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 topics.
An extensive network of local & international contacts in sustainable agriculture.


Schedule 2013

Permaculture Design



Permaculture Design Course

Permaculture Workshops

Books & Information

Nursery Plants 

Seeds & Plants Search

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Kootenay Permaculture Institute
S12, C2
Winlaw, BC
V0G 2J0