It’s been a long time 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!
“Peace in Permaculture” a Talk by Warren Brush
Feb 10, 2013 5:30pm-7:00pm
$10 in advance/$15 at the door
Join international permaculture teacher, mentor, and storyteller Warren Brush, for an inspiring evening of stories and images that will take you on a journey into his extensive peace-nurturing work through the worldwide permaculture movement that brings sustainable and equitable living to people and communities in America, Africa, Australia, the Middle East, and Europe.
“Permaculture is a holistic design science that is reflective of natural patterns and promotes mutually beneficial relationships rooted in ethics and principles that guide us to live in a sustainable and equitable manner. The concepts and themes in Permaculture help us rediscover how to be a positive contributor to the earth, ourselves, and humanity.”
$10 in advance/$15 at the door
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Hull House Museum, 800 S. Halsted Street, Chicago, Illinois
We’re going to make spiles! These wonderful objects are basically just hollow tubes that conduct tree sap from the phloem down into your bucket.
The way I’ve seen it done is by taking a heated metal rod (1/4″ – 1/2″ diameter, at least a foot long ideally) and running it through the soft yellow pith of branches from small sumac trees. I have some I collected from around my parents’ place back in Newtown, PA this past winter holiday. These are staghorn sumac, but I believe the smooth sumac more common to this area should work just fine, too. Then you whittle one end down a half an inch or an inch, something like that, and then carve out a small notch on the other end – for your bucket to rest on, once you’ve driven the spile into the trunk. Feel free to bring your own pocket knives, metal rods, sumac branches, whatnot, but I’ll bring what I have!
Once we’ve got these made, then we can start tapping. Sugar maples, planetrees (sycamores), you name it! Many thanks to Jennifer for hosting this, and I hope to see you all there!
**UPDATE**: Apparently it is the xylem itself – not the phloem – that is responsible for this sweetness, for supplying this boost of energy to the budding parts of the plant, at a time of year when sugars are not really so much being produced through photosynthesis in the leaves. This makes total sense, it’s simply contrary to the basic truism one learns about the biology of plants, which is awesome! Thanks, Fred!
Over the past year we’ve been meeting monthly so that Jennifer can report what she had learned from Jim MacDonald’s herbal workshops. It was a great chance for Jennifer to cement the material she had gotten in the workshops and also an opportunity for others to learn a little too. Now that the original series has finished we need to figure out what comes next. Join us at Thai Bodywork, we’ll figure out what our resources are and how we can bring them together in the future.
There have been suggestions to meet more frequently and to break off into a dedicated meetup. Nothing is set in stone, so bring your ideas and suggestions and help us determine what we’ll do next. If you can’t make this meetup feel free to leave us a comment about what you’d like to see or what you’d be willing to do.