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Introduction to Beekeeping Register

All Beekeeping classes are now being taught directly through Girl Next Door Honey.  Registration for beekeeping classes can be found there.

Beekeeping

Hosted By San Diego Sustainable Living Institute




Instructor
Hilary Kearney
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Laundry To Landscape Greywater Register

laundry to landscapeWhen you wash your clothes, do you know where that water goes?  Rather than letting this abundant resource go “down the drain” you can tap into it to sustainably irrigate your fruit trees and other landscape plants, getting your clothes and your conscience clean at the same time!  This hands-on workshop will teach and inspire participants to install their own “Laundry to Landscape” greywater system. Learn how easy it is to use the washing machine to irrigate fruit trees and more with this cheap, easy, and permit-free legal method of greywater reuse. By the end of the day, participants will be able to design and install their own laundry to landscape greywater system with confidence. Cut down your water bill and grow an ecological and food producing garden. This class includes many handouts related to greywater design to help you further setup up your own system. Class will address:

  • Greywater design for laundry systems
  • Mulch basin and soil perk
  • Greywater compatible soaps and detergents
  • Greywater specific parts and tools
  • Fruit and nut trees for greywater
  • Laundry to Landscape (before and after)

All proceeds go towards continued offerings of rainwater and greywater classes. Take part in the Great Greywater Challenge by enrolling in this hands-on workshop.  Workshop fee is on a sliding scale.

 

Classes are held on private residences.

The May 14th Workshop is in Encinitas

The address will be provided to all registered participants.

 

Hosted By San Diego Sustainable Living Institute




Instructor
Brook Sarson
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Permaculture Design Course Fall 2013 Register

Learn how Permaculture design can meet and exceed human needs by transforming human gardens and communities into fully functioning ecosystems. Receive hands-on experience on how to apply the principles of ecological design in your own home, farm, neighborhood, and city.

September 21, 2013Introduction to Permaculture Design
September 22, 2013Introduction to Permaculture Design
September 28, 2013Introduction to Permaculture Design
September 29, 2013Introduction to Permaculture Design
October 19, 2013Growing Permaculture
October 20, 2013Growing Permaculture
October 26, 2013Growing Permaculture
October 27, 2013Growing Permaculture
November 16, 2013Permaculture for the Farm, Neighborhood and Beyond
November 17, 2013Permaculture for the Farm, Neighborhood and Beyond
November 23, 2013Permaculture for the Farm, Neighborhood and Beyond
November 24, 2013Permaculture for the Farm, Neighborhood and Beyond
Hosted By San Diego Sustainable Living Institute




Instructor
Josh Robinson
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Available Spaces
September 21, 2013 2
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Standard Price $795.00
Non-Refundable Deposit $200.00

Organic Urban Gardening 101 Register

Organic Urban Gardening 101 will get you started on designing and planning your own organic garden. Designed for beginners or those wanting to learn more about gardening basics.  Topics covered include:

  • Sun/Shade
  • Plant hardiness
  • Microclimates
  • Soil understanding
  • Cool season and warm season crops
  • In ground vs. raised beds

 

All participants will come away with extra handouts an resources to help get you started organic gardening

 

Location Higher Elevation Permaculture



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Hosted By San Diego Sustainable Living Institute




Instructor
Yael Zaidman
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Seed Starting and Propagating 101 Register

Seed Starting and Propagating 101 will provide participants with a wealth of information on how to start and propagate your own vegetable plant starts organically.  Starting your own plants is a very rewarding experience and easy to do.  Starting your own plants will save you lots of money over buying starts from the nursery (and will be organic and healthy) and you can choose many more unique varieties often not found as starts.  Topics to be addressed include:

  • Choosing seed
  • Pre-bagged vs. homemade seeding mixes
  • Making your own seed mix
  • Transplanting
  • and much more

 

All participants will go home with some plants of their own and will feel confident to start seeding and propagating.

