Helping you increase your food security, save money at the grocery store and gain valuable skills and knowledge!
The three basic principles of the permaculture design system I use are:
Care for the Earth. Care for the people. Return the surplus.
If you are thinking about starting a garden, have some experience but need to get re-inspired in light of a changing situation or would like a complete redesign of your outdoor space to better meet rising food prices and focus on health, you’ve come to the right place.
I first heard about permaculture in 2013 when I was at an Earthship Design Principles seminar in Seattle, WA. I found THAT seminar after watching an inspiring documentary called “Garbage Warrior” about a man named Mike Reynolds who was building these radically sustainable homes our of recycled materials.
Inspired by that film, I headed to Seattle with a friend to learn more. A one-hour talk at that seminar changed my life for the better and one thing I remember hearing was “once you learn permaculture, you never know where it will take you, but it will be far”, or something to that effect. How true it has been. I’ve long known about the problem of depleted soils, food insecurity and water scarcity, and now I know a way that this can be regenerated, revived and improved. There are answers to the problems humanity is facing, and I love a good positive solution! After that seminar I found a design course being offered right in my own town and I am now a graduate of the Permaculture Design Certificate Program (PDC, 2014).
Since learning about this gardening / farming / agricultural technique / system, I have been very inspired to do my part in caring for the Earth through sustainable practices. This includes things like composting food and garden “waste”, using water-saving techniques, utilizing food forestry, regenerative agriculture, working with nature, honouring and using Indigenous plants and practices and much more. I have been strictly organic and plant mainly edibles with flowers for the pollinators, who help me out in return.
I also handled Sales and Marketing for the Okanagan/Shuswap’s only industrial food waste compost facility, Spa Hills Compost for 7 years. They take food scraps and other organics from local schools, restaurants, hotels and make soil-improving compost from it. This reduces greenhouse gasses and helps soil hold water, which is pretty important in our extremely dry Interior BC region.
I am also very happy to teach compost & other courses whenever and wherever possible.