Regenerative Earth Apprenticeship Program 2024

Apply Permaculture principles to real life Earth Care! 

Three month apprenticeship, June 15- Sept 15, 2023, living, working and learning on a permaculture farm in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.

Curricula includes: Sense of Place, Botany Basics, Gardening/ farming practices, Herbal Medicine Making, Foraging, Energy Flows, Mycology, Chickens, Homestead Skills and more!

For more info visit http://www.vivaculture.org  contact Terri Wilde

2024 Spring Permaculture Events

Spring Events and Workshops

There are a lot of exciting events this year. Meet ups, Plant and Seed swaps and some excellent classes. Hopefully you see something that interests you or a friend.

Permaculture Meet-Up at Inspiration Farm February 23 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

A Free gathering time for People interested in Permaculture from Whatcom county to come together and discuss ideas. Come bring your idea to share! Please RSVP here.

The Whatcom Permaculture events bring together like-minded individuals who are interested in sustainability, agriculture, and community building. It’s a chance to meet others with similar interests, share knowledge, and collaborate on projects.

From permaculture meet-ups to grafting workshops, there are a wealth of learning experiences available. Events like the grafting workshop offer hands-on experience that goes beyond theoretical knowledge. The International Permaculture Day event not only celebrates the global impact of permaculture but also facilitates people from various backgrounds come together to share their unique approaches and experiences.

For those looking to start or get involved in permaculture projects, these events are a perfect place to find potential collaborators or mentors. Networking can lead to new opportunities and initiatives. Seeing permaculture principles in action and hearing from those who have successfully implemented them can serve as a powerful source of inspiration and creativity.

Overall, the excitement surrounding the Whatcom Permaculture events stems from the dynamic combination of education, practical application, and community development centered around a sustainable and ecologically mindful way of living.

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Salish Seed Swap 2024 February 24 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Salish Seed Swap and Several venders of local plant, speciality seeds and plant related products will be Selling their unique offerings. Read more

Salish Seed Swap 2024

PDC Zoom Information Session

Join us for an Information Packed Zoom Circle. February 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

A space to share an overview of what a PDC is and how we have organized one here in whatcom county. We will answer your questions about what a Permaculture Design Certificate course is all about.

  • Why is the Whatcom Hands on PDC unique
  • What you can hope to get out of it
  • How it can influence your life and career for the better
  • How it can help build a better relationship with yourself, your food, community and the environment.

We look forward to sharing with you during this session. Please RSVP here. We will send you a Zoom link.


Permaculture Meet-up at Queen Mountain Homestead March 29 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

 Queen Mountain Homestead (QHM) is an 8-acre intergenerational family home and educational demonstration site nestled on the western flank of Bellingham’s Queen Mountain.  In the spring of 2016, after a decade+ of designing, building and maintaining permaculture landscapes across Washington (and internationally), we became the designer-stewards of our forever home. Please RSVP here


Grafting and Plant Propagation

March 10 th 11am – 2:00 pm

Learn to Create your own Fruit Nursery Stock. Fruit Tree Grafting and Plant Propagation from Cuttings Read more

Grafting and Plant Propagation

Scythes the Cutting Edge!

Scythes the Cutting Edge! April 28th 10am – 3pm

Sell the Weed Eater and use a Scythe! Maintain your body, not your machines. Learn the sharper points of this elegant tool. Thought to be old school, but better blades and an ergonomic set up makes them one of the most efficient tools out there. Learn what makes a good scythe, how to select a scythe for your needs and … Read more


International Permaculture Day Tour & Plant Swap May 4th, 2-5pm – Free! –

We will celebrate International Permaculture Day May 4th 2024! A day to showcase permaculture around the world.  Throughout the year we have a variety of permaculture Events, Tours and Workshops at Inspiration farm. This year we will have a tour and Plant Swap for International Permaculture Day on Saturday May 4th, 2-5pm.  An opportunity to experience permaculture and meet its practitioners. Visitors can see … Read more

International Permaculture Day Tour & Plant Swap

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PDC Zoom Information Session

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February 28 @ 7:00 pm 8:00 pm

Join us for an Information Packed Zoom Circle.

A space to share an overview of what a PDC is and how we have organized one here in whatcom county.

We will answer your questions about what a Permaculture Design Certificate course is all about.

  • Why is the Whatcom Hands on PDC unique
  • What you can hope to get out of it
  • How it can influence your life and career for the better
  • How it can help build a better relationship with yourself, your food, community and the environment.

