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The Kootenay Permaculture Institute was started in 1991 with the vision to develop more research and education in Permaculture and ecological living in British Columbia and across Canada. The Institute is designing and implementing Permaculture principles and techniques on a ten acre farm in the Slocan Valley situated in the West Kootenay in British Columbia, Canada since 1993. The Forest Garden was also started in 1993, it is one of the oldest forest gardens in Canada. It already produces a diversity of fruits, berries, nuts, medicinal herbs, and fibre crops such as basket willows and bamboos. It is an ideal site for people to come to learn and practice Permaculture. The Institute keeps in touch with the local, national and the international networks of people working with various approaches to Permaculture & ecological living.
Teaching Permaculture in the Kootenays and across Canada since 1991.
Permaculture Design Courses in Canada
June 8 - 21, 2014 in Winlaw, BC
Early registration deadline: May 8th 2014
June 29 - July 12, 2014 in Blockhouse, Nova Scotia
Early registration deadline: May 1st, 2014
July 27 - August 9, 2014 in Caledon, Ontario
Early registration deadline: June 21, 2014
August 17 - 30, 2014 in Winlaw, BC
Early registration deadline: July 17th 2014
Description: This intensive 13 day course combines theory with practical hands-on learning & design exercises.
The participants who complete the course will receive the Permaculture Design Course Certificate.
Topics includes: permaculture design techniques & principles, site analysis, soil fertility, organic gardening techniques, fruit & nut trees, water uses, ecological buildings & urban permaculture.
Instructors: Gregoire Lamoureux & guests
For more information or to register contact:
S12, C2, RR#1
Forest Garden at Spiral Farm 2012
Forest Garden at Spiral Farm May 2013
Forest Garden at Spiral Farm in Winlaw, BC. Home of Kootenay Permaculture.
Permaculture: Designing through Observation
Story by Tricia Edgar Kalev.com contributor. January 1, 2013:
Kootenay Coop Radio Show:
Intervew with Gregoire Lamoureux Permaculture Teacher & Observer at Kootenay Permaculture. August 2012:
A Whole Village - Episode 8
Published on Aug 16, 2012 in Caledon, Ontario.
A Video Series produced by Jon Gagnon (http://www.youtube.com/user/wholevillage)
Each year Whole Village host a Permaculture Design Course so that participants can learn the theories and see how they are implemented on the farm.
at Spiral Farm
in Winlaw, British Columbia
This 13 day intensive course is the basic Permaculture Design Course covering the principles & techniques of permaculture design. The course includes lectures, discussions, hands-on, slide shows, field trips & design projects.
This course is presented in cooperation with Selkirk College in Nelson, BC
| Permaculture principles &
Fruit & Nut trees
Gregoire Lamoureux is the director of the Kootenay
Permaculture Institute. He is a permaculture designer, consultant and
teacher. He is one of the most experience permaculture teacher in
He has worked with permaculture systems for 20 years and taught courses in many parts of the country. Gregoire taught the Permaculture Design Course as a Summer Session at the University of Manitoba in 2005. He has also been teaching the Permaculture Design Course with Selkirk College in Nelson, BC for the last 10 years. He has served on the Board of Directors of Slocan River Streamkeepers and on the Board of Directors of Seeds of Diversity Canada for seven years. He is a founding member of Kootenay Organic Growers Society and was on the Certifying Committee for three years.
Permaculture is the design & implementation of sustainable & ecological human habitat.
- or “permanent agriculture” - was originally
conceived over 30 years ago
by Australian ecologist Bill Mollison.
Observing aboriginal culture and forest ecosystems, he
concluded that we
could deliberately design agriculturally productive ecosystems, echoing
diversity, stability and resilience of natural ecosystems.
is a holistic approach to land use, which works with nature’s
patterns, weaving together the elements of microclimate, annual and
plants, animals, water and soil management, and human needs into intricately connected and productive communities.
designs provide food, energy, and shelter for people and
while linking the needs and outputs of each element.
The result is a
dynamic yet stable system that sustains itself.
Permaculture systems can be developed in any climate and on any scale. Designs have been developed on balconies, in backyards and for entire villages and urban communities.
Care for the Earth & all living & non-living
Care for the People & all living beings.
Sharing surplus including information & limiting our consumptions of energy & resources.
Protecting all undisturbed ecosystems & restoring
Some of the Principles that we like to work with:
PLANT MORE TREES.
Mulch, mulch, mulch.
Grow some plant guilds. (groups of plants that grow well together)
Water is precious: limit our uses of fresh water, conserve
return it clean to nature.
Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Upcycle, Recycle... and bicycle!
& plant more trees, more guilds & mulch,