Earthworks for a Water Resilient Landscape 2022

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August 27 @ 9:00 am August 28 @ 5:00 pm

Join us for a unique permaculture design earthworks experience! This workshop will give you firsthand insights into design considerations and principles based on 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. 

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!

OUTLINE:

  • First part of Day one will be at Inspiration Farm. It will include 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. A site tour to see an established system
  • Day One part 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 two 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.
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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 acres. 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.

Hello, & thanks for your interest in the 2022 “Designing a Water Retention Landscape” event.  My name is Hunter Wolf Lydon, and I have been a student of Permaculture since 2013.  After taking 2 PDC courses, a rainwater harvesting design workshop with Watershed Management Group in AZ, and studying soil through the SoiI Food Web School, I’ve realized the importance of soil and water.  I feel they are quite important for our survival, which is why I want to host this class and help develop a site where all creatures can relax, eat & enjoy themselves.

I’ve been stewarding the site we’ll be working on for the past 2.5 years. Spending that time observing, building soil, and planting vegetation that need little attention.  It’s a 5 acre parcel that’s quite wet, even standing water in some spots most of the year; however, dry in areas, for a portion of the summer.  The land is slightly sloped from both the East and West with a swale that splits the parcel in half.  Most of the soil is Whatcom Labounty clay, with some silty loam as well.  It’s been a pasture for as long as the neighbors can recall, with almost no trees or shrubs other than what I’ve planted.  It’s basically a blank canvas making it a great site to install earthworks that will direct and hold more water. 

I had the privilege of attending last year’s earthworks course and it was fantastic.  Brian Kerkvliet most certainly knows how to teach this material and is, in my opinion, a master in the field.  This is a great opportunity to learn valuable land stewarding information as the environment around us gets increasingly challenging, and water management becomes more important.

Thanks & we hope to see you in August. Hunter

When: August Sat 27th 9pm through Sunday 28th 5pm

Where:  Facilitated on location at the client’s property, mid county off Smith Rd.

Camping available, Lunches will be pot luck.

Cost: $325 |  Register before July 1st for the Early bird discount $275

Join Us, Space is limited, Payment due upon registration. 

Earthworks Workshop 2022

If you would rather pay by check you can make it out to Inspiration farm and mail it to 617 E Laurel Rd. Bellingham wa. 98226

For information on the course please contact Brian at Inspiration Farm or call 360-319-2029

For information on camping, food, the project site please contact Hunter

Details

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August 27 @ 9:00 am
End:
August 28 @ 5:00 pm
Cost:
$300
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Brian Kerkvliet
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617 E LAUREL RD
BELLINGHAM, Washington 98226 United States
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Social Relations and Practical Tools

July 9 @ 8:00 am July 10 @ 7:00 pm

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. 

Weekend #4  July 9th and 10th $200

This Fourth weekend will focus on  Social Relations and Practical Tools. 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.

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Brian Kerkvliet

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www.inspirationfarm.com

Queen Mountain Homestead

660 Montgomery
Bellingham, wa 98226 United States
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Soil and Water Systems

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June 18 @ 8:00 am June 19 @ 7:00 pm

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.  

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.

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$24.00 – $200.00 Weekend price

Brian Kerkvliet

3603987061

www.inspirationfarm.com

Queen Mountain Homestead

660 Montgomery
Bellingham, wa 98226 United States
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Designing within a Pattern Literacy Context

June 4 @ 8:00 am June 5 @ 7:00 pm

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.

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3603987061

www.inspirationfarm.com

Inspiration farm

617 E Laurel Rd
Bellingham, WA 98226 United States
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Whatcom’s Hands-On P.D.C. 2022

May 21 @ 8:00 am July 22 @ 6:00 pm


EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE BELLINGHAM’s PERMACULTURE DESIGN CERTIFICATION COURSE for 2022! 

THE COURSE IS HOSTED AT QUEEN MOUNTAIN HOMESTEAD, AND A WEEK CAMP INTENSIVE AT ONE OF WHATCOM’S PREMIER PERMACULTURE SITES ‘INSPIRATION FARM’.

