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why permaculture folks love comfrey

www.permies.com Comfrey may be the most talked about permaculture plant. It is commonly planted under fruit trees because it does not compete with tree roots, but it does compete with plants that do compete with tree roots. Alexia Allen of Hawthorn Farm tell us how she like using it as a poultice. We get to see bees and ants racing for the nectar of the comfrey blossoms. She also feeds it to her animals. Toby Hemenway is the author of "Gaia's Garden A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture." He calls comfrey "the queen of the multi function plants." He talks a little about how easily it can spread when you don't want it. And then he talks about how he is able to get rid of it through mulching – but why would you not want it? It's a beneficial insect attractor; it is able to heal wounds; a dynamic nutrient accumulator; good for under fruit trees; good for a comfrey tree for soils; a huge biomass accumulator. Tulsey Latoski of Portland, Oregon tells us about how comfrey makes a great green manure and living mulch. Mostly due to the tap roots that will pull nutrients up from down deep. She also shows us two different types of comfrey. Norris Thomlinson of Portland, Oregon shares some observations about how comfrey fares as chicken feed; edible plant for humans; medicinal plant for humans; Michael Pilarski is a famous wildcrafter and permaculture consultant. www.friendsofthetrees.net He tells us about how comfrey sluff material off into the soil to make for a richer soil <b>…</b>
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The Backyard Farmer Update March 25 2012.mp4

www.thebackyardfarmer.org In this video I am getting more of my aquaponics system together. Two grow beds, the rock gets shipped, and I explain what the end product will be like.
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sandhill cranes out my window – montana

www.permies.com For a few weeks sandhill cranes kept hanging out at my house. Super early in the morning they would sing just outside my open window. Too early, too close to my window, and too loud really. Ok! I'm awake already! The music is by my friend Jimmy Pardo. To hear more of his stuff and part with money for an album, follow this link www.permies.com www.permies.com www.permies.com
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Positive Legacy in Haiti on Jam Cruise 10

www.PositiveLegacy.com http 12223 pairs of shoes being donated to Haiti. In our on-going documentary series featuring the wonderful work of Positive Legacy, we arrive in Haiti on January 11th, 2012 as part of Jam Cruise 10. In this segment, we meet the tireless folks from Soles 4 Souls, One World Running, Positive Legacy and Cloud 9 Adventures who worked so hard to bring this massive donation to fruition! In Haiti, school children are required to have shoes to go to school, and so this donation of shoes and socks has a direct impact on the lives of thousands of kids (and the future of Haiti). Thanks also to MSC and the port at Labadee, Haiti for being instrumental in making this donation possible.
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free pallet house – no trash bash stash house

www.permies.com This building cost nothing to build. Well, nearly nothing. It is built of mostly pallets. Used pallets. Pallets that would have been thrown in the garbage. Karen Biondo of La Biondo Farm and Kitchen tells us the story and shows us around. It's a sturdy shed that is used for an honor system farm stand in the front and the "No Trash Bash Stash" in the back. The "No Trash Bash Stash" is where folks in the Vashon Island community can come and borrow plates, forks, cups and all the fixins for a party without having to resort to plastic forks and the like. Relevant threads at permies www.permies.com www.permies.com www.permies.com music by Jimmy Pardo
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2012 Vancouver Urban Permaculture Design Course

 

Learn How to Grow Your Own Food & Permaculture Design in the City!

Downtown Eastside / Strathcona, Coast Salish Territories, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Classroom Location: Ray Cam Cooperative Centre Map Link here

Course work + hands-on, organic gardening & permaculture practicum

Course Schedule: Introductory Weekend, May 4: 6:30-9:30pm, May 5: 11am-6pm, May 6: 10am-5pm

Saturdays, 11am-6pm, Sundays 10am-5pm:

May 19, May 20, June 9-10, June 16, July 14-15

Wrap Weekend August 17: 6:30-9:30pm, August 18: 11am-6pm, August 19: 10am-5pm

Cost: $225 Introductory Weekend, $900 – $1,100 Full Course

Sliding Scale / Payment Plans

ABOUT: Dive into the fundamentals of ecological design theory and practice and earn your internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certificate. From growing food and creating healthy soil to building community capacity and re-visioning the urban environment, this 72-hour course will give you the skills and experience you need to live abundantly in our changing times and be a regenerative force for the planet and your community.

