Diane Bernard jokes that she knows more about seaweed than she ever thought she would. And she can’t help but tell others about it.
Bernard pioneered the use of fresh, raw seaweed in skincare over two decades ago when she launched Seaflora in Sooke. Now retired, Bernard teaches the rest of us about seaweed’s benefits.
Bernard spent Tuesday morning teaching a class from Sooke Region Lifelong Learning about some of B.C.’s 600 wild seaweeds at Whiffin Spit.
Seaweed is plentiful and grows rapidly, and most of it is safe to eat. People have been harvesting seaweed for thousands of years, Bernard said.
Sooke Region Lifelong Learning is part of a growing North American network of volunteer organizations providing informal learning opportunities for adults.