Food and Medicine Systems Courses

Below is a list of Permaculture Design courses offered at Pacific Rim College.

Growing Food and Medicine Systems: Part One (FMS101)

This course explores common perennial and annual plants that can be used in a permaculture garden setting. The focus is on edible and medicinal species and their cultural requirements. Topics include an  introduction to plant physiology, anatomy, and morphology. Plant identification is practiced in the field and in the classroom. This course includes site specific planning, propagation, maintenance and harvesting techniques. Fruit and nut tree care, pruning, and pest management are also covered.

Prerequisites: – –    Credits: 8.5    Hours: 126

Growing Food and Medicine Systems: Part Two (FMS201)

Building on the knowledge covered in Growing Food and Medicine Systems: Part One, this portion of the course focuses on perennial and annual plants that can be used in a permaculture garden setting, incorporating local wild food and medicine plants found in the Pacific Northwest. There is specific focus on ethnobotanical information and ethical harvesting considerations and practices.  Specific harvesting practices and regulations for BC are also covered.

This course also covers the production and processing of herbal plants –  both wild-harvested and cultivated – for market. Best practices for using wild-harvested and cultivated food and medicine in a commercial setting are explored. Students have the opportunity to participate in hands-on processing of herbal products and edible products. This course also covers the requirements for producing herbal and edible products for sale, and their regulation in the Canadian context.

Prerequisites: FMS101    Credits: 8.5    Hours: 126