We look forward to sharing with you during this session.

Please RSVP below and we will send you a Zoom link.

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Brian Kerkvliet

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Permaculture Meet-up at Queen Mountain Homestead

March 29 @ 4:00 pm 7:00 pm

Interests at your site: gardens, orchards, silvoculture, peri-urban homesteading, water management, community, chickens

Site description: Queen Mountain Homestead (QHM) is an 8-acre intergenerational family home and educational demonstration site nestled on the western flank of Bellingham’s Queen Mountain.  In the spring of 2016, after a decade+ of designing, building and maintaining permaculture landscapes across Washington (and internationally), we became the designer-stewards of our forever home.

Over the last 8 years, we have practiced phased implementation of abundant gardens and orchards; operated a silviculture system with American Guinea Hogs and a large flock of chickens; managed beautiful native forests dealing with climate change; and grown and expanded a strong human community of family and friends. 

With a background in urban landscaping and gardening, our site offers not only tangible examples for small scale rural homesteading, but also showcases techniques appropriate for urban and suburban backyards.

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Permaculture Meet-Up at Inspiration Farm

February 23 @ 4:00 pm 6:00 pm

A Free gathering time for People interested in Permaculture from Whatcom county to come together and discuss ideas. Tour Inspiration Farm in the Winter
Agenda– Tour, talk, swap plants and seeds. Simulate and educate through demonstrations of water harvesting landscapes, soil building, animal integration, growing techniques, tours, and workshops.

Learn more about Whatcom PC Meet-Ups Here. Host one at your place.

Come bring your idea to share! How can we Showcase permaculture?

After the tour we invite you to stay for an informal discussion. How can we move Permaculture forward here in Whatcom county. How can we as a community form guilds of different skill sets, aid in promoting permaculture related events and work within our community to install systems such as food forests, lending libraries, speakers forum and cooperative nurseries.

An opportunity to experience permaculture and meet its practitioners. Visitors can see these myriad initiatives, ask questions and see for themselves a permaculture design system. Learn how theses systems have relevance to the challenges we face. By Creating communities that are resilient in the face of undesirable and unforeseeable impacts.
Hope to see you there! 

This months meet up will be hosted at Inspiration Farm

Join us at 617 E Laurel Rd. 4-6 PM, tour, talk, share seeds and plants

Some ideas of topics for this months gathering.

  • Water,
  • Seed Saving
  • Pruning trees
  • Community organizations.
  • What is the plant of the month?

Registrations are closed for this event


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 International Permaculture Day tour and plant swap

February 24 @ 2:46 pm

We will celebrate International Permaculture Day

May 4th 2024! A day to showcase permaculture around the world. 

Throughout the year we have a variety of permaculture Events, Tours and Workshops at Inspiration farm.

This year we will have a tour and Plant Swap for International Permaculture Day on Saturday May 4th, 2-5pm. 

An opportunity to experience permaculture and meet its practitioners. Visitors can see first hand an established permaculture system and ask questions. See how the permaculture design system has relevance to the challenges we face and to creating communities and environments that are resilient.

Now in its 14th year, International Permaculture Day has grown rapidly from its roots as an Australian initiative to a global day of permaculture celebrated in over 35 countries.

If you are planning on attending the tour please consider carpooling with others. Folks with plants to sell or swap can arrive at 1:30 Guided tour will be from 2-3. Self guided tour and plant sale/swap will be from 3-5. Look forward to seeing you all!

You can shop for plants ahead of time and I will have them ready for you to pick up. We are donating 10% of all sales towards the Salish Seed Garden Project. We will also have a place to trade or gift plants and seeds to other attendants.  To sell or trade you can show up a little early say 1-1:30 and set up. You can bring a table or display on the ground or the back of your car or truck.

Imagine Permaculture

I will share with you an overview of what Permaculture is and some of the strategies used to implement it on your land. Ethics, concepts, strategies and themes of design will form a basis of understanding of how to partner with nature to create a resilient abundant regenerative system.

We offering these tours to further develop the connection between the farm and the community. Tours are a great way to learn and visit the farm and pick up some permaculture food at the same time. See first hand what it takes to turn a landscape into a productive, vibrant, resilient, regenerative system. We will show you what makes Permaculture and Biodynamic farming systems thrive in food abundance at the same time as we regenerate the land, create habitat, clean and store water and build soil! Tours generally cover land, water, nutrient, biomass and animal management systems. Nursery Plant sales and more. This may be altered according to people on the tours interest and questions.

