Leslie Kaup

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Kelly, I'm so sorry to hear that this happened. I had a very similar experience, 3 or 4 years ago, in the city of South St. Paul. We never received a letter from the city. We were out of town, got a call from a relative asking about why we cut down all the gardens in our front yard, and raced back to see it. We immediately called the city, and had two city employees meet us at the house to view the damage. Apparently, they had sent a letter telling us to mow the lawn, we didn't receive it, and so they sent out one of their mowing contractors to "mow the lawn". (My partner spoke to this contractor on the phone, trying to figure out what happened, and the contractor swore repeatedly and loudly, eventually hanging up on him, but not before admitting that he cut down our gardens.) But instead, he took the string trimmer, used it at an angle, and mowed down shrubs and perennials, many below the crown and so they didn't survive. Rhubarb, rhododendrons, horseradish, mint, willows, echinacea, raspberries, elderberries, hostas, lily of the valley, and dozens more were slashed to the ground. He even cut down the few veggies I had planted in a small raised bed in the back yard, which was shielded by privacy fences. Very little grew back. (A notable exception was the horseradish, which actually spread around the yard more. . .)
We carefully documented all the species and their retail value, took tons of pictures, then studied the ordinance, and realized they had made a mistake: the letter they claim to have sent was supposed to be by registered mail or served in person, and instead was just sent as regular mail. The person in charge of mailing admitted this. Also, the contractor was only supposed to cut the grass.
We never had to attend a city council meeting, but we eventually (one year later) were compensated for the cost of (some of) the plants. In addition to this compensation, the person who destroyed our gardens lost his contract with the city, and they changed the ordinance so that registered letters were no longer needed. This last is not a change for the better.
The next spring, we sheet mulched our entire front yard, leaving only perennials, so this couldn't happen again. I know that the neighbors still hate our yard, but at least they can no longer complain that the grass is too long.
6 years ago
I toured Mark Shepard's farm last summer, and found it deeply inspiring. Looking forward to this class!
6 years ago
This is just a reminder that the Center for Deep Ecology is hosting our Gathering of the Guilds - A Permaculture Skillshare at Harmony Park, September 20-22.

Gates open at Noon on Friday – Come early to set up your camp and help us create the event.


We will provide the infrastructure and logistical planning-YOU provide the knowledge. ALL SKILL LEVELS ENCOURAGED. This gathering will offer local permaculturists, farmers, gardeners, activists, and others a chance to spend a weekend sharing skills, making connections, and learning.

WE NEED YOU to facilitate a workshop or share a skill. Some ideas include:

Sheet Mulching
Animals in Permaculture
Urban Permaculture
Bees and Pollinators
Mushroom Cultivation
Vermiculture (Worms eat my garbage)
Seed Saving
Freezing, Canning and Drying
Fruit Tree Grafting
Tree Pruning for Tree Health
Wild Edibles Walk
Grey Water Systems
Rainwater Catchment, Storage and Use
Seed and Plant Swap (Bring your extras and bring home some new additions)
Your Special Knowledge

This is a family friendly, Drug & Alcohol Free event.

There is onsite tent and RV camping, a Community Kitchen to provide 5 meals, a kids space with ongoing activities.

We request a $25 donation to cover toilets, food, and site rental.



For questions please email: gotg2013@centerfordeepecology.org

In order to help us make sure we prepare enough food for everyone and order enough toilets we ask that you please R.S.V.P. at:


What people said about last years Gathering of the Guilds

“Thank you SO very much for putting on such an inspiring, informative, fun weekend! I learned a ton and had a lovely time discussing, learning and meeting so many wonderful people. I can’t wait until the next get together! THANK YOU!”

More info at: http://centerfordeepecology.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=06e2209d5406469a36a5fba46&id=d59f6e596f&e=8de281246c

We hope to see you all there!
7 years ago

What's Happening at the Center for Deep Ecology

Summer is here and in full force. We have had lots of hot and humid days with just enough rain that we really didn't need to spend time watering all of the new trees that went in this year. More than 20 new chestnut trees from Badgersett have been planted in just the past few weeks.

The annuals are putting enough veg on the table that we don't need to supplement with produce from the market. The raspberries, strawberries and currants are a welcome treat for breakfast or dessert. We can't wait to start the tree fruit harvest. This is the first year we will have peaches, plums, pears and apples.

We would like to offer an enormous thanks to our amazing volunteer for July, Ryan Hartkopf. He helped us plug shiitake logs, dig swales, move truckloads of compost, haul brush, build hugelbeds, lay down lots of mulch and entertained us on guitar. Ryan set the bar pretty high for the next volunteers. The best of luck to Ryan on his next big adventure.

Tour of New Forest Farm

We had the chance to spend an afternoon at Mark Shepard's New Forest Farm, in Viola, Wisconsin. It was such an inspiration to see Mark's work paying off in a monumental way. Mark has shown that, through Permaculture, we can produce more food on fewer acres with fewer inputs than can be produced with the current agri-production systems. If you get the chance to visit his place, make the effort to do so. You will not be disappointed.

If you haven't read it you need to get a hold of Mark's book, Restoration Agriculture.

August PDC

The Permaculture Design Certification Course is less than 3 weeks away. We are very excited at the prospect of sharing Permaculture with such a diverse group of prospective students. We have students coming from 4 states so far.

