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.
The Cornell University College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
along with the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute (FLPCI)
offer as part of an online Permaculture Design Certificate course:
January 16 – March 2, 2017
Enrollment is now open for “Permaculture Design: Ecosystem Mimicry.”
The class can be taken as a stand-alone course or as one of three in a series offered in permaculture design leading to a Permaculture Design Certificate.
Michael Burns, a cofounder of FLPCI, will be the course instructor for this opportunity based on the permaculture curriculum and activities developed by the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute over the past decade.
This program provides rigorous, evidence-based instruction in the principles and methods of permaculture design based on the internationally recognized curriculum.
There are just a few weeks left to sign up. With only 15 participants per course, enrollment frequently sells out.
Cayuta Sun Farm 607-227-0316
Study permaculture online through
Cornell University Horticulture¹s distance learning program.
Create a design portfolio based on your own project
and complete all three of the courses from home to
earn a Permaculture Design Certificate.
Instruction and facilitation is led by Michael Burns
of the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute.
Two spaces are still open in the first course:
³Permaculture: Fundamentals of Ecological Design²
offered October 24 to December 8, 2016.
The first 6.5 week long course and provides an opportunity for you to
build your knowledge about permaculture and ecological design.
Participants will explore the content through videos, readings, and
activities and complete portions of a design for a site of their choosing.
While the course is online, the format is designed for consistent
interaction between instructors and students through forums and review of
assignments. Readings and presentations will be directly applied through
hands-on activities students will engage with at home.
There are two additional permaculture design courses:
– Permaculture Design: Ecosystem Mimicry:
January 16 to March 2, 2017
– Permaculture Design: Design Practicum:*
March 13 to April 6, 2017
*Prerequisite: ³Fundamentals of Ecological Design² or ³Ecosystem Mimicry”
Completion of a single class gives students a certificate of completion
from the Horticulture and continuing education units.
Completion of all three courses gives students the portfolio necessary to
apply for an internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certificate
though the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute
Space is limited to 15 participants. Registration opens about six weeks
before each course begins. Fee is $675 paid via credit card at sign up.
See registration link at:
I wanted to let you know about two free presentations I will be giving next week on mycology, mushroom cultivation, and a whole lot more. One will be at Burning Books in Buffalo on Oct. 3 from 6-8 PM, and the other will be at the library in Ithaca on Oct. 4 from 6-8. These will be part of a tour / fungal roadshow I am on to promote for my new book, Radical Mycology.
The book and talks focus on how fungi and mushroom cultivation can help humans and the environment in a wide variety of ways.
Please feel free to share the events or invite folks.
The Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute
with the generous support of our sponsors
3rd Annual Permaculture Tour Weekend
August 26, 27 & 28, 2016
Learn all the details at http://FingerLakesPermaculture.org
Three days of workshops, tours, socializing, networking, and learning in the cities, villages and countryside of the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of NY.
Friday through Sunday you can view a movie, visit sites, talk with other practitioners and enthusiasts, try hands-on workshops, and simply immerse yourself in the thriving permaculture scene of central New York.
Friday evening offers a screening of the movie “INHABIT: A Permaculture Perspective” followed a “Conscious Electronic Dance Music” party in bustling downtown Ithaca.
All day Saturday tour permaculture farms, gardens, parks, & homes ending with a reception at the Finger Lakes Cider House with music and a fundraising auction.
Sunday continues with networking and learning with over a dozen speakers and workshops at our Finger Lakes Permaculture Convergence and Plant Sale.
Admission to all events is free. However, we depend on your donations to support the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute and the Permaculture Tour Weekend.
The Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute (FLPCI), founded in 2005, connects people with the environment and each other to design regenerative ecosystems for resilient communities. FLPCI holds events for people to learn sustainable and ecological design methods including workshops, apprentice programs, trainings and design certificate courses.
Learn all the details at http://FingerLakesPermaculture.org
I’m spreading the word about the natural building workshop in Troy, NY this summer. Join us in building an outdoor pizza kitchen with stone, cob, and round-wood. I’m excited to be hosting the event at the Vague Estates, a beautiful site, with acres of woods and water that is perfect for a building retreat. Held July 17th-23rd It’s going to be a great week, and I’m trying to reach folks that might enjoy it. Visit the website for more info. thanks!
We’ll have a room opening up mid-late August, at our place on 717 Otisco St, corner of Belmont St in Syracuse. NY. We are a collective house committed to ecological and social justice consciousness. We cook for each other, share meals & grocery shopping, grow some of our own food on site, & participate in regular chores to maintain the house & yards.
