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Toby Hemenway author of Gaia’s Garden in Nelson in late March

Kootenay Permaculture is welcoming Spring with a series of permaculture workshops & courses.

Toby Hemenway (author of best-selling book Gaia’s Garden, A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture) and a well-known permaculture teacher from the West Coast is coming to Nelson for an evening talk and a full day workshop.

The evening talk on March 28th is "Permaculture: Solutions for Community Building and a Fear-Free Future".

This presentation will leave you with a deeper understanding of the issues we face such as climate change, food security, peak oil, economic uncertainty, etc.

The ecological design approach known as permaculture offers both a way to think about these issues constructively, and a set of solutions for individuals, families and the places we live.

This program will help us develop a toolkit for a regenerative culture that offers specific solutions and a positive program for our future and for the future of our communities.

The workshop on March 29th is "Permaculture Design for the Home Landscape: from the urban backyard to the small acreage"

Hemenway will speak about how to use permaculture to design home landscapes that not only produce food and beauty for people, but also shelter birds and beneficial insects, conserve water and energy, improve soil health, and enhance biodiversity.

During the day he will cover 12 essential permaculture principles, a set of design methods to help turn your yard into a rich, food-producing ecosystem, techniques for efficient and pest-resistant garden layout, selecting plants that work together to build soil and habitat, drought-proofing your yard, and conserving energy through landscape planning that warms the home and yard in winter yet keeps it cooler in summer.

Permaculture gives us a set of tools for sustainable solutions in the home landscape.

Toby Hemenway is the author of "Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture," which for the last eight years has been the world's best-selling book on the ecological-design approach known as permaculture.

Hemenway has been on the faculty of Portland State University and was a scholar-in-residence at Pacific University, and teaches permaculture all over the world. 

He has presented at conferences and universities across the continent, and lives in Sebastopol, California, where he is tending a two-acre food forest amid seven acres of redwoods and bay laurels.

The evening presentation is March 28th at 7pm at Self-Design High 402 Victoria in Nelson.  No registrations are required.

The full day workshop is March 29 (9am – 5pm) at Selkirk College Silver King Campus 2001 Silver King Road in Nelson. Registrations with Selkirk College is required to attend the full day workshop.

Following these presentations, local well-known permaculture teacher Gregoire Lamoureux will present an Introduction to Permaculture workshop March 31st & April 1st in at Selkirk College Nelson.

Registration is required to attend.

In response to the interest for longer courses, Kootenay Permaculture in partnership with Selkirk College is presenting a four week Permaculture Training Program April 16 – May 11, 2012.

This is a full time course Monday to Friday 9am – 4pm. The goal of the course is to help initiate more permaculture projects in Nelson and the region.

The participants will be in Nelson for the first two weeks doing a permaculture design for a property and the last two weeks at the farm in the Slocan Valley where there will be many hands-on learning activities.

This intensive course combines theory with practical hands-on learning; the participants will learn permaculture design principles and techniques that are adapted to the climate and ecosystems of the Kootenay and can also be used in other parts of the country.

There is a growing interest for local food, community self-reliance, transition towns and energy descent future. Permaculture is a holistic approach to land use planning.

Permaculture design evolved through the observation of natural ecosystems that are usually abundant, resilient and often very diverse in species and in the relationship between species.

The public can create an abundance and diversity of food in your own backyard by using permaculture design principles and techniques while using only a small amount of energy, resources and time to implement and maintain the design.

Selkirk College and Kootenay Permaculture will also be offering the 11th annual Permaculture Design Course in Winlaw, June 3 - 16 (13-day program).

The summer course has been scheduled for August 19- September 1st 2012.

To register call Selkirk College, in Nelson at 250-352-6601.

For more information, please call Kootenay Permaculture at 250.226.7302

or email