This will be a down-to-earth, hands-on course. This eight day intensive learning opportunity normally sells for upwards of $1600, but we are offering the course for just $995.

There is still room for more students. But time is running out.

If you sign up with a buddy, you each save $50 off of the tuition.

If you have already signed up for our PDC, sign up a friend and we'll refund you $50.

Don't wait to get your certification.

"I first heard about Permaculture in 1999, and read all I could find on the subject, but didn't receive my certification until 2011. Looking back, I wish I had found a way to fit the PDC into my life long before this. In the two years since my PDC, I have accomplished so much-- not the least of which is a different way of seeing the world. It wasn't until I was in a room filled with Permaculture folks that I fully realized what I had been missing out on. My Permaculture Certification has given me the confidence to jump in, plant more trees and seeds than I ever imagined, and the ability to see the potential in any landscape. I only regret that I waited so long. "
-Leslie Kaup, Center for Deep Ecology

For more info on the August PDC, go to: http://centerfordeepecology.org/events/pdc/

Gathering of the Guilds

After being forced to cancel our spring installment of the Gathering of the Guilds, we are happy to announce that we are hosting the 3 day Permaculture skill-share on September 20-22. It will be a weekend-long opportunity to network with other Permaculturally-minded people. Share skills, learn new things, and meet people on the same journey as you. This will be a community created event. We are all experts at something. Come and share your special skill.

For more info on participation in Gathering of the Guilds, go to: http://centerfordeepecology.org/events/gathering-of-the-guilds/

International Permaculture Congress

The Center for Deep Ecology is sending a delegation to the international Permaculture Congress November 23 - December 7.

Every other year, the movers and shakers of the Permaculture movement get together to share-skills, knowledge and experiences and to learn about the application of Permaculture in the hosting country. During the 10th International Permaculture Congress, held in Jordan in September of 2011, Cuba was chosen as host country for 2013.

The IPC has not been hosted by a country in North American since 1986. This is a rare chance to help steer the Permaculture ship into the future.

Cuba is an amazing success story. With the collapse of the Soviet Union and the ongoing US embargo, Cuba was forced to rethink how they produced food. Without the availability of chemical pesticides and fertilizers, they went in the only direction that made any sense. They went organic. Now most of the produce consumed in Havana is grown in small plots in the capitol city.

If you haven't seen it yet, watch the documentary, The Power of Community-- How Cuba Survived Peak Oil. Get ready to be inspired!

We look forward to sharing the experiences as we return and report on our visit.

For more info on the IPC, go to: http://www.ipc11cuba.com/

To make a donation to the fund to get representatives to Cuba click here.
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7 years ago
Lots of scionwood being exchanged here:


7 years ago
You can also purchase the book directly from Mark Shepard's website: http://www.forestag.com/book.html

That is where we got our copy, which just arrived last night!
7 years ago
We've had a patch of sunchokes for about ten years now, but don't really care for them as food. (Not just flatulence, but crazy stomach cramps. . . ) Last year, I got the idea of making wine, and found a recipe which included things like ginger, orange, and lemon. Just bottled last week, and it is excellent! Flavorful, not sweet or dry really, floral, just a hint of ginger, and pretty high alcohol content. So this year, we are digging up twice as many tubers to get an even bigger batch brewing.

This permies thread has a recipe that looks a lot like the one I followed: https://permies.com/t/2853/cooking/Jerusalem-Artichoke-Sunchoke-Recipes

The tuber originally came from a natural food store, so I don't know what variety they are. White and knobby, hard to peel. For the wine, I just broke the knobs off to scrub them well.

8 years ago
Brenda, I am in southern Minnesota, zone 4. I planted a dozen hazels last June, and they are all doing great, despite being nibbled down by rabbits over last winter. I have high hopes for them-- they came from Badgersett Research Farm, which is just an hour or two east of me. Phil Rutter, the owner/founder/researcher, came to my PDC and gave a day-long presentation on nut crops.

But this week, I discovered about a dozen more hazels on the property, planted by the land owner a few years ago, likely from a county tree sale (wildlife food). And they are in various stages of nut ripeness, from green 'raviolis' to ready to eat. So far, I've just filled my pockets a couple times, and nibbled a few. Maybe tomorrow I'll get out there with a bucket and get the rest-- some are starting to shatter to the ground. A handful of smaller nuts, I crushed up and fed to the chickens, to see if they would eat them. They all crowded around at first, then most drifted away, but a couple of the red hens persisted and ate most of the nut meat. Now I need to do the research about using hazelnuts as poultry feed. . .

The taste, to me, is a little bland. But these are also not varieties bred for human consumption. And some of the nuts are markedly bigger, even on the same shrub. I haven't tried any of those yet-- maybe the taste will be different, too. I'm more interested in having a protein storage crop than eating them fresh like a vegetable. . .

I'm surprised the deer haven't found them. Maybe this is the first year for nuts, and they just don't know about them yet. The hazels are planted at the edge of the property, in two lines of trees that are (eventually) the buffer between us and the chemical agriculture, corn/soybeans neighbor. And a windbreak, too.
8 years ago
I'm not sure how the acorn crop will be this year, but we have lots of burr oaks on the property. In past years, we've collected buckets and buckets of acorns to feed the pigs, and some for planting. We are in south central Minnesota, near Albert Lea.

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8 years ago