Saturday, April 14 | 2:00 p.m. | The Hive - 128 West Hastings #210| Free

The Canadian leader of sustainable agriculture returns home to BC after introducing over 540 students across Australia and Uganda to the topic of Pacific Permaculture.  Over the last four years, Lemieux has been at the forefront of Canada's ecological agriculture movement and in partnership with Pacific Permaculture, will be hosting the first ever Alumni Convergence.

“It was though teaching this discipline in the harsh political, social and environmental conditions of countries like Jordan, Palestine and Uganda that I have learned the true value of permaculture in our increasingly unstable world,”  Lemieux reflected on his travels.

With presentations from some of his most prominent students and opportunities to talk permaculture and share ideas, Lemieux hopes that the conference will introduce the public to this unknown environmental concept.

Originally conceived as "permanent agriculture," permaculture was coined in 1978 by Australians David Holmgren  and  Bill Mollison who Lemieux studied under, along with Geoff Lawton (founder of the world’s first Permaculture Research Institute who Lemieux recently had the honour of taking over Lawton’s legacy, serving as Interim Head Instructor at the PRI).

Permaculture design is a positive approach to human progress and development that gives full and measured consideration to: landscape, climate, water, food, culture, and nature.  The design generates connected and self maintaining human systems that have all of the resilience, function and abundance of a forest, wetland or coral reef.

Famous environmental activist David Suzuki gives praise to a practice that remains to be fairly unknown.

"What permaculturists are doing is the most important activity that any group is doing on the planet," Suzuki stated.

Lemieux's other recent success includes recognition by the Global Peace Hut, a Canadian charity that has incorporated permaculture design into its programs of conflict resolution and community peacemaking.  With the assistance of full scholarships, 15 Ugandan community leaders were able to receive training in permaculture.  The future is also looking bright for the BC native, who is scheduled to teach another PDC followed by a workshop to implement a full scale design on site in Uganda this coming fall.