Light Clay Day!

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What is “Light Clay” construction?

Come to our building party and find out! You’ll see how we built a wood framed structure which we will be insulating with a mixture of a clay slurry and wood chips. We mix the slip and chips together in a big machine that looks like Dr. Seuss must have invented it and place the muddy mixture into the walls, creating a vapor permeable insulation layer ready to receive clay plasters. The end result is a healthy, modern home for conscious people to live in! Continue reading

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Natural Beekeeping 101

beekeeping 101This class offers an introduction to the intricacy of the ancient honeybee. Learn the basics of beekeeping and cycles of a beehive, explore natural methods of management and various hive structures, creating pollinator garden design complete with plant lists, How to harvest honey from natural comb and how to process bee products such as propolis,honey,wax and pollen. We will sweeten you up with a honey tasting and weather permitting an observation hive. “Bee The Change”

YOUR INSTRUCTOR: Christina Yahn has been pioneering methods of beekeeping in the Kootenay mountains of Canada for over 5 years.Her natural approach to beekeeping offers a unique view into the realm of honey bees, their relationship to the environment and to ourselves.She offers a broad perspective from her training in conventional beekeeping to her experience as a “natural or instinctive” bee stewart.With more than 14 years of organic farming, gardening and distilling experience Christina highlights the interconnected relationship between plants, pollinators and us!

Christina’s passion for the ancient honey bee has become a life-long one dedicating herself to speaking on behalf of the bees with her advocacy work.

To Register please email

Fruit Tree Pruning 101

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FRUIT TREE PRUNING 101: This workshop will be outdoor observing, pruning & talking about a diversity of fruit trees.  We’ll look at care requirements for trees from 2 to 22 years old, different sizes (dwarf, semi-dwarf & standard) & species (Apple, Pear, Asian Pear, Plum, Cherry, etc.).You will learn the basic principles of pruning (why, when, where, how, etc.) & how to minimize pruning in the long run. We can also talk about restoring older neglected trees if people are interested.

Your Instructor: Gregoire Lamoureux, of the Kootenay Permaculture Institute has been pruning fruit trees for over 25 years for both commercial orchards & backyard gardeners. Gregoire’s farm and nursery is home to a large diversity of fruit & nut trees, berry bushes & other perennial plants with a stunning well established poly-culture food forest system. Gregoire is a permaculture designer, consultant and teacher.  (Register early + don’t worry, it’s not too late to prune your trees AFTER this class)

The number of participants is limited… So Register now by email!

Class is $45 and runs 12-4pm Saturday March 29

Kimchi + Fermenting 101

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This hands on workshop focusing on lacto fermenting you will make and take home a vegetable ferment. We have designed this workshop to walk you through the process as a beginner, however there will be valuable tips and advise on how to make a consistently successful ferment that has the taste and texture that you prefer. Traditional Fermenting methods use less energy than canning, freezing and drying. There are many health benefits to using these methods, Fermented foods are packed with beneficial bacteria cultures, keep longer, and make for interesting culinary ingredients. Participants will bring Their own vegetables to ferment, detailed instruction will be given on specific vegetables preparation to ensure success. Come ferment with us!

YOUR INSTRUCTORS: Joyee and Martine are currently developing their fermented foods business, offering delicious ferments at Farmers market and retail stores in the Slocan Valley. They focus on supporting local farmers sourcing majority of their vegetable regionally and seasonally.

Register Soon, Space is limited

6 figure farming

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Our farming friends from the Young Agrarians are bringing are bringing Rock Star farmer Jean-Martin Fortier, author of The Market Gardener and young farmer extraordinaire from Quebec, to Nelson! Friday March 14th.

Jean-Martin Fortier and his wife Maude-Hélène Desroches are the founders of Les Jardins de la Grelinette, a micro-farm located in Eastern Quebec, just north of the American border. Growing on just 1.5 acres, they are able to feed more than 200 families through their thriving CSA and seasonal market stands as well as supply vegetables to dozens of local establishments. For more than a decade the market garden has provided their only household income, generating close to $140,000 in annual sales with a profit margin of around 45%. During the workshop, Jean-Martin Fortier will demonstrates how adopting intensive methods of production can lead to optimal cropping systems. He will discuss how to:
—Set up a micro-farm & design biologically intensive cropping systems with negligible capital outlay
—Farm without a tractor & minimize fossil fuel inputs through the best hand tools, machinery, & minimum tillage
—Grow mixed vegetables systematically with attention to best practices for weed and pest management

Tickets sold online here