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.
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.
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.
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.
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.