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Resilient Whole System Design Strategies

Inspiration Farm is an 11 acre homestead styled farm founded in 1994. Integrating Biodynamic and Permaculture practices in relation to annual & perennial food systems, animal husbandry, appropriate technology, land/water nutrient management. 

As a co-steward of Inspiration Farm for the past 25 years, Brian has a wide breadth of practical knowledge on how to partner with natural systems to bring forth stability and abundance. Having completed three full Permaculture design certificate courses, he now does consultation work for others who want to fast track the establishment of resilient system on their land. Brian teaches workshops at Inspiration Farm pertaining to the many aspects for designing and living within a resilient system that provides for most of the food, fiber, fuel and medicine needed to live a happy healthy life while restoring the ecosystem. His enthusiasm to share this with a wider audience shows in all that he does.

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Salish Seed Swap

February 24 @ 12:00 pm 3:00 pm

At the – Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship Downstairs, 1207 Ellsworth St, Bellingham, WA 98225

Open to the public -12 noon to 3pm

$10 suggested donation, at the door. No one turned away for lack of funds
Early entrance (11:30 am) for members of the Salish Seed Guild and people bringing seeds to share
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Several venders of local plant, speciality seeds and plant related products will be Selling their unique offerings.

Please Bring your own Envelops to package bulk seeds being offered.

Become a Salish Seed Member, Click here

Free Presentations and Workshops

  • 1pm – Learn About the Salish Seed Guild & Preserving local seed heritage!
  • 2pm – Garden Strategies for the PNW

Help us promote it, Download the poster and Here is the link to the FB Event share away on social media!

Join us as a Vendor, here are the details:

If you are interested in vending your garden related products to hundreds of people at the Annual Seed Swap, we have a few spaces available first come first served. This will augment our free and barter related seed swap event.

The cost to have a booth space to sell at the seed swap is $30 paid in advance. To secure one of 6 vending tables make your payment using the donate button. You can also send a check using the information on the Donation Page. Let us a know that it is for vending at the 2023 Seed Swap event. If you would like to talk more about it you can call Brian at 360-319-2029

2023 Salish Seed Swap Gathering

The Salish Seed Guild is a project of Sustainable Bellingham

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Permaculture Design Course F.A.Q.s


Permaculture is a global social movement centered around the grassroots training of a system of holistic ecological design. It aims to improve the lives of all people while conserving and regenerating ecosystems everywhere. The design system makes use of locational values, ecosystem models, and patterns in nature. It draws on traditional knowledge and modern science. Permaculture is also a personal practice of applying permaculture ethics and principles to one’s life, while exploring and sharing empirical findings about the natural and human worlds.” 

~Permaculture Institute of North America, FAQ’s

Permaculture design is rooted in 3 core ethics (Care of the Earth; Care of People; and,  Fair Share), which guide the application of ~12 design principles (see permacultureprinciples.com for examples).  Permaculture ethics and principles can be used as tools for creatively thinking about any real life situation.

Permaculture practitioners observe at various levels , such as cycles in nature, cultural norms and practices, and patterns of social behavior, both personal and interpersonal. These observation skills are key in finding ways to transition toward regenerative systems.  Permaculture uses ecological principles to design sustainable human communities that are harmoniously woven into the environment, aiming to have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems.  

Permaculture focuses on designing systems that can adapt and thrive in changing conditions. Permaculture design principles enable the creation of self-sustaining systems that require less input over time and are more resistant to external shocks. Permaculture emphasizes the importance of biodiversity and the interconnectedness of all living beings. It aims to teach techniques for designing productive, regenerative, and sustainable food systems. By gaining the skills to grow your own food and manage resources effectively, you can contribute to food sovereignty and reduce your reliance on industrial food production.

A Permaculture Design Certificate course (PDC) is a comprehensive educational program that covers the principles and techniques of Permaculture Design. A typical PDC involves at least 72-hours of class time. Upon completing the curriculum, participants are awarded Permaculture Design Certificates. For more information on PDC’s writ large, check out Permaculture Institute of North America’s FAQs about PDCs. 

It is common for PDCs to include a combination of classroom lectures, hands-on activities, design exercises, and group discussions. The certificate obtained after completing a PDC is recognized internationally as a standard in permaculture education. It can be valuable for individuals pursuing careers or projects related to sustainable agriculture, landscape design, community development, and ecological restoration. The PDC certification represents a solid foundation of knowledge and practical skills in permaculture design, empowering individuals to apply these principles in various settings.

