Friday, June 24, 2016

Beyond Sustainability

Thought we would share the article published today in the Tallahassee Democrat about Permaculture as well as some of the pictures that were submitted but not printed.  If you haven't been to Lululand lately, you must see the progress Anna has made in the last year.  It's amazing!!

Cob experiment at Lululand

Cob  workshop

Chicken and duck enclosure

Chickens enjoying bench made from water trough

Grape arbor at Lululand
Living roof on fowl shelter at Lululand
Regine's rain barrels

Touring Regine's gardens

Hugelkultur at Lululand

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Does Humanity Have a Future?

Monday, May 2, 2016 – 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM
Where: Leon County Extension Office, 615 Paul Russell Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32301

Author Paul Hanley is dropping into Tallahassee next week. In his new book ELEVEN, this 26-year veteran environmental columnist with the Saskatoon StarPhoenix goes a long way toward demonstrating that virtually “everything that needs to be done to make the world just and sustainable is being done somewhere, successfully, already.”

Paul will be giving a talk and answering questions at Leon Extension next Monday, May 2nd, 6:30-8:15 pm. The talk is free and open to the public without prior registration.

Hanley is a recipient of the Canadian Environment Award (2006) and the Meewasin Conservation Award (2014). He is editor and co-author of Earthcare: Ecological Agriculture in Saskatchewan (Earthcare 1980) and The Spirit of Agriculture (George Ronald 2005).

ELEVEN received the University of Saskatchewan President’s Award for Non-fiction (2015) and the ABS North America Award for Distinguished Scholarship (2015).

Anyone interested in the future of the earth and humanity will find it enlightening and inspiring to hear Paul's review of existing proof-of-concept "solutions" in various places around the world. These include local farmer-initiated projects to restore abused and degraded lands to productive ago-ecosystems using techniques of “restoration agriculture,” including conservation practices that get water back into arid landscapes that have been driven into desertification.

Paul also addresses resource depletion, caused by unsustainable increases in waste/pollution, population growth, and of course climate change. He discusses “proof-of-concept” examples of rethinking our prevailing socio-economic systems to enable humanity to embrace restorative solutions that already exist.

Paul is the father of FSU Assistant Professor of History Will Hanley. The talk is being sponsored by the Indianhead Acres Neighborhood EcoTeam, and hosted by Leon Extension.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Encouraging Good Bugs

The Permaculture Gardeners are a small group of folks who get together occasionally to share their experiences in gardening by following permaculture principles.  Recently one of the things they discussed was wasps and how beneficial they are in helping to control garden pests.

Providing habitat is one way to attract these garden helpers to your area.   4" PVC caps can be secured to a post near the garden with the open side of the cap pointed down to provide a sheltered location for wasp nests.  Another option used successfully by one of the gardeners is to hang an empty 2 lb. plastic coffee can  upside down on a 4 to 6 foot stake near the garden.  The wasps like a sheltered sunny location and seem to find the coffee can fills the bill. 

If you will leave the wasps alone, they will leave you alone.  They prey and feed on soft insects such as caterpillars, flies, and beetle larvae.  Why don't you give it a try?

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Aquaponics Workshop, January 8, 2016, Leon County Extensiuon Office

An Extension Sea Grant Agent, Dr. Laura Tiu, will be giving an Aquaponics in the Panhandle workshop on Friday, January 8th, 2016, from 1 - 5 pm at the Leon County Extension office.

Please help spread the word to anyone you think may be interested!

You can pre-register at this Eventbrite link:

Flyer with more details

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Perennial Vegetables available at local nursery

Permacuture gardener Regine Maligne-Lynch reports that Tallahassee Nurseries now has a small selection of perennial vegetables available including Chaya and a perennial spinach.  If you go there, please let them know this addition to their offerings is appreciated and suggest other perennial vegetables you would like to see them carry.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Long Hot Summer

Things have been quiet in the local Permaculture community. Vacations, other activities, and hot, hot weather have kept us on the go or indoors. We're looking forward to fall, cooler weather, and contact and updates from our Permaculture friends.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Time to Prune?

In the event you were not able to attend Just Fruits' recent Pruning workshop, a couple of local Permaculture folks provided copies of the great handouts furnished by Brandy and Ted.  Check out the new website for Just Fruits and Exotics, the place to go for all your fruit tree needs.  They are always a great source of information and assistance.  Just Fruits developed the handout on Pruning Styles and the Calendar of When to Prune Fruit Trees where you will see it's time now to prune many of your fruit trees.

Also provided were a number of handouts from educational sources including Pruning Overgrown TreesPruning Blueberries in your Home Garden, Pruning Small Fruit, and Disinfecting Pruning Tools.  Read these handouts and have a mini-pruning workshop of your own. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Learn from Regine's latest improvements and additions to her rain collection system

Regine Maligne-Lynch, who has a background in engineering, has been experimenting and improving her rain collection system at her home over the course of several seasons.  Rather than doing trial and error on our own, follow Regine's progress through this and previous posts to create a system that works.  She has found ways to transport water from the collection site to various areas of her garden, facilitated clean out of debris from leaves and trash washed into the vats, and perfected the sequential filling and overflow of her series of water containers--all done with salvaged, re-purposed or inexpensive materials.   View latest improvments here.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Register now for two must-do Agri-Workshops!!

