Hi there! I'm new to this forum but I thought I'd finally join, since everyone else uses it.
I'm posting in this thread to let everyone know that there's a new permie group meeting regularly in the Treasure Valley! A few of us found each other through Facebook and, since every local group we could find online appeared inactive, we decided to start a new group. We're calling ourselves Southwest Idaho Permaculture, and for now we're just a casual club that meets monthly. Our first meeting was in January, and the next is coming up this weekend, on Saturday, February 15th at 2 pm. We're focusing on various topics for each meeting based on the wants and needs of the group members -- this week's meeting will cover fruit tree guilds, with a basic overview of what a guild is, how to design and plant one, and example plans of the food forest we're installing on my site this spring. We would love to get some more people at our meetings, so check us out! We have a Facebook group
, which is our main method of communication for now, but if you're not on Facebook feel free to send me an email for details or just to chat.
A bit more about myself, since people are also posting introductions in this thread:
I'm 21, and since I'm from California's North Bay I've been exposed to sustainable agriculture and various subcultures my whole life. I grew up gardening, and when my mom started taking permaculture courses I got interested. In my senior year of high school I read The One-Straw Revolution and took a course at Cob Cottage Company, and I was hooked. In 2011 I earned my PDC from Occidental Arts and Ecology Center. I moved to the Boise area with my family in 2012 and we've been working to get our property healthy and productive ever since. We've called our site Laughing Duck Permaculture -- we have a blog
and a Facebook
, for those who are interested.
I'm so glad that I found permaculture, because it connects all of my ideas about farming, politics, and philosophy into one compatible framework. I plan on taking a permaculture teacher training course at some point in the future, and I'm enjoying my chance to educate others at the Southwest Idaho Permaculture monthly meetings! I hope to see more new faces in the coming months, and get more of a local community established.