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I live in metro Atlanta, and am interested in connecting with some other people that are interested in permaculture. I am suburban, so I have a relatively small space in my back yard, but I am taking a shot at it. Are there any current clubs or groups people would recommend? I am trying to stay away from groups that just appear to be interested in prize-winning hydrangeas, or things like that. Any advice is appreciated. I apologize if this is info that is located somewhere else, but I can't find it.
 
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adam johnson wrote:I live in metro Atlanta, and am interested in connecting with some other people that are interested in permaculture. I am suburban, so I have a relatively small space in my back yard, but I am taking a shot at it. Are there any current clubs or groups people would recommend? I am trying to stay away from groups that just appear to be interested in prize-winning hydrangeas, or things like that. Any advice is appreciated. I apologize if this is info that is located somewhere else, but I can't find it.



Adam, I'm in Athens, and I just found out about a group called PlowShare that looks very promising: https://www.plowshareoc.org/

I'm going to my first outing with them tomorrow, a tour of some local gardens. I'll let you know the sense I get of them, but the person that turned me onto them is definitely not your prize-winning hydrangea type!

 
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Hi Adam, I am here in Roswell, and looking to connect with like-minded folks going into permaculture.  I am just starting to do some experiments in the backyard, but aim to get some land up by Suches/blairsville over the next 2 years, and going full on permie/off-grid.  Are you up in this part of Atlanta Metro?  Let's connect, and find more folks to share the journey with.
 
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Adam, I'm in Athens, and I just found out about a group called PlowShare that looks very promising: https://www.plowshareoc.org/

I'm going to my first outing with them tomorrow, a tour of some local gardens. I'll let you know the sense I get of them, but the person that turned me onto them is definitely not your prize-winning hydrangea type!



Hi, did you ever end up going to this? If do, how did it go? They seem interesting but the website was bare bones. Thanks.
 
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adam johnson wrote:

Diane Kistner wrote:
Adam, I'm in Athens, and I just found out about a group called PlowShare that looks very promising: https://www.plowshareoc.org/

I'm going to my first outing with them tomorrow, a tour of some local gardens. I'll let you know the sense I get of them, but the person that turned me onto them is definitely not your prize-winning hydrangea type!



Hi, did you ever end up going to this? If do, how did it go? They seem interesting but the website was bare bones. Thanks.



I did. I went to what was actually a farms tour, which was really inspiring. Two different couples who have been gardening for decades showed the different plants they grow and methods, what works for them and why, and what didn't work or challenges they are facing and how. Two very different approaches, but both very mindful of Georgia's growing challenges (deer, etc.), and both showing incredible bounty. Then I went to the monthly meeting (first Monday of the month), which (unlike their usual planned presentations) was a sharing session and tomato tasting. I'm guessing there were maybe 75 people there. They have a monthly raffle table, and most of what was on the table was interesting transplants and garden veggies the members brought in to raffle, but I scored a wonderful PVC weeder tool made by Don, whose farm we toured, plus some chocolate mint and irises for my pond. Our county's new extension agent also came. They also have a potluck at 6:30, and there was an awesome tomato pie among many other dishes. I had a great time.

I suspect a lot of these people don't know about permaculture, but I'm sure they would be very interested in learning about it. I was just Googling for permaculture folks in Athens, and I found this group:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/Athens-Permaculture-361128638894/about/?ref=page_internal

Unfortunately, this is on Facebook, and I don't do Facebook. But I'm going to try to get in touch with them. They have a study group that looks like it meets monthly.

 
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Barry Kaufman wrote:Hi Adam, I am here in Roswell, and looking to connect with like-minded folks going into permaculture.  I am just starting to do some experiments in the backyard, but aim to get some land up by Suches/blairsville over the next 2 years, and going full on permie/off-grid.  Are you up in this part of Atlanta Metro?  Let's connect, and find more folks to share the journey with.



Hi, I did not see this earlier. I sent you a “purple moosage” about this, in case you do not see it. Thanks.
 
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I did. I went to what was actually a farms tour, which was really inspiring. Two different couples who have been gardening for decades showed the different plants they grow and methods, what works for them and why, and what didn't work or challenges they are facing and how. Two very different approaches, but both very mindful of Georgia's growing challenges (deer, etc.), and both showing incredible bounty. Then I went to the monthly meeting (first Monday of the month), which (unlike their usual planned presentations) was a sharing session and tomato tasting. I'm guessing there were maybe 75 people there. They have a monthly raffle table, and most of what was on the table was interesting transplants and garden veggies the members brought in to raffle, but I scored a wonderful PVC weeder tool made by Don, whose farm we toured, plus some chocolate mint and irises for my pond. Our county's new extension agent also came. They also have a potluck at 6:30, and there was an awesome tomato pie among many other dishes. I had a great time.

I suspect a lot of these people don't know about permaculture, but I'm sure they would be very interested in learning about it. I was just Googling for permaculture folks in Athens, and I found this group:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/Athens-Permaculture-361128638894/about/?ref=page_internal

Unfortunately, this is on Facebook, and I don't do Facebook. But I'm going to try to get in touch with them. They have a study group that looks like it meets monthly.




Alright thanks, good info. I will check this out, Athens may end up being worth the drive.
 
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