What is a Permacutlure Design Course to me?

By | Food Security, Quality Living

Ask 10 people what Permaculture is, and you are likely to receive 10 different answers. You might get a similar variation when you ask what a PDC is. A PDC is a Permaculture Design Course, but it might also refer to a Permaculture Design Certificate, which participants receive upon completion of the course. For myself, the answer has changed over time.

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It bled radioactive orange and came from the garden…

By | Gardening, Health

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Warts.

Yup, that’s the start of this blog. Warts. Geez I wrote it again.

A good friend of mine this year relayed to me his conventional medical and unconventional journey of wart removal, nitro gylcerine to “freeze”, duct tape, a host of other attempts that I fear not to post here less someone attempt them as well.

His affliction was large and still is in a pretty visable spot, just under his right wrist. Not a lovely sight when first shaking hands.

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A Chemical Reaction: And a pretty amazing reaction from the crowd.

By | Urban Planning

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When I was asked to go and speak on a panel after the showing of A Chemical Reaction in Saanich, not once but twice in one day I only had one question, “You want me to talk about lawns?”

A little bit of a redundant question I’ll admit but my philosophy about lawns has been largely “GET RID OF THEM”.

Suburbia schematics have “lawns” identified as “recovery zones” for automobiles. That’s right those areas of great input outside your home are classified as “recovery zones” in urban planning because of our focus on…. the automobile.

Between that and the fact that the maintenance, installation and industry of lawns is the second largest agriculture in North America (yea it’s seriously the second largest) I have no great love of a agriculture that requires huge amounts of time, energy, water, money and resources while yielding nothing I can eat, sell or otherwise use save for the two time I can remember actually laying down on my turf for recreation.

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What “An Evening with Richard Walker”!

By | Food Forestry, Quality Living

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Permacutlure is the answer to the meaning of life.

Apparently the answer to the meaning of life isn’t 42, it’s 48.

48 inhabitants from Vancouver Island attended and we filled the rafters at Community Micro Lending on Douglas St on May 13th for An Evening with Food Forester Richard Walker. As we neared the start time people just continued to fill into the space making a cozy and intimate room of some of the premier food activist, gardeners, instructors and farmers in the area.

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Creston farm living wants YOU!

By | Farming, Quality Living

frontEvery once in a while the email inbox offers up a gem.

In April I heard from two lovely people in Creston, BC who in their own words, “finally bought the old farm of our dreams.” Attached to their statement of their farm was a call for support, “Can you help us link up to hardworking, land yearning young couples who may want to try working with us on the land?”

Ummm, wow, and yeah I’ll do what I can.

Multiple emails later, images and conversations I’m please to present their request to you the potential hardworking, land yearning young couple(s) who are looking for land. Email permaculture

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From the UK to PEI – A story of island migration, floods, fortune and food.

By | Food Security, Quality Living

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Sandra Storr and her partner are of a growing crop of people working towards their dream… to live with nature in stead of against it. Building a home around their own food needs Sandra’s story illustrates their tenacity in finding the right place to set down roots and start to plant seeds.

Sandra wrote her story for Permaculture BC demonstrating a solidarity of east and west island culture and the desire to find our own right livelihood. I hope you enjoy her story as much as I did.

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Wayne Roberts – The John Wayne of Food Security

By | Food Security

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When Wayne Roberts took the podium at the Alberta Pathways 2 Sustainability Conference yesterday as the dinner keynote, after so many speakers I had a similar feeling like walking through the eastern slopes of the Rockies in tall grass during spring… what’s that irritation? might be another wood tick…

Looking up to see what would be sucking my attention I was surprised by the image I saw, an Elephant on a New York City Street…

Interesting.

My thoughts turned to the “Elephant in the room” concept but no, that wasn’t where Wayne was going.

“What ever you are going to say about food, it’s going to be big.”

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