• Seed Swap & Potluck Social

    18889 9th Rd

    PLEASE NOTE: The time posted is 1pm - 4pm EASTERN, which is 12pm - 3pm CENTRAL. Seeds represent life, possibility, growth, and rebellion. When we grow our own food and support local farmers who grow food for us, we are rebelling against the commercialized food system, enriching our bodies with nutrient dense foods, and regenerating the soil by removing monocropped lawns. If you have extra fruit, vegetable, or native wildflower seeds from the past several years (2016 and later), feel free to bring and share them. Commercially packaged and homegrown are both warmly welcomed. If your seeds are homegrown, please label them with your name, the variety, and the year harvested. If you don't have seeds, don't despair! Please join us anyway! You are welcome to share in nature's bounty. If you can, bring some empty envelopes (there will be some on hand, also) and a pen to write notes about your newly adopted seeds. When we're done with our swap, we'll share a potluck meal and enrich our community by sharing our hearts with kindred spirits. Bring an entree or side dish to share, plus a beverage (sparkling water, kombucha, wine, beer, or your favorite drink) to add to our potluck buffet. We welcome all dietary preferences (omnivore, vegan, gluten- and dairy-free, etc). Help us keep our Meetup community alive! Our workshop hosts give their time and heart to prepare and provide materials, and Meetup charges a fee to keep this platform open for our use. A suggested $10 donation at the door helps to cover these costs, but it is merely a suggestion. Please come regardless of your ability to pay. We are grateful for whatever gift you can offer. PLEASE NOTE: The time posted is 1pm - 4pm EASTERN, which is 12pm - 3pm CENTRAL.

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  • Fruit Tree Pruning & Maple Tree Tapping Workshop & Potluck

    Elise Duffy's House

    Trees offer many gifts - timber, shade, oxygen, fruit/nuts, sap, carbon sequestration, animal habitat, windbreak, living fence, ambience, furniture, soil creation, erosion control, water transpiration, firewood, and medicine. Come and learn how to prune a fruit tree for improved production and tap a maple or black walnut tree for syrup. Our activities will be outdoors so dress accordingly in layers with removable outer gear. We will be outside for approximately 1.5 hours. When we're done with our workshop, we'll share potluck refreshments and enrich our community by sharing our hearts with kindred spirits. Bring a snack or finger foods to share, plus a beverage (sparkling water, kombucha, wine, beer, or your favorite drink) to add to our potluck buffet. We welcome all dietary preferences (omnivore, vegan, gluten- and dairy-free, etc). You may want to bring an insulated mug so you can have a warm drink while outside. Help us keep our Meetup community alive! Our workshop hosts give their time and heart to prepare and provide materials, and Meetup charges a fee to keep this platform open for our use. A suggested donation of $5-20, as you see fit, helps to cover these costs, but it is merely a suggestion. Please come regardless of your ability to pay as we want to share this knowledge with everyone. We believe that it is a critical mission for the future. Unfortunately we are unable to offer March 1 as the makeup date as originally posted, as the arborist is not available.

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  • Permaculture + Timebanking + You = Community

    Meadowbrook Nature Preserve

    The Permaculture Flower (see photo above) shows us the seven different domains where we can apply the Permaculture Ethics and Principles to create a regenerative culture and future. Timebanking, as an alternate economic system (the dark blue petal), allows us to build community, help each other, and have our needs met by exchanging hours of service rather than money. Timebanking equalizes everyone's time so that Suzy's hour of time cleaning gutters is equivalent to Juan's hour of time doing graphic design for Austin who owns a landscaping business and enjoys gardening for his elderly neighbor. It levels the playing field by allowing everyone to earn timebank credit hour-for-hour. We'll discuss the basics of permaculture and how timebanking works, as well as illustrate the concepts with hands-on activities and show how to enter hours in the online timebank. When we're done with our workshop, we'll share potluck refreshments and enrich our community by sharing our hearts with kindred spirits. Bring a light snack to share, plus a beverage (sparkling water, kombucha, wine, beer, or your favorite drink) to add to our potluck buffet. We welcome all dietary preferences (omnivore, vegan, gluten- and dairy-free, etc). Help us keep our Meetup community alive! Our workshop hosts give their time and heart to prepare and provide materials, and Meetup charges a fee to keep this platform open for our use. A suggested $5 donation at the door helps to cover these costs, but it is merely a suggestion. Please come regardless of your ability to pay. We are grateful for whatever gift you can offer.