Location Higher Elevation Permaculture



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Hosted By San Diego Sustainable Living Institute




Instructor
Yael Zaidman
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Rainwater Harvesting in Tanks Register

What better time than now it is to start harvesting and storing rainwater. The City of San Diego is giving away rebates of $1 per gallon of water storage capacity (up 400 gallons or $400).  This means that you can almost install a 500 gallon tank for free!  In this hands-on workshop participants will learn the fundamentals of active rainwater harvesting systems.  By the end of the workshop we will have installed a rainwater harvesting tank to help with irrigation during the dry season. Everyone will come away with the knowledge and understanding to start planning their own systems..

Topics to include:

  • Wet and dry systems
  • Calculating potential rainwater collection
  • Different types of tanks and cisterns
  • Prefiltering rainwater using rainheads and first flush devices
  • Best management practices
  • Getting the most out of a gravity fed system
This workshop will be held in Kensington.  Exact address will be emailed to all registered participants.
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Hosted By San Diego Sustainable Living Institute




Instructor
Brook Sarson
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Available Spaces
July 15, 2012 10
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Pay it Forward $65.00
Regular Admission $25.00
Student $10.00
April 13, 2013 12
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Pay it Forward $65.00
Regular Admission $25.00
Student $10.00
December 20, 2014 6
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Pay it Forward $65.00
Regular Admission $25.00
Student $10.00
December 6, 2015 4
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Pay it Forward $65.00
Regular Admission $25.00
Student $10.00

Organic Urban Gardening 101 Register

Organic Urban Gardening 101 will get you started on designing and planning your own organic garden. Designed for beginners or those wanting to learn more about gardening basics.  Topics covered include:

  • Sun/Shade
  • Plant hardiness
  • Microclimates
  • Soil understanding
  • Cool season and warm season crops
  • In ground vs. raised beds

 

All participants will come away with extra handouts an resources to help get you started organic gardening

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Location Higher Elevation Permaculture



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Instructor
Yael Zaidman
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Ecological Backyard Chickens 101 Register

With the recent code changes in San Diego, keeping a few chickens in San Diego is now legal.  The Ecological Backyard Chickens 101 course is the perfect introduction into everything you need to know in order to raise chickens for eggs or meat in San Diego. Chickens are the perfect pet. They not only provide your family with fresh tasty eggs and lots of fun, but they eat garden bugs and produce amazing fertilizer. If you have a garden it is worth keeping a few chickens around just for the “work” that they do for you. The eggs are really just the side benefit of keeping chickens!

Topics include:

  • Coop design and needs
  • Chicken rearing basics
  • Predator protection
  • Garden integration
  • …And much more

This class will take place at Olive Branch

3030 North Park Way in North Park

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Each class is approximately 2 hours

Hosted By San Diego Sustainable Living Institute




Instructor
Josh Robinson
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Available Spaces
June 13, 2012 4
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
$35.00
July 18, 2012 9
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
$35.00
August 22, 2012 4
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
$35.00
October 11, 2012 2
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
$35.00
October 11, 2012 12
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
$35.00
March 23, 2013 6
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
$35.00
May 18, 2013 3
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
$35.00
July 6, 2013 12
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
$35.00

Greywater Systems: Branched Drain Register

Water is life. The ecological approach to water is to use it as many times as possible before it leaves your site. This is why greywater systems are so valuable in San Diego. A well designed greywater system will save thousands of gallons of water per year and give you a lush oasis of fruit to boot! This greywater workshop will teach you the fundamentals of a low cost, gravity fed system. Once installed all you have to do to irrigate the garden is to take a shower or wash your hands!

