Food Forest Design and Installation Workshop 2014- Course Ended-

Element Eco-Design Food Forest

Have you heard the term FOOD FOREST? 

Curious why this topic is getting so much attention?

Food forestry is about creating long-term food systems in an ecologically sound manner based on the function of a natural forest. Sound complicated? Well, it can be as simple as companion planting but on a much bigger scale, instead of pairing up peas and lettuce we will be matching up fruit trees and herbs!

2014 unique 2 part workshop opportunity:

This is our third time offering this workshop here in Vernon but this time we are adding another component! A 3 day installation workshop, at which you will actually be implementing a real food forest design! Part 1 will focus on Food Forest Design and Species Selection and Part 2 will be a Hands On Installation Project.


Learn more about Part 1 of this workshop: 

Food Forest Design with Richard Walker

This workshop focuses on the process of designing a sustainable food systems that are low maintenance and long-term. Much of this component will be spent in a classroom setting. Richard will be discussing the value of a perennial food diet, how to design and maintain your food forest and tips and tricks to get you off on the right foot. Explore the abundance that awaits your backyard!

Topics covered will include:

How to design and establish a Food Forest. What are the best options for your site, how to grow a food forest for personal or economic abundance?

Tips and tricks of professional growers: How to get a jumpstart on the season, how to protect your crop from frost and how to design in a fertility plan.

Species selection: What cultivars are proven and ideas for unique and new species. 

Bonus: HANDS-ON session in budding and grafting! Learn how to customize your fruit trees to fit your needs. Do you have a favourite fruit from 


Why we think you will love this course!

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. 

Course Info:

2 Day Food Forest Design with Richard Walker
Date: June 21-22, 2014
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Vernon, BC

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gordteaching2013Learn more about Part 2 of the is Workshop: 

Food Forest Installation with Gordon Hiebert

Element Eco-Design’s Gordon Hiebert will be taking over and teaching the essentials on how to install a food forest system. We will be heading out to beautiful Rasa Creek Organic Farm to install phase 1 of a 1 acre food forest project. Join Gord and learn in the field during this 3 day hands on workshop where you will learn the essentials of how to install and maintain your own food forest.

Topics covered will include:

Boomerang and swale construction: How to use earthworks for passive water harvesting.

Planting and soil amendments: How to get your investment off the right start.

Surface drip irrigation installation: Adding irrigation for young plants and water conservation.

Mulching and cover cropping: Building healthy soil for better success

Food Forest Maintenance: How to maintain your success with pruning and compost tea.


Why we think you will love this course!

Gordon has been designing and installing food forests since 2011 and has learned from some of the world best food forest designers including Geoff Lawton (Permaculture Research Institute, Australia), Eric Toensmeier (Author: Paradise Lot), Dave Jacke (Author: Edible Forest Gardens Vol 1& 2) and of course Richard Walker! Gord has a vast knowledge of systems design and a clear and driven passion for food forestry and permaculture design.

Course Info:

3 Day Food Forest Installation with Gordon Hiebert
Date: June 23-25, 2014
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Trinity Valley, BC
Accommodations: Daily meals and onsite Camping accommodations are included in your workshop tuition.  A simple washhouse is located onsite but tents and camping gear are not provided so please bring your own.  All meals will be vegetarian and delicious, prepared and provided by Rasa Creek Organic Farm.

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We look forward to spending some time with you and sharing our passion for Food Forestry with you! See you soon!

Gord and Jana Hiebert

Element Eco-Design

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Javan Bernakevitch

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A Hugelkultur bed is an incredibly productive garden bed that is designed to act as a windbreak, sound berm and dynamic growing system for your annual and perennial veggies and shrubs.

Why is this an important technique to add to your gardening and design tool belt? Hugelkultur beds are ideal for our Dry-Temperate climate, this type of planting system collects excess moisture from rain and snowmelt throughout the cool season and stores that moisture for use during the dry months when plants need it most. Another great benefit to Hugel beds is their dynamic nature, the beds are always slowly breaking down and generating heat which helps plants grow faster.

Why we think you will love this workshop!

This will be the area’s first Hugelkultur workshop with Element Eco-Design and Javan Bernackevitch. In the last year 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. This one day hands-on workshop will teach you the skills needed to construct a dry land hugelkultur bed that can be used to grow all kinds of crops including trees and berry bushes.

Course Info:

Hugelkultur Workshop With Javan Bernakevitch
Date: May 10, 2014
Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Vernon, BC

Registration Info:

Tuition Deadlines and Discounts:
April 1, 2014 – May 10, 2014: $110.00 (+GST)

More about this workshop:

This hands-on workshop will have you learning first hand and getting dirty right here at Element Eco-Design HQ! So bring your work boots and gardening gear and get ready for an action packed day of digging, piling, planting and learning!

We look forward to spending the day with you and creating a one of a kind experience!




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Learn the Essentials of Permaculture Design and the building blocks for a great garden!

Permaculture is all about growing food in a ecologically sound and environmentally friendly manner. The techniques used in Permaculture design are unique for every site and result in well designed, efficient and beautiful gardens that provide an abundant return for any home gardener or farmer. 

This workshop will provide you with the basic skill to start your own Permaculture garden. Whether you are a seasoned gardener or a newbie, this course is packed with simple tips and tricks to get you started. If you are interested in garden design or sustainable living, this system is for you!




Topics covered will include:

– Growing your own healthy soil through proper composting and soil management techniques

– Harvesting rainwater for happier plants, the benefits of rainwater harvesting are countless and not to mention rain is a free resource!

– Home garden design, veggies and herbs are often overlooked for their beauty we will discuss how to use annual veggies and herbs to fill in and enhance your ornamental garden 

-The power of perennials, plant once for continued harvest. Perennial herbs, berries fruits and nuts can provide a bountiful harvest year after year, this it truly efficient gardening.

-Small Space – no problem! Small and garden solutions to beautify your balcony, backyard or even your boulevard! 



Get Dirty!: We will finish the day with a hands on lesson in how to create new garden beds easily and with no digging! Sheet Mulching is a great way to “turf” the lawn and create rich organic soil naturally with very little work!

This workshop will be held on the picturesque Tranquille Farm in North Kamloops, this site is home to the Tranquille Farmer’s Market and over the years will be developed in to the perfect demonstration site for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture in the Thompson Region. In the years to come the Tranquille Farm site will have a key focus on Community Development, Community Health and Wellness and Community Service and education. Come be a part of a evolution of something great right here in BC! 


Create your own healthy, abundant haven with a Permaculture garden.


Workshop Info:

Date: April 6, 2014 (This workshop has ended, thank you to everyone who attended, what a great day!)

Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Location: Tranquille Farm, Kamloops, BC