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  • Permaculture + Timebanking + You = Community

    Valparaiso Public Library

    CANCELED AT LIBRARY JOIN US ON ZOOM (see instructions below) For eveyone's safety, we will NOT be meeting at the library. Please stay safe and warm, and join us either by phone or the Zoom app. You will need the meeting ID and password (below). If you have technical questions before the meeting starts, please feel free to contact Kathy Sipple at[masked] or Christine Maloney at[masked]. Once the meeting starts, their technical assistance will no longer be available. Topic: Permaculture & Timebanking & You = Community Time: Jan 18,[masked]:30 AM Central Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/363405123?pwd=UmhMMjhQTWZLT1R4UElUT1hUOFNhZz09 Meeting ID:[masked] Password:[masked] One tap mobile [masked],,[masked]# US (New York) [masked],,[masked]# US (San Jose) Dial by your location [masked] US (New York) [masked] US (San Jose) Meeting ID:[masked] Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aehqJdLqt6 The Permaculture Flower (see photo above) shows us the seven different domains where we can apply the Permaculture Ethics and Principles to create a regenerative culture and future. Timebanking, as an alternate economic system (the dark blue petal), allows us to build community, help each other, and have our needs met by exchanging hours of service rather than money. Timebanking equalizes everyone's time so that Suzy's hour of time cleaning gutters is equivalent to Juan's hour of time doing graphic design for Austin who owns a landscaping business and enjoys gardening for his elderly neighbor. It levels the playing field by allowing everyone to earn timebank credit hour-for-hour. We'll discuss the basics of permaculture and how timebanking works, as well as illustrate the concepts with hands-on activities and show how to enter hours in the online timebank. Due to limited availability of the library's meeting room, when we're done with our workshop, we will reconvene at Roots Organic Juice Cafe at 108 E Lincolnway in Valparaiso to enjoy appetizers or a meal together, make connections, build community, and continue our conversations about timebanking. Help us keep our Meetup community alive! Our workshop hosts give their time and heart to prepare and provide materials, and Meetup charges a fee to keep this platform open for our use. A suggested $5 donation at the door helps to cover these costs, but it is merely a suggestion. Please come regardless of your ability to pay. We are grateful for whatever gift you can offer.

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  • Firewood Splitting & Stacking: A Reciprocity Opportunity

    901 Grand View Ave

    Pioneer and survival skills may not currently be a necessity in our culture, but if your eletricity has ever gone out in an ice storm or the water company has sent you a boil warning, you know that we are not immune to natural disasters or infrastructure system failures. Skills such a growing our own food, cooking, starting a fire, and splitting firewood are important for our culture to re-learn in order to provide resiliency and connection in times of economic, environmental or political upheaval. Resiliency, regeneration, and reciprocity are key elements of our permaculture communities. Dan and Chris Waters invite you to come and learn how to split and stack firewood from their recently felled oak trees. They will reciprocate by offering for you to take some firewood home, as well as by making the classic (and oh so delicious!) Spanish dish paella for lunch. If you have food allergies or preferences, please let us know so we can accomodate as paella typically has seafood in it but can be made vegetarian. If you are part of the CoThrive TimeBank, you can swap hours, too! Please dress appropriately for the weather, as we will be working rain or shine. If high winds or thunderstorms are predicted, please check back here or email for cancellation details. Work boots and gloves are strongly recommended, but all other tools and equipment will be provided. Please RSVP to [masked] so they know how many people to make lunch for.

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  • Story Swap & Firepit Social (Potluck Dinner, too!)

    901 Grand View Ave

    $5.00

    Storytelling is a universal feature of every culture, a central characteristic of being human. Science is discovering that storytelling can boost our levels of oxytocin in our brains, resulting in extending and building empathy for our fellow humans. Telling and listening to stories, whether simple or intricate, allows us to experience another person’s joy or pain, inspires and cautions us, and entertains and distracts us from the tough realities of life. Come and tell a story about something you learned this year related to permaculture, something you tried for the first time - maybe it worked out better than expected or was a surprising/interesting learning experience. Tell about a fresh observation or unexpected insight you gained. Mythical bonus points are awarded if it was something inspired by one of our Northwest Indiana Permaculture Meetups! Bring a warm jacket, something to cook over the fire (hot dogs, marshmallows, campfire pies, etc) or side dish (chips, salad, hummus, etc), and a beverage to share (sparkling water, kombucha, wine, craft beer, or homemade juice). Help us keep our Meetup community alive. We warmly welcome a $5 donation at the door to help cover the costs of the Meetup fees and gifting our hosts for opening their home, but it is merely a suggestion. Please come regardless of your ability to pay. We are grateful for whatever gift you can offer.

