The Verge Permaculture Grad Series – 10/11 – Luke Kimmel from light & soul on Vimeo.
Luke Kimmel is a young social entepreneur and permaculture designer
who shows that both the entrepreneurial spirit and the desire to heal
the planet can be satisfied through permaculture and urban farming.
His vision and approach are based on the notion that humans can live
in a way that makes us a positive force on planet earth, and that
through following our hearts and dedicating ourselves, entrepreneurs
and good-willed people have all the opportunity in the world to create
small sustainable businesses / projects that can help them follow
their dreams while making the world a better place.
Prior to starting work in permaculture, Luke helped found and run a
clothing company / artist collective / events company called Light &
Soul, and had also undertaken ventures in product distribution,
business development, and music management. Thus, Luke’s approach to
permaculture came through the lense of entrepreneurship,
and all began when he first discovered yurts, and was extremely
intrigued by the concept of building his own home for less than $15
000. This led him to examine the concept of self sufficiency, and
eventually move to a farm to in Winlaw, BC to take his first Permaculture Design
Certificate course . After taking this course and
spending a couple months living on a farm, Luke knew that he had found
his true calling – to live out his vision of paradise through
cultivating sustainable human habitats and creating opportunitites for
meaningful work and community development.
Now, with the help of 3 other long time friends and
business partners, Luke helps run their company Leaf Ninjas which does
urban farming and permaculture design / edible landscaping in Calgary,
AB. The Leaf Ninjas now cultivate a half acre of urban farmland spread
between 10 back yards in the inner city neighborhoods of Inglewood and
Ramsay, and will be selling produce to local restaurants and at the
Inglewood & Ramsay Farmers Market which they helped found in
2012. Over the past 3 years Luke has consulted on a wide variety of
permaculture projects ranging from urban yards to community gardens to
small and medium sized homesteads and acreages. The Leaf Ninjas have
now designed and installed 8 permaculture gardens in Calgary and they
plan to increase that number significantly in 2013, while also
offering consulting and design services geared towards DIY gardeners
and land owners who want to foster a more meaningful connection with
Luke was also instrumental in shifting the focus of the company Light
& Soul from clothing to video production, and helped produce the Verge
Graduate Interview Series which you are watching now… So thank you
for watching with us, and we hope you enjoy the videos
A fun day of discovery, hard work, laughs and the implementation of some foundational sustainable development was shared at John & Jen’s cozy home on May 12th, 2012. Lead by the Leaf Ninjas, a hand full of eager and passionate people wanting to facilitate a change did exactly that. Perhaps it was just a single front yard that changed but that’s exactly where the shift to a more regenerative way of living is going to start. And within the Calgary Community things are off to a tremendous start; lush in potential, with many on-the-ground projects in action and countless creative people keen on learning how they can adapt and integrate their lifestyles to co-create that shift we are all calling for.
It was an honor to help this young family create a beautiful garden and help their life continue to grow in a sustainable direction. This garden will help continue the link between this family’s personal, professional and volunteer commitment to sustainability. John is the President and Founder of Intelligent Futures (a consulting firm committed to sustainable solutions) and recently became President of LEAD Canada as well (their mission: To inspire leadership and change for a sustainable world). We hope this small ripple helps nudge our civilization’s evolution into harmony with the natural.
Leading the charge in lawn destruction, Calgary based, permaculture designer Luke Kimmel rallied up a bunch of friends to begin transforming our own backyard into a lush food forest and one of Calgary’s largest permaculture sites.
This is just the beginning of the season of discovery and transformation. Through implementing permaculture designed gardens and food forests through out the city coupled with their urban farm, Leaf Ninjas have their sights set on helping co-grow a resilient local food system, helping people gain back the skills and inspiration to grow their own food and add their piece to the grassroots community culture that is emerging within Calgary.
For volunteer opportunities check out leafninjas.ca
Seedlings, sunlight, fresh water and a bounty of good vibes went into the first planting of the Leaf Ninjas’ growing season. Preparing for their first year as urban farmers they not only aim to grow the best local and organic produce possible for Calgary’s communities but help people get out in the dirty goodness growing their own food. Through a blend of permaculture design, insight from the SPIN farming community and good old experimentation the Leaf Ninjas set forth on a journey to redefine the face of food today.