Author: Brian K

Permaculture Course Update

1 Comment

As we move closer to the start of our Whatcom Hands On Permaculture Design Course, We wanted to share an update of how things are progressing. At this point the course is half full, with a half a dozen or so interested and thinking about it.

We would like to offer an incentive for people to sign up.

  • We are extending the early bird price of $1600 till May 1st, $200 off the regular price
  • Sign up a friend and get $100 off of your tuition.
  • Sign up as a couple and get a $200 discount

We are really looking forward to getting into the nuts and bolts of the class schedule. If we have not reached minimum enrollment by May 5th, we will strategically pivot to a slightly different format.  We would still continue to offer some of the course content, but as stand-alone workshops conducted throughout the Spring and Summer. 

Upcoming Events

Here are a few upcoming events if you are interested in meeting us or visiting a site prior to the course.  These are also great opportunities to meet other people in our area interested in Permaculture.  They are also a great chance to invite your friends who may be exploring some of these ideas ; )

Saturday, April 23rd-  9 - 2pm Whatcom Farm Expo Exhibition Free! Put on by the Whatcom Conservation District. Come visit us at this trade convention for our local Agricultural Community.  More information at their Website, Eventbrite, and Facebook event, pages.

Friday, April 29 -  4 - 6pm Permaculture Meet-up at Inspiration Farm: Free! Come meet and chat with our local Permaculture Community.  We can share ideas, plants, books or tools. 

Sunday, May 1st - 2 - 5pm  International Permaculture DayFree! We are hosting a Plant sale/swap as well as a site tour.  Bring plants to share or a little bit of cash for purchasing and join us.

Saturday, May 14 - 10 - 4pm Food Forest & Permaculture Guild Plants $40 Workshop at Inspiration Farm.

Permaculture course weekends you can attend separately!

We will be offering certain modules of the course as a stand-alone workshops for people who are interested in specific topics but may not be able to commit to an entire course.  The cost will be $200 per weekend.  Please share these opportunities with anybody you know who may be interested.  Thanks. 

Weekend #1  May 21st and 22nd $200

The first weekend will cover the Foundations of Permaculture overview and logistics of the whole course. This will be an introduction to the foundations of permaculture. If you decide you are interested in taking the whole course you may roll this fee into the total cost of the course.

The first two information packed days we will cover permaculture defined; observation skills; ethics and the basis of ecological design; permaculture principles. We will include a comprehensive site tour with observation skill exercises while looking at indicators of sustainability, and how to use them. We will address whole systems thinking and how to look at fast track succession as it applies to design strategies.


Weekend #2  June 4th and 5th $200

The second weekend we will look at Designing within a Pattern Literacy Context. We will also be joined by the renowned permaculture designer and practitioner Doug Bullock. As we look at topography, geology, climate and microclimates Designing from patterns to details using natural patterns as a design tool. Looking at the overview of the permaculture design process and methods of design using the Zone and Sector System.

Day two we will go into the Roles of Trees and Plants. How do these elements relate to developing a stable system. Polyculture plants and their many functions. Methods for propagation, care and the yields they offer back to the system.  Strategic design of plant communities for the orchard food forest system including; hedgerows, windbreaks, shelter belts and the home garden.


Weekend #3  June 18th and 19th $200

This third weekend will focus on  Soil and Water. On Saturday, we will explore the complex, living, breathing edge between the earth and the sky.  By exploring the dynamic Soil Food Web, we will learn about both the geological and ecological relationships which best facilitate plant growth.  Sunday will explore Water Systems and provide a practical and accessible approach to this most critical infrastructure.  We will look at Residential Irrigation systems that connect the garden to the home.  We will also explore Domestic Plumbing systems such as the kitchen sink, toilet and grey water irrigation.  We’ll learn how to troubleshoot simple problems that homeowners and renters may encounter in everyday life.


Weekend #4  July 9th and 10th $200

This Fourth weekend will focus on  Social Relations and Practical Tools. We will also be joined by the renowned permaculture designer Penny Livingston.  On Saturday we will explore awesome Community Projects happening within the scope of Permaculture Design.  We will also investigate social relationships between ourselves, each other and our larger consumer culture as well as how to design in the Human Landscape.  On Sunday, we will learn How to Use and Care for Tools.  Both hand tools and power tools are an essential part of any land-based work.  We will cover the basic tool kit, trade-specific kits, power tools, safety and maintenance.

