Green 101: Upcoming Permaculture/Sustainability Classes pt 4

I will list classes as I hear of them (and I don’t really have it in me to fix all the formatting – sorry in advance!) And see other classes I’ve already posted here.


Do you love spending time in the forests, meadowsand other natural areas of the Finger Lakes region?  Do you care aboutpreserving the integrity of the natural world and do you want to sharethis love with others?  If so, consider joining Plantations’ NaturalAreas Academy.

To learn more or to enroll online, please visit usat closes at midnight onMarch 2, 2011.  Enrollment is limited so please sign up early!

Program requirements

Participants in the Natural Areas Academy(NAA) are expected to work towards the program’s goals and receivecertification within a one year period.  Additional programrequirements include:  attendance at the initial orientation workshop,  40 hours of participation in acombination of workshops, directed stewardship activities, partneropportunities, and research opportunities, and a non-refundable $150 fee.

Upon certification, NAA participants areconferred the title of Natural Areas Mentor, and may continue toparticipate in the academy as a NAA Mentor at no cost.

Enrollment in the Natural AreasAcademy:

We are now accepting registrations forthe 2012 program.  Space is limited so please sign up early.  We willclose registration either when enrollment is filled or by March 2 atmidnight.  If you have any questions, or for more information, pleasee-mail Nikki Cerra.

Click here to register and pay for the $150 registration fee.

Fruiting Trees & Shrubs Pruning Workshop with Akiva Silver

presented by the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute

March 3, 2012 1-4pm at Ecovillage at Ithaca

How do you prune your fruit trees and shrubs? Have you avoided pruning because you don’t feel confident in your pruning skills?

Well, you’re not alone! This pruning workshop, led by Akiva Silver, will initiate and deepen your skills in the art of pruning. Most of the day will entail being outside, working with backyard fruiting trees and shrubs that might look just like yours–some are old, overgrown, and need pruning to restore health and fruiting ability, some are young and need only minimal pruning. You’ll leave this class with a newfound confidence to work with your trees for better health and production.

Please dress for the weather, especially to stay warm. Wear sturdy boots. Bring gloves and good quality pruning shears, loppers and saws if you already own them.

Sliding scale fee: $15-40 per person All proceeds cover the cost of this event, and any surplus supports other educational events organized by the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute.

About the Instructor: Akiva Silver’s approach to teaching stems from his work as a primitive skills mentor, his deep knowledge of our local ecology, and dedication to connecting people with their environment. Known widely as “the tree guy”, he has worked for a native plant nursery, a tree service, and on fruit orchards. He has been assisting Ecovillagers to plant and maintain tree crops on Ecovillage land.

Location: Ecovillage at Ithaca is located 2 miles to the west of Ithaca on route 79. Please obey speed limits once you leave highway 79, and yield to pedestrians and bicyclists. Park only in the visitor’s parking lot or along the field on the north side of the road. Meet at 100 Rachel Carson Way, Ithaca, NY, which is the Common House of the First Neighborhood.

Register at: to reserve your spot in the class.

Trackers’ Guild / Animal Highways and Signs

I’ve updated this Meetup. For more details, see the full listing:

When: Saturday, March 3, 2012 11:00 AM

Where: ArrowWood – Heritage Arts & Primitive Skills Village  1874 Rt. 91  Pompey, NY 13063

This Meetup repeats on the 1st Saturday of every month.

If the changes affect your plans to attend, please take a moment to update your RSVP. (You can RSVP “No” or “Yes”.)

You can always get in touch with me through my group profile on Meetup.

Women and Wood: How to Split and Stack Firewood Safely and Easily Sunday, March 4th, 2pm – 4pm

Don’t let the guys have all the fun!  Read all about this practical workshop, and how to sign up, on our website here — scroll down to March 4th for details.

Check in at that link regularly for our ever-growing schedule of Rural Skills Workshops!


Nutritious, Delicious  (and Cheap!)  Grains & Beans — Low on the Food-chain Cooking Seminar Saturday, March 17, 3 – 5pm Followed by a professional guided nutrition tour at the Potsdam Food Co-op (optional)

Sharing cooking tips and various techniques as well as the health benefits of eating “low on the food chain” with delicious and nutritious beans and grains!  Presented in partnership with the Potsdam Food Co-op, Hands On Health Holistic Healing and the SLP.

