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  • May 4, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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This is a 2 Saturday, 16 hour project-focused workshop to be held at:

Inspiration Kitchens, 3504 W. Lake Street, Chicago 60623

Day 1 - Saturday, May 4th, 2013
Day 2 – Saturday, May 11th, 2013
Classes begin promptly at 9am and run until 5pm.
Lunch included (vegetarian option available) with beverages – (coffee, water, tea).
Potluck for breakfast and snacks.

Fee: $150.00 (for both Saturdays) / $80 per Saturday if unable to attend both days - payable by cash, check, or money order.
Prepayment required to reserve a seat. Strict limit of 15 participants.
RSVP to Annamaria Leon at [masked] cell: (414) 339-5537.

Participants will bring their proposed garden design (if available) or current garden information and will leave workshop with a working design. Course workbook will be emailed upon paid registration.

Topics to be covered:

Day 1:
Classroom instruction:
• Recognize the problems associated with current garden practices
• Discuss the need for Permaculture in garden design
• Study Permaculture Design Strategies such as:
➢ Zone and Sector Mapping: plant what, where, why
➢ Earthworks: berms, keyholes and herb spirals
➢ Sheet mulching: also known as lasagna gardening
➢ Forest Gardening: stacking plantings in space and time to increase yield
➢ How to protect the soil from sun, wind and rain

• Understand soil and its functions
➢ Soil texture/structure
➢ Soil testing: pH, contaminants, permeability
➢ The Soil food web
➢ Organic matter and Humus in soil
➢ Nutrient cycling

➢ Protecting soil and soil organisms

• Include wildlife habitat in your garden design to attract birds, pollinators, predatory insects and beneficial bugs
• Tour permaculture gardens in various stages
Hands-on Instruction: This portion of the classroom will be conducted outside. Please bring work gloves and appropriate clothing. 
• Determine entrances /exits, path placements, staging area, production areas, and common areas
• Identify zones and sectors
• Sheet mulch
• Build a berm using hugelkultur method
• Brew a vermicasting tea

Day 2:
Classroom instruction:
• Review individual garden designs as a group
• Plant Guilds: how to choose plants based on their ability to support each other’s functional needs
• Identify appropriate plants for our hardiness zone
• Identify economical, readily available building material options: bricks, cardboard, urbanite, containers
• Understand the problems and solutions regarding raised bed boxes
Hands-on Instruction: This portion of the classroom will be conducted outside. Please bring work gloves and appropriate clothing.
• Build an herb spiral 
• Amend the soil in existing raised boxes to increase fertility 
• Apply vermicasting tea in the garden to promote beneficial microbes

About the Instructors:
AnnaMaria León received her Permaculture Design Course Certification in Fall of 2011 from the Bloomington, IN Permaculture Activist team. She is also a Traditional Chinese Feng Shui Consultant and the owner of Anna’s Edible Gardens and Landscapes, providing design and installation services for private, commercial, and non-profit eco-projects. Currently, AnnaMaria is working to meld Permaculture and traditional production farming methods and to apply them to the Chicago Urban Agriculture movement.

Michael Webb has been gardening since age 23. He reluctantly converted to Permaculture after understanding and utilizing these regenerative principles in the two gardens that he supervises at Inspiration Kitchens in East Garfield Park. Michael focuses and speaks on soil, soil organisms, indigenous farming methods, and using locally sourced materials in garden installations. He is also the Case Manager at Inspiration Kitchens – Garfield Park. Inspiration Kitchens is the social enterprise restaurant for Inspiration Corporation that provides a 13-week training in the culinary arts to individuals with barriers to employment.  After their training, students are assisted to find employment in the culinary field.

Together, they have designed, installed, and consulted on several gardens on the West Side of Chicago using Permaculture principles.   They are currently trainers for Openlands’ Gardenkeepers Community Food Garden Network workshop series and are charged with updating the manual to include more sustainable gardening practices.




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  • Doug R.

    Looking forward to it!

    April 29, 2013

  • Myrna V.

    Sorry, I didn't know it cost money... Perhaps in the future. :)

    April 15, 2013

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