New podcast about the transition to a clean energy economy in BC

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Energy transition is a key ingredient in moving toward a more sustainable way of living. In BC, we need to radically reduce our energy usage and move away from fossil fuels toward a clean energy economy based on technologies like solar power.  What is this clean energy economy and how will it affect the ways we live? Will all drivers use electric cars? Could our homes be built from hemp? Can aquaponics feed communities in northern BC? How will green jobs provide new opportunities as fossil fuel jobs decline? These are just some of the questions tackled in a new podcast series produced by Sierra Club BC. You can subscribe and download the podcast for free at https://sierraclub.bc.ca/podcast. For permaculture folks, this is a great podcast to share with friends and family who might not share your views or who are new to these ideas and are looking for inspiring, real-world examples of how we can make the needed shift to a new way of living in BC. When it comes to climate change, the debate is no longer whether we should move to clean energy, but how. Car manufacturers are moving to electric, building codes require energy efficiency, and countries like China and India are investing in alternative energy at a faster rate than anyone imagined. Sierra Club BC decided to take a look at what that means for our economy in BC. The podcast features ordinary BC residents who have creatively redesigned the ways they use energy; for example, an aquaponics business owner in Prince George producing lettuce year round using recycled water from a fresh fish farm, a retired naval architect building a home with blocks of hemp fiber, and a baker who started out with an electric car and ended up going green from top to bottom…

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New Permaculture Design Diploma on Vancouver Island

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The start of January marked the beginning of something very exciting in my neck of the woods: a brand new full year diploma in Permaculture Design and Resilient Ecosystems. This program at Pacific Rim College in Victoria BC Canada is a perfect and greatly needed addition to the ecosystem of permaculture offerings at schools in the Pacific Northwest. While it has all the elements of a regular permaculture design course (PDC) – and students do receive a design certificate – what I especially love about this program is its unique focus on community project management and business skills. I think it’s fair to say that most students take a PDC in hopes of building skills and knowledge to undertake their own projects and initiatives – whether that’s designing their own property, creating a community permaculture garden, working in the field of sustainability, or maybe even starting their own business. What’s common to all these things is the need for skills in project management, leadership and interpersonal dynamics, and communications. And while a lot of short PDCs focus on more technical subjects like site analysis, mapping, soils and the like, many folks would agree that this natural systems part is the “easy stuff” to learn. The hardest stuff – and the most common reason that permaculture projects or intentional communities break down – is the “people” stuff. How do you set up good long term maintenance systems for a shared site? How do you navigate the messy complexities of community engagement and collaboration? How do you manage and communicate about your offerings effectively so that you can actually make a profitable living with a permaculture business? The word “entrepreneurship” comes from the old French verb entreprendre, meaning “to do something” or “to undertake.” So while I know many people who are attracted to permaculture because…

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Permaculture Design Core Concepts Cards

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“The clearest way into the universe is through the wilderness.“ -John Muir Permaculture Design Core Concepts Deck Sharing a toolkit of permaculture principles, design methods and ethics, these cards can support your permaculture practice, learning, teaching, designing and consulting. Featuring visionary design from Sijay of www.OnbeyondMetamedia.com these cards can be used in countless ways to inspire, evolve and uplift your practical understanding of permaculture. Featuring text from Delvin Solkinson sharing Core Concepts learned from Bill Mollison, Rosemary Morrow, David Holmgren, Geoff Lawton, Michael Becker, Toby Hemenway, Larry Santoyo, Starhawk & Looby Macnamara. Additional contributions were inspired by Rob Hopkins, Dave Boehnlein, Richard Wallner, Mark Lakeman, Doug Bullock, Ian McHarg and Percival Alfred Yeomans. Core source inspiration from Robin Clayfield. The cards are divided into two decks of 90 cards each. Deck 1 : Ethics, Attitudes and Strategies Deck 2 : Design Principles and Methods Free download of both Decks here : https://www.dewpermaculture.com/tools Purchase Deck 1 : Ethics, Attitudes and Strategies https://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/permaculture-design-core-concepts-cards-1 Purchase Deck 2 : Design Principles and Methods https://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/permaculture-design-core-concepts-cards-2 This work is the culmination of 15 years of Permaculture Design study by Delvin Solkinson which spanned a PDC, Diploma and Masters Degree with Bill Mollison and the Permaculture Academy, a second Diploma through the Permaculture Institute and a current third Diploma through the Permaculture Association. A final project in a Doctoral level study of Permaculture Education, Delvin has collected these principles and core concepts at 23 different Permaculture Design Advanced Courses and Teacher Trainings as well as a PDC with Rosemary Morrow and Toby Hemenway. Deep gratitude to Unity Life Avatar who did graphic design the Permaculture Principles Design Deck, a previous incarnation of this project. This is a companion for the Core Curriculum Notes. Together they form a toolkit sharing a creative essence of Permaculture Design. Share and…

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Fermentation Revolution: making allies with bacteria

