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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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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Easy to Understand Permaculture – A Book of Solutions

By | Aquaponics, Biochar, Blog, Courses, Earthworks, Farming, Food Forestry, Food Security, Gardening, Gathering, Health, Holistic Management, Hugelkultur, Keyline, Mushrooms, Property Design, Quality Living, Rocket Stoves and Mass Heaters, Structures, Urban Planning, Water Harvesting, Wild Crafting / Harvesting | No Comments

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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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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