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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 21
Permaculture Workshop
Date:
Sunday April 21 (10am - 1pm)
Venue: Kamloops, BC
Instructor: Gregoire Lamoureux

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

May 25-26
Permaculture and Forest Garden Workshop
Date:
Saturday and Sunday May 25 & 26
Venue: Revelstoke, BC
Instructor: Gregoire Lamoureux






Permaculture Design Courses in Canada

June 9 - 22, 2013 in Winlaw, BC
Tuition Fee:
Early registration by May 10. 2013: $950
After May 10: $1050

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

August 18 - 31, 2013
in Winlaw, BC
Tuition Fee:
Early registration by July 19, 2013: $950
After July 19: $1050

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





Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop

with Gregoire Lamoureux

March 30 in Winlaw, BC

This workshop will be outdoor observing, pruning & talking about a diversity of fruit trees. (sizes & species).
You will learn the basic principles of pruning (why, when, where, how, etc.) & how to minimize pruning in the the long run.
We can also talk about restoring older neglected trees if people are interested.

Instructor:
Gregoire Lamoureux has been pruning fruit trees for over 25 years for both commercial orchards & backyard gardeners.

This workshop is presented by the Slocan Valley Recreation. You need to register with them.
The number of participants is limited. (register early)

Here is the basic infos:
Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop
Date: Saturday March 30th (12pm - 4pm)
Where: Winlaw, BC
Tuition fee: $50 (+ tax)
To register:
Contact: Slocan Valley Recreation: 250-226-0008
Email: slocanvalleyrec@rdck.bc.ca

For more infos:
Email: spiralfarm@yahoo.com

Permaculture Workshop

 April 6, 2013 in Nelson, BC

April 14, 2013 in Nakusp, BC

COURSE DESCRIPTION:


Permaculture is the design & implementation of sustainable & ecological human habitats. It is based on the observation of natural system and uses ecological principles to increase diversity and productivity of local human ecosystems. It can be used both in urban and rural areas. The participants will learn the basic principles & techniques of permaculture design and will be able to use some of those ideas in their own backyard or on their land.

The topics include permaculture design principles & techniques, site analysis, soil fertility, organic gardening techniques, growing berries & fruit trees, water uses and more.

THE INSTRUCTOR:

Grégoire Lamoureux has over twenty years of experience as a permaculture designer, consultant and teacher and has taught in many parts of the country. His work experience includes market gardening, greenhouse production, orcharding, ecological land restoration, small-scale nursery management, landscaping, aquaculture and forestry work.

 

Date:  April 6, 2013,  (9am -4pm)  

Selkirk College Silver King Campus, Nelson, BC

Date: April 14, 2013 (9am - 4pm)

Selkirk College Nakusp, BC

Tuition fee: $60 (plus tax)




Abundant Food in the City:

 An Urban Permaculture Workshop

 (Date & venue to be confirmed)

We can grow abundant food in the city: it's the 0 mile diet! Come explore how permaculture design principles and techniques can transform our backyards and our public spaces into lush edible landscapes. We'll explore soil fertility, microclimates, guilds, do some hands-on activities and share community strategies for change.

Instructor:
Gregoire Lamoureux

To register or for more information:

spiralfarm@yahoo.com



Fruit Trees, Edible Forest Garden & Food Forest Workshop

 with Gregoire Lamoureux

Learn How-to Design an Edible Forest Garden (or Food Forest) Using Permaculture Principles

A forest garden is an integrated system of inter-planted, mutually beneficial trees, shrubs, perennial & annual plants that produces food, medicine, fibre and more. Come learn how to develop a practical strategy for creating more abundance (for yourself, your family, your neighbours and beneficial insects and birds) in any backyard - be it lawn, bush or even damaged land.

A class for all levels. The concepts learned can be adapted to a small urban backyard or to a larger rural acreage. The Forest Garden is carefully designed by using Permaculture principles.

April 7 (9am - 4pm)
Winlaw, BC

April 13, (9am - 4pm)
Selkirk College Silver King Campus, Nelson, BC

Instructor:

Gregoire Lamoureux
Gregoire has implemented a Forest Garden on his farm in Winlaw, BC. The Forest Garden was 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.