Tom Ashbrook of NPR’s On Point radio show declared our seminar concept “…a recipe for eternal happiness.”

Read all about this practical workshop, and how to sign up, on our website here — scroll down to March 17th for details.

Check in at that link regularly for our ever-growing schedule of Rural Skills Workshops!


Dig In! Food              & Garden Conference

March 19th, 8 am – 4:30 pm

Registration Closes March 9th!

If you grow, prepare, market, eat, compost, educate or set        policy about food, this event is for YOU!

Participants may      include school staff & parents; business owners &      employees; community leaders & residents; and health &      food-focused professionals.

A limited number of scholarships      are available to K-12 school staff in Jefferson, Lewis &      St. Lawrence Counties, NY.

The Dig          In! Food & Garden Conference will offer information,        inspiration and resources to develop and strengthen food-based        projects and policies. Sessions will offer innovative,      effective strategies for gardening, composting, procurement,      marketing and nutrition education in schools, businesses and      communities; important components of a healthy, secure and      connected food system.  With a focus on organizational level      programs, Dig In! promotes cultural and environmental change      to positively affect many individuals.

Dig            In! will be held on March 19, 2012 from 8am to 4:30 pm in Potsdam, NY.         The registration deadline is March 9th and space is limited, so        register soon!  Complete conference information including schedule, presenter        biographies, registration & scholarship information and more        at Get Healthy SLC .org

The Healthy Schools NY project of the St. Lawrence Health Initiative is collaborating with local organizations including Cornell Cooperative Extension, GardenShare, the Sustainable Living

Appalachian Food & Agriculture Summit 2012 Common Roots, Common Goals March 23-25 Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

What is it? The inaugural Appalachian Food and Agriculture Summit 2012: Common Roots, Common Goals will provide opportunities for connection, education, discourse, and hands on experience focused on engaging in a healthy food system. Through workshops, FOOD, farm tours, hands-on components, poster sessions, and keynotes, this summit should help showcase the benefits of understanding your food system.

Who is invited? YOU! Students from schools throughout the Appalachian region and community members are welcome.

Is there a cost? Yes, there will be a registration cost for this event. Several meals will be included in your participation in AFAS 2012. Those looking for housing will have a slightly higher registration cost and those not needing housing for the weekend will get a slightly lower rate.

How do I register? Check out our website: Registration will be entirely online and will include a short survey.

Want to attend AND participate? AFAS 2012 is happening March 23 – 25, 2012. Saturday includes workshops and a poster session to showcase projects, businesses, research, programs, organizations in the Appalachian region.  If you’re interested in hosting a workshop or manning a table during the poster session, please email

Who’s in charge here? Students involved with the Sustainable Food Corps at Virginia Tech as well as the Civic Agriculture and Food Systems Minor at Virginia Tech are collaborating to put on this inaugural event.

Who can I contact with questions/ comments? We welcome all questions, comments, concerns, brainstorms for this summit. Email us at and we will get back in touch with you as soon as possible.

Goals of the AFAS 2012

– Provide opportunities for education and discourse centered around access and support of the Appalachian Food System(s).    – Facilitate hands on experiences associated with Food and Agricultural practice.    – Create connections among participants to help maintain healthy community/regional food systems.    – Create space for a diversity of perspectives.    – Showcase Appalachian Food Systems.

Healthy Living Series at the Montour Falls Library:  February 14 – May 8th.
7 p.m. “Day Dreams for the Garden”, with horticulturist Roger Ort, Cornell Cooperative Extension Horticulture Program Assistant, at the Montour Falls Library.  Help with planning the garden site, purpose, and design will be provided.  Please bring your questions.  Visioning your garden now enhances the pleasure and success of this year’s endeavor.  Open and free for all, though donations are welcome for future programs. Outline for Gardening class to be offered: When: Second Tuesday each month

·          Feb.14 – Site of the garden, garden purpose, garden design.

·          March 13 – Seed starting, reading seed packs, what to grow.

·          April 10 – Garden bed prep, soil testing/PH, soil additives, fertilizers, compaction, double digging vs. tilling.

