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Eco-Village presentation and meeting near Chelsea
We are doing a two-part event for Sylvan's NeighborWood. Come to either part, or both. We would like to assume that everyone coming to Part 2 is motivated and has seen our introductory presentation first. 3:00-4:30. Part 1: Presentation: An introduction for anyone in the general public who would like to learn about our community. 4:30-6:00. Part 2: Community Conversation: A planning and organizing meeting for interested community members. Even if you may not end up living in our community, but you would like to be involved -- helping to build, planting, advising, developing the social structure, or investing with us -- then this is for you. We will talk about latest updates and decisions we will need to make in the coming months. Pizza will be provided. Are you interested in the idea of living in an ecological community? Sylvan's NeighborWood is being planned for a 22-acre piece of land near Chelsea. Please come to our informational meeting to learn more and, possibly, get involved. This is an integrated residential and agricultural community of off-grid, energy efficient homes utilizing natural building techniques such as straw bale, cob, and thatch where appropriate. Residents are also encouraged to bring their own home designs that are consistent with community guidelines. Some tiny house lots are planned as part of the mix, particularly for their affordability advantages. The back area of the property will be mostly devoted to a fruit and nut silvopasture with sheep and goats grazing in the orchard. There is envisioned a dairy operation with the goats and potentially cheese-making. Also planned are a sizable CSA-style vegetable area, a plant nursery, and an "edible park" of smaller fruit trees, berries, and herbs in the midst of the central community gathering space and outdoor kitchen. In the presentation we will have more information about community life, home options, preliminary cost estimates, and status of the project overall. See what this is all about! All of the event is free. We can look forward to spring when we cab again bake pizzas in the outdoor earth oven on site. Next time! But for now we are providing indoor pizza in Part 2 of the meeting. Web site:

Arctic Breakaway upstairs back room

501 Coliseum Dr. · Chelsea, mi

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    What is permaculture? “Permaculture is a design system based on ethics and principles which can be used to establish, design, manage and improve all efforts made by individuals, households and communities towards a sustainable future.” - David Holmgren, co-creator of permaculture. The goal of permaculture is to care for the earth and each other by creating harmonious and mutually beneficial relationships through observation of and working with the existing patterns of nature. It can be applied in gardens, technology, businesses, homes, communities, groups, or any other designable system. The Washtenaw Permaculture Guild is one such group that is applying permaculture design to its own development. We see this group as an evolving resource to help facilitate the application of permaculture, it’s principles, and connection with others who wish to be involved with permaculture in Washtenaw County and the greater Southeast Michigan Area. Our first focus is the Buhr Park Food Forest to give us a real world physical and social context, allowing the group to plan further activities that specifically reflect the needs and desires of the group. Some examples might be site visits, study groups, field trips, forage walks, workshops, or whatever else you can dream up. Check out our calendar for upcoming and past events. We invite you to join us at any of our upcoming events, where you can meet other permaculturists, get a bite to eat, and share in the learning. In the end we feel that simply learning about permaculture increases awareness of our world’s connectedness and is a step towards sustainability.

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