Permaculture and the Anthropocene

Permaculture teaches us to value the marginal: to value that vibrancy and thrum that animates a garden’s edge; the sometimes dancing, sometimes writhing give-and-take that plays with easy reciprocity along a streambank. As practitioners we try to observe these edges, to toy with them, to harness them, and to expand them. It’s a principle that’s …

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Living in a hug

I remember traveling around the green north of the United Kingdom as a teenager, and braving a damp German winter some years later, afflicted with an eternal chill. “Doesn’t anybody heat their houses here?” I groused. But it was always tea and a blanket around the shoulders instead. In our Energy Systems class a couple …

PRC Open House

Join us on Saturday, June 16th, for an Open House at our downtown Victoria Campus! Explore the campus. Learn about our programs, workshops and clinical services.  Meet admissions coordinators, program deans, staff and alumni.  We hope to see you there! PRC Open House Saturday, June 16th, 2018 11am to 1pm 229-560 Johnson St. Market Square …

Permaculture and Somatic Herbalism

The idea of health – human health – runs like a thread through permaculture design, at once implicit and fundamental: in the linking of food production with ecosystem health; in the holistic, measured approach towards observing changes in other living things; in the need for compassion that underpins the core permaculture ethics of “people care” …

The peacock moon

The month of May is PENÁW̱EṈ for the W̱SÁNEĆ (Saanich) and Lekwungen (Songhees and Esquimalt) people – the month for the camas harvest; the month of the camas moon. Camas bulbs, ḰȽO,EL, were a traditional staple food, carefully grown in plots that were passed down within families and across generations. It was the day after …

Fierce and free

Something we’ve done consistently through the year as a class is to visit and learn from growers who produce at varying scales, employ different operational focuses, and use distinctly individual methods to steer their farming. There’s value in seeing first-hand the points of commonality – in practice and philosophy – that guide the farm businesses, …

Share the surplus

Permaculture’s third ethical principle instructs us to “share the surplus”. This can feel like a tricky ask in the sometimes precarious day-to-day of small-scale farming: what is properly considered a surplus? How much can be sensibly shared now if future production is uncertain? The question takes an epistemic form as well. Critiques of permaculture have …

Life’s Ocean

Once you begin the process of internalization, one starts to see permaculture principles – and anti-principles – most everywhere: successful synergies of design and failures of imagination cheek to jowl in the garden, out the car window, inside yourself. After our class visit to Bob Duncan’s fruit orchard last week, I realized how neatly he’d …

Zone Denial

Being a transplant to Vancouver Island from the prairies, I’m used to doing a double-take at some of the visibly exotic trees that the mild climate here supports: the hard-to-miss monkey puzzles and giant sequoias that tower in yards and parks here in Victoria, most especially. But as a permaculture practitioner one can feel a …