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Permaculture resources I've found in and around New York, Pennsylvania ( PA ) and Ohio

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Location: NE Ohio (Zone 6a, on the cusp of 6b) 38.7" annual precip
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Hi All-

I live in NE Ohio, just east of Cleveland.

I've come across some resources that I really have been getting a lot out of, and so want to share.
I think they'll be especially great for those of you in New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania (PA), as they are nearby:

1. Holden Arboretum
I've attended 2 events that surprised me in their permaculture content:
a. June 15th, a "Tree Flash" event, where the CEO (!) of the Arboretum and another of the botanists, did a tour of 6 species of trees, and presented detailed info and answered questions. I got my questions about PawPaws answered, as they have a good patch there. They were obviously no strangers to the words 'permaculture' and 'guilds'.
b. July 20-21, Forest Farming workshop. This was about "conservative production": what you can produce and use from an intact forest.
(I regret not posting this ahead of time for you, but I was only able to go due to being forced to cancel other plans, due to an accident on my bike!)
What I found remarkable was the low cost / low effort of producing / harvesting / stewarding forest products, especially if you are producing for your own use, or your use, plus some to sell.

2. The 2 speakers at the Forest Farming workshop were good, and both hail from Cornell (one retired).
I think it's worthwhile to seek out their speaking engagements:
1. Ken Mudge

Also, Ken and colleague Steve Gabriel participate in this site:

FYI, Steve Gabriel has posted at permies, here:

And, the other speaker was Bob Beyfuss, "Mr. Ginseng"
If you are considering stewarding ginseng, he is expert; his website:
Mr. Beyfuss also presented some really interesting info about leasing forest land for hunting, that opened my eyes, not being a hunter myself.
Much cheaper than I'd thought to set it up, and more options than I'd considered (eg can restrict to just bow hunting, etc.).

2. Cornell / Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute ONLINE Permaculture Design Course (PDC).
Ken Mudge told me of this:
Starts in early September, 2013
I don't have any firsthand experience with this program (I'm currently taking Geoff Lawton's online PDC), but you can see some testimonials from Finger Lakes' 'in-person' PDC on their website.

I see one of the instructors of the Finger Lakes in-person PDC has been posting notices of those, in this forum (eastern usa). Yay!

3. And I've been using this free e-book on Guilds, from Midwest Permaculture, to help me in learning design for our temperate climate:
It's helping me with my suburban lot, situated in an oak forest.

OK -- hope these help!
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Nothing to add to your insightful list, I've opened several of your links in 'new tabs' to check out just now.

What I would like to do with this post is simply give recognition and thanks for your taking the time to share this. It's been a few months since you posted, and over 300 of us have read it, and I'm sure that more than a few of the others on this site also appreciate your effort.

Have an awesome day!

Mariamne Ingalls
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Location: NE Ohio (Zone 6a, on the cusp of 6b) 38.7" annual precip
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Aw Shucks, Josh -- thanks for the shout-out!

Thanks for pointing out the number of views -- I'd sort of forgotten about this post - hope it's helped a few!

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