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Propagating Woody Edibles (Temperate) - SELF PACED

Learn how to propagate woody edible plants and manage the stock you produce through detailed, time-tested techniques, taking years off your learning curve.
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Why This Course?

Developing an edible landscape - be it an orchard, agroforestry system, food forest, hedgerow or shelter belt - starts with sourcing quality perennial plants. Given that purchasing these plants can be expensive - especially at scale - learning how to propagate well is an essential skill. Aside from saving money, it can also allow you to work continuously with the genetic stock that is tried and tested in your region or landscape.

This course will start with a contextual discussion around general nursery management to help students control the factors that lead to successful propagation. It will go on to cover the various techniques of propagation, including:

- seeding, 
- hardwood cuttings, 
- stooling, and
- grafting (including t-budding, chip budding and various forms of stick grafting)

Students will be encouraged to think about the selection of cultivars, species and rootstocks that are best adapted to their specific situation and location. The overarching goal is to build successful relationships between plants, people and places while propagating woody edible plants.
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Who is this course for?

This course is for homesteaders, foresters, homeowners, gardeners, farmers, land managers, land designers and property owners. As well as those that:

- know a bit about propagation but aren't sure where to start;
- are agricultural/silvicultural consultants
- are horticulturalists and arborists;
- are working with marginal land and seeking unique and diverse perennial production opportunities; 
- are looking to enrich and deepen their relationship with woody plants
- are looking for opportunities to develop diversified cottage industries.

NOTE - No previous knowledge of growing or propagating is required to attend this course.

Learn how to propagate woody edible plants!

Course Sessions and Content

Course Logistics


Any time that works for you! Digest the course content at your own pace, knowing that you have lifetime access to the material. This course becomes another valuable resource in your land management toolbox.


A series of video presentations, 'how to' videos, design worksheets, assignments, equipment lists, and other resources to equip you to propagate woody edibles and effectively manage a nursery.


Online and accessible from anywhere in the world, with lifetime access to the course materials and recordings.


A community of peers who are on the same journey as you, to interact with and learn from.


$249 USD
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You'll have this course as a LIFETIME resource for projects today or a decade from now.

Who is the course a good fit for?

This course may be of use to you if you are:
  • a Whole system and critical thinker;
  • interested in learning how to work better with plants and landscapes; 
  • ready to learn;
  • excited to dive into the world of propagation;
  • realistic in your expectations, or willing to have your expectations of what's possible challenged.

Who is this course NOT a good fit for?

  • You have no time, you're enrolled in 50 online courses this year and this will be but another course that you don't use.
  • Those who think propagation is a cool idea, but have no desire to build your skill or capacity in this field.
Learn from Teachers who can save you hundreds of hours of mistakes

"We all learn from mistakes, they just don't have to be our own."

Meet the Teacher

Peter Janes

Peter’s experience with propagating woody edibles has developed through the creation and management of TreeEater Farm and Nursery. The nursery is a small entity within the larger homestead and land project/community at TreeEater Farm, on Denman Island, BC. The larger project, started in 2004, encompasses onsite forestry, natural building, appropriate tech, orchards, gardens, livestock systems and general ecosystem modification for production and resilience.

The nursery started in the early days when Peter couldn’t find some of the plants that he was reading about in the Permabooks. It has since gradually and organically grown into a full time job that provides over 2500 unusually edible plants per year to Western Canada via mail order.
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Meet the Host

Javan K. Bernakevitch

Javan K. Bernakevitch is passionate about helping people create more abundant, diverse and profitable landscapes and lives that get better year after year. An educator and designer for clients, community events, non-profit groups, university students and businesses, Javan inspires and empowers audiences with a passion for change.

Integrating Keyline Design, Holistic Management, Permaculture, the Soil Food Web, Myco-Integration, Project Management and Business implementation, he understands and emphasizes the importance of balancing biological systems - soil, water-harvesting, landscape rehydration, composting, growing food and biological waste-water treatment - with financial viability. A career focus on regenerative retrofits of broad acre and small scale landscapes to re-establish working watersheds, ecosystems, productive landscapes and enterprises has taken him across North and Central America, Europe and Africa.

The originator of All Points Life Design, he has pioneered new ways for clients to identify their values and bring regenerative enterprises and productive landscapes to their lives.

He operates Permaculture BC, an education and community hub for permaculture in British Columbia, and All Points Land Design, focusing on land design and installation. He has worked with the University of British Columbia, University of Victoria, Vancouver Island University and Simon Fraser University. Recent partnerships include working with the Cowichan Green Community, Seven Ravens Permaculture Academy, Galliano Conversation Association and Healthy Homes.


