Connie Kuramoto - Gardens on the Go - Connie has been teaching Horticulture for over 30 years. Formerly with Vancouver Island University, Connie has more recently taught at North Island College in Port Alberni in the Horticulture Apprenticeship Program and for Gaia College in their Organic Land Care Diploma Program. Connie has always backed up her teaching with practical experience, and currently is site manager for Healthy Harvest Farm on Beaver Creek Road in Port Alberni. This farm in operated through the Canadian Mental Health Association and New Horizons Clubhouse and hires workers that are living with mental illnesses. Healthy Harvest grows vegetables for a Food Box Program, has a farm stand, and ships vegetables to the west coast through the Tofino Ucluelet Culimary Guild. Connie's consulting business, Gardens on the Go, specializes in organic growing.
To contact Connie please email her at [email protected] or phone 250-240-0281
Heather Shobe - Eden Tree Farm -
Heather Shobe is owner/operator of Eden Tree Farm and Gardening, a small farm in the Alberni Valley. Her business projects include starting a local Fruit Gleaning Project and spearheading a School Garden initiative. Heather has extensive experience with farm marketing and market research, as well as small farm start-up and operation. She also has experience with identifying and completing grant applications and funding for various projects. Heather is an active member of Alberni Valley Transition Towns Food Group and a board member on the local Vancouver Island Health Authority Community Food Action Initiative.
To contact Heather please email her at [email protected]rm.ca or phone her at 250 - 724-2175
Anna Lewis - Anna was raised on an Alberni Valley family farm that currently has four generations residing on it. She has witnessed several evolutions of traditional farming, including beef, dairy, hops and forage. She inherently understands the challenges facing small and large scale agriculture having worked in dairy, greenhouse production, silviculture, market gardens, and community gardens. Anna has relevant experience with the process of agricultural based business start-up, market research, niche marketing, bookkeeping, grant applications, survey development, conducting interviews and she knows the importance of due diligence.
To contact Anna please email her at [email protected] or phone her at 250- 735-0520