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Re: [permaculture-117] Permaculture sites in Vancouver area

From: Hendrik B.
Sent on: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 11:34 AM
Hello Myra and fellow enthusiasts,

I believe that there is lots you can do by educating these renters and nightly visitors about native plants of BC that are both beautiful and nutritious; Many have intriguing medicinal properties as well. I would use an appropriate guide (such as "Edible and medicinal plants of Canada",  Lone Pine Publishing) to make a selection of local plants that were prized by the native population (...while living in harmony with bears) that are suitable for your stated purposes and stand out primarily for their educational potential: thus teaching people to be respectful of the natural environment.

By the way I lived in a remote location on the Sunshine coast for twelve years and although the bears and I knew each other and our habits well, we respected each other and never had any conflict.

For now I live in the City, but I do forage for herbs and vegetables regularly. Not to be dismissed is the incredible potential of a small rooftop garden, not only as source of food, but also a tool to build community between individuals that previously had little in common. A communal garden removed mayor personal barriers and opened up communication and doors for conflict resolution.

If you are in town this Wednesday and have some time to spare, you are welcome to visit and have a look-around and discussion about this project. I live in the Woodward's social housing complex at 131 West Hastings. If you are interested, write me to set an appropriate time.

NB. The Woodwards development is a controversial mixed housing 'social experiment', where many lessons are learned by trial and error and evidence based best practice.


On Tue, Nov 12, 2013 at 8:29 AM, Leila <[address removed]> wrote:

Wow you do have plenty of space to work with there. Have you got a copy of Plants of coastal BC? (The pojar and mackinnon)Thats a good place to start seeing what appeals to you design wise. Permaculture with native plants for wildlife support works too.

On Nov 11,[masked]:26 PM, "walk-in-beauty" <[address removed]> wrote:
I agree that it seems a 'waste' not to have food but I have to disagree that no food is at odds with permaculture or a contradiction.  My understandings is that permaculture is all about getting the design right for whatever you are trying to achieve.  Believe me, I would love to see fruit trees planted and go out in the mornings and forage for my breakfast but we have to consider we live in Whistler which is bear territory and the muni does as much as it can to encourage bears to forage in the hills away from human habitation and I really respect that.  Isn't that part of permaculture too - designing with nature in mind so that humans and bears can cohabitate without conflict? 

Anyway, I've attached a map of the existing complex layout so you can see the area is very extensive and my vision is to have areas that are already naturally segregated with the walkways re-landscaped with herbs, shrubs and native plants. My other vision is to use this as a subliminal teaching tool for the general public that visits.

Also, if anyone reading this knows of any permies in the sea to sky area, please direct them to our sea to sky meetup page 

Thanks for all your help - Bonny I have checked out the link you sent but will need to investigate a bit further myself before I send him to see it.  I feel like I'm walking on eggshells and don't want to do anything to halt this opportunity.   I'm going to be in Vancouver on Wed so will visit the site first.  

Myra




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On 11 November[masked]:58, Leila <[address removed]> wrote:

A permaculture garden without food in it seems like a contradiction but I guess you could do one for medicinals only. I worked on some revegetation projects in whistler and I have to warn you that we had more issues with bears and lush vegetative growth than youd expect. Not just fruits I'm afraid. If you based it heavily on things that have strong or bitter flavours you might have better luck. They don't like sitka valerian at all but the complex might not either. I would be looking at combining some classic herb garden elements with native plants. I wish i could tell you an example to go look at but I cant think of an established permaculture garden tthat doesnt incorporate food. How much room do you have to work with?

On Nov 10,[masked]:01 PM, "walk-in-beauty" <[address removed]> wrote:
Hi Everyone,

I have put a permaculture landscaping proposal to my Strata council for my Whistler complex and the chairman has asked if there are any good sites he could visit.  I've recently returned to Canada from Scotland where I did my design course so I am not yet familiar with what is around here.  The whole concept of Permaculture is new to the board so I am looking for sites that are more decorative and herbal than food oriented.  We have to be bear aware so growing food is not going to happen here.  Our complex is mostly nightly rentals with a few long term tenants and a growing number of resident owners.  Can anyone suggest some places he could visit to see the potential?  

Thanks,
Myra



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