Twenty years ago, permaculture was an underground movement. Today, concepts from permaculture are executed around the country. It is a conceptual framework that give solutions to our changing climate, to our current drought, and for framing the world that we want to live in tomorrow.
Gaia’s Garden, the bestselling book on permaculture, has inspired and changed the habits of thousands. It’s author, Toby Hemenway will be visiting the Banner Grange for an evening lecture & book signing and day long workshop as a benefit for the Grange on Friday, June 27th and Saturday, June 28th.
Attendees will walk away with inspired minds and practical skills that Northern California residents can apply to their yards, farms and homesteads. Toby’s books will be available for purchase, and refreshments will be served.
Why a benefit for the Grange? Because our Banner Grange needs a commercial kitchen, so the farmers and ranchers that it serves will be able to create more profitable goods from their labor. And Granges are traditionally the meeting places and incubators of the salt of the earth, those who tend our water supplies, our water sheds and our food. When we nurture them we are creating the more beautiful future we all imagine.
Friday evenings talk is titled: The Joy of Drought: A Toolkit for Creating Water-wise Landscapes and Homes in Dry Times. It starts at 7:30 pm at the Banner Grange past the Nevada County Fairgrounds on McCourtney road. Tickets are $20 in advance or for students and seniors, $25 after June 3rd and at the door.
On Saturday, Toby’s workshop will use examples of permaculture in action from around North America. Toby will show how you can apply the same principles, concepts, and methods to create more productive, resilient, beautiful, and ecologically sound landscapes and communities where you live. Toby will cover design methods, soil building, water harvesting, and tools for community cohesiveness.You’ll go home with practical knowledge for applying permaculture principles to your own situation. Students will be able to take these examples and apply them to their lives, seeing how real, positive change can occur using the framework of permaculture.
Workshop price is $100, refreshments provided. Bring your own lunch, note taking materials and a water bottle.
Both the Friday evening seminar and the Saturday day workshop will be held at the Banner Grange, 12629 Mc Courtney Road in Grass Valley, Ca near the Nevada County Fairgrounds. These presentation are a benefit for the Banner Grange. Tickets for the seminar are $25, or $20 if bought before June 3, or if you are senior or a student. Tickets are available at Briarpatch Co-op and through the registration link below. Once you are registered online you will receive a confirmation email with directions to the Banner Grange. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
Toby Hemenway is an American author and educator who has written extensively on permaculture and ecological issues. He is the author of Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture. He has been an adjunct professor at Portland State University, Scholar-in-Residence at Pacific University, and is currently a field director at the Permaculture Institute (USA).
After obtaining a degree in biology from Tufts University, Toby worked for many years as a researcher in genetics and immunology, first in academic laboratories including Harvard and the University of Washington in Seattle, and then at Immunex, a major medical biotech company.
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