Reading the bio-Landscape
with Optical Surveying Hand Tools

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Permaculture 2-day Playshop Introduction to Optical Surveying Using Simple Hand-tools and Your Body Learn to read the landscape using simple hand-held optical surveying tools, contour maps and walking the land to feel slopes and “keypoints” with your own body. Fundamentals of “keyline pattern design” will be presented as well as discussion about rehydrating landscapes and […]

Spring Garden Preparation

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Following is a quick list of notes from an interview. Also, follow Stacey Murphy and Brooklyn Backyard Farmers- the Brooklyn Backyard Farmer has an excellent collection of informational and training videos. She also holds online classes where you get to interact. In her spring planting class templates and Excel spreadsheets are available to map out […]

Monthly Meetup @ 6:30 3rd Thursdays

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* Organizational Meet & Greet * Thursday July 16 @ 6:30-8:30 Come get to know and play with your fellow Delaware County Permaculture, Rocket Stove, Aquaponics and Surveying Food Security enthusiasts. We will go round so each can do a brief intro – who are you, why are you here, what do you hope to […]

Reading Landscape with Simple Handtools
Optical Surveying Skills Building

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Permaculture 2-day Playshop Introduction to Optical Surveying Using Simple Hand-tools Learn to read the landscape using simple hand-held optical surveying tools, contour maps and walking the land to feel slopes and “keypoints” with your own body. Fundamentals of “keyline pattern design” will be presented as well as discussion about rehydrating landscapes and extending water holding […]

Past Classes & Events

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~ 2015 PERMACUTURE  CLASSES ~ Practical Permaculture Finding Your Sustainability Niche Sat May 23 – SEVA Foundation, South Kortright NY   Brief description: Practical Permaculture — Finding Your Sustainability Niche An introduction to Permaculture principles, ethics (of “Care for Earth, Care for People and recycling surplus through the network-system), and the basics of reading landscapes. Hands-on […]

Why Permaculture?

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  Why Permaculture? We are loosing soil. We loose 6lbs farmable soil for each pound of food we consume 24 california, 18 in China, topsoil is relentlessly being eroded and destroyed destroyed. In 49 years whole world may be desertified if we continue with modern farming/agricultural practices. As the soil depletes, it depletes faster – […]

Guerilla gardening | make it look less obvious

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Hidden Forest Gardening When your growing areas appear to be random and chaotic, they are less likely to be noticed and plundered by passersby – be it diaspora groups fleeing the city in a disaster or earth change or others who think it’s easier to take what you have instead of tend their own gardens. […]

How to manage and use water running through a property?

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Slow it, Spread it, Sink it Water flows through a landscape from high energy, low potential highlands to low energy, high potential lowlands. A large pond at low points on your land make sense and will be productive reservoirs, but you will have to spend energy to pump it up where you need it. By […]

Chickens kick downhill – feed your garden

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Build Regenerative/recycling Networks Consider building a regenerative network with your land. A catch pond at low elevations can grow reeds which filter and clean the water and those reeds can be harvested and feed to the chickens further up in elevation, near the garden and a swale. Since chickens only kick downhill, you can plan […]

What is Permaculture?

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Three Fundamental Design Concepts The foundational concepts in reading the landscape are Access, Water, Slope/aspect. These provide a starting point and touchstone from which an imaginative and useful design can unfold. Rather than put a cabin on a ridge top because of “the view”, consider the expense of putting in a driveway all the way […]