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Louisville Permaculture Guild Message Board › Summary of March 7th Meetup

Summary of March 7th Meetup

Bill
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Louisville, KY
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At meeting last night, we discussed several items and welcomed new member Gina Yunker to the group. Welcome Gina!

The first item we took up was the confusion that results from having multiple web pages. We currently have a Meetup Group page, a Facebook Group, a Facebook Page, and a Ning site. We decided to drop the Facebook Page and the Meetup Group and to keep the Facebook Page and the Ning site. Details will follow on each of those pages.

Next, we discussed the pruning demonstration at Jeff and Becky's place. It was generally agreed that the demonstration was helpful, especially watching the process of making choices as to which branch to prune and why. Ray quoted something Felix had said at the demonstrations: that there is an outcome to each choice you make while pruning and that choice has its results, but you can always change the choice and outcome the next time around.

Next, we discussed the end of the Emerson Garden project. Each person brought up questions or concerns about this and shared our plans for the project. Since the project was cancelled, most of us didn't come up with plans. The lone exception was Jeff, who put together a guild of an edible crabapple (good for jams and jellies) with comfrey beneath and white clover around the comfrey. A gold star for Jeff!

Next, we briefly discussed the potential for a cob building workshop at Tyffany and Alex's place. There was much support for this workshop, but it will need much planning before it can be scheduled. Updates will be posted on the Facebook Group page and the Ning site.

We continued to discuss upcoming projects, and several ideas were put forth. Ray offered to do a water catchment demonstration sometime soon, and Gina offered to host a meeting or workshop at her place in J-town. Lisa expressed interest in sheet mulching projects, and Bill brought up a potential Shitakke mushroom workshop. [There will be a class in April at Bernheim Arboretum on mushrooms. Ray will post information for this.] It was also suggested that we arrange tours or established permaculture sites in the area.

In the end, it looks like a Bathouse-building workshop will be the first workshop we are able to put together. Ray has tools, Bill has plans, and Gina has wood. So keep posted for an announcement about a bathouse-building workshop in the days to come.

Next, Ray brought up the recent copyrighting of the term "urban homestead" by the Dervaes family in California and implications for the home sustainability movement. Ray will post info to the Facebook site and Louisville Pc Guild may formally issue a statement about this issue.

Finally, we decided to keep our planning meetings to an hour and a half, tops. We will set an agenda at the beginning of our meeting based on what the members present wish to bring to the table, and we'll keep each item to a proportionate time of our ninety minutes.

Finally, announcements: the Clifton Orchard Group has a workshop this Saturday, March 12 at 10am (at Sycamore in Crescent Hill)
15Thousand Farmers has its 15th Day Event next Tuesday, and rain barrels will be offered for sale.
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