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9 people enjoyed breakfast at the Heartland Cafe. Milton and Carolyn and many people new to me showed as well. We talked about a variety of subjects including an introduction and what people would like:
- Linda and Garry talked about their property in Wisconsin and how to start permaculture there and what kind of permaculture can be introduced there. They mentioned gardening in the winter, perhaps with cold frames. They were also interested in classes at Kilbourn Park.
- Linda Kruhmin talked about her involvment with The Talking Farm and spoke of the IL Food, Farms, and Jobs Act she also talkd about raw milk.
- Milton let us know that he and Chuck hooked up and did some work with Midwest Permaculture.
- Tracey, Mike and Rae Janecek, want to add some permaculture to their backyard.
- Mike Janecek was interested in creating a rain barrel, the sort they make at the Elm Street Project.
- Rob Hicks talked about Pat Quinn: our new governor, and how does that relate to Permaculture legislation in Illinois. Rob specifically covered beekeeping legislation, and the hopeful loosening of anti-beekeeping village ordinances. Garry spoke of beekeeping and other permaculture being the regular cirriculum in Austrailian equivilent of K-8.
Eleven members attended. Lots of new people, so we spent most of the meeting going once around, introducing ourselves and saying what parmaculture projects were of the most interest to us. Many of us are permaculture newbies.
Most of the attendees live in an apartment or condo. Most don't have good access to an outdoor garden. Some have a patio.
Quite a bit of interest in the Transition Towns Movement.
Bill and Seneca discussed MyFarm. Milton and Chuck led a discuss on Transition Towns and Milton discussed Midwest Permaculture.
Our venue was closing so we left in rush, and didn't have much time for a wrap-up and planning next actions. We agreed to use emails and the meetup site to discuss planning and projects for this meetup group in 2009.
Including all of us, it's safe to say we're interested in just about all permaculture topics. Here's a starter list of what we'll emphasize in 2009:
- Transition Town Movement
- Permaculture gardens for appartments and condos
- MyFarm - Promoting permaculture vegetable gardens ... everywhere
- Urban Farming
- Add your project here
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