We strive for a lifestyle in which we do more with less, making rather than buying, building our ecological wisdom. We are project oriented and equipped for gardening, food preparation, bicycle care, work-shopping & crafting. We’re dedicated being a supportive, consensus-based, & inclusive home with open, compassionate communication & problem-solving.
>>> No hard drugs or substance abuse
>>> Plant-Based kitchen and household
>>> Monthly house meetings
>>> $400 per room ($500 for doubles) includes utilities, wifi and water
IC.org listing: http://directory.ic.org/24301/ Bitternut_Collective_on_Otisco_St
Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/ BitternutHomestead
if you are interested, we have a list of introductory interview questions you can complete and send back in as a first step:
1) Where do you go to school/work currently? How will you support yourself financially while a housemate? Where are you moving from, locally or from out of Syracuse? What are your current living arrangements and why are you looking for new living arrangements? How long do you plan on staying at Bitternut?
2) Have you ever lived in a collective house or Intentional Community before, and what are your questions, expectations, limits, and concerns?
3) Who would be moving in with you (if anyone)? What are your dietary preferences (we practice a plant-based diet)?
4) Are you able to reside with us while construction, finish work, and general site developments are in process?
5) Please provide one housing reference and one personal reference.
6) What time period would you be looking to move in if you were accepted?
7) Are you a dog person or a cat person (Cats are not permitted due to resident allergies, and we currently have one dog).
8) Describe your political philosophy in 3 sentences or less.
9) If you had a full day of free time, how would you most likely spend it? How do you spend your leisure time?
10) Are you a "kitchen person"? Are you a "garden person"? What do those terms mean to you? What does it mean to you to participate in the household and the social justice/ecological wisdom mission of the collective?
Send to BitternutHomestead@gmail.com or call Frank at 315-308-1372 with questions.
Dear All ~ Sharing about Upcoming Events with Sowing Solutions Permaculture Design & Education!
Summer Permaculture Design Certification Course, June 18-28
We are one month from the start date of our yearly Summer Intensive Permaculture Course, hooraaaay!!!
This is a highlight of the year for many of us, and we will be designing the new permaculture orchards, creative gathering spaces, and perennial food systems for the Snow Farm New England Craft Program in Williamsburg MA.
We will also be visiting and studying many of our local permaculture sites, demonstrating abundant lessons learned over the years as well as inspiring techniques for growing and preserving food, harnessing and conserving energy, connecting resources, and building resilience in local communities ~ we visit places such as Sirius EcoVillage, Wildside Cottage and Gardens, Beyond Sustainability Home, and Hickory Gardens.
There are a few seats left in the Summer PDC ~ please tell friends and family, as this is a truly nourishing and informative life changing educational event! www.PermacultureSeries.org
Autumn Weekend Series Permaculture Course, September – November
We are also 4 months from the start date of a weekend Series Permaculture Design Certification Course, that will be offered at a combination of Snow Farm and at Nine Mountain Retreat Center in Plainfeld MA.
This course is the same course as above, and includes visits to the local permaculture sites, yet we will be designing for the Nine Mouutain Home and Retreat Center, neighbor to the world renowned EarthDance Community.
This course will be held over 3 long weekends: September 24-27, October 21-23, and November 18-20. www.PermacultureSeries.org
Natural Building Workshops This Summer!!
We are delighted to be announcing upcoming Natural Building Workshops in Western MA!
- First will be an Earthen Plaster Workshop for a straw bale outbuilding: June 18 or June 25 (date to be confirmed!)~ This building is a demonstration of working with straw as a carbon sequestering practice, instead of allowing the straw to decompose or to be released into the atmosphere. We are utilizing the insulation properties and structural integrity of straw in this small building. This is a perfect opportunity to glimpse the construction details of straw bale construction, and to work with mixing and applying earthen / clay plaster!! Contact us for the registration details: PermacultureSeries
- We are also offering a Straw Clay Earthen Building Workshops: July 16-17 or August 5-6. This will be for a beautiful and well built straw bale home where a new construction of a straw clay wall will be created during our workshop ~ a perfect fit for divider walls and for retrofitting spaces with earthen materials. Earthen plasters, straw bale construction, natural building design will all be addressed. Contact us for registration details: PermacultureSeries
Please inform friends about these educational offerings, and we look forward to seeing you this season!
In gratitude and wishing you green abundance,
~Kay & the Sowing Solutions Team