PK Orientation meeting

It’s a new year and Permaculture Kingston is ready to have their first meeting of 2017!  We would like to share with you what Permaculture Kingston is all about and what it is that we do.   We would also love to brainstorm as a group about potential events we would like to run this year.   Hope you can make it as your input would be greatly appreciated…and please bring a friend, all are welcome!!

Date: Wednesday January 25th                                                                                     Time:  7 pm                                                                                                              Location:  238 Westdale Ave


Backyard Chicken Coops Notes

November 2016’s meeting about Backyard Chicken Coops was a big hit. We started by watching a video from Justin Rhodes on different coop designs and then looked at Nick’s coop.

Many people requested we post links to resources that were mentioned, so here they are!
Kingston Backyard Hens Regulations
The Small-Scale Poultry Flock

Backyard Chicken Coops!


This month’s meeting’s focus will be about backyard chicken coops. We will look at a  small backyard coop and discuss different features that are essential.  Nick will talk about what worked for him and what he may have done differently if he were to build a coop again.  There will be lots of time to share ideas and ask questions.   Please come along and bring a friend.  The more the merrier!

Date: November 30th, 2016
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: 15 Ellice St, Kingston

Let’s make Sauerkraut!

Fall is upon us and what better time than now to do some food preservation!  Join us Wednesday October 26th experimenting with making sauerkraut.  We are not pros ( but we have dabbled in making sauerkraut here and there), so if you have some experience, tips, techniques or recipes, please come and share with us. We will follow a basic recipe and make the sauerkraut together as a group (and you will bring your own home with you).  With that in mind, please bring your own cabbage and jars.  We will supply the tools, and salt.
Hope to see you there!
When: 26 October 2016
Time: 6:30pm
Where: 15 Cowdy Street, Kingston, ON
Cost: free

No-Till Garden Tour!

No-till Garden Tour
After the dry summer that is coming to an end, it is time to start thinking of strategies to garden while using less water for next year.  No-till is a strategy that helps building organic matter to hold the water in the soil and to prevent evaporation. Even though gardens are not at their prettiest at the end of September,  it is a good time to do a retrospect and start planning for the next season.
For September’s Permaculture Kingston meeting, join us for a tour of an experimental no-till and no-watering garden that has survived through the summer.
Please join us and bring a friend or two!!
When:  Wednesday September 28th
Time6:00 pm
Where: 2095 Middle Road, Kingston, ON
Cost: free

Urban permaculture garden design

This month we will be visiting Sean Field’s garden, which is a great example of how to grow lots of food in a limited area using permaculture principles.

After the tour, we will head to McBurney park (aka Skeleton park) to share ideas and strategies on how to conserve and use water effectively in our garden spaces.

All are welcome!

When: Wednesday August 31st,
Time: 6:00 pm
Where: corner of Raglan St. and Patrick St.
Cost: Free

Grazing School-August 3rd and 4th!

The Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario in partnership with the National Farmers Union – Local 316 will be hosting a grazing school August 3rd and 4th in the Kingston area. The August 3rd portion will be a night session in Kingston focused on multi-species grazing. The August 4th portion will be a day long session on Howe Island. The morning will be a classroom style look at setting up and managing a rotational grazing system. The afternoon will be on location at Doublejay Farms, an organic dairy and beef farm that uses rotational grazing. Please see the EFAO website (  for more details and to register.

Backyard Design Strategies:


Backyard Design Strategies

In July, we will apply permaculture design strategies to an urban backyard. We will do a zone and sector analysis and use the information we gather to position some elements such as a chicken coop, a greenhouse or plants.
When: July 27th
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: 215 Phillps St, Kingston
Cost: Free

July public meeting

July permaculture public meeting: 

At our last business meeting, we decided to formalize some of the organizing positions within our Permaculture Kingston group.  We’d like to take this opportunity to invite all members of our community to fill these positions (see below) to help us move forward on our goals of education and relationship-building around permaculture in Kingston!  To that end, we’d like to invite all community members to join us on Thursday, July 21st after 7pm at 242 Wellington Street, Kingston for a business meeting to discuss and fill these positions.   We are aware that time is precious, so we’ve purposely limited the scope of these positions and would be open to having some of them filled by more than one person.  If you’re interested in getting more involved and would like to an opportunity to learn more about permaculture, please consider joining us.  Even if you don’t have time to lend organizing, your energy and ideas would be much appreciated at the meeting!  If you are interested in helping out, but can’t make it on the 21st, please let us know by e-mail before the meeting.


(Please note that co-ordinators are not responsible for doing the work in their portfolio, only making sure that somebody does it!)

-Call the meetings and keep them on track
Event Co-ordinator(s)
-Make sure that events are booked every month.
-Facilitate group brainstorming for future events
-Generate business meeting minutes
-Monitoring email account
Social Media Co-ordinator(s)
– Sending messages to our mailing list
– Posting to facebook and website
– Publish our events to other community boards
Content Co-ordinator(s)
– Post blogs
– Update resources on website.
– Keep track of expenses/revenues

Location: 242 Wellington St, Kingston, ON
Date/Time:  Thursday, July 21, 2016, 7pm