Coming up in Cowichan: Seedy Saturday and Walk of Alzheimer’s

Jason will attend Cobble Hill's Seedy Saturday at the Cobble Hill Community Hall (3550 Watson Ave.) on Saturday, March 11

Seedy Saturday: get ready to garden

This March, bestselling author and Salt Spring Seeds owner Dan Jason will be visiting Cobble Hill to promote a new edition of his book, Some Useful Wild Plants: A Foraging Guide to Food and Medicine from Nature.

Jason will attend Cobble Hill’s Seedy Saturday at the Cobble Hill Community Hall (3550 Watson Ave.) on Saturday, March 11, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Featuring over 100 common useful wild plants in Canada, Some Useful Wild Plants serves as a guide for foragers, herbalists, gardeners, and anyone interested in learning more about the many ways plants can be used to our advantage. The book explains the beneficial uses of herbs, trees, berries and seaweeds, and includes tips on how to identify, harvest, and even grow your own plants for medicine and food.

A passionate gardener, Dan Jason is a promoter of organic sustainability and a strong advocate of harvesting one’s own food. He has been heavily involved with Seeds of Diversity Canada and founded the Seed and Plant Sanctuary for Canada in 2003.

The Cobble Hill Seedy Saturday event is hosted by the Farmers Institute and Agricultural Society and is free to the public. For more information, visit the Farmers Institute website at www.cobblehillfair.ca/ or www.harbourliving.ca/event/cobble-hill-seedy-saturday.

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Start raising funds now and win prize

Cowichan Valley residents can join a team to participate in the Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer’s and show their support for people who face dementia.

The event is Canada’s largest fundraiser for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and takes place here and in 21 other communities across B.C. on Sunday, May 7.

Each Walk is dedicated to an honouree — someone who has been affected by dementia. In Cowichan Valley the honouree is Georgina Falt. Her story is the public face of the walk and a reminder of why participants walk.

While you can walk in honour of Georgina, the Alzheimer Society of B.C. also encourages walking in honour or memory of someone in your life who has faced dementia.

“Having teams participate in this event is so important because it creates a sense of community and togetherness and motivates members to get more pledges and creates more awareness for this cause. It also creates a fun opportunity for families or friends to spend the day together in a positive way,” says Shera Morgan, co-chair of the Cowichan Valley Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer’s committee.

To create or join a team go to walkforalzheimers.ca, select Cowichan Valley from the pull down menu and follow the prompts. Teams that raise more than $250 between now and March 14 will be entered to win $500 in Air Canada gift cards.

Funds raised by the walk support programs, education and services in Cowichan and across B.C. They also contribute towards awareness activities and research into the causes of and cure for dementia.

“When you walk, you make memories matter,” says Jennifer Cameron, events officer at the Alzheimer Society of B.C. “You honour those who have passed and acknowledge the work that must be done to ensure help and hope for those living with the disease today.”

For more information or to register today visit walkforalzheimers.ca.

The Cowichan Valley Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer’s also needs committed volunteers to join the organizing committee. For more information on how you can help contact volunteer@ alzheimerbc.org.