This year I am working with FarmFolk CityFolk and Fraser Common Farm in Aldegrove, BC to offer an on-farm Permaculture Design Course. The farm is a beautiful place to be and has two operating co-ops on the land – one is a non-profit that holds the title for the property whose role is to keep the land farmed in perpetuity, and the other is a for-profit workers co-op that runs Glorious Organics. It will be a great joy to host a group of permaculture students on the land and learn from the eco-systems at work. The course will be a mix of class learning and hands-on.
72-Hour Permaculture Design Certificate Course
with Sara Dent and Guest Instructors
Learn How to Grow Your Own Food & Permaculture Design
on a Certified Organic Farm in the Fraser Valley
Location: Fraser Common Farm
Address: 1322 256th Street
Introductory Weekend April 26-27
July 12 & 27,
September 6 & 20,
Wrap Weekend November 22-23
Classes run from 10:00am-5:00pm, please be on time
Cost: $225 Introductory Weekend, $900 – $1,100 Full Course
* Payment Plans Available, a limited number of partial scholarships will be available
We will organize a car pool to go to the farm. Please let us know if you have a vehicle.
About: Dive into the fundamentals of ecological design theory and practice and earn your internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certificate. From growing food and creating healthy soil to building community capacity and re-designing our environments, this 72-hour course will give you the skills and experience you need to live abundantly in our changing times and be a regenerative force for the planet and our communities. We will study the design philosophy of permaculture and its application within a farm setting. We will look at how to design for the country and city, farm to apartment. The course will be a mix of in-class learning and outdoor hands-on with the farming team at Fraser Common Farm Cooperative, home of Glorious Organics Cooperative.
This course is an introduction to:
Permaculture Ethics & Principles
Observation & Site Analysis
Water Management & Conservation
Soil Building & Ecology, Bioremediation
Plants, Propagation & Planting Strategies
Trees & Food Forests
Bees and Animals in the System
Natural Building & Appropriate Technology
Natural Cycles & Pattern Recognition
Urban Permaculture & Social Ecology
Mapping & Design Exercises
What is PERMACULTURE? Permaculture is the ancient art of studying nature’s principles and applying her gardening techniques to the design of human habitats and living systems. In a natural ecological system there is no waste and no external inputs. We have the opportunity to put these ideas into practice to create more sustainable living environments that are less dependent on fossil fuels for food production, water, energy and our other daily needs.
The term permaculture was coined by Bill Mollison of the Australia Permaculture Research Institute (PRI). To learn more visit: http://permaculturenews.org/
Information and Course Registration: email@example.com, (604) 730-0450
Permaculture Educators: Sara Dent and Guests – Heather Pritchard, David Catzel and more to be confirmed
Lead Facilitator / Permaculture Educator:
Sara Dent is a trained organic farmer and Certified Permaculture Designer through the Linnaea Ecological Garden Programme (Cortes, BC), as well as a Permaculture Teacher with the Urban Permaculture Guild. She has farmed across B.C. and in Mexico. She brings her enthusiasm for organic matter and growing local, along with her training as a facilitator to permaculture education. She is the co-founder and coordinator of Young Agrarians, a growing network for young, ecological farmers in BC. farmlove.org
Guest Teachers (more TBA)
David Catzel: David has almost 20 years growing experience using organic and ecological principals in a variety of settings, including garden projects in the downtown eastside of Vancouver, coordinating a permaculture project in Ecuador and farming in the Fraser Valley. In 1999 he received his Permaculture Design Certificate from Linnaea Farm Ecological Gardening and Permaculture Design Program on Cortes Island. He has had the opportunity to experiment with seed breeding, low till annual production, intercropping and companion planting, and poultry and sheep integration. He has taught workshops in gardening, composting, and seed saving to adults and children. For the past decade David and his wife have made their livelihood as principal farmers and shareholders at Glorious Organics Cooperative in the Fraser Valley, while cooperatively stewarding land at Fraser Common Farm Co-op where they live and homeschool their three children.
Heather Pritchard: Heather is the Farm Program Manager for FarmFolk CityFolk and an experienced organic farmer. She lives on Fraser Common Farm Cooperative in the Fraser Valley, the home of Glorious Organics Cooperative.
Heather’s work with FarmFolk CityFolk includes co-coordinating the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Food Security for the BC region and supporting Community Farms and developing new ones. Her experience in “shared farming on shared land’ is directing her to develop on Farmland Trust which would acquire land and offer long term leases for those who would commit to farm it.
She is one of the founding members of FarmFolk CityFolk, the Vancouver Food Policy Council, BC Food Systems Network and Young Agrarians. She has been on the advisory committees for the UBC Farm Internship program, Terra Nova Farm, and Metro Vancouver Agricultural Advisory Committee and is currently on the Executive of Slow Food Vancouver and the treasurer of Slow Food Canada.