Hello All. Our natural building workshop this weekend was a great success.
Hassan Hall, our natural-builder friend from Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, taught a great hands-on class this past weekend here at Midwest Permaculture.
Everything was ready to start the next phase of construction on the first of 9-small earth shelters we have planned for EarthCamp Village. It was now time to put the rough coat (or base coat) of earthen ‘plaster’ on to the walls of clay-slip-straw that had been packed in last fall. Continue reading “Natural Building Workshop Successful”
All 200+ workshops at the Energy Fair are free to attend…!!! The Energy Fair is one of the largest events of its kind in the world. If you’ve never been to it and are interested in ‘all things sustainable’… this is the fair…!!!
Here are the 8 workshops that we will be teaching.
Introduction to Permaculture: Learn what permaculture is and how to apply this brilliant approach to ecological design to your own life and community. Friday 11:00 a.m. in Green Tent; (Becky Wilson and Milton Dixon)
(When you’re done Viewing, Click Here for the Photo Summary of the Second Part (permaculture) of this Combined Training)
We just recently completed the first 4 days of our joint earth-building and permaculture design certificate course in conjunction with, and hosted at, the California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture (Cal-Earth). There are about 30 students taking the combined training. Because it is November, we are having some pretty cold nights and days here on the desert.Cal-Earth is located just outside of Hesperia, CA. where the San Bernardino Mountains meet the Mojave Desert. They get 7 inches of rainfall per year, the majority of which falls during the winter months. The famed Joshua tree is the dominant over-story tree on the landscape. Some of these desert pioneers can be a thousand years old.
Milton Dixon, Bryce Ruddock and myself are up in Door County, WI, hosting a permaculture design charrette for a 40-acre farm owned by Jon and Ann Hippensteel of Lake Michigan Wind and Sun. We are in the early stages of exploring this beautiful farm and beginning to see some of the great possibilities for it. We’ll post again at the end of the event (5 days) and post something on the results we obtained. Wish you all were here…!!!
Winona is many, many things besides the Green Party’s VP Candidate in 1996 and 2000 with Ralph Nader. She is a strong advocate for Native Peoples everywhere and equally passionate about the environment.
We are working on a permaculture design with her for one of their centers in Callaway, MN and will begin the hands-on implementation of it on this weekend. For those participating in the weekend, they will also receive training in the indigenous aspects of permaculture and given a rich look into the life and wisdom of the Anishinaabeg people, Winona’s lineage.