We are offering a series of COMMUNITY EVENING EVENTS, WORKSHOPS, and TOURS:
Sowing Solutions Community Permaculture Place
at the Mill in downtown Shelburne Falls, MA
Hi All! We have a number of wonderful offerings this winter ~ there is something for everyone!
Let us know if you can attend any of this upcoming events (please note that some events require pre-registration)!
~ Upcoming Events ~
‘Permaculture Design Certification Course’
3 Weekends in All (Choose Spring or Fall)
Spring Course Dates: April, May, June
Upcoming Sunday Evening Public Talks:
‘Design for Diverse Native Pollinator Habitats’ with Evan Abramson of Landscape Interactions
‘How to Grow Medicinal & Gourmet Mushrooms’ with Jesse Marksohn of Fungal Forest
‘Agroforestry Projects Around the Globe’ with Erik Hoffner of Mongabay
‘Inhabit, A Permaculture Perspective’ Movie Night
‘Soil, Spirit, and Science’ with Ghadi Tayeh and Kaat VanderStraaten
‘Remediating Toxic Soil with Fungi’ with Jesse Marksohn of Fungal Forest
We look forward to sharing these events and inspirations with you!
We will post the dates soon.
~ Recent Events ~
SITE TOUR DAYS ~ OFF SITE:
Sunday April 22nd, 9:30-2:30
Offsite Tour: Visit a Permaculture Demonstration Homestead
Tour an edible ecosystem in Conway created by a remarkable woman, Sue Bridge. Spend a day at her forest, meadow, field, rice paddy, forest garden, and market garden. Tour her earth-bermed greenhouse, root cellar, off-the-grid energy generation, living roof, and a very 'green' home. (Pre-registration required, $30)
Saturday April 21st, 10:30-3:30
Offsite Tour: Visit a Long-Standing EcoVillage
The longest-standing intentional community, ecovillage, and retreat center in the northeastern USA is found in Shutesbury, where they employ ecologically conscious methods of living and a consensus-style governance process. Visit a 90 foot long four-season straw bale greenhouse, a hand built cob house, a masonry stove, and a no-till CSA with annual and perennial vegetable gardens. (Pre-registration required, $30)
Saturday May 19th, 2:00-4:30
Offsite Tour: Visit a Straw Bale House
Tour the home of a family of 5 in Shelburne Falls, where they constructed their natural home out of straw bales, and heat their home with a masonry stove. Learn about their design decisions to choose earthen materials and about their construction process. Witness the efficiency and beauty that they have created. This tour is followed by a slide show about natural building techniques and options. (Pre-registration required, $25)
Saturday May 18th, 9:00-12:00
Offsite Tour: Visit a Permaculture Homestead and Demonstration Forest Garden
Tour a home landscape created by Jono Neiger of Regenerative Design Group in Leverett. Witness his efficient energy systems, fruit production, water catchment, nutrient cycling systems, and hear about his permaculture design process over the last 15 years. (Pre-registration required, $25)
SUNDAY OCTOBER 13th at 7:30 pm: Farming for Biodiversity
Designing Pollination Systems to Sustain Native Wildlife
A Presentation by Evan Abramson, Pollination Systems Designer at Landscape Interactions
At The SOWING SOLUTIONS PERMACULTURE PLACE
at the Mill, 49 Conway Street, Shelburne Falls, MA $10 DonationWalk-ins Welcome!
RSVP at PermacultureSeries@gmail.com
June 2nd, 7pm: Local Textiles, Bringing Regenerative, Non-Toxic, and Ethical Textile Production Back to New England
Nur Tiven, founding member of Western Mass Fibershed, tells the story of producing the first local and sustainable wool apparel fabric to come out of Massachusetts in decades, and discusses the need for and inspiring possibilities of rebuilding regional fiber systems and textile economies. We'll contrast our local regenerative supply chain with the toxic fashion industries which currently clothe us, and discuss some of the challenges and opportunities of building a "local clothing movement." Fibershed mission: "Fibershed develops regional and regenerative fiber systems of behalf of independent working producers, by expanding opportunities to implement carbon farming, forming catalytic foundations to rebuild regional manufacturing, and through connecting end-users to farms and ranches through public education." $10 Donation Evening Event
Sunday June 9th, 1pm-5pm: Mushroom Cultivation Demystified! Low Tech and No Waste Methods of Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Fungi
Spend the afternoon of July 9th learning various strategies to bring valuable mushrooms close to home. We will learn the mushroom life cycle, how they are produced, and how you can grow these delicious treats without waste or a big investment. This 4 hour course will have an indoor as well as an outdoor portion filled with hands on experience in inoculation. Mushroom spawn and kits will be available for sale for those who wish to use their new knowledge right away! $25-$40 Sliding Scale Afternoon Workshop (Please email to register)
Friday June 21st, 7pm: Teaming Up with Soil Life, Intro to Soil Biology & Chemistry (in relation to the plants we want to grow!) + * 8:30pm Special Summer Solstice Community Celebration *
Kaat Vander Straeten is a certified permaculture designer and a graduate of Elaine Ingham's Life in the Soil classes. She can tell a good nematode from a bad one and will show you how you can tell too. Learn all about the soil food web, bacterial versus fungal soils, how to cook up some good compost and compost tea, what earthworms like to eat, and the real definition of a weed. $10 Donation Evening Event
Sunday April 22nd, 7pm
Movie Night! A Viewing of: ‘Inhabit, A Permaculture Perspective’ See the best film about the permaculture movement!
