Experiences

Permaculture Farm Tours

  • Available from June 1 to October 31.
  • Tours are 1 hour in length and are tailored to your interests but otherwise will briefly cover water management, fruit tree health, soil health, plant functions, garden development methods, integrating ducks/chickens, root cellars, growing mushrooms etc.
  • $30 per ticket (covers 1-3 people), each additional person is $10
  • Please park in the drive-way at the house
  • Email to book a time
  • To confirm your tour appointment please send an e-transfer to rootedbythebluffs@gmail.com. Cash will also be accepted upon arrival.

“My wife & I had the privilege of taking an on-site visit to Julie Lambert’s permaculture farm following enrollment in her on-line workshop about restoration and pruning techniques for old apple trees.  Julie’s teaching skills are most educational and eclectic.  She shared her knowledge in a professional teaching format and also made available a video format of these procedures from her own old fruit trees on the property.  This workshop then led us to our tour of her permaculture farm.  I was totally enthralled once again, with her knowledge, but more so with her friendly teaching skills and responsiveness to our group’s questions.  Seeing on-site what she spoke of through her workshop and learning how things were designed and for what purpose was the “icing on the cake”!  I would highly recommend connecting with Julie to explore her various topics that might interest or benefit you on your property.” Darrell Belrose

“Meeting Julie in her gardens was an immersive, deeply inspiring and encouraging experience. Julie shares her comprehensive, hands-on and detailed knowledge with generosity and joy, and allowed us to take it in with the eyes of curious children while literally smelling, seeing and even tasting the various leaves and berries of her native gardens. We came back with eyes wide open and eager to improve the soil and the biodiversity of our farm!" Iris Haeussler

Workshops 

All workshops are offered with sliding scale pricing to assist with those struggling financially. Please pay what you can afford. By contributing towards the higher price range, you are helping others and helping me to sustain my work and livelihood. 

 

This workshop is by donation, with proceeds going to Bagida'waad Alliance, led by Chippewas of Nawash Fishing Families, a not-for-profit corporation, who are active stewards of the lands and waters. 

This hands-on workshop will teach you:

  • How to build a lasagna bed
  • The benefits and drawbacks
  • Importance of each layer and the order
  • Tips and tricks, and myths

Please bring with you:

  • Work gloves

We will be spending the full time outside. Please check the weather before you come, and dress accordingly. If the weather is really rainy, we will reschedule to the same time on Sunday, October 23, 2022. 

Maximum 10 people. 
Email to register.

Please note payments for all workshops are non-refundable but registration is transferable to another individual.  In the event of cancellation due to low registration or other unexpected circumstances (e.g. Covid), refunds will be issued within 30 days. 

PREVIOUS 2022 WORKSHOPS:

If you are interested in attending any of these workshops next year please let me know via email. Workshops vary from year to year, but if there is enough interest in one, I will offer it again.  

This workshop will teach you:

  • How to assess the health of fruit trees
  • Is it worth restoring your fruit tree vs planting a new one?
  • Pruning at different times of the year
  • Fruit tree structure & growth
  • Pruning techniques
  • Different tree forms - their benefits and drawbacks
  • Tips and tricks
  • Tools needed
  • Most of this workshop is applicable to other fruit trees too.

Additional important info:

  • This workshop will be entirely on-line, at your own pace.
  • On-line training will be provided through videos. Videos include methodology, processes, and detailed images for explanation, as well as in-field demonstrations covering all techniques learned. 
  • Your individual link will be provided to you after registration via email.
  • Register anytime before March 31st. 

Email to register. An e-transfer will be required to confirm your registration.

 

 

This workshop is specific to learning about how to grow healthy, strong, and resilient fruit trees. This workshop is made for those who have planted fruit trees within the last few years or are planning on it. Join me in our orchard to learn about the essentials to growing strong and healthy trees in order to reduce their susceptibility to pests and disease.

This workshop will teach you:

  • The best locations on your property for growing the healthiest fruit trees
  • Site preparation techniques (some can be applied after planting)
  • How to choose what trees will do best at your location
  • Fruit tree maintenance for young trees
  • The most important pruning techniques and branch training for young trees
  • Companion plants for natural pest control

This workshop will be on-site, using the trees in the orchard to demonstrate. We will be spending the full time outside. Please check the weather before you come, and dress accordingly. If the forecast is really rainy (>5 mm) we will reschedule to the same time on Sunday, April 31, 2022.

Maximum 13 people. 
Email to register. An e-transfer will be required to confirm your registration.

 

 

In this workshop we will wander through the gardens and collect plants that are great for teas and infusions. We will demonstrate the processes from start to finish. There will be various wild teas available to taste test. And you will leave feeling refreshed and ready to grow your own teas.  You will also take home fresh plant cuttings to dry for your own teas and oil infusions.

This workshop will teach you: 

  • About the variety of native plants that can be used in teas and infusions,
  • How and when to sustainably harvest plants,
  • Various different drying methods,
  • How to make herbal teas and oil infusions.

We will be spending the full time outside. Please check the weather before you come, and dress accordingly. If the forecast is really rainy (> 5mm) we will reschedule to the same time on Saturday, July 9, 2022.

Maximum 13 people. 
Email to register. An e-transfer will be required to confirm your registration.
Plants will be available for purchase after the workshop. Cash only.

 

Join us for a morning herb walk, plant tasting and tuning into our own herbal intuition. We’ve all come from medicine makers and have the knowledge deep within us. We’ll use all of our senses to rediscover what these wild medicines have to share. A little trust mixed with curiosity and willingness to explore makes a glorious morning. Sarah, from Bloem Botanicals, will take you on a herb walk through the gardens at By the Bluffs in Lake Charles. She will teach you how to identify specific plants, and their healing powers. You will also be guided through a plant tasting, and plant meditation to help you get to know the plants on a deeper level.
We will be spending the full time outside. Please check the weather before you come, and dress accordingly.  If the weather is really rainy (>5 mm), we will reschedule to the same time on Wednesday, July 27, 2022. 
Maximum 10 people.
Email to register. An e-transfer will be required to confirm your registration.
Bloem Botanical products (www.bloembotanicals.ca) and medicinal plants (https://rootedbythebluffs.ca/collections/native-perennial/medicinal) will be available for purchase after the workshop. Cash only.

 

In this class you will be immersed into the biodiversity of nature's most beautiful paint brush. Julie will walk you through the benefits of a garden with native plants, you will learn the gifts (medicinal or culinary) of each plant, and how to grow and sustainably harvest a native garden. Once you have collected the flowers that speak to you, Carolyn will share various techniques to designing flower arrangements, what the rules are and when to break them. You will take home your very own flower arrangement. Floral vessels, snacks, and tea will be provided.

We will be spending the full time outside. Please check the weather before you come, and dress accordingly.  
Maximum 12 people.
Email to register. An e-transfer will be required to confirm your registration.

Plants will be available for purchase after the workshop. Cash only. 

 

Learn about a variety of wild edibles, including how to sustainably harvest them, how to prepare and use them safely, and how to grow your own. This workshop includes taste testing the wild edibles that are available.  

We will be spending the full time outside. Please check the weather before you come, and dress accordingly.  If the weather is really rainy (> 5mm), we will reschedule to the same time on Sunday, September 11, 2022. 

Maximum 15 people. 
Email to register. An e-transfer will be required to confirm your registration.
Wild edible plants (grown from seed) will be available for purchase after the workshop. Cash only.