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Re: [San-Antonio-Permaculture] need new organizer

From: Barbara L.
Sent on: Friday, January 11, 2013 1:18 PM
Hi HL and other members,

I just joined yesterday and noticed that there doesn't seem to be much
going on.

I have kind of an interesting situation. I'm in the process of moving
to new office space in central San Antonio. There's about an acre of
land, including the land the building occupies; most of the land is
barren except for bermuda grass and weeds, all of which have been kept
mowed down. The San Antonio Food Pantry, a non-profit organization
that provides free food to students of the San Antonio College system,
operates out of part of the building. My law offices will use only
around 2000 sq ft of a 6800 sq ft space, so there's space for meetings
and classes. I would like to approach the Food Pantry about doing a
small community garden in conjunction with the Food Pantry. The
landlord has said he likes the idea. Since there's less than an acre,
once you account for the space occupied by the building, the garden
would be small by community garden standards, but using permaculture
principles, there's a lot one can do on nearly an acre of land.

I have quite a bit of hands-on experience, have taken workshops with
Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton (years ago) and am working on my
Permaculture Design certification through Cornell University. I'm
actually thinking of using the San Antonio land as my design project
for the course.  I'd be in a position to do some presentations, and
I'll bet there are other qualified people in the area. We might even
be able to get some people with special skills to do workshops on
plant propagation, grafting, etc.(I have experience with propagation
from seeds and cuttings; would love to learn more about grafting).

I wonder if any of the San Antonio-based members would be interested
in getting involved ...

I don't have time to do a good job as organizer for the group, but if
someone else would volunteer for that position, I'd certainly be
willing to help, to the extent of, say, 5 hours per month, possibly a
bit more; and there would be no cost to use the land or to use the
space for meetings or classes.

Barbara Lamar

On Fri, Jan 11, 2013 at 8:00 AM, HL Tyler <[address removed]> wrote:
> I took over the organizer position of SA Permaculture in Practice meetup group because the previous organizer disappeared and the group was about to disappear also if the dues weren't paid.  I find I'm not a good organizer because I don't live in San Antonio so it's hard for me to know where to hold meetups, also I do not know what kinds of activities the members would like to attend.
> This group has over 190 members but we're not meeting each other.  I hope someone will step up and help make this group active, because I think we all care about permaculture, we're just not sure what to do about it!
> Please email me if you'd like to be an organizer, or if you have some ideas for meetups you would like to attend.
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