Ottawa Permaculture Tour: Bees, Biochar, Mushrooms, Herbs, Urban Wilds...

Sunday, September 11, 2016 -- 9:00am to 5:30pm.

Where: Ottawa.

Cost: $69, includes HST.

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Ottawa permaculture tour, mushrooms, bees, herbs, wildcrafting, urban gardening

Join us for a detailed tour of four permaculture sites, featuring: bees, biochar, wildcrafting, mushrooms, maple syrup, urban gardening and so much more! We'll start the day with a quick intro on "what is permaculture?".  Our tour will visit Ferme et Forêt, Nature Connections, Radical Homestead and The Wild Garden.

Ferme et Forêt

Sean Butler and Genevieve LeGal-Leblanc started Ferme et Forêt in 2013 on a 150 acre farm near Wakefield, Quebec. They draw inspiration from permaculture and biodynamics to produce a wide array of organic products, including maple syrup, eggs, wildcrafted foods and fibres, forest grown shiitake and winecap mushrooms, asparagus, small fruit, orchard crops, honey, garlic, and baked goods. They think that farming is a prime leverage point for humans to not just survive, but to thrive. If we humans can change the way we do agriculture, making it regenerative rather than degenerative, we can actually feed ourselves and make this planet a more enjoyable and beautiful place for us and all of life to live. Their core guiding principles in this endeavor are: ecosystem regeneration; social capital; individual well-being; fair share; respect for all life. On this tour, visit their site and learn about the workings of their dynamic farm. Check out the Ferme et Forêt & Permaculture video on youtube.


Nature Connections

Gardens of any size can help meet so many of our basic needs without sacrificing the beauty. Well designed gardens can help you eat local and organic; attract birds and other wildlife; improve soil, water, and air quality; and much more! Learn how to use the space you have more efficiently to meet more of your needs while improving the health of your family, your community, and the planet. Nature shouldn't be thought of as "out there" and separate from us. It is right here, in the city in your backyard or nearest park. It is growing in any neglected parking lot, and in the cracks of our sidewalks. We can touch the Earth and plant a seed on your balcony, in your backyard, or nearest community garden. On this tour, visit the home garden of Brittany and Alister, creators of "Nature Connections", at their small and intensive urban space filled with food and life, designed using permaculture principles. Check out the Nature Connections & Permaculture video on youtube.


Radical Homestead

Forged out of a desire to consume less and be more self-reliant, Radical Homestead founders Corrie and Ron decided to challenge themselves to learn a new skill every week. From kimchi to beekeeping, this experience transformed them – deepening their connection with the Earth, their food, and enhancing relationships with friends and family. They currently keep about 25 bee hives in the Ottawa Greenbelt at the Just Food Farm in Blackburn Hamlet. These bees have an abundance of flowering trees and shrubs to forage from as well as the delicious organic veggies from farm neighbours. Radical Homestead's offerings include beekeeping and fermentation workshops, honey, lip balms and a fermented foods CSA. On this tour, learn about the bees and bio-char (a natural and powerful soil amendment) with Ron. Check out the Radical Homestead & Permaculture video on youtube.


The Wild Garden

The Wild Garden provides community members with local, organic and sustainably harvested wild foods and herbs, grown and gathered with permaculture principles in mind. As an educator, owner Amber Westfall also fosters nature connection, and a greater intimacy and deeper understanding of the local landscape, in her students, while encouraging stewardship, co-creative relationships and regenerative care of the spaces we inhabit. Amber is a simple living, nature loving, weed eating, backyard medicine making, urban homesteader passionate about wild foods and healing plants. She loves sharing that passion with others through plant walks, workshops and teaching courses on herbalism. On this tour, visit her plot and apothecary at the Just Food farm. Check out The Wild Garden & Permaculture video on youtube.


This tour is included in our Permaculture Design Course in 2016.

Please note:

  • Rain or shine!  
  • No refunds unless we cancel the event; in which case, you will receive a full refund.
  • No meals or transportation are provided on the tour.
  • This is a guided group tour, so we will meet in the morning and visit each site together.
  • We encourage folks to set-up carpools.  Go to carpool sign-up sheet.



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