Archive for ◊ April, 2011 ◊

• Monday, April 25th, 2011

Awesome idea. Imagine building a tractor so that you could start your own Organic CSA farm! Imagine creating a pressed-earth brick maker to assemble your own house!

• Thursday, April 14th, 2011

2011 Vermont Permaculture Design Course

Utilizing the incomparable Whole Systems Research Farm permaculture site in Vermont’s Mad River Valley, our design studio resources, and a team of leading facilitators, Whole Systems Design, Keith Morris and Lisa DePiano present the first of many permaculture design courses to be offered in the coming decades.  This certification course will be held July 31st to August 12th, 2011 at the Whole Systems Design Studio and Research Farm site. 

This course offers an unparalleled opportunity to gain hands-on applied permaculture skills immersed within one of North America’s most diverse and intensive permaculture research sites.  Participants will engage with high-performance home and community resource systems that will be more resilient in the face of problems posed by peak oil, climate change, environmental toxicity, and the inability of existing economic and social systems to deal with such challenges.

This course includes the standard certificate curriculum but goes way beyond the typical Designer’s Certification Course by utilizing the background of skills-based trainings offered in Whole Systems Skills, and information-based study.  Students in this course will not walk and is filled with practice-based, learning-by-doing experiences, not only concept away from the experience without basic post-peak oil resiliency literacy including: how to plant a tree, fell a tree, split firewood, harvest biomass with a sycthe and sharpen it, sharpen and maintain other basic tools, perform earthworks, plumb basic waterworks and harvest water, inoculate mushroom logs and spread mushroom patches and innumerable other hard skills available to us via our working homestead, farm and practitioner-teachers.

Unlike at many permaculture course, we will actually be practicing these techniques on the farm throughout the course.

Course Highlights

  • Immersion and practice in one of the most sophisticated permaculture sites in North America.

  • Living at a beautiful site in the heart of Vermont, in the Mad River Valley.  See more here.

  • Ecological design and engineering pioneer John Todd anchors a team of guest instructors and visiting presenters.

  • Field trips to regional sites to see models of permaculture strategies in action.

There will be a first-come-first-served opportunity for a 3 day applied permaculture practicum after the course where a small group of course students will have the opportunity to practice permaculture all day, each day, on the research farm site.

Course Instructors

Keith Morris – Propect Rock Permaculture

Lisa DePiano – Montview Neighborhood Farm

Ben Falk, M.A.L.D. - Whole Systems Design

Cornelius Murphy – Whole Systems Design


To learn more and register for a place in the course, please visit our website.

• Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

The NDG Food Depot and the Montréal Permaculture Guild invite you to a free evening with Claude William Genest, on Wednesday April 20th at 7pm at the NDG Food Depot (2120 Oxford Ave).

Mr. Genest, permaculturalist and former Deputy Leader of the Green Party of Canada, will present a selection of episodes from his PBS produced Emmy nominated television-series “Regeneration – The Art of Sustainable Living.”  “Regeneration…” follows Mr. Genest as he explores the ways innovative people all over the world are building, growing, and living more sustainably.  The screening will be followed by a discussion led by Mr. Genest about his experiences with the project.

You can watch past TV episodes that cover topics like:

  • Biological treatment systems to clean wastewater
  • Local food production and the regeneration of farmers
  • Permaculture to transform acres of lawn to a “multi-yielding food forest”
  • Sustainable housing with straw-bale construction
  • The “farm of the future,” a model for renewable energy production

Watch ReGeneration Episode #1:

Hear Professor Todd say, “The idea that you can’t have economy and ecology is complete bull!” Very inspiring stuff here. Highly recommended for anyone interested in sustainable architecture and living buildings.

Watch the full episode. See more ReGeneration.

• Saturday, April 09th, 2011

Concordia City Farm School’s Speaker Series (April 11th and 18th) sets the stage for the week-long urban agriculture school that will be taking place from Tuesday April 26th until Saturday April 30. It will introduce the theoretical and political roots of the methodology and subject of the practical training. Lectures are open to the public and provide both a contextual base for students participating in the training, as well as the opportunity for all facets of the Concordia-Montreal community to better understand the circumstance which has inspired the integrated approach of the City Farm School.

The Speaker Series will launch the 2011 City Farm School……. and you are invited!

April 11 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Devlin Kuyek – Global food crisis: Where the corporate food system is taking us -
Ismael Hautecoeur -  A green way to reclaim the city: The evolution of urban agriculture in Montreal

April 18 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Rhonda Teitel-Payne – Urban agriculture: can it address food security issues and urban poverty? -

Location: RM H765, 1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W., Montreal

We are located on the north-west corner of Concordia’s Hall Building, 1455 de Maisonneuve West. To get here, go to the 12th floor and follow the signs to stairwell # 1285 (turn left, right, left from the elevator or right, left from the escalator) and go up!