Course topics include:

  • Siting and design
  • Laws and regulations
  • Parts and materials
  • Best management practices
  • Greywater compatible cleaning products
  • …And much more

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Branched Drain Greywater System

Instructor
Josh Robinson
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Natural Building- Light Straw Clay and Wattle and Daub Register

About one third of the world’s population still uses some form of earthen construction for their houses, and for good reason: earthen materials are inexpensive, locally available, inflammable, comfortable in all but extreme cold climates, non-toxic, not susceptible to bugs and mold, and can provide solid, beautifully sculpted structures. In this hands-on workshop we will learn about how to build with light straw clay, also known as slip straw and wattle and daub.  Many natural building materials are not easily incorporated into new or existing frame wall homes, but light straw clay is a practical, cost effective, natural and insulative alternative to commercial insulation like fiberglass. Wattle and daub has been used for centuries as a way to build with sticks, branches, and mud.  During this one day hands-on workshop we’ll mix and install light straw clay into the existing stud wall cavities and use wattle and daub to build some walls for a natural built chicken coop! 

Topics Include:

  • -Applications of light straw clay and wattle and daub
  • -Basics of natural building
  • -Mixing up light straw clay and cob
  • -Tips for using
  • -Introduction to natural earthen plasters
The workshop will take place at a private residence in University Heights. Address will be given out prior to workshop to all registered participants.
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Instructor
Josh Robinson
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Beginning Hive Inspection Register

Photo by Derrik Chinn

Join us for some hands-on beekeeping! This class is part of the Natural Beekeeping Certificate program or can be taken alone.  It will focus on basic hive inspections for new beekeepers. Learn how to properly protect yourself from the bees, how to use your smoker and what to look for when inspecting a hive all first-hand!  We will also spend some time talking about where to place your hive in your yard, what you can do to minimize their presence in a smaller yard, and how to protect your pets and neighbors.

If you attended the Introduction to Beekeeping class and are ready for the next step this class is it! Please note, the Introduction to Beekeeping class is a prerequisite to this one. Please only sign up if you have already attended the Intro to Beekeeping class.

201 honey combThis class requires protective clothing! It will be a hands-on class so all attendees must bring their own bee suits and gloves (A bee veil is provided). If you have questions about what kind of clothing you need to bring or if you don’t have a suit yet email Hilary prior to the class.

For those people enrolled in the Natural Beekeeping Certificate program, this class is taken three times as each class identifies new learning opportunities.

Class time: 2 to 2.5 hours

This class will be entirely outside. Rain will cancel this event. The class is limited to 6 people.

September 27th Class will for on Top Bar hives.

 

Instructor
Hilary Kearney
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Replacing Irrigation with Permaculture Register

 

This event is sponsored by the North County Rare Fruit Growers and is being cross-posted here:

Whether you have some water to play with or your land is bone dry, Paul Wheaton will walk through how to convert a dried patch of dirt into a lush jungle of crops and forage without any irrigation. The presentation will cover a range of techniques for making use of the water that falls from the sky, but will also provide an understanding of how simple micro-climates can be created and enhanced to preserve and produce additional water. Some of the methods discussed include maximizing edge effect, planting trees (the right kind and right technique), digging swales, using rocks, creating hugelkultur beds and more. Paul Wheaton is a larger-than-life character and writer who is the operator of permies.com, a forum to discuss all things permaculture, and who also publishes hundreds of podcasts and YouTube videos. He is a Master Gardener, permaculture designer and a java software engineer. This Paul Wheaton evening is a fundraiser presented by CRFG, a 501(c) non-profit dedicated to sharing and growing knowledge about growing non-native and non-commercially grown fruit. Admission is $5.00, all proceeds will benefit the North County San Diego CRFG Chapter.

Oceanside, CA – The colorful and dynamic permaculture guru, Paul Wheaton, will present “Replacing Irrigation with Permaculture,” Friday, September 7, 2012 at the Oceanside Public Library. Doors open at 6:45PM and the presentation will begin at 7:00PM. Wheaton will be in town as part of his “Symphonies in Seed and Soil Tour” of the West Coast.

Oceanside Public Library Community Room
330 North Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA
Free parking available.

