton Food Box Program. Receive a luscious weekly box of certified organic seasonal produce from the farmers who grow the food. 741 Haliburton Rd (off the Pat Bay Highway), Victoria 

Every Wed and Sun, 9am Bird Walks with naturalists, Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary, 3873 Swan Lake Rd. Margaret Lidkea 479-0211 

Every Wed.  7-8:30pm  Oneness Wednesdays Meditation Circle at Church of Truth, 111 Superior Street;  Everyone welcome to drop in.   By Donation 

Every Wed, 7pm Cultivating a Lifestyle of Harmony & Balance in Rhythm with Nature with Renee Lindstrom at Oneness Wednesday at the Church of Truth, 111 Superior Street (James Bay).  Free or by donation   

Every Thur and Sat. Volunteer events at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. Charlotte Houston

Every Sat, 10-12 Moss Street Winter Market for homegrown produce, homemade food, baking and handicrafts, music, kids activities. Garry Oak Room, off Thurlow St, Fairfield. 

Every Sat, 8am Morning Birding. See for each week’s location. VNHS. Novice and experienced birders all welcome.

Every Sat, 9-12pm Beacon Hill Park Ivy Pull. Volunteers welcome. Cornelia 250-920-3556 

Every Sun, 1-3pm No Ivy League. Join the Friends of Uplands Park to remove English ivy, and help restore the endangered Garry Oak Ecosystem, and protect 24 rare plants. Tools, gloves and the Best Practices instruction provided. Meet at Cattle Point, near the kiosks.

Guy Dauncey, FRSA

Author, Speaker, Futurist
Yellow Point, Ladysmith, BC, Canada

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