There are many compelling on-line and destination PDC’s offered these days. So why take the Whatcom PDC? We believe that permaculture thinking and skills are best learned in-person and in contact with the plants and landscapes participants will work with after the course. Ideally, the PDC is not a one off experience, but a foundational step in building supportive relationships with people and places.

Here’s some of what’s special about Whatcom PDC:

– place-based bioregional education

– multiple educational sites at varying scales and stages of development

– multiple instructors with unique experiences, insights and styles

– a two month time lapse for observing slight seasonal change on the sites.  

– a diversity of instructional styles for a diversity of learning styles, including sensory learning (ex. smelling healthy compost; seeing nutrient dense leaf color; hearing a functional motor; tasting successful ferments; or touching silty soil)

– hands-on skill practice

– relationships you can keep up after the course is over

The Whatcom Permaculture Design Course provides an opportunity to join a like-minded community of individuals passionate about sustainability and permaculture. You can connect with fellow participants, share knowledge, and collaborate on future projects. By taking the 2024 Whatcom PDC, participants not only learn new tools and skills; they begin building a more resilient future with their classmates in the community.

This multi-site course will take place on the ancestral lands of the Lhaq’temish and Nooksack peoples, who have lived and stewarded this land since time immemorial.

Queen Mountain Homestead is an 8-acre intergenerational family home; biodiversity bank; therapeutic space; and demonstration site nestled on the western flank of Bellingham's Queen Mountain.  Our team of family and friends has been stewarding here since 2016. Over the last 8 years, we have practiced phased implementation of gardens and fruit and nut orchards; operated a silvoculture system with American Guinea Hogs and chickens; managed beautiful native forests; and grown and expanded a strong community of family and friends.  Increasingly, we grow a significant portion of our own food (as well as for sale) and are expanding our living inventory of useful plants. Queen Mountain Homestead not only offers tangible examples for rural homesteading, but also showcases techniques appropriate for urban and suburban settings rooted in our decades of experience designing, building and maintaining landscapes.

Inspiration Farm is located 6 miles North of Bellingham in Whatcom County. It has been a prime showcase of permaculture in action for over 20 years. The 9 acre farm was founded by Brian and Alexandra in 1994 when they started raising their two daughters and stewarded the land. They host tours and workshops in hope to Inspire others. Inspiration Farm highlights the roles of animals in the landscape, Water integrated earthworks, perennial food forest guilds, seed saving and appropriate technology. More information can be found on Inspiration Farm's website

These sites will be the primary hosts throughout the course. Visits to additional local sites may be woven into the developing schedule.

Everyone! Permaculture provides tools and skills for whole system thinking applicable to a diversity of lifestyles and professions. Past students have included:

  • Homesteaders
  • Architects
  • City planners
  • Software engineers
  • Regenerative landscapers
  • Earth repair enthusiasts
  • School teachers
  • Community organizers
  • Gardeners!
  • And, more! All are welcome! 

Design professionals can add new qualifications to their resumes and offer improved services to their clients. Homeowners, gardeners, and farmers learn to increase the value and productivity of their property and to create home and land environments that better support their own needs as well as nature’s. Real estate, construction, and development professionals are able to better address the public’s growing concern for the environment and to reduce resource use and impacts.  Educators learn to integrate permaculture design into their curriculum in ways that have been proven to raise student performance.  Planners and public officials find holistic solutions to land-use and resource issues, and will identify and solve bottlenecks and impediments to implementing their programs. Energy, water, and waste-systems workers will learn holistic management strategies for integrating their projects into the larger community.

Certification is an important step for the following:

  • teach classes on permaculture be they short workshops, presentations or permaculture design courses
  • running a business that uses Permaculture as a stated guiding force, or,
  • working as a Permaculture consultant or designer 

While a PDC certificate is a necessary step for those hoping to use Permaculture design professionally, there are many other values for PDC students.  These include the shifts in thoughts and feelings that occur through engaging  with whole systems design thinking,  the sense of camaraderie that the PDC learning community imbues and many fun and practical tricks for integrating your values with your lifestyle.

There will be some homework, reading, video viewing and other exercises suggested to be completed  between class times. These will augment the course material. As the saying goes you are likely to get out of the course what you put into it. So it goes for these assignments. They are optional but highly recommended. The amount of time may vary between 1-5 hours per week.