Tuition fee: $60 (plus tax)

To register or for more information please contact:
spiralfarm@yahoo.com



Agroforestry and Forest Gardening Workshop

with Gregoire Lamoureux

April 26-28 in New Hazelton, BC

Gardening in cold climates with short seasons can be abundant, diverse, beautiful and low maintenance. Structured with at least three layers of vegetation, forest gardens are created from the ground up and include fruit and nut trees, berry bushes, and a ground layer of perennial vegetables and herbs. Highly efficient, this ancient strategy of food production can reduce our reliance on imported foods and withstand the unpredictable weather patterns of our changing climate.

Forest Gardens can be developed on an open piece of land or clearing, an established orchard, or even a existing garden with a few fruit trees. The yield of the forest garden can include food, medicine, fibre crops for crafting, and plants that build soil fertility, offer wildlife habitat, etc.

This weekend workshop will combine theory and hands-on experience on the topics of:
permaculture and agroforestry
climate change scenarios for BC and the Skeena region
detailed landscape designs
plant propagation and pollination
pest and weed control including mulching
windbreaks
soil building
irrigation
commercial opportunities
off-grid applications and much more

Find out why this method of gardening makes sense for acreages and urban lots and is especially appealing as a low maintenance landscape.

We promise something for everyone in this course - whether you are a landscape designer, community planner, market gardener, new land owner or simply curious.

FEES: Early bird Fee of $250 before March 31, $300 starting April 1. Includes Friday evening Permaculture and Forest Garden Primer, full program Saturday and Sunday (9am to 5pm) with coffee breaks and lunches. Additional meals, camping and accommodations available.

For high quality learning, a maximum of 17 students will be accepted. Please note: a deposit of $100 is non-refundable after April 10. Scholarships available.

Instructors:
Gregoire Lamoureux is a permaculture designer, consultant and teacher. He has been actively working with permaculture systems including forest gardening and has been teaching permaculture courses in many parts of the country since 1991. Gregoire has been teaching the Permaculture Design Course and Forest Gardening workshops with Selkirk College in Nelson, BC since 2002 and has completed the Permaculture Teacher Training Course. He has been developing his own forest garden near Nelson, BC since 1992. Mr. Lamoureux is also the coordinator of the Riparian Restoration Program with the Slocan River Streamkeepers. 

Laurie Gallant and Bill Crosson have backgrounds in environmental education, permaculture, and tree planting. They live on Bulkley Canyon Ranch - a 50 acre off grid farm with llamas, pigs, chickens, honeybees, two dogs and a cat.

For more information: 

email: gallantlaurie@gmail.com.


Permaculture Design Course

June 9 - 22, 2013

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 a permaculture designer, consultant and teacher. He is one of the most experience permaculture teacher & consultant in Canada.

Gregoire has been actively working with permaculture systems for over 20 years and teaching permaculture courses in many parts of the country since 1991. He taught the first Permaculture Design Course in French in Québec in 1995. He taught the Permaculture Design Course as a Summer Session at the University of Manitoba in 2005. He has been teaching the Permaculture Design Course in Ontario since 2001 and with Selkirk College in Nelson, BC since 2002.

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, small-scale nursery management, landscaping, aquaculture, forestry work & carpentry 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 studied ecological & green building and worked on straw-bale, cob house buildings & Mandala Homes (locally built round houses). 

He has been a guest lecturer at many conferences including the BC Organic Agriculture Conference and the Guelph Organic Agriculture Conference.

Guest Speakers to be confirmed

Tuition Fee: Early Registration Fee is $950 (Early registration deadline is May 10, 2013 for the June course and July 19, 2013 for the August course)

Regular Fee: $1050

Some bursaries might be available to participants who qualify.

Email spiralfarm@yahoo.com for all the details.

Guest Speakers in the past have included:

Shanoon Bennett: 

Shanoon Bennett is an environmental educator and founder of Huckleberry Adventures (since 1989), which is a program  dedicated to instilling appreciation for the wonders found in the wilds of our backyards. This school program has literally warmed the hearts of thousands of youth throughout the Kootenays. This program includes adventure snowshoe treks into local forests and marshes, pond ecology, high alpine hikes, and extensive wild botanical studies. Along with 7 years of park naturalist experience in both Alberta and BC, she has a BSc in Earth Sciences from the University of Calgary as well as extensive wilderness First Aid training for Leaders.