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Permaculture Design Course Spring 2014 Register

May 17-18, 24-25   June 21-22, 28-29  July  19-20, 26-27

Full 12 Day Certificate Course

Class Meets Throughout San Diego County

pdc“Life Changer!” That is what we often hear from the folks that come through our 12 day, weekend based Permaculture Design Course. This high value course transforms people into ecological citizens and provides them with the tools to change the world regardless of where they are now or the field of work that they are in.  After this course, everyone is empowered to be a part of the solution and apply these principles in their daily lives, places of work, or businesses. Our graduates are the next generation of sustainability experts!

Permaculture design trains people to think beyond just being sustainable, but to develop practical, regenerative solutions to the world’s environmental problems.

Permaculture Design can meet and exceed human needs by transforming gardens, businesses, farms,  and communities into fully functioning ecosystems. Receive hands-on experience on how to apply the principles of ecological design in your own home, farm, business, neighborhood, and city. Permaculture is an integrated ecological design system for creating sustainable human settlements. Far more than a set of gardening tips and techniques, Permaculture is about understanding and designing the connections between people, the earth, plants, energy, climate, water, transportation, shelter, animals, economics and much more.

This course is for:  Homeowners, renters, gardeners, farmers, ranchers, landscapers, architects, builders, developers, civic planners, educators, environmentalists, entrepreneurs, students … everyone who wishes to learn how to design and live in ecological abundance and apply the principles of holistic design to their respective fields.

digging a swaleOur course graduates leave this certificate program transformed and empowered!  Many of them now teach, design, install, and consult on projects throughout the world.  Our graduates have gone on to start backyard gardens, school gardens and waste reduction systems, community gardens and neighborhood education centers, permaculture demonstration sites, consulting businesses, landscape design and installation businesses, farms, CSAs, and many other green businesses.  They are changing the world and you can too!  This certificate course provides the tools, knowledge, inspiration, and framework to participate in developing positive environmental, social, and profitable solutions. If you are thinking about a career change or ways that you can incorporate regenerative practices into your existing job or business, the Permaculture Design Course can help guide you there.

 

Course topics:

Community Design Exercise

  • Permaculture ethics
  • Permaculture design principles
  • Pattern understaning
  • Creating healthy soil
  • Plant selection, plant guilds & food forests
  • Regenerative food systems
  • Holistic management
  • Mapping
  • Climate and microclimates
  • Water harvesting
  • Appropriate technology
  • Natural building
  • Keyline design
  • Business development
  • Local food systems & community land access
  • Co-housing, eco-villages & City Repair
  • Design for peak oil & ecological collapse
  • Ecological economics

 

About the course: This 72 hour curriculum will cover Bill Mollison’s PERMACULTURE DESIGNERS MANUAL plus more recent material. The course consists of six (6) two (2)-day weekends held throughout San Diego County. The spread out weekend format is to accommodate local residents schedules to participate in this valuable learning experience taught by regional experts in Permaculture & Sustainability. Course experience will include classroom instruction, field trips, hands-on activities, required & suggested readings & completion of a permaculture design project. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will receive Permaculture Design Certification.


Course Information

Instruction on all course dates is from 9 AM to 5 PM.

Part 1 “Introduction to Permaculture Design”

This session lays the foundation for permaculture design. This session will include Permaculture Ethics & Principles, Regenerative, Generative & Degenerative Systems, Natural Patterning, Climatic Pattern Understanding, Site Assessment, Forests & Energy, Permaculture Design Methodologies, and tours of local permaculture sites.

Part 2 “Growing Permaculture”

In the middle sessions we will look at “Growing Permaculture” as we learn about water harvesting (rainwater and greywater), soil building, and using plants in a permaculture setting. Topics to include hands on rainwater harvesting, tours of functioning and legal greywater systems, compost and composting teas, sheet mulching, plant guilds, garden ecology, and food forestry. These days will be a very hands on with ample time spent outdoors getting our hands in the earth and applying the permaculture principles and ethics to create a sustainable orchard system.