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Fermented foods – like bread, cheese, wine and beer – have long been dietary staples. But the last few years have seen an upsurge in interest in home fermentation, with cooks making their own kimchi, sauerkraut, yogurt – and more complicated concoctions. Best of all, everybody can preserve at home this way and for cheap ! Homemade fermentation is a low-cost probiotic panacea ! It prolongs the life of your food, revives the immune system, soothes the digestive and nervous systems, regulates metabolism, wakes up your taste buds and brighten all meals! “There are only advantages to fermenting !” That is why food entrepreneurs, authors and all-around fermentation geeks David Coté and Sébastien Bureau teamed up with Possiblemedia. Sharing the ins and outs of traditional fermentation processes with a casual, humorous tone, and recipes that are not particularly rigid. Fermentation Revolution is an educational documentary filmed over several months in Quebec. It offers an unprecedented collection of fermentation methods, with an emphasis on their simplicity and ease of making. After years of refining the tools and techniques, this dynamic duo invites you to discover the result of their work through simple, fool-proof recipes. An invitation to embark on a new and exciting gustatory journey, to retake control over your food, to improve your health and revolutionize your life and your guts with some fermentation goodness! While fermentation may be good for you, Bureau and Côté say their main motivations are getting people to experiment, discover different flavours and have fun in the kitchen. Côté is a believer in not taking a dogmatic, puritan approach to healthy food. “We want to eat healthy, but not hear too much about it,” he says. “It’s really meant for you to play in the kitchen,” Côté says. “Making food is not supposed to be…

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Permaculture Design Core Curriculum Notes

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Write your post here…”Study Nature, Love Nature, stay close to Nature. It will never fail you.” -Frank Lloyd Wright Sharing the release of the ‘Core Curriculum Notes’, an essential synthesis of permaculture design from the core curriculum of the Permaculture Design Course. A book of notes formatted as worksheets being freely offered to the World Community. It functions as part of a learning and teaching toolkit in combination with the Permaculture Design Core Concepts Cards. This is made in British Columbia. The download is a free offering at printable resolution here : http://gaiacraft.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Core-Curriculum-Notes-2017-Final.pdf For anyone wanting a beautiful hardcopy professional book form you can order the book here : http://www.lulu.com/shop/gaiacraft-and-delvin-solkinson/gaiacraft-permaculture-design-core-curriculum-notes/hardcover/product-23314805.html When you buy a book we get $14 towards developing more free open source learning and teaching tools. Those wanting to support us but not purchase the book can donate by paypal to kym@gigglingchitree.com This work is the culmination of 15 years of teaching 25 PDC’s during which time I took 20 advanced courses as well as a PDC with Rosemary Morrow in Greece, Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton in Australia and Toby Hemenway in Portland. While developing this body of work I have taken a Diploma and Masters Degree with Bill Mollison and the Permaculture Academy, a Diploma with Larry Santoyo and Scott Pittman through the Permaculture Institute, and this version is part of my current Diploma with Looby Macnamara through the Permaculture Association. Done under the mentorship of Larry Santoyo, this represents the culmination of my Doctoral work in Permaculture Education. “Information is the most portable and flexible investment we can make in our lives; it represents the knowledge, experience, ideas and experimentation of thousands of people before us.” – Bill Mollison and Reny Slay Profound gratitude goes to Kym Chi for countless contributions and editing as well…

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Easy to Understand Permaculture – A Book of Solutions

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It takes a teacher to teach. There are many permaculturists, and practitioners that write and teach YET not all of them are writers and teachers. Here’s where Matt Powers shine. He’s a teacher. A performer. A seed saver, and all round exceptional human. And he saw the need as many others have to have a READABLE permaculture book that helps to explain concepts and strategies at an elementary level without devolving into a children’s book (which he’s written as well). The Permaculture Student 2 compiles a host of solutions digested into their most simple forms and presented in this incredible book. In truth, the online version has been more useful than a hard copy as I can search through it. But I’ll let you decided, you won’t be disappointed with this book in your library. Click here to purchase. 

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Cob wall co-design, construction manager / lead

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Seeking a Calgary-based or nearby person with good natural building and cob skills to partner with me in creating a medium-sized cob habitat wall for native, solitary bees (different than honey bees) for the City of Calgary this Summer or Fall near Fish Creek Park. I’m a Toronto-based artist and will need to hire someone to co-design the cob wall and to manage and lead the wall build portion of this project. This project will also involve 6-8 volunteers TBA. I communicate via email (sarahpeebles at gmail) and via tel. Here’s a sample of the general idea: Dwelling (Paint Branch Creek) 2015 – A Habitat Wall for Native Solitary Bees and Wasps, with sensory bee viewing cabinet, at The University of Maryland Arboretum Outreach Center. https://resonatingbodies.wordpress.com/art/amplified-habitats/audio-bee-booths/audio-bee-cabinets/

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Pawpaw: North America’s Tastiest Fruit

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This course teaches everything about the pawpaw, North America’s largest and tastiest native fruit. If you’d like to learn more about regenerative agriculture, permaculture, or grants and cost-share programs for farmers in the USA, upgrading to the Versaland.TV monthly subscription will deliver condensed knowledge to you every month. If you’d like to take just this course for a test drive, you can enroll in it for FREE for a limited time, no credit card required. If you’re ready to start the course, click the here to enroll in the course,

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