Heide, I just needed to take a moment to thank you. Teaching the Organic Master Gardener Course has totally reactivated my sense of curiosity and wonder about the way plants interact in their ecosystem and the way the soil works. I am constantly amazed at how my understanding deepens every time I teach. I get a lot of good feedback on the depth of my knowledge, and I know I have you to thank for a huge chunk of that knowledge. Thank you for being a teacher to me, as well as a friend. Connie 


We are thrilled to announce that Gaia College received the prestigious 2014 B.C. Real Estate Foundation Private Sector Land Award for our work in teaching sustainable land care! It is a great honor to find ourselves in the distinguished company of so many amazing people, all focused on sustainable and environmentally sound land use. Here is a short video about us, in support of our nomination:

What is Organic Land Care?

Organic land care is the design, installation and maintenance of landscapes to promote and preserve environmental health both above and below ground.

These practices arise from the understanding that all organisms in nature are interdependent, and in order to have healthy plants we must foster the health of their entire ecosystem.

Organic land care practices go beyond integrated pest management, beyond the use of so-called organic fertilizers and pesticides. They acknowledge the concept of intrinsic health, and seek to create environments that cater to the well-being of all their inhabitants.

Organic land care professionals know that they are but stewards of the land, and can at best hope to work WITH nature, never to dominate it.

"A human being is part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. The true value of a human being is determined by the measure and the sense in which they have obtained liberation from the self. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive." Albert Einstein, 1954