Starting 6/26/12 my family and I are going on a two week vacation.
First week is in Florida and second week will be in Texas.
I am trying to show my family all the great things about Permaculture.
Is there a large I.E.: land food forest, cob building, homesteading, survival skill, primitive skill, tour, event or activities, so on that I can impress my family what's Permaculture all about. I am willing to drive there to pay to stay for a day log or entrance fee to visit these sites.
I would like some information on the two states we are heading to. We have only limited amount of days to attend all events.
Verde Gardens in Homestead, FL could be a possibility. Contact Jason Long - he's a regular on this forum. It's a 22 acrepermaculture operation that feeds the people who live and work there.
Certifiable food forest gardener, free gardening advice offered and accepted. Permaculture is the intersection of environmentalsim and agriculture.
Location: USA, West central Florida
posted 6 years ago
Unbelievable Acres Botanic Gardens in West Palm Beach, FL would be another good one.
The Garden was established in 1970 by Gene Joyner and is one of Florida’s largest private collections of tropical fruit trees. The Garden has some 2,000 varieties of plants, including over 170 varieties of fruit trees. It also has orchids, bamboo, bromeliads, palms, and ferns.
Call ahead for a reservation and to find out the schedule of guided tours.
They give tours of their facility, and have a tropical fruit nursery, many demonstration areas, and a store on site with plants, seeds, and publications you don't see every day.
ECHO is a great farm. They have a bunch of demonstration areas set up to show, for example, growing food on a cement roof with no soil, growing on steep hillsides, etc. Worth many visits.
posted 6 years ago
Thank you so much for the replies. We want to see and get a taste of it before making major life changes. If anyone new to this permaculture that is reading this I suggest they do what I am doing. This is a dramatic change to lifestyle before you purchase or think of going permaculture or homesteading, have a try out for a week. Not everyone can handle this. Please keeps the info coming and I will reschedule my vacation around it as much as I can.
Unfortunately you're going to miss the monthly Organic Growers Meeting (June 20th), there are always some permies there.
There's a couple with a 5 acre property in east Orlando called the Econ Farm that incorporates a lot of permaculture techniques - unfortunately the way building code enforcement is around here you're probably not going to find any composting toilets, though they wanted to go all out when they built their place. If you PM me I can send you their contact info.