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EDIBLE WEED WALKS and PLANT CLASSES Message Board › Work towards your dream of country living and/or working in harmony with Nat

Work towards your dream of country living and/or working in harmony with Nature producing food

Cindy M.
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Group Organizer
Nashville, TN
Co-create your home - in - country community; Learn to cooperate with Nature producing food

Hello Weed Eater,

In this letter I am sharing with you several events that are coming up.

Opportunity for country living in community

A bit down the road from where Martin and I live is a small abandoned farm with pasture and a wooded hillside, that could accomodate roughly 10 homes leaving plenty of room for gardens and animals.  We would so dearly love to have folks living near by who are into minimizing their carbon foot print and raising food on their land. Neighbors sharing and caring is a huge contributor to security and resilience.

We pointed this property out to the Nashville Co-housing Group - the Rural group, and they have contacted the owner, found the asking price and are talking to Metro Codes.

Here are a few of the advantages of participating in a Co-housing project:

1. Cost of land purchase and architect fees are shared.

2. True Community develops as members collaboratively design common space and common land usage, by the consensus process.("common" means what is equally owned and shared by the group, by agreement).

3. When you move in, you already know the neighbors, because you all designed and worked towards your home and community together.

4. Householders own their own home or apartment while sharing a large common house that typically has a large kitchen, dining areas, guest rooms, or whatever else the members co-design.

5. The experience of living in a co-housing community is more close knit than what has become the norm in American life of so much isolation and neighbors barely interacting.

This particular piece of property can hold roughly 10  (hopefully passive solar designed) homes as well as off -the -grid homes,  according to what the group decides and Metro codes permits.

This Sunday at 1:30, a tour of this property will be happening.

Either or both Cindy MoonRose or Martin Holsinger plan to attend and point out possibilities of design and land use as we are familiar with alternative building and Permaculture Design Principles.

So, if you hold in your heart a dream of living in the country and do not see a way to at this moment, come on out and at least get some ideas, and meet other folks who dream of living in the country.

Go sign up at­

Maybe you will be living down the road from us within a couple of years!


Cindy MoonRose and Martin Holsinger



Edible Ecosystems Emerging: A 9 Day Forest Garden Design Intensive
What is Edible Forest Gardening?
­” Edible forest gardening is the art and science of putting plants together in woodlandlike patterns that forge mutually beneficial relationships, creating a garden ecosystem that is more than the sum of its parts. You can grow fruits, nuts, vegetables, herbs, mushrooms, other useful plants, and animals in a way that mimics natural ecosystems. You can create a beautiful, diverse, high-yield garden. If designed with care and deep understanding of ecosystem function, you can also design a garden that is largely self-maintaining. In many of the world’s temperate-climate regions, your garden would soon start reverting to forest if you were to stop managing it. We humans work hard to hold back succession—mowing, weeding, plowing, and spraying. If the successional process were the wind, we would be constantly motoring against it. Why not put up a sail and glide along with the land’s natural tendency to grow trees? By mimicking the structure and function of forest ecosystems we can gain a number of benefits.”

The Farm, Summertown, TN

Join us for a nine-day intensive that will empower you to start designing your own edible ecosystems. An optional practicum will follow the course.

Intensive dates: October 5-14
Practicum dates: October 16-21

Cost for intensive is sliding scale: $1200-$1600. First 15 registered get $50 discount. Any fees paid above the minimum goes to a scholarship fund for fellow students. Food and housing is included.

Visit­ for more details.

Contact with questions, for more information on scholarship details, and to register.

Many blessings!


17th Annual Biodynamic Conference
September 28-30, 2012
Long Hungry Creek Farm
17th Annual Biodynamic Conference & Celebration, an annual fall festival held at Long Hungry Creek Farm in Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee, brings together biodynamic farmers, gardeners, healers, scholars, families, neighbors and friends for a weekend of workshops, conversation and celebration that is sure to inspire a first-hand relationship with quality soil, food, and overall vitality.



  • 2310 Long Hungry Rd, Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee 37150

  • This year's theme is cooperation. As farmers, we choose to steward our land by cooperating with the elements around us, rather than fighting them with poisons, yet as producers we are encouraged to engage in competition with our fell... ow growers. The current cultural
    streams reward individualism, and promote isolation. Let's talk about closing these gaps and creating a healthy and harmonious future.

    Tentative Schedule:
    1 to 4 p.m. Afternoon Workshops – Farm Tours
    4 to 6 p.m. Reception and Registration
    6 p.m. Biodynamic Banquet

    8 a.m. Breakfast
    9 to 11 a.m. Workshops
    12 p.m. Lunch and garden party
    2 to 4 p.m. Workshops
    5 p.m. Circle together
    6:30 p.m. Biodynamic Banquet
    7:30 p.m. Talent Show
    9 p.m. Bonfire, Barn Dance

    8 a.m. Breakfast
    9 a.m. Favorite passages from Steiner's Agriculture Course
    11 a.m. Q&A with workshop leaders
    12 p.m. Lunch
    2 p.m. More Farm Tours
    6 p.m. Dinner and Good-byes

    Conference Fees:
    $100 if pre-registered by September 7
    $125 at the door
    $50 per day
    Children, as always, are free
    Please send registration check to:
    Jeff Poppen, PO Box 163, Red Boiling Springs, TN 37150
    Please pre-register by calling 615-699-4676[/url] or emailing­ or by sending a check. Volunteers are welcomed, and no one will be turned away for financial reasons.

    Free camp sites are available at Long Hungry Creek Farm. We do not offer power or water hook-ups. See­ for hotel lodging. Please, NO dogs.

    Download PDF flyer ­­ See More[/url]



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