This year CFUV is excited to announce that we’ll be holding various events both online and in-person (in as safe a manner as possible!) From live-performances streaming to you direct from the Basement Closet Sessions, online cooking & gardening lessons, and a plant & bake sale, check back regularly to find out where we’ll be and how you can join us!

Join us as we kick off Funding Drive by selling delectable baked goods made with love by our volunteers, along with an assortment of plants, cuttings, and seeds grown with love!

Find a variety of plants, seeds, and cuttings along with tasty treats provided by our wonderful volunteers. This event will run outside the Student Union Building (near the rainbow crosswalk 🙂 ) from 11-5pm on Friday March 11th.

Join Elora from the Compost Education Centre for a workshop on Composting Basics! What is the recipe for compost success and why does composting matter? This workshop will explore the answers to these questions and offer detailed instructions on what it takes to produce an amendment for your garden that is rich in beneficial microorganisms and nutrients! We’ll cover the 6 factors for composting success, how to choose the best composting system for your needs and how to increase the rodent resistance of your compost pile.
Tickets for this livestream event are available at Eventbrite, by donation!

Join Kem Luther and Andy MacKinnon, co-authors of Mushrooms of BC, as they give a talk which focuses on the “fun” in “fungi”, reviews the reasons for producing a new BC mushroom guide, the process involved in producing it, and some of the recent developments in mycology that complicate the production of mushroom guides. Bring your questions and have them answered at the end of the talk!

Andy MacKinnon. Andy’s recent research interests include ecology of BC’s ectomycorrhizal fungal species. He was lead BC scientist for Environment Canada’s 2017 ranking of the province’s threatened and endangered fungal species. Andy has taught rainforest ecology field courses in Bamfield and Tofino (for the University of Victoria) and Haida Gwaii (for UBC). He has also taught mushroom identification courses in Tofino (for the Rainforest Education Society) and in Victoria. He is co-author of six best-selling books about plants of western North America and co-author of the Royal BC Museum Handbook Mushrooms of British Columbia. He is past-president of the South Vancouver Island Mycological Society (SVIMS).

Kem Luther. Kem is a naturalist and writer. He grew up in the Nebraska Sandhills, studied at Cornell, the University of Chicago, and the University of Toronto, and taught at Eastern Mennonite University, Sheridan College, York University, and the University of Toronto. When he moved from a home on Ontario’s Grand River to the southern tip of Vancouver Island in 2004, he developed an abiding passion to know the mushrooms of western North America. Besides Mushrooms of British Columbia, Kem is the author of six books, including Boundary Layer (Oregon State University Press, 2016). He has been secretary and speaker coordinator for the South Vancouver Island Mycological Society (SVIMS).

Kem and Andy, who both live in Metchosin, BC, are cofounders of the Metchosin Biodiversity Project ( They are both enthusiastic participants, speakers, and field trip leaders for various mushroom festivals in southwestern BC each autumn.

Tickets for this livestream event are available at Eventbrite, by donation!