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Gardening 101

The Oceanside area historically produced much of it's own food. To honor this tradition the Parksville Museum is introducing a series of workshops, courses, films and talks on growing food. The Urban Farm School launched in spring 2016 and is designed for all levels of gardeners, environmental activists, landscapers, municipal personnel, and gardening enthusiasts.

The Parksville Museum is striving to develop a Food Growing Centre for Central Vancouver Island Area. 

The Dean of Education at the Farm School is Connie Kuramoto, with nearly thirty years of experience in teaching Horticulture. 

Specialized gardening courses on relevant topics put together by Gardens on the Go, Horticultural Services and Training, and Connie Kuramoto; offer opportunities for anyone who attends.

Gardening 101 is a detailed approach to individual instruction about gardening. The class quality is structured for small class sizes where students have the ability to learn in the classroom and have a hands-on approach by working outside on the Parksville Museum grounds or in the McMillan House garden. These courses are developed and taught by Connie Kuramoto.
Cost for the workshops are $25 per session. Please note, all students must be members so an annual membership fee of $10 will be charged to your first session.

Each class costs students as the classes are small and not covered by grants.
PDF lessons are available upon request by the student.

Current Classes are in the Tryon room at the Parksville Museum.


May 12 - Building Your Soil
May 19 - Organic Veggie Growing
May 26 - Organic Veggie Container Growing
June 9 - Fertilizer Teas and Brews
June 16 - Organic Approaches to Pests
June 23 - Plant Propagation
July 21 - Winter Gardening
August 11 - Growing Berries and Small Fruit
August 18 - Options for Food Preservation
August 25- Growing Your Own Fruit Trees
September 1 - Building a Great Compost

Registration is required by signing up at the Parksville Museum.

Payment with the Parksville Museum, we accept cash and all major credit cards! (Sorry no Debit.)


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- VIP Access and discounts on special events and the Urban Farm School
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