As a learning community, we will study the design philosophy of permaculture and its application within an urban setting. We will focus on urban gardening, from design to plant propagation, building soil, composting and more. Vancouver’s Eastside will be our main classroom. Guest teachers will demo: bee keeping, backyard chickens, aquaponics and more.

The permaculture topics this course will cover include:

Permaculture Ethics & Principles

Observation & Site Analysis

Energy Conservation

Natural Cycles & Pattern Recognition

Mapping & Design Exercises

Animal Husbandry

Trees & Food Forests

Soil Building & Ecology

Plants, Propagation & Planting Strategies

Eco-Building & Appropriate Technology

Aquaculture, Water Harvesting, Management & Conservation

Urban Permaculture & Social Ecology

What is PERMACULTURE?

Permaculture is the ancient art of studying Natures principles and applying her gardening techniques through systems design to human habitats. In a natural ecological system there is no waste and no external inputs. In cities, we have the opportunity to put these ideas into practice to create more sustainable living environments that are less dependent on fossil fuels for food production and energy. The term permaculture was coined by Bill Mollison associated with the Australia Permaculture Research Institute (PRI). This course will follow Mollisons curriculum, with a focus on permaculture applications within an urban environment.

Information and Course Registration: sara@farmlove.org, 778-968-5518

Lead Facilitators / Permaculture Teachers:

Sara Dent is a trained organic farmer and Certified Permaculture Designer through the Linnaea Ecological Garden Programme (Cortes, BC), and Permaculture Teacher with the Urban Permaculture Guild. She has farmed across B.C. and in Mexico. She brings her enthusiasm for organic matter and growing local, along with her training as a facilitator to permaculture education.  Sara is a member of Village Vancouver.  http://saradent.ca  http://farmlove.org

Erin Innes is a Certified Permaculture Designer and a recognized Permaculture Teacher with the Urban Permaculture Guild. She has a long history in community activism and collective organizing, focusing on popular education and un-schooling. She is deeply involved in grassroots food justice work, is a member of VIllage Vancouver, and founded the Farmhouse Farm Bike-Powered Urban Farm.  http://passionatepermaculture.wordpress.com/

Guest Teachers:

Jodi Peters has a passion for empowering people to re-connect to the natural cycles that support life on this earth. She works with people of all ages in schools, community gardens and backyards, to help them learn how to grow nourishing food for themselves and their community in a way that enhances the surrounding ecology. She also adores fermenting just about anything! She currently works with the Environmental Youth Alliance (www.eya.ca) and teaches for Gaia College (www.gaiacollege.ca).

Oliver Kellhammer is a guerilla forest gardener, botanical artist, and one of the great permaculture visionaries of Canada. He has worked as a land artist and permaculture designer for over 25 years in British Columbia, and has trained a generation of permaculturalist at Linnaea Farm on Cortes Island BC. Oliver established the Cottonwood Community Garden, using permaculture principles to regenerate the land and open up space for community to grow food!  www.oliverk.org

www.oliverk.org/weblog

Vancouver Urban Permaculture Design Course is sponsored by: Village Vancouver

Village Vancouver inspires individuals and organizations to take actions that build resilient and sustainable communities. We are one of several hundred official Transition Town Initiatives spreading across the globe, the first in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia and pleased to join our fellow sustainability pioneers in Victoria, Nelson, Salt Spring Island, and Powell River.  http://www.villagevancouver.ca

http://www.transitionnetwork.org

 

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Permaculture Love

It is that time of year!  I am getting the seeds organized for the season and dreaming of my plot design for 2012.  I’m looking through past photos to figure out which one I will use to promo my permaculture design course this year.  My time in Mexico and the States in 2010 was so precious.  The shots taken at the L.A. Farm Lab bring me much joy- imagining how Vancouver can ‘re-imagine’ itself from a permaculture perspective, over the next 10 years.