Community Integrated Permaculture Education
This project aims to bring Permaculture into the heart of the Powell River community, and to use Permaculture to bring the community into the heart of a public space that’s full of potential. Through a multi-year series of Permaculture Design Courses, an under-used church lawn is being transformed into a rich Permaculture demonstration garden that grows food for the broader community while building soil, saving water, strengthening biodiversity, and bringing people together to co-create a new kind of future in the face of grave social, economic, and ecological challenges.
More than just a course in ecological design, Creating Community Abundance offers learning opportunities that are grounded in a real-life project with all its real-life challenges, rewards, and unanticipated moments of magic. The design process is carried out in collaboration with the hosts, the congregation of the Church of St. David and St. Paul. Students, congregation members, and the general public create the project by building consensus together about what will best serve the needs of this large group of people with many different experiences and ideas.
Permaculture students, with support from the teaching team, focus their learning around their engagement with the evolution of the project. Instead of a theoretical design project that is created, presented, and then abandoned within the life of the course, students participate in a real-life process of transformation that brings together the physical ecology of the space with the social ecology of the place that it is situated in, a project that carries on beyond the life of each year-long course. The result is a learning opportunity that shares its benefits out into the broader community, really living the ethics of Earth Care, People Care, and Fair Shares that make Permaculture such a revolutionary movement.
Through the course, you will learn the skills you need to design your own space for food production, bio-diversity, effective resource use, creating community and much more. some of the topics included in this course are:
- Permaculture design ethics and principles
- Methods of design and ecological patterns
- Annual and perennial food growing strategies
- Animals in rural and urban areas
- Soil, water, and energy systems
- Appropriate technologies and green building
- Ecosystems and ecological restoration
- Settlement design and community strategies
- Alternative economies and resilience
- And more …!!
Please contact Erin Innes (firstname.lastname@example.org / 778 707 4848) or Ron Berezan (email@example.com / 604 223 4800) for more information.