2011 Saturday Workshop Sessions

SESSION ONE: 9:00 – 10:15

  • Session One: Introduction to Permaculture | Steve Whitman, Plymouth State University
    • Come and learn what Permaculture is all about, and why it is important to you! What could it mean to your community? How does Permaculture differ from other approaches to sustainability?  This session is especially useful for homeowners, community organizers, design professionals, farmers, and gardeners.  If you are working toward a sustainable future and want practical tools and applicable methodologies, then this session is for you!Topics covered will include:
      • Brief History of Permaculture
      • An introduction to Permaculture ethics and principles
      • Examples from a range of projects
      • Additional resources for your backyard or community
    • Steve Whitman is a professional planner and certified Permaculture Designer. Steve is also an adjunct faculty member at Plymouth State University where he teaches courses in community planning and sustainability. During the past seven years Steve has also been teaching field study courses in sustainability, Permaculture, and ecovillage design internationally.  Steve is currently teaching Permaculture courses and workshops in New Hampshire.
  • Session One: Forest Farming Polycultures: Experiments in ‘Mega-Yielding’ Systems | Sean Dembrosky, Edible Acres
    • Discussion of experiments involving Black Locust and Jerusalem Artichoke grid plantings with a focus on reclaiming marginal land to produce large amounts of fuel, food, structural material and soil health improvement.  This system has potential to create massive yields with no machines, gas, or power tools from otherwise ‘waste’ areas.  Discussion will include speculation on further improvements to this system as well as other forest farming polyculture experiments happening at Edible Acres in Trumansburg, NY edibleacres.org
  • Session One: Perennial Vegetables for Resilient Gardens | Jonathan Bates, Permaculture Nursery
    • Earlier then asparagus, sea kale produces delicious, filling ‘broccolitas’ that can be eaten fresh, stir fried, or cooked into any favorite broccoli dish. Plant some sea kale now and be eating broccolitas for many years! Come see the plants, and learn how to grow them and other perennial vegetables at the Food Forest Farm Permaculture Nursery booth. www.PermacultureNursery.com
  • Session One: UMass Permaculture: Create Your Dream Job, Permaculture at Universities | Ryan Harb, UMass Amherst Chief Sustainability Specialist
    • In this presentation you will learn the business side to creating your own permaculture position at a campus near you and what the economic sustainability piece entails. This presentation is for those who feel confident in their permaculture abilities and for those who wish to create their dream job doing permaculture.Ryan Harb, MS, LEED AP is the first Chief Sustainability Specialist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the first person in the nation to receive a MS in Green Building. Ryan’s graduate thesis entailed converting his entire 1/8 acre front lawn into a thriving, diverse, edible permaculture garden and this led to UMass Amherst hiring him to permaculture their campus.
  • Session One: Introduction to Bird Language | Connor Stedman, Renewing the Commons
    • This will be an outdoor experiential workshop introducing participants to the language of the birds as a tool for awareness and reading the landscape.  Topics will include: the lineage and cultural significance of bird language; the “5 voices” of the birds; distinguishing baseline from disturbance; using bird language to locate predators and people in the landscape; and identifying common birds who are great bird language teachers.

SESSION TWO: 10:45 – 12:00

  • Session Two: Luscious Landscaping With Fruits! | Lee Reich, PhD
    • What could be more pleasant than picking luscious fruits from a plant that you also admire for its beauty? This presentation will introduce some of the best trees, shrubs, and vines for this purpose in the northeast, plants that require little maintenance yet provide stunning flowers in spring, attractive shape and color through summer, bright colors in autumn, and/or neat form in winter. For landscaping, the ideal is a plant that also is low maintenance, being pest-resistant and requiring little or no pruning. Luscious landscaping is the way to both landscape and put (very) local, healthful, flavorful food on the table.Books by Lee Reich: A Northeast Gardener’s Year, The Pruning Book, Weedless Gardening, Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden, Landscaping with Fruit | http://www.leereich.com/
  • Session Two: Systems and Species: A Permaculture Site 7 Years In | Ben Falk, Whole Systems Design LLC
    • This will be a view and discussion of the systems and plant/animal species used in converting 10 degraded acres of hillside into a resilient small farm/homestead. Ben Falk shares the systems implemented at Whole Systems Research Farm, including: rice paddies, fuelwood hedges, grazing-perennial plant integration, aquaculture/ponds, swale earthworks, high-performance buildings, soil decompaction, terraquaculture/fertigation, edge species, mushrooms, and more.  Ben is a land planner, site developer and homesteader operating Whole Systems Design, LLC, a permaculture design and land development firm in Moretown.
  • Session Two: Rainwater Catchment | Andrew Faust, Center for Bioregional Living
    • Come and learn from one of the east coasts native permaculturalist how to use rainwater to get entire projects completely off well water and gravity fed to showers sinks and kitchens. We will start with a discussion of the multiple uses and needs for rain catchment in cities, farms and rural sites. Then we will install a 1500 gallon rain tank in a maturing forest garden at a high point on-site with gravity potential to gardens and outdoor showers for sweat lodge participants. You will learn general design considerations urban applications and see how to set up and connect a tank to an existing structure.
    • Andrew Faust is one of the premier Permaculture teachers and designers in North America with nearly two decades of experience in the field. His passionate and visionary presentations and curriculum are often considered life-changing. Andrew lived off the grid for 8 years and built a Permaculture -inspired homestead. He is currently developing The Center for Bioregional Living in Ellenville, NY.
  • Session Two: Permaculture Designer’s Lounge | Keith Zaltzberg, Regenerative Design Group
    • Join Keith for a facilitated discussion and sharing of permaculture designers’ projects and portfolios.

