12:00 Permaculture Pot-Luck & Seed Exchange: New participants and workshop alumni are invited to join permaculture design graduates with a dish to share in our library of nature books and self-sufficiency guides. In addition, we encourage you to bring at least one seed pack and exchange some seeds with others during the lunch hour.
1:00 Permaculture Principle #5 – Renewable Resources: During this hour, we will overview permaculture and its principles, then focus on #5 which states that we “use and value renewable resources and services” meaning that we “make the best use of nature’s abundance to reduce our consumptive behavior and dependence on non-renewable resources.” This won’t just be a discussion though, it will be a planning session for each person to create 2013 goals for reducing carbon footprints, plus sequestering as much carbon as possible.
2:00 Reducing the Carbon Footprint – Energy Conservation & Making Biodiesel: During this hour, we will tour the Wolf College home office and do an energy audit, taking inventory of the progress we have made in comparison to when the house was constructed in 1901, and of the renovation improvements that lie ahead. The we will head into our shop garage to make biodiesel for our car!
3:00 Carbon Sequestration – Successful Tree Planting, Biochar Storage & More: During the final hour of the workshop, we will tour our new carbon sequestration tree circle and our new forest garden fruit orchard, then learn to plant a tree to ensure that it will sequester the most carbon, including how to “biochar” it at the end of its lifespan.
4:00 Questions: Throughout the workshop, we encourage questions, plus suggestions on future topics you’d like to learn or practice in this workshop series, with answers from experienced permaculturists in attendance, Chris offering experience from a childhood in nature and 20 years of professional experience, and Kim drawing from her historical connection to this land and her Wildlife Science degree as well as Permaculture Design Training.
• $25 the first time you attend (less if you have a PDC - see below)
• $20 for a second friend/family member, or the second time you attend
• $15 for a third friend/family member, or the third time you attend
• $10 per additional friend/family member, or the fourth time you attend
• $5 if you hold a Permaculture Design Certification, for children too young to benefit from instruction, and for continuing attendance after the fifth time.
To register, rsvp here or call us at [masked] with a credit card.
• If you attend the noon potluck, bring a food dish to share and at least one packet of seeds to exchange.
• Scissors & Paper Bags in case you want to harvest something.
• Gardening or work gloves.
• Hats and clothing appropriate for the weather.
• Waterproof or rubber boots.
• Your favorite field guides on herbalism, gardening, permaculture, etc.
Future Sustainable Sunday Dates:
It is the Year of Carbon here at the Wolf College as we focus on addressing climate change at the local level. Our goals are to 1) reduce personal carbon emissions by renovating our houses for energy conservation, plus changing our transportation means and habits; 2) sequestering as much carbon out of the atmosphere as possible by planting trees that take the greatest amount of carbon out of the atmosphere as possible, plus jumping on the anti-coal-train movement to help the northwest put a plug in coal consumption; and 3) educating the greatest number of friends, family and community members as possible about climate change, carbon footprint reduction, and carbon sequestration.
• March 17, 2013
• May 19, 2013
• October 20, 2013