Inspiration Farm’s Workshops 2019
Drawing on 20 plus years of working a homestead style farm in the Pacific NorthWest we have learned a thing or two.
Every year for the past decade or more we have strived to offer events to share our knowledge. We hope these events and workshops can teach and inspire folks to enjoy a better relationship to the land, water, plants and animals that share their ecosystem.
By using our farm as a classroom we can share what has worked to create a resilient and abundant system. We will show examples so you can see first hand how to improve your systems as simply as possible, while taking less time to figure it out.
We think that you find these offerings interesting and useful. Hope to see you at one or more of our events this year.
🌿 Great Grafting Gathering March 24th $20
Create your own Fruit Nursery Stock. Fruit Tree Grafting and Propagation from Cuttings. Pruning season is upon us! Remember to save scion wood for the Grafting Gathering! Bring Apple, Pear, Plum varieties from your neighborhood. We will demonstrate basic grafting techniques. Select scion wood and rootstock to graft a tree to take home! plum rootstock will be available for a nominal fee. By sharing the scion people bring will allow a mix of varieties. Also demonstrated will be techniques we use to propagate hard wood cuttings to create your own nursery.
🌿 Scythes the Cutting Edge April 13th $40
Sell the weed eater and use a scythe! Maintain your body, not your machines. Learn the sharper points of this elegant tool. Thought to be old school, but better blades and an ergonomic set up makes them one of the most efficient tools out there. Learn what makes a good scythe, how to select a scythe for your needs and how to properly maintain it for years of efficient use. Participants will be able to try out a number of different blades. Read more
We will celebrate International Permaculture Day in May… a day of celebration showcasing permaculture around the world.
Open homes, gardens and farms, films, community gardens, It’s an opportunity to experience permaculture and meet its practitioners. Visitors can see these myriad initiatives, ask questions and decide for themselves whether the permaculture design system has relevance to the challenges we face and to creating communities. Now in its 10th year, has expanded beyond its Australian homeland to become a global day of permaculture celebrated in over 35 countries.
Tours are a great way to learn and visit the farm and pick up some permaculture food at the same time. See first hand what it takes to turn a landscape into a productive, vibrant, resilient, regenerative system. Read more
🌿 Food Forest & Permaculture Guild Plants May 11th $40
Plant a garden, eat for a year, plant a Food Forest Guild, eat for decades! This hands on workshop shares design elements necessary for a perennial food forest. Learn about fruit and nut trees as well as supper food berries suited to our area, Fertilizing guild plants, pollinator attractants and more. Stacked systems can create the productivity of a forest. Once established it will provide for its own needs, producing food for decades! Read more
🌿 Permaculture Design “Live Consultation” with Brian Kerkvliet
In Skagit Valley, May 25 10am-5pm $65 including lunch
A live consultation allows one to be involved in the Permaculture design process. You will have the opportunity to observe important considerations and decisions involved in obtaining the best design for the goals of the client. Taking into Considerations the possibilities and limitations of the property. The beauty of this kind of event is that it is dealing with a real property and real design parameters and constraints. Seeing the design process first hand allows one to better design their own land. Read more
Sat.-Sun. June 22nd & 23rd $150
A fun filled Permaculture Immersion Weekend will illustrate practical ways to design an integrated living system that is self regulating, abundant and resilient. Whether you are on an urban lot or a farm homestead, energy, water, soil building, animal systems, food production and preservation systems, diverse income streams are all important to you. An extended site tour will augment this experiential weekend. Read more
Sat.-Sun. July 13th & 14th $175
Learn the skills to pattern with your natural landscape to create an integrated systems of abundance and productivity! Design strategies and methods for truly sustainable, regenerative human integration as a part of their ecosystem. We will look at strategies for resilient water, nutrients, soil regeneration, food production, shelter, energy, and more. Curriculum Includes: Permaculture Ethics and Design Principles, Pattern Recognition, Climate Factors and micro climates, Water Management, Soil, Trees, Earthworks, Surveying and Mapping. Leading up to a real life design exercise, mapping and placing elements within a holistic design. Read more