She has a love of children and the great outdoors and her greatest passion is bringing the two together naturally. She is also an avid wildcrafter and loves to share her knowledge and experience of the botanical treasures found from valley bottom to mountain top.

Rabi'a:

Rabi'a has over 20 years of experience homesteading in Northwest BC. She also has 5 years of experience in permaculture design and implementation on 37 acres of land on Maui growing a diversity of tropical & subtropical fruits, veggies & other useful plants. This project was followed by a one-year stay on a farm in Australia where she was using permaculture principles to grow some commercial crops of organic medicinal Echinacea.

Rabi'a is now using permaculture principles in the Kootenays. She grows many fruits, berries, veggies and a diversity of trees, using mulching & composting methods to restore and reforest a 5 acre piece of land in the Slocan Valley. Rabi'a has also created some beautiful strawbale buildings on her land. She loves to integrate functional art in her small-scale permaculture. Her recent activities include sand sculpture, snow sculpture & metal sculpture. 

Don Gayton:

Don Gayton is an ecologist with a wide background in grassland and dry forest ecosystems.  He obtained his B.Sc. in Agronomy from Washington State University and an M.Sc. in Plant Ecology from the University of Saskatchewan.  Don has travelled and worked extensively in Western North America. He and his family live in Nelson, British Columbia, where he works as an Ecosystem Management Specialist for the Forest Research Extension Partnership (FORREX).

Gayton’s writing includes award-winning books of popular non-fiction (Kokanee, Landscapes of the Interior and The Wheatgrass Mechanism). His recent FORREX technical publications include Ground Work: Basic Concepts in Ecological Restoration, and British Columbia Grasslands: Monitoring Vegetation Change. Gayton has a decade of involvement with fire-maintained ecoystem restoration issues in British Columbia’s southern interior.

Shemmaho:  "In 1970 I moved to the bush in the interior of Southern British Columbia.  I wanted to homestead and be as self-sufficient as possible.  My husband was a logger and lived in camps, so I spent weeks on end with my goats, dogs, and horse for company.  When we arrived the forest was an undifferentiated blur, and I began the engrossing task of learning the names and characteristics of the plants around me.  My neighbors were very willing to share what they knew about the uses of the herbs in our area, and I started drying herbs for teas along with drying vegetables for winter stews.  I spent many long days in the summer with no human contact, and soon noticed that the plant life around me was asking for my attention.  I entered the privileged realm of interspecies communication, and have been learning to understand messages delivered without language ever since."
     "Having a child brought me into a social context, and we moved into a village where I did carpentry work for cash.  By the end of the eighty’s I had carpel tunnel, sciatica, and fibral myalgia and needed another livelihood.  My knowledge and experience of herbs had continued over the years, so it was a natural thing for me to turn to herbalism as a business.  In 1990 I went to the Alpine Herbal College in Salmon Arm and became a certified herbalist.  I have developed a business based on the local herbs, some which I grow, some I wildcraft.  Along with creating herbal products, I give consultations to help people improve their health, and teach aspects of herbalism to classes and individuals."

Phil Larstone: Phil has a wealth of knowledge and experience in many aspects of alternative energy. He lives in an off-the-grid home powered by solar energy where he makes flutes and plays & records music.

& other guests speakers will join us.

For more information please contact:

Kootenay Permaculture Institute
S12, C2
RR#1
Winlaw, British Columbia,
Canada
V0G 2J0 
spiralfarm@yahoo.com

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Permaculture Design Course

July 21 - August 3, 2013

at the Whole Village Ecovillage

in Caledon, Ontario

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. 

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 has worked with permaculture systems for over 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 been teaching the Permaculture Design Course in Ontario since 2001. 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.

Guest speakers to be confirmed.



For more information please contact:

Kootenay Permaculture Institute
S12, C2
RR#1
Winlaw, British Columbia,
Canada
V0G 2J0
spiralfarm@yahoo.com 

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