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MARCH 6 2010 WINTER GATHERING CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Here are more details for the Winter Gathering March 6,2010
Class Descriptions and Presenter Bios

CLASS AT 1:30 AND AT 3:00
Choice among offerings at each time slot

1:30
HOME FOOD INDEPENDENCE: YEAR ROUND GROWING, URBAN GARDENING, FORAGING, PREPARING AND STORING OF FOOD FROM THE PLANT KINGDOM with with Cindy MoonRose and URBAN GARDENING with Peter Anderson(Personal Farmer with Gardens of Babylon)
Health and wellbeing depend on how well your body is nourished by the foods you eat. How food is grown, handled and prepared determines the quality of the food. This session will be a "whirlwind tour of possibilities" and some basic principles. If you live in an apartment you can grow sprouts and wheat grass. If you have access to space outdoors, there is a variety of foods you can grow or forage. The more yard space or land you have access to, the more you can play around with gardening and permaculture and foraging. Foraging wild foods, winter gardening, cultivating mushrooms, season extensions, food storage (noncanning), permaculture, growing sprouts and growing

You can get growing even if you lack tremendous strength and stamina. Cindy has bad back and other health issues and she has learned how to work around these and she produces or forages most of the food she eats all year.
About the presenters
Cindy MoonRose
Cindy has been gardening for 30 years, gardening with hand tools (no gas tillers or tractors) for 17 years, and growing winter salads and greens under cover for 5 years, adding wild plants to her diet for 15 years. Cindy has been teaching various plant and garden classes for the past two years. You can join Cindy's plant class Meetup group and receive notification of plant walks and classes during the year http://www.meetup.com.... Cindy says "Growing and foraging life style has been very healing and helps maintain my wellbeing." Cindy also is an intuitive counselor, energy worker, spiritual well being teacher and group experience facilitator. She also conducts workshops on communication within oneself and among partnerships and teams of various types.


For info on Gardens of Babylon and Personal Farmer Peter Anderson:
See http://www.youtube.co...
and http://www.gardensofb...
and http://www.nashvilles...

Peter Anderson writes :
I have been blessed (or maybe cursed!) with a desire to create and to make. This inclination, in my own life, manifests itself through involvement in the physical landscape; specifically through gardening. The impulsiveness of our human geography, how man and nature influences one another, is exceedingly interesting and at the same time perplexing. As a culture, we attempt to care for our world - while simultaneously and systematically damaging it.

When offered the Personal Farmer position with Gardens of Babylon I was provided a unique opportunity to help people improve local environments, and thus themselves, through gardening and growing their own food. I’ve gardened everyplace I’ve lived; Seattle, Florida, Colorado – houses, apartments – containers, in-ground plots, raised beds, community gardens. Today I create gardens all over Nashville. Gardening offers better environments, local produce, family-specific food, fewer grocery store trips, ethnically focused plant pallets, edible landscapes, heirloom plants, connectedness to the earth, … the list is endless … and it’s all good.

1:30
ENVISIONING GREEN BUSINESS COOPS USING A FOOD COOP AS A DEMONSTRATION MODEL
with Kate Kiefling and Ken Benway
During this session basic information about the COOP styles of business will covered along with guiding environmentally friendly principles from the Permaculture Paradigm. Different kinds of businesses that could be operated at Coops will be listed. Finally, practice envisioning a Coop through the means of group mind mapping will take place for a Food Coop.


Kate Kiefling is a community organizer and a food activist who is promoting the idea of establishing store front food co-op in the Metro Nashville area.

Ken Benway
Ken is involved in three green businesses :
Arcadian Design (sole proprietorship)-Permaculture design focused-consultations, etc.
The Permaculture Guild LLC-Permaculture education-courses and workshops...
Peak Water Solutions LLC-Water purification and rainwater/graywater/living systems products

I've got a few more in the incubator stage, hopefully they will launch sometime later this year.
Ken became a permaculture designer in 2000 after training with Geoff Lawton and Bill Mollison.
Permaculture has changed his perspective on how to design sustainably and perhaps more importantly regeneratively. Striving to embody the principles and philosophy in every aspect of his life, he has inspired many others to explore the subject.