Part 3 “Permaculture for the Farm, Neighborhood and Beyond”

The final weekends build upon the earlier sessions as we learn to apply Permaculture on farms and ranches and into the city. Topics include Keyline Design, Agroforestry, Animal Husbandry, Appropriate Technology, Home Design, Hands on natural building, Eco-village, and co-cohousing design. We will apply permaculture on the community scale and learn about Resource Sharing Co-ops, Community Gardens and Land Access, The City Repair Project, Creating a Local/Regional Food Economy, Alternative Economics and Local Currencies, and Right Livelihood. Culminating the whole course will be student design presentations and the infamous permaculture costume contest and the talent / no talent show and potluck dinner!

 

$795 for the entire Permaculture Design Course

$695 if paid in full by early bird deadline of April 19th

A Non-Refundable $200 deposit is required to reserve your space

There are opportunities for work trade and payment plans.

May 17, 2014Introduction to Permaculture Design
May 18, 2014Introduction to Permaculture Design
May 24, 2014Introduction to Permaculture Design
May 25, 2014Introduction to Permaculture Design
June 21, 2014Growing Permaculture
June 22, 2014Permaculture for the Farm, NeighborhoodGrowing Permaculture and Beyond
June 28, 2014Growing Permaculture
June 29, 2014Growing Permaculture
July 19, 2014Permaculture for the Farm, Neighborhood and Beyond
July 20, 2014Permaculture for the Farm, Neighborhood and Beyond
July 26, 2014Permaculture for the Farm, Neighborhood and Beyond
July 27, 2014Permaculture for the Farm, Neighborhood and Beyond
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Josh Robinson
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Water Harvesting Tour Register

The drought has officially been declared!  And while we haven’t been required to reduce water consumption, it is our responsibility to do our best to contribute to water conservation here in Southern California.

Most people don’t think a substantial rainwater tank is warranted or that greywater is a feasible option.  This is your opportunity to get up close and personal with these very simple and productive technologies.  We’ll take you on a tour and explain the many aspects of rainwater harvesting in tanks and a Laundry-to-Landscape greywater system, including materials, costs, do’s and don’ts, rebates, and permitting. Did you know that you can get a 500 gallon rainwater tank for free after city and county rebates?  Did you know that you can fill it up many times over in a single year off of even a small roof?  Come see what it looks like and what is involved in installing it!

You’ll see how these systems combine to create a lush and beautiful garden with very little additional water needs.

Suggested donation of $5-25 will go toward supporting water conservation education in San Diego. Come even if you can’t pay.

Location in Mission Hills.  Address provided upon registration

Instructor
Brook Sarson
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Honey Harvesting, Processing, and Wax Rendering Register

Join us for the sweetest part of beekeeping! This class is part of the Natural Beekeeping Certificate program or can be taken alone.  This hands-on workshop will focus on honey harvesting and processing for beginning beekeepers. Although we will discuss the different honey harvest techniques, we will be doing the crush and strain method. This is the simplest method of honey harvesting and is ideal for backyard beekeepers!

Please note, the Introduction to Beekeeping class is a prerequisite to this one. Please only sign up if you have already attended the Intro to Beekeeping class.

The class is limited to 7 people.

Instructor
Hilary Kearney
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Garden Irrigation Work Party Register

Join us for an engaging irrigation work party. This is a great way to learn hands-on applications of how to install your own systems.

Once you have worked with drip irrigation parts in a garden, you’ll see how easy it is to install, fix, and change your home system. The peace garden is being setup as a central demonstration site for people to learn about growing food. It also functions as a community garden where anyone in the community can purchase a plot to grow food!

As we begin to put in the irrigation lines. You will learn the basics of PVC, pressure needs of different systems, how to setup a spigot, what kinds of different irrigation sets are out there and what works best and is most cost effective in different scenarios!

