Hugelkultur Workshop: Turning Brush Piles into Garden Beds

  • May 7, 2011 · 8:30 AM
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Join us for a very special session led by experienced Hugelkultur-ist Jim Kovaleski who will be briefly passing through Portland and sharing his knowledge with us.

Hugelkultur is a technique, popular with many permaculture people, for turning slash and woody debris and wood waste into lush, fertile growing beds.  It is another example of working with ecological principles to take what would otherwise be a "waste product" and create value, yield and ecosystem health.  Rather than chip all that woody debris or haul it "away" (wherever THAT is!), hugelkultur could be the answer for you.

Space is limited and this event will likely have a waiting list.

  • 8:30 Convene/park/coffee & tea
  • 8:45 Intro Discussion & Presentation of Conecepts
  • 9:45 Hands-on Hugelkultur building session, including planting!
  • 12:30 Potluck Lunch and Follow-up Discussion (please bring a dish to share and your own potluck kit)
  • 1:30 Wrap-up

Here are a few teasers:

and an article (including the comments)

About Jim:

"I did my PDC at the Regenerative Design Institute in Bolinas California with Penny Livingston, Geoff Lawton and Brock Dolman June 2007. Currently I spend the winters at Freedom House Farm on the west coast of Florida as an urban market gardener using permaculture principles and practices which last year produced 2000 pounds of organic produce from less than 1/10 of an acre of urban land. My summers are spent at Lamb Cove Farm  in Robbinston Maine share cropping and regenerating the neglected fields and forest using Permaculture principles and practices. This summer will be my third summer in a tent camp on Lamb Cove experimenting with exceptional results with using a scythe to cut and gather on-site fertility and using hugelkulturs to use the existing brush in place to produce a crop the first year."

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  • Ann M.

    very interesting presentation with the opportunity to get hands on experience

    May 15, 2011

  • Mark S.

    This workshop was amazing, fantastic, fun, informative. Thank you Jim, for your passion and enthusiasm, for setting such a beautiful example of humility in the face of the power of nature, and for your mindful presence. I came away from this workshop with a lot more than knowing how to turn brush into a growing bed.

    May 9, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was wonderful to see Lisa and Davids permaculture home and to share learning, food and time with permies. Feeds the soul and encourages the next steps in my own permaculture journey. LOVED IT and can't wait for the next one.

    May 9, 2011

  • Victoria M.

    I love what you wrote Jim. I felt the same way. I would like to add how impressed I was at how fast this garden was put together. I love working in community and helping each other. I'm with you Susannah. Let's do more, lots more!

    May 8, 2011

  • Xiknawi M

    This is so much more than just burying brush.What I learned: Life is happening at so many levels in that mound.
    Listen to the land, feel it, let it lead. Perhaps you can add to this beautiful community in some small way.

    May 8, 2011

  • Susannah

    Thank you. Lets do more, lots more.

    May 8, 2011

  • Susannah


    May 8, 2011

  • Elizabeth

    It was great to hear about Jim's experience with Hugelkultur and to see/help with putting one together. I was surprised at how quickly it went together when all the materials were at hand. I'm going to put it this technique to use this spring.

    May 8, 2011

  • Lisa F.

    Oh, and I have someone's eyeglasses.

    May 7, 2011

  • Lisa F.

    Pitchfork confusion! If anyone brought a black handled pitchfork, we have it and I *think* you went home with Dave's special 50 year old wood/metal handled one. It was his Dad's and has sentimental value. Email me and we can arrange a swap:) Thanks everyone for a great session!

    May 7, 2011

  • Lisa F.

    Oh, if anyone can bring along a pitchfork and/or shovel, that would be great, too.

    May 5, 2011

  • Heather B

    I'd also be interested if there's space

    April 29, 2011

  • Stephanie B.

    any chance there might be room for one more in this course?

    April 28, 2011

  • Lisa F.

    *possible* bonus: jim might have a supply of freshly ripened and unsprayed citrus from his florida neighborhood available to interested persons, such as ourselves:) no promises, but you might want to have a bit of cash on hand.

    April 26, 2011

  • Lisa F.

    Here is a file of photos from Jim of some hugelkultur work he's done downeast, as a teaser! Note that the pdf might take a minute to load on your screen.

    February 28, 2011

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