Permaculture is a dual combination of the words permanent and agriculture as well as permanent and culture.
This Summer O’k CSA, is partnering with Little Artshram and offering a series of weekend trainings, focusing on Urban Permaculture Design. Longtime teachers and permaculturists, Peter Bane and Keith Johnson will be joining the Introduction to Urban Permaculture team, as instructors in August. Peter Bane has recently authored The Permaculture Handbook for Town and Country, which is being used as part of the text for the course.
The following videos demonstrate that Urban Permaculture is not only possible, but that it has been successful in a variety of municipalities in the U.S. and world. Why not here in North West Michigan, as we are one of THE most beautiful places in the United States of America, focusing on useful landscapes in public places. From Traverse City to Detroit oridinary and creative folks are re-thinking systems with the buzz-word of “urban renewal” being “tweaked” by permaculturists, addressing food security and the practicality of growing food inside or close to the city where it will be consumed.
Many of our schools are adjacent to City, State parks, or along the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore where even as little as five thousand square feet of land allocated to permaculture could yield year round produce and instruction opportunities to our children. The City could offer property tax incentives to associations that implement urban permaculture. With our abundant, fresh water lakes, and nutrient rich soils permaculture can be a reality here to the benefit of our environment, economic and consumable needs, cultural enrichment and the next generation.
Find out about the Traverse City Introduction to Urban Permaculture Design, a 40 hour training course (30 hours classroom, 10 hours of field practice) in beautiful North West Michigan. June 23, July 14, August ll, 25, 26, 9am-4pm.