Food Forest Gardens

Grow your own! It doesn’t get more local or fresh than your own yard. Want to create a personal Garden of Eden for you, your clients, or your community? Want to eat fresh, local, organic produce while reducing your environmental footprint? This workshop will focus on the how-to’s of creating a beautiful, functional and food-generating garden, no matter how much space you have. There will be an emphasis on incorporating ecological principles, such as soil building, using perennial edibles, and planting for habitat enhancement. The more food we grow at home and in our neighborhoods, the more food resilient we become, relying less on remote agribusiness and for-profit supermarkets. We reduce…

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Gaia U: 10 Years of Supporting EcoSocial Designers. What’s Next?

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] In 2006 Gaia U opened its (virtual) doors to 40 intrepid actionists--ready to self-design and direct their learning and unlearning pathways through documented hands-on local projects while creating regenerative livelihoods. A "revolution disguised as a university" was how one of our pioneers put it. Liora Adler, co-founder of Gaia U with other Gaia U team members have created an informative, engaging and fun presentation to share our achievements and answer the question, "what's next?" Presented By: Liora Adler  Saturday September 17th | 2 – 2:20 PM | Solar Panel: El Sol

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Good Fungi, Happy Plants

Learn how to promote the beneficial fungi called mycorrhizae to increase the health, quality, and yields of vegetables, fruits, and nuts. Mycorrhizae can increase yields by as much as 1500%. They are an important part of the soil food web. There are ways to promote the growth of this beneficial fungi without having to buy costly inoculants. A vibrant, healthy soil food web is essential to a productive permaculture garden or farm. There are amazing beneficial fungi that promote the healthiest roots of native and ornamental plants. Nearly all plants, especially trees, need this symbiotic relationship for superior growth. The seminar will explain what the relationship is (called mycorrhizal association), where…

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Grey Water-ReUse

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Ozzi-Kleen-Residential-Grey-Water-Treatment-Diagram.jpg[/image_frame] In this time of drought it is more important than ever to appreciate our access to clean water and to consider using it twice when it is safe and legal to do so. You will get an overview of how easy it is to create a home grey water system. We'll start with an introduction to grey water and what it is, including information on safety, health, legality and grey water approved detergents for your washing machine. We will discuss site assessment, grey water sources, rain water integration, tools and parts needed, layout and set up, and how to create mulch basins to catch grey water…

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Grover Stock

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Grover is a long time organic food forest farmer, educator, and consultant. He was recently transplanted in Calistoga, CA to create a Biodynamic/Permaculture education site. As a Soil Food Web Advisor, he consults with farmers and gardeners to create and maintain the dynamic living cycles of fertile soils. He is also chairperson of the International Association of Analog Forestry, where he creates curriculum and facilitates AF practices, bridging multiple disciplines in ecology to create sustainable rural economies in communities around the globe. Grover is a Permaculture instructor and member of the Executive Committee of the Biodynamic Association of Northern California. He serves on the faculty of…

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Hank Herrera

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Hank Herrera is President & CEO of the Center for Popular Research, Education & Policy (C-PREP), a non-profit community based organization. C-PREP serves vulnerable communities with participatory action research, training, technical assistance and policy. His work specifically focuses on food justice and building community resilience. He recently formed New Hope Farms, a network of small farms linked to a network of small corner stores selling only healthy food, using a cooperative model of ownership. The purpose of this project is to grow and sell healthy, affordable local food; to create sustainable, living wage jobs for community residents; and to develop the social, community and economic benefits…

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Healing with fire: using prescribed fire to restore cultural and ecological values in California

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/David_Grefrath_Healing_With_Fire.jpg[/image_frame] The goal of this workshop is to discuss the integral use of fire in the past in California and, in the wake of mega-fires across the American West, how prescribed burns can help reduce risk of catastrophic fires and help plant and human communities heal. It is vital that we as communities remember our natural relationship with fire and what role prescribed burns have in keeping landscapes & communities healthy. This panel discussion will share perspectives and opportunities from members of Indian Tribes, University of California, and other partners who have been practicing and building capacity for prescribed burning in Northern California. In California and across…

