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Permie Friends, Great conversation on Tuesday, thank you all for sharing your stories! We talked a bunch about local ecology, as well as sharing stories about our various paths into Permaculture, and also talked about the Native/Invasive Plant debate. The new start and end times seemed to work well, so we'll continue with those, see below. It looks like some of us have the book, Miraculous Abundance, already, so go ahead and start reading, if that's the case. To give others the chance to get it, we'll wait another week to start discussing it, but for Tuesday we'll read these articles on Hedgerows in North America: Okay, I know that last one is on Irish hedgerows, but it's still relevant. Hedgerows are a major element in Permaculture Design, for some regions. I see them as long, narrow Food Forests, and very underused in California, which mostly sees them as a repository of Native pollinator plants. While they certainly can be that, and those are very important aspects of them, they can stack so many more functions than those, like food, fodder, mulch, building materials, medicinals, windbreaks, beauty, habitat, travel corridors, and much more. Also, she goes into the Native/Exotic/Invasive conversation, some, which we have mostly steered clear of in this space, although it's a critical one in the field of Permaculture Design and Ecology. Tao Orion's book, Beyond the War on Invasives is a great introduction to how the global industry of restoration ecology interfaces with the global movement of Permaculture Design. They are not necessarily mutually exclusive, I know Permaculturists who are also Nativists and Eradicationists, and also the reverse, but as the money trail from Big Chem to the Native Plant movement becomes more public, a lot more folks are asking questions about what we're doing and how we're doing it. For the summer, we'll be reading Miraculous Abundance, One Quarter Acre, Two French Farmers, and Enough Food to Feed the World, by Perrine and Charles Hervé-Gruyer, available from Chelsea Green Publishing. I'm thinking to supplement this with readings from Lean Logic, by David Fleming, also from Chelsea Green. Chelsea Green is having a big sale, right now, and lots of books are on very nice discount, including Lean Logic. Anything you don't see on sale can be made on sale by signing up for their newsletter, which gives you 25% off of your first order and advance notice of new releases and sales. We'll wait a couple of weeks on Miraculous Abundance, to give y'all a chance to order it, then start reading it close to the end of July. Also, we're going to try starting at 6pm and ending at 7:30pm, in an effort to accommodate folks' schedules. Always okay to stick around after we formally break, of course. If you have things that are relevant to the topic, and to Permaculture in general, please bring them along. Although Permaculture is a very large tent, please do self-facilitate on this, and save things which are clearly better-suited to other forums for those other forums, If in doubt, bring it along and ask! I know lots of us like shopping at that river-named everything-fast-and-cheap-megastore, online. We're a Convenient, Cheap and Now culture, and they played a big role in getting us that way. That said, please support our local bookstores when buying books for our book groups. Books, Inc (Mountain View, Palo Alto) can get books in quickly, if they're not already on their shelves. Other good bookstores are The Linden Tree (Los Altos), Leigh's (Sunnyvale) and Kepler's (Menlo Park), as well as some nice used book stores. Have a local bookstore you like? Let me know! If it's really important to you to shop online, consider ordering directly from the publisher. Lots of our books come from Chelsea Green Publishing, and they could use our support. • We'll be using the same guidelines as the Transition Cafés: • Whoever shows up are the right people- Whenever it starts is the right time • Speak when you are moved to speak • The conversation gets to go where it wants to go • Pauses in conversation are good, they allow information to sink in, thoughts to happen, and quieter people to have a chance to speak • Silent listening is fine, you do not need to speak if you do not wish to • The "Law of Mobility": if you feel like you are neither learning nor contributing, you may use your mobility to find a place in which you are doing so • Bring friends, if we overpopulate the venue, we'll figure something else out • If you are able, please buy stuff from the venues. We're trying to support local businesses! • Anyone can host a Café! All you need is an hour or two, an independent café you like, this list of guidelines, and a starting subject. Bring something to read while you wait for folks to show up (see the first guideline). Topic: Permaculture Questions and Conversation Tuesday, 25 July, 6:00-7:30pm Pioneer Memorial Park, behind the Library, Church Street, Mountain View If you are receiving this through either the South Bay Permaculture Meetup or the Transition Palo Alto googlegroup, consider joining the other group, too, lots of great things happening on both, and they are very connected to each other. See you at the Café, William +++++++++ Notes/Homework: Find and start to read Miraculous Abundance, Hedgerow articles from ( Spend time at your sit spot, just observing what is happening around you, for at least 20 minutes a couple of times a week.Schedule field trips to Village Homes and Mountain Feed and Farm Supply

Red Rock Cafe

201 Castro Street · Mountain View, CA

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The purpose of this meetup is to bring together people interested in the principles of Permaculture Design: Care of the Earth, Care of People, Share the Surplus... Meetups will offer easily accessible ideas and information to those interested in working with nature to improve their quality of life.

Permaculture is a holistic, “big-picture” approach to design which can apply to almost any field. Imagine a world where plants and living systems do most of the work instead of machines and production lines. Industrial technology is arguably reaching its limit, while nature's design potential has yet to be explored. Permaculture is about creating enduring design systems that mimic the simplicity and sophistication of nature - and of course community - the most resilient design system of all!

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