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Lawn to Garden: Swale-Building Permablitz
Interested in permaculture? Stop by our homestead for an afternoon of putting permaculture principles in action! The focus of this meetup is on water management using swales at a home scale. At Harmony Hillside, we're turning our front lawn into a healing "cottage garden" area with lots of herbs and edible perennials. You'll get a tour of what we've already done to transform the space, and see what's still in the plans. Come join in with swale digging and planting edible perennials (maybe some sheet mulching too). If those ideas are new to you, there's no better way to learn than hands-on participation! Or if you just want to come learn and give moral support, that's welcome too. Hopefully we can all walk away with an extra dose of inspiration to heal our own patches of earth. Outline/Schedule: 12:30 - 1:00 Arrivals and introductions 1:00 - 2:00 Tour of the homestead and overview of permaculture site plans 2:00 - 2:30 Swale basics and how to use an A-frame level 2:30 - 4:30 Hands-on swale and berm construction, mulching, and planting What to Bring: - Weather-appropriate clothes and shoes/boots that can get dirty - Work gloves if you have them (some extra pairs will be provided) - Snacks and drinks (plenty of water and some homemade goodies will be provided) - Picks, shovels, and other digging tools if you have them (we have several available) Hope you can make it, and I'll see you there! Erik

Erik Lutz

165 Rogers Rd · Demossville, ky

What we're about

We host these gatherings to learn how to live more sustainably in urban, suburban and rural settings from each other throughout the seasons here in the Cincinnati Bioregion. If you would like to organize an event at your site, just message us and we can help you make that happen. If you have ongoing events at your site then we can also make you an administrator. Every Permaculture site, whether urban, suburban or rural, private or public is unique and offers new learning opportunities about how we can build a resilient and regenerative bioregion. The Cincinnati Permaculture Institute facilitates this group and seeks to help people integrate permaculture into their lives in diverse ways. With our limited operating funds we seek to maximize our impact and that is why we offer trainings to leverage that impact, pioneering ways with collaborators in our region to refine what a sustainable future looks like, no matter what type of site it is. We collaborate with dozens of sites around the region and have many teachers who facilitate different learning experiences relating to a sustainable lifestyle founded in Permaculture's simple ethics, principles and design method that result in resilient, regenerative and mutualistic farms, gardens, homes, buildings and communities. To learn more you can visit

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