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PAST AND PRESENT PROJECTS

Woman working on digital workshop on computer

DIGITAL INTRODUCTION TO PERMACULTURE WORKSHOP

Are you interested in applying sustainable design concepts to your life and building symbiotic relationships between the land, yourself, and your community?

 

In 2023-2024, RESES developed a 1hr digital Introduction Permaculture Design workshop that is now open for registration!

 

This project is funded by the Government of Canada's Community Services Recovery Fund. The Community Services Recovery Fund is a $400 million investment from the Government of Canada to support community service organizations, including charities, non-profits and Indigenous governing bodies, as they adapt and modernize their organizations.

RIPARIAN REANIMATION

We are very excited to announce a new project that RESES is partnering on in 2023, which is a learning, teaching, and performance experience about riparian habitats and communities in the Kelowna area. RESES board member, Madeline Donald, will be spearheading a project that engages local youth to make puppets inspired by creatures found in a local creek through weekly workshops. The puppets will then be brought into the community space through a series of performances. This project is being run in collaboration with the University of British Columbia and the Rotary Centre for the Arts, with funding support from the City of Kelowna.

Large owl puppet
Corn plant against sky

COLLABORATION WITH MILPA COMUNITARIA KELOWNA​

The Milpa Comunitaria Kelowna is a local gardening group that focuses on healing ancestral wounds by learning about traditional food systems to connect/bridge knowledge intergenerationally. The group comes together to cultivate and harvest food and medicinal crops, and to host communal meals and other community events..  A "Milpa" is a crop-growing system used throughout Mesoamerica. It has been most extensively described in the Yucatán peninsula area of Mexico. The word milpa is derived from the Nahuatl word phrase mil-pa, which translates into "cultivated field" (Wikipedia). RESES has collaborated with the Milpa crew to design and implement a compost toilet for use by project participants.

FREE ECOLOGICAL DESIGN EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS

RESES creates free ecological education materials in the form of colouring sheets and a colouring book that can be used by young and old learners, teachers, and curious cats alike! Free PDF downloads of our Wild Edibles colouring sheets and Permaculture Ethics and Principles Colouring Book are available by clicking below. Exciting news, our colouring book is now available to order in print! Contact us directly for discounts on bulk orders.

Cartoon character looking at flower
Installing raised bed in food forest

MISSION CREEK FOOD FOREST

The Food Forest at Mission Creek was a 50ft x 50ft space adjacent to the Mission Creek Greenway and the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan (EECO) in Kelowna, BC. The food grown in the demonstration forest was able to be harvested by anyone, for free! RESES board members Haruko and Elana helped design and build the food forest garden, and up unti 2022, worked with the Regional District of the Central Okanagan to lead the Food Forest volunteer efforts and workshops. Community volunteers helped with weeding, pruning, and building soil nutrition through on-site nutrient cycling and mulching. Sadly, the Food Forest was taken down in 2023 to make way for an outdoor education space.

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