permaculture [pur-muk-kuhl-cher]: noun.
A system of design that seeks to mimic
the structure of ecosystems to create
resilient and regenerative gardens,
homes, farms, and communities.

UPCOMING EVENTS & WORKSHOPS

 

2014 Workshop & Event Schedule

 

Saturday April 26. FORAGING WALK

WHEN: 16:00 – 17:30

WHERE: Greenway Park.

COST: 20$

Join us for a walk in one of London’s natural areas to harvest wild foods and learn the art of wild crafting. We will pick seasonal edibles, and talk about preparation and cooking techniques. The process of plant identification and best practices while foraging will be emphasized so that others in the present and in the future can continue to wild craft.

Eventbrite - Foraging Walk

 

Saturday April 26. GUERILLA GARDENING SEEDBOMBS


This workshop is being hosted by the Green Moms Meet Up group at the East Village Arts Co-op (757 Dundas St) from 10 to 11. Bring little hands that like to play in the mud and appropriate clothing for getting dirty. We will be making seedbombs with native plants that you can use to naturalize a corner of your yard or beautify that empty lot down the block with ease. Your child will delight at watching the seedbomb open up after the first good rain and start to sprout beautiful wildflowers with no additional effort on your part. Dads welcome. 15$ at the door for parent and child. 5$ per additional participating child. More info here.

 

Tuesday May 6. DESIGNING YOUR OWN FRUIT TREE GUILD

WHEN: 19:30 – 21:00.

WHERE: 12 Springbank Dr.

COST: 30$

Join us to learn all about fruit tree guilds and how you can create one for your yard. A guild is a grouping of plants that work together to support each other in a holistic system. Generally there is a fruit (or other) tree at the centre of the guild and a series of plants around it that attract pollinators, deter pests, provide nutrients, and create mulch. Are you planting a bare root tree in your yard this spring? Come with a tree in mind for your property and we will help you design a custom guild for it.

Eventbrite - Designing Your Own Fruit Tree Guild

 

Friday May 9 & Saturday May 10. MOTHERS DAY PLANT SALE – Food Not Lawns

WHEN: 12:00 to 19:00 Friday, 10:00 to 16:00 Saturday.

WHERE: London Food Co-op. 621 Princess Ave.

COST: Free

The London Chapter of Food Not Lawns is holding their second annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale. There will be a variety of vendors, musicians, and plants for sale. Wild Craft will have an information table there and be selling perennial food plants. Food Not Lawns will have organic veggie seedlings for sale.


Thursday May 15. FORAGING WALK

WHEN: 18:00 – 19:30

WHERE: The Coves East Pond.

COST: 20$

Join us for a walk in one of London’s natural areas to harvest wild foods and learn the art of wild crafting. We will pick seasonal edibles, and talk about preparation and cooking techniques. The process of plant identification and best practices while foraging will be emphasized so that others in the present and in the future can continue to wild craft.

Eventbrite - Foraging Walk

 

Saturday May 24. PERMABLITZ

WHEN: 10:00 – 17:00 (or until the work is done)

WHERE: Peter and Dianne’s house

COST: Your labour! THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL

A permablitz occurs when a community of volunteers gets together to transform someone’s yard into a permaculture garden over the course of a day. Come donate your labour in exchange for some free lessons in permaculture and practical experience installing a sustainable garden. Meet other like-minded people in the community and enjoy the satisfaction of having helped one more piece of turf grass become an edible eden. For this particular property we will be installing some hugelkultures, applying sheet mulching, digging an irrigation swale, setting up some espalier apple trees and more! You won’t find an opportunity to learn these techniques often! Bring a water bottle and clothing for all weather. Contact us if you would like to arrange a Permablitz at your place.

Eventbrite - Permablitz

 

Saturday May 31. FOREST GARDENING CONVERGENCE

WHEN: 9:00 – 18:00

WHERE: The Living Centre

COST: Sliding scale from $65-$85. Volunteers $35.

Join us for presentations, hands-on workshops, discussions, panels, and networking. Meet and connect with forest garden practitioners, permaculture teachers, designers and students from Southwestern Ontario. Learn about local food and plant medicine and the ecological biodiversity of our region. Register.

 

Saturday June 7. GATHERING ON THE GREEN

WHEN: 10:00 – 16:00.

WHERE: The ‘green’ behind the Normal School in Wortley Village (Wortley and Elmwood Ave)

COST: Free

The Gathering features local entertainers, an all day BBQ, Charlotte's Tea Garden, Dunk Tank, Silent Auction, craft and plant vendors, representatives from community and environmental organizations and more. Gathering on the Green is a free event run by volunteers and supported by the Old South Community Organization and local businesses. Proceeds from the day are donated to projects and organizations in Old South.


Sunday June 15. FORAGING WALK

WHEN: 19:00 – 20:30

WHERE: Carolinian Food Forest.

COST: 20$

Join us for a walk in one of London’s natural areas to harvest wild foods and learn the art of wild crafting. We will pick seasonal edibles, and talk about preparation and cooking techniques. The process of plant identification and best practices while foraging will be emphasized so that others in the present and in the future can continue to wild craft.

