›› Alex Harned

Check out the fantastic workshops at the Fernwood Community Centre this month—August brings the opportunity to learn everything from bud-grafting, how to make Kombucha (the perfect summer drink!), and gain knowledge on how to fix those various garden tools (both hand tools and machinery!). Curious to know more or register for a workshop? Call 250-381-1552 ext.100 or register online on Eventbrite.

Tuesday, August 22, 6 – 8pm, $30
Observe and interact with your local food forest through grafting! Determine which ­varieties of trees and shrubs have delicious fruit and discover what type of grafting is ­appropriate for what and when. This workshop will explore successful examples, and ­provide a hands-on opportunity to practice the detailed craft of bud grafting in the ­summer.

Wednesday, August 23, 6:30 – 8:30pm, $35
Learn about the mystical ways kombucha detoxifies the body and energize the mind—while staying refreshing and tasty too! Discover the health benefits, second fermentation techniques, flavours and troubleshooting, participate in demos, and a tasting session with different flavour combinations!

Agrarian Tool Repair
Saturday, August 26, 10am – 1pm, $35
Learn how to repair your garden tools, fix a wheelbarrow, and discover how to salvage parts and refurbish hand tools! Learn how to take care of your machines and keep them running smoothly. We will go through preventative maintenance routines that will make all your growing equipment last longer and work better for you. From sharpening to oil changes, there are a lot of simple things you can do to save time and money, and reduce waste. End of season maintenance is better for your equipment…and you’ll thank yourself when the growing season starts again!