“PINA recognizes and highly recommends the teaching of the PINA diplomates holding our Diploma in Education. We have reviewed their curriculum and teaching experience and found them to meet our standards for excellence in the field.”
Our Programs are built on 30 years of on-farm educational experience. The first Permaculture Design Course taught in Canada was actually taught on Linnaea Farm in the 1980's! Since then, hundreds of students have graduated from our Permaculture programs.
For our upcoming 2018 PDC our instructors have, combined, over 50 years of experience designing and implementing Permaculture Design projects as well as teaching students across North America!
Linnaea Farm is a 314 acre organic land trust stewarded by five families dedicated to sustainable agriculture and education.
Come and observe how a diverse group of people create and live Permaculture! You'll definitely get your hands in some sweet Linnaea soil when you dig into some of the fascinating on-going projects we'll be working with on the farm.
Linnaea Farm has over 1000 feet of lakefront on the pristine Gunflint Lake. Fabulous for swimming, or having a peaceful moment beside sparkling waters – you'll have many moments to enjoy some Cortes Island relaxation during your Permaculture Design Course.
We have furnished rooms in our heritage Farmhouse, as well as tent camping options available. Subscribe to our course email list to receive accommodation details when registration opens in the fall.
Oliver Kellhammer (Permaculture Institute of North America Diplomate and Practicing Member) is an ecological artist, activist and writer who has been a Permaculture instructor since the early 1990’s.
After moving to the west coast from his native Toronto, he founded Cottonwood Gardens in Vancouver, one of Canada’s largest community gardens and public Permaculture demonstration facilities as well as the Means of Production biomaterials garden, which produces plant-based materials for the use of artists and craftspeople in an East Vancouver park.
Oliver co-taught the Permaculture component of the Linnaea Farm Ecological Gardening Program for many years and has lectured worldwide on topics of Permaculture, urban ecology, bio-materials and climate change resiliency. Through his botanical interventions and public art projects, he seeks to demonstrate nature’s surprising ability to recover from damage. His work facilitates the processes of environmental regeneration by engaging the botanical and socio-political underpinnings of the landscape and continues to evolve into new forms.
Recent projects have focused on cleaning up contaminated soils, reintroducing prehistoric trees onto landscapes damaged by industrial forestry and cataloguing the biodiversity of brownfield ecologies. Dividing his time between Cortes Island and New York’s East Village, he lectures on Sustainable Systems at Parsons The New School for Design.
His web archive can be found at www.oliverk.org.
Mike Simpson has been learning, living and teaching the arts of Permaculture in numerous contexts over the past decade. Beginning at Linnaea Farm, he later learned from mentors at the Bullocks’ homestead on Orcas Island, Channel Rock on Cortes Island, and in Portland Oregon where he was a co-founder of the Planet Repair Institute urban permaculture homestead.
Mike has previously instructed permaculture design courses (PDC) at the Planet Repair Institute in Portland, and at the University of Victoria's School of Environmental Studies. Mike’s formal training is in the field of urban planning, and he is currently completing a PhD in geography at the University of British Columbia.
Jodi received her Permaculture Design Certificate from Linnaea Farm in 2009. She found it to be such a transformative experience she has been sharing permaculture principles in every way she can imagine ever since! She loves helping people of all ages find their connection to the earth, especially through delicious, homegrown food! She has over a decade of experience growing food organically in both urban and rural contexts, as well as over eight years of hands-on experience in Permaculture Design.
In Vancouver, working for the Environmental Youth Alliance and Gaia College, she worked with all ages in the classroom and in the garden. She was a founding member, designer, and project coordinator for the Copley Community Orchard in Vancouver. She absolutely loves working with living systems, from aquaponics to orchards, to backyard chickens, to raising children permaculture style. She values effective education that empowers participants to apply learnings to their unique lives and habitats.
Jodi has a BA Hons in Psychology, a Permaculture Design Certificate from Linnaea Farm, and has completed the Organic Master Gardener program from Gaia College. She completed her Permaculture Teacher Training with Jude Hobbs at OUR Eco-village. She’s slightly obsessed with fermentation, and is proud that one of her 4 year old daughter’s first (and favorite!) foods was homemade sauerkraut.
Permaculture Design begins and ends with profound observation of the natural world. It is all about turning problems into solutions! We are in a time of great transition and climate chaos – what an opportunity to ally ourselves with Nature and learn the skills of how to create positive, lasting, and fruitful change in our landscapes and communities.
Join us in exploring the processes of ecological regeneration in the wake of human disturbance, and learning how to assess, design and implement systems that are truly sustainable.
Our teachers will share the results of their cutting-edge work and how they have embraced Nature's unsurpassed ability to adapt and thrive in the most adverse of circumstances.