As always, Javan at regenerative living has delivered yet another amazingly in-depth course with exceptional content providers that are experts in their field. Peter is a deep reservoir of practical, hands-on experience and conveys it in a clear, approachable manner for all levels of students from professional nursery operators to homeowners building their personal food forests. i HIGHLY recommend any course provided by regenerative living as Javan's network of educators and ability to deliver is unparalleled.
David Kunz,
Kelowna BC
LAndscaper and Homesteader
This was an excellent course, far exceeding my expectations, concerning the amount of practical knowledge that was able gain. I expect I will review the modules many times as my understanding of plant propagation continues to develop. Would highly recommend anyone interested in the subject to take this course. A great value for the money spent!
Daniel HASH
Kellogg, Idaho
Aspiring Homesteader
This course managed to balance technical information with business management so well. I gained a whole bunch of insight from both the videos but also just listening to the questions from other participants. Highly recommend this course!!

Arzeena HAMIR
BC, CAnada
Peter is a fantastic instructor and puts things in terms that anyone can understand. I learned more than the course description offered. I will be doing more courses with Regenerative Living and will be a regular visitor on the website and participant more courses.  

Sremski Karlovci, Serbia

Peter and Javan put on an amazing program. Whether you are a beginner and have little knowledge or someone with lots of experience was tons of value. I don't hesitate to recommend this course to anyone with an interest in propagating woody plant material

JAmie Wallace
BC, Canada

This course was exceptional in its scope, detail, rational, organization and techniques used. The online structure and web interface was so simple to use and included resources like videos, links, diagrams, Q&A documents, and spreadsheets etc that I'll be referencing for years to come.
Even as someone who has operated a small nursery for 8 years, I found this course greatly accelerated my learning.
Ann BAird
BC, Canada
Biologist, Homesteader
This course was really excellent. The content, the composition, and the quality of instruction were each top notch. The live virtual sessions paired with the pre-recorded video lessons was an excellent structure for a course, and specifically for this material, where it will be very helpful to be able to go back and rewatch the lessons as we start practicing the techniques and skills we learned. I think what I liked most about this course, though, was the general tone in which the information was conveyed. Rather than a teacher teaching students, it felt like a deeply skilled mentor passing along their hard-earned wisdom on a topic. There was no pretense or theater, just an honest, down to earth, genuine conveyance of a vital skill set for the pursuit of regenerative living. The sense of community and equality that is held throughout the course is profound. It is as welcoming and inviting as a virtual space can be; it makes it feel much closer to an in-person learning experience.  
North Carolina, USA
If Peter is not well-known as a teacher, that's because he's been busy running the most diverse food plant nursery in this bioregion for the last twenty years. I brought my students to TreeEater last year as part of a UVic field school in Environmental Studies and they were blown away by Peter's wealth of knowledge. Peter is a gifted teacher: he doesn't just offer protocols and techniques, but practical insights for designing systems that work for your own goals and context. That he's now offering a course is an incredible resource: the knowledge accumulated from years of trial and error, working at a human scale with low-cost equipment. If you want to learn how to propagate perennials cheaply and effectively, this is the guy.

NICK MONTGOMERY, Sessional Instructor in Environmental Studies, UVic and co-operator of Nutcase Nursery
Peter stands out to me. I'm fascinated by the nitty-gritty details of how he cultivated his land. I loved learning about the trials and errors in growing trees and how it led him to his current method. The final crabapple – nut tree – duck – pond relationship approach is so cool. I am inspired by his long-term thinking, how he is creating these food forests to sustain themselves past his time. 



The Propagating Woody Edibles class was very informative and enjoyable, and well thought out and executed. The reading assignments were very interesting, and the knowledge shared in the video postings and the class presentations and PowerPoints was very detailed and informative. The small group breakout sessions were also great and it was nice to meet other classmates and share our knowledge and become familiar with each other's experience in propagating plants. As much educational value as we gained in the formal presentation portion of the class, the Q&A sessions covered a vast array of topics that really broadened my knowledge of plant propagation and specific issues that other classmates have run across in their experience. Peter was very generous with his time in answering our questions and sharing his many years of knowledge and experience. I would highly recommend this class to anyone who would like to expand or refresh their skills in woody plant propagation and feel it was a great value.

Moravia, NY, USA

Frequently asked questions

Do I need any experience to take this course?

Absolutely not! No previous experience is necessary!

Can I message you with questions?

This is a self paced course and there is no direct interaction with the instructor. 

Will I have lifetime access to the course material?

YES! You'll have lifetime access to the course. 

Is the course refundable?

The course is non-refundable.
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