A Permaculture Primer (w/William Faith)

This FREE 3-hour primer is a great introduction to permaculture, ideal for those who are curious and want to know more before committing to a full Permaculture Design Course, or are simply interested in learning what permaculture has to offer.

We will cover permaculture ethics and principles, why we need permaculture, and show real world examples of permaculture projects.

This is FREE to the public, but we do request that you RSVP ahead of time, as space is limited.

We look forward to seeing you there!

upcoming Community Bioremediation talks (~free~)

TALK #1- ‘Meet the Remediators’
Tuesday, March 24th 6pm – 7:30pm
at The Cultural Center
(sharing the stage with Emmanual Pratt of Sweetwater Foundation)

TALK #2 – ‘Community Bioremediation: Healing Our Soils Together’
Monday, April 6th 7:30-9pm
for the Illinois Mycological Association
Kendall College 900 N. Branch Street

Forging a New Relationship with Bees

Bee Keeping can seem daunting what with all the equipment and knowledge to gain. But really there is a more fundamental step to take in understanding what it means to take on this activity. In this class we’ll explore the fundamentals of honey bees and keeping them as well as a different approach to how we think about keeping bees.

Suitable for beginners as well as seasoned bee keepers. Class Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Cost: $10

April 4, 2015 11:00 AM

Summer Crops

This class will cover: Summer crops

* What are your summer crops
* Starting your transplants and how (different home techniques to start seedlings)
* Transplanting knowledge
•Techniques, spacing details
•Trellising options
•Fertilization
* Pest Management
•Identification
* Edible plant diseases and nutrient deficiencies

March 7, 2015 11:00 AM
Cost: $10.00

Please sign up at: http://www.christywebberfarmandgarden.com/classes/

Designing Your Garden Using Permaculture Principles

DESIGNING YOUR GARDEN USING PERMACULTURE PRINCIPLES – 2nd class of two part series This 2 day, 16 hour project-focused workshop will be held at:

Christy Webber Landscapes – Rancho Verde Site
2900 W. Ferdinand Street
Day 1 – Sunday, Feb 15th, 2015
Day 2 – Sunday, Feb 22nd, 2015
Classes begin promptly at 9am and run until 5pm.
Tea and coffee included.
Potluck for breakfast, lunch and snacks. Fee: $250.00 – payable by cash, check, credit card, or money order.
Prepayment required to reserve a seat. Strict limit of 15 participants.
RSVP to Christy Webber Farm & Garden Center – 312-829-8200. Participants will bring their proposed garden design (if available) or current garden information and will leave workshop with a working design. Course workbook will be emailed upon paid registration. Topics to be covered:

Day 1:
Classroom instruction:
• Recognize the problems associated with current garden practices
• Discuss the need for Permaculture in garden design
• Study Permaculture Design Strategies such as:
 Zone and Sector Mapping: plant what, where, why
 Earthworks: berms, keyholes and herb spirals
 Sheet mulching: also known as lasagna gardening
 Forest Gardening: stacking plantings in space and time to increase yield
 How to protect the soil from sun, wind and rain • Understand soil and its functions
 Soil texture/structure
 Soil testing: pH, contaminants, permeability
 The Soil food web
 Organic matter and Humus in soil
 Nutrient cycling
 Protecting soil and soil organisms

• Include wildlife habitat in your garden design to attract birds, pollinators, predatory insects and beneficial bugs

Day 2:
Classroom instruction:
• Review individual garden designs as a group
• Plant Guilds: how to choose plants based on their ability to support each other’s functional needs
• Identify appropriate plants for our hardiness zone
• Identify economical, readily available building material options: bricks, cardboard, urbanite, containers
• Understand the problems and solutions regarding raised bed boxes

About the Instructors:
AnnaMaria León received her Permaculture Design Course Certification in Fall of 2011 from the Bloomington, IN Permaculture Activist team. In October 2013, she graduated from Chicago Botanic Garden’s Windy City Harvest Program with a certificate in Sustainable Horticulture and Agriculture. Annamaria is also a Traditional Chinese Feng Shui Consultant and currently manages the Edible Landscaping Division at Christy Webber Landscapes.
Jessica Zeiger is an edible landscaper and permaculture designer and a graduate of the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Windy City Harvest urban agriculture training and apprenticeship program. Her training for the program included interning at Christy Webber Landscapes where she installed and maintained the edible displays at Millennium Park and Homestead Restaurant’s rooftop garden. Jessica holds certification in Permaculture Design from Colorado Mesa University and GAPS (Good Agricultural Practices) food safety training from University of Illinois Extension. Before her work in urban agriculture, Jessica studied epidemiology and worked in the public health field.

