Innisfree offers summer education

Spring is just around the corner and there is plenty to get excited about this season at Innisfree Farm.

Spring is just around the corner and there is plenty to get excited about this season at Innisfree Farm. After extensive training at Kew Gardens in London, owners Chanchal Cabrera and Thierry Vrain are very pleased to announce that Innisfree Farm has achieved international recognition as a Botanical Garden with a specialty in food and medicine plants. Watch for lots of changes over the next few years, starting this season with an even greater emphasis on education.

Have you always wanted to grow a garden but don’t know where to start? Are you curious about identifying local plants, and harvesting berries and barks for food and medicine? Maybe you enjoy good food and good conversation or maybe you are looking for love? If you said yes to any of these then you need to pay a visit down to the farm.

Starting March 22 with the first of the Holistic Gardening series, and March 24 with the first of the Beginning with Herbs series, then continuing almost every week through late fall, you’ll find something on offer that is exciting or interesting or delicious — or all three!

The Holistic Gardening series with Master Organic Gardener Connie Kuramoto will teach you everything you need to know for a successful harvest this year. From seed selection to soil amendments, from sheet mulching to making compost, these short and simple classes are designed to demystify gardening and get you started growing food.

The Beginning with Herbs series runs three times this year and will empower you to take better care of yourself and your family with natural medicines. Including practical recipes, herb walks and medicine making, this is a great way to introduce herbal medicine to your life.

Coming later in the season there will be Food as Medicine cooking classes, visiting lecturers in herbal medicine, a twice monthly dinner salon series and even Weed Dating where we will encourage you to find love among the cabbages.

As well, the farm shop opens on Saturdays in July, August and September with a wide array of herbal products as well as delectable fresh vegetables. This year we will also be offering afternoon teas in the gardens.

For more details, dates and registration for any of the above offerings, go to or call 250 336 8768.

— Innisfree Farm

Just Posted

Comox Valley Monarch Lions help ‘SPOT’ possible student vision problems

When Helen Keller challenged Lions Clubs International in 1925 to become “Knights… Continue reading

Vancouver Island brewery re-brands again after cryptic new logo failed

Victoria-based brewers said goodbye to confusing hexagon logo

North Island College Foundation helps more students than ever in the Comox Valley

More than 170 North Island College students in the Comox Valley received… Continue reading

Courtenay mom warns of candy-luring incident near Willemar Road

A Courtenay mother is speaking out after a man was reported to… Continue reading

VIDEO: Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee dies

Marvel co-creator was well-known for making cameo appearances in superhero movies

Vancouver Island remembers

Important stories shared as Islanders salute those who made the greatest sacrifice

Surging Rangers beat visiting Canucks 2-1

Goalie Lundqvist ties Plante on all-time wins list

VIDEO: Newcomer kids see first Canadian snowfall

Children arrived in Canada with their mother and two siblings last week from Eritrea

Calgary 2026 leader expects close vote in Winter Games plebiscite

Residents to choose in a non-binding vote on Tuesday whether they want city to bid on 2026 Olympics

Feds dropped ball with WWI anniversary tributes: historians

Wrote one historian: ‘Other than the Vimy Ridge celebration … I think they have done a very bad job’

Sides ‘far apart’ in Canada Post talks despite mediation, says union

The lack of a breakthrough means rotating strikes will resume Tuesday

Feds’ appeal of solitary confinement decision in B.C. to be heard

Judge ruled in January that indefinite such confinement is unconstitutional, causes permanent harm

B.C. health care payroll tax approved, takes effect Jan. 1

Employers calculating cost, including property taxes increases

Most Read