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*Vancouver Summer Food Forestry with Richard Walker

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*Vancouver Summer Food Forestry with Richard Walker

Time: August 25, 2012 at 9am to August 26, 2012 at 5pm
Location: Langara College. Classroom number will be emailed to students before the course.
Street: 100 West 49th Avenue
City/Town: Vancouver, BC V5Y 2Z6
Event Neighbourhood and Type: langara college, permaculture, food forests
Organized By: Permaculture BC, Langara College, and Village Vancouver
Latest Activity: Aug 24, 2012

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Event Description

"This course completely exceeded my information expectations in every way." Todd Gesshe, Cowichan Valley

Maybe you've heard of food forests...Maybe you've read the recent UN report recognizing perennials as essential in creating sustainable food sources... Or maybe you realized what many gardeners, farmers and people around have discovered... Food Forest gardening provides food, fiber, fuel and medicine with lower maintenance and cost over time.

Whatever you've heard, food forest gardening is a method of gardening based on natural forest systems that, when mature, need little to no fertilizing, watering or maintenance.

Richard Walker comes with over 25 years of experience as a food forester, landscape designer, herbalist and instructor. In 1984 he started one of Canada'a first food forests in Grand Forks, BC. During that time Dragon's Eye Nursery was born from his assembled food forest.

What really adds to Richard’s credibility is that he lives as he teaches. He lives simply, creatively using his skills to bring food from the soil to the table and in doing so teaches us how food and plants create a culture of true sustainability, or in his own words “gardening for one thousand years”.

Last year Richard presented two sold-out workshops on Vancouver Island, this year his last workshop sold out in 5 days. .

After informing a friend she asked, "Okay so do I have to start saving now? It's going to be like $550, right?"

Nope. Not even close. Half that! $300 + HST. Registration Min. # Deadline Aug 16

Payment can be made in full using PayPal. Click on the Add to Cart button on the Permaculture BC website or contact PBC for alternative payment methods. If you have to cancel there is a non-refundable $100 fee for this workshop (excluding HST). To learn more about Permaculture BC's refund policy visit the website. Space is limited, so please register early.

This event is being offered in partnership with Village Vancouver and Langara College.

"Organized, jam/packed, weekend with good balance of information and exploration--well facilitated and teachers well sourced" Pollen Heath, Builder, Gabriola Island

Still need more convincing?

Here's a few reasons why taking this course will be the course to add to your planting skills and life....

Richard started as an organic farmer in Alberta. Not an easy task in the early 70's in conservative Alberta. He applied his organic farming skills to 3 acres of bare horse pasture where 25 years later stood a lush self-sustaining forest garden. With over 400 nut trees, seven stories of food, fiber, fuel and medicinal bearing perennial plants and vines, this is a, if not the, premier food forest in Canada.

Having converted a degraded piece of land into an abundant mix of rare, unique nut, fruit and medicinal plants from all over the world, he is one of Canada's most experienced food foresters. We are incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to learn from Richard. He's a practicing gardener, plant breeder and herbalist.

His food forest was and is so successful that as students we can save years of trial and error by learning from him. This course attracts some of the leaders in the fields of permaculture, organic gardening, food forestry, urban homesteading and sustainability. The wealth of knowledge brought by the course participants will add to this unique opportunity to learn, share and network with others involved with regenerative land care.

"Richard gives information for our Canadian climate, when he showed pictures of his food forest in the snow, I knew I was in the right course. Richards knowledge of food forestry was everything I was hoping for - incredible.
If you are going to be establishing a food forest of any size, I would highly recommend spending some time with Richard Walker." Bruce Cayford, Electronics Technician, Walkerton, ONT

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Comment by Paul Pilon on August 24, 2012 at 8:12pm

Richard is amazing. This should be a must event for anyone interested in food, nutrition, food security, permaculture and food forests.

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