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Richard is a food forester, designer, herbalist and teacher with over 25 years experience. He has designed community and private forest gardens throughout BC. He spent his early years as an organic farmer in Alberta. He later moved to Grand Forks BC where over 20 years he transformed his 3 acre property from a bare horse pasture into a lush self-sustaining forest garden with over 400 nut trees and seven storeys of food and medicine bearing perennial plants and vines. Having converted a degraded piece of land into an abundant mix of rare, unique nut, fruit and medicinal plants from all over the world, he is one of Canada's most experienced food foresters. Richard shares his studied and practical experience in a respectful and approachable manner to inspire grower enthusiasts and save many from years of trial and error.
He also has a great depth of herbal medicine knowledge and has developed herbal medicinal tinctures and teas for over 25 years. He shares his knowledge of plant biology to promote healthy living through the philosophy of food and herbs as medicine.
What really adds to Richard’s credibility is that he lives as he teaches. He lives simply, creatively using his skills to bring food from the soil, to the table, and in doing so teaches us how food and plants create a culture of true sustainability. In his own words “gardening for a 1000 years”.
He loves to share this vision as a model for communities and individuals who are inspired to grow themselves in environmentally friendly, self-sustaining ways.
2010 – Present Establishing a food forest on a half-acre arid zone lot (Osoyoos, BC)
1984 – 2009 Established the first food forest in Canada (Grand Forks, BC)
1988 – 2003 Established and operated an edible landscape nursery (Grand Forks, BC)
1973 – 1993 Farmed organically (Tofield, AB)
1973 – Study of herbal medicine and development of herbal medicine tinctures and teas
2009 – 2010 Designer and Consultant for the Clear Sky Food Forest (Clear Sky Meditation and Study Foundation, Cranbrook, BC)
1994 Designer and Consultant for the Salmo Food Forest (Salmo Town Council, Salmo, BC)
1992 Designer and Consultant for the first urban food forest in Canada (Earth Matters, Nelson, BC)
Instructor Food Forestry Intensives
2010 Vancouver Urban Permaculturalists, Vancouver, BC
2010 Society for Organic Urban Land Care and Gaia College, Victoria, BC
2010 Society for Organic Urban Land Care and Gaia College, Nanaimo, BC
1992 – 1993 Herbology Presenter (Okanogan College, Penticton, BC)
1989 – 2006 Herbology (Selkirk College, Grand Forks, BC)
1990 – 1994 Forest Food Design (Earth Matters, Nelson BC)
2011 Permaculture BC - Victoria, BC
2010 Society for Organic Urban Land Care and Gaia College - Nanaimo, BC
2010 Clear Sky Medication and Study Foundation - Cranbrook, BC
1990 - 2009 Past President and one of three founding members of Boundary Organic Producers Association (BOPA)
1990 - 2009 Member, Organic Certifying Committee, appointed by BOPA
Forest gardening is a food production and land management system based on replicating woodland ecosystems, but substituting trees (such as fruit or nut trees), bushes, shrubs, herbs and vegetables, which have yields directly useful to humans. By using the premise of companion planting, these can be intermixed to grow on multiple levels in the same area, as do plants in a forest.