Please join us for a hands-on permaculture workshop at Solar Circle, Haydenville, MA on Sunday, May 4, 10am-3pm, facilitated by Mobile Design Lab.
Sick of bagging and taking brush to the dump? Learn about "hugelkultur" - a permaculture method to manage the problem of overgrowth and turn it into a resource of building up soil and putting carbon back where it belongs. Help establish soil for a future forest garden, create paths, and plant trees. Bring gloves as well as any of the following that you have available: clippers, brush scythe, shovel, hoe, handsaw, pickax, rake, or wheelbarrow.
Suggested donation $20-30
cash or check made payable to Mobile Design Lab
Lunch will be provided.
About Solar Circle: Solar Circle is the first renewable-energy affordable residential development in Western Massachusetts. These homes, consume about one-third the energy of a conventional home over the course of a year. During summer months the photovoltaic arrays serve as a 30-kilowatt electricity generator feeding power to the electrical grid, helping nearby communities meet their peak load demands of the summer air conditioning season. exemplary of truly sustainable residential development.
DESIGN SOLUTIONS: The residences are arranged around a shared open lawn, and include a rear patio open to the surrounding woods. Each unit is oriented for maximum solar exposure, with calculated southern roof overhangs to provide optimal summer shading, induce passive ventilation, and maximize daylighting, particularly using bounce lighting from winter snow. Homes are sited to have unobstructed sunlight and views from the primary windows of the main living and bedroom spaces, as well as provide immediate access to the adjacent woods and the shared community lawn.