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Managing Pests & Diseases in your Organic Vegetable Garden (online)
Managing Pests & Diseases in your Organic Vegetable Garden (online)

Sat, May 06



Managing Pests & Diseases in your Organic Vegetable Garden (online)

Learn how to distinguish common beneficial insects from similar pests

Time & Location

May 06, 2023, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. PDT


About the event

Linda will cover how to identify problems and when to use the organic and non-toxic control methods available to home gardeners. The emphasis will be on simple ways to prevent damage from common pests and diseases, including how to attract beneficial insects that control aphids, caterpillars and other insects.

Instructor Bio:

Linda earned a Ph.D. in Entomology from McGill University in 1986, then moved to British Columbia to work for Applied Bio-Nomics Ltd., a company that produces biological controls. From 1991 to 2002 she worked for the provincial government, promoting programs to reduce and eliminate pesticide use. She was head of the provincial State of Environment Reporting Unit for the next six years, then the Executive Director of the Salt Spring Island Conservancy until the end of 2011. Linda now devotes her time to writing, teaching and consulting.

Linda’s comprehensive gardening book, Backyard Bounty: The Complete Guide to year-Round Organic Gardening in the Pacific Northwest, became a BC best seller and has just been republished in a new, considerably expanded edition. She continues to self-publish books for local gardeners, most recently Resilient Gardens: Pollinator Gardens, Garlic Diseases, Pest Update. In the past she has co-authored pest management training manuals for the provincial government and organic gardening books for Rodale Press.

As a private consultant, Linda is a regular instructor in the Master Gardener programs in BC and is busy year around giving workshops on pest management and organic gardening.

Linda has served as President of the Entomological Society of Canada, the Professional Pest Management Association of BC, the Entomological Society of BC and the Salt Spring Island Garden Club. She was awarded a Queen’s Jubilee medal in 2003 and an outstanding achievement award from the Professional Pest Management Association of BC in 2005.


This workshop will be hosted live online via Zoom. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link by email 1 hour before the workshop starts. If you do not see the email, check your junk folder, if you still do not see it, call the centre at 250-386-9676 for immediate assistance.

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