DATES FOR THE COURSE ARE:

4 weekends, May – July and a 5 day Design Intensive Camp in July.

4 Weekends – May 21,22, June 4,5 & 18,19 July 9,10

Camp out Design Intensive – July 18,19,20,21,22

13 days total, 9am – 6pm Daily


PERMACULTURE COURSE OUTLINE:

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 that natural systems and our ecosystem.

Curriculum Includes: Permaculture Ethics and Design Principles, Pattern Recognition, Climate Factors and Weather, Water Management, Grey water, Soil, Trees, Earthworks, Bioremediation, Surveying and Mapping, Reading the Landscape. Class format includes lectures, discussions, hands-on activities and videos.

Permaculture Design Process camp out week:

Building on the foundation presented the first weekend sessions, knowledge and skills will be expanded and tied together. Leading to a final real life design exercise, mapping and placing elements within a holistic design. Including: Shelter Building, Solar Design, Climatic considerations, Community Structures, Urban Design, Animal Husbandry, Alternative Governance.

Design groups will present to the class for critique and comment. Optional on-site Camping with some meals will be available the last five days at Inspiration Farm. This will provide opportunities to immerse in the design process and partake in after hour activities. Amazing meals will be provided for the week long design intensive camp out. Prepared using locally sourced organic ingredients.

Locations: Local Bellingham permaculture models Queen Mountain Homestead and Inspiration Farm, one of the premier Northwest permaculture and biodynamic farms.

Audience tailored for: Students, landscapers, architects, developers, homesteaders, community planers, farmers, gardeners, or those seeking to be certified in Permaculture Design useful in a wide range of professions.

Instructed by:

Brian Kerkvliet from Inspiration Farm

Paul Kearsley from Tera Phoenix Design

Update!

Doug Bullock from the Bullock’s Permaculture Homestead will be joining us in June!


PENNY LIVINGSTON-STARK from the Regenerative Design Institute will be joining us in July!

More outstanding guest presenters still to be announced




We will be Covid Safe.

Practicing all state protocols and guidelines for gatherings of our size.

This may be adjusted as situations change.



What Does PERMACULTURE DESIGN CERTIFICATION (PDC) Curriculum Cover?

The curriculum covers a wide variety of subjects. The weekends are stand-alone with the first 4 sessions being a broad overview of design principles and strategies and the last week focusing on their practical application. The two weeks constitute the 72-Hour Design Permaculture Certification Course as designed by Permaculture co-founder, Bill Mollison. Participants who complete the full two-week curriculum earn the internationally recognized Permaculture Design Consultant Certification. To date, thousands of permaculture designers worldwide have been certified through this course, and now comprise a global network of educators and ecological activists who influence major corporations, individuals creating new business alternatives, and groups of committed people working together to change the way we view and design into our landscapes.

The order of topics in a course may change due to the presence of guest instructors, and emphasis on certain subjects may shift due to the needs and focus of the participants, such as urban or rural residents, city planners, farmers, and so on. This course will not make you an expert in any of the individual subjects covered, although in many cases we go into considerable depth. The point of the course is to introduce you to the relationships and synergies among the disciplines that permaculture connects. In a sense, permaculture creates an ecology made up of the many tools and concepts used to design sustainable communities. You will learn what these tools are and how to decide which to use, and when. The course will show you how these subjects connect leaving you with a whole systems design strategy to work with.



Pricing

Extended Early Bird price, Sign up before May 1st. just $1600!

Cost: Full price $1800, after May 1st

Includes all materials, Camping, field trips and some amazing local meals.

A few partial scholarships are availablecontact us for more details.

Cancellation Policy

A refund will be issued less $100 administrative fee up to 60 days before course. After 60 days a full refund will be given if you fill your spot. If you do not fill your spot, 50% refund up to 30 days, no refunds after 30 days before course. Hardships like family emergencies, etc. will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We reserve the right to cancel class with full refund given less transaction fees.

