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January 23, 2013

Monday January 28 – Summerhill Permaculture and Biodynamic Viticulture with Gabe Cipes

by Todd Redding

On Monday January 28, join Gabe Cipes of Summerhill Winery to explore and discuss:

  • Wild crafting or foraging for indigenous food, fiber and medicine plants in the many Okanagan mesoclimates.
  • The 9 biodynamic preparations and working with the astral calendar in deciphering the cosmic rhythms of the moon and stars.
  • Establishing ecosystems, animal integraton and whole systems horticulture design approach to farming.

Where: Okanagan College, Penticton Campus Lecture Theatre (583 Duncan Avenue; corner of Duncan Ave and HWY 97)

When: 7 pm

About Gabe Cipes:

Gabe Cipes makes and sources the nine biodynamic preparations applied to Summerhill Vineyard and has successfully led the transition to Demeter Certified biodynamic status. He is also diversifying the farm with food forests and edible landscaping, conducting experiments based on Permaculture principles to increase biodiversity within the vineyard system and grow complimentary crops between the vineyard rows. Gabe has completed courses in Permaculture Design Certificate at Selkirk College and Natural Earth Building at the Cob Cottage Company with Ianto Evans, and has completed the vineyard management courses and viticulture certificate at Okanagan College Penticton.

Gabe is inspired by the ideas and knowledge associated with creating self-sustaining food producing ecosystems and sees him self, planning and planting food forests and working with ecological communities for as long as he is able.

Aside from his work on the farm, Gabe is a visual artist, public speaker and festival producer. Over the past five years, he has produced a pan-Okanagan Art, Music, Craft and Spoken word, ecologically themed festival called Conduit.

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