Earth Repair: An Introduction to Bioremediation on March 29th

March 14, 2014

We are excited to announce a full day bioremediation course taught by Leila Darwish, the author of Earth Repair and a general grassroots bioremediation all-star! Join us on Saturday March 29th from 10:00am to 3:00 pm for this informational and inspiring event.  Register on Eventbrite to reserve your space.

bookIf you’re thinking “Bio-what?”, here’s some background information:  bioremediation is “the use of biological agents to remove or neutralize contaminants; allying with living systems to detoxify contaminated environments. Many micro-organisms, plants and fungi are able to bind, extract and/or transform contaminants to create less toxic, healthier, and increasingly resilient and vital ecosystems.  Grassroots bioremediation is about all of us being able to respond directly to our circumstances and crises in empowering ways that increase our knowledge and self-determination and result in real improvements for the planet and our communities.” (source,

Alfafa-300x297Whether you’re brand new to biormediation or are already involved in the evolving field of earth repair, you will find lots of wonderful information in this special workshop.  We will be exploring some of the DIY ways to work with the many micro-organisms, mushrooms, and plants that are the planet’s finest and oldest disaster responders, alchemists, and healers.

The workshop will cover different grassroots bioremediation techniques and tools, and how they work together, including:

Microbial remediation – using microorganisms to break down and bind contaminants
Phytoremediation – using plants to extract, bind, and transform toxins
Mycoremediation – using fungi to clean up contaminated soil and water

About the presenter: 

leilaLeila Darwish is a  community organizer, author, permaculture designer, educator, urban gardener, and  grassroots herbalist  with a deep commitment to environmental justice, decolonization, food sovereignty, and to providing accessible and transformative tools for communities dealing with toxic contamination of their land and drinking water.

Over the last decade, she has worked as a community organizer for different environmental organizations and community groups in Alberta, BC and the USA on campaigns such as tar sands, fracking, nuclear energy, coal, climate justice, water protection, and more. She has taught grassroots bioremediation for a diversity of groups and communities in Canada and the USA and just published her first book through New Society Publishers. Its called “Earth Repair: A Grassroots Guide to Healing Toxic and Damaged Landscapes”.

All images are from Leila’s website,

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