Permaculture Series: Perennial Food & Neighborhood/Community
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
510 Second St., O’k
Studio in the Alley (behind Salon Verve)
Traverse City, Michigan
We humans live as part of the natural world, one member of a community much larger than our species alone. The natural world feeds us and sustains us, and our actions affect all other members of our community: we are all in this together. Yet most of us, through various socially induced separation-mentality of one sort or another, struggle to experience these realities with any frequency at all.
Permaculture fosters the emergence of a culture which encourages and supports us to experience ourselves in the ways of knowing ourselves as “native” to the places we live in.
The basic teaching and strategy of Permaculture is to recognize our human selves as a non-fixed species on the move, and, our absolute, responsible part as collaborators on Earth to do as the planet has always asked of us….to take care-full steps, and action based on the understanding and practice and the fine-art of observation. Being mindful, intentional, and integrity-based in our choices and decisions.
Permaculture is a friend of the Right Brain and helps us recognize our role as artists, designers, and gardeners on a mission to make and do, tend and mend, and feed ourselves and our families. With guiding principals and ethics, the Permaculture tool-box or re-skilling set, allows us to utilize a basic, intelligent and creative Ecological Design process, which contributes to a self-regulating, harmonious and healing system. This we know is necessary in our peak oil, post-industrial world, and for the sake of our children.
And so, to create and implement complete cultural systems that consciously mimic ecosystem structure and function, we can go into our front or backyard “gardens”, and to our Community Garden plot and begin, again. Re-invigorating the concepts of Perennial gardening, which produces plenty of food at lower energetic and labor costs while re-building soil and ecosystem health. We can do this work as families, with our children, youth, and elders, and neighbors along side and with us, learning ways in which we can shift our community culture towards ways of life that includes both annual and perennial food production.
We will look at two examples:
Our local, urban farm project: O’k CSA Neighborhood Gardens and LLOOF(Learning Local on Organic Farms) program in Traverse City; which has been serving a small CSA share community and dozens of local high-school youth, college age through adults since 2003.
And, the Perennial Food Project of the Apios Institute, and the village of Shelbourne Falls MA, that can be mimicked in our local neighborhoods, and Community Garden sites, in Michigan. The Perennial Food Project investigates, develops and spreads the horticulture knowledge and practice required to grow perennial vegetables, herbs, edible flowers, small fruits, tree fruits and nuts as integrated eco-systems in a village setting.
Donations accepted for the 2014 PDC and LLOOF scholarship fund.
Fresh Food donations accepted for the Friends Meeting House Community Meal program.
Applications will be available for the 2014 O’k CSA Neighborhood Garden and LLOOF positions.
Information will be shared about upcoming Permaculture Design Courses in the NW Northern Michigan Regional Permaculture area.
For further information, contact: