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Living Sustainably: 5-Session Permaculture Workshop Series at Fullerton Arboretum in Fullerton, CA

Regenerative, productive, integrated, sustainable – these are the hallmarks of permaculture design. Join us for this exciting series where we’ll take a look at a variety of natural processes that can work to your benefit in your home, garden, and neighborhoods. Whether at a large estate or a small apartment, learn how you can minimize work, maximize productivity, save energy and turn waste into resource, all while enriching the local ecosystem with a beautiful garden that thrives year after year.

Each session includes exercises, lectures, and discussions centered upon the five-finger resources of permaculture design: food, shelter, water, energy, and waste. Sessions are designed to help participants develop, implement, and begin benefiting from personalized and ecologically-sound plans and practices for maximizing resource use.

Dr. Bill Roley is an applied ecologist, environmental instructor and Permaculture design consultant with a Ph.D. in social sciences and training in ecological restoration. Dr. Kirstie Stramler is a scientist with a PhD in Atmospheric Science, and holds Permaculture Design and Permaculture Aid Worker Certificates from the Permaculture Research Institute in Australia.

Introductory Lecture
Permaculture Principles: A Holistic Approach to Resource Use

Join us to consider how you can maximize your resources! Instructor Bill Roley will introduce the strategies of permaculture and lead participants in a discussion of the potential of their personal and community resources including food, space, labor and assets. Lecture includes a walk through the Arboretum highlighting examples of permaculture strategies at work.

FREE / Fri / Sept 10 / 4:00-6:00 pm / Pavilion classrooms
Preregistration appreciated / Call by Wed, Sept 8 / 657-278-3407

Session 1: Community-Scale Food Production

Saturday 10:30 am – 4:00 pm
Participants will consider local food resources and cultivation potential within their own homes and neighborhoods, including taking stock of personal and community food, space, labor, and assets for Sunday follow-up. Saturday activities will include a demonstration of a high-yield herb garden planted in a small space using a nature-mimicking spiral design. An introduction will be given to the native food-producing plants that thrive in the Arboretum.

Sunday Afternoon 1:00-5:00 pm
Building upon Saturday’s activities, groups organized by neighborhood will engage in brainstorming prototype community food maps. Learn how you can take practical actions towards long-term food security and energy savings through community interaction.

Sat-Sun / Sept 18-19 / Sat 10:30 am – 4:00 pm / Sun 1:00-5:00 pm / Pavilion classrooms
$48/members  $55/nonmembers
Register for entire 5-class series and receive a $30 discount: $210/members   $245/nonmembers
Preregistration recommended / Call by Wed, Sept 15 / 657-278-3407

Session 2:  Redefining Waste
Learn how to use your household waste to its greatest potential! Permaculture looks at waste as an underutilized resource and pollution as a misplaced asset. In other words, waste = food! Beginning with a survey of Fullerton Arboretum’s sustainable waste management practices, instructors will guide you through activities exploring the variety of options for putting decomposition to work at your home. Class includes demonstrations of home composting, landscape mulching, and grass-cycling.

Sat / Oct 2 / 10:30 am – 4:00 pm / Oak Hall Classroom
$48/members  $55/nonmembers  5-Class series discount: $210/members   $245/nonmembers
Preregistration recommended / Call by Wed, Sept 29 / 657-278-3407

Session 3:  Water Concerns in an Arid Climate
Where does our water come from and how is it used? Learn how you can better practice water conservation and reuse through water harvesting, grey-water, and wastewater options. Session includes building a bioform demonstration to exemplify how landform engineering creates efficient use of rain runoff.

Sat / Oct 9 / 10:30 am – 4:00 pm / Oak Hall Classroom
$48/members  $55/nonmembers  5-Class series discount: $210/members   $245/nonmembers
Preregistration recommended / Call by Wed, Oct 6 / 657-278-3407

Session 4:  Efficient & Passive Energy Systems
Learn how to save energy and make use of alternative energy systems. Solar architecture (passive and active), hot water energy and photovoltaic energy are introduced. Descriptions of hybrid systems will be explained to share valuable knowledge of the multiple options we have to meet our solar budget.

Sat / Oct 16 / 10:30 am – 4:00 pm / Pavilion Classrooms
$48/members  $55/nonmembers  5-Class series discount: $210/members   $245/nonmembers
Preregistration recommended / Call by Wed, Oct 13 / 657-278-3407

Session 5:  Integrating Shelter, Food, Water, Waste & Energy
The five fingers of permaculture design will be woven together with examples including Sprout Acres in Laguna Beach, The Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies at California Polytechnic University, Pomona and the Environmental Charter School in Lawndale, CA. We will discuss how the interdependent linking of resource flows and sinks creates efficient resource use for our homes and communities.

Sat / Oct 23 / 10:30 am – 4:00 pm / Oak Hall Classroom
$48/members  $55/nonmembers  5-Class series discount: $210/members   $245/nonmembers
Preregistration recommended / Call by Wed, Oct 20 / 657-278-3407

Established in 1979, the Fullerton Arboretum has served the community as a premier resource for ecological, horticultural and historical education.  The Fullerton Arboretum is the largest botanical garden in Orange County.  Encompassing 26 lush acres, The Fullerton Arboretum has assembled a permanent collection of over 4,000 unique and unusual plant species from around the world.  With its ponds, streams and wildlife, the Fullerton Arboretum offers a tranquil retreat from a fast-paced urban life.

The Fullerton Arboretum is located on the CSUF campus one block west of the 57 freeway at Yorba Linda Blvd. and Associated Road. For further information on classes, programs and events, call (657) 278-3407 or visit our website at www.fullertonarboretum.org.

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Fantastic to see this at the Arboretum!  I worked there ages ago and did bitty little lectures on aspects of permaculture (before I even knew the word)! 
I'm so happy that the Arb has taken this on!
I tried for years to get the biology department to take a more active role in promoting sustainability education on campus.  Oh well!  Best to go where the doors are open!
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