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Ferme MiKu Valley Farm
Ferme MiKu Valley Farm
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130 Quabbin Hill Road, RR#4, Mallorytown, Ontario, CA
613 659-3823
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Ferme MiKu Valley Farm

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Mallorytown, CA

Angelika Fijalkowska Michael Tiffe

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Month Long PDCs offered this summer - hands on live/learn experience

Project: Ferme MiKu Valley Farm

Posted by kurt liebe almost 9 years ago

Each month May to October inclusive we're offering a full 72 hour PDC with more than 80 hours of hands on experience.

The course follows Mollison's "Permaculture, A Designers Manual" with direct  "in the dirt" experiences corresponding with new and ongoing projects on the property. We have both urban and rural demonstration sites and scenarios continuosly under developement here. The course participants will build and add to these projects.

We want to provide a very hands on experience with a range of tools and techniques for each person to try so we're factoring in earthworks equipment rentals and the like for each group session. Our course will be 1/2 day in the classroom and half day in the field (pun intended) five days on with two days off per week for 4 weeks duration. We're also scheduling guest presenters and offsite field trips in many topic areas. 

Our two main ponds are designated as water species habitat - modified by a  Ducks Unlimited grant to provide pairing ponds for geese and ducks. Nesting boxes have been installed to encourage wood duck populations. Water capture systems and aquatic based permaculture design concepts and techniques are linked to these resources throughout the course.

Additional water retention, soaking and spreading systems are explored via installed earthworks and additional projects planned for this season. Students will participate and assist in all stages: design, layout, and installation.

We have a hoop house and fledging nursery, approx  two acres of market gardens and a young food forest which we'll be using as outdoor classrooms to both ground the course experience and provide rich context for further learning opportunities.

We have a small but diverse livestock operation in which we'll explore intensive/extensive designs, housing, management and related principles, many of which can by used in permaculture futures in either urban or rural settings.

MiKu Valley is a 68 acre (27 hectares) piece of paradise in rural Eastern Ontario, tucked a bit out of the way but minutes from the villages of Lansdowne and Mallorytown. Almost centered between Toronto and Montreal and not that far from Ottawa.

The farm has been planned to maintain approximately 12 acres as natural reserve with minimal human intervention yet provide a natural retreat right in our backyard. sse www.miku.ca/courses for more details.


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