Session Three: 2:00 – 3:15

  • Session Three: Today’s Sprout, Tomorrow’s Timber – The Future of Coppice Management| Mark 
    • Mark Krawczyk of Keyline Vermont LLC and Burlington Permaculture shares an overview of the history, present and future of coppice woodland management.  Presenting details from a recent six-week, eight-nation research tour of Europe, Mark will describe the coppice systems still employed there today with an eye towards how they might inform the development of coppice systems here in northern North America.  Learn about some of the most multi-functional coppice species for the northeast, the most promising products, how to establish a coppice stand and how to make coppice management work productively even in small spaces – all derived from the forthcoming book he’s co-authoring with Dave Jacke, Coppice Agroforestry: Perennial Silviculture for the 21st Century.
  • Session Three: Skills off the Grid: Permaculture Case Studies in Cuba | Cameron Kelly, Skills off the Grid
    • The World Wildlife fund has designated Cuba as the only country in the world that is truly sustainable. Cameron will present slides from her recent trip to Cuba where she was a US delegate studying organic agriculture and urban farming in Havana. Hear some inspiring permaculture case studies & learn about legal travel opportunities to Cuba!
  • Session Three: Living Soils | Dr. Elaine Ingham
    • It’s all about the soil – it’s all about the life in the soil.  Whether you are designing a garden or a farm, conscripting the billions of organisms in the soil to do what mother nature intended is the basis of Permaculture philosophy. Soil microbiologist, Dr. Ingham gives us insight into the relationship between plants and soil biota, and the importance of partnering with soil life to create sustainable design.So you think you know how to make compost? Dr. Elaine Ingham explains the science behind compost, compost tea and compost extract, and demonstrates testing procedures to ensure you are on the right track.
  • Session Three: Responsive Gardening | Claudia Joseph
    • All gardening and especially urban gardening offers challenges and opportunities.  Address degraded soils, low budgets, human impact, and administrative agencies to create beautiful worry-free gardens. Work with nature and start celebrating the fruitful abundance within reach.

SESSION FOUR: 4:00 – 5:15

  • Session Four: Community-Based Bioremediation: Ecological Regeneration of Contaminated Environments | Scott Kellogg, Radix Ecological Sustainability Center
    • Building clean soil is critical for local food security, particularly in cities!  Come learn how the by-products of micro-industries can be used for affordable, low-intensity soil bioremediation. Examples include mushroom production, community composting, vermicomposting, compost tea, phytoremediation, and mycorrhizal remediation. Emphasis is on urban applications, however these techniques are applicable in a range of environments.Scott Kellogg is the co-author of the book “Toolbox for Sustainable City Living: A Do-it-Ourselves Guide” (South End Press) and the educational director at the Radix Ecological Sustainability Center. (www.radixcenter.org)  He’s also the primary teacher of RUST, the Regenerative Urban Sustainability Training.  He lives in Albany with his wife and two daughters, where in between diaper changes he takes care of worms, rabbits and goats.
  • Session Four: ‘Tending the Wild’ and Indigenous Land Use | Connor Stedman, Renewing the Commons
    • This workshop explores the indigenous land use history of North America, and provides a framework for understanding “tending the wild” ecosystem management for food, medicine, fiber, habitat, and more.  Eric Toensmeier will present on his work with indigenous eco-cultural restoration at the Woodbine Ecology Center in the Colorado Front Range, and Connor Stedman will discuss traditional land use in the Northeast and current-day applications in our region.
  • Session Four: Wild Edible & Medicinal Plant Walk | Dina Falconi, Falcon Formulations
    • Explore the plants of the meadows, woodland edges and forest gardens at Camp Epworth. Learn to indentify these plants using basic sensory skills and discover how they are used for food, medicine and pleasure. Includes practical information on harvest and preparation.Dina Falconi is clinical herbalist with a strong focus on food activism and nutritional healing. She has been teaching classes about the use of herbs for food, medicine, and pleasure, including wild food foraging and cooking, for over twenty years. She produces Falcon Formulations natural body care products and Earthly Extracts medicinal tinctures. She is a chapter leader of the Weston A. Price Foundation and on the board of Slow Food-Hudson Valley. An avid gardener and wildcrafter, Dina is passionate about ecological agriculture and has completed the Permaculture Design Certificate Course. She is the author of Earthy Bodies & Heavenly Hair: Natural and Healthy Personal Care for Everybody.
  • Session Four: Creating Resilient Community | Tina Clark, Transition US
    • As energy costs rise and economic and environmental problems increase, how do we expand our resilience and strengthen our communities? The global Transition movement is inspiring communities to come together to build community resilience – expanding local food, buildings, energy, economy and culture and building relationships for positive, creative action and fun. How does the process work? How does it support existing local groups and leaders? We’ll share experiences and successful models for building skills and knowledge for thriving in changing times. Tina Clarke, a certified Transition Towns Trainer, will share successes and the rapidly growing Transition movement in the Northeast and globally. TinaClarke@TransitionNetwork.org, www.TransitionUS.org

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