Designing Your Garden Using Permaculture Principles

DESIGNING YOUR GARDEN USING PERMACULTURE PRINCIPLES – Part 1 of 2 Classes

This 2 day, 16 hour project-focused workshop will be held at:

Christy Webber Landscapes – Rancho Verde Site
2900 W. Ferdinand Street
Day 1 – Sunday, Feb 15th, 2015
Day 2 – Sunday, Feb 22nd, 2015
Classes begin promptly at 9am and run until 5pm.
Tea and coffee included.
Potluck for breakfast, lunch and snacks. Fee: $250.00 – payable by cash, check, or money order.
Prepayment required to reserve a seat. Strict limit of 15 participants.
RSVP to Christy Webber Farm & Garden Center – 312-829-8200. Participants will bring their proposed garden design (if available) or current garden information and will leave workshop with a working design. Course workbook will be emailed upon paid registration. Topics to be covered:

Day 1:
Classroom instruction:
• Recognize the problems associated with current garden practices
• Discuss the need for Permaculture in garden design
• Study Permaculture Design Strategies such as:
 Zone and Sector Mapping: plant what, where, why
 Earthworks: berms, keyholes and herb spirals
 Sheet mulching: also known as lasagna gardening
 Forest Gardening: stacking plantings in space and time to increase yield
 How to protect the soil from sun, wind and rain • Understand soil and its functions
 Soil texture/structure
 Soil testing: pH, contaminants, permeability
 The Soil food web
 Organic matter and Humus in soil
 Nutrient cycling
 Protecting soil and soil organisms

• Include wildlife habitat in your garden design to attract birds, pollinators, predatory insects and beneficial bugs

Day 2:
Classroom instruction:
• Review individual garden designs as a group
• Plant Guilds: how to choose plants based on their ability to support each other’s functional needs
• Identify appropriate plants for our hardiness zone
• Identify economical, readily available building material options: bricks, cardboard, urbanite, containers
• Understand the problems and solutions regarding raised bed boxes

About the Instructors:
AnnaMaria León received her Permaculture Design Course Certification in Fall of 2011 from the Bloomington, IN Permaculture Activist team. In October 2013, she graduated from Chicago Botanic Garden’s Windy City Harvest Program with a certificate in Sustainable Horticulture and Agriculture. Annamaria is also a Traditional Chinese Feng Shui Consultant and currently manages the Edible Landscaping Division at Christy Webber Landscapes.
Jessica Zeiger is an edible landscaper and permaculture designer and a graduate of the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Windy City Harvest urban agriculture training and apprenticeship program. Her training for the program included interning at Christy Webber Landscapes where she installed and maintained the edible displays at Millennium Park and Homestead Restaurant’s rooftop garden. Jessica holds certification in Permaculture Design from Colorado Mesa University and GAPS (Good Agricultural Practices) food safety training from University of Illinois Extension. Before her work in urban agriculture, Jessica studied epidemiology and worked in the public health field.

Lunch Social

It’s been a while since we’ve shared a meal together! Join us at Native Foods Cafe in Wicker Park for lunch and a chance to get to know each other. 

We’ll also discuss our upcoming Permaculture Design Course here in Chicago, scheduled to begin in July, 2015!

We can talk about anything permaculture and perhaps plan a future event together!

6th Annual MLK Fod Justice Sustainability weekend at KAM Isaiah Israel

6th Annual MLK Food Justice and Sustainability Weekend
• Social Justice at KAM Isaiah Israel Climate Change and Civil Rights
KAM Isaiah Israel’s Social Justice Committee presents the 6th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Food Justice and Sustainability Weekend. The focus this year is ‘Climate Change and Civil Rights.’ The weekend long education and advocacy event will include workshops on social justice, food and environmental justice, conservation and restoration. The goal of the weekend is to provide participants with powerful tools for change and a heightened motivation to work toward a greener, more equitable and sustainable world. Where:
KAM Isaiah Israel, 1100 East Hyde Park Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois Schedule of Events:
Schedule is subject to change. Please check back for updates.

Friday, January 16
7:30 p.m.
Shabbat service followed by keynote address by Robert Nevel, KAMII president and founder of its award winning, nationally recognized Food Justice and Sustainability Program.

Saturday, January 17: Community Design Workshop
4:30pm – 6:30pm
• Breanne Heath, Farmer, The Pie Patch
• Rob Kartholl, Farm Manager, KAMII Food Justice and Sustainability Program
• Annamaria Leon, Manager, Edible Landscapes Department, Christy Webber Landscapes
• Elan Margulies, Director Of Teva, Hazon
• Ellen Phillips, Solis Consultant, CP Enterprises
• Michael Thompson, Co-Founder, Chicago Honey Co-op
• Robert Nevel, KAMII, moderator

