March Permaculture Series:
Holistic Approach to Soil
….and how soil impacts EVERYTHING!
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
510 Second St.,
O’k Studio in the Alley (behind Salon Verve)
Traverse City, Michigan 49684
Join us at this monthly discussion series and forum on the third Tuesday of each month. This is an invitation to further co-create a permaculture community in Traverse City and the NW Michigan region. This is an inspired endeavor growing locally and organically from the 2013 Michigan Permaculture Convergence, and catalyzed by Little Artshram and a very large web of Friends.
(FYI: We’ve changed up this month’s forum theme departing from chickens and keeping animals to taking a deeper look at soil. For those wishing to learn more about chickens, two other offerings having been planned this spring of learning the ways of chicken keeping/raising via ISLAND and Kirk Waterstripe @ NMC. See links in the comment area below.)
The March community forum and discussion will focus on the topic of how important soil is with Craig Schaaf, of Golden Rule Farm in Kaleva, sharing his understanding and also moderating the discussion. Information will also be provided and shared about keeping red wigglers and how-to set up a simple worm farming operation.
“…a great shift in human consciousness has come about because many individuals have begun to realize that although they may not be able to fully change the world as a whole, they can change the way they do things in their own lives. Raising food in a gentle and conscious manner is one of these changes which has made a difference. Being disconnected from our food base has separated us from the soil and the life of the Earth. Producing food from a small area is a strengthening, slowing-down process–a way of tuning in to the Earth’s needs as we meet our own. We put life into the soil, and the soil enriches our lives.
We as humans are part of the Earth’s nutrient cycle, just as the plants and animals are. The Earth welcomes us by creating what we need. The trees are a wonderful example of this: they absorb our carbon dioxide and give us back oxygen to breathe. As we become more aware of and attuned to our place n the circle of life, then it will seem natural to plant at least 70% (or more) of our growing area in carbon-producing crops, which also produce calories. In this way our crops will give life back to the Earth which has fed us. As we become more responsible for our place in this exciting nutrient flow, we will want to grow all of our diet.”
From: How to Grow More Vegetables, by John Jeavons
Donations accepted for the 2014 Traverse City PDC and LLOOF (Learning Local on Organic Farms) scholarship fund.
So far we have raised $164.00 towards scholarships with this series! Great job from a caring community!
Fresh Food donations accepted for the Friends Meeting House Community Meal program.
Please bring info/announcements to share
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