Green 101: Upcoming Permaculture/Sustainability Classes

I haven’t listed classes in a while, but there’s always something going on in the world of Permaculture! To see previous classes I’ve posted, click here.

Nutritious Delicious! Cooking Seminar – Wild Game and Pasture-Raised Meats: A Savory Natural Meat Cooking Seminar

Tuesday, October 2, evening workshop times TBA
Part of a series of six seminars covering both basic and advanced culinary skills.  Held roughly every other month on a topic related to the season, these sessions are designed to assist those interested in eating “lower on the food chain”, more in keeping with the freshness of the season — and more economically as well!

This workshop will discuss the health benefits of pasture-raised meats over their mass produced, grain fed relatives. An emphasis will be placed on how to obtain all natural meat including both wild game and grass-fed farm animals, including chickens, pork, beef, lamb, and goat. Fish and small game will also be touched upon briefly.

In addition, recipes and preparation techniques will be suggested to ensure these meats have optimal taste with less “gamey” flavor for wild animals and necessary techniques for cooking pasture-raised meat at a lower temperature than commercial meat for optimal flavor. Discussion of the concept of a “paleo” diet will also be mentioned.  (note: we do not endorse paleo diets, per se, but feel it is an interesting concept to discuss.)

RSVP is necessary due to limited attendance!  There is a suggested donation of $15, or $5 student.  Scholarships are available when you RSVP.  Email us to RSVP for your spot — we will send you the location and other information.

Maple Sugaring class at CCE, Ithaca, NY

Maple Sugaring

Wednesday, October 3, 6:30-8:30pm

at Cooperative Extension Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca

Learn about maple sugaring with Sapsquatch founder Josh Dolan.  This class
will explore the history, lore and current state of maple syrup industry in
the US and Canada. Participants will learn the basic principles of tapping and
harvesting syrup, and some of the basic tools of the trade.

Maple syrup also will be available for sale.
Fee:  $5.
Please call (607) 272-2292 to pre-register.

Farm Business Planning Online Course with Cornell Small Farms Program, Fall 2012

Get Help Writing Your Farm Business Plan this Fall

It is rare for a farm to be an accidental success; having a written document
laying out the farm’s goals, marketing strategies, financial projections, and
operation is essential to demonstrate the feasibility of the farmer’s plans. A
business plan is also a must-have for anyone seeking loans or grants to help
fund their farm’s development.

This Fall, you can get personal guidance in writing your farm business plan by
taking an online course offered by the Cornell Small Farms Program.

*BF202: Planning for Sustainability – Writing Your Business
a fast-paced course covering one section of the business plan each week.

Through weekly webinars, you’ll hear from farmers, business management
educators, and bankers about what makes a good business plan. You’ll get
personal feedback on each section of your business plan as you complete the
weekly homework. The course begins Thurs. Oct 4 and runs for 6 weeks through
Nov. 8, with evening webinars every Thursday. The cost is $200. Registration
closes when the course fills up or by Sept 26, whichever happens first, so
don’t delay or you might miss this opportunity.

Students who took the course last Fall have used their completed business
plans to obtain farm mortgages, equipment purchase loans, and operating loans.
One student said, “I basically knew very little prior to taking this course.
But now I feel confident about how to write a business plan, how to research
the areas that are projections/pro-forma statements, and the components of
each section.”

If you’ve felt intimidated by the process of writing a business plan, or if
you plan to seek outside funding for your farm, sign up now for this unique
opportunity to join a virtual community that will help you write your farm
business plan this Fall. For more details visit

This course is only one of many offered over the Fall, Winter and Spring by
the Cornell Small Farms Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension. For the
full course menu, visit

Forest Garden Design Intensive:

Edible Ecosystems Emerging
October 5-14, Summertown, TN

with Dave Jacke and Friends

Forest Garden Practicum

October 16-21, The Farm School
Summertown, TN

Forest ecosystems exhibit many beneficial properties we humans would be wise to emulate in our culture, agriculture and horticulture:

  • they maintain, renew, fertilize and propagate themselves without human inputs;
  • they build, store, and conserve clean air, clean water, nutrients, soil quality, and biodiversity; and they exhibit stability, resilience, and adaptability.

