I also wanted to tell you about Harvest Roots Farm. Here is their add for their event on August 17th 5-8pm. Address is Falkville Alabama, near Huntsville. Harvest Roots would like to invite you to our very first farm-to-table dinner! We offer a
four-course meal featuring new ferments accompanied by beverage pairings, a tour of our
farm, and quality company. You’re encouraged to tell a friend (preferably those whom you
don’t mind spending some quality time with). Limited space available, so hurry!
It is of the utmost importance that you let us know of any dietary restrictions in advance.
DeVonn Francis is our chef and friend who studies art and design in New York, but was born and raised in Virginia by two incredible, incredibly Jamaican parents. We find that DeVonn's meals create a nourishing experience that maximizes abundance. We are inspired by DeVonn's resourcefulness with both foraged, cultivated and fermented foods.
Yes, The Farm, also known as The Hippie Farm by the locals is in Summertown. I actually stayed at a house on The Farm while I took the PDC at Spiral Ridge (most others camped at Spiral Ridge). The Farm was a commune back in the '70's but is now an intentional community. Albert Bates is over the Ecovillage there. Probably it would be good to visit the Ecovillage and Spiral Ridge. Part of the PDC involved visits to The Farm, where we did a mandala garden at The Farm's school as a service project and we visited a man who has an anearobic composting outfit. Very cool to see that as well. What I like about Spiral Ridge is that it's a family homestead where they run a business, teach about permaculture, and they are actually making a living off of permaculture--living the dream! Their homestead is multidimensional--lots of things to learn about how all the puzzle pieces fit together. Also, they use materials from the local Amish community, as well as having a barter system with other others in the community. They are truly inspiring.
Hi, I got my PDC at Spiral Ridge Permaculture Farm in Summertown, Tennessee, which is about an hour's drive south of Nashville. TN. They are open to having people visit. They are wonderful homesteaders and have a dynamic permaculture set-up. Contact Jessie Smith, Cliff Davis or Jennifer Albanese. Also, you may want to join the permaculture groups on Facebook. I belong to Southeast Permaculture and Central Alabama Permaculture Enthusiasts groups on Facebook. Hope this helps.
Nathan, I just read about a permaculture design course in Austin (this August) that uses the students to do community projects. These students could work on the property possibly. Let me know if you'd like to hear more about this. I learned about the course from a post on the Permacuture group on the social network "Linked In."
There is a nonprofit urban farm here in Birmingahm, AL. It's called Jones Valley Urban Farm. Check out the write-up by Grist at this web link: http://grist.org/article/food-keeping-up-with-jones-valley-urban-farm/
Charles, I am here in Alabama as well. When do you guys plan on moving? Charleston is a beautiful place but I know nothing about the permaculture community there. Have you and your family dapple with permaculture here in AL? I am shoring up my erosional issues and am reinforcing property structures since I live on a steep hill, but after that will add more trees, shrubs, vines, veg/flowers, etc.
Ladies, it is so cool to see you community-minded and sharing the comraderie and enthusiasm in your gardening. Part of permaculture is to share! Part of my zeal for permaculture is my health. I am trying to get all endocrine disruptors (esp. estrogen mimicking chemicals) out of my life so I can be healthier. I am aslo very frugal and love to play in soil. Low and behold I have discovered I'm not the only person (woman) who loves soil. There's a wonderful movie about soil called Dirt: The Movie (web link http://www.dirtthemovie.org/). I strongly recommend it. It is based on a book by the same name.
To add to what I just posted, I found the inspiring You Tube video called Farm for the Future - BBC Dokumentary 2009! (under the search heading permaculture documentary). This is a wonderful story of a woman in Devon England and her path toward permaculture. She talks about fossil fuel and its link to food....
The PDC goal has to do with the fact that i have taught high school and college science and want to switch gears. I get frustrated with the idea that my current teaching situation fits in to the old ways of thinking and doing and we as a society/planet need to think and do things differently for our own survival. My son was stunned to learn that in his father's and my lifetime the human population on this planet had gone from 4 billion to 7 billion. So I feel very passionate that my nest career move needs to be getting a PDC, implementing and teaching permaculture. I want to recommend to you a You Tube video I just saw: Permaculture, Peak Oil, Climate Change and the Soul of the World - ANIMA MUNDI official trailer 2011
Anyway, I need a livlihood that I will feel good about and I think the PDC may be the answer for me.
As to your revelation about the secret lives of plants, I've had that before. Probably all us plant people get this, although it would be interesting to find out whether or not that is true (student research project?!!)...
To me, permaculture is very efficient. Why do we have to drive far distances or get food that has travelled far distances when we can just grow our own food? My theme for this semester is "efficiency."
I bought a paperback of Toby Hemenway's Gaia's Garden fairly inexpensively off Amazon and it was in excellent condition. I used a credit card. Amazon has a lot of great reads that are pretty cheap.
I have seen the movie, Dirt, too, an I highly recommend it. In fact, I showed it to my class of 34 last fall. I have been teaching people for a long time about caring for mother earth, but like you, I read Gaia's Garden (this past fall), and now I want to walk the walk in addition to talking the talk. I like it that you became a master gardener. I have a fantastic botanical gardens nearby that offers master gardener courses and I had considered taking them. You are an inspiration. I am seriously considering a PDC.
I love your use of the term mind bomb. I checked out Toby Hemenway's Gaia's Garden from my library this past fall and loved it so much I bought it for myself in December as a Christmas present to me. I have become so psyched about permaculture that I've started implementing projects in my own suburban yard, with an intention to get a better property for full implementation in the next few years. I am so psyched to get a PDC, teach/demonstrate the concepts and to spread the revolution.
Your enthusiasm as well as others on this forum give me hope!