Ruby Jean Van Vliet
Communications Coordinator
Concordia Greenhouse
514.848-2424 ext.5134

Please see the website for more information:

• Thursday, April 07th, 2011

In order to help you out with your gardening, The Coop Maison Verte has organised a series of workshops related to gardening techniques, local food and food conservation for April and May. They are all free, bilingual, and will all take place at the coop, 5785 Sherbrooke street West.

  • Seed saving April 13th with Nel Ewanè, agr. Msc. from Action Comuniterre 7 to 9 pm
  • Beekeeping workshop April 14th with Alain Péricard from Rucher Apis 7 to 9 pm
  • Community Farming information session April 15th with Dave Merson from Ferme Mange-tout 7 to 9pm
  • Compost 101 May 2nd with Julieta from Eco-Quartier NDG 7 to 9pm
  • Green Smoothie workshop May 3rd with Ildiko Brunner from Raw in Montreal 7 to 9:30pm
  • Vermi composting workshop May 10th with Philippe Robillard from Pousse-menu 7 to 9pm
  • Sprouting and fermentation workshop May 12th with Philippe Robillard from Pousse-menu 7 to 9pm

For more info contact:

Stéphanie Guico
Coordinatrice du marketing | Marketing coordinator
514 489 8000

• Monday, April 04th, 2011

I was once in the camp that listed the following arguments for nuclear energy:

  • It is the least evil energy source commercially available today.
  • France gets 70% of its electricity from nuclear and they do a good job of keeping it safe.
  • The 3 mile island accident in 1979 was completely contained and was due to human error.
  • The Chernobyl disaster was due to a flawed reactor design combined with incompetence and sabotage.
  • While the waste of nuclear is nasty and has enormous half-lives, new breeder reactors reduce it dramatically.

rethink nuclear powerIn light of the Japanese disaster, nuclear energy is clearly not worth the risk of irradiating the entire planet, our food supply and permanently damaging our DNA. Let’s help the Japanese people and put nuclear energy into the dust-bin of history with this up-coming benefit.

Source: MPG

April 11th is the one-month anniversary of the devastating earthquake-tsunami-nuclear-plant disaster in Japan. On this night at the Sala Rossa, Japanese musical artists Emi Honda, Maya Kuroki and Yuki Isami have organized a fundraising event to aid evacuees and the recovery of the area. More than 250,000 people had to evacuate their homes, and many of them lost everything from their lives. The rebuilding of damaged towns and fields is expected to be an ongoing effort for years. So many countries are already trying to help them and sending a lot of donations. All Japanese people are deeply grateful for the world’s support.

The aim of this event is to raise money for the recovery of northeastern Japan and to reconsider the role of nuclear energy in modern society, given its proven disastrous potential. The leaking Fukushima Daichii reactors are a few of 431 nuclear energy reactors in 29 countries. There are 18 in Canada alone (IAEA, Nuclear Technology Review 2010). Are we prepared to face the consequences when events such as this occur? There are many potential angles to this topic, many relating to the lifestyles we choose. We are sincerely hoping this event will serve as a forum for such discussion and all viewpoints are welcome.

Lineup for “REACTOR”

music performance:

? Tamamushi /Maya Kuroki(Dynamo Coleoptera) +Tomomi Morimoto+Alexis Farand+Martin Gauthier

? Elfin Saddle

? Yuki Isami + Reiko Yamada(composer) + Keiko Devaux

? Aya Aikawa

? Taikonauts

? Monday Night Choir / 20+ members multi-language singing group lead by Dina Cindric

other content:

? Talk/ Discussion with Sebastian Weissenberger (Institute of sciences of the environment, UQAM) and Pierre Jasmin (President, Les Artistes pour la paix). Interview by Geeta Nadkarni/ former CBC journalist

? Short film WURLD by Elfin Saddle

? Raffle tickets / Gifts from local eco-friendly businesses
Constellation Records (record label)
Alfalfa (organic grocery store in Jean-Talon market)
Phonopolis (used record store on rue Bernard)

? “Ideas for Life” : Art & Craft & Baking sale and display

This event is Pay What You Can (suggested $10), or $20/person donation and receive a raffle ticket.

All profits will be donated to Red Cross Japan to help evacuees and the general recovery of the area.

Monday, April 11 at 6:30pm - April 12 at 12:00am
La Sala Rossa
4848 Boulevard Saint-Laurent