Workshops for Organic Farmers and Gardeners on how
we CAN restore our waters, our soil, and our health.
January 17-18, 2015 – Two day course for $85 (lunch included)
Agroecology and Food Sovereignty
with Dr. Miguel Altieri
  • Design for bio-diverse, productive and resilient farms. 
  • Soil enhancing techniques: Bokashi, organic soil management, composting, compost teas, green manures, cover crops, etc. 
  • Pest management (biological pest control, crop diversification, rotations, etc.) and conversion strategies (how to get there from monocultures).
  • Assess and strengthen sustainability of farms, gardens and local food sovereignty
  • Hands-on learning as well as presentations and discussions
About Dr. Aliteri:  Professor of Agroecology at UC Berkeley since 1981 in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management. Education at the University of Chile, a Ph.D.  Entomology from the University of Florida.   Author of 230+ publications, and numerous books on The Science of Sustainable Agriculture and Biodiversity, Pest Management ,, and the Search for a Truly Sustainable Agriculture.

                   Register at

January 26-27, 2015 - $80 (lunch included)
Healthy Farms, Healthy Lives
with Dr. Don Huber & Jim Gerristen

Dr. Don Huber, Purdue/Emeritus Professor  - topics to include:
  • impact of present agricultural systems on soil, plants, insects, and human health. 
  • managing soil health, controlling plant diseases, micronutrients, GMOs and glyphosate - best management practices. 
Jim Gerristen, organic farmer and visionary - topics to include:
  • organic farm strategies, certified organic seed operation, seed purity issues
  • building and maintaining healthy soil and organic matter, crop rotations 
  • the role of insects, enhancing biological systems
  • harvesting for market, post-harvest handling issues, and tips on marketing for profit
  • Hands-on demonstration

All events will be held at:  FAMU Viticulture Center, 6506 Mahan Drive Tallahassee, Florida  32317

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

2015 Sustainable Development Sessions for Farmers and Gardeners

Follow links below for additional details regarding the program and speakers for the upcoming Sessions scheduled for January 17-18 and January 26-17, 2014 at the FAMU Viticulture Center on Mahan Drive and several local Organic Farms.  Please share the flyer with your contacts.  This is a unique opportunity for all who are involved in the local food movement.    Agroecology Sessions Flyer

For the first time in Tallahassee, two upcoming multi-day sessions will include workshops and farm tours with two of our country's most knowledgeable leaders in the fields of Agroecology principles and implementation, sustainable organic agriculture, and sustainable food systems---sometimes called simply Earth and Agriculture Restoration.  Enhance your knowledge and claim your place in the local sustainable food movement through these crucial and timely capacity building sessions. You will learn how conventional GMO agricultural strategies impact our local non-GMO agricultural farms and environment.  Learn agroecological principles and applications to design bio-diverse, resilient farms. Discover soil enhancement and soil remediation techniques.   Learn critical methods to assess and strengthen sustainability of farms/gardens and local food sovereignty.  We can restore our waters, our soil, and our health.  Learn more about how at these 2015 Sustainable Development Sessions.

Register at Eventbrite.  Early registration for both events discounted at $140. 
 Early registration ends January 10. 2015. 

January 17-18, 2015 - $80 early registration through Jan. 10; $100 after Jan. 10 or at the door
Agroecology and Food Sovereignty/Dr. Miguel Altieri
Dr. Altieri has been iProfessor of Agroecology at UC Berkeley since 1981 in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management.  He received his education at the University of Chile, and a Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Florida.   He is author of more than 230 publications, and numerous books including Agroecology:  The Science of Sustainable Agriculture and Biodiversity, Pest Management in Agroecosystems, and Agroecology and the Search for a Truly Sustainable Agriculture. 

January 26-27, 2015 - $80 early registration through Jan. 10; $100 after Jan. 10 or at the door
Agroecology—Healthy Farms, Healthy Lives/Dr. Don Huber and Jim Gerritsen
Dr. Huber will examine the impact of GMOs and Glyphosate on soil, plant, animal and human health; Best Management Practices.  Dr. Huber is Emeritus Professor at Purdue University in Botany and Plant Pathology and an internationally recognized plant pathologist  whose research has focused on the epidemiology and control of soil-borne plant pathogens with emphasis on microbial ecology, cultural and biological controls, and physiology of host parasite relationships.  Dr. Huber has issued stern warnings about shockingly devastating effects of genetically engineered food crops.

Agrarian Elder and Organic Farmer Jim Gerritsen  co-founded and now serves as President of the national farmer-run membership trade organization, Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA). OSGATA is headquartered in Washington, Maine and acted as lead plaintiff in the landmark organic community Federal lawsuit, OSGATA et al v. Monsanto. OSGATA's mission is to develop, promote and protect the organic seed trade and its farmers.  Gerritsen will talk about organic farm strategies, his certified organic seed operation, seed purity issues; building and maintaining healthy soil and organic matter, crop rotations, the role of insects, enhancing biological systems, harvesting for market, post harvest handling issues, and tips on marketing for profit; and critical issues for every organic farm.  Hands-on demonstration.  

Both events will be held at:  FAMU Viticulture Center, 6506 Mahan Drive,  Tallahassee, Florida  32317.   Food trucks available on site or bring your own lunch.  For more information:  Jennifer Taylor 850-879-6895 or Sue Hansen 850-264-5929

Provided in collaboration with FAMU State Wide Small Farm Programs,
PGG, Local Small Farmers, and Community Collaborators.