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Quote of The Week

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Tree Planting Middle School Initiative

“Salt Spring Middle School students are taking part in a project to combat climate change that has a potentially global reach.” “The trees will grow in a nursery set up on the school grounds. Over the last week, classes have been going out to the nursery and planting the big leaf maple trees with Nickels.…
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Earth Day Planting

Salt Spring Elementary is working hard to green up the school play ground. Seven Ravens helped add fruit and nuts to the school field. The children in years to come will enjoy the beauty of spring blossoms, food, and shelter from the sun as they play and learn outside on this special island.
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Beautiful Pond Creations

“Working with Michael on the development of my pond was a truly enjoyable experience. Michael was extremely knowledgeable about the exact placement( for optimum water retention )of the pond and how to best work with what was already there to keep our beautiful property as natural as we found it. One of the  deciding points…
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Happy Spring Gardening

Garlic Mulching – its time to get this ball rolling in the garden with the dry March we have had. Protect your garlic for the spring and summer season by giving a good mulch now….and lets all hope for more rain! Happy Spring
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Practical Permaculture Institute of Tanzania – Tanzania, 2017

Michael worked closely with a farmer and his farm to establish a branch of the Practical Permaculture Institute in Mufindi, Tanzania. This included in-depth permaculture design and installation training and revising farm design and infrastructure to reduce waste and increase efficiencies. Additionally, Michael opened up a new area to farm, including installing a series of…
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Mdabulo Secondary School- Tanzania, 2017

With a core team of Canadian and African permaculturalists, Michael designed and installed a one-hectare permaculture farm at a secondary school in the southern high plains of Tanzania. This project rehabilitated de-vegetated hillside into productive farmland intended to feed the school’s 400 students. The project included swales for rainwater catchment and redirection, a pond, a…
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Tanzanite One Mine- Tanzania, 2017

Michael designed and implemented food gardens and food forests to feed 600 Tanzanite One workers and management. Michael’s small team from Canada and Kenya trained and worked alongside Tanzanite employees and community members to design and install food forests on eroded hillsides; including building swales to capture and concentrate rainfall, planting fruit tree forests, and…
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Practical Permaculture Institute of Zanzibar – Tanzania, 2015

Michael worked closely with a local partner to establish a branch of the Practical Permaculture Institute on a 3.5 acre piece of land on the island of Zanzibar, Tanzania. The project included clearing the land, digging swales and a pond to catch, redirect and hold rainwater, installing a grey water system, planting a fruit tree…
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REGENERATIVE DESIGN CONSULTING

WITH MICHAEL NICKELS