Agents of Succession

Our last couple of field trips have explored how permaculture principles have been applied by local businesses: shaping company decisions both core and peripheral, and generating networks of restaurants, growers, roasters, visionary landscapers, and others who work to promote a kind of exchange that is ethical and regenerative. But the daydreamer version of myself has …

Lessons in Weird Plants

It’s officially fall, and we’ve hit the ground running in our final semester of the program: projects are coming due, notebook margins fill up, classes are counted in weeks. Outside the classroom, moisture-loving plants we remember from last winter push up from the ground, and landscapes swell a familiar green. Witnessing this cycle feels good, …

Pacific Rim College Online Launches

Pacific Rim College Online (PRCOnline) is the upcoming leader in online education for holistic health and sustainable living. PRCOnline offers expertly curated content taught by world-class instructors to students across the globe. The online platform provides participants with studio-filmed, professionally-edited courses that surpass current industry standards for online education. PRCOnline grew from its award-winning sister …

Summer in the City

I spent a good part of the summer break eavesdropping. I call it a break, but it wasn’t the sand-in-your hair-and-a-magazine beach day kind of break; it was the sweat-in-your-eyes-and-stained-fingers farm day kind of break. The good kind. (And I call it eavesdropping, but it wasn’t the ear-pressed-against-a-cup-on-the-wall kind of eavesdropping, either, it was – …

PRC September 2018 Newsletter

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Permaculture Design Interview – Bryce Ehrecke

Bryce Ehrecke is a natural builder and an instructor at Pacific Rim College. He recently led our Permaculture Design and Resilient Ecosystems Diploma students in a comprehensive, 77-hour building course at Tiny Tree Herb Farm – a project that included a hands-on farm stand installation that was documented as part of the ongoing PRC permaculture …

The Farm Stand

We stretch in the mornings: lazy lunges that are started spontaneously in the middle of a sentence, the conversation carrying on unbroken; looping arm rotations that summon a dull click from my right shoulder; a standing half lotus, one foot in the air, this performed more quietly as we all chucklingly concentrate on our balance. …

Solstice salve

A few months ago, in spring, we delved into medicine-making as part of our Herbal Production and Processing class: a day spent pulsing dried herbs in the coffee grinder, taking tinctures on the tongue, and thinking about plants as medicine. Now on the cusp of midsummer, the class reconvened for three days at Ravenhill Herb …

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 …

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 …