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Chertsey, Quebec, CA
Climate zone:
Cold Temperate

Angelika Fijalkowska chloé fortin Conrad Goulet kevin perron Michel Dumont Miron Barabakh
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Rural, Residential, Demonstration, Educational

Project Summary

Turning a 15 acres depleted woodland into a lush food forest to show others what is possible in our very cold wet climate.

Project Description

The ES-Cargo started in 2004 when my husband and I found our dream property to build our earthship type home. "ES" is for earthship and "cargo" to sail us through the coming crisis... and "escargot" is french for snail, you know the one that carries it's house on it's back!

The 15 acres property is regrowth forest on a South facing slope. It was clear cut 100 years ago, just after the first settlers arrived. It was again logged around 2000, they call it selective cutting... where they take all the biggest and nicest trees for the sawmill and leave the diseased and crooked ones behind.

It's a challenging property because of the steep slope, but there's also a lot to work with. Lot's of good water high on the hill, very diverse flora and fauna and a river bordering the lot in the valley on the South side, it's paradise in our minds and hearts.

Permaculture is front and center in everything we do. Our goals are to share what we've learned and show what's possible in our Zone 3 climate.

We've been totally off-grid since the beginning. We use a compost toilet, a rocket mass heater/cookstove with an indoor bread oven, an icehouse to keep ice over the summer... a passive solar greenhouse will be completed during the classes this summer.

We give courses in french every summer on various subjects, mostly around permaculture and eco-construction.

We're part of a governement funded project to establish Edible Food Forests. We aim to become a showcase location for that type of forest restoration projects to encourage more people to improve their own woodlots.

There's a permaculture buzz in Quebec, be part of it!


Super-Heroes and Ecoconstruction

The first workshop of the summer is behind us and the Super-Heroes (interns) are busy like bees.

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