The following list of permaculture gatherings, convergences and conferences was obtained by going through the calender sections of 40 out of 73 issues of the Permaculture Activist. Combined with a bit of internet research.
Growing food through community connections. Learned from going to a meeting and networking to expand his point of contact.
--when DEAP began 2 yrs ago, took over but found the site to be overrun with weeds and mishandling --wanted to revitalize university permaculture --for 20 yrs, students ran farm, boom or bust, with grants...(now, it’s well-funded and hugely diverse Edible Forest Garden with annual vegetables and aquaponics)
Scale issues with Bill Mollisons Designers Manuel • There are many different ways to take permaculture, don’t feel like you have to fit into Bill Mollisons model or methods of permaculture. • Don’t wait until your rich and have land, do what you can with what you have, do something.
Kelda has moved around a lot, had many different kinds of gardens. She currently has a variety of clients that require varying amounts of time/effort. Permaculture gardens are different than other gardens because: - Polyculture within soil - Food, flowers, medicinals - Non-irrigating - Closed-canopy (soil cover) –often this is a challenge aesthetically
“It’s not about techniques, it’s about a state of mind,” Larry Korn says opening his discussion of Masanobu Fukuoka’s recently published book, Sowing Seeds in the Desert. Larry lives in Ashland, Oregon where he gives classes and workshops about natural farming and permaculture.
A Permaculture presentation offered by Christo Mare (8/3/13); www.villagedesign.org Christo, who operates President of the Village Design Institute utilized his design at the Ananda Center at Laurelwood (50 acres near Gaston, Oregon) as a pilot study for his Doctorate thesis at WWUFairHaven. The presentation provided an overview of: his credentials; his PhD thesis - “Neurophenomenology of Settlement Morphology”; and the results of the thesis/pilot study.
If the NAPC happens at the Deep Ecology Center outside of Minneapolis in August I will propose that many of us travel on the Amtrak train which travels directly from our region to Minneapolis.
Background • Founded by Donald J. Walters • Centers all over world • Focus on alternative methods for teaching kids Teaching center in Beaverton, OR • Originally bought 55 acres that was the Laurelwood Academy campus, an old high school boarding school • Turning it into an education center, retreat center and conference center • 175 acres of farmland
Permaculture has many facets, as do people. People’s interests and excitement vary. The ‘mainstream’ is the group of people that we as permaculturists want to bring into the excitement of this realization--by getting excited about their interests.