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

 

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Tour a 4 year old Forest Garden in the City

Come tour a 4 year old Forest Garden in a very urban Chicago front and backyard. Now is the best time to see the structure since all the vegetation has not leafed out yet. This two hour tour will include a walking lecture on: * the specifics of how the food forest was built; * which fruit tree varieties were chosen; * fruit tree guilds; * use of salvaged materials; * earthworks; * location of zones and sectors * discuss ongoing issues and further developments.

As a bonus, see a 3 year old community garden being built using permaculture regenerative techniques. This tour is limited to only 10 people so everyone’s questions may be answered.

Cost: $20.00 per person.

Location: North Lawndale, Chicago Monday, May 19, 10 am – 12 noon

Please RSVP to AnnaMaria Leon – 414-339-5537 or amjleon5@gmail.com

Biography: AnnaMaria Leon completed her Permaculture Design Course under the tutelage of Peter Bane, Keith Johnson, and Rhonda Baird in Bloomington, IN in Fall 2011. Upon completion of the course she assisted in the redesign of the gardens at Inspiration Kitchens’ gardens (no longer extant), the public landscaping along East Garfield Park’s business corridor at Lake and Kedzie, and the Martin Luther King Peace Path to name a few of her projects.

Besides being a permaculture designer and teacher, AnnaMaria is also an edible landscaper, Traditional Chinese Feng Shui consultant, and received training as a Master Gardener and Master Composter through UIC – Extension. Wishing to understand the principles behind Urban Agriculture’s approach to production and farming in the city, she completed the Chicago Botanic Garden / Windy City Harvest certificate in Sustainable Horticulture and Agriculture in October 2013. Through this training she interned at the Vocational Rehabilitation Impact Center (VRIC), a division of Cook County’s Sheriff’s Department where she assisted the Head Grower in all areas of food production and processing, maintained an aquaculture system, and installed ornamental, native, and meditation gardens. Part of the internship was to interface with non-violent inmates and engage them in proper gardening procedures and horticulture therapy.

Current projects include the Greening of 16th Street in North Lawndale, the creation of a production garden and permaculture orchard in the MLK Historic District, and the design and installation of permaculture plantings in Millennium Park with Christy Webber Landscapes where she is helping launch the Edible Landscaping Division.

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Build a Kenyan Topbar Beehive out of Cob

Come join us to build a bee hive out of cob!!!!!!!

I believe this will be the first top bar beehive built out of cob in the midwest and possibly the entire USA. Wouldn’t you want to be a part of natural building history? Don’t let this unique opportunity pass you by.

We will be building a Kenyan Top Bar hive out of natural materials. COB – specifically. The fee is $20.00 per person. The date is set for June 7th at the North Park Village Nature Center.

The skills related to the build itself will be transferable if you were to choose to embark on a cob oven, bench, shed, or cottage. How so you ask? We will create a foundation, mix cob, build a structure, and create a roof. All four of these components are needed to build a successful lasting cob structure. That structure can be for little bees or slightly modified and scaled up to a small work shed or scaled up even further to construct a cozy cottage in the woods.

Building with cob and stone is almost meditative, before long a deeper connection with the material beneath your feet just may creep into your conscious.

Plan on arriving in time for the class to promptly start at 10am. Please bring your own lunch/snacks. 10 to 10:30 discussion -bees-

10:30 to 11am – how we will build a Kenyan Top Bar hive with cob

11 to at least 4pm will be the build – possibly longer

Please do not hesitate to share questions or comments. Thank you

Peter P.

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Urban Permaculture Design Course with Albert Bates

Order tickets via Eventbrite:
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/urban-permaculture-design-course-tickets-10861387703?aff=efbevent

Chicagoland Permaculture Guild Presents:

A 14-day intensive URBAN PERMACULTURE DESIGN CERTIFICATE COURSE with Albert Bates

SENSIBLE STRATEGIES FOR SENSELESS TIMES 

Saturday, August 2 – Friday, August 15, 2014

 – SENSIBLE STRATEGIES FOR SENSELESS TIMES -

Climate change, peak energy, economic recession, fracking, GMO’s… it’s easy to get overwhelmed, and the sheer scale of these problems can make us feel powerless — but there is something we can do about it: starting right where we live, we can begin to connect all our seemingly small D.I.Y. efforts together to create real change and truly sustainable communities using the positive, solutions-oriented holistic design science of permaculture. We can redesign our cities to integrate harmoniously with natural systems, learning to observe and solve problems the way nature does. This complete, 2-week intensive permaculture design certificate course focuses on creative, pro-active strategies for creating rich and abundant urban environments.

INSTRUCTORS:

Albert Bates: 

Albert Bates was a civil sector representative at the Copenhagen climate conference, trying to point the world back towards a stable atmosphere using soils and trees – Garden Earth. His books include Climate in Crisis (1990), The Post-Petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook (2006) and The Biochar Solution (2010). He has taught appropriate technology, natural building and ecovillage design to students from more than sixty nations. A co-founder and past president of the Global Ecovillage Network, he is presently retired and living in an ecovillage in rural Tennessee, from where he is a frequent consultant to many celebrities, governments and international permaculture designers. When not tinkering with fuel wringers for algae, hemp cheeses, Bedini wheels or pyrolizing cookstoves, he is busy designing a way out of petrocollapse and climate apocalypse that is graceful, practical and fun-filled.

Co-teachers: William Faith and Milton Dixon

This course follows the 72-hour curriculum developed by Bill Mollison and yields the Permaculture Design Certificate which opens the door to further practice, work and advanced education.

