Kootenay Permaculture Institute Apprenticeship Program
The Kootenay Permaculture Apprenticeship Program is designed for people
to come and learn about permaculture, by direct experience and by doing research
on their own. The experience of working in the program cultivated essential
skills in design, agriculture, construction, etc. and the ability to do
research. The program bridges the gap between theory (or academic exposure
to certain aspects of sustainable agriculture and environmental studies
) and practice. One educational project involves establishing an agroforestry
system or "forest garden" that can produce an abundance of food and other
materials in a very short period of time and in a small amount of space,
using a minimum of energy (by recycling local resources) while integrating
trees in the system. The agroforestry model is very much in use in other
parts of the world.
The farm is in Winlaw in the beautiful Slocan Valley of British Columbia.
It is an ideal site for the training program. It has nice & rich soil
with a good source of water. Many fruit trees, berries and nut trees are
already producing, giving the participants a diverse learning experience.
The Kootenay Permaculture Institute:
A 10 acre farm with diverse ecosystems.
An eight years old "forest garden" with a diversity of perennial
plants: fruit trees, nut trees, berries, medicinal plants, herbs, etc.
A collection of open pollinated vegetables, many perennial, tree
seeds & other various seeds.
A small-scale nursery & a small tunnel greenhouse.
An extensive library on permaculture, organic agriculture & related
An extensive network of local & international contacts in sustainable
Permaculture Design Course
Books & Information
Seeds & Plants Search
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