Whatcom’s Hands-On P.D.C. 2022

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

HANDS ON PERMACULTURE DESIGN CERTIFICATION COURSE 

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.

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, videos.

DATES FOR THE COURSE ARE:
MAY,  JUNE 

  • Instructed by, 
  • Brian Kerkvliet of Inspiration Farm,
  • Paul Kearsley from Tera Phoenix Design
  • With more additional special guest presenters still to be announced.

  • Cost: Full price $1800,
  • Early Bird price $1500 till March 1st
  • Includes all materials and field trips and some amazing meals
  • A few partial scholarships are availablecontact us for more details.
  • Crowd Fund Your Permaculture Design Course with WeTheTrees!

More information can be found at these links.

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 any class with full refund given.

Details

Start:
May 21 @ 8:00 am
End:
July 22 @ 6:00 pm
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Website:
whatcompermaculture.com

Organizer

Brian Kerkvliet
Phone:
3603987061
Email:
info@inspirationfarm.com
Website:
www.inspirationfarm.com

Inspiration farm

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

Whatcom Perme Meet-Up

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A Free gathering time for People interested in Permaculture from Whatcom county to come together and discuss ideas Feel free to leave you comments below or send us a message. Looking for ideas for a topic we may cover at this months meeting. Here are some thoughts. Seed saving, plant propagation, fall bed prep. or other topics. What is the plant of the month? Don't forget something for the sharing table. Come 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! 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!

Spring Guild Walk, 2021

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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.

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Major Rain Event

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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.

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Terraforming Earthworks for a Water Retention Landscape

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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:
  • 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 Where:  Facilitated on location at the client’s property, between Sumas and Kendall Wa. — Saar Creek Farms—  Camping available and Meals provided Cost: $450 |  Register before July 1st for the Early bird discount $375 Space is limited. Payment due upon registration. Limited Work trade and discounts available.

Click Here To Register

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 Connor or call 360-489-8098

Terraforming Earthworks for a Water Retention Landscape

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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

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Weekly PC Zoom meeting

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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

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Canceled- Scythes, the Cutting Edge!

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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
scythes

scythe class

 

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 to learn the benefits of each. Discounts available for couples.

To register visit Inspiration Farm's event listing.
scythe blades

scythe blade selection

 

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

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. If you are considering getting a new setup you can contact Alexander at http://scytheworks.com/catalogue.html and see if he has what you are looking for.  Make sure you reserve you space by registering with us at 360 398 7061

Co-sponsored by Transition Whatcom

Other Scythe resources

http://scytheconnection.com/

http://scytheworks.ca/

http://scythesupply.com/

Whatcom PDC Covid-19 Update

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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.

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Turning Problems into Solutions?

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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.

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