Topics covered will include: Permaculture ethics and principles, pattern language and literacy, soils, ecological systems, composting, water catchment and use, climate and microclimate, food production and security, constructed wetlands, cultivated ecology, food forestry, broadscale design, renewable energy, bioregionalism, alternative currencies, biofuels, ecovillages, transition towns, natural building, urban land reform strategies, design process, and much, much more…,

Guest teachers (via webcam) will include: Marisha Auerbach, Darren Doherty, Andrew Millison, Chris Nesbitt, Davey Phillip, Richard Perkins and Nicole Foss.

This course will include classroom time, hands-on experience, site visits and field trips.

Course Fee (incl. all course materials and meals during the course): 

Early Bird Discount: $1,250. (before July 2nd) 

Regular Fee: $1,350. (after July 2nd)

About our location: we are very pleased to be holding this course at the Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA). The “Greenrise Uptown Learning Laboratory” demonstrates a creative culture for living and working within a historic 8-story building on the north side of Chicago. It is also the home for an intention- al residential community. ICA is creating a “green culture” among its diverse tenants while establishing an energy efficient eco-system that aims to take the entire building off of the grid.

On-site lodging available for an additional fee.

Sponsored by: Chicagoland Permaculture Guild

Order tickets via Eventbrite:
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/urban-permaculture-design-course-tickets-10861387703?aff=efbevent

Questions? Contact: william@chicagolandpermacultureguild.com

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Tour a 4 year-old Chicago Forest Garden – FILLED TO CAPACITY

Come tour a 4 year old Forest Garden in a very urban Chicago front and backyard. Now is the best time to see the structure since all the vegetation has not leafed out yet. 

This two hour tour will include a walking lecture on: * the specifics of how the food forest was built; * which fruit tree varieties were chosen; * fruit tree guilds; * use of salvaged materials; * earthworks; * location of zones and sectors * discuss ongoing issues and further developments.

As a bonus, see a 3 year old community garden being built using permaculture regenerative techniques. 

This tour is limited to only 10 people so everyone’s questions may be answered.

Cost: $20.00 per person.

Location: North Lawndale, Chicago 

Tuesday, May 6 – 10 am – 12 noon

Please RSVP to AnnaMaria Leon – 414-339-5537 or amjleon5@gmail.com

Biography: AnnaMaria Leon completed her Permaculture Design Course under the tutelage of Peter Bane, Keith Johnson, and Rhonda Baird in Bloomington, IN in Fall 2011. Upon completion of the course she assisted in the redesign of the gardens at Inspiration Kitchens’ gardens (no longer extant), the public landscaping along East Garfield Park’s business corridor at Lake and Kedzie, and the Martin Luther King Peace Path to name a few of her projects.

Besides being a permaculture designer and teacher, AnnaMaria is also an edible landscaper, Traditional Chinese Feng Shui consultant, and received training as a Master Gardener and Master Composter through UIC – Extension.

Wishing to understand the principles behind Urban Agriculture’s approach to production and farming in the city, she completed the Chicago Botanic Garden / Windy City Harvest certificate in Sustainable Horticulture and Agriculture in October 2013. Through this training she interned at the Vocational Rehabilitation Impact Center (VRIC), a division of Cook County’s Sheriff’s Department where she assisted the Head Grower in all areas of food production and processing, maintained an aquaculture system, and installed ornamental, native, and meditation gardens. Part of the internship was to interface with non-violent inmates and engage them in proper gardening procedures and horticulture therapy.

Current projects include the Greening of 16th Street in North Lawndale, the creation of a production garden and permaculture orchard in the MLK Historic District, and the design and installation of permaculture plantings in Millennium Park with Christy Webber Landscapes where she is helping launch the Edible Landscaping Division. 

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earthen oven building workshop – may 24 & 25

Wood-fired Earthen Oven Construction w/Anna Wolfson May 24 – 25, 2014 hands-on workshop 

What happens when we lend our human hands and wisdoms to the elements? Separating and combining elemental materials of earth water and air and fire in measured order we will create a most utile and beautiful tool – a wood-fired earthen oven – which will not only cook the most delicious of breads, pizzas, and veggies, but will serve as an interactive centerpiece of happy gatherings for years to come. In this workshop, we will build an earthen oven from foundation up, discussing site specific and material specific considerations and techniques along the way. Learning experientially, participants will develop their intuitive understanding of the qualities of the natural building material, “cob”, a mixture of clay, sand, and straw, which can be utilized in a variety of earthen projects from ovens to wall construction and finishing. Mindful of the dimensions and conditions crucial to a clean burning oven, we will insulate and lay the fire-brick floor, sculpt the fire-cavity, create the massive and insulating cob enclosure layers, and discuss how to fire and care for an earthen oven over time. Students will receive handouts detailing construction drawings and key material characteristics. 

Date: Saturday & Sunday, May 24-25, 2014
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Course Fee: 150$; max 15 participants
Location: The Rural Homestead, Orangeville, IL (map with registration) 

Onsite camping is available, and all participants are welcomed to join in a potluck dinner Saturday night on site. 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: May 20th 

to reserve your space: 

nettlesting@yahoo.com or 520-445-4742 

About workshop leader Anna Wolfson: Anna Wolfson is a Chicago based artist and contractor, dedicated to exploring, celebrating, and sharing the strengths and capacities of natural building, sculpting, and finishing materials. Anna specializes in textured wall finishes and site specific experiential design, and has largely developed her craft in the urban environment. Her works are vibrant, graceful fixtures of form, color, and texture that are each unique in design and function, and can be found in yoga studios, spas, restaurants, hotels, homes, condos, convents, schools, gardens, magazines, books, and blogs across North America. Follow her progress via www.wolfsonearth.com and <a>www.annawolfson.com.</a>

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