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Courtenay, BC, Canada
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Growing a Permaculture Business

Posted by Elaine Codling almost 10 years ago

The response to Vancouver Island Permaculture has been amazing. In 6 weeks I have had 3 wonderful clients willing to support me in learning and expanding my experience.

Returning to Canada to start a Permaculture business hasn't been entirely smooth. Specific challenges include: 'How do I say that in Canadian?' and finding a concise response to 'Well its all good but first we have to eradicate the . . .  [insert hated species here]'.  Scotch Broom is the top candidate for most hated here in B.C. but Black berry, English Ivy, Morning Glory and Periwinkle are all in the top ten. Even Snowberry and Oregon grape [both native] get their share of abuse.

Communication can be challenging at the best of times but having trained in Australia has presented some unique issues. In Canada a 'swale' can mean any kind of ditch or small man-made water channel. 'Dams' are called 'ponds' here in B.C. and 'dugouts' in Saskatchewan. I searched fruitlessly for a 'farmer's level' before I realized that what I wanted was a 'hand held sight level'.

However despite these minor and sometimes hilarious misunderstandings and without any recognizable 'marketing' I have had 3 clients so far. Meeting each client has had an element of serendipity that amazes me. Each has a unique site and priorities but all have a shared willingness to support me with their enthusiasm, their faith in my abilities and their conviction that the work I am doing has significance far beyond their own projects. All have provided me with the opportunity to expand my knowledge and broaden my experience.

And the serendipity continues to astound me. I have earthworks planned for this fall with my first client. I am confident that the swales and spillways I have designed will solve the water problems around her house. However I have been a little nervous about supervising an excavator on my own for the very first time. Today I met with clients that have an urban farm of about 5 acres with 3 potential dam sites. Although they are new to farming and to permaculture, he is a contractor with experience in surveying and laying out subdivisions. He will be supervising the earthworks himself and he is more than happy to let me observe!  

With all this happening in just 6 short weeks I simply have to reflect with awe and gratitude at how blessed I am to be surrounded by all this support and encouragement. 

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Nick Huggins
Nick Huggins : Thats great to hear that your doing so well Elaine. Up front honesty with your clients will always pay off in the long run. Make sure you do some Posts on the PRI site with photos and plans of your new projects. All the best.
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Mark Brown
Mark Brown : It is great to hear of the potential you are experiencing and I look forward to your continued success
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Carly Gillham
Carly Gillham : The idea of supervising your first earthworks does indeed sound scary! Please let us know how it goes :)
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Earthworks
Type: Earthworks
Teacher: Geoff Lawton
Location: Zaytuna Farm PRI Australia
Date: Jan 2011
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Soil Biology
Type: Soil Biology/Compost
Teacher: Paul Taylor
Location: Zaytuna Farm PRI Australia
Date: Mar 2011
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Permaculture Project Aid Worker Course
Type: Aid Worker
Teacher: Geoff Lawton
Location: Zaytuna Farm PRI Australia
Date: Mar 2011
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Permaculture Internship
Type: Internship
Teacher: Geoff Lawton
Location: Zaytuna Farm
Date: Jan 2011
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Teacher training
Type: Teacher Training
Teacher: Rowe Morrow
Location: PRI Australia
Date: Feb 2011
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Urban permaculture consulting
Type: Other
Teacher: Nick Huggins
Location: PRI Australia
Date: Mar 2011
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Permaculture Design Certificate
Type: Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course
Teacher: Jesse Lemieux
Location: Denman Island, Canada
Date: Jul 2010
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Introduction to Permaculture
Type: Introduction to Permaculture
Teacher: Geoff Johnston
Location: Victoria BC
Date: Sep 2008
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Verifying teacher: Starhawk Starhawk
Other Teachers: Charles Williams
Location: OUR Ecovillage
Date: Aug 2013

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