Free Adult Workshop: Integrating Permaculture Principles into Your Garden

This workshop will guide participants through a high level Permaculture design checklist for the existing garden and will introduce strategies to increase overall garden production and fertility while, over time, decrease a gardener’s workload. We will also explore how to elevate the beauty in permaculture gardens by exploring companion planting that includes the Lurie Garden plant palette.

Please register at:
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-adult-workshop-integrating-permaculture-principles-into-your-garden-registration-15713769307

Free Adult Lecture: Permaculture Forest Gardens

Forest gardening is a low-maintenance, sustainable, plant-based food production and agroforestry system based on woodland ecosystems incorporating fruit and nut trees, shrubs, root crops, vines, and annual/perennial vegetables. This lecture will discuss forest gardening application to urban landscapes and gardens. A video of a successful temperate garden and photos of local forest gardens will be shown. Please register at:
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-adult-lecture-permaculture-forest-gardens-registration-15713951853

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!

Fruit Tree Guilds Demo and Lecture

First item:
To register: http://www.christywebberfarmandgarden.com/classes/

Guild, or companion, planting is one of the fundamental techniques of permaculture gardening. It taps into permaculture ideas such as self-sufficient systems, plants providing multiple functions, and maximizing the productivity of a plot. Guilds are typically set up around a central fruit tree. Each plant species in the ecosystem performs one or more functions that benefit others in the vicinity, as well as interacting with animal species and soil microorganisms to create an ecosystem.

Anna Maria Leon will explore these concepts and show a fruit tree guild mock up on site.
$10
May 30, 2015 9:30 AM

Mushroom Log Cultivation Workshop

Please join us for a FUNgi filled day at our beautiful wooded sanctuary in NW Indiana.

In this hands on workshop we’ll be covering all the steps of cultivating gourmet/medicinal mushrooms on logs.

After learning about tree selection, wood types, and suitable strains of fungi, we’ll jump right into inoculating the logs. After a delicious lunch featuring food from the farm, we’ll continue the inoculation process and finally cover the incubation period and care of the logs.

The cost for this workshop is $15. This price covers all the supplies, tools, instruction, and lunch. Folks are also welcomed and encouraged to camp out Friday and Saturday night.

Logs will be on sale for $ 25 after the workshop.

When: Saturday May 16th, 10am central.
Where: Glastonbury(2 hours from Chicago. near Culver, IN.)

Please email Chris to RSVP and for directions: risingfrequency@gmail.com

2015 CHICAGO PERMACULTURE DESIGN CERTIFICATE COURSE

PRESENTS THE

2015 CHICAGO PERMACULTURE DESIGN CERTIFICATE COURSE

COURSE DATES: 12-day/72-hour course • Over three 4-day weekends

July 24-27 • Aug. 21-24 • Sep. 25-28

LOCATION: Institute of Cultural Affairs

4750 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60640

COURSE FEE: $1,200 – $800 Enrollment-based tuition (the more people enroll, the cheaper it gets*)

*includes textbook, course materials and all meals

Required deposit: $200. (Refundable up to 30 days before course)

The internationally-recognized, 72-hour Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course yields the Permaculture Design Certificate. The course serves as an introduction to permaculture design as developed by concept co-creator Bill Mollison, 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, appropriate technology, renewable energy, bioregionalism, alternative currencies, biofuels, ecovillages, transition towns, natural building, urban land reform strategies, design process, and much more…
 
INSTRUCTORS:

 Wayne Weiseman has worked as a builder and contractor, herbalist, renewable energy expert, and farmer for the past thirty years. He was certified to teach Permaculture by Bill Mollison, the founder of Permaculture, and he has taught hundreds of Permaculture Design Certificate courses and advanced work. Wayne is Director of The Permaculture Project LLC and Permaculture Design-Build Collaborative, full-service, consulting and educational businesses that promote eco-agriculture, renewable energy resources and eco-construction methods.

 William Faith of Genius Loci Permaculture

Milton Dixon of Permaculture Productions

Guest Instructors: Bill & Becky Wilson of Midwest Permaculture and more TBA

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

*Enrollment-based tuition

means that our baseline tuition for the course is $1,200, based on enrollment of 15 students. With each additional student above the initial 15 that enrolls, the tuition goes down; for example, at 20 students enrolled, the tution is only $975., at 25 students, it’s down to $850., and when we get to 30 students, it’s down to our lowest discounted rate of $800. — very cheap for a PDC!

All you need to do to register is to pay the $200. deposit (refundable up to 30 days before the course begins), and we will post regular updates as more people signup and the tuition goes down (balance due on the first day of the course) — and this should also encourage you to get your friends to attend too, as the more people enroll, the cheaper it gets for everyone!

SIGN UP TODAY! CLICK HERE!

If you are interested in a creative way to come up with funds for this course, look into fundraising for it through WeTheTrees.com. It is a great way to reach out to your family and friends, let them know what you are up to and give them a easy way to contribute to your education. CLICK HERE to learn more!

Sponsored by:

Genius Loci Permaculture

The Permaculture Project LLC

Permaculture Productions LLC

Designing Your Garden Using Permaculture Principles

Designing Your Garden Using Permaculture Principles Christy Webber Landscapes – Rancho Verde Site
2900 W. Ferdinand Street
Sunday, April 26th
Workshop begins promptly at 9am and runs until 5pm.
Tea and coffee included.
Potluck for breakfast, lunch and snacks. Fee: $175.00 – payable by cash, credit card, or money order.
Prepayment required to reserve a seat. 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. Topics to be covered:

Morning:
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

Afternoon:
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 Instructor:
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.

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