Throughout the course we will be offering foundational online presentations covering additional concepts and content. These will be hosted on Zoom and offer more depth for those who are interested. They will be recorded to provide an asynchronous option for those who can’t make the timing work with their schedules. The goal of this format is to prioritize our in-person time for hands-on and interactive learning.

Students who miss a day(s), are encouraged to read available handouts and catch up with other students to learn what they learned. At times there will be midweek opportunities to do hands-on activities related to the course work which may supplement missed class time. There is no penalty for missing day(s). We do appreciate knowing in advance when participants have scheduled absent days. This helps us plan our hands on projects in particular.

At selected times, both Queen Mountain Homestead and Inspiration Farm will be open for bonus hands-on learning in between the scheduled course weekends. In other words, we will be maintaining our sites between class times and would love to continue building community with participants while taking care of real homestead business! Stay tuned.

Scholarships are a way for us to ensure that this course is available to all who want to learn Permaculture skills with us, especially those who bear the brunt of systemic forms of disenfranchisement and marginalization.

If you need financial help let us know and we will send you an application. Applications are due April 1st, Don't delay, no kidding

If you are able to pay more, it goes to support those who need it.

Work trading is another way in which we try to make this course possible for those in need of a cost reduction. “Work traders” work alongside facilitators before, during, and after class time in exchange for reduced tuition; they help operate the course through tasks like, set-up and clean-up of the classroom, facilities and preparing for hands-on projects. Let us know if you are interested in learning more.

One of the tried and true takeaways for PDC participants is the impression left by living, albeit temporarily, in a permaculture community and interacting with landscape at the edges of the day.  Camping maximizes your time in good conversation and experience with your inspired cohort. If you want to camp, but camping gear is a barrier to participation, please let us know so we can troubleshoot with you.

What to bring on the course days: 

  • A Backpack, or day bag 
  • Clothing you can work in, ie.get dirty, such as work pants, gloves, crusty outdoor jacket, etc. Avoid wearing clothes you don’t want to get dirty.
  • Sun protection, ie. sunscreen, sun hat and/or sunglasses; and/or, rain gear, i.e. boots, jacket
  • A notebook and/or camera for taking notes.
  • A small sitting pad and/or blanket for keeping warm.
  • Favorite handy tool, ie. pocket knife, multi-tool, pruners, Hori Hori, Kama, or serrated sickle
  • Your own cup, plate/bowl and utensils
  • Please feel free to bring your favorite tea or other treats to share.

A more complete list will be sent out once you are confirmed for the course.

Due to the presence of livestock and other farm animal dynamics, we ask that you make arrangements to leave your pets behind. 

A refund will be issued, minus a $100 administrative fee, up to 60 days before the course start date.

After 60 days, a full refund will be given if you fill your spot.

If you do not fill your spot, a 50% refund will be given up to 30 days prior to the course start date.

No refunds will be granted after 30 days prior to the course start date.

Personal hardships, like family emergencies, will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We reserve the right to cancel class with full refund given minus transaction fees. 

Refunds will also be granted in the event of canceled class time due to extreme weather, such as unsafe smoke particle levels.

For additional questions, please contact us.

Permaculture Design Certificate Course 2024

Re-Skilling for a Regenerative Culture

June – July – August

Upcoming opportunities to meet the core team and visit the sites. Please RSVP using the links

Whatcom Permaculture Design Course Overview:

Over 4 weekends and 1 immersive week, we will explore the foundations of regenerative culture.

Course content will include:

  • Permaculture ethics and design principles
  • Observation and critical thinking
  • Reading the landscape techniques
  • Pattern recognition
  • Basic Earth Science (soils, climate, hydrology)
  • Water management (earthworks, grey water)
  • Perennial plants, trees and guilds
  • Bioremediation
  • Herbalism and plant allies
  • Personal and interpersonal skills
  • Structures and construction
  • Surveying and mapping
  • Solar design and appropriate technology
  • System resilience and disaster preparedness
  • Community structures and alternative governance
  • and, more tidbits along the way.

4 Weekends and 5 Days

Keep scrolling for pricing, format, and more details.


Course Format:

The course will be a mix of in-person weekend sessions, a week-long intensive, and some on-line presentations, plus optional mid-week extracurricular work sessions for those hungry for more.

We will learn through lectures, small and large group discussions, reflection/observation exercises and lots of hands-on skills practice. We will also provide suggested reading material, videos and zoom sessions to be viewed on your own time as primers for our in person sessions. Expect some homework toward the end of the course.

