Also, along the lines of more organized/actively designing/PDC-offering locales, there are a few folks up in Chico (Brian and Stephanie Ladwig-Cooper of Gaia Creations). Then of course, Occidental Arts & Ecology in Sebastopol, like Regenerative Design Institute, must have a wider network as should the folks in Petaluma (Permaculture Skills Center)...
Matt, I'm not currently in anybody's network (been in Europe the last 3 years), but when I get back to the US I hope to change that. Not that it's really close enough to you, but I think the Davis group meets periodically at the Davis Food Co-op… maybe that's a place to start?
Wendy Smyer Yu wrote:Jennifer! You caught me on my first post on permies! Did you ever get my email some months ago (back when I signed up for your email list)? I love reading about the stuff you're up to, and the updates on the Watershed Management Group activities.
Wendy - I DID! And then Yahoo started acting hinky and search as I might, I never found it again. Sigh. So glad to see you here. When are you back in the US?
Cassie Langstraat wrote:So it is an urban lot then? I am guessing because you said downtown sacramento.. Ha
Well, I live in Downtown Sacramento and for "real" downtowners its outside of the "grid" but for almost anyone else, its in the heart of what most call downtown.
You can google it at 3941 y street, 95818
Other than lots of mature trees, its mostly dirt at the moment, we bought it in July of this year.
The pecan trees have a small fig and two loquats under them and I am seriously considering trying to create a food forrest underneath them although I am not entirely sold on the concept AND pecans drip very stock sap all year long so that might be a problem.
I took over a sustanability meetup group that wasn't doing much and am working at getting it going. We are going to start doing "barn raisers" where we go to each other's homes and help out with projects in each other's yards.
Sustanability meetup group
If anyone is in town and needs a place to crash or wants to put some work in, just let me know!
Wendy Smyer Yu wrote:Michael, I just joined your meetup. I'm not sure how often I'll be able to come from Woodland to Sac, but I like your idea of sharing assistance on each other's yards and passing abilities around. Your property sounds amazing. I'm just starting and so far the only "productive" thing I've got is a budleia that blooms through summer, regardless of drought. I also have a young volunteer fig coming up under some very drought-stressed birches and after 6 weeks being unable to identify two massive trees in my backyard I stepped on a pecan the other day and thought the idea was preposterous (there are no other obvious nuts on the trees and I didn't think they do well in the valley) until I found another under a paver and saw your post… So, maybe I have pecan trees… Other than that, I have a huge garden space with raised beds (which will be removed in favor of a sunken bed approach) and tons of roses and the ubiquitous stretch of (now turning brown) lawn.
Wendy, there are members all over in the group, I am sure there are some in Davis and perhaps even Woodland. I am going to do a "harvest party" with our pecans which are going to be ripe soon, any chance you would be interested in hosting something similar out that way?
As an aside, I am not one for taking out existing infrastructure, any chance you could keep the raised beds in production and ADD in sunken beds? We are getting ready to host this saturday an event centered around winter garndens and cover crops, any chance you could attend that? Would you be willing to host something similar out your way? I am not sure what happened to it but I had an event without a date to tour a wool mill out your way in Woodland at Wool Mill in Yolo/Woodland and perhaps we could create an event at your place AND a tour?
I saw your Saturday event and am sorry that I have visiting family and related obligations this weekend. bummer!
Honestly, I'd love to come - winter veggies are my favorite and I need a kick in the pants to get things going. I'll use some of my beds for that this winter and for as long as I have the beds as this is a slow-going project here. Unfortunately the layout of the beds is awkward and un-aesthetic and space-hogging, leaving no room for anything else. But I'm taking things piecemeal so...
If indeed I do have pecans, the trees must not be producing hardly anything due to having been very very pruned back before I bought the house. Two pecans on the ground don't make two pecan trees and as far as I can tell (with binoculars because nothing is reachable from ground level), I have no other evidence. So, before we start planning pecan harvests, I'm going to need positive identification or else we'll blame the crows for dropping things in my yard!
Ultimately, I'd be delighted to host something - not sure what's suitable for my place yet… but if I can collect enough food-grade buckets from local stores we could at least do a self-watering-container workshop . Give me a few months for that one, though, I only have 3 buckets so far.
The yolo wool mill is having an event on October 25th (http://yolowoolmill.com/events.html) - We could do something in conjunction with that date, conceivably, except at this point I'm still unpacking boxes and painting walls, etc - not particularly permie oriented, so maybe let's hold off for a bit
I'm happy to make local connections - back when I lived here (2000-2011) there wasn't a lot of permie stuff going on until right around the time I was leaving.