Address is 3850 Westgate Place, San Diego, CA 92105

Instructor
Brook Sarson
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Creating an Oasis with Rainwater and Greywater Register

 

home-with-harvestingThis full day workshop will teach people how to plant water back in the landscape to create abundant gardens that not only provide food, but shade, habitat, community, and more using rainwater and greywater!  When most people think about rainwater harvesting, the first thing that comes to mind is usually a barrel.  However, there is a far cheaper, more widely applicable, and larger storage capacity method for harvesting rainwater: passive rain gardens or earthworks.  A rain garden or earthwork is a term for sculpting the landscape to direct rainwater to where you need it and away from where you do not.  These rain gardens then fill up and accumulate water every time it rains.  There is no need to mess with hoses, plumbing parts, or expensive pumps. Just stand back and watch rainwater runoff walkways, driveways, patios, and other hardscapes right to where you need it.  In this way you can double or even triple the amount of water that your plants would naturally receive and eliminate erosion at the same time!

In this workshop, participants will learn to passively harvest rainwater, but also how to “get tanked” an install a 1,000 gallon rainwater tank.  This will be real world experience with sizing a tank, placement, prefiltration, and everything else to install your own rainwater harvesting tank.

Combining seasonal rainwater harvesting with year round perennial household greywater ensures that our gardens and landscapes are hydrated and water abundant.  The greywater portion of the workshop will train people on how to best use greywater with the least amount of effort, materials, and energy.  Greywater is any water generated from a shower, tub, washing machine, or sink that is re-used again for irrigation or other uses.  This workshop will show participants how to install a simple laundry to landscape greywater system

In this workshop, participants will learn everything they need to start harvesting rainwater and greywater.  It will be a great opportunity for those with previous experience in Permaculture to take their knowledge to the next level, in addition to providing an excellent foundation to those just starting out.  There will be a mix of theory and plenty of hands-on applications as all participants will assess the site and then install passive rainwater and greywater systems.  Topics to be covered include:

  • Installation of a 1,000 gallon rainwater tank
  • Designing and installing passive rainwater harvesting earthworks.
  • Greywater System Design
  • Greywater Installation

The workshop is split up into 2 sessions and can either be taken separately or together:

From 9am to 12 pm- Greywater- Laundry to Landscape

From 1pm to 4pm- Rainwater Harvesting

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This workshop is held at a private residence near highway 94 and the 805.  The address will be sent out to all registered participants.

Workshop is from 9am-4pm, November 14th.

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Introduction to Permaculture Design Register

Pc-Flower-TH1-500x350Permaculture is a whole systems design approach to living, working, and thriving on the earth.  Far more than a set of gardening tips and techniques, permaculture is about understanding and designing the connections between people, the earth, plants, energy, climate, water, transportation, shelter, animals, economics and much more.

If you have heard about  or have been interested in learning the basics of permaculture design then this is the perfect class for you.  See how permaculture can fit into and change your life.  Regardless of where you are in your life or what your occupation is permaculture helps fill in the gaps.

This class will take place at Organic Hammer: 161 Melrose Ave. Encinitas 92024 (within walking distance of coaster!)

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Josh Robinson
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South Park Water Harvesting Bike Tour Register

IMG_3594Join us for a fun and informative foray around South Park to meet with homeowners who have installed rainwater harvesting or greywater systems in their homes.  This is a great way to see how easy it is to be a part of the water solution and the variety of ways that water can be harvested.  During this easy paced bike tour, you will see both professionally installed and do-it-yourself applications.  If you are curious about how to harvest either rainwater or greywater this is your opportunity to meet with many different people all working to create a water abundant “blue” future.  Rainwater harvesting and greywater reuse can reduce a household’s water consumption by over 50 percent.

The bike ride will meet at Olive Branch Green Building Supply at 3030 North Park Way and will stop at 5-7 houses to learn from their experiences.  The bike tour will culminate in a hands-on laundry to landscape greywater workshop.

Celebrate Earthday with learning about actual solutions to water abundance in San Diego!

