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General News · 11th February 2013

Linnaea Farm on Cortes Island (BC) is Canada’s oldest and most well-known permaculture oriented farm.

This summer, Linnaea is hosting its 21st annual Permaculture Design Course - this time open to everyone!!


Join us for 10 days of hands on and theoretical learning, including:

Urban and Rural Scale Techniques
Practical Skills to Reclaim the Commons
Food Forest Design
Climate Change Resiliency
Permaculture for Catastrophes
Grafting and Propagation
Neighborhood Repair
Animal Systems
Perennial Polyculture Techniques
Greywater and Rainwater Harvesting
Natural Building
Ecological Patterning
Food Production
Soils and Remediation

The cost of the course is $850-950 including accommodations and delicious farmstead meals

To register for this course, please contact Tamara (, 250.935.6747)

For more information, please contact: Mighk (

DSC02756Liz Richardson has lived at Linnaea Farm and taught Permaculture Design for over two decades and is one of the most experienced permaculture teachers in Canada. Liz’s rich understanding of Coastal BC ecological systems has been grounded in her long-term observation of the place she lives. Liz’s vast knowledge has inspired a generation of permaculturalists who are now practicing permaculture and working on innovative projects across Canada. Liz is passionate about animal husbandry and community forestry systems. She grew up in rural England and in addition to farming she is one of Cortes Island’s paramedics.

Oliver Kellhammer a guerilla forest gardener, botanical artist, and one of the great permaculture visionaries of Canada. He has worked as a land artist and permaculture designer for over 25 years in British Columbia, and has co-taught the permaculture design course at Linnaea with Liz Richardson for the past 20 years.

Much of Oliver’s work is “botanical interventions” that transform underutilized or depleted urban spaces into commons space that enhance the relationships between people and nature, and remediate the urban landscape. These works of art become ‘open source’, as they become shaped and sculpted by ecological activity, succession, and human interaction.

More recently, Oliver has been researching permaculture strategies for how we might adapt to climate change. He founded the Climate Change Forest project which re-introduces ‘formerly native’ organisms (i.e.ones that existed in a given locality during past periods of geological time) as an adaptive strategy for managing climate change. Another interest is ecological hybridity – how we can we re-mix native eco-systems by adding a layer of non-native organisms without impairing habitat functionality. See Oliver’s work at

Mighk Simpson lives and practices at the Planet Repair Institute in Portland OR. He learned, practiced and taught permaculture in rural locations on islands in the Salish Seas before taking these practices to the urban landscape, where he is currently focused on block-scale transformation of under-utilized space in his neighborhood, and the reclamation of urban commons. Prior to joining the team at the Planet Repair Institute, Mighk lived and learned at the Bullock’s Permaculture Homestead, Linnaea Farm, and at Channel Rock on Cortes Island, BC.