These qualities emerge from the dynamics of the forest as a whole system, not from any one or more of the elements that comprise the forest alone.  To design productive edible ecosystems that express these same qualities, we must understand forest structures, functions, patterns, and processes and use this knowledge wisely.

In these two nine-day intensive courses, you will dive deeply into the vision, theory, and practice of designing wholesome, dynamic, and resilient edible ecosystems using temperate deciduous forests as models.  Dave Jacke and his locally- and regionally-based teaching teams will offer lectures, site walks, and experiential exercises to help you understand how the architecture, social structure, underground economics, and successional processes of natural forests apply to the design of edible ecosystems of all kinds.  You’ll learn a variety of ecological design processes while designing a range of food-producing ecologies at our host farms.  We’ll also engage with issues of garden management, economics, and the deep paradigmatic shifts required to succeed at cocreating “humanatural” landscapes and cultures.  You will leave inspired and empowered to design food forests at home for yourself, and your friends, neighbors and clients.

The 6-day Schoolyard Forest Garden Practicum will allow you to take what you learned in the Design Intensive and literally put it in the ground!  You will learn how to prepare a site, install a forest garden, and maintain an edible ecosystem, including:
site layout, earthworks, soil building/fertility and nutrient management, plant selection, polyculture design, proper tree planting techniques, basic plant propagation, and pruning.

Tennessee Intensive:
October 5-14

Schoolyard Forest
Garden Practicum:
October 16-21

Spiral Ridge Permaculture Gardens’  6+ sloping ridgeline acres were hacked at and eroded by previous owners.  As Cliff Davis, Jen Albanese and their three children repair the land using permaculture, they develop the land’s productive potential.  With earthworks and early-successional buildings in place, enriching and diversifying the landscape with multi-purpose crops takes priority.  We’ll design medium and small-scale forest gardens and agroforestry systems for human and livestock food with an eye towards long-term successions.  We’ll also track installed designs from last year’s course.  This intensive also now has a NEW SCHOOLYARD FOREST GARDEN PROJECT and FOREST GARDEN PRACTICUM: The Farm School offers a “negotiated curriculum” to pre-kindergarten through high school students living at and near The Farm.  In the intensive you will plant small forest garden plots there AND design a larger educational forest garden!  The 6-day practicum will implement a portion of the schoolyard forest garden designed in the intensive!

Intensive Staff:
Along with Dave Jacke: Cliff Davis has extensively practiced and studied permaculture, natural building, tree care, and land stewardship in tropical, subtropical, dryland, and temperate climates.  After helping others start and manage their own farms and homesteads for years, he and Jen have homesteaded at Spiral Ridge for two years while consulting and designing for other folks.  Apprentice teachers Jessie Smithand Wade Austin both took last year’s FGDI at Spiral Ridge with Dave.

Practicum staff: Cliff Davis, Wade Austin and Jessie Smith (see above).

Intensive Costs: Sliding scale: $1,200 to $1,600: First 15 people $50 off: only a few slots left!
Practicum: $600 includes camping, meals and instruction.

  • Tuition includes all course materials, all meals, homestays or tent space, & complete (rustic) facilities.
  • All payments above $1,200 go directly to our scholarship fund!
  • Please email Spiral Ridge for a scholarship application.  We greatly appreciate donations to our scholarship!

Practicum Costs: $600 includes camping, meals and instruction.


Questions:  Please contact:, (931) 231-4099.

