On May 20th, Jackie Robson will join Grow a Row participants and SLUGS to share her knowledge of pest and disease management in the garden. This is an amazing chance to learn from a pro-star gardener with a strong interest in food security and organic growing!
Confessing herself to be a fascinated plant fool, Jackie Robson was first motivated to learn organic growing by the simple desire to feed herself. The core idea of food security hit her all at once when talking to a friend in the mid-80′s. Her friend, Paul talked about city dwellers as sitting ducks with no ability to grow food and provide for themselves. At that moment, Jackie decided that she would learn everything she could about providing year-round organic produce. That decision has lead Jackie down some surprising, twisty turns. She was first hired as the horticulturist for the Sooke Garden Project in 1988, going on to become coordinator/instructor for the Colwood Garden Project. Jackie went on to learn about the politics of food security by working as the garden coordinator for the PATH Project, (Promoting Action Toward Health), helping to found the Wark St. Commons. Jackie continues to work for the commons with other dedicated volunteers. She also gardens and gives tours at The Sooke Harbour House and works as head gardener at Pt. Ellice House, while working with friends and neighbours to create as many beautiful and functional gardens as she can.
Suggested donation: $2 for Grow a Row Members, $5 for everyone else
Location: Greater Victoria Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park Street, Victoria, BC
For more information on Grow a Row, check out their website: http://vicgrowarow.org/