Lake Trail Neighbourhood Connections had spent the past 4 years building and nourishing the Community Garden that covers the front lawn of Lake Trail Middle school in the heart of Courtenay.  This summer, programs for all ages will bring the garden to life and share the bounty.  “We are extremely lucky to have Elaine Codling, a certified Permaculturalist, work as our Garden Coordinator.”  says LTNC Community Coordinator Tina Willard-Stepan. “It means we can offer very high calibre workshops and information sessions, and that our garden is always in really phenomenal shape.”  And with the help of a “Gardens in Bloom” grant from the Comox Valley Horticulturalist Society, there are program running for ages 0-100.  

Starting with their Summer Sprouters program – parents with kids ages 5 and under are welcomed to join Elaine and early childhood educator Meghan Hunt in the garden each Tuesdays and Thursday morning all summer long, from 9:30 – 11:30.  This program is by donation and will include songs, games, and learning in the garden.  

There will also be ‘Salad Nights’ on Tuesdays from 3:15 to 7:30 pm.  This program is a part of their regular Tuesday evening gardening sessions, but with a new flavour.  Bring your bowl and fork for a guided pick and eat tour, picking salad into your bowl directly from the garden. LTNC will provide trimmings and dressing. Everything else is provided by the abundance of the garden.  This program is free of charge, and is family friendly. – Salad picking starts at 5:30 or 6 pm.

For those interested in deeper learning and more structure, they will be presenting two summer workshops:  Tomato Pruning on Sunday July 9, and a Summer Fruit Tree Pruning Demo with Karen Cummins on Sunday July 23.  These programs require registration in advance.  Email for more information.

Tina Willard-Stepan

Community Coordinator (250) 703-1201, Lake Trail Neighbourhood Connection