Permaculture Design of the Co-op: A Learning Circle

You may have heard mention that the principles of Permaculture have guided the design of the West End Well co-operative. You may also have wondered, “What does that mean?”

Come and join us at this learning circle to get an understanding of what these principles are, the results they have achieved when applied to food production and how they have shaped the design of the Co-op. Bonita Ford will be our guest speaker. Bonita is an experienced Permaculture trainer and co-founder of the Permaculture Institute of Eastern Ontario. She and her partner Sébastien Bacharach helped apply the principles of Permaculture to the early development of the West End Well.

In the second part of the evening we will explore how these principles can be more deeply reflected in the life of the Co-op. In particular, we’d like to examine how they inform the Co-op’s relationships within the community.


It’s helpful to know how many people will be joining us, so please rsvp to


The West End Well is a blooming social enterprise co-operative in the west end of Ottawa that integrates a local organic grocery with a café run by Stone Soup Foodworks, as well as a coffeehouse, a specialized lending library and a multi-purpose space for workshops, meetings and community events. The Well offers nourishment for the body, mind and spirit as we engage in the transition to living in an environmentally sustainable, socially just and spiritually fulfilling way.

The Well will explore the possibilities of designing a business enterprise based on the principles of natural systems, seeking to minimize its environmental impact and creating mutually enhancing relationships within its environment (guests, suppliers, partners, neighbourhoods, farmers, and the land). The design of the Well has been guided explicitly by the principles of permaculture.

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