ECOLOGICAL DESIGN/PERMACULTURE WORKSHOP SERIES
Each year, RESES organizes a series of free or low-cost workshops that showcase the ecological design skills of our community members! Anyone with a relevant skill and the passion to share it is welcome to organize a workshop. To date, we have hosted workshops about natural building, growing your own mushrooms, food forestry, introductions to permaculture, and more!
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.
COLLABORATION WITH MILPA COMUNITARIA KELOWNA
The Milpa Comunitaria Kelowna is a local project that celebrates cultural connextions to Maize and other traditional crops from Mesoamerica. It is run by and for members of the Latin American community in Kelowna. 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 is currently collaborating with the Milpa project to design and implement a compost toilet for use by project participants and to provide support in any other ways as requested by the project.
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.
MISSION CREEK FOOD FOREST
The Food Forest at Mission Creek is 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 can 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.