Permaculture Design Course 2022

Choose deposit or full price from the drop down menu above.
To Pay BY Check: Please make payable to Inspiration Farm and mail, or drop it by 619 E Laurel Rd Bellingham Wa. 98226. This saves us from having to pay the transaction fee, thank you!

Foundations of Permaculture

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May 21 @ 8:00 am May 22 @ 7:00 pm

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. 

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 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.

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$200.00 Weekend price

Brian Kerkvliet

3603987061

www.inspirationfarm.com

Inspiration farm

617 E Laurel Rd
Bellingham, WA 98226 United States
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360 398 7061
www.inspirationfarm.com

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April Permaculture Meet-up

April 29 @ 4:00 pm 6:00 pm

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

How can we showcase permaculture?
Open homes, gardens and farms, films, community gardens, educational workshops, permablitzes (garden makeovers) and more. It’s an opportunity to experience permaculture and meet its practitioners. Visitors can see these myriad initiatives, ask questions and decide for themselves whether the permaculture design system has relevance to the challenges we face and to creating communities that are resilient in the face of undesirable and unforeseeable impacts.
Hope to see you there!

Here are some ideas for topics to discuss at this months meeting.

  • Compost,
  • Plant propagation,
  • Pruning trees
  • Community organizations.
  • What is the plant of the month?

This months meet up will be hosted at: Inspiration Farm Bellingham WA.

As Spring starts to warm the soil we will welcome the awakening of the food forest plants.


Don’t forget something for the sharing table: seeds, plants, books.

Join other folks interested in permaculture 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 permaculture systems such as food forests, lending libraries, speakers forums and cooperative nurseries. Come bring your idea to share!


Brian Kerkvliet

3603987061

www.inspirationfarm.com

Inspiration farm

617 E Laurel Rd
Bellingham, WA 98226 United States
+ Google Map
360 398 7061
www.inspirationfarm.com

Permaculture Course Update

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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.

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Composting & The Soil Food Web

April 10 @ 10:00 am 1:00 pm

Come learn about different compost practices & see what soil looks like up close.

We will start with a presentation, look at some soil under a microscope then move outside to see different compost systems.

Such as: Static/Thermophilic, Johnson-Su Bioreactor, Worm (Vermi), & others. Depending on weather & motivated levels. We can make a thermophilic pile.

If folks want to chat after class bring a lunch & the barn will be available.

PDFs of composting info can be downloaded here: 

Directions Coming from Bellingham:

PLEASE DO NOT PULL INTO 1834 DRIVEWAY. Look for ORANGE FLAGS & pull into to very next drive on the left. Head up the hill & I will be in a reflective vest. I can be reached at 360.595.3260

There a bus stop right in front of the location (512) & I encourage carpooling.

VENMO: If you prefer this method here is my info: @LifeintheSoil

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Hunter Lydon

360.595.3260

https://www.lifeinthesoil1.com/

The Barn

1834 LAKE LOUISE RD.
BELLINGHAM, Wa 98226
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March Permaculture Meet-up

March 25 @ 4:00 pm 6:00 pm

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

Here are some ideas for topics to discuss at this months meeting.

  • Compost,
  • Plant propagation,
  • Pruning trees
  • Community organizations.
  • What is the plant of the month?

This months meet up will be hosted at: Queen Mountain Homestead, Bellingham WA.

Located on the Southern Flank of Queen Mountain, these 8-acres are a working example of transitioning back to a place-based existence.  Between an intensive garden, extensive orchard and healthy native forest we are working to increase biodiversity, build topsoil and reconnect with the land-based systems that support our lives.  Our site is an open, functional model, designed to demonstrate that connecting with our land is healthy, accessible and rewarding.

located off Bakerview just past Cascade Cuts at 660 Montgomery

Don’t forget something for the sharing table: seeds, plants, books.

Join other folks interested in permaculture 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 permaculture systems such as food forests, lending libraries, speakers forums and cooperative nurseries. Come bring your idea to share!


Paul Kearsley

(360) 733-5535‬

Queen Mountain Homestead

660 Montgomery
Bellingham, wa 98226 United States
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