* Healthy Soils & Regenerative Agriculture Program (2021-2022)

Good news for Pender, Mayne, Galiano, and Saturna food production!

Vancity Credit Union has generously provided funding for Southern Gulf Islands Food Producers to share and learn more about Soil Health and Regenerative Agriculture Systems.  This is with help from Kwantlen Polytechnic University soil scientists.  This program/course will include full-length field days on each island, as well as Food Producer knowledge sharing by zoom during the upcoming winter (January to March, 2022).

An email message from Program Coordinator Ben Dunsmuir has now gone out (see below), inviting people interested in this course to pre-register!  Try the link provided, and also feel free to contact soils@gulfislandsfoodco-op.org

NOVEMBER 17, 2021 PRE-REGISTRATION EMAIL:  “The Gulf Islands Food Co-op is honored to continue our work in the traditional territories of the W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations and excited to invite you to the new Healthy Soils Program, which will delve into essential topics such as nutrient management, soil testing and amending, cover cropping, soil biology and physics, carbon sequestration, and more!


  • Facilitated by Kwantlen Polytechnic University (see Instructor info below)
  • 4 in-person field days with great networking opportunities (participants can choose from Pender, Mayne, Galiano, and Saturna, or attend multiple!)
  • 4 online classes and an online platform (for resource handouts, discussion, Q&A, and sharing among participants)
  • And a rich cohort of island growers!
Generously sponsored by Vancity Credit Union, the course will be offered on a pay-what-you-can donation basis!

Full details still to come, but you can get in line now for registration, where you will also have the opportunity to let us know which areas of soil health you are most interested in!
Or, if you would just like to receive more information when it becomes available, you can sign-up for more info here!”

COURSE INSRUCTOR:  Amy Norgaard has a MSc in Soil Science from the Sustainable Agricultural Landscapes (SAL) lab at UBC, where she worked with 20 organic vegetable farms to improve nutrient management while balancing crop production with environmental stewardship.  She is a Professional Agrologist with the BCIA and teaches sustainable soil management with two Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) Farm Schools and the UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture.



Note: You can also see the Co-op’s previous soil building class references