Permaculture Food Forest Practicum – Course Ended

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Learn to install a Permaculture Food Forest in this 2 day Edible Forest Garden Practicum. Learn hands on methods to layout, install and maintain your own Permaculture Food Forest.

So, you have read all the books and subscribed to the You Tube channels, this is it, you are ready to install your first Permaculture Food Forest!

Or maybe, you’re still new to the whole blossoming world of Food Forestry, that’s great too!

Either way, join Element Eco-Design for this 2 day hands-on installation workshop and gain the skills you need to install your own beautiful, productive edible Forest Garden.

But before we get too far into what this is all about here’s the nuts and bolts you’ll want to know to schedule yourself for the course:

Workshop Nuts & Bolts:

When: May 1, 7-9pm and May 4-5, 9am-4pm

Where: Vernon, BC

Admission: $200(+gst)

 

 

 To learn more about our Food Forest Design Course CLICK HERE!

 

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What does the workshop include?:

This workshop begins with a 2 hour Evening Keynote address by with Food Forester Richard Walker. Richard has been designing, installing and maintaining food forest for over 30 years and has created his living from these systems.

What you will learn from Richard:

  • What makes a Food Forest
  • A case for Food Forestry
  • Medicinals: grow your Farmacy

Day 1 we jump right into it with a site tour and a look at the intended design, further topics include:

  • Food Forest Design Review: Design Presentation and Q&A
  • Understanding Permaculture Techniques: Swale, Terrace & Branch Drain Construction
  • Tools to get the job done: learn the exact tools and parts we use and why
  • Plant Selection Presentation- Productive vs Support Species
  • Hands-on: Planting, Pruning and Propagating

Day 2 is all about long term success we will be exploring maintenance, food forest evolution and how to use your food forest, further topics include:

  • Watering: How to install drip irrigation system
  • Cover Crops: How to select the best for your site
  • Hands-on: Using your food forest
  • Mulching and Mushroom cultivation

To learn more about our Food Forest Design Course CLICK HERE!

 

Stop suffering from analysis paralysis, get your questions answered!

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Over this 2 day workshop you will be working side-by-side with 3 experienced & knowledgeable food forest designers to learn both local and food forest global techniques.  Your instructors have worked on these and other permaculture systems world wide and have combined their experience to ensure that you get first class information and techniques.

Not only are your instructors highly experienced and vastly knowledgeable but they’re insanely fun!

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Learn a little more about your Instructors:

Gordon HiebertGordon Hiebert: Gord is the Owner, Chief Instructor and Project Manager at Element Eco-Design. Gord has in-depth experience in Forest Protection, Green Building and Permaculture Design. Gordon has learned personally from many of the top names in Permaculture including Rob Avis(Into to Perm., 2009), Geoff Lawton(PDC, 2010), Dave Jacke (Edible Forest Gardening, 2012), Eric Toensmeier (Perennial Agro-Forestry, 2012) Mark Shepherd (Restoration Agriculture, 2013) and more. Gord is a passionate, dynamic speaker and holds a deep understanding of natural systems.

Javan Kerby BernakavitchJavan K. Bernakevitch: Versed in construction, natural building, environmental education, group facilitation and organic gardening, Javan offers a unique balance of content-focused education with student-centered learning.  Javan has spent extensive time studying with Sepp Holzer, including time studying with him in Austria in 2013. Javan is a wealth of knowledge and has a fun upbeat teaching style that is bound to leave you grinning from ear to ear.

richardwalker2012Keynote by guest instructor Richard Walker:Richard is a food forester, designer, herbalist and teacher with over 30 years of organic growing experience.  He also has a great depth of herbal medicine knowledge and has developed herbal medicinal tinctures and teas for over 25 years. He shares his knowledge of plant biology to promote healthy living through the philosophy of food and herbs as medicine.

 

 

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So if you are ready to take the next step, join us for this 2 day Food Forest extension workshop. Bring your tools and your enthusiasm and walk away empowered to get digging

 

Workshop Nuts & Bolts:

When: May 1, 7-9pm and May 4-5, 9am-4pm

Where: Vernon, BC

Admission: $200(+gst)

 

 

To learn more about our Food Forest Design Course CLICK HERE!

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How to Design Your Edible Landscape – Course Ended

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Tired of pouring money into your yard and getting but more work in return?

Join the Element Eco-Design team for this one day Eat Your Yard Workshop and Get your Yard Working For You!

The average yard cost homeowner $5/sqft annually in maintenance costs including, irrigation, fertility programs and weed/pest management. Isn’t it time to start seeing a return on your investment?

An established Edible Landscape can return the homeowner at least $5/sqft annually in culinary herbs, gorgeous cut glowers and beautiful organic produce. That’s a $10 Return on Investment per square foot of yard!

But before we get too far into what this is all about here’s the nuts and bolts you’ll want to know to schedule yourself for the course:

 

Workshop Nuts & Bolts

When: March 29, 2015 9am-4pm

Where: Vernon, BC

Admission: $60(+gst) 

 

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Are you unhappy with your current landscape? We will teach you to love your land again and give you the skills to deign your own edible landscape.

This 1 Day workshop will cover the emerging trend of Edible Landscaping and how planting edibles can not only save you money and energy but it can also be beautiful.

