CCFS Science Pub: The Secret World of Trees

Meaghan Cursons

April 25, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm America/Vancouver Timezone
Cumberland Masonic Hall
$10-$20 donation

Join us for the second in the NEW 2018 CCFS Science Pub Series, where experts, elders, ecologists, artisans and local knowledge holders share stories, insights and understanding about the science and mysteries of life of earth. The next CCFS Science Pub is all about the secret world, and the hidden communities of Trees!

Join local carver Randy Frank, RP Biologist Tim Ennis, Clinical/Master Herbalist Yarrow Willard, Environmental Planner Nancy Gothard and Medical Herbalist and Horticulture Therapist Chanchal Cabrera for fun and engaging presentations and discussion!Have you heard of the emerging theory about how trees actually communicate and support each other through a mycelium network? Did you know that urban trees can play a role in building healthier and happier human community? What is forest bathing and are you already doing it? How can we recruit old growth community right here in Cumberland, and who lives in that community?

These interactive, fun and engaging “Pub University” events include speakers, multi media presentations, samples and “senses on” exploration, live screen printing and botanical artwork, wicked door prizes, on theme beverages and more!

Sponsored by Cumberland Brewing Company and Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary, and Wayward Distillation House CCFS Science Pub Nights are not-to-be-missed.  Admission by donation and 100% proceeds support Cumberland Community Forest Society and their 2018 acquisition plans along Perseverance Creek. Doors at 7 pm, 19 + Find out more at

Nancy Gothard is policy planner at the City of Courtenay, and was formerly the City’s environmental planner. Nancy’s professional and personal passion is finding ways to invite Nature into our communities, integrating grey and green infrastructure, so that our communities not only serve our basic needs more sustainably, but also nurture our spirits and respond to our need for connection and beauty.  Nancy loves getting involved in the various sustainability advocacy initiatives in the Valley which she has been privileged to call home for the last 8 years.

Chanchal Cabrera lives on Vancouver Island, British Columbia where she and her husband manage Innisfree Farm and Botanic Garden, a 7 acre internationally registered botanic garden specializing in food and medicine plants, and host internships in sustainable food production and herbal medicine. Chanchal runs a private herbal medicine clinic with a specialty in holistic oncology, and offers a monthly student training clinic that provides free health services to the community. The farm also hosts Gardens without Borders, a federally registered not-for-profit society established to run the botanic garden and provide horticulture therapy.

Tim Ennis is a conservation biologist and the President of the Cumberland-based Latitude Conservation Solutions Company.  He has over 20 years of experience working to protect and restore biodiversity in BC.   Tim volunteers on the Board of Directors of the Comox Valley Project Watershed Society and the Steering Committee of the Coastal Douglas-fir Conservation Partnership, both of which are working to protect and restore environmental values in the Salish Sea region.  His work has involved extensive education and outreach components including national, provincial and local television, radio, print and on-line media. Tim is a 4th generation Vancouver Islander, and spends his free time mountaineering, back-country skiing, hiking, kayaking, hunting or mountain biking all over the island and beyond.

Yarrow Willard (The Herbal Jedi) is a Clinical/Master Herbalist, Director of the Wild Rose College of Natural Healing and Co-creator of the Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary. Raised by herbalist parents, he has been immersed in a world of plant medicine since birth. Yarrow is an entertaining educator who is passionate about herbs, mushrooms, superfoods, advanced nutrition and the growing science of re-claiming wellness and vibrant living in the modern age.

Randy Frank works as a Guardian Watchmen for the K’ómoks First Nation, protecting and monitoring their lands and everything in it, from plants and animals, to marine life as well. He works with local stewardship organizations to help our estuary and rivers and creeks.  As Guardians our traditional lands, he is responsible to not only protect but we also make efforts in restoring our lands for our future generations. He is also a traditional artist working on everything from totems to canoes and much more.”

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