Network with people interested in permaculture design within any of New York's counties located north of New York City. Permaculture practitioners are welcome to join, share ideas and projects, and promote local events. Please limit your contributions to messages directly related to permaculture ideas and activities.
There are at least a half-dozen confirmed openings for the upcoming
Permaculture Design Certificate course.
July 25 through August 10, 2014 near Ithaca, N.Y.
Join the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute for an intensive 15-day course with experienced permaculture designers.
Study permaculture in practice among our amazing community of organizers, farmers, homesteaders, teachers, researchers and community activists.
Live within a unique temporary learning community at our off-grid permaculture camp in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York. Enjoy the richness of the small cities and villages, culture, natural areas, and vibrant agriculture found in our area.
The course’s curriculum, methods, and practicum have been developed by teachers Michael Burns, Rafter Sass Ferguson, Steve Gabriel and Karryn Olson-Ramanujan over nine years and eleven PDCs. The thousands of hours they have devoted to research, practice, teaching and organizing have made the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute’s PDC one of the longest running and most successful summertime intensive courses in the Northeast.
Last year the course sold out by July. Take advantage of the slower pace of registration this year to secure your place.
Visit http://FingerLakesPermaculture.org to learn more and sign-up.
NOTE: There is a six-month payment plan for tuition.
The Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute
COMMUNITY TRAINING IN ECOLOGICAL DESIGN
Design your backyard or acreage for the coming season and long term.
Grow food, build soil, and manage water in rural and urban landscapes.
Meet others and make beneficial connections in your community.
Hosted at Ecovillage @ Ithaca, in Ithaca, NY
Permaculture design mimics the patterns and processes found in nature. Learn strategies for garden and farm-scale systems that meet human needs while improving ecological health. Join a learning environment where teachers support students to develop design ideas for their own projects.
Classes and take-home assignments cover a wide range of site mapping, assessment, planning and design skills. Students learn the how and why of many strategies including polyculture gardening, cover cropping, sheet mulching, backyard poultry, mushroom cultivation, tree crops and rainwater catchment.
- 36 hours of instruction
- One full weekend & nine Monday evenings
- October through December
Instructors: Michael Burns, Steve Gabriel, & Karryn Olson-Ramanujan plus guests
Read more and register at: http://FingerLakesPermaculture.org/?p=2644
Fermentation on Wheels is a grassroots, educational organization traveling the country in a solar-powered, biodiesel school bus outfitted with a fermentation lab. We’re visiting farms, fermenting foods, and teaching others about the importance of micro-agriculture, sustainability, and the role fermentation & preservation play in the food movement.
We have been traveling from Eugene, OR since October 2013 and are currently in Brooklyn, NY. This summer we’ll be in New England presenting at the Northeast Permaculture Convergence as well making our way to Tinmouth, VT for Solar Fest. We are looking to hold community workshops and potlucks in collaboration with farms, homesteads, and food justice non-profits in late July and early August along a route from Albany, NY to Scranton, NY. We will also be looking to collaborate with people organizations closer to NYC area in late August and early September.
All our events are by-donation and open to the public. If you or an organization you know might be interested in collaboration, let me know and I’ll send more details about our programming. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also check us out on Facebook!
Oops…I just realized that I never sent these two workshops out to this list. Call me at 585.506.6505 by 8 pm Thursday 5/29 if you want to attend Saturday’s farm assessment workshop. Call Olga at 585.690.1926 by noon on Friday, May 30th to register for Sunday’s mushroom workshop.
We have a few seats left for these two workshops:
1. 5/31 Introduction to Permaculture Design and Site Assessment Workshop – Patty Love, Program Director of Rochester Permaculture Center (RPC), and Tanya Rogers, Farmer at Shimmering Light Farm, both programs of Seeking Common Ground, Inc., are partnering to bring you a hands-on introduction to permaculture design workshop and site assessment.
At the workshop, you will:
*learn the ethics, principles, and applications of permaculture design
*learn the reason edible food forest gardening is so productive in our region
*learn sustainable (regenerative) gardening techniques
*take part in a site assessment of this 25 acre farm
*learn tools and techniques that you can use on any size property
*meet and spend the day with folks sharing your interest
Date/Time: Saturday, May 31, 2104 9 am to 2 pm (brown bag lunch)
Location: Hicks Road, Naples (full address and directions provided upon registration)
Tuition: $40-60 (pay what you can afford)
Preregistration is required. To register: Call patty love at 585.506.6505 or email to patty
We are limiting the class size so that you can ask questions and participate in this hands-on day. We hope you’ll join us at Shimmering Light Farm for this exciting event!
2. 6/01 Mushrooms – Advanced Outdoor Mushroom Cultivation with lunch
Join us for an Advanced Outdoor Mushroom Cultivation workshop w/Olga Tzogas of Smugtown Mushrooms
Date/Time: Sunday, June 1, 2014 10 am to 4 pm
*Learn about the life cycle of fungi, their vital roles in nature, and the basics of cultivation *Learn about the uses of Oyster, Shaggy Mane, Brick cap and a “mystery” medicinal mushroom species *Participate in the inoculation of logs to grow these mushrooms at RochesterPermacultureCenter
*Learn how to grow Oyster Mushrooms in straw
*Take home a Grow Kit for Oyster mushrooms
*Be eligible for a discount for a future online purchase from Smugtown Mushrooms
*Share in a delicious fresh lunch
Class Fee: $60 includes lunch
Pre-registration with payment is required to hold your spot. Because this workshop is being held at a private residence, full location details (including address) will be provided upon registration and payment. Class size is limited to allow meaningful participation by all. To register, please call Olga at 585.690.1926 by noon on Friday, May 30th.
