This event is high in demand with limited space holding 100 people. Please RSVP on our Meetup event page http://www.meetup.com/Sacramento-Sustainable-Living/events/165611322 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.