This year Erin Innes will be joined by the very talented Sara Dent as a co-instructor, as well as other skilled and engaging guest speakers and some wonderful site visits.
With topics from ecological gardening, natural building, and soil and water conservation and remediation, to community food sovereignty, collaborative design strategies, and facilitation skills, this 72-hour course will combine classroom instruction with hands-on practica and real life design challenges on a community organic farm and orchard. A lot of the work will focus on how to integrate permaculture strategies into a production organic farm. This is an exciting edge of permaculture design and a fascinating challenge that the class will be engaging with, alongside the talented The Sharing Farm staff. The course follows the internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certificate curriculum.
12-Days: May 25 – 28 June 22-25 July 27-30
This hands on course will be structured to run over a four-month period with once-per-month four-day sessions, Friday to Monday. 10:30am-5:30pm.
Tuition: $1000, scholarships and payment plans are available.Register Online
About the Instructor
Erin Innes is a Certifed Permaculture Designer based in Vancouver (Coast Salish Territory) and a recognized Permaculture Teacher with the Urban Permaculture Guild based in Berkeley, California. She has a long history in community activism and popular education. She has been deeply involved in grassroots food justice work, through the international Food Not Bombs movement and as a volunteer and worker on many organic farms and community-based farming and farming education projects.
In 2008 Erin started the Farmhouse Farm, Vancouver’s first bike-powered backyard CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) project, as an off shoot of the garden at The Farmhouse, one of Vancouver’s longest-running collective houses. Using Permaculture techniques she turned the lawn of this rented home into a farm that provided produce to the Farmhouse’s 5 – 7 residents as well as to five other families across the city, delivered once a week by bicycle. Following a year sabbatical living outside of Powell River, BC (Tla’Amin territory) working as a farmer, Permaculture teacher, and food security activist, Erin returned to Vancouver in fall of 2010 to continue her work in urban sustainability and Permaculture. In addition to teaching Permaculture and urban agriculture skills, she works with Village Vancouver and with other Transition Initiatives around BC as an organizer and facilitator, and sits on the Steering Committee for the Main Street Transition Village Initiative. She writes on food justice, farming, and sustainability issues for publications around BC and across the country.
See her website at: http://passionatepermaculture.ca/
What is Permaculture?
Permaculture is a design methodology that applies observations of ecosystem patterns to improve the functioning of human systems. That’s a mouthful, but what it means is that we can learn to bring the patterns of nature into our work as humans to make our communities more sustainable, less resource and energy intensive, and to build systems that become more abundant over time. A methodology of whole-systems thinking, Permaculture is most familiar to people as an agricultural and land stewardship system. But all of our actions as humans are intricately linked to human and earth systems, and so Permaculture offers us tools that we can use not only in our gardens, our lands and our built environment, but also in our organizations, our education systems, our health care, and our social structures and communities. Indeed, Permaculture is at the heart of the global EcoVillage movement, where folks are learning (or re-learning) to live together in communities that support us as whole people.Register Online