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High efficiency greywater systems as a game changer for widespread adoption

How to design high tech and low tech greywater systems, new technologies allowing for integrated control and management systems for greywater, rainwater and freshwater irrigation. High efficiency greywater systems as a game changer for widespread adoption of greywater irrigation as a core element of green infrastructure. Training new greywater professionals in this rapidly growing sector of water conservation technology. Greywater systems are a highly practical, multilaterally beneficial pillar of the broad spectrum permaculture design palette. Participants will learn both the unique underlying design considerations and constraints of greywater systems as well as specific technical aspects of the most common traditional and new cutting greywater system designs. The presentation will use several…

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How to Design New Social Architectures

  Understanding the principles new social architectures are based on, and then having a go at designing some of these new systems. We look at the process of designing/inventing social architectures like World Cafe, Nonviolent Communication, Timebanks, and Sociocracy. The underlying principles of new systems will be sketched. We will work together to brainstorm/tinker with social, economic, and governance structures for your projects and the world. This teaches people that they are not locked into the given ecosocial structures. And they can create new systems for their projects. Also for the world we need new social, economic and governance structures to be invented. Friday, Oct 6| 5pm| Bioregional Hub Presented by Alpha…

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How to Start an Ecovillage

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/How-to-start-an-ecovillage.jpg[/image_frame] Today ecovillages represent some of the best solutions we have for correcting human habitation living at cross purposes with the natural world, addressing sectors such as housing, energy, transportation, food, water and human behavior. Come learn about the requirements necessary for a successful ecovillage from someone who has started one. Participants will learn best practices for the process of creating an ecovillage.Ecovillages are a convergence of the various strategies and techniques for living in harmony with the natural world including, but not limited to, energy, food, water, waste, community, democracy, and trust and support systems. I will present a 15-20 minute powerpoint then open it up…

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Intentional Communities: Workshop Series

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/10487371_633955656711363_6155588328357200126_n.jpg[/image_frame] Workshop 1) How Intentional Communities Can Change the World Intentional communities have been acting as laboratories and social experiments for cooperation, sustainability, and social justice since the 1930's. The current movement encompasses a broad array of models and organizations that bridge historic communities with new innovations responding to global issues. This workshop will provide an overview of the different kinds of intentional communities, the organizations at play, a bit of the history, the current state of affairs, and the role of the communities movement in the larger movement towards cooperation, sustainability, and social justice. Presented By: Sky Blue, Jingtian Yu Sunday, September 18th | 2:00 PM…

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Jamaica Stevens – ReInhabiting the Village

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Jamaica Stevens is the Author and Project Manager for “ReInhabiting the Village: CoCreating our Future” in partnership with Keyframe Entertainment. As an Organizational Design Consultant, Jamaica works with Whole Systems principles empowering people, projects and organizations to THRIVE! She is also an experienced event producer, workshop leader, group facilitator, community organizer, project manager, writer and life coach. She is a core consultant with Village Lab, creator of Tribal Convergence Gatherings, executive producer of Awaken Visionary Leadership Summit, co-founder of Tribal Convergence Network, producer and Program Coordinator with Lucidity Festival. With a focus on urban and rural community village based projects, Jamaica is devoted to promoting a…

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Jan Spencer

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Jan Spencer lives in Eugene, Oregon and has been a strong advocate for creating a green and resilient economy and culture for years. He has a degree in Geography and has traveled to over 35 countries on four continents. Jan has been transforming his 1/4 acre suburban property for 16 years where he grows food, produces passive solar energy, collects rain water and has hosted close to 2000 visitors. He has presented on the East and West Coasts and at many universities and conferences along with numerous radio interviews. Jan designed and coordinated the 2015 Northwest Permaculture Convergence in Eugene which was held in a suburban…

