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Potluck: Intro. to Permaculture, with Special Guest Panel!!

We are planning a great meeting on PERMACULTURE for January 6! Please plan to be with us, RSVP now, and spread the word!

Some Basics

Bring food to share: Vegetarian, vegan, carne all ok. Any dish (main, side, dessert, etc) ok. Please make it as local/sustainable as is practical. Please also list ingredients on an index card (for folks with food allergies, etc).

If possible, bring your own plate, bowl, utensils, etc. -- This really helps with the clean-up.

Site fee: $2 if you bring a dish, $5* if you don't. Children free.

* In keeping with our community principles, we strongly encourage everyone to bring some food to share, if you are able.

Children: Always welcome, with legal parent/guardian. 

Schedule & Program:

6:00 pm - Our traditional gathering time.
6:20ish - Dinner, announcements, and more socializing.

6:45ish - Dinner wrap-up, introduction to main program.

7:00 - MAIN PROGRAM: PERMACULTURE!!!           

Our January potluck begins a year-long series in which we will be exploring permaculture, which is at the heart of the Transition Movement. Permaculture is a whole-system design framework for creating sustainable human settlements, using principles, patterns and relationships found in nature as its basis. Examples of its many possible applications include agriculture, natural building, alternative currencies, etc.

Rob Hopkins, the primary founder of Transition, is a permaculture teacher and practitioner, so naturally this movement was strongly influenced by permaculture philosophy. Even more importantly, permaculture is a perfect foundation for creating the structures and relationships necessary to human systems, if they are to be truly “sustainable” in the best and broadest sense of the word, and recognize that we are but one species among many. In this sense, permaculture also challenges some of our more “conventional” Western notions and beliefs about man’s “dominion” over or separation from nature, promoting instead a philosophy of deep connection and interdependence with each other and all of life.

We begin on January 6th with a panel of six practitioners of permaculture, each with a unique wealth of knowledge and insight to share. All are pioneers in bringing these ideas to the cultural mainstream, including: Sizwe Herring (founder, Earth Matters), Katey Culver (eco-architect and co-founder, “Earth and Straw” natural building), Cindy Moonrose (teacher of wild edibles, organic gardening, cooking and more), Theresa Kennedy (founder, Nashville Urban Food Forests), Jeremy Lekich (founder, “Nashville Foodscapes” edible landscaping), and Jessica Enzo (“permacultureeducation.com”). As founder of Transition Nashville, I have also earned a permaculture design certificate and will be moderating the panel. Let this be the beginning of an enlightening journey for all!!

8:00 - Wrap-up & Closing 
8:30 - Cleanup & Good-byes





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  • Nerissa

    Any possibility to reschedule this event? I have an older car, live on the East side, and hate to admit that i'm dreading going out in the cold tonight! BUT, I really want to participate in this event! On the fence...

    January 6, 2014

    • Nerissa

      I realize, I should have asked if anyone was driving from East Nashville last night. I would have gladly jumped into their warmed car and paid them a little gas money too. Okay, Monday, Feb. 3rd. Got it down and hope to attend. Unfortunately, I will have to have my own car since I will have to leave right before 8 for a class downtown. I am so glad this group exists!

      1 · January 7, 2014

    • Susan S.

      Great idea!

      January 7, 2014

  • Braxton B.

    I was inspired by the permaculture panel as well as meeting new folks who have some great ideas. I am psyched for what this new year may bring!

    January 7, 2014

  • Braxton B.

    Was inspired by the permaculture panel as well as meeting new folks with great ideas! I am psyched for what this coming year may bring

    January 7, 2014

  • Susan S.

    About 35-40 people, despite the cold, and we had a GREAT panel and discussion on permaculture with Jeremy Lekich, Wade Archer, Ben Bishop and Paul Freemen. Huge thanks to Ben, Wade and Paul for stepping in at the last-minute. Also, the food was OUTSTANDING!! Can't wait to do it again next month...

    4 · January 6, 2014

  • Karen

    Moving to another apt, can't break away.

    January 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Layin' low tonight. Enjoy!

    January 6, 2014

  • Jennifer C.

    Very very sorry I can't be there. Recovering from illness, and think I'd best "play it safe." I look forward to hearing the synopses later!

    January 6, 2014

    • martin h.

      we won't be there either--too dang cold!

      January 6, 2014

  • Maureen M.

    Wow, this is a great start to the new year. Thanks!

    1 · December 28, 2013

    • Susan S.

      Thanks, Maureen. I'm pretty psyched, too! It was suggested by Alan Enzo to Mark (our organizer), based on what a Transition group in Asheville has been doing: holding a monthly potluck and focusing on the 12 main permaculture principles, one each month. I love it, 'cause I really think the more folks in our group begin to embrace these ideas, the more effective we can become in helping ourselves, each other, our city (and beyond)!! Permaculture rules!!!

      1 · December 28, 2013

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