Permaculture Farm Design Intensive

with Tayler Krawczyk, May 28-29, 2016

Course Information

Permaculture design offers a framework for landscape planning that emphasizes harmony – harmony both between elements of the design, and with nature. Permaculture design strives to build resilience, the ability to adapt to change. 

Productive agricultural systems have certain needs: water, fertility and human attention. So how can we set up farms that address these needs while creating beneficial connections between farm elements? How can we place farm elements like water storage, trees and animals together in such a way that they perform multiple functions?

This training is for those who want to understand how the principles of permaculture design practically apply to the planning of a 10-acre mixed farm.

Day 1 of this workshop will be at Pacific Rim College while Day 2 will be held at Ravenhill Herb Farm in Central Saanich, just north of Victoria. Participants will hear from the stewards of Ravenhill about their observations and interactions on the site over the last year. Overall concept planning will have been completed by Hatchet & Seed and participants will be taken through the design process to date.

Following some theme-based lectures, a series of group design critiques and charrettes will move the planning to the next level. You will get to play a role in designing some of the overlapping layers of Ravenhill Herb Farm.

Topics covered:

  • Introduction to Permaculture Design Principles
  • Case Study:
    • Farm Goals & Objectives
    • Water Systems: Keyline Design, Water Catchment/Storage & Irrigation Systems
    • Gardens, Orchards & Forestry
    • Animal Systems, Compost & Waste 
  • Design Charrette and Presentations


Day 1:

  • Introduction
  • Permaculture Design Principles for Farm Planning
  • Ravenhill Herb Farm design overview: Goals Assessment and Site Analysis
  • Lunch Break
  • Slideshow: Design Strategies for Water Systems: Keyline Design, Catchment/Storage and Irrigation Systems
  • Slideshow: Design Strategies for Gardens, Orchards, Forestry, Animal Systems, Compost and Waste
  • Permaculture Book Club (take home activity)

Day 2:

  • Farm Tour & Site Assessment 
  • Permaculture Book Club Review
  • Lunch Break (lunch not provided)
  • Design Group Breakouts
  • Group Presentations

Course Venue

2015-05-06 13.56.00_resizedDay 1 will be held at Pacific Rim College.

Day 2 will be held at Ravenhill Herb Farm at 1330 Mount Newton X Rd, Saanichton, BC*.

Ravenhill Herb Farm is a locally-owned farm overlooking the Saanich Inlet of the Salish Sea. The farm produces medicinal and culinary herbs, organically-grown fruits and vegetables, eggs from heritage hens, and is home to happy bees and goats and incredibly diverse bird life. 

*Transportation to venues is not provided although carpooling options may be available.

Course Instructor

Tayler is an eco-social entrepreneur passionate about regenerative land management and permaculture design. With his partner Solara, he runs Hatchet & Seed, an edible landscaping and climate-smart land planning business, based in North Saanich, BC. With a B.A. in International Development Studies from the University of Saskatchewan and certificates in permaculture design, ecological design and organic horticulture, he is keen to make a global impact with local action. Tayler and Solara also co-manage a 3-acre permaculture-inspired garden farm and micro-nursery in North Saanich. With dozens of fruit trees, hundreds of edible plants, laying hens and (sometimes) Jersey cows, they’re keen to re-think conventional agriculture in favor of more ecological alternatives.

Course Dates

Saturday and Sunday, May 28-29, 2016, 9:00am-5:00pm

Course Tuition

Regular – $300 (Early Bird – $285, until April 15)
Students* – $275 (Early Bird – $250, until April 15)
PRC Alumni – $285 (Early Bird – $265, until April 15)
*PRC diploma students will receive 1 NU/WHS academic credit for this workshop.

Course Registration

To register, please click on the registration button below. Full payment is due at time of registration to confirm placement in the course. Payment can be made via MasterCard or Visa, debit, cash and cheque.

Withdrawal Policy

For course withdrawals submitted in writing or in person 30 days or more before the start of the course, registrants will receive a full tuition refund less a $40 non-refundable registration fee. For course withdrawals submitted in writing or in person more than 14 days but less than 30 days before the start of the course, registrants will receive a 50% tuition refund. Without exception, no refunds will be given for course withdrawals less than 14 days before the start of the course.

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