NOTE -  Nicole is not available on March 14th.

A Bee Keeping presentation will be offered instead.


Monarch Butterflies    Nicole Hubley    Project Coordinator

Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute 

Location: Upper Hall     12:00 noon to 1:15      All ages 



Nicole Hubley graduated from Acadia University in 2008 and began working for the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute (MTRI) in 2017 as the Monarch Butterfly Project Coordinator. Engaging Nova Scotians in environmental education, giving public presentations and seminars throughout the province, both in schools and in other venues, and creating gardens, comprises the main part of her work. Monarch butterflies are amazing, and she and MTRI  encourage everyone to plant swamp milkweed, as it is the only food source for Monarch caterpillars and an important habitat to sustain. She lives in Pleasant River with her husband and son, and you will most often find her in the garden, walking, or taking photos of both wildlife and her family."


She will be speaking about the lifecycle and migration route of the Monarch, threats to its' survival, the importance of milkweed for survival and how to create a pollination and nectar friendly garden. There will also be Butterfly Club kits available for sale ($10 with 2 swamp milkweed transplants, or $5 with seeds. Additional transplants will be available for $4 each). This presentation is intended for all ages, and we welcome all to attend.

Container Gardens and Sub-Irrigated Planters   Caitlin Doucette, M.Sc.

Earthshine Landscaping 

Location: Upper Hall     1:30 pm to 2:45 pm     All ages


Bio: Caitlin Doucette

Caitlin is a gardener, permaculture designer and participatory educator with a passion for working with people to create sustainable ecological gardens and community food projects. She is the owner of Earthshine Gardens, an ecological land care business based in Bridgewater. She offers landscape design, garden creation and care across the South Shore. Caitlin possess a BScH in ecology and an MES in food justice, permaculture and environmental education. She has spent the last 15 years working with diverse groups focused on community gardening, ecological stewardship, food security and urban farming, and says Meet me in the garden!


This workshop focuses on gardening in small spaces using containers and raised beds. Learn how to create water-efficient, low maintenance planters using sub-irrigation or wicking. Explore ideas for raised bed designs, including season extension and small-scale polycultures. Create and take home your own SIP (sub-irrigation planter) with re-used household items.

Seed Saving in the Vegetable Garden    Chris Sanford M.Sc.

Yonder Hill Farm   

Location: Upper Hall     3:00 pm to 4:00 pm     All ages 


Chris Sanford and her partner, Garrett, grow and maintain over 150 varieties of vegetables, grains, and flowers on their small diversified farm in Lunenburg County.  Chris has been farming and gardening ecologically for over 15 years, and producing seeds commercially for the last 10. You can find her seeds at Chris holds a Master's of Science in Sustainable Systems, and has a wealth of gardening knowledge and experience, from annuals and perennials, to shrubs and trees. Chris works part-time as the Community Gardens Coordinator for the Town of Bridgewater, and has taught beginner and advanced gardening workshops throughout the Maritimes and Northeastern US.


A primer for beginner seed savers!  Chris will cover all the basic knowledge you'll need to begin saving seeds of your own, including which vegetables are easy to start with, important considerations, and how to clean and store your seeds.

Climate Victory Gardens    Robert Cervelli, M.Sc.

Transition Bay St. Margarets

Location: Main Sanctuary    12:00 noon to 1:30 pm  All ages


Presenter Bob Cervelli has enjoyed gardening and food production for decades, and currently manages a mini-farm at his home in St Margaret’s Bay. He has over 40 years experience in plant propagation, horticulture and fruit crop production. Bob is the host and co-producer of the Transition Garden Film, (, and TV episode series, which is dedicated to the inspiration and how-to’s of local food production and gardening, during times of a changing and fragile world.  He is also is a co-founder and Chair of Transition Bay St Margarets (, one of the first Transition Initiatives in the Maritimes


Victory Gardens harken back to World War I and World War II, as a way to support the war effort through home gardening.  This presentation and workshop will discuss a modern day version – Climate Victory Gardens.


He will look at the fragility of today’s big-business, long-distance, just-in-time modern food supply system and it’s affects in our region. He will discuss the exposure we may have in the future from food shortages and higher prices, as we enter an era of increased global food insecurity.  Solutions will be discussed, including the incredible capacity to grow significant amounts of our food supply on little land and with only modest labour input.  Discussion will include how to begin or expand your ‘micro-farm’, what to grow that’s easy and nutritious, and ways to increase your larder and food stores. 

Cannabis Homegrown 101   Av Singh Ph.D. P Ag  

Flemming and Singh Cannabis Inc.

Location: Main Sanctuary   2:30 pm to 4:00 pm  RESTRICTED TO 19+  ID will be checked.


Join Av Singh in a quick discussion about the need to remove the stigma around the consumption of cannabis as medicine followed by cultivation strategies on how best to grow your cannabis outdoors in a living soil.  Learn more about why we use certain soil amendments and how they contribute to making a better medicine.


Av Singh is one of the leading authorities on organic cannabis production. After completing his post-doc at the University of Minnesota on pasture-based livestock production, Singh worked at the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada and served as the Organic and Small-Scale Farming Specialist in Nova Scotia, for over 15 years, and recently held the Just Us! Chair in Small Farm Sustainability.


Dr. Singh has authored over 200 peer-reviewed papers, chapters, and extension articles and has been an invited speaker to over 500 workshops, conferences, symposia as well as guest-lecturing at over 30 universities in Canada, the US, the UK, and India. Av has had the privilege of visiting over 2000 farms across five continents which has shaped his extension of holistic, system-based design solutions. 


Emphasizing a union of traditional knowledge with science, Av works with growers to cultivate an appreciation of plant:soilinterrelationships.

Currently, Av and his colleague Randy Flemming serve as Cultivation Advisors within the cannabis industry Av is also the Commercial Science Specialist at Greenstar Plant Products Inc. , the Chief Science Officer with Green Gorilla the Chief Agricultural Scientist at BetraLif, the Chief Soil Scientist at CaliCann (Colombia) and formerly served as the Chief Agronomist with the American Cannabis Company, helping to develop the High Times Magazine’s STASH Award-winning super soil.


Av has recently been appointed to the Cannabis Quality Assurance (CQA) Standards Committee and is a member of the International Cannabinoid Research Society, and was identified as one of the Top 50 Heroes shaping the Canadian Cannabis sector by High! Canada Magazine. Av serves on several Scientific Advisory Boards - Orion Cannabis; Bloom Genic; SolarGram; Infernotions; PlanC BioPharm; ArcticPharm; EndoBiotics; 7 Farms Down; Cannabis Farms; Tailor Made Extracts and Organic Grow Solutions.  Av is a frequent speaker and advisory board member at MJBizCon, LIFT, O’Cannabiz, and the Grow Up Conferences.


Lastly, Av is also serving as the Vice-President of the Canadian Organic Growers and is proud to be a member of Slow Food Canada, Food Secure Canada and the National Farmers’ Union. Av is also a faculty member at Earth University ( in India where he delivers courses on agroecology and organic farming.