There will be a raffle for this event featuring some amazing gifts from local businesses.  Your ticket price includes 1 raffle ticket.  More can be purchased on the day of the event.
  • 1 free 65 gallon barrel from Bushman (Value $100)
  • Installation of up to 25′ of rain gutter and downspout including labor from Seamless Rain Gutters (Value $150)
  • $100 gift certificate for a Rainwater Harvesting Tank over 500 gallons from San Diego Tank
  • Rainwater tank pump consultation or Shower permitting greywater consultation with Rosalind of Building Green Futures (Value $75-100)
  • 1 Laundry to Landscape Greywater kit and 1 gallon of Oasis soap (Value $200) or Rainwater Harvesting Filter Kit: Included rainhead and 1st flush filter (Value $75)
  • 1 Local Business Gift Basket: Featuring certificate for free brunch at Eclipse Chocolat, carafe and cups from Plum Pottery, $40 gift certificate from Progress, and a 5 Crash Yoga Sessions from Ginseng, Gift certificate from Angela Draper: a free initial consultation and 40% off first acupuncture treatment ($60 value)
  • Native Plant Kit from Mooch’s North Park Nursery and 1 beautiful Rain Chain from RainChains.com
Water Harvesting Bike Tour

Water Harvesting Bike Tour

A Laundry-to-Landscape workshop will follow lunch at 2 at a nearby residence.  Learn to install your own system, then stay and have a beer with us courtesy of New Belgium Brewing company while we discuss everything water/sustainable.

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Financial Support from:

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Bee Hive Relocation Workshop Register

2013-12-15 14.51.59-1Join us for some hands on beekeeping! This class is part of the Natural Beekeeping Certificate program or can be taken alone. It will focus on hive removal and relocation. Bees often set up their homes in unwanted locations and unfortunately, a lot of them are poisoned as a means of removal. Now, you can learn how to safely remove and re-home an established beehive colony and become part of the sustainable solution!
This class will be held in locations throughout the county where we will be removing a beehive and transferring it to a Langstroth hive.  Location will be provided upon signing up

Please note, the Introduction to Beekeeping class is a prerequisite to this one. Please only sign up if you have already attended the Intro to Beekeeping class.

Bee Hive Cut Out

Bee Hive Cut Out

This class requires protective clothing! It will be a hands-on class so all attendees must bring their own bee suits and gloves (A bee veil is provided). If you have questions about what kind of clothing you need to bring or if you don’t have a suit yet email Hilary prior to the class.

Class time: 2 hours (up to 5 hours)

Class is held entirely outside so rain will cancel this event. The class is limited to 6 people.

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Hilary Kearney
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Create Abundance! Hands-on Greywater Workshop Register

Get hands-on experience installing a simple gravity fed shower greywater system with water harvesting professional Brook Sarson of www.H2o-me.com

Learn advantages and costs associated with both laundry greywater and shower greywater. We will discuss do’s and don’ts, explore materials, and work together to create abundance!  We will be implementing a gravity fed shower greywater system, digging basins and trenches and putting in pipes to move the water to appropriate areas.  We will calculate how much water we are using weekly/daily and figure out how to match our water budget with plantings.  By the end of the day you should have enough information to at least evaluate your setup at home.  Ideally you will walk away with a friend with complementary skills and knowledge to be able to help you install a system at your house!

Directions will be emailed upon registration
$20-40 sliding scale
Space Limited (to 15 people)

 

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Free Brad Lancaster Talk Register

Integrated Local Harvests:
Simple and Effective Ways to Enhance the Abundance of Your Home, Community, and the Larger World

Brad-LancasterThis dynamic presentation shares patterns and strategies to harvest, integrate, and enhance free local resources—such as rain-, grey-, and stormwaters; sun, wind, and shade; and soil fertility, wild foods, and community fun—in a way that generates far more potential than the sum of their parts. Scarcity is re-visioned into abundance simply through creative cycling and utilization of what is already at hand. Costly and consuming habits and infrastructure, disconnected from their surroundings, are reoriented and reconnected to maximize enriching opportunities.

You’ll see many examples of such transformation, including how once-dying wetlands and creek flows are being regenerated with simple hand-built structures made of on-site materials; how ancient sun- and shade-harvesting sites are informing passively heated, cooled, and powered modern homes and retrofits; and how once-blighted, overheated neighborhood streets are being rejuvenated into thriving greenbelts of water, people, wildlife, art, food, and celebration by planting once-drained stormwater, seed, and yard prunings.

