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Welcome to the Bullock's Permaculture Portal!

The Portal serves as a resource for permaculture information as well as the online home for our extraordinary permaculture site on Orcas Island, the Bullock's Permaculture Homestead. For over 34 years we have applied our shared experience to create what experts refer to as the finest permaculture site in North America. Together we develop and implement practical solutions for sustainable living while offering hands-on permaculture courses, workshops, skill-building, and more.

"The Bullock brothers up on Orcas Island have always been great, you know, mixed system, marsh and hillside and there are many others, I'm sure. But for every Bullock brother, there are a hundred woo woos spinning around in circles."
      - Bill Mollison, Permaculture Founder

"What permaculturists are doing is the most important activity that any group is doing on the planet. We don't know what details of a truly sustainable future are going to be like, but we need options, we need people experimenting in all kinds of ways and permaculturists are one of the critical gangs that are doing that."
      - David Suzuki, International Environmental Advocate

News & Updates

25 Sep 2015: The 2016 Skill Building Program Application is now online! Check our skill building page under the Visits & Tours tab to read more about the program and to download the application. The application is due on October 21, 2015, so if you're interested in applying to work with us, here's your chance!


2015 FALL PLANT SALE    20%-50%off ALL STOCK!

Saturday, October 3rd and Sunday, October 4th: 10am-4pm each day

Fall is the perfect time to plant: moist soil, easy digging, and plants get their roots established before summer.

Fruit and Nut Trees! Berries! Grapes and Kiwis! Perennial Vegetables! Bamboos!

Deer No-Likey Plants! Screening Plants! Plants For a Dry Spot! Plants for a Wet Spot! Plants for Full Shade! Plants for Barren Sun-Scorched Earth!

Heroic Landscape Rockstars! Nitrogen Fixers! Exotic Botanical Treasures!

Tried and Tested Varieties for the San Juan Islands!


PostponedWild Edge Permaculture and Primative Skills Course.

29 Apr 2015 - We are taking a break from offering our usual 3-week Permaculture Design Course in 2015. However, the PDC offered at Alderleaf Wilderness College will come to our place for a portion of theirs (see details here). 

19 Sep 2014 - Education coordinator, Dave Boehnlein, has written Practical Permaculture Design with co-author Jessi Bloom! Now available!

05 Aug 2010 - One of our Skill Builders, Kai, has created the Living Permaculture Blog about his experiences here. It's in both English & Japanese.

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