Woodworking at Yestermorrow: Designing and Building at a Personal Scale

At other schools, woodworking is focused on acquiring a set of skills by building pieces from common templates. At Yestermorrow we take it to a deeper level, exploring the properties of various kinds of wood, examining how and why pieces are designed as they are, fostering students’ design ideas, and teaching the hand and machine skills necessary to make expressive, sturdy pieces. Add to that mix some of the finest instructors anywhere, and you’ll understand why Yestermorrow is the ideal place to begin (or advance) your explorations in the realm of woodworking.

Upcoming opportunities include Green Ladderback Chairs (Oct. 7–13), in which students build a classic chair from a log using hand tools, including draw knives, spoke shaves, and shaving horses; Woodworking for Women (October 28–November 2), a class that introduces women to the basics of shop machines and hand tools as they create and customize a Shaker-style end table; Alternatives in Wood Veneering (November 4–9), a hands-on survey of the full range of veneering techniques, including symmetrical and asymmetrical pattern matching and various seaming styles (see instructor feature below); and Boxmaking (December 8–9), in which students explore a variety of woodworking methods and techniques, including basic joinery skills, to create beautiful, functional boxes.

And for serious hobbyists or those considering a career in the field, we are still accepting applications to Yestermorrow’s Woodworking Certificate (February 3–April 19, 2013), an intensive 11-week program that will bring out the designer and craftsperson in each student. Call us at (888) 496-5541 for more information on these upcoming programs.

(Ithaca, NY) Vendors wanted! Groundswell Local Food & Farm Festival, Oct 21

Farm and food entrepreneurs wanted! We’re looking for vendors of all kinds
for our Local Food & Farm Fest, Sunday, October 21, 1-4 pm.

The Local Food & Farm Fest is a fundraiser for the Groundswell Incubator
Farm, a land-access program for beginning farmers. This is a great opportunity
for beginning farmers, prepared food vendors, and farm products vendors to get
their name out while supporting the beginning farmer/food producer movement!

Please share the good news with your networks!

Sunday, October 21, 2012 (12pm – 4pm)

Groundswell’s Local Food & Farm Festival

Visit the site of Groundswell’s new Farm Incubator at EcoVillage and…

– Enjoy fun *FARMING ACTIVITIES* for kids of all ages! Card some wool, build a
hoop house, dig a soil sample, churn some butter, build a fence, or milk a
– Enjoy *ETHNIC FOODS* from all around the world featuring local farm products!
– Chat with Groundswell’s Farmer-Instructors and Beginning Farmers at our
– See the newest in *FARMING INVENTIONS* and learn how to build your own!
– Take a *TOUR* of Groundswell’s Farm Enterprise Incubator, West Haven Farm
and other EcoVillage highlights!
– Help Groundswell raise funds to finish building the *Farm Incubator*

Mark your calendar now- and plan to bring your family and friends!

*Vendor Registration:
*Buy Tickets Online Now!*

November 10 Teach-in, call for proposals, volunteers and vendors

Mark your Calendars

NOVEMBER 10, 2012
at The Old Stone House
Brooklyn, NY

You are cordially invited to participate.

Teachers, vendors & volunteers, please contact
Registration will open in mid-October.

Claudia Joseph
for the Park Slope Permaculture Guild

Seeking collaborators for small, intentional community (Wellsboro, PA )

