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General · 23rd March 2010
Channel Rock
Friends of Channel Rock on Cortes Island are hosting a week-long food security workshop from September 19 – 26th, 2010. Seven speakers, all proficient in their fields, will lead this “hands on” workshop. Topics will include permaculture, food security, small-scale gardening, beekeeping, sustainable shellfish farming and the culinary skills of self-sufficiency.

Among the seven speakers will be Joel Salatin, a 3rd generation alternative farmer from Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. He's a sought-after writer and speaker with a passion for defending small farms, local food systems and the right to opt out of the conventional food paradigm. His farm, Polyface Inc., became famous when it was written about in the New York Times bestseller Omnivore’s Dilemma by food writer and guru, Michael Pollan.

Robin Tunicliffe is a farmer, entrepreneur and a graduate student who researches food policy issues at the University of Victoria. She's a member of USC Canada and owner of Fiesty Field Organic Farm in Saanich, BC. In addition, she's co-owner of Saanich Organics, a cooperative marketing business. Her contributions to the workshop will include her perspectives about the growing concern for Food Security and need for local agriculture.

Food Security is defined as the state “in which all people, at all times, have access to nutritious, safe, personally acceptable and culturally appropriate foods, produced in ways that are environmentally sound and socially fair.” To support this vision, other workshop speakers will be: Katie Mathieu, Channel Rock chef and graduate of the Linnaea Farm permaculture program; Oliver Kelhammer, permaculture teacher and land artist who works with regeneration processes; Tony Clark, master commercial small-scale beekeeper and teacher of forest ethics, wildlife tree usage and forest health; Stephanie Asbeck, head gardener at Channel Rock who uses permaculture, bio-dynamic and composting methods; and, Cec Robinson, full-time shellfish farmer and owner of Whaletown Oysters.

Channel Rock is a 140-acre conservancy and old homestead on the west coast of Cortes Island. As well, it's a sustainable retreat center run primarily on solar energy and entirely off the grid. The Channel Rock's Garden is known for its diversity. Infrastructure on the land include cob, stackwall and timberframe communal buildings. Accommodations are a variety of cabins, yurts, tipis and tents. 

Cost: $1245.00
Early Bird Registration: $1145.00 (Register before March 31)

For additional information on the week-long Food Security Workshop on Cortes Island, contact Ester Strijbos, call 250-935-6441 or visit the website