Categories: event, information, news Tags: Tags: , , , ,

Upcoming Permaculture Events 2022

No Comments

As we enter the new year, we are excited to offer paths towards abundant solutions.

We have been quietly hibernating during the past few years of Covid but feel it is time to reboot and get this information out to people who need it. With all the issues facing us at this time we feel we compelled to share solutions that help people learn positive ways to move forward in their own life.

Collectively we are facing so many challenges; from supply chain issues, drought, flood, fires, inflation, healthcare crisis, to ecosystem degradation and social collapse. There are tools in the Permaculture tool box that can solve all these issues.

We would like to invite you to take check out the offerings for this year, and look forward to sharing solutions to the problems of our time.


“Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex,

the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.”

― Bill Mollison founder of Permaculture


Hands on Permaculture Design Certificate Course Event! May through July, Learn the skills to work with nature to create integrated Permaculture systems of abundance and productivity! Early bird price ends soon. Find out more »

Permaculture Tour and Meet-Up Feb 25 Inspiration farm, Free!

A Free gathering time for People interested in Permaculture from Whatcom county to come together and discuss ideas. Agenda-- Tour, talk, swap plants seeds, books. After the tour we invite you to stay for an informal discussion. How can we move…
Find out more »

Circle of Permes

Great Grafting / Propagation Gathering March 12th, $20

Create your own Fruit Nursery Stock. Fruit Tree Grafting and Propagation from Cuttings. Pruning season is upon us! Remember to save scion wood for the Grafting Gathering! You can learn how to collect scion wood here. Bring Apple, Pear, Plum…
Find out more »


Practical Permaculture Immersion Weekend March 19th & 20th, $150

A fun filled Permaculture Immersion Weekend. We will illustrate practical ways to design an integrated living system that that partners with nature and is self regulating, abundant and resilient. Whether you are on an urban lot or a farm homestead,… Find out more »


Scythes the Cutting Edge! April  9th, $40

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. Find out more »


PERMACULTURE DAY TOUR & PLANT SALE / SWAP May 1st, Free!

We will celebrate International Permaculture Day May 1st 2022!

A day to showcase permaculture around the world.  An opportunity to experience permaculture and meet its practitioners. Visitors can see first hand an established permaculture system and ask questions. See how…
Find out more »


Food Forest & Permaculture Guild Plants May 14, $40

Plant a garden, eat for a year, plant a Food Forest Guild, eat for decades! This hands on workshop shares design elements necessary for a perennial food forest. Learn about fruit and nut trees as well as supper food berries… Find out more »


Permaculture Design Certificate Course, May through July, $1500

Hands on Event! Learn the skills to work with nature to create integrated Permaculture systems of abundance and productivity! Find out more »

4 weekends and a five day camp out.

  • Weekends May 21,22, June 4,5 & 18,19, July 9,10
  • Camp out design session July 18,19,20,21,22 –
  • 13 days total, Daily Time: 9am – 6pm

Categories: event Tags: Tags: , , , , ,

Spring Guild Walk, 2021

No Comments

We love Spring and all the smells, colors and aliveness it brings.

In an effort to share this with all of you I will do a series of live video session as well as post some of my observations here for you to enjoy and ponder.

Despite the whole COVID event that is playing out, nature is abundant, resilient and relentless in her determination to move forward.

Categories: information, Uncategorized Tags: Tags: ,

Major Rain Event

No Comments

Rain Event 2021

Here is a brief documentation of how a Permaculture designed system responded to a major flood event in Whatcom County. We got 10" of rain in 48 hours starting on November 13. This is a quick look at how permaculture designed system at Inspiration Farm responded to this event.

Stay tuned to this site to learn more about Permaculture and how it can help you design a more resilient and abundant landscape in uncertain times.

News Flash!

We are planning a Hands On, In Person, Permaculture Design Certificate Course! Summer of 2022

Stay tuned for all the details.

Categories: tesimonial, video Tags: Tags: , ,

Terraforming Earthworks for a Water Retention Landscape

No Comments

Join us for a unique permaculture design earthworks experience! This workshop will give you firsthand insights into design considerations and principles based on the clients objectives. We will explain stages of the design process, from observation, working with the client, through to the final design and real live implementation on the property over the weekend.  Click here for all the details!