We are looking for people interested in alternative living (i.e. organic
gardening & permaculture, animal husbandry, activism, art/crafting, natural
building, etc.) to come join us in developing our property and turning it into
a model of sustainable living. We have a 13 acre mobile home park w/ 6 lots
nestled in beautiful Stony Fork valley that is in need of some TLC. We’ve only
had this place for about a year- it’s still in pretty rough shape and is need
of lots of clean-up & beautification but it really does have a lot of
potential! There is plenty of room for an r.v., yurt, schoolbus, etc. to be
parked in exchange for work (including a lot w/ water, electric/septic). We
also have a really nice 3 bedroom mobile home available for rent available
mid-September or beginning of October ($500+utilities) This is my parents’
mobile home and wouldn’t be available for work trade; They are looking for
somebody exceptionally clean & responsible to rent it out, no pets
(sorry!-outdoor small livestock is a possibility though!) There is a brand new
stove and refrigerator in the mobile home, plus it comes w/ washer/dryer. We
will also have another 3 bedroom mobile home available sometime in the spring
for $500 a month- well-behaved pets may be negotiable with this one. We have
*lots* of projects in mind for this place and could really use a few more
like-minded folks on board to help us out; Some of our aspirations include: a
decent sized market/community garden, a building supply salvage business,
farmstand/variety shop, a waldorf-based daycare, and last, but not least,
green/efficient tiny houses built on mobile home frames to live in or rent
out. Possibilities abound! We are really striving for an intentional community
where we are all benefiting from a shared/cooperative existance (i.e.
potlucks, shared childcare, sharing of non-monetary resources like
books/tools, etc.) Some other perks to living down here are the fact that we
live right up the road from some beautiful state forest land//really nice
swimming holes//the PA Grand Canyon is close by. Sooo if this sounds like
something you might be interested in please get in touch with us and arrange a
visit and we’ll go from there. And for the record, we are looking for
down-to-earth folks who are passionate about living a simple lifestyle- this
is a quiet, family-friendly place and we would like to keep it that way (so no
drama please! 🙂 )
If you are interested in either of the mobile homes please call 570-787-3232
ASAP. all other inquiries can be done by e-mail or we can be reached @
570-787-3530 (please leave a message if you would like to get in touch w/ us
as we don’t have great cell service down here)

Farm Manager Opportunity in Hawaii

Hi all !
It’s ku kennedy from the winter class in 2010.
I am looking to place an experienced biodynamic farmer/manager in a remote retreat center in Hawaii.
The job entails at least three years of  hands on , expert knowledge of a production , organic or biodynamic ,  produce farm or Csa.
The retreat center grows all it’s own food for 20-40 guests on a daily basis plus supplementals for value added production.
You will be working with a chef and need to know about quality, culinary level, produce production and how to plant a variety of items in waves ect. Knowledge of grow charts and biodynamics is a must.
The retreat is very private and remote so you must be ok with living full-time on an island and being remote.
Please send your email to me : Ku Kennedy at

Aloha ,
Kualani Kennedy

Maui LLC
New York

2012 Guide to Foods Produced in NY’s Southern Tier & Finger Lakes Is Now Available

2012 Local Foods Guide Is Now Available

The South Central Agriculture Team for Cornell Cooperative Extension is
pleased to announce that the “2012 Guide to Foods Produced in the Southern
Tier & Finger Lakes” is now in print.

This free 32-page guide lists producers of dairy, meat, poultry and eggs; farm
markets and roadside stands; honey and maple producers; u-pick farms;
specialty foods; and community supported agriculture (CSA) farms in S. Cayuga,
Chemung, Cortland, Schuyler, S. Seneca, Tioga and Tompkins Counties.

Also included are features on “Reasons to Buy Local”, “U-Pick Tips for
Choosing Produce”, “Home Canning Questions” and a grid of farmers’ markets in
the Southern Tier, their locations and hours of operation.

FREE copies of the Guide are available at Tompkins County Cornell Cooperative
Extension, the Ithaca/Tompkins County Convention & Visitors Bureau, farmers’
markets in Tompkins County, and at Cooperative Extension offices in
neighboring counties.

Consumers can find the Guide online in PDF form at

Inclusion in the guide does not imply a recommendation or a guarantee by
Cooperative Extension, and some farms are not included if their sales are only
through farmers’ markets.  Omissions are not intended. Producers who wish to
be included in future editions of the Guide may call: Tompkins County Cornell
Cooperative Extension at 607-272-2292.

Want me to list one of your classes? Email me at misscorinne [at] gmail [dot] com


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