Metchosin Day Information and Art and Ecology Project 

Date: Sunday, September 8th, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Cost: FREE, All Welcome
Location: Booth #93, Metchosin Municipal Grounds,
4450 Happy Valley Road, Metchosin,
Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Participation activities are provided to explore your relationship with invasive species Scotch Broom: Is the Crown of Broom you make also a Cloud of Doubt? Learn how to effectively remove Scotch Broom and claim your intentions by creating a DeBrooming button.






Sunday, September 8th, 10 AM – 5:00 PM, Booth #93 MetchosinDay DeBroom Schedule
Thank you to Metchosin Day DeBroom Volunteer Presenters

Civic Studies
 Buttons, Banner and Clouds of Doubt.
10:00 – 11:00
Start-up with participation activities: Is the crown you make also a cloud of doubt. Sign up for responding. Create your badge of intention.

Rhonda Markel
How to DeBROOM:
 information and advice.
11:00 – 12:00
Rhonda brings her experience as a Park Warden and biologist in the Yukon with her to Spirit Bay where she is actively involved with the community.

Diana Smith 
Crowns of Broom
: Create and Wear Your Crown.
12:00 – 12:30
Diana is a founding member of artists collective The Metchosin ArtPod. Her powerful recent multimedia exhibition and related talk, This too, Will Pass-Bearing Witness – art as a political act was well enjoyed and she offers community art workshops. See her Facebook page for more information.

Michel Desjardins
Broom Removal: Everything about, including what can go wrong.
12:30 – 1:30
Michel, a former university professor, is an avid gardener and outdoors person. He currently lives in Spirit Bay.

Ellen Desjardins
Share Your Broom Experience: Thoughts, Quotes, Experience Recorded.
1:30 – 2:30
Ellen is a food scientist academic, author and editor living now in Spirit Bay and leading efforts to establish community engagement and shared gardens.

Open Call
2:30 – 3:30
Drop In. Offer Your Wisdom:  Open discussion how to: best ways to sharpen and repair broom cutting tools, exercises and remedies for broom-cutting aches and pains…

DeBROOM Finale
4:00 – 4:30
Banner Raising and Poetry Reading: The DeBroom Metchosin banner is completed and hung with a related poetry reading. Last call: encouragement for everyone to drop by and participate in this final event.

WHY      Scotch Broom is endangering. It crowds out native plants, is toxic to grazing animals, its dense thickets impede wildlife movement. The highly flammable oily plant is a fire hazard. Broom changes soil chemistry, causes allergies, degrades farmland and obstructs forest regrowth.

HOW      Cut Scotch Broom in the spring when the plant’s energy is focused on flowering. Cut just below or at the soil line ensuring not to disturb the earth. Never dig as digging opens opportunities to reseed Broom. When removing Broom be careful not to drop seeds. Seeds remain viable for up to 40 years. Burn Broom plants if possible. If not, collect and stack in one location.

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