And so much more...
Experiental Learning at its Best!
It has been exhilarating and delightful to teach alongside Mike Simpson. His experience and knowledge has been the grounding force when we founded our urban permaculture school at Planet Repair Institute. Mike passion for the cutlure and practice of this most powerful form of activism and system of knowledge and design has been transformative for all of us in this institute, all of our students, and the many people that have already benefited from Mike creativity and dedication. With his leadership, we have been able to plant enduring relational guilds that will sustain our culture and projects for many years to come. I recommend Mike Simpson without hesitation, and dare you to try to escape the fun that he will get you into!
Oliver was inspiring, radical, and extremely knowledgeable. He challenged conventional social norms and the legitimacy of consumer culture in order to restore the environment, and provide food for people. His perspectives regarding the globalization of species and the futility fighting “weeds” in order to conserve a historically accurate ecosystem opened my mind to a new paradigm for restoration ecology.”
(Linnaea Farm PDC 2016 anonymous feedback forms)
It was my great fortune to experience Mike's teaching and mentorship over a three-month semester at UVic and later against a backdrop of similarly sharply-versed permaculture practitioners (aka the Linnaeans) during the field school portion on Cortes Island.
A moment didn't exist during my PDC with Mike Simpson when I wasn't on the edge of my seat (leaning as far as Zone 5 with curiosity). On top of his eloquent capacity to encapsulate the ins and outs of Permaculture, his words of Permaculture wisdom ride waves of infectious passion leaving no student inattentive, but rather fully engaged and inspired. This passion Mike exhibits seems to stem from his curiosity for reaching ever further into the Permaculture frontiers, and this is a journey he welcomes his student to join, as he mobilizes their own curiosity as well.
Mike's intricate understanding experience in permaculture theory and applications combined with his openness and respect for students' points of view makes him approachable and encourages an effective and multidirectional learning environment.Beyond teaching, Mike arranges his course in the very embodiment of permaculture principles, locating topics of the curriculum for functional interconnection and applying self regulation allowing the class to be informed by what naturally arises.
In short, if there would be one person I would recommend to convey the PDC package, Mike would take the ribbon!
As I believe I mentioned to many peers after Oliver’s teaching session with us, his work comes to the pinnacle of what I believe environmental justice, urban development, and political action should entail. His ability to combine art, activism, ecology, environmental resiliency, and social justice all into a single mechanism of performativity is beyond mind boggling to me. His various art installations including Lead Down the Garden Path, Weed Sanctuary, Cottonwood Community Gardens, and Healing the Cut-Bridging the Gap are able to “demonstrate nature’s surprising ability to recover from damage” (oliverk.org).It has been very rare for me to find someone who is so interdisciplinary in their work and who are so engaging and inspiring.
Leading up to our stay on Linnaea, life was busy and bustling and messy. In the midst of our stay on Linnaea, life was still busy and bustling and messy. But what made a difference for me was the supportive community we had built, and the one we’d been welcomed into…
Stop. Look. Listen. Feel. After getting settled we awoke early on our first morning at the farm and joined together for something called ‘sit spot’. We wandered across the farm, through dewy fields and up onto soft mossy bluffs overlooking Gunflint Lake. The scene before us was idealistic, the glassy lake, with mistrolling off, and the sun just reaching over the tree-tops into the bluebird skies.
We sat in silence (save for the trees and grass whispering, swallows and redwing blackbirds singing, rooster cocka-doodle-dooing and farm beginning to come to life), and observed our surroundings. After taking those moments to ourselves, feeling the warm sunshine on our winter-skin, and reflecting upon the beautiful morning we were a part of, I felt like I was able to unwind. I unwound just in time to excitedly re-wind and get ready to learn! Taking time for ourselves in a busy world has the potential to drastically change how we care for it. Caring for the people leads to the ability to care for the land….
Our mentors and teachers at Linnaea have cared for us as they have made permaculture accessible and pulled on everyone’s individual skills to make us feel capable and confident.
Everything Oliver spoke about came back to an unrelenting respect and appreciation for the dynamism of the world. I found our conversation with him encouraging and inspiring, and reflected on how his view on ecological restoration stimulated and challenged my own…But restoration can still be good, I think! And the conversation we had with Oliver really drove home some aspects of the practice that really make sense to me. I can see a hopeful future through his eyes, especially when he throws around happy little terms like “planetary CPR”. I love that one.
"To use Linnaea Farm to teach, demonstrate, and develop the values and practical skills of ecological land stewardship for the benefit of the Cortes Island community and the people who come to the farm to learn, thereby strengthening the relationship between community and land"