Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Upcoming Permaculture Classes

(click on the image to see details or see info below)

Right around this time last year, I started attending a few different permaculture classes by the Healthcote Collective and Scott Kellogg of the Rhizome Collective.

This mid-winter time is perfect for learning about the philosophy of permaculture.

Now is the time to start going through seed catalogs, thinking about what you're going to start in the ground in early spring or in the greenhouse for early summer.

Planning a garden or food forest requires a bit of upfront labor and planning, but once the growing season kicks in, you will hopefully be on easy street.

By learning about responsible water use, companion planting, etc. you can spend less time weeding and watering, and more time enjoying your plants and harvesting.

To learn more about what permaculture is (or hang out with like-minded folks and talk more about sustainable living), there are a few great workshops coming up.

Here are some clips from the email I received from Karen Stupski at Heathcote:

Sunday, January 24

Introduction to Permaculture Design
with Karen Stupski & Patty Ceglia

Baltimore Green Forum
4:30 – 6:30 pm
Maryland Presbyterian Church
1105 Providence Road, Towson, MD 21286

FREE to attend, but donations to Maryland Presbyterian Church are greatly appreciated
For updated program info, contact, 301-345-2234

Learn about Permaculture Design, a system of designing ecologically inspired landscapes that integrate food production, energy, shelter and water. This discussion will introduce the principles of Permaculture and give examples of how families, communities and Transition Town initiatives can build environmental resilience and reduce dependence on fossil fuels.

Sunday, February 7th

Gardening Like the Forest
with Dave Jacke, author of Edible Forest Gardens

3:00 – 5:00 pm
Ruscombe Mansion
4801 & 4803 Yellowwood Avenue, Baltimore, MD

Hosted by the Greater Baltimore Permaculture Guild, Suggested Donation - $10
Seating capacity 45 – please RSVP at or 410-357-9523

Healthy forests maintain, fertilize, and renew themselves, naturally.
Wouldn’t you like to grow an abundant food-producing ecosystem like this in your back yard? You can! Edible forest gardens mimic the structure and function of natural forests through all their stages of development and grow food, fuel, fiber, fodder, fertilizers, farmaceuticals, and fun. We can meet our own needs and regenerate healthy ecosystems at the same time! This talk introduces the vision of forest gardening with some scientific background, a few living examples, and a sampling of some useful perennial edibles you can use in your own garden.

These talks introduce the upcoming HOME-SCALE PERMACULTURE COURSE starting February 13th, 2010 at the Heathcote Community in Freeland, MD.

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