THIS WEEK in the FERTILITY: Fall Garden Farming Series:
Sept. 20 (Thursday) 6-7:30 pm – Soil Development: Part 1, True Yield, Cycles of Growth, and Compost n’ Mulch Meet @ 1116 Front St., (Corner of Front and Madison—park along Madison), Traverse City, MI 49684 Contact: Penny 231-922-2014
The focus for our fall series is FERTILITY as in making the environment more fertile….we invite you will devote a bit of your time, this glorious fall season to becoming a well informed garden farmer and fertility specialist!
“It is just as much an objective for this year’s crops to improve the fertility of the soil as it is for them to give us this year’s food….. Permaculture is based on the understanding that we can meet our needs and still make the environment more fertile. The most important increase we can make is to our biological resources. ” (Graham Bell)
3 MONTHS of permaculture workshops and work parties begins NOW, ending with a Dia de Los Muertos celebration on November 2nd!
The Fall Garden-Farming Series, is both an information sharing AND hands-on learning experience, contributing to the community wide efforts of an Urban Farming Collective in Traverse City, Michigan. We are a group or “guild” of learners and growers and invite folks to consider joining us, or to add on and begin their own guild of growers.
Join in on workshop and work parties, at garden-farms in Traverse City, in the Central, Bohemia and Slabtown neighborhoods, AND, as we begin an exciting, new permaculture homestead–the REALeyes site project near Cedar Lake.
In this 3 month series, you will learn permaculture skills and techniques through short lectures and info-sharing, presentations, as well as, hands-on opportunities focused on feeding our soil and the processes of building fertility. Through practical steps you can participate alongside of a dynamic group of folks learning the ways of:
~Setting up urban/suburban composting systems, both outdoors and indoors
~Identifying on-site resources in your backyard, nearby woodlot, urban neighborhoods or along alleyways;
~How-to become a worm-farmer and contribute to the underground economy;
~What “NO-WASTE” really means;
~Basic permaculture design principles and skills as applied to creating perennial and annual food producing forest gardens
~and, How-to more deeply understand the cycles of growth from two levels of observation—both with the aid of science and technical know-how, and also from your basic human senses and practical experience.
The Fall Garden Farming workshops are FREE! with a suggested donation of $10 to cover costs of workshop handouts, announcements and minimal organizational fees. THANK YOU, for helping to keep permaculture educational events happening in the Traverse City area.
Additional Fall Garden Farming Series Schedule:
Sept. 27th, (Thursday) 6-7:30 pm Soil Development, part Two, Household Compost Strategies, Minerals and Mulch More Meet @ Hardy HH Sunshine garden,1116 Front St., Traverse City, MI 49684 Contact: Penny 231-922-2014
Sept. 29th (Saturday) 2 pm – Building Swales with Woodchips for Food Forest and Garden – Work Party @ REALeyes project site : 9775 E. Cherry Bend Rd. Traverse City, MI 49684 Contact: Levi @ 231-499-2658
October 11th, (Thursday) 6-7:30 pm – “Worm Culture, Manure and Compost”, meet at DIGs Garden, 510 Second St., Traverse City, MI 49684 Contact: Penny 231-922-2014
October 18th, (Thursday) 6-7:30 pm – “Edible Forest Garden Design Presentation”, Edible forest gardening is the art and science of putting plants together in woodland-like patterns that forge mutually beneficial relationships, creating a garden ecosystem that is more than the sum of its parts. This presentation will highlight edible forest garden project designs that have been on the drawing board, and now in the beginning stages of implementation in Traverse City. At O’k Studio, 514 Second St. in the Alley, Traverse City, MI 49684 Contact: Penny 231-922-2014
November 1, (Thursday), 6-7:30 pm – Biking for Garlic “Fall Plantings: Garlic and other Perennials”, Meet @ the Peace Patch garden, corner of 7th and Oak Streets, Traverse City 30 minute introduction/demo prepping soil/beds for garlic. We’ll then bike to the Hardy HH Sunshine Garden, to do a BIG garlic planting. Contact: Penny 231-922-2014
November 2, (Friday), 7 pm – “Dia de los Muertos Celebration”, Please mark your calendars for this community event! More details coming, so stay tuned!
The Fall Garden Farming workshops are FREE! with a suggested donation of $10 to cover costs of workshop handouts, announcements and minimal organizational fees.
THANK YOU, for helping to keep permaculture educational events happening in the Traverse City area.
Photo of two fat worms from the DIGs garden on Second St.