Spring Into Action!
It has been a busy month for us at Element Eco-Design. Inspired by the arrival of blossoms, buds and bees we have kicked off the 2012 planting season with 2 Introduction to Permaculture Design courses and a design for a 1.5 Acre Demonstration Garden at our local Okanagan College Campus. We also found time to make cold frames and start a bunch of veggies for the upcoming growing season.
Our travels started by heading south, down the Okanagan Valley to Naramata, BC where we hosted our first Introduction to Permaculture Design course of the year. The beautiful Naramata Centre was the perfect setting for the course, surrounded by fruit trees and native plant gardens. The students were enthusiastic, the food was fantastic and the final design projects were some of the most innovative I have seen! To top the event off our group recieved a private tour of Dianne Ransom’s permaculture garden(Redbird Gardenworks). Dianne’s yard featured rain barrels, sheet mulched beds, raised beds, fruit tree guilds, urban chickens, native plant gardens and more!
At the end of the month we traveled to Hazelton, BC. Despite being located in Northern BC, Hazelton boasts a zone 3-4 growing zone where many fruit trees can be grown as well as wild hazelnuts! Course organizer Chris Timms was inspired after attending our Intro course one year ago. He is now in the midst of creating a Permaculture network in Northern BC and establishing a 160 acre demonstration farm in the middle of the Hazeltons all while maintaining a demanding full time job! This nearly sold out course drew in a diverse set of students ranging from seasoned horticulturalists, natural builders, home gardeners and farmers. The skill sets, sustainable local projects and enthusiasm was astounding and made for a high energy course. Highlights included a hands-on water harvesting layout exercise, homemade nettle soup, great discussion and the creation of a new Permaculture Network! Best of luck everyone.