Eventbrite - Foraging Walk


Saturday July 5. INTRODUCTION TO PERMACULTURE

WHEN:  9:00 - 12:00

WHERE:  TBD

COST:  45$

This course will introduce you to the concept and theory of permaculture and provide you with some practical tools to start applying it in your garden.  Permaculture is inspired by deep observation of natural systems.  It does not seek to recreate them, but to learn from them and apply ecological principles to the design of human systems.  A garden on site will be featured as a demonstration site to highlight different techniques and discuss the reasons behind each choice.  This will help you start to think and approach problems like a permaculturalist.

Eventbrite - Introduction to Permaculture

 

Sunday July 13.  INTRODUCTION TO FOOD FORESTS

WHEN: 10:00 - 12:00

WHERE:  Carolinian Food Forest

COST:  30$

Come walk through London's first public food forest with us and discover how it works, why it is special, and learn the building blocks to create your own food forest.  A food forest mimics the structure of a natural forest ecosystem but is mainly made up of edible plants.  The use of vertical layering allows much more to be grown in a given area than in a traditional vegetable garden.  The use of mostly perennial plants also means that once the forest is established there is very little maintenance work required.

Eventbrite - Introduction to Food Forests

 

Monday July 14. FORAGING WALK

WHEN: 19:00 - 20:30

WHERE:  Thames Park

COST:  20$


Join us for a walk in one of London's natural areas to harvest wild foods and learn the art of wild crafting.  We will pick seasonal edibles, and talk about preparation and cooking techniques.  The process of plant identification and best practices while foraging will be emphasized so that others in the present and in the future can continue to wild craft.

Eventbrite - Foraging Walk

 

Tuesday August 19. FORAGING WALK

WHEN: 19:00 - 20:30

WHERE:  CAROLINIAN FOOD FOREST

COST: 20$

Join us for a walk in one of London's natural areas to harvest wild foods and learn the art of wild crafting.  We will pick seasonal edibles, and talk about preparation and cooking techniques.  The process of plant identification and best practices while foraging will be emphasized so that others in the present and in the future can continue to wild craft.

Eventbrite - Foraging Walk

 

Thursday August 28.  INTRODUCTION TO FOOD FORESTS

WHEN: 18:00 - 20:00

WHERE:  Carolinian Food Forest

COST:  30$

Come walk through London's first public food forest with us and discover how it works, why it is special, and learn the building blocks to create your own food forest.  A food forest mimics the structure of a natural forest ecosystem but is mainly made up of edible plants.  The use of vertical layering allows much more to be grown in a given area than in a traditional vegetable garden.  The use of mostly perennial plants also means that once the forest is established there is very little maintenance work required.

Eventbrite - Introduction to Food Forests

 

Wednesday September 24. FORAGING WALK

WHEN: 19:00 – 20:30.

WHERE: TBD

COST: 20$

Join us for a walk in one of London’s untended spaces to harvest wild foods and learn the art of wild crafting. We will pick seasonal edibles, talk about preparation and cooking techniques and discuss those we come across that are not in season. The process of plant identification and best practices while foraging will be emphasized so that others in the present and in the future can continue to wild craft.

Eventbrite - Foraging Walk

 

Saturday November 8. BREADMAKING WORKSHOP

WHEN: 15:00 – 17:00

WHERE: Wild Craft Permaculture

COST: 35$

Warm your home up this fall with fresh bread baking in your own oven. Learn the basics of bread making so you can experiment in your own kitchen and make bread to your liking.

You will learn 3 different styles of yeast breads to give you lots of options in the kitchen depending on your schedule. 1) a traditionally risen loaf, 2) a 5 minute bread, and 3) a long loaf with an overnight rise. Each participant will go home with dough they have mixed together that can be baked at any time over the following 2 weeks. And, of course, we’ll sample the goods together before you go home!

Eventbrite - Breadmaking Workshop

 

*Host a workshop in your own home with at least 5 people registering and you attend for free! Scheduled at your convenience. **Most workshops half price for your son or daughter (18 and under).  Contact us to arrange.

 

 

Past Events:

Foraging Walks

All About Fruit Tree Guilds

Apple Tree Pruning Workshop

Building Native Pollinator Homes

Food Forest Site Preparation

Joel Salatin Live Webcast

Introduction to Permaculture Workshop, 1/2 day or full day

Introduction to Food Forests, full day

Cuban Agriculture in 2011 – A Slideshow of Post Oil Possibilities

Food Swaps

Breadmaking

Seed Bombing Workshop

Talk “Permaculture, nourishing the earth back to health”

Movie Screening of Locavore - Local Diet, Healthy Planet

London Home and Garden Show

Civic Garden Complex Open House

Carolinian Food Forest Site Preparation

Talk "How to grow your own food without a vegetable patch"

Permablitz

Session for Permaculture Design Certificate "Urban Permaculture"

Building a Solar Dehydrator

Edible Garden Tour

Creative SPARK Conference at King's College

TVDSB Environmental Symposium