Grow your own food using permaculture techniques

Local educator bringing internationally-accredited permaculture design course to Port Moody, beginning Oct. 17

A Coquitlam Farmer's Market regular who has taught workshops on composting, winter gardening and water conservation is sharing his expertise in permaculture design.

Fabrizio Mazzuchi is bringing the internationally-accredited Permaculture Design Certificate to the Tri-Cities.

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"The Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) is an international course that gives students the tools and skills to design or re-design a property in a sustainable way, integrating renewable energies, clean food production, nutrient cycling (compost), water treatments, and more," state Mazzuchi in a press release.

Mazzuchi, who trained in permaculture design in Australia, says course participants will learn how to work with, rather than against nature.

"Permaculture teaches us that we can turn a yard, a rooftop or a farm into a beautiful and abundant space where we can grow nutrient dense food, which is not only fun, but also an incredibly empowering experience."

Among the topics that will be covered include: design, pattern understanding, climactic factors, trees and their energy transactions, and an understanding of water and soils. A full description is available at

It will include hands-on learning, self study and group activities. In order to obtain the certification, participants are required to complete a design exercise that will be presented on the last day of class.

The course starts Saturday, Oct. 17 and runs for nine Saturdays until Dec. 12, running from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. It takes place at Mossom Creek Hatchery education centre in Port Moody. The 72-hour course costs $695.

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