The first three weekend sessions will be hosted at Queen Mountain Homestead. Course time will run from Saturday mornings to Sunday evenings. Overnight camping is available onsite and encouraged. Saturday evening we will share potluck feasts (significant others welcome). Bring your own lunches and Sunday morning breakfast . An outdoor kitchenette will be available for simple food prep. Coffee, tea and water will be provided throughout.

Student Design Sessions: July 21st

This is scheduled time for students to gather with their design teams to socialize and dig into their capstone design projects.

Inspiration Farm : July 13th & 14th ; July 29th – Aug. 2nd (5 day Intensive )

We will dive deeper into content during the week-long campout, while giving you an immersive taste of Permaculture living at Inspiration Farm.  In addition to more hands-on practice, you will work with a team of fellow students on a capstone design project. Your team will present your project to the whole learning community at the end of the week. The final day will also include: a certification and closing ceremony; a celebratory feast (loved ones welcome); and, a talent show of epic proportions.

Fresh meals will be prepared on-site by a local chef for lunch and dinner all week. Breakfast will be DIY with seasonal ingredients provided by us. Coffee, tea, water and fruit will be available throughout. Let us know your dietary restrictions on your registration form. We are happy to accommodate.


The Whatcom PDC Core Team:


Queen Mountain Homestead

  • Paul Kearsley – lead instructor
  • Jane Campbell – lead instructor
  • Elizabeth Chace – social PC & hands-on
  • Ryan Chace – hands-on & site support

Inspiration Farm

  • Brian Kerkvliet – lead instructor
  • Alexandra King – admin, finances, hands on site support
Check out the Instructors page for bios and guest instructor updates

We acknowledge that Whatcom (Xwotʼqom) County is the ancestral and current home of the Lhaq’temish & Nooksack people.  As the descendants of displaced settlers, we acknowledge how much we have to relearn about place-based living. Actively, we seek ways to honor and uplift how the Lhaq’temish & Nooksack nations live out resilience, resist displacement and embody regenerative culture. We acknowledge that the permaculture movement was in part built on the appropriation of indigenous knowledge.  We take it as our ongoing responsibility to watch for and address this harmful pattern. We believe that, despite this history, permaculture can be used as a tool for healing the deep wounds of disconnection inflicted by colonialism on indigenous and settler communities, and, the more-than-human world we share.


PDC Course Pricing

Secure your spot with a $500 deposit

Early Bird price: $1,700.00 ( Due March 1st)

Full price: $2,000, after March 1st

Benefactor price: $2,200 (extra payment helps provide scholarships to other students; enquire for more info)

Payments cover all course materials, camping, field trips and a week of amazing local meals.

Some Scholarships are availablecontact us for more details. Applications Due April 1st Donations to the Scholarship fund are welcome. Help those who need it.

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2024 PDC Scholarship note:

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Let us know below if you have any thoughts or questions. Or if you want get on the list for future courses.


$1,700.00 March 1st early bird

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Scythes the Cutting Edge!

April 28 @ 10:00 am 3:00 pm

Sell the Weed Eater and use a Scythe!

Maintain your body, not your machines. Learn the sharper points of this elegant tool. Thought to be old school, but better blades and an ergonomic set up makes them one of the most efficient tools out there. Learn what makes a good scythe, how to select a scythe for your needs and how to properly maintain it for years of efficient use. Participants will be able to try out a number of different blades and snaths (handles) to learn the benefits of each.

Discounts available for couples.

Make sure to reserve your space by Registering Here.

Make sure to reserve your space by Registering Here

Topics to be covered

  • Scythe – parts, styles, blades, snathes
  • Scythe setup and adjustments.
  • Mowing technique stance, angle, swing.
  • Mowing pattern strategies, fences, trees, working as a team.
  • Sharpening, Peening the blade
  • Fixing nicks and cracks
  • Sharpening with a stone

April 28 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

“As the grass is starting to grow, we are getting ready to mow! Now is the time to look at your tools and see if they need any maintenance, sharpening, oiling or adjusting.“

This took me 5 minutes and I did not break a sweat!

“Best Tool for the Job” presentation for the PNW Permaculture Convergence 2020

If you are considering getting a new Scythe setup you can contact Alexander at Scythe Works and see if he has what you are looking for. 

Other Scythe resources

Co-sponsored by Transition Whatcom

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