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By: Creston Valley Gleaners Society  09-12-2011
Keywords: Gardening

Interested in learning more about permaculture? You have FOUR opportunities in the near future:
Cranbrook February 9
Kaslo February 13

More indepth!
Cranbrook April 10-23
Johnson’s Landing March 10-22

Verge Permaculture is a Calgary-based company that specializes in a systems design approach to sustainable human habitat and a focus on interconnected elements: low energy buildings, water management, waste re-use, renewable energy & food production systems.

The workshop will discuss the fundamentals of permaculture ethics, principles and design methodology and how it can be applied to:
•improve your home & backyard while saving resources and building a healthy place for family, friends and community;
•build resilient communities patterned after ecological principles; and
•assemble landscapes that clean water, use less energy, provide healthy organic food, save money and contribute to a healthy ecology.

This event is a great introduction to real-life options for environmental, community & economic resilience.

Date: Wednesday Feb 9th, 6:30-9pm,
Location: College of the Rockies, Cranbrook. Lecture Theatre CR MCR 250: Go in the main front doors, through the foyer, turn left. The theatre is on the right hand side on the corner.
Cost: Free / Suggested donation $10-$30 to support permaculture education.

Date: Sunday February 13, 1-4 pm
Location: St Andrew’s church, Kaslo
Cost: $15 per person (all proceeds go towards a local permaculture community project)

Contact: Kriya Shakti
250 366 4618

A full 72 hour Permaculture Design Certificate Course will also be offered at Clear Sky Center, April 10-23 2011.

Johnsons Landing , BC (2 hours north of Nelson)
Fry Creek Permaculture Design Course, March 10-22

This will be a hands-on-class designed for farmers and gardeners of all skill levels, urban and rural.

“Permaculture helped me understand that everything is a living organism. I now use permaculture principles in everything; with my family, with people I work with and in running our business, in my garden and even in how I set up my living space.” Rachel Ross, Non Violent Communications Facilitator

All of the teachers have a vast array of skills and they want to share them with you:
Zia Parker has lived a permaculture based life for 20 years, taught in Africa and the US and runs the Willow Way Permaculture Farm in Colorado.

Jim Gibson is a friend of Paul Stamets and a graduate of the Stamets schools for Mushroom Cultivation and Mycorestoration. He is the fungi man and teaches soil building courses.

Gregoire Lamoureux is a respected permaculture teacher in the Slocan Valley.

Check out this video to find out more about Permaculture and meet Zia and Jim.

Zia’s website is

• Permaculture Principles and Ethics
• Permaculture Design Method
• Observing Nature, Site Analysis, Designing for Diverse Climates, Creating Microclimates
• Nutrient Cycling in Water & Soil
• Gardening: maintaining soil fertility, exploring the wisdom of plants, Seed saving.
• Season Extension: four season gardening, cold frames, hoop houses and greenhouses
• Forest gardens, agroforestry, fruit trees
• Multiple Benefits of Fungi: agricultural applications; cultivation for medicinal & culinary use
• Renewable Energy
• Ecological Building including building with earth materials
• Wise Water use: bioremediation with constructed wetlands, rainwater harvesting, greywater systems, aquaponics, aquaculture
• Incorporating animals into your system: poultry, fish, bees, others
• Urban Permaculture
• Sustainable Community Design
• Group Design Projects

Our Curriculum is internationally-recognized by the Permaculture Academy. A Permaculture Design Certificate is given upon course completion.

“I have been gardening in the Kootenays for 39 years. I am new to Permaculture but what I have learned has made gardening so much easier. Learning to grow more of our own food and working in alignment with nature will be the foundation for our security in the future.

I look forward to sponsoring this Course, assisting Zia, Jim and Gregoire, and creating a safe, comfortable space for you.”

Contact: Susan Grimble, Feldenkrais Practitioner
250 366-4395 or 352-3449

The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011

Keywords: Gardening

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