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

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.


Centre for Learning at the Kelowna campus certified LEED Gold

The first building in the Central Okanagan built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold standard has now been certified by the Canada Green Building Council. Following the stringent guidelines, Okanagan College broke ground on the five-storey $28-million Centre for Learning at the Kelowna campus in 2006. The doors opened to students in 2009, but the building only recently received certification.

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National Sweater Day is Back!

February 7th, 2013 is the next National Sweater Day, but it’s never too early to start thinking about how you can rally friends, family and colleagues to turn down the heat and put on an UGLY sweater! Read more »


Jan 17: Open House for new Transit Exchange at Okanagan College

The City of Kelowna is holding an open house at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus Thursday, Jan. 17 regarding the Okanagan College Transit Exchange and the KLO Road Improvement Project.

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Tinhorn Creek Winery Sustainability Programs, Penticton Speakers Series, Monday December 3, 2012

Monday December 3, 2012

7:00 pm in the Penticton Campus Lecture Theatre

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards has been on a sustainability continuum since its founding in 1994. CEO and Winemaker Sandra Oldfield will explain the winery’s journey and vision and how it uses a four-pronged approach to the idea of sustainability. In addition she will explain how to make the business case for small companies to strive toward greater sustainability.

Sandra Oldfieldwas born and raised in Sonoma County, California.  She received her Master’s Degree in Enology (Winemaking) from the University of California, Davis. In 1995 she moved to Oliver, BC, as winemaker and one of four owners of Tinhorn Creek Vineyards. In 2011 she was named the winery’s CEO. She lives on the Tinhorn Creek property with her husband, her seven-year-old adopted daughter, and a menagerie of dogs and cats.


What’s up with Okanagan water? Penticton Speakers Series Monday November 19, 2012

Monday November 19, 2012

7:00 pm in the Penticton Campus Lecture Theatre

Water is always a burning issue in the Okanagan, but the conditions change every year, and we are faced with adapting to a new (even more variable) environment. This talk, led by Anna Warwick Sears, is an overview of what we know and what we are setting out to know about collaborative water management in the Okanagan. This is an opportunity to ask questions and get answers about the current and future state of water in the Valley.

Anna Warwick Sears is the Executive Director of the Okanagan Basin Water Board, a local government agency addressing the shared concerns of valley communities. Dr. Sears has a Ph.D. in Biology, and has been working for more than eight years in watershed management.


Water expert speaks on future and Western Canada’s climate

The chair of the United Nation’s Water for Life Decade will be at Okanagan College’s Vernon campus Thursday, Nov. 15 as part of the ongoing Science in Society Series.

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New Trades Complex: LEED Platinum + Energy Neutral

The Kelowna Trades Complex project will be the first of its kind in British Columbia to transform a complex of this age, size and diversity into a modern learning space that is energy neutral. The vision preserves the existing shops and Trades’ building structure while expanding and transforming the entire complex into the contemporary spaces learners need today.

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Car Pool Week Oct 22-26 – Enter to win prizes!

Oct 22-26 is Carpool Week.  Sign Up to win prizes – see OC Car Pooling Website for details. Even if you only do it once, take the time to try it out. You may find you like it – and you will certainly feel good about having done a small part to make a big difference!



Clean Fascieux Creek Oct 2

There will be a fall creek cleaning Tuesday, October 02, 2012 3:00 PM-4:30 PM… everyone is invited to come out and join in cleaning up KLO campus’s resident riparian area.

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