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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Upcoming Permaculture Events

Permaculture structure at LuLuLand
There are a number of events coming up for those who want to learn more about permaculture.  They all look very interesting and include hands-on activities as well as opportunities to connect with others.  All are welcome.  Thank you Anna Lee!!

October 1st - Garden Tower Workshop at Bless The Waters - 1311 Tom Still Rd. Tallahassee 32305
   
      This is a great excuse to come visit the developing Bless The Waters Urban Permaculture Site as well as to participate in erecting two Garden Towers.  These towers are a terrific design for growing over 50 plants in a small space and using vermiculture to feed them.  Bring a seedling to install once the tower is up!  

         We'll begin by 11 AM and likely run until 3 PM, weather dependent. Bring seedlings, snacks to share, and an open mind !
  
October 8 - Brains Brawn & Beauty - Women in Permaculture Workshop at LuLuLand - 4560 Charires Cross Rd Tallahassee 32317. 

        This is a day long workshop focused on women's particular attributes and perspectives on healing ourselves & our planet through permaculture design.  Areas of discussion and demonstration will include:

        -  Breaking the Grass Ceiling
        -  Remembering women's contributions through history
        -  Communing with Nature
        -  Loving Self, Loving our Planet
        -  Beauty and Function in Permaculture Design
        -  Empowering women to design& build structures we need
        -  Using tools well - with special guest Bill Oterson (and perhaps another guest) 
        -  Working with your body's needs in mind
        -  Hands on building project (weather dependent)
        -  Building our social network
        -  Moving forward

Women of all ages welcome and needed.   

We'll gather at 9 AM, begin the workshop at 10 AM and go into the evening.  Sun sets at 7 or so, and a fire can happen then if there is a desire stay longer to enjoy this for a while (weather dependent). .Bring chairs or blankets, food to share in potluck, Work gloves and clothing.  Donation of $20 suggested or trade in work time.

BIG EVENT COMING!!!  

North Florida Bio-Regional Permaculture Gathering  November 3, 4 & 5 at LuLuLand

All ages welcome!  We'll work wiuth parents to set up a special play and learn space for children.

Just interested in Permaculture and want to know more?  Come with an eager and open mind to learn and participate!

Think you are well versed in permaculture and still want to know more?  Come share your experience with others, learn more, and build our community!

This will be a camping out event at beautiful LuLuLand.  Of course, you don't have to camp here, but you would miss out on some of the adventure and fun!  Water and tea will be available, but food is bring your own & share as a potluck as you choose.  Having someone bring prepared food is a possibility if there are enough people who want that and are willing to pay in advance...you'll have to let us know if this is your preference.

There will be an entry fee, but teams will be needed to make this event happen and work time can be scholarship

ed in lieu of entry fee.  Sign up ahead of time to be assigned to a team as more information details are released.  Team members will be encouraged to come on Thursday November 2nd to set up your personal camp and to get instructions and team building play time ahead of the event opening on the 3rd.

This is a fun and fullfilling permaculture opportunity for anyone seeking information about permaculture, how-to coverage of a multitude of subjects, hands on experience, interactive dialogue, inspiration, connection, relaxation, music  & FUN! 

 

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?

TALLAHASSEE PRESENTATION BY AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR PAUL HANLEY
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.
http://iefworld.org/node/708

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: http://aquaponics-leon-extension.eventbrite.com

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  famu-agroecology-altieri-2015.eventbrite.com
                                                                                                         

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