September 9th – 10th & September 30
Forest gardens mimic forest ecology to create self-sustaining food production with high yield and minimal work input. They can be any size, and can fit in an urban backyard. The skill is in mutually supportive polycultures and guilds that suit the particular soil, sun and irrigation conditions. This course will give you the skills to start your own forest garden. As a group we will design and plant a garden so you have the theory and practice to create your own. Read more about Edible Forest Gardens here.
Saturday 9th: Permaculture essentials, self-maintaining design principles, use of height to capture maximum sunlight. Observing the land we’re going to plant. Handouts with the steps you need to take to create your own forest garden.
Sunday 10th: Edible perennial plants for this area. Designing for ideal spacing integrating nitrogen fixers, insectaries, dynamic accumulators. 2D design with cutouts scaled to size. Handouts include lists of perennial plants.
Creating your best design, and submitting by e-mail. Design meet-up in town to choose the best ideas and plants – TBA
Saturday 30th: hands on experience putting in our garden.
Permaculture Design Certified, Kaia is an avid urban sustainability advocate. Known for her year round roof top garden and enthusiasm for transitioning to sustainable lifestyles, Kaia embraces permaculture principles as keys to integrating interconnected awareness with the practicalities of daily life.
Julie has extensive, lifelong gardening experience. She became aware of permaculture practices in the early 80s, and transformed the Sivananda Ashram annual garden into perennial beds. She currently grows over a 100 plant varieties providing vegetables, berries, medicinal teas, vinegars, oils and elixirs.
The EcoWellness Center is just 30 minutes from Ottawa. If you come from further afield, or you would like to stay overnight to make a weekend get-away, click here to book a bed at the centre’s B&B.