Sunday, January 18: Workshops
10:00am – 10:45am
1. Brad Hirn, Manager of Workforce Development, Growing Home
2. Rich Futrell, Counter Culture Coffee, “Climate Change And The Future Of Coffee: A Discussion and Tasting”
3. Peter Zelchenko, Startup Consultant, Co-Founder, Unscrew U., “Lives of Privilege”
11:00am – 11:45am
1. Annamaria Leon, Manager, Edible Landscapes Department, Christy Webber Landscapes, “What Is Forest Gardening”
2. Ellen Phillips, Soils Consultant, CP Enterprises, “Creating Healthy Soils”
3. Doriane C. Miller, M.D., Urban Health Initiative, University of Chicago Medicine, “I Can’t Breathe: Asthma And The Environment”

12:00pm – 1:00pm: Complimentary Lunch 1:00pm – 1:45pm
1. Sarah Lovinger M.D., Executive Director, Chicago Chapter Physicians For Social Responsibility, “Climate Change Advocacy: How To Improve Public Health”
2. Kelsay Shaw, Botanist and Owner, Possibility Place Nursery, “Urban Ethnobotany”
3. Sarah Batka, Program Coordinator, Horticulture, University of Illinois Extension, “The Value of Trees”
4. Peter Zelchenko, Startup Consultant, Co-Founder, Unscrew U., “A Lesson To Forget: A Cooking Demonstration and Discussion” 2:00pm – 2:45pm
1. David Coulter, Horticulture Adjunct Faculty, Triton College, “Permaculture And Woody Plants In The Chicago Region”
2. Jana Kinsman, Beekeeper and Founder, Bike a Bee, “Beekeeping By Bicycle”
3. Elvia Rodriguez-Ochoa, Neighborhood Programs Director Openlands and Daniella Pereira, Regional Forester, Openlands, “Keeping The Community In Community Greening” ALL EVENTS ARE FREE OF CHARGE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Basics of Edible Landscaping using Permaculture Design Principles

Edible Landscaping incorporates the use of ornamental and edible plants to create beautiful and productive spaces. Why separate vegetables and fruits from daisies and shrubs when you can have it all using permaculture design strategies.

Permaculture (“Permanent Agriculture”) incorporates the best agricultural practices found from all over the world to create gardens that, over time, require less labor and outside inputs. Permaculture gardens go beyond sustainable gardens to become regenerative gardens.

Want to save your back and some time? Spend two hours with us and learn how to apply simple edible landscaping techniques using permaculture design principles to your back or front yard gardens.

Taught by AnnaMaria Leon
Suggested Donation: Free

Please RSVP to Christy Webber Farm & Garden Center – 312-829-8200.

Principles, Protocols, and Practices for Growing High Quality Crops

Principles, Protocols, and Practices for Growing High Quality Crops

A Two-Day Workshop

For Farmers, Urban Growers, and Community Gardeners

Benefits:

•· Improved Pest and Disease Resistance

•· Better Tolerance of Extreme Weather Conditions

•· Ability to Improve Your Yield by helping Plants at their Critical Points of Influence

•· Ability to measure the nutrient value of the crops you are growing using a refractometer

Learn from a lifelong farmer’s understanding and first hand experiences utilizing a Biological Approach to crop production. Dan Kittredge, Executive Director of the Bionutrient Food Association (BFA) & the Real Food Campaign, will present a 2-session Workshop on High Bionutrient Crop Production.

November 1 & 2, 2014

9:30am – 4:30 pm

Garfield Park Conservatory

300 N. Central Park Avenue – Community Classroom

Chicago, IL 60624

Cost: $150.00, with Scholarship funds available for Farmers. Register: Two Options – Online or Mail-In Registration found on the Workshops page of the BFA website (http://www.bionutrient.org/workshops)

For Scholarship information, please contact Gary Neves, Course Administrator, Cell: 774-573-6804, gary@bionutrient.org

The High Bionutrient Crop Production workshops are designed to inform and support participants to grasp and apply innovative and reliable principles and practices for producing more nutritious food crops that lead to healthier lives. The learning focus of the series includes soil biology, mineralogy and energy dynamics. At the same time, we intend to establish a relational infrastructure among growers that will provide the basis for increasing collaboration between them, and also with the businesses and organizations that supply their needs and buy their products. Each session consists of a classroom-style discussion and hands-on demonstration and practice. Those participants who provide their email will also receive periodic e-newsletters to supplement the workshop presentations. Registrants will be expected to procure their own soil tests as desired, and instruction for interpreting those will be covered during the workshop.

For Event Information: please contact Dr. Shemuel Israel, Co-leader of the Chicago Chapter of the Bionutrient Food Association and President of the North Lawndale Greening Committee – cell: 773-332-7887; or Annamaria Leon, Director, Education & Community Outreach cell: 414-339-5537, or email at nlgreeningcommittee@gmail.com.

Hosted by the Chicago Chapter of the Bionutrient Food Association, the North Lawndale Greening Committee, and the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance.