Facilitators/Coaches

Gardening Bio of Heather Fishbuch

Heather FishbuchRanch raised and garden fed Heather grew up on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains. She had the opportunity to garden at every ranger station in Kananaskis country and several communities in the boreal forest before moving to the sunny Columbia Valley. For a 10 year period she worked closely with Alberta Agriculture to explorer and diversify acreages promoting growing of medicinal and culinary herbs, and the value chain of them. This culminated in operating a teaching, & commercial scale distillery for essential oils and the presentation of Alberta’s native plants essential oils to the world aromatherapy conference. To stay sane in 2020 she thoroughly enjoyed studying the Verge Permaculture course. She is a past board member of Groundswell and is an avid wildcrafter of native medicinal plants to make medicines with. She uses these medicines for family or friends or through her Flourishing Health, Holistic Health Clinic in Invermere.


Landon Dale

Landon DaleHi, I’m Landon! I’m a 17-year-old student living here in Invermere. I am very passionate about environmental issues and have had a lifelong love of animals and gardening. I discovered vermicomposting about a year ago and feel way better throwing my scraps in there than in the trash. It is a very easy and waste-free hobby that anyone can do.


Laura MacKinnon

Laura MacKinnonLaura has a deep love and respect for Nature and all things green and dirty, started from a very young age in the garden and her favourite spot in the world – Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg, where she grew up. This love brought her to Lethbridge where she completed multiple diplomas in Environmental Studies, and took her skills into the field of industry, non-profit and community outreach. She has a passion for teaching and sharing her knowledge with others, especially helping to discover their own love of Nature and wild things. Laura lives in Invermere with her partner Andy, daughters Keely and Winnie, and furry friend Indika. Her favourite places to be are on her yoga mat, wandering hiking trails, or on her paddleboard.


Laurie Rabatich

Laurie RabatichMeet Laurie – I began gardening alongside my mother with our hands in the rich, black soil of the aspen parklands of Saskatchewan. We planted everything from seed & our harvests were bountiful. I was drawn by the beauty & color of the rows of flowers & loved bringing bouquets to my teachers. After attending the University of Saskatchewan I became an elementary teacher working with young children before starting our own family.
Once married & living in Calgary I learned of the many challenges of a short growing season & the June hail storms!
Numerous experienced gardeners shared their knowledge through the Calgary Horticultural Society of which I was a member for many years. After moving to an acreage outside the city my husband & children helped transform our treeless property into one bordered by groves of trees & shrubs hardy to the area.
It has been such a pleasure to garden in the valley over the past 24 years @ our cabin. I have learned so much from local experts & avid gardeners. Also by working @ a local greenhouse I met many wonderful residents of the Invermere area. Now through Groundswell I feel more connected & rooted to this community.