Past Meetup

Practical Permaculture Principles Presentation

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WHEN: August 29th at 6:00pm

WHO: Jeff Newman of Steel City Soils LLC

This 1-hour presentation will cover practical permaculture principles including examples of projects such as the Cedars Hospice, the Monroeville Public Library, and other urban backyard projects.

The information will cover:
• Sheet-mulching or "lasagna" gardening
• Garden design and layout
• passive water conservation techniques
• Natural soil improvement techniques
• Biodiversity
• Edible landscaping, with a focus on the food forest at Cedars

A main theme of permaculture is using natural design of your garden systems for less human input and more natural landscapes. Attendees of this presentation will get some practical examples of how to apply the permaculture principles in their own projects.

WHERE: Cedars Community Hospice
4363 Northern Pike
Monroeville, PA 15146

Located in Monroeville, the new Cedars Hospice Center now provides a local end-of-life care alternative to families in Pittsburgh’s eastern suburbs and surrounding areas. The Cedars Hospice Center is a peaceful, beautiful and respectful environment in which families can spend their final time together. The technology-advanced and ‘green’ hospice care facility was designed to meet the specialized medical, physical, emotional and spiritual needs of hospice patients and their loved ones, including family lodging accommodations.

Surrounding the newly constructed Cedars Hospice Center, lies an area accessible to families of Cedars hospice patients which promotes healing as each family goes through the end of life process with their loved one, and then through a period of bereavement. This area consists of a combination mini-apiary and permaculture site that has been designed to provide a place for families to sit in and connect with the wholeness of our planet. The emotional, mental and spiritual connection to the biodiversity offered by plant, bee, butterfly and bird life helps to heal the grief of loss.

The Project Team includes permaculture designer, Jeff Newman, Steel City Soils (, and a non-profit promoting the preservation of our regional bee population, BurghBees ( The project team is lead by Cedars Community Hospice board member, John Silvestri (

(Above description as seen on Cedars Website- for more information on how to get there and the permaculture projects being implemented there by Steel City Soils LLC you can visit their website at