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Permaculture Food Forest Workshop
Galiano Learning Centre
Galiano Island, BC
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-- Postponed to Fall 2016 --

Join renowned food forester and author Richard Walker and Permaculture BC's Founder Javan Bernakevitch for a Permaculture Food Forestry workshop on Galiano Island.  Learn about establishing your own food forest, at any scale, tips and tricks for success, what and when to plant and how your food forest could be viable economic contribution to you property. This workshop will be an introduction to the art and science of Permaculture Food Forestry with lectures in an off-grid solar classroom and hands-on learning in the Galiano Conservancy's burgeoning new food forest planted in 2015.

Camping and kitchen access is included in the fee.

Permaculture is a branch of ecological design, ecological engineering, and environmental design that develops sustainable architecture and self-maintained agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems. This course will use the fundamentals of permaculture to learn how to design a sustainable food forest that fits your site, personal and economic needs. This course will also contain tips and tricks for professional growers, such as how to get a jump-start on the season, how to protect your crop from frost, and how to design a fertility plan. Included in the course will also be a hands-on session on budding and grafting

The course will be a combined workshop and practicum. In the mornings we will learn the theory behind food forest design through discussions on ecology, soil, composting, perennial plant knowledge, species selection, time lines, and economics of food forests.  In the afternoons we will apply our knowledge first hand in the Galiano Learning Centre's Food Forest.  Activities will include planting, site selection, species guilds, mushroom beds, growing microgreens, creating a compost, and providing nutrients to your plants.

The workshop will take place at the Galiano Learning Centre, an 188 acre property on beautiful Galiano Island.  Boasting the longest undisturbed shoreline in the Gulf Islands, old growth forest, an ocean cove and several restoration sites the Learning Centre is a site dedicated to exploring how humans can beneficially co-exist with the natural environment.  

Days typically run from  9:00am - 5:00 pm

Fri Night: Public lecture 7:30 - 9:00
Sat Am   : Theory
Sat Pm   : Hands on in the food forest
Sat Night: Potluck at the Learning Centre
Sun Am   : Theory
Sun Pm   : Hands on in the food forest
Sun Night: Permaculture Film night
Mon Am   : Theory
Mon Pm   : Hands on in the food forest Sat Am   : Theory
Tues AM  : Theory
Tues Pm  : Hands on in the food forest

Please note that food and camping equipment is not provided.

Residents of Galiano are eligible for a special price until March 15 please contact the GCA for more details.

University and College students are eligible for a significant discount.  Enter the Password "Student" for special pricing

1 - Course Instructors, Richard Walker and Javan K. Bernakevitch

Richard started as an organic farmer, west of Edmonton in near Hinton in Alberta. Not an easy task in the early 70's in conservative Alberta. He applied his organic farming skills to 3 acres of bare horse pasture where 25 years later stood a lush self-sustaining forest garden. With over 400 nut trees, seven stories of food, fiber, fuel and medicinal bearing perennial plants and vines, this is a, if not was the, premier food forest in Canada.

Having converted a degraded piece of land into an abundant mix of rare, unique nut, fruit and medicinal plants from all over the world, he is one of Canada's most experienced food foresters. We are incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to learn from Richard. He's a practicing gardener, plant breeder and herbalist.  

His food forest was and is so successful that as students we can save years of trial and error by learning from him. This course attracts some of the leaders in the fields of permaculture, organic gardening, food forestry, urban homesteading and sustainability. The wealth of knowledge brought by the course participants will add to this unique opportunity to learn, share and network with others involved in regenerative land care.

   Richard gives information for our canadian climate, when he showed pictures of his food forest in the snow, I knew I was in the right course. Richards knowledge of food forestry was everything I was hoping for - incredible.
"If you are going to be establishing a food forest of any size, I would highly recommend spending some time with Richard Walker."

Bruce Cayford - Electronics Technician - Walkerton, ONT

Javan K. Bernakevitch has worked across coastal and interior British Columbia, Canada, The Unites States of America (North West and North Central), Cuba, Kenya and  Uganda on land based project design, management, training and installation. His career focus on regenerative retrofits of broad acre and small scale landscapes to re-establish working watersheds, ecosystems, productive landscapes and enterprises has taken him across North and Central America, Europe and Africa.

Integrating Keyline Design, Holistic Management, Permaculture, the Soil Food Web, Myco-Integration and more he understands and emphasizes the importance of biological systems: soil, water-harvesting, landscape re-hydration, composting, growing food, greywater and biological waste-water treatment.

The originator of Cultivated Life Design he works with clients focusing their lives to bring regenerative enterprises and productive landscapes to life. He operates Permaculture BC (www.permaculturebc.com) an education and community hub for permaculture in British Columbia and All Points Land Design focusing on land design and installation.

For more information please visit the All Points Land Design Listing: http://allpointsdesign.ca/workshops/food-forestry-on-galiano-island/

As a speaker for community events, non-profit groups and businesses Javan inspires and empowers audiences with a passion for change. He has been invited to guest lecture by the University of British Columbia, University of Victoria, Vancouver Island University, Simon Fraser University and recent partnerships include Cowichan Green Community, Seven Ravens Permaculture Academy and the Galliano Conversation Association.

For Accommodation on Galiano Island please visit:

This courses is amazing value. If you were to take all of these workshops and courses seperately the cost would add up to $1300. You will recieve a condensed version of all of this in the two day workshop and then be able to apply it in the field with Richard and Javan during the practicum.

Compost Workshop $75
Compost Tea Workshop $75
Grafting Workshop $75
Site Analysis Workshop $75
Species Selection Workshop $100
Soils Workshop $100
Planting Workshop $50
Private Consultation with Richard or Javan $150/hour
Mulching Workshop $75
Workflow & project managment $75
Herbal workshop $150
Tincture Workshop $75
Brix metering Workshop $50
Bokashi Workshop $50
Earthworks and design Workshop $150
Layout Workshop $125
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Galiano Learning Centre (View)
10825 Porlier Pass rd.
Galiano Island, BC V0N 1P0


Education > Workshops
Other > Green

Kid Friendly: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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