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Jeremiah Kidd

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Jeremiah is a certified Permaculture Designer and is an accredited and certified Rainwater Catchment Professional through ARCSA (American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association). He has taught and consulted on several projects in the USA, Africa, Central America and Asia. Prior to establishing San Isidro Permaculture, Jeremiah was a partner at Living Structures, Inc., a permaculture-based design/installation green building firm in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Established in 2000, San Isidro Permaculture is a design and installation company focused on water catchment, grey water systems, native and edible plant landscapes, erosion control, and land restoration. San Isidro Permaculture has served Santa Fe and the surrounding area working for the…

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Jeremiah Kidd

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Jeremiah is a certified Permaculture Designer and is an accredited and certified Rainwater Catchment Professional through ARCSA (American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association). He has taught and consulted on several projects in the USA, Africa, Central America and Asia. Prior to establishing San Isidro Permaculture, Jeremiah was a partner at Living Structures, Inc., a permaculture-based design/installation green building firm in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Established in 2000, San Isidro Permaculture is a design and installation company focused on water catchment, grey water systems, native and edible plant landscapes, erosion control, and land restoration. San Isidro Permaculture has served Santa Fe and the surrounding area working for the…

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Jessica Bates

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Jessica Bates (El Sobrante) Is a transplant to the bay area from Washington D.C. She has been establishing her roots in the bay area for the last 13 years. Jessica has been gardening for over 15 years, run multiple gardening education programs (adult, high school, and elementary), she co-founded the Ashby community garden in Berkeley, she has worked with multiple bay area landscapers, and is a certified permaculture teacher and designer who cares about decolonizing permaculture as a movement. She is also an Alameda County “Master Composter,” and is venturing into the art of humanure. She owns and operates a Permaculture business, Food Forest Farm West.…

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Jingtian Yu

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/headshot.jpg[/image_frame] JT grew up in China and has spent as many years in the US as in China. He has been living in a few different intentional communities for the past 10 years. He is a musician, permaculture enthusiast, a scientist, and an engineer. His life goal is to create a network of intentional communities. 2016 Convergence Workshop: Intentional Communities Advanced Workshop Series

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Josefina Dueñas

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Josefina was born and raised in Puebla, Mexico during the 60’s. She became deaf during her first year of age, and maybe because of that she became an eager learner, a hard worker, and a worst fighter against injustice. Josefina was raised to be both a lover for books, and a gardener lover. As early as 5 years old, while learning the basics in education, she was also practicing her gardening skills. She would lie down among my plants to daydream while leaving the air to comb her hair, the sun to kiss her skin, and her thoughts to fly high over to touch the sky.…

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Lauren Tucker

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Lauren Tucker is a community organizer and the Executive Director of Kiss the Ground. Kiss the Ground is a nonprofit dedicated to the vision that a new view has emerged where people are reverent of our interconnectedness with nature and our planet is restored, balanced, and abundant. Lauren’s passion for community building has led her to projects in Washington, D.C., West Africa, New Orleans, and Southern California. Lauren has studied permaculture design, biodynamic farming, and earned a B.A. in International Studies and Psychology from American University. She is a mother and urban farmer. 2016 RED Talk Presentation: Building a movement for permaculture to cool the planet

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Lee Klinger

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Dr. Lee Klinger is an independent scientist living in Big Sur, California. Since 2005 he has served as director of Sudden Oak Life, a movement aimed at using ecologically-based techniques to address the problem of oak mortality in California and elsewhere. Dr. Klinger has over 30 years of academic experience in the environmental sciences and has held scholarly appointments at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the University of Colorado, the University of Oxford, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Dr. Klinger also serves Chairman of the Board of Teleosis Institute, a non-profit organization devoted to developing effective, sustainable health care provided by professionals who serve…

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