Kootenay Permaculture News

Gregoire Lamoureux says: I am very happy to let you know about the upcoming visit of Toby Hemenway (author of best-selling Permaculture book: Gaia’s Garden) to Nelson in March.

We have planned an evening talk and a full day workshop. I hope that you will be able to join us for this great opportunity. Please let me know if you are planning to attend and you will need to register with Selkirk College for the full day workshop (space is limited). I also included my teaching schedule for 2012, if you know anyone interested please let them know or forward the schedule.

Copies of Gaia’s Garden will be sold at the event.

Gaia’s Garden

Evening talk in Nelson, BC, Wednesday March 28 (7pm)
“Permaculture: Solutions for Community Building and a Fear-Free Future”
Venue: Self-Design High
402 Victoria
Nelson, BC
Sliding scale $10 -$20 (pay at the door) No registration required. If you are on Facebook please click here to sign up on the event’s page.

“Permaculture: Solutions for Community Building and a Fear-Free Future”

Join Toby Hemenway, author of the best-selling Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, for an evening that will leave you with a deeper understanding of the issues we face such as climate change, food security, peak oil, economic uncertainty. The ecological design approach known as permaculture offers both a way to think about these issues constructively, and a set of solutions for individuals, families and the places we live. This program will help us develop a toolkit for a regenerative culture that offers specific solutions and a positive program for our future and for the future of our communities.

Full day workshop Thursday March 29 (9am – 5pm with 1.5 hour lunch)
“Permaculture Design for the Home Landscape: from the urban backyard to the small acreage”
Venue: Selkirk College Silver King Campus
2001 Silver King Road
Nelson, BC
Fee: $100 plus tax if paid by March 20th
After March 20th the fee will be $120 plus tax.

You will need to register with Selkirk College . (space is limited)
Selkirk College Continuing Education
2001 Silver King Road
Nelson , BC Canada V1L 1C8
Phone: 250-352-6601 or
Toll free: 1-866-301-6601
Email: nelsonce@selkirk.ca

“Permaculture Design for the Home Landscape: from the urban backyard to the small acreage”

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to use permaculture to design home landscapes that not only produce food and beauty for people, but also shelter birds and beneficial insects, conserve water and energy, improve soil health, and enhance biodiversity. We will cover 12 essential permaculture principles, a set of design methods to help turn your yard into a rich, food-producing ecosystem, techniques for efficient and pest-resistant garden layout, selecting plants that work together to build soil and habitat, drought-proofing your yard, and conserving energy through landscape planning that warms the home and yard in winter yet keeps it cooler in summer. Permaculture gives us a set of tools for sustainable solutions in the home landscape.

Bio:

Toby Hemenway is the author of “Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture,” which for the last 8 years has been the world’s best-selling book on the ecological-design approach known as permaculture. The expanded 2nd edition of the book was named one the top 10 gardening books of 2010 by the Washington Post, and it won the 2011 Nautilus Gold Medal Award. Toby has been on the faculty of Portland State University and was a scholar-in-residence at Pacific University, and teaches permaculture all over the world. He has presented at conferences and universities across the continent, and lives in Sebastopol, California, where he is tending a two-acre food forest amid 7 acres of redwoods and bay laurels.

Kootenay Permaculture

Teaching Permaculture in the Kootenays and across Canada since 1991.

Schedule 2012

March 31 & April 1st, 2012

Introduction to Permaculture
Nelson, BC
Dates: March 31 & April 1st (Sat-Sun) 9am -4pm
Venue: Selkirk College Silver King Campus, Nelson, BC
Instructor: Gregoire Lamoureux
Tuition fee: $65 (for the first day) or
$125 (for both days)

April 16 – May 11, 2012 (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.

April 16 – May 11, 2012 (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 20 years of experience with permaculture systems across Canada . He has taught the Permaculture Design Course for the last 10 years with Selkirk College .

Registration Deadline is March 16, 2012.

Permaculture Design Courses in the Kootenays:

June 3 – 16, 2012 in Winlaw, BC
Early registration deadline: May 4th 2012.
Tuition fee: $950 (if paid in full before May 4th)
$1050 after May 4th

August 19 – September 1st, 2012 in Winlaw, BC
Early registration deadline: July 20th 2012
Tuition fee: $950 (if paid in full before July 20th)
$1050 after July 20th

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, herbs & medicinal plants, 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

http://www.facebook.com/Kootenay.Permaculture.Instiute

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