This workshop will cover reading the landscape for water retention and management. Diving into, Mapping, ponds, swales, reed-beds, terraces, key line design, implementation cover cropping and guild planting. This will be a hands-on workshop/installation, with earth moving equipment and lasers!Digging a Pond

OUTLINE:

  • Day one, will be introductions and an overview of the design considerations and the scope of the project. A site tour assessing information on, water, soils, access, structural positions, slope, orientation, zoning and sectors. 
  • Day two, we will demonstrate how to work with earthworks machine operators to achieve desired permaculture design goals.  Exercises in designing watersheds and a variety of strategies used.
  • Day three, we will fine tune aspects of the project and install cover crop and some of the food forest guilds. This workshop is intended to help you to become a more confident earthwork installer. You will get familiar with the equipment and strategies used to efficiently get the job done.
  • WHAT YOU CAN LEARN: Site Observation Skills, Site Assessment Process, Design Evolution Process, Earthworks Process, Design and Work Methodology, Site Restoration with Cover Crops and Guild Planting considerations.

PROJECT BRIEF: This workshop will implement a permaculture master plan by converting old pasture with invasive grasses into a diversified food forest. The project will encompass 5 of 20 acres. Over time the property will be used to host an educational center for nature based early childhood education and multi-generational skill building workshops focused on sustainable methods of food production and preservation. The long-term goal is to provide opportunities for the local community and visitors to reconnect with each other and nature while cultivating more harmonious and resilient relationships.

Lead Instruction by Brian Kerkvliet co-steward of Inspiration Farm and a 15 year Permaculture practitioner, designer, consultant. A Student of Geoff Lawton in design methodologies and earthworks for Permaculture projects. Brian has designed and installed numerous projects around the county.

When: August Friday 13th 12pm through Sunday 15th 4pm

Categories: Uncategorized

Weekly PC Zoom meeting

No Comments

What shall the topic be this month?
Starting seeds, bed prep, hard wood cuttings.

The last Friday of the month is regular Whatcom Permaculture meet up day. I propose we do a zoom meeting every Friday during COVID. Whoever wants to do a Zoom meeting Fridays at 6pm join us. I set it up here is the link

A Free gathering time for People interested in Permaculture from Whatcom county to come together and discuss ideas.

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 permaculture systems such as food forests, lending libraries, speakers forum and cooperative nurseries. Bring your idea to share!
How can we Showcase permaculture?
Open homes, gardens and farms, films, community gardens, educational workshops, permablitzes (garden makeovers) and more.

Brian Kerkvliet is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: whatcom PC meet up

Time: Apr 17, 2020 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Every week on Fri, 4 occurrence(s)

Apr 17, 2020 06:00 PM

Apr 24, 2020 06:00 PM

May 1, 2020 06:00 PM

May 8, 2020 06:00 PM

Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.

Weekly: https://us04web.zoom.us/…/uJEofuGsqTsr4kldw9_j4lfVPhkt…/ics…

Join Zoom Meeting https://us04web.zoom.us/j/555984701…

Meeting ID: 555 984 701 Password: 192245

Categories: event, information, video

Whatcom PDC Covid-19 Update

No Comments

Greetings Resilient Whatcom PDC 2020 Students and Friends our Hands-on PDC has been postponed, However...

At this juncture we are excited to offer you several new choices to get your Permaculture Design Certificate.

1) If you would like to get your PDC certification now via an online course we offer you the opportunity to enroll at Oregon State University world class PDC. They have offered to open this up to our students at a discount as a result of Covid-19 affecting many face to face courses. 

OSU offers the full course content taught by two of our top Cascadia colleagues, Marisha Auerbach and Andrew Millison, along with many guest experts. This class has been offered by OSU for the past 8 years and is PINA certified. They will partner with us so that we can act as your local mentors helping guide you through the 10 week self paced course. Our students will receive weekly support and guidance from Brian and Bruce!

To find more information and to enroll in OSU’s online PDC program, the link is here.

When you register for the OSU PDC please make sure to use the promo code BKPerm and you will receive a 5% discount. About $45 off the regular price. We will start our group by May 1 so please register before then and let us know.

If you decide to do the OSU course we could plan to do an optional hands-on workshop in the future. This would flush out your competency in permaculture design skills. There would be an addition cost.

We hope to offer this Hands-On, in-person PDC course in the future so that you may get the full experience. The dates are obviously yet to be determined. Stay posted for more on this.
If you would like a refund of your course tuition we are happy to offer you a refund. 

