AUA Rooftop Movie & Mingle Night

Join Advocates for Urban Agriculture (AUA) for July’s Movie & Mingle Night, featuring the film Tierralismo, a stirring defense of the importance of farm work and sustainable agriculture practices in Cuba.

The night will also feature:

• A talk by Harry Rhodes, Executive Director of Growing Home, about his recent visit to Cuba’s urban agriculture projects.

• Tours of the Rooftop Farm by Loud Grade Produce Squad.

• Good times & networking with Chicago’s urban agriculture community.

• Craft beers & tasty snacks

All ages! 21+ with ID for alcohol
$7 Admission (All proceeds benefit Loud Grade Produce Squad and AUA)

AUA is a coalition of individuals, organizations and businesses working to support and expand sustainable agriculture in the Chicago area, from home- and community-based growing to market gardens and small farms.

Note: Location has changed to ICA a few blocks from the original venue. A tour of the Weiss Memorial Rooftop Garden will still be offered!

Meet at City Farm for their first Sustainability Fest

Let’s meet up at Art Depth’s 5th Annual, where Art Depth partners up with City Farm for an art and sustainability festival at City Farm on Division and Clybourn). There will be fresh food workshops, highlighted sustainable projects and organizations as well as arts and crafts (this fest is all-ages), featured artists, fair-trade shopping, live contemporary bluegrass music, and a special note from Ken Dunn of the Resource Center + other speakers on issues of sustainability. see http://www.artdepth.org for full event schedule and more information. It’s five hours long (11am-4pm). We can meet at 11:30am at the N. Cleveland entrance to the farm for an opportunity to tour the farm while volunteers are still present (they leave at 2pm).

Note: there is a (suggested donation) of $10 to help pay for the costs of production

Lets get a treehouse plastered!!

This will be a continuation of the light clay straw slip workshop a day prior. We will install the earthen plaster on the walls inside and out.

I built a round treehouse – being such left me with not too many options for wall coverings – so I decided on light clay straw slip between studs and a earthen plaster on both the inside and outside.

It is 8 feet in diameter and I need to fill the wall cavities with light clay straw slip. There is no charge for this workshop but donations are appreciated. I need the following:

Glass bottles for letting light in : green, red, yellow, blue, clear, at least 5 of each.
Also could use some round window items light port holes from a ship – that would be totally rad!
Also need skylights – round bubble type or let me know what you have.
Do you other round items that would make cool windows? Or a neat door? Also need cool door hinges and sweet door handle. Do you have a funkadelic disco ball or some “off the hook” swag for the interior? Also need some dark wood dowels to make plugs to hide the lag bolts in the floor, could also use some dark wood strips for between the floor boards. I will add photos soon of the famed treehouse.

Besides infill for the walls we need to make round windows if no rad portholes magically appear( rectangular windows acquired, portholes would still be most excellent) . The tall stump where the tree house will eventually be installed needs to have the bark removed (Done), we need to make a killer arched door, rafters need to be trimmed, ridge beam needs decorative jigsaw work, ect.

Bring your own work gloves – safety glasses – hat – water bottle – lunch and snacks. We will start at 9am and work until we want to stop or to sundown and have a camp fire in the “Fire Pit” or we can go swimming at a near by rock quarry with crystal clear water and catch the sunset and come back for a bonfire. (Lots of options)- we will chat about natural building – we can review your ideas for your project as well.

Light Clay Straw infill walls on a tree house!!!

This will be a continuation of the light clay straw slip workshop a week prior.

I built a round treehouse – being such left me with not too many options for wall coverings – so I decided on light clay straw slip between studs and a earthen plaster on both the inside and outside.

It is 8 feet in diameter and I need to fill the wall cavities with light clay straw slip. There is no charge for this workshop but donations are appreciated. I need the following:

Glass bottles for letting light in : green, red, yellow, blue, clear, at least 5 of each.
Also could use some round window items light port holes from a ship – that would be totally rad!
Also need skylights – round bubble type or let me know what you have.
Do you other round items that would make cool windows? Or a neat door? Also need cool door hinges and sweet door handle. Do you have a funkadelic disco ball or some “off the hook” swag for the interior? Also need some dark wood dowels to make plugs to hide the lag bolts in the floor, could also use some dark wood strips for between the floor boards. I will add photos soon of the famed treehouse.

Besides infill for the walls we need to make round windows if no rad portholes magically appear( rectangular windows acquired, portholes would still be most excellent) . The tall stump where the tree house will eventually be installed needs to have the bark removed (Done), we need to make a killer arched door, rafters need to be trimmed, ridge beam needs decorative jigsaw work, ect.

Bring your own work gloves – safety glasses – hat – water bottle – lunch and snacks. We will start at 9am and work until we want to stop or to sundown and have a camp fire in the “Fire Pit” or we can go swimming at a near by rock quarry with crystal clear water and catch the sunset and come back for a bonfire. (Lots of options)- we will chat about natural building – we can review your ideas for your project as well.

Light Clay Straw Infill walls for a Tree House!!