3:00pm
TRANSITION TOWNS
This workshop, facilitated by Susan Shann and special guest Albert Bates, will first provide participants with the essential ecological and philosophical principles upon which the "Transition Town" initiative is based. A brief historical background of this worldwide movement, and useful models that can provide guidelines for successful initiatives in our own bioregion will be presented. The central portion of the class will be devoted to focused, open dialogue sessions among participants aimed towards creating a positive, empowering vision for energy descent and community resilience building. Be prepared to listen and to share!

Susan Shann / brief bio
Susan Shann is a long time passionate advocate and activist for the environment, and the co-founder and host of the popular CATV / Davidson County local access environmental program, "Earth Revolution". Now in its third year, "ER" explores a wide range of ecology / sustainability issues related to energy, land use, agricultural practices, food systems, water, "green" building, forestry, solid waste, legislation and more. In the last several years, Susan has participated in multiple training courses including biofuel conversion, financial permaculture and the Transition initiative, which is her current focus. She has written articles for several publications, conducted or been a guest panelist in numerous sustainability workshops, and is also a current board member with the Tennessee Alliance for Progress (creator of the Green Jobs Corp. in Davidson County)

Albert Bates/ brief bio
Albert Bates (born January 1, 1947) is an influential figure in the intentional community and ecovillage movements. A lawyer, author and teacher, he has been director of the Institute for Appropriate Technology since 1984 and the same year he founded the Ecovillage Training Center at The Farm in Summertown, Tennessee. The Ecovillage Training Center, is a "whole systems immersion experience of ecovillage living."[1] He has taught courses in sustainable design, natural building, permaculture and technologies of the future to students from more than 50 nations.

see more on Mr. Bates at http://en.wikipedia.o...




3:00 pm
HERBS AND NATURAL REMEDIES SHARING CIRCLE
facilitated by Sharon Rush
This is a "Show and Tell" learning circle.
Feel Free to bring/demonstrate what you use/do to maintain or restore your health or assist with the health of your loved ones.
A few folks have already let us know what they are planning to share:
Sharon Rush:" I would like to demonstrate making a poultice, talk about the burdock tincture and show some herb reknowned for curing cancer. I may also bring some form of the super herb preparation."

Jacob Kaset: Jacob will demonstrate how to grow and process wheat grass and the health benefits of wheat grass juice and give resources for more info. (In 1984 he spent 6 weeks at Hippocrates Health institute in Boston with the founder Ann Wigmore (she introduced the use of wheatgrass and sprouting in the US)



Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
Guide to 2014 Winter Gathering Sessions January 12, 2014 6:18 PM Cindy
Trns Nsh Jan 18, 2014 Details Session Guide December 30, 2013 10:31 AM martin h.
More details on Winter Gathering 2013 January 15, 2013 2:24 AM Cindy
Questions and Answers about Cumberland Green B C April 11, 2010 9:16 AM Cindy
Interest survey and info collecting for work teams February 24, 2010 12:40 PM former member
MARCH 6 2010 WINTER GATHERING CLASS DESCRIPTIONS March 3, 2010 8:11 PM Cindy
Jan 30 Class Descriptions and Presenter Bios plus January 29, 2010 6:08 PM Cindy
BioRegionalISM and Green Culture October 24, 2009 7:45 AM Cindy
Bioregional Congress of the Americas Oct 3-11 2009 February 22, 2009 3:31 PM Cindy
Green Living Journal - event notices and ads February 22, 2009 8:14 AM Cindy
Saving on electric bill January 6, 2009 10:38 AM Cindy
About Emails October 13, 2008 11:27 AM Cindy

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