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Date:September 1-2, 2018

For more information use this link: http://permacultureskillscenter.org/onsite-courses/holistic-seed-stewardship-workshop/

Saving Sacred Seeds in a Modern World

This is the second seed workshop in a two-part series hosted at the Permaculture Skills Center with our guest Rowen White. Until just a few generations ago, seed stewardship was an integral part of every farm and garden. Now most people purchase seeds to start their gardens instead of planting culturally and regionally important heirloom seeds. This workshop is a holistic, indigenous permaculture-based approach to seed stewardship that honors the many layers of seed culture. We cover everything from practical hands-on skills to cultural context and memory, with guiding principles that are rooted in an indigenous ecology of interconnected relations.
This workshop will focus on the re-integration of seed saving into our farms and gardens and fundamental seed literacy for all levels. Rowen White, internationally renowned indigenous seed keeper, will be sharing her experiences and teachings of basic seed saving, cleaning, and storage, using practical hands-on skills, cultural context and memory.
Join us in learning the art and science of seeds, and be empowered to be a part of the bioregional seed freedom movement, to care for seeds for future generations.
7 months ago
Date: September 7-9, 2018

For more information use this link: http://permacultureskillscenter.org/onsite-courses/advanced-water-harvesting-workshop/


This hands-on workshop will encompass site assessment, design and full installation of a cistern storage system. Participants will gain the skills to critically think through a multifaceted approach to reading topography, assessing sites and designing systems, including calculating runoff and storage potential compared against water use to select and size appropriate water harvesting systems from the many options available.

Through the hands-on installation we’ll cover CA building codes, roofing material considerations, gutters, filtration systems, tanks, tank foundations, plumbing basics and the construction of a diversity of water harvesting earthworks. Everything we do will be nested in a larger framework of conservation hydrology – a watershed-based approach of ecological emulation, which offers the tools to fundamentally transform how we think about and manage our water resources, to shift from a paradigm of scarcity to one of abundance.
We’ll explore policy opportunities and funding sources to support the scaling of rainwater harvesting solutions, as well as tour existing systems, large and small, which offer a tangible glimpse into the “new normal” of water management in the West. The future is already here – it’s just not evenly spread out yet!

What You Will Learn:
-Critically think through designing water management strategies that increase the life supporting capacity andresilience of landscapes and communities.
-Conduct a site assessment and calculate water harvesting potential compared against onsite water requirements.
-Design and construct properly sized passive water harvesting systems, which include pre-filtration, tanks, andintegrated earthworks to harvest overflow.
-Assess your sites’ location within the larger geographical, political and economic watersheds to assess existingand emerging opportunities for rainwater harvesting.
7 months ago