  • Black Walnut Harvest & Oil Pressing (and Luncheon)

    Elise Duffy's House

    $10.00

    Black walnut trees (Juglans nigra) offer oodles of useful products, from the basics like timber, fuel, food, oil, medicine, and dye, to the more complex like shade, carbon sequestration, animal and insect habitat, wind break, creation of organic matter, erosion control, and enjoyment (a great place to climb or hang a swing). Come co-learn, collaborate, and experiment with us as we discover some of black walnuts benefits! We are offering opportunity and possibility, not expertise. We will practice using a nut collector and oil press, as well as making dye, tinctures & capsules. We hope that you come with an open mind and heart as we figure things out together. If you have experience with black walnuts, we encourage you to share your knowledge! Part of our activities will be outdoors so dress accordingly. We strongly recommend that you wear old clothes and thick rubber gloves that are ok if they get stained as black walnut will leave dark brown stains on anything absorbent, including our skin. Please also bring a change of clothes and footwear to keep our host’s home clean. If you have a camp/folding chair, we could use a few extra. When we're done with our workshop, we'll share a potluck lunch and enrich our community by sharing our hearts with kindred spirits. Bring an entree or side dish to share, plus a beverage (sparkling water, kombucha, wine, beer, or your favorite drink) to add to our potluck buffet. We welcome all dietary preferences (omnivore to vegan, gluten- and dairy-free, etc). Help us keep our Meetup community alive. Meetup group fees are $180 per year, and our workshop hosts give their time and heart to prepare and provide materials. The suggested $10 donation at the door helps to cover these costs, but it is merely a suggestion. Please come regardless of your ability to pay. We are grateful for whatever gift you can offer.

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  • Social Permaculture and Non-Violent Communication (NVC)

    718 Fremont Rd

    $10.00

    Many people think that permaculutre is simply another form of organic gardening, but Earth Care is only one of the three Permaculture Ethics. People Care is the second ethic. This is also called Social Permaculture - the tending and healing of our relationships and communities. We can practice Social Permaculture using the language of Nonviolent Communication (NVC). NVC was developed by Marshall Rosenberg to create more peace and compassion in the world. It is both a process language and a consciousness with the intention of increasing empathy and connection between people. In this participatory workshop, Mary May, an NVC Trainer Candidate, will help us explore the four components of Nonviolent Communication and what empathy is. We will also discuss strategies that are in line with the values of peace and connection when responding to challenging situations. When we're done with our workshop, we'll share potluck refreshments and enrich our community by sharing our hearts with kindred spirits. Bring a light snack to share, plus a beverage (sparkling water, kombucha, wine, beer, or your favorite drink) to add to our potluck buffet. We welcome all dietary preferences (omnivore to vegan, gluten- and dairy-free, etc). Note that the home has three dogs who are shedding profusely and may be casually loafing around. If you have allergies, please do what you need to be comfortable. Please only rsvp if you plan on attending. Space is limited. Help us keep our Meetup community alive. Meetup group fees are $180 per year, and our workshop hosts give their time and heart to prepare and provide materials. The suggested $10 donation at the door helps to cover these costs, but it is merely a suggestion. Please come regardless of your ability to pay. We are grateful for whatever gift you can offer.

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  • Food Preservation Workshop & Luncheon

    901 Grand View Ave

    $10.00

    Preserving food when it's abundant prevents it from going to waste when it cannot all be eaten (think zucchini - oi!). Learn the basics of fermenting, dehydrating, canning, freezing, and root cellaring. We'll talk about how food preservation fits into the three Permaculture Ethics of Earth Care, People Care, and Future Care. We'll also sample some preserved foods and everyone will go home with a ferment. All equipment and supplies will be provided, but if your garden is growing prolificly and you'd like to bring some veggies or herbs to share and ferment, please do! When we're done with our workshop, we'll share potluck luncheon and enrich our community by sharing our hearts with kindred spirits. Bring a light dish to share, plus a beverage (sparkling water, kombucha, wine, beer, or your favorite drink) to add to our potluck buffet. We welcome all dietary preferences (omnivore to vegan, gluten- and dairy-free, etc). Help us keep our Meetup community alive! Meetup group fees are $180 per year and our workshop hosts give their time and heart to prepare and provide materials. The suggested $10 donation at the door helps to cover these costs. We are grateful for your gift!

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