Exciting opportunities to learn this year at Salamander Springs Farm!
Big thanks to Ziggy L. and Carrie B. for helping bring you this update.
Fall 2019 Permaculture in Practice Weekend Intensive!
An inspiring group of brothers and sisters came together at Salamander Springs last September--people doing the important work of transforming places and people's lives in Washington D.C., Queens, NY, the Maori community Northland, New Zealand, Nashville TN, and our own Kentucky cities and rural areas. We left inspired and empowered to continue building community and skills formed during that memorable weekend.
Permaculture Skills Days 2020!
Intensive, hands-on day-long workshops. Return home with the confidence, knowledge and skills to put your dreams into practice!
MAY 9: Staple Grains & Dry Beans without Tillage Continuous relay cropping system inspired by Masanobu Fukuoka's Natural Way of Farming and 3-Sisters polyculture cornfields Susana learned in Latin America. Early season introduction to some of skills developed in the September Permaculture in Practice workshop. Seed selection included.
JULY 4: Soil Health Principles & Practice Spend your 4th of July learning how to help reverse our current climate crisis! We will cover a lot of ground: carbon farming with permanent beds and no-till methods, contour swales, water and nutrient capture, cover crops, mulches, composting, fertility management, humanure and other “waste” cycling.
AUGUST 8: Low Tech Harnessing the Sun’s Energy Open your mind to DIY possibilities for becoming less tied to the grid, including self-built solarshower, solar dehydrator, sun oven, passive solar heating and building methods, off-grid solar electric, composting toilet, working with gravity in water capture, pond heat storage and season extension.
Small group practicum on a hugelcultur bed during last fall's Permaculture in Practice weekend.
SEPTEMBER 18-20 Annual Permaculture in Practice Weekend
Salamander Springs Farm will join forces again this year with the The Year of Mud to host its popular annual Permaculture in Practice intensive! An exciting opportunity to immerse in the myriad aspects of living on a self-built, off-grid farm dedicated to regenerative permaculture farming practices including permanent garden bed management and hugelkultur, contour swales, ponds, water, no-till staple crops, utilizing solar energy, natural building and more. A fun and memorable weekend of learning not to be missed!
Use local & renewable resources for water, energy, building, nutrients.
Grow diverse food crops, staples grains and dry beans without tillage.
Experience building with clay & straw, local lumber, salvage, earthen floor, passive solar tiny house, solar shower, humanure compost toilet, solar food dehydrator.
Enjoy farm-grown veggies, staple foods, fruits, herbs, wild forage, nuts.
DETAILS & REGISTRATION
Salamander Springs Farm is committed to making permaculture skills workshops accessible to people with less resources and advantages in our society.
Contact us if you would like to donate a workshop scholarship to someone disadvantaged by race, ethnicity, sex, or economic circumstances, or if you would need to access a work-trade scholarship.
For a schedule of other events, conferences and workshops where Susana will be teaching in 2020, see the website Upcoming Events page.
Gratitude circle at last year's permaculture workshop.
No-till Market Garden Podcast Susana was in another podcast this winter hosted by Jesse Frost. His podcast is fostering the growth of the organic no-till movement across the world. Check it out!
Need support getting started on your dreams and goals?
Susana is available for consultations and can offer workshops in your community. See website for more inforation and contact us to plan a skills workshop or schedule a consultation at your homestead, community, farm or backyard.
Winter Storm & Challenges at the Farm
Opportunities to Support Salamander Springs
It has been a challenging winter at Salamander Springs Farm. After repairs to the old solar electric system and other unexpected expenses, a severe storm on January 11 did a lot of damage. Susana has been salvaging, repairing and taking on extra work. She is deeply grateful for a caring and nurturing community who have reached out in so many ways. She wants to thank many of you who have emailed, and regrets that being off-grid without internet, she's not able to individually reply to each of you.
A few folks have asked how they can help. For those close-by, Susana would be grateful for help with clean-up and repair parties at the farm once the weather warms. You can also donate to a clean-up and repair fund using the Paypal link below. Lastly, share this newsletter and workshops with your community. As you know, Susana doesn't have social media. Thank you! ♥