To make your experience enjoyable:
*Please arrive between 9:30 and 9:45 to get settled as we will be starting on time. (Surveys from previous classes indicate that students feel disappointed when we start late to accommodate late arrivals and then run out of time to cover all of the promised material in full.)
*The workshop will be held rain or shine. Please dress to work and be in the weather.
*Out of consideration for those who have asthma and chemical sensitivities, please do not wear fragrances, perfumes, body sprays, etc. to this class. Thank you.
◾items for personal comfort
◾nut-free snacks and drinks, if you like
◾reusable place setting (plate, silverware, napkin, cup) for your lunch
◾camera, if you like
◾your preferred information recording devices (pen and paper, laptop, etc.)
◾dress for weather, outdoors, and garden work – we will be outside regardless of the weather and getting dirty during this hands-on workshop (environmentally friendly bug spray, sunscreen, etc.)
◾reading glasses if needed
When you arrive: Please park in the driveway and then along front right of way with driver tires just on the pavement, passenger tires in the grass.
patty love, MALS, PDC
www.barefootpermaculture.com – owner
www.rochesterpermaculturecenter.org – Program Director
Please note that I do not get to email, text msgs and voice mail every day, since much of my work keeps me in the field, teaching, growing, homesteading, etc. I look forward to responding to you as soon as possible. If you require my immediate attention or share my preference to minimize screen time, please call 585.506.6505.
"My life’s purpose is gathering and sharing resources and information that regenerate my own and others’ abundant existence and vibrant well-being." ~ patty love
"Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought." ~ Albert Szent-Giorgi, Nobel Laureate
Help us fund our permaculture class…
New Roots Charter School in Ithaca, NY is offering a 4 day permaculture intensive to its students. I will be teaching a small crowd of students at Cayuta Sun Farm (site of the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute’s summer design course.) New Roots’ curriculum and mission is to teach students to advocate for environmental sustainability and social justice. This crew of mostly juniors and seniors have been learning knowledge and skills that make them ideal candidates to grasp the fundamentals of permaculture.
However, funds have been too tight for the transportation costs for this learning event. So I have turned to the broader permaculture community for help through a short Indiegogo campaign: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/support-a-high-school-permaculture-course
The result: We have met 93% of our goal in one week… Thank you!
Thanks to the 13 funders for helping us come so close to our final goal. New Roots Charter School now has nearly all funds needed for the class, while donations and referrals are still needed to finish the campaign. Thank you also to all who broadcasted our appeal.
New Roots Charter School is proud of the electives and “expeditionary” learning that our students enjoy. As a small and often under-funded charter school, most of our resources must be devoted to the meeting core requirements of high school classes. Fortunately, our mission is often supported by the community. The permaculture community is now part of the many networks of allies that support our school.
If you have not already done so, we still have to reach our goal and you can still donate.
Also, it is still crucial to spread the word to hundreds more to make 100%. Share this message and this link to put us over the top: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/support-a-high-school-permaculture-course
Note: Any funds not spent (or beyond our $500 goal) will be saved for permaculture education through the New Roots Farm-to-School program.
Indiegogo Campaign Page: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/support-a-high-school-permaculture-course FLPCI Blog Post: http://fingerlakespermaculture.org/?p=2599
We are looking forward to this year’s Summer Permaculture Design Certification Course at Sirius EcoVillage in Western MA ~ and there is still time for you to register!
The Sowing Solutions Permaculture Design Course offers a unique opportunity for students to gain hands-on permaculture experience and immerse themselves at Sirius EcoVillage- one of the most successful of intentional communities and ecovillages in the Northeastern, U.S.A., demonstrating community life, natural buildings, and well established permaculture designs!
All course details are found at www.PermacultureSeries.org Read about the instructors, the course structure, the design projects in process and installed at the ecovillage, the many skill shares and hands-on activities at the course, what students are doing since graduating from this course, how to register, etc.
Wishing you all abundance in this spring season!
Spring Open House at
MacDaniels Nut Grove
May 10, 2014, 1pm – 5pm
Come visit the 90+ year old grove planted by Professor Lawrence MacDaniels which features selected hickory and walnut varieties and a full demonstration of forest farming practices including mushroom cultivation, medicinal plants, an ornamental nursery, and fruit production (paw paw and elderberry), and water management techniques including swales and hugelkulture piles. Tours by professor Ken Mudge, who re-discovered the nut grove in 2002, will be offered at 1pm, 2:30pm, and 4pm. Try hands-on inoculation of mushroom logs and see grafting demonstrations. Taste nuts and enjoy an afternoon in the woods, which is adjacent to the East Hill Recreation Trail for longer hikes. Good fun for the whole family.
See this page for more information on the Nut Grove and directions: http://blogs.cornell.edu/mushrooms/nutgrove/
NOTE: The nut grove is located on steep terrain and requires a decent walk from parking to the forest. Those with limited mobility may have a hard time accessing the entrance and navigating the site. Please contact Steve at sfg53 with questions regarding accessibility.