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Free Permaculture Event in Vancouver coming up!


Chris M. and I are heading into Vancouver on Saturday to attend this free permaculture event. Looks like it’s going to be a great chance to connect with other permaculture folk and learn from their experiences. The event is free so if you’re curious about permaculture, come check it out! Event info reposted below. Reserve your free ticket here

Pacific Permaculture Alumni Convergence:

Stories of Success from Pacific Permaculture Alumni

When: Saturday April 14th 2012 2:00pm
The Hive, 128 West Hastings #210, Vancouver, BC
If you are new to permaculture this is you opportunity to become part of this exciting field. Bring a friend. Family Friendly, all are invited.
Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Admission: Free. Donations to Global Peace Hut graciously accepted.

“What permaculturists are doing is the most important activity that any group is doing on the planet”
– David Suzuki

For the last 4 years Pacific Permaculture has been at the forefront of Canada’s ecological agriculture movement. We have had the privilege of instructing over 540 students in all aspects of permaculture design, over 250 of which have been full PDC graduates.

Our teaching has taken us around the world delivering courses in Palestine, Australia and Uganda. However, we’ve always considered Western Canada home.

That’s why Pacific Permaculture is hosting our first ever Alumni Convergence, April 14th in Vancouver BC. This will be a multiple format event including: 30 min. keynote presentations of work from four of our most prominent students; two open space opportunities to talk permaculture and share ideas; and “conference style” posters highlighting permaculture work from the backyard to the broad acre.


Come be inspired by stories from the frontline of the food revolution.

Event Program:


Time Event Description
2:00 Opening Introductions Jesse Lemieux, Pacific Permaculture
2:10 Keynote

Tayler Krawczyk, Hatchet & Seed

Ness Creek Case Study, Cold Climate Food Forests

2:50 Open Space Organically Lead Topic Based Discussion Groups
3:30 Keynote

Dustin Bajer, Edmonton School District

Permaculture in Schools, Jasper Place Permaculture

4:10 Break light snack and refreshments
5:00 Keynote

Tanya Booth, Pacific Permaculture

From Palestine to the Pacific Coast: a mother’s journey through permaculture.

5:50 Open Space Organically Lead Topic Based Discussion Groups
6:20 Keynote

Kim Elton, President, Global Peace Hut

Permaculture and Conflict Resolution in Africa

7:00 Closing Jesse Lemieux, Pacific Permaculture

Vancouver Urban Farming Forum resources


This weekend’s Vancouver Urban Farming Forum starts tomorrow and I’m really looking forward to attending it. Thoughtful discourse and solutions-based discussions on the topic of food security at a local level are SO important right now. The current industrial, global food system is completely unsustainable and unhealthy for the planet and all living things on it. It’s time for people to regain control of their food and find empowerment and fulfillment while doing so. The fact that urban farming discussions are taking place in cities around the world (in partnership between the grassroots and municiple levels) indicates an acknowledged need for change and a desire to explore new ideas (and return to some ideas of the past that were – and still are being – bulldozed over by the big business agriculture industry). This is an exciting thing!

In advance of this weekend’s forum, attendees have been receiving ‘homework’: background information about the topics to be covered as well as other interesting urban farming information. I thought I’d post the links here for others to find because it all looks really interesting. Enjoy!


Lantzville (oh, where to start?!):


San Francisco:





Vancouver Urban Farming Forum 2011


Okay, so the policy geek in me is SO excited about this upcoming Vancouver Urban Farming Forum (Nov. 25-26). Transitioning cities towards future planning and policy practices that include (and even prioritize) urban farming is so important (in my opinion) and something that is so fun to daydream about. I love thinking about all the un-utilized and under-utilized space in cities being transformed into healthy, green, food producing plots. The list of potential benefits is varied and inspiring: improved aesthetics, air quality and soil quality; increased availability of healthy, locally-grown food that tackles food security issues related to affordability and decreased dependence on fossil fuels as part of the food production/delivery model; improved biodiversity levels in urban areas; elevated opportunities for reconnecting ourselves emotionally, mentally and spiritually with food and the environment; etc. I’m SO glad that Vancouver’s city officials are interested and open to exploring this important topic and I’m excited to hear what they and the urban farmer presenters will have to say.

I’ll be in attendance at the forum, taking notes and tweeting conversation tid-bits that I find inspiring and intriguing. In addition to listening to and being part of the discussions taking place, I’m really looking forward to the networking opportunities at the forum. I’m sure there’ll be some cool farmers with good advice and ideas that I’ll be able to take back to our farm with me.

Register for the early bird price of $25 before Oct. 21st if you’re interested in attending.