We will be talking from seed to soil and everything in between, including:

From Soil to Seed: How to get off to the best start

Love your Land: How to define your Edible Landscape Style

Plant this Eat That: How and what to harvest in your Edible Landscape

The Season Change: How to maintain your Edible Landscape

Wether you are a seasoned gardener or a new recruit, Element Eco-Design can provide you with the skills you need to create your own abundant, organic retreat.

A little about your Instructors:

Gordon HiebertGordon Hiebert is the chief educator and project manager at Element Eco-Design and has been designing and installing edible landscaped since 2010. Gordon pulls on his experience in forest protection, land design and extensive education in Permaculture and Regenerative Systems to create productive, functioning ecosystems that blend seamlessly between the human and the natural landscape.

 

IMG_3247Jana Macnab is the lead designer at Element Eco-Design and has been gardening and growing since her childhood. Jana has taken her education in interior, graphic and web design and applied it to her passion of gardening. Jana is able to use this blended design method to read design styles and trends and translate them into beautiful Edible Landscapes that evolve gracefully over time.

 

Workshop Nuts & Bolts

When: March 29, 2015 9am-4pm

Where: Vernon, BC

Admission: $60(+gst)

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Not a garden designer? No problem, Jana can teach you how to define your landscape style.

With simple steps and a little inspiration Jana can help you articulate your style and create a productive, edible landscape that is custom designed by you!

Gain the skills you need to turn your yard into and edible oasis all while saving time, money and energy. So join us for this fulfilled day and meet other passionate edible garden enthusiasts!

 

Workshop Nuts & Bolts

When: March 29, 2015 9am-4pm

Where: Vernon, BC

Admission: $60(+gst)

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Keep wasting money on unproductive landscaped or get your yard working for you!

 Element Eco-Design Edible Landscape

Edible Forest Gardens: Food Forest Workshop -Course Ended

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Imagine stepping out into your yard and plucking a perfect tree ripened peach straight from the branch.  Do you strive to fill your home with abundance, fresh cut flowers, mouthwatering fruits, berries and aromatic herbs all season long?

Then Edible Forest Gardening is for you!

Join the Element Eco-Design team and learn how to fill your life with fruit, flowers, fun and freedom!

But before we get too far into what this is all about here’s the nuts and bolts you’ll want to know to schedule yourself for the course:

 

Workshop Nuts & Bolts:

When: May 1-3, 2015 9am-4pm

Where: Vernon, BC

Registration: $2oo (+gst)

 

 

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To learn more about the Hands-on Food Forest Practicum CLICK HERE!

 

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So what is a Food Forest?

But first let’s be clear on what we are not talking about: We are not talking about large, expansive orchard systems that are row on row of chemically driven industrial agriculture.

A food forest is exactly that, a well designed, man made forest system that mimics and functions like a natural forest ecosystem; diverse, adapting and bountifully abundant.

Traditional landscapes are designed to use resources, time, money, and fossil fuels. Even the wildly popular Xeriscape landscapes, although less consumptive, provide a very little return on total investment.

Edible Forest Gardens require very little resources once installed and provide huge yield to both the homeowner and local wildlife; providing a much greater return on investment.

Bring your food to your front yard and grow an Edible Forest Garden!

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What does the weekend include:

This workshop begins with an Evening Keynote address by with Food Forester Richard Walker. Richard has been designing, installing and maintaining food forest for over 30 years and has created his living from these systems.

What you will learn from Richard:

  • What makes a Food Forest
  • A case for Food Forestry
  • Medicinals: grow your Farmacy

Day 1 of this 2 day workshop will be all about design, how to read your landscape and how to take cues from nature to ensure the best design possible further topics include:

  • Food Forest Design: Ecology and succession
  • Learning from Nature: observation and interpretation
  • Food Forest Layout: Know your site
  • How to plant, water and maintain
  • Hands-on pruning fruit trees, propagating shrubs and dividing perennials

Day 2 gets in to style and customization, how to design for beauty and function and how and where to source your plants, further topics include:

  • Designing for Function and Beauty
  • Plant Selection – Productive vs Support Species
  • Sourcing, Purchasing and Propagating
  • Using your food forest
  • Hands-on grafting and budding fruit trees

 

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Workshop Nuts & Bolts:

When: May 1-3, 2015 9am-4pm

Where: Vernon, BC

Registration: $2oo (+gst)

 

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Do you long for local food?

The modern diet is relatively unvaried, industrial food is grown for shelf life not for the nutritional value or even for taste factor. For example, when you think Asian Pear does your mind automatically go to styrofoam packing peanuts or to a beautiful, juicy pome fruit that pack a flavour punch worth risking your life for? I fear the former is the more common answer.

In this workshop we will teach you about rare and unique fruit, nut, berry and perennial vegetable species that have been cultivated for their nutritional value, their hardiness and of course for their taste value.

Marketers use the terms “vine ripened”, “sun dried” and “freshly harvested” for a reason, food picked, processed and consumed at the peak of it’s lifecycle just tastes better and is better for us than food that is picked green and allowed to ripen during shipping.

We live in one of the most beautiful and productive places on earth! Join Element Eco-Design and learn how to steward the land and create refuge for native birds, local wild life and for yourself; learn to plant an edible forest garden.

 

Workshop Nuts & Bolts:

When: May 1-3, 2015 9am-4pm

Where: Vernon, BC

Registration: $2oo (+gst)

 

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To learn more about the Hands-on Food Forest Practicum CLICK HERE!

 

Share in the adventure of homegrown, organic food.

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