Kurtis, growing up in a nature-loving family, immersed himself in gardens, a ravine, and a trailside pond during his childhood. His fascination with nature led him to explore the woods, observing the activities of beavers.
In 2009, Kurtis began his journey in urban gardening initiatives in Vancouver and worked with both small and large-scale farms, as well as ecological landscaping companies on Vancouver Island. This experience ignited his passion for permaculture and regenerative land-based practices, which he now applies professionally.
Driven by a passion for learning, Kurtis trained with mentors like Javan Bernakevitch, and Richard Walker in permaculture and food forestry. The pursuit of holistic knowledge led him to embrace the world of herbalism under the guidance of Jessy Delleman. He also delved into Ecological Design with Daniel Halsey and Weruschca Kirkegaard from United Designers International, becoming a collective member. Recently, he has embarked on a new frontier, diving into the intricacies of water systems. Guided by the expertise of Zach Weiss and the Water Stories team, he seeks to broaden his understanding and contribute to the responsible management of this vital resource.
Continuing to expand his knowledge, Kurtis focuses on various aspects of ecology, site analysis, and design. His goal is to understand the land deeply and implement restorative practices that benefit both human and non-human inhabitants.
We envision a world where people provide for themselves and their community—right from their own place of living, business or otherwise.
If people collectively provide more of their own needs, in an ecologically supportive way, it will lessen the burden on the planet while bolstering local economies.
Our goal is to provide consultation & design services—as well as full project execution—to people seeking self-sufficiency, and businesses/developers wanting to make a positive ecological impact, but don't know where to start and/or need help along the way.
We do this through analysis and design of land-based systems that emulate natural ecosystems, promote biodiversity, and provide people with the resources they need— food, water, medicine, fiber/building materials and a healthy, robust ecosystem from which all energy is drawn from and returned to.
Victoria Ferguson, Client