I built a treehouse this weekend and I made it round with a sloping flat roof. It is 8 feet in diameter and I need to fill the wall cavities with light clay straw slip. There is no charge for this workshop but donations are appreciated. I need the following: Glass bottles for letting light in : green, red, yellow, blue, clear, at least 5 of each.
Also could use some round window items light port holes from a ship – that would be totally rad!
Also need skylights – round bubble type or let me know what you have.
Do you other round items that would make cool windows? Or a neat door? Also need cool door hinges and sweet door handle. Do you have a funkadelic light fixture for the inside or some “off the hook” swag for the interior? I will add photos soon of the famed treehouse. Besides infill for the walls we need to make round windows if no rad portholes magically appear. The tall stump where the tree house will eventually be installed needs to have the bark removed, we need to make a killer arched door, rafters need to be trimmed, ridge beam needs decorative jigsaw work, ect. Bring your own work gloves – safety glasses – hat – water bottle – lunch and snacks. We will start at 9am and work until we want to stop or to sundown and have a camp fire in the “Fire Pit” – we can chat about natural building and such.

Darren Doherty Permaculture Theory and Practicums

2 days of Permaculture Theory followed by 2 days of Pacticum with Darren Doherty – an internationally recognized leader and pioneer in permaculture and regenerative agriculture.
Sign up for one 2-day workshop or both.
The workshops are designed so that both novices and experts will benefit from the practical application of Permaculture Design.
For more info and to register: http://greenfriends.us

Questions:  events.macc@gmail.com

Home-Scale Aquaponics

Home-Scale Aquaponics
September 13
Saturday
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Arturo Velasquez Institute Greenhouse
Andy McGhee, Windy City Harvest aquaponic specialist
$39
Learn how you can raise fish and vegetable crops together in a symbiotic relationship. With an established aquaponics system as a guide, you will discover how it all works: system components and functions, daily and weekly production flow tasks, troubleshooting, fish and crop selection, and options for assembling your own system with simple materials.

Woodlawn Area: Converting an Enclosed Backyard to a Permaculture Garden

This 4-hour workshop at a private residence in Woodlawn will consist of 1 hour of teaching basic permaculture design principles and 3-hours hands on experience on converting a sunny enclosed backyard to a Permaculture Garden. 

Event hostess, Je Camille, recently finished her PDC with Peter Bane at the Naperville Resiliency Institute. We will review her original design and then compare it to the design that we will implement after using an A-frame. 

Other techniques that will be used:

-Sheet mulch aka Lasagna mulching 

-Build Berms 

-Understand aspect 

-Understand contour and see how to take advantage of existing slope in one’s yard 

-Mineralize the soil to increase the bionutrient density of the food that will be grown there. 

-Discuss importance of access in design 

Please contact: 

Annamaria Leon to RSVP, amjleon5@gmail.com
414-339-5537
When: Saturday, June 14 Time: 9am – 1pm
Cost: $40.00 – check, cash, or money order 

Where: Address to be provided upon registration. 

Teacher: Annamaria León completed her Permaculture Design Course Certification 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 (2011-2012), the public landscaping along East Garfield Park’s business corridor at Lake and Kedzie, the Martin Luther King Peace Path in North Lawndale, and was instrumental in bringing the Ten Thousand Ripples Peace Project to various North Lawndale sites. 

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 Certificate in Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Horticulture and a Certificate in Environmental Literacy – Roots of Success – UC Berkeley at the Arturo Velasquez Institute and Chicago Botanic Garden’s Windy City Harvest Program in October 2013. During her training she interned at the Vocational Rehabilitation Impact Center (VRIC), a division of Cook County Sheriff’s Department where she assisted the Head Grower in all areas of food production and post harvest processing, maintained an integrated 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 collaborating with Lawndale Christian Development Corporation in the ongoing Greening of 16th Street between Kedzie and Pulaski. Annamaria is also assisting Christy Webber Landscapes to launch their Edible Landscaping Division. She designed and is currently installing six permaculture inspired garden beds in Millennium Park.

Edible Wild Plants Potluck & Celebration

Come join us in celebrating the first graduates of The Resiliency Institute Edible Wild Plant Certificate! Invite family and friends to enjoy community and learn a little about edible wild plants. We will organize casual edible wild plant walks around the farm led by the graduates, weather permitting.

The festivities will begin with a welcome social and shared meal. We request that people bring a dish to share – main, side dish, dessert, or beverage. We encourage you to prepare something using seasonal, local ingredients and wild plants. Graduates will prepare a wild plant dish to share and as a demonstration of their achievement. The Resiliency Institute will supply plates and silverware. Please bring your own cup/water bottle.

After dinner we will recognize the graduates, award their certificates and recipe book containing all of the recipes students prepared for classes throughout the year.

Please RSVP here or on our website http://www.theresiliencyinstitute.net/events/800/edible-wild-plants-certificate-graduation/

Urban Permaculture Design Course with Albert Bates

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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

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Questions? Contact: william@chicagolandpermacultureguild.com