·          May 8 – Planting seedlings vs. direct sowing, Zone 5 planting dates, other crops. For more details contact :Roxanne Leyes, Montour Falls Library 535-7489

·         Beginning Hydroponics (Grow with the Flow) February 16 at the Silver Spoon Café, Human Services Complex, Montour Falls, 7-8:30 p.m. with Bryson Clark from Upstate Hydroponics & Garden Supply. $5 fee – pre-registration required by Feb. 10, 2010 by calling 607-535-7161.

Solar and Wind Power for the Farm: Getting Your Farm Ready for Renewable Energy March 7 – 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Yates County, 417 Liberty Street, Penn Yan, NY 14527 Family farms in the Finger Lakes are striving for sustainability and wise uses of energy.  Even though many farm owners see the potential for wind or solar power for their farm, it can be hard to get accurate information and separate hype from the realities of installing and using renewable energy equipment. Cornell Cooperative Extension is hosting a new workshop for family farmers to provide practical details about the most important steps to prepare for renewable energy at the farm.  The workshop will cover where and how electricity is typically used on farms, and what loads can be supplied by wind or solar power.   Participants will learn what is fact or fiction when it comes to wind and solar power, get oriented to the gadgetry of renewable energy, and learn how one Finger Lakes farm prepared for and installed solar panels recently. Presenters include Dick Peterson of Northeast Agriculture Technology Corporation, Roy Butler of Four Winds Renewable Energy, and Peter Martens of Lakeview Organic Grain, where solar panels have recently been added to complement the farm’s energy sources. This session is a unique opportunity for farmers to ask questions and get appropriate advice to take steps toward renewable energy.  Farms of all types and sizes are welcome to attend and it is open to the public.  Hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Yates and Ontario Counties. Fee: $15.00 per farm.

Ties to the Land: March 10 – Planning for the Future of Your Family Farm and Woodland. Saturday, March 10th, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.
NY Grange Hall; 100 Grange Place; Cortland.  A Succession Planning workshop for keeping family lands in the family.  Succession Planning — the human side of Estate Planning — focuses on the key challenges that farmers and woodland owners face, and the communication and legal planning tools needed to maintain family ties to the land.  For registration and workshop details, please check , or email/call Maureen Mullen:<>, 607-254-6556.

Backyard Fruit Production Workshop Offered

March 24 – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Location: Reisinger’s Apple Country, 2750 Apple Lane, Watkins Glen.

Growing fruit at home can be fun and provide your family with fresh, flavorful and nutritious food.  Come to this class to learn the basics you’ll need to succeed! We’ll cover apples, pears, peaches, plums, cherries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries. And we’ll mention nut trees, currants and gooseberries.

Class Agenda:

·         8:30 Registration

·         9-10 Site selection and preparation, including soil testing and fertilizing. Small scale irrigation techniques.

·         10-12 Planting, pruning, pest control, disease and other growing practices.  Also variety selection, critter control, plant establishment, tips and “what to do when” and harvest timing.

·         12-1 Basic storage, canning, preservation methods. CCE nutrition staff will be available to answer questions.

Cost: $20 or $35/couple.

Pre-registration is required at<> by March 9, 2012.  There is a $20 fee for this workshop ($35/couple). For questions or more information, contact Roger Ort, CCE Schuyler County Horticulture Program Educator at<> or call 607-535-7161.

2012 Geneva Bee Conference

March 24. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Vandervort Room in the Scandling Campus Center, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY (Parking: Medbery Parking Lot). Sponsored by Ontario-Finger Lakes Beekeepers Association and Finger Lakes Beekeepers Club. Speakers Dr. Elizabeth Capaldi and Prof. Tom Seeley. Free ($10 donation per person appreciated.) Basic schedule: 9-10 Registration/10-12:30 Dr. Elizabeth Capaldi – Learning about Bee Learning/12:30-1:30 Lunch (bring a dish to share or bring your own brown bag)/1:30-4 Prof. Tom Seeley – Honey Bee in the Wild/4-5 Door prize drawings and general Q&A.

More on Dr. Elizabeth Capaldi Evans at More information on Prof. Tom Seeley at

Dear Friends:

Please join me along with Sustainable Tompkins for the 2012 Earth Day Celebration, to once again be held at the Ithaca Farmers’ Market Pavilion on Sunday April 22 from noon-5pm. While it has been a couple of years since we last celebrated there, interest has continued to be strong and we anticipate another great event.