We hope to be able to provide some free content and information that will give some tools and things you can do right now as well as information to get your gardens and nursery production going in order to create some resilience for the near future. Sign up to receive notifications for events here.

We can also offer some virtual consultations and mentorships while still practicing physical distancing.

Thank you for bearing with this process. We hope you find a path that works for you at this time. If you have any questions don’t be afraid to ask.

Wishing you all health, insight and resilience during this time of reflection and interconnection.

Categories: event, information Tags: Tags: , ,

Turning Problems into Solutions?

No Comments

Here is Geoff talking about it "Engaging in permaculture design feels natural to everyone because it’s based on nature itself."

We will be teaching the system of Permaculture design here in the Pacific Northwest this Spring. As the global systems become more unstable, We invite you to join us on this amazing resilient journey!

Permaculture (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permacu...) integrates land, resources, people and the environment through mutually beneficial synergies – imitating the no waste, closed loop systems seen in diverse natural systems. Permaculture applies holistic solutions that are applicable in rural and urban contexts and at any scale. It is a multidisciplinary toolbox including agriculture, water harvesting and hydrology, energy, natural building, forestry, waste management, animal systems, aquaculture, appropriate technology, economics and community development.

Categories: information, tesimonial Tags: Tags: , ,

Regenerative Agriculture: A Solution to Climate Change

No Comments

Regenerative agricultural practices have enormous potential in stabilizing the climate. What will it take to implement these practices across the board?

Brian Kerkvliet - Transitional Farm Planning for Ecology - Global Earth Repair Conference 2019

Jun 20, 2019 Global Earth Repair Conference. As a co-steward of Inspiration Farm for the past 25 + years, Brian Kerkvliet has a wide breadth of practical knowledge on how to partner with natural systems to bring forth stability and abundance.

Categories: information, video Tags: Tags: , ,

Spring Whatcom Permaculture Events

No Comments

Here is a short listing of events that will be happening before the PDC this year in May. If you want to visit or talk about the course come find us at one of these events.

🌿 Permaculture & Beyond Workshop FREE!

Permaculture and Beyond: Transform Your Life, Job, Landscapes, Planet and Consciousness! Thursday, Feb 20 4:30-6:30pm Fairhaven Auditorium

Learn the foundations of Permaculture and explore real-life examples of this powerful universally applicable holistic design system that regeneratively works with nature to provide for human and ecosystem needs and services. Free parking in the Fairhaven lot, it's marked 12A and is easy to find on maps.

🌿 Whatcom Permaculture Meet up Feb 28th

A Free gathering time for People interested in Permaculture from Whatcom county to come together and discuss ideas. Location to be determined


🌿 Great Grafting Gathering Sat. March 21st  $20

Create your own Fruit Nursery Stock. Fruit Tree Grafting and Propagation from Cuttings. Pruning season is upon us! Remember to save scion wood for the Grafting Gathering! Bring Apple, Pear, Plum varieties from your neighborhood. Share and graft to start new trees!

🌿 Permaculture intro Class at Coop March 26


🌿 Whatcom PC Meet up March 27th

A Free gathering time for People interested in Permaculture from Whatcom county to come together and discuss ideas. Location to be determined.


🌿 Fairhaven Neighbors' Plant and Tree Sale March 28th 9am-2pm

Stock up on hardy perennials and trees for early spring planting. Come find us and talk permaculture and pick up some plants.


🌿 Scythes the Cutting Edge  Sat. April 11th $40

Sell the weed eater and use a scythe! Maintain your body, not your machines. Learn the sharper points of this elegant tool.


🌿 Everson Plant Sale April 25 from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m

Everson garden club plant sale at the elementary school


🌿 Food Forest & Permaculture Guild Plants Sun. April 26th $40

Plant a garden, eat for a year, plant a Food Forest Guild, eat for decades! This hands on workshop shares design elements necessary for a perennial food forest.


🌿 Hands-On! Permaculture Design Certificate Course 2020

Learn the skills to work with nature to create integrated Permaculture systems of abundance and productivity! Food, Soil, Shelter, Energy, Water and a lot more: Design strategies and methods for truly sustainable, regenerative human integration with our biosphere. DATES: MAY 2-3; 16-17; 30-31; JUNE 13-14; and 22–26.

Categories: event, Uncategorized Tags: Tags: ,
%d bloggers like this: