Canada 150 Food Forest and Pollinator Garden Design and Installation Course

May 5 to 10, 2017, Piper Creek Restoration Agriculture Project (south Red Deer along 40th Ave)


Sun Trap Swales
(photo credit: Rene Michalak)

This is an introductory workshop on the design and installation of edible forest and pollinator gardens (aka "Food Forests") including hands-on education via planting of the 15,000sq.ft Canada 150 Edible Forest and Pollinator Garden at the Piper Creek Restoration Ag Project in Red Deer.

Cost: $250 (all proceeds to projects and programs of ReThink Red Deer)

Registration: online here -  (deadline April 28)

Locations: Red Deer College (classroom May 5 & 6, outdoor classroom May 7) and the Piper Creek Project Community Garden project site (May 8 - 10 - site prep and planting)

Curriculum / Agenda (subject to change):

Weekend Workshop - Day 1 (Friday)

  • Site Analysis
  • Introduction to Keyline Design - Scale of Permanence and Geometry
  • Design and Site Planning
  • Water Harvesting
  • Compost Theory and Practice
  • Site Prep
  • Species Selection
  • Case Studies from Kenya, Cuba, West Coast of Canada, and the Okanagan


Weekend Workshop - Day 2 (Saturday)

  • Further Species Selection
  • Nurseries and how to choose good plants
  • Compost Theory and Practice
  • Case Study - Galiano Conservation Association Bench Food Forest
  • Extra time to answer students site specific questions


Weekend Workshop - Day 3 (Sunday)

  • Project Site Tour - Food Forest Sun Trap and Pollinator Garden
  • Introduction to Pollinator Gardens and Pollinator Structures
  • Plant and Planting Area Prep - Contour Surveying with Transit and Level & manual A-Frame level
  • Native Plant Knowledge from an Aboriginal Perspective with Russell Willier
  • Logistics Review and Q&A for Practicum Days
Practicum Days 1 - 3 (Monday through Wednesday)
  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Safety Overview
  • Site Overview and Workflow Review
  • Ergonomic Tool Direction
  • Bed Preparations
  • Planting Hole Ammendments
  • Making Compost Tea
  • Site Troubleshooting

Trainer: Javan Bernakevitch (Permaculture BC) and lead volunteers of the Piper Creek Restoration Ag Project

Javan 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, an education and community hub for permaculture in British Columbia and All Points Land Design focusing on land design and installation. 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.


"Forest gardening is an idea whose time has come. We can consciously apply the principles of ecology to the design of home scale gardens that mimic forest ecosystem structure and function, but grow food, fuel, fiber, fodder, fertilizer, "farmaceuticals," and fun."

"Forest gardens have much to offer on a practical level, and they have much to teach us about how to live in community as free and interdependent beings in a functional way."

Event made possible thanks to funding from the Canada 150 program of Heritage Canada

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May 5th, 2017 9:00 AM   to   May 10th, 2017 5:00 PM
100 College Blvd - Room 1303
Red Deer, AB
Phone: 403-986-7981

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