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Kootenay Permaculture Institute

Teaching Permaculture in the Kootenays and across Canada since 1991.



The Kootenay Permaculture Institute is a centre for research and education in Permaculture & ecological living in British Columbia, Canada.

Mandala Garden at Spiral Farm
Mandala Garden at Spiral Farm

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.







Pond in mandala garden


Kootenay Permaculture

Teaching Permaculture in the Kootenays and across Canada since 1991.



Schedule 2013



March 21
Permaculture Workshop
Date:
Thursday March 21 (9am -4pm)
Venue: College of  the Rockies, Creston, BC

March 22
Food Forest Workshop
Date:
Friday March 22 (9am-4pm)
Venue: College of the Rockies,, Creston, BC

March 23
Permaculture Talk
Date:
Saturday March 23 (10-11am)
Venue: Elllison's Market & Cafe, Nelson, BC
Free!

March 30

Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop
Date: Saturday March 30th (12pm - 4pm)
Venue: Winlaw, BC
Tuition fee: $50 (plus tax)

April 6
Permaculture Workshop
Date: Saturday April 6  (9am -4pm)
Venue: Selkirk College Silver King Campus, Nelson, BC
Instructor: Gregoire Lamoureux
Tuition fee: $60  (plus tax)

April 7
Fruit Trees, Edible Forest Garden & Food Forest Workshop
Date: Sunday April 7 ( 9am -4pm)
Venue: Winlaw, BC
Instructor: Gregoire Lamoureux
Tuition fee: $60 (plus tax)

April 8
Permaculture Talk & Movie
Date:
Monday April 8
Venue: Revelstoke, BC
Donation ($5 suggested)

April 13
Fruit Trees, Edible Forest Garden & Food Forest Workshop

Date: Saturday April 13 ( 9am -4pm)
Venue: Selkirk College Silver King Campus, Nelson, BC
Instructor: Gregoire Lamoureux
Tuition fee: $60 (plus tax)

April 14
Permaculture Workshop

Date: Sunday April 14 ( 9am -4pm)
Venue: Selkirk College Campus, Nakusp, BC
Instructor: Gregoire Lamoureux
Tuition fee: $60 (plus tax)

April  26-28
Agroforestry and Forest Gardening Workshop
Date:April 26-28
Venue:
Bulkley Canyon Ranch, New Hazelton, BC
Instructor:
Gregoire Lamoureux



May 6 - 31, 2013 (4 weeks full time)
Permaculture Training Program
in Nelson & Winlaw, BC

Description: Learn the basic Permaculture design principles and techniques and develop the practical skills to design and implements sustainable designs for ecological landscape and backyard. This four week intensive training program combines theory with practical hands-on activities. Course graduates will receive the Permaculture Design Course Certificate.

Dates: 

May 6 -31, 2013 (Monday - Friday)  9am – 4:00pm

Venue: Selkirk College Silver King Campus, Nelson & Spiral Farm Winlaw, BC
Instructor: Gregoire Lamoureux & guests.
Gregoire Lamoureux is a permaculture designer, consultant and teacher with over 20 years of experience with permaculture systems across Canada. He has taught the Permaculture Design Course for the last 10 years with Selkirk College.
Tuition fee: Early registration by April 6th is $1500
After April 6th the tuition fee will be $1700.

Early Registration Deadline is April 6, 2013.




Permaculture Design Courses in Canada

June 9 - 22, 2013
in Winlaw, BC
Early registration deadline: May 10th 2013.

July 21 - August 3, 2013 in Caledon, Ontario
Early registration deadline: June 21, 2013

August 18 - 31, 2013
in Winlaw, BC
Early registration deadline:  July 19th 2013

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:
Kootenay Permaculture
S12, C2, RR#1
Winlaw, BC
V0G 2J0
Email: spiralfarm@yahoo.com
http://www3.telus.net/permaculture


Spiral Farm Winter 2013
Mandala Garden Winter 2013
Mandala Garden at Spiral Farm in Winlaw, BC. Home of Kootenay Permaculture January 2013



Magazine Interview:
Permaculture: Designing through Observation  
Story by Tricia Edgar Kalev.com contributor. January 1, 2013:

http://www.kalev.com/permaculture-designing-observation/



Radio Interview:
Kootenay Coop Radio Show:
The EcoCentric: 
Intervew with Gregoire Lamoureux Permaculture Teacher & Observer at Kootenay Permaculture. August 2012:

http://cjlypodcast.net/Ecocentric/ecoocentric-aug-19-2012.mp3



Video Interview:
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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ggn5yKojP_g





Permaculture Design Course

Spring Course:
June 9 - 22, 2013

Summer Course:
August 18 - 31, 2013

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

Topics:

Permaculture principles & techniques
Pattern understanding
Soils
Water
Microclimate
Organic Gardening
Plant diversity
Forest Garden
Fruit & Nut trees
Animals
Plant Propagation
Agroforestry
Forests
Earthworks
Building Design
Alternative Energy
Waste treatment
Tools
 Urban Permaculture
Alternative economics
& more.

Instructor:

Grégoire Lamoureux:

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 Canada.
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.

His work experience includes market gardening, greenhouse production, orcharding, ecological land restoration using bio-engineering techniques, small-scale nursery management, landscaping, aquaculture and forestry work. He has written articles for Natural Life and Eco Farm & Garden magazines, a contributor in The Organic Companion, Gleanings from Canadian Organic Growers published in 2005. Gregoire has also studied alternative building and worked on straw-bale and cob house buildings. He has been a guest lecturer at many conferences including the BC Organic Agriculture Conference and the Guelph Organic Agriculture Conference. He is a mentor for the permaculture apprenticeship program.

Guest speakers to be confirmed.

For more information or to register:

spiralfarm@yahoo.com 



What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is the design & implementation of sustainable & ecological human habitat.

“Permaculture” - 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 the diversity, stability and resilience of natural ecosystems.

Permaculture is a holistic approach to land use, which works with nature’s rhythm and patterns, weaving together the elements of microclimate, annual and perennial
plants, animals, water and soil management, and human needs into intricately connected and productive communities.

Permaculture designs provide food, energy, and shelter for people and animal inhabitants 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.


Ethics:

Care for the Earth & all living & non-living systems.

Care for the People & all living beings.

Sharing surplus including information & limiting our consumptions of energy & resources.

Protecting all undisturbed ecosystems & restoring damaged ecosystems.

Some of the Principles that we like to work with:

Observation:

Observe Nature.

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 & recycle, return it clean to nature.

Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Upcycle, Recycle... and bicycle!

& plant more trees, more guilds & mulch, mulch, mulch!


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Please contact us:

Kootenay Permaculture Institute
S12, C2
RR#1
Winlaw, BC
Canada
V0G 2J0

spiralfarm@yahoo.com