We invite your active participation in planning for this and future Earth Days. If you would like to table or be a part of the planning process, email me at for more information or a registration form. Examples of contributions include the media/public relations, set up or cleanup crew, coordination of a special performance and so on.  Meetings will be held Wednesday February 15th, Wednesday March 28th at the office of Sustainable Tompkins and then Wednesday the 4th and the 18th of April at the Farmers’ Market Pavilion, all from 6-8pm.

If you have questions contact Joey at (607) 387-7799 or email

We look forward to seeing you!

Yours for a more sustainable future, Joey

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Dave Jacke of Dynamics Ecological Design and

Jono Neiger of Regenerative Design Group present:

Laying Groundwork: A 9-DayAdvanced Permaculture Design Course

At Brook’s Bend Farm, APermaculture Research and Education Center

Friday evening, June 8 through Sunday, June 17, 2012

Course Credit through University of Massachusetts Amherst may be available.  Please inquire!!

Lay the groundwork for your deepening practice of permaculture design and forthe establishment of a permaculture training and demonstration center atBrook’s Bend Farm.  This Advanced Permaculture Design Course (APDC)offers you direct experience designing permaculture systems thatwill build your design skills, your confidence and your portfolio, and spur youto deepen your self-study of the field.  At the same time, you willhelp plan the transformation of Brook’s Bend Farm intoa thriving multi-dimensional permaculture and nature awareness training anddemonstration facility.


Course staff and participantswill together form a large-scale paraprofessional design team tasked to resolvekey design challenges and create a Schematic Master Plan for Brook’s Bend Farm. This involves integrating farming, livestock, forest garden, coppice, andbuilding systems for the farm’s 90 acres of woods, streams, pastures, and farmbuildings.  We’ll dive into previous site assessment and design work bystudents of the Conway School of Landscape Design (CSLD).  Eachparticipant will then focus on one of several key “design streams” relating tothe whole design, such as: water supply and waste water treatment systems; foodproduction, processing, storage, and distribution systems; forest use andmanagement; livestock grazing and foraging, and buildings and energy systems. Each “stream” will take on design problems in a mentored group-learningenvironment.  As a collective, we will synthesize these streams into a unifiedMaster Plan and present to a larger public audience by course end.

In this APDC, you will learnthrough design exercises, participatory classes, observation sessions, andself-study.  Pre-course homework will be required.  The course itselfwill be a fun, full-on design charrette with classes mixed in.  At courseend, you and your team will synthesize everything you have learned into designschemes and details to present to the clients and the public.  The designprocess will be your main teacher; it will tell you what you need tolearn.  We’ll be there to support and guide you along the way.


Primary instructors Dave Jackeand Jono Neiger co-developed and co-taught “design-centered” permaculturecourses together over many years.  Dave is primary author of theaward-winning book Edible Forest Gardens, and teaches design,permaculture, and forest gardening across the USA and Canada.  He has runhis own design firm, Dynamics Ecological Design, since 1984, and is now workingon his second book, Coppice Agroforestry, with Mark Krawczyk ( Jono cofounded the Regenerative Design Group, a Greenfield, MA designfirm (, is on the faculty at the ConwaySchool of Landscape Design in Conway, MA (, and is on the board of thePermaculture Institute of the Northeast.  Dave and Jono both graduatedfrom CSLD, Dave in 1984, and Jono in 2003.  Apprentice teachers, as wellas a coterie of guest instructors and design reviewers, will also join thecourse’s faculty.


Tuition and food: sliding scale $1,150-1,550, with an early registration discount of $50before April 1, 2012.  Scholarships will be available; inquire for moreinformation.  Tuition payments above the bottom of the sliding scale willbe used for scholarships, so please be generous if you can.

Meals:  All meals will be provided as part of the tuition.

Accommodations: Campingand limited indoor accommodations will be available on site for an additionalnominal fee.


• All course participants musthave completed a certified Permaculture Design Course, and must furnish a copyof their course certificate with their deposit to hold their place in the APDC.  If you want to take the course butcannot meet this prerequisite, please inquire.

• A $400 deposit is required tohold your place in the APDC.  The full balance is due by May 15,2011.  Make checks out to Dynamics Ecological Design and mail tothe address below.  Credit card/Paypal payments will incur a fee fromEvenbrite, and may be made at


Contact Kemper Carlsen

163 Rattlesnake Gutter Road

Leverett, MA 01054


Photo from Best Ecolodges


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