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Javan K. Bernakevitch

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Kettle River Valley, BC Canada
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Folks thanks so much for your help and support. If you'd like to be kept in the loop about the documentary sign up for the mailing list.

Thanks again everyone!!!
5 months ago
Thanks Dave, I hear you. It's why the doc is called "a forest of food" and speaks about the grocery store. IT's time make things relevant.
6 months ago

Hey Food Forest folks,

I'm pitching a documentary about one of Canada's oldest modern food forests (34 years old) and I'm asking you to 1) VOTE daily and 2) Share the voting link below with as many people as possible. Voting starts Tuesday May 28th 2019 at 12pm PDT, and continues through Wednesday May 29th, Thursday May 30th and finishes Friday May 31st at 12pm PDT.

voting link (not active until Tuesday May 28th 2019)

mailing list (to be reminded to vote and notified about updates on the project)

pitch video on youtube

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And now on the the more in-depth ask

I'm reaching out because today is the first day of voting for A Forest of Food: What if your grocery store was right outside your door?, a documentary about a 34 year old food forest in BC, one of Canada's oldest modern food forests.

If the documentary pitch is in the top 15 projects with the most amount of votes we'll receive funding to make the film!

As of 12pm PDT the link below is active for voting.

My request is:

If you feel called to please vote.

You can vote daily from today, tomorrow, and Thursday to Friday. May 28, 29, 30 and 31st 2019.

If you feel further called to please share this pitch to friends, family and lists you're a part of and help promote perennial agriculture as a viable tool for our food sovereignty. Please add a personal message to encourage folks to vote, for example:

Please vote for this documentary. Colleague Javan K Bernakevitch is pitching a documentary about perennial agriculture and food forests. It takes less than 5 minutes to vote and helping make this film happen directly supports a regenerative and brighter future for all.

Below is a more in-depth letter to send out if useful.

If you'd like custom material for your list please don't hesitate to ask.

Thank you again for your help!




On May 28, 29, 30 and 31st 2019 you can help make a documentary about local, innovative, climate adaptive and ecologically beneficial agriculture, a reality.


By voting for A Forest of Food: What if your grocery store was right outside your door? a documentary that chronicles the 34 year history of three acres of forest overflowing with fruit, nuts, leaves and berries.

In 1985 Richard Walker left his family farm near Edmonton, Alberta. He was sick and tired of his neighbours over-spraying pesticides, killing his fruit trees. He wondered if growing food didn't have to include chemicals or even annual crops. What if instead of planting every year, he planted once and harvested every year after that? He landed on 3 acres of bare horse pasture in Grand Forks, BC. There he created a forest that produced more than enough to support two businesses and a family of four. This is the story of Richard Walker, his partner Karin Kilpatrick M.D and as of 2010 Sarah Orlowski and John Hagel who continue to nurture one of Canada’s oldest modern food forests.

To make this documentary happen we need to be one of the top 15 projects that have the highest number of votes on Storyhive (the granting organization).

This is where you come in.

We need you to vote every day over the next four days, and to share the pitch link below with others.

It takes under 5 minutes to vote.

You can vote Tuesday May 28th, Wednesday May 29th, Thursday May 30th, and Friday May 31st by clicking the link below:

You can be reminded to vote by signing up to the reminder list.

Why help?

Our current form of conventional annual agriculture has had dramatic effects on our planet, its animals and our climate. A local, perennial (plants that produce yearly without being replanted) agriculture that works with nature instead of against is a win/win for everyone. Having perennial crops means we can move our agriculture towards a quality of life akin to Mediterranean cultures. Why do places like Italy and Greece have traditions of long lunches? In part, because their great grandmothers and grandfathers planted trees, shrubs and vines that don’t need replanting only harvesting and maintenance. The savings in time and money become a way of living for the people who benefit from this agriculture.

Our food currently travels on average 2400kms or 1500 miles to reach us. Add to this it takes 10 calories of hydrocarbons for every 1 calorie of food produced in conventional agriculture and you can see we have a problem.