Created by our very own permaculture design course graduate! Meet some of our spring Permaculture Course participants during this movie night ($10 Drop In Donation or Email Us to Reserve Your Seat)
Sunday May 6th, 6pm
Introduction to Healing with the Five Elements Join us for a guided movement meditation and an informative talk with Tom Matherly of Fox Tracks Healing.
The Chinese Five Elements are a tool that we can use to interpret and understand human health and the world around us. In this workshop we will explore the Chinese Five Element Theory through interactive lecture, movement, and Qi Gong. We will learn how to observe the Five Elements in our daily lives and how they can be utilized to guide us along our path. Other aspects of this workshop include, balancing human health conditions with the five elements, the elements of healing plants and five element permaculture: how to use the five elements for design. ($10 Drop In Donation or Email us to Reserve Your Seat)
Sunday June 3rd, 4pm
Introduction to Plant Spirit Medicine Join us for a talk with Clare Pearson of Wilder Brook Botanicals, healer and educator, who will guide us in a meditation and share about the healing power of plants.
“Plants have Spirit. And Spirit is the strongest medicine.” ~Eliot Cowan
Plants are our allies. They offer themselves to us as food, and we are moved by their beauty. They are useful to us as medicine and are allies in balancing our life force, or Qi. Maybe you have a favorite tree, one you had a swing in as a kid? Or have you ever brought your frustrations or sadnesses into the woods, a safe place, to work it out? Maybe you take your first cup of coffee on an August morning in your garden with that warm breeze- looking at form and color, smelling the abundance, being fed in your senses. Even the air is delicious on an early August morning.
Most folks I know look to Nature to rest, relax, renew and re-connect with themselves. This connection with Nature has obvious gifts of de-stressing and helping us find ourselves again. But there’s more! Come and learn about Plant Spirits and why they are so important, helpful and necessary in these days.
Plant Spirit Medicine is a form of Chinese 5 Element Medicine that calls upon the Spirit of Plants for the healing. It is elegant in its non-invasive approach, and effective in bringing people to balance. We’ll talk about Plant Spirit Medicine and perhaps do a guided meditation to deepen our relationship with a common local plant. I hope you can join us for a fun, deepening conversation about our friends, the plants. ($10 Drop In Donation or Email Us to Reserve Your Seat)
Permaculture Demonstration Sites ~ Site Tour Days
We often offer Tours of Western MA Permaculture Sites! We will visit a number of leading demonstration sites near Amherst, Conway, Shutesbury, Shelburne Falls, and Holyoke.
Mushroom Cultivation in Permaculture Systems with Ari Rockland-Miller of The Mushroom Forager!
Learn to create a landscape that produces a bounty of gourmet mushrooms while nourishing soil fertility and boosting vegetable yields. Participate in a hands on inoculation demonstration of king stropharia mushrooms in garden beds. Also, discover how to maximize lion's mane yields using the totem method. We will also cover outdoor shiitake production in the Northeast, from inoculation methods to laying yard management and season extension. Participants will inoculate their own shiitake log to take home, and enjoy a mushroom tasting.
Native Pollinator Habitat Plantings
with Amy of Wing and a Prayer Pollinator Plant Nursery!
Please reserve your space.
An Introduction to Orcharding as a Biodynamic Practitioner with Alan Surprenant of Brook Farm Orchard
Movie Night!! 'Inhabit, A Permaculture Perspective'
This film was made by one of our Permaculture Design Course Graduates, and it is the best contemporary film about the permaculture movement! Join us!
Food Forest Design & Implementation
Plant Spirit Medicine
Please email PermacultureSeries@gmail.com to request detailed information and the full schedule.