Fall 2019

September 9, 2019

Just like that, summer is coming to a close and fall will soon be here! Youth are back to school, the air is cooler, days are getting shorter, and the opportunities for learning seem to be endless. This issue highlights the edible diversity of our region and the multiple organizations who are ready to get you comfortable with harvesting and foraging sustainably from our very own back yards. Join us while we continue learning and growing as a collective right here on this beautiful rugged coast.

Harvesting the Abundance of Our Bioregion- Foraging & Fermentation Workshop- September 2019
The Cedar Coast Field Station is hosting a workshop in September that will teach you how to harvest the abundance of our region! The workshop will be focusing on foraging local medicinal herbs and plants as well as making a variety of vegetable lacto-ferments. Recipes will be shared and attendees can expect to leave with culture starters, veggie ferments, syrups, and a ton of knowledge! Hurry to secure your spot and dive into the world of medicinal herbs, plants, and elixirs.
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Sustainable and Ethical Marine Harvesting
The NEST has partnered with Ucluelet Aquarium and Tofino Resort + Marina to host a second Sustainable and Ethical Marine Harvesting course. This three-hour course will give recreational marine harvesters the tools and resources to assist in reducing harm and protecting habitats and organisms when out on the water. Ticket purchases for this event also include a free beverage, light snack, and the chance to win an awesome prize package! Most importantly, this information session will allow you to ask experts all of your harvesting questions so you can feel confident in your practice the next time you reel in the big one! Hurry and get your tickets today, early bird prices end on September 15th, 2019.
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Mushrooms of the West Ccoast
The Raincoast Education Society is hosting a Mushrooms of the West Coast workshop for individuals interested in foraging wild mushrooms. This three-day course will cover many topics to get you comfortable with identifying species, understanding their role in the forest, and cooking techniques. This course will be led by a Research Scientist from the BC Ministry of Environment as well as an Ecologist/Professor from Simon Fraser University. Be sure to follow the link for more information and registration!
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Food Preservation Trainer Certification
Join this workshop to learn how to safely preserve your food and gain the skills, resources, and certification to lead a food preservation workshop in your community! The topics covered include: food safety, various preservation techniques (drying, pressure canning, boiling water bath canning), preservation of various foods (fruit, vegetables, meat, and fish), facilitation skills, and connections to gardening and traditional harvesting. Register today through the Tofino Community Food Initiative
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Tofino Clayoquot Heritage Museum
The Tofino Clayoquot Heritage Museum is offering a guided tour that will teach you about the historical Naciks Point also known as, Monks Point. Take this opportunity to get to know some pioneering families that once navigated and shaped our community. Join the fun in getting to know some Tofitian history! Tours happening every Saturday at 10 am until September 29th, 2019.
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Leadership Vancouver Island (LVI)
The West Coast NEST would like to take this time to congratulate all the students enrolled in this years, Leadership Vancouver Island program. LVI is a community-focused leadership development program that aims to build leadership, learning, and service capacity. Best wishes to those taking the first steps in their professional development endeavors and future successes!
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West Coast Knitting Retreat
Our West Coast Knitting Retreat is just around the corner and those involved are very excited to dive into the world of fibre art! We're looking forward to hosting 15 guests and four instructors at the Black Rock Oceanfront Resort this year. This event is officially sold out but if knitting is of interest to you, you won't want to miss this event next year! Stay tuned into our website for future knitting retreat dates.
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Community Coordinator from WildSafeBC, Bob Hansen provides insight on coexisting with carnivores in a sustainable way.