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Grow Your Own Food: Permaculture Design

This event is high in demand with limited space holding 100 people. Please RSVP on our Meetup event page or contact the event organizer, Yeshua Adonai. [masked], [masked] 

Our guest speaker, Chris Lopez, Permaculture Designer will cover the merits, and dangers of growing your own food. A brief history of agriculture and it’s destructive processes will segway into an introduction to regenerative, horticultural practices and land management strategies for both small and large scale that are appropriate to our bioregion. Strong emphasis will be put on regionally appropriate plantings and strategies, seasonal stacking, polyculture vs. monoculture optimizing space, broad soil building strategies, and integrated pest management.

Chris Lopez is a native of semi-arid Sacramento, he developed a passion for ecological processes and patterns, hydrology and home grown food very early in life. The many trees, greens, flowers, hills fields and creeks nearby were, and continue to be, fantastic teachers. Ever inquisitive, he was not content to spend the first 22 years of life in conventional academia and spent several semi nomadic years travelling most of the continental United States and beyond learning about and observing the patterns of place, people and land management systems. 

Once back in school, Chris studied ecology and psychology but grew restless and disenchanted with traditional educational settings and curriculum, especially with the blatant mismanagement of our most precious resource: water. Since then, he has gone on to study and apply ecological / permaculture design, water harvesting and restoration systems, food forestry and integrated perennial food systems. Chris is passionate about trialing, using, and researching useful, climate adapted, perennial plants from around the world that provide food, fiber, fodder, medicine and beauty, as well as harvesting all the water he can while increasing the health of local watersheds. He specialize in water harvesting and designing integrated, closed loop systems of place using unique site specific solutions. Chris earned his Permaculture Design Certification form the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center, Applied Watershed Restoration at the Quail Springs Permaculture Institute and is currently in the process of earning an International Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design via Gaia University and will be Water Harvesting Certified via the Watershed Management Group in March of 2014.

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  • Myra

    Keyline tilling, Valerie:) It was very nice of the organizers to wait almost a half hour for people who had trouble getting there at 6pm. I found out a lot of stuff I didn't know and I look forward to the water class. Thank you very much Yeshua and Scott

    February 25, 2014

  • Valerie H

    There was a wealth of information and enthusiastically shared as well. It could have been two presentations.. Please, what was the type of tilling called that improves water distribution on ridges?

    February 25, 2014

  • Kitty B.

    very well organized. I enjoyed it very much but needed more time.

    February 25, 2014

  • chris b.

    speaker was excellent. he was well informed and could speak to topics beyond his core message. he did not leave enough time for discussion. if meeting organizer had encouraged him to keep presentation shorter, it probably would have helped.

    February 25, 2014

  • Debra S.

    Would anyone happen to know if there's a group (on or off Meetups) in the Calaveras or Amador counties area? I'd like to join in on one instead of starting my own. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

    February 24, 2014

    • Myra

      Count me in if you find one!

      February 24, 2014

  • Ivy G.

    Wish I could make it to this one, sounds great!

    1 · February 22, 2014

  • Debra S.

    Unfortunately I am unable to attend, but the subject of sustainable gardening is very dear to me. I'm blessed to live in the small mountain town of Mokelumne Hill (if you're ever in the Jackson area you should come check us out. Fascinating history), and because where I'm at I'm able to plant quite the garden every year. I've learned quite a bit and this year I'm adding cucamelons (tiny watermelons crossed with cucumbers) and me and my partner are also going to get a few chickens. When we moved into our home in October it came furnished with a good sized coop in the back, so we decided to give it a try. Last year we had an amazing crop of 4 different kinds of heirloom tomatoes, squashes, peppers, garlic, and purple potatoes, to mention just a few. I'm sure that all who are fortunate enough to attend this event will walk away as excited about the planting season as I am sharing my enthusiasm on the subject.

    1 · February 20, 2014

    • Yeshua A.

      We look forward to see you at a future event Debra.

      1 · February 21, 2014

  • Carol

    Please join Sacramento Harvest w/Soil Born Saturday mornings to Harvest Sacramento: Questions? Contact Dominic Allamano, Harvest Sacramento Coordinator, at [masked] or (916)[masked] Learn more about Harvest Sacramento, a project of Soil Born Farms - Volunteers are needed throughout the year to help harvest fruit for donation to local food banks. Sign up here:


    1 · February 21, 2014

  • Brooks P.

    Very excited to join this meetup group! My girlfriend and I will be attending. :)

    1 · February 20, 2014

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