Perennial agriculture isn’t the solution to all of our food needs, however, it’s a dramatically under-utilized tool in our agricultural toolbox that can increase the resiliency of our food systems, increase our quality of life and decrease our negative ecological impact.

The ask.
Share this message to as many people personally as you can, with a personal note of encouragement for people to vote and share.
Repost this message to as many social media pages and groups as you feel comfortable.
Sign up to the mailing list.
Helping us get the funding to make this documentary by committing to vote each day (May 28, 29, 30, 31 2019)

Be part of a growing movement of people that know that our impacts can be just as positive as they are negative on our planet.

You can vote Tuesday May 28th, Wednesday May 29th, Thursday May 30th, and Friday May 31st by clicking the link below:

You can be reminded to vote by signing up to the reminder list.

Treefully Yours,

Javan K. Bernakevitch
Director/Producer - A Forest of Food

PS Here’s the pitch video for the documentary. Feel free to share the video with this message, it's also on the pitch page (only becomes active on Tuesday May 28th 2019 at 12pm PDT).
PPS Here's the main Facebook post if you post mostly on Facebook and would like to share it.
6 months ago
Hey Folks,

For many after a PDC, there can be a lack of direction or action developing and refining their design and implementation skills.

Neil Bertrando and I have been teaching permaculture through OSU and internationally for years, and we both recognized a missing gap in a students’ education post a PDC - personalized one on one mentorship.

While we both spent a lot of time and money accessing information, training, practice and mentorship, we realized it didn’t need to be as complicated or expensive for students today.

We’ve set up a mentorship program designed specifically for post PDC grads who are either working on their site or other’s and want guidance in their design work. This is a program where any question is fair game, you can have your designs reviewed and inquiry into the knowledge gaps you have in a group of peers.

We all learn from mistakes; they just don’t have to be yours. We’ll be sharing our failures and successes to help you move smarter and faster then we did with your design and implementation work be it on your site or for others.

We meet twice a week, once live on a video call and once in a private forum from March 5 - May 14, 2019. We’ve chosen the spring to help folks get their designs and sites ready for the summer.

If you’re interested in the program, please visit

It would be a pleasure to have you in the intimate 15 person class.


Javan K Bernakevitch

9 months ago
Thanks Robin and Chris I appreciate the help!

In design work I use gardens, hugels and bioswales to create fire breaks and increase fire resiliency.
1 year ago
Hello Folks,

A little over 4 months ago my brother, a cinematographer in Alberta, sent me the information about a grant for documentaries being submitted in June.

After a few months of hemming and hawing over the idea I thought sure why not. My brother's suggestion was to do a "permaculture" doc and I wasn't that inspired. I've seen a fair few of permie docs and I didn't know if I had much to add to the conversation.

When I found out that the production of the doc had to be between Sept and May a permaculture doc was out. Not much growing or to show that looks good on camera for Northern Permie sites in NA over that time period.

It was then I happened on the idea of a documentary about Fire. My partner's place was close to being consumed by fire in 2015 which spurred by designers' mind into action. We removed trees around the house by 15-20m and built bioswales with the brush and trees on the areas that were prone to fire. There's still much to do to increase the fire resiliency of the property but the work did much to assay our immediate concerns.

It was at this point that I thought this could be the focus on the doc.

Facing Fire: Building Resiliency to Wildfire was born... a permaculture doc in disguise.

With only 5 days until the submission, I worked 14 hours days to put together the pitch.

Focusing on the problem that most conventional folks face but providing solutions, or as Paul once said during a presentation I attended, bricks in the wall that anyone can build, is a subversive way to build a cultural currency to begin a conversation, and perhaps change a few minds in the process.

And that brings us to today.

There are 3 days left to vote for the project.

You can vote once a day for this project from July 31 until August 2 12pm PST.

You can further help this documentary be made through sharing this video.

To keep abreast of what's happening with the film sign up for wildfire facts, updates, reminders to vote, vlogs, blogs and webinars in the future.

Finally, I've put together a Facebook Page for updates.

Thank you for your support.
1 year ago