This talk is both an invitation for you to engage and partner with your natural surroundings and community, and a treasure map showing you the way—by planting the rain, dancing with the sun, growing shade, feeding the soil, sailing with the wind, and living as one of your community’s inspirational sparks!

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About Brad Lancaster

Brad Lancaster is a dynamic teacher, consultant, and designer of regenerative systems that sustainably enhance local resources and our global potential. He is also the author of the award-winning, best-selling book series Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond; the information-packed website www.HarvestingRainwater.com; and the ‘Drops in a Bucket’ Blog.

Brad has taught throughout North America as well as in the Middle East, Asia, and Australia. His hometown projects have included working with the City of Tucson and other municipalities to legalize, incentivize, and provide guidance on water-harvesting systems, demonstration sites, and policy. He has likewise collaborated with state agencies to promote practices that transform local “wastes” into enhanced soil fertility. Brad’s aim is always to boost communities’ true health and wealth by using simple overlapping strategies to augment the region’s hydrology, ecosystems, economies, local food and renewable power production, citizens’ capabilities and cooperation, joy, and beauty.

Brad lives his talk on an oasis-like demonstration site he created and continually improves with his brother and neighbors in downtown Tucson, Arizona. On this eighth of an acre and surrounding public right-of-way, they harvest 100,000 gallons of rainwater a year where less than 12 inches fall from the sky. In addition, the site’s sun-, wind-, and shade-harvesting systems power both Brad’s and his brother’s homes, and help power those of their neighbors. Brad is motivated in his work by the tens of thousands of people he has helped inspire to do likewise, go further, and continue our collective evolution.

Location

This workshop is held at the County of San Diego’s Chambers Room at 5520 Overland Avenue,  San Diego, CA 92123

No Registration needed.  Just show up.

Park in the parking structure at off of Farnum and from the elevator walk west passed the cafeteria and turn to the right.  Chambers room is on the right.

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If you would like to learn more and get some hands-on experience then join us for a fun and engaging 2 day workshop on June 29-30th.

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Cob Oven Workshop Register

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August 3rd & 10th

Join us down at Suzie’s Farm as we build cob pizza and bread oven.  This is great opportunity to get your hands (and feet) in the mud to learn how you can build your own backyard wood fired cob oven.  Cob ovens, sometimes called earth ovens, are a traditional way to build out of readily available local materials.  Using clay, sand, and straw all participants will learn how to build to design and build an oven from the ground up.  This workshop is 2 days long and will teach you everything that you need to know to get started.

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  • Foundation design
  • Oven sizing
  • Materials and sourcing
  • Setting the hearth
  • To use a chimney or not
  • Mixing cob and adobe
  • Insulation
  • Sculpting
  • Mixing and applying natural earthen plasters
  • Roof design
  • Oven firing and drying

Class will meet at Suzie’s Farm at 2570 Sunset Ave,  San Diego 92154

This class will fill up so pre-registration is needed

View our cancellation policy

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Josh Robinson
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The Vegetable Gardener’s Guide to Permaculture- Free Register

veg gardeners guide to permacultureJoin us on Tuesday, July 16th at 6:30pm at San Diego City College as Christopher Shein will present on his book, The Vegetable Gardener’s Guide to Permaculture.  The event will feature as an amazing slideshow followed by a book signing.  Books will be available for sale as well.

In his newly published book, The Vegetable Gardener’s Guide to Permaculture, Christopher Shein captures the essence of Permaculture while sharing techniques on how to transition from a simple vegetable garden to an edible ecosystem in our own backyards.

Once a fringe topic, permaculture is moving to the mainstream as gardeners who are ready to take their organic gardening to the next level are discovering the wisdom of a simple system that emphasizes the idea that by taking care of the earth, the earth takes care of you.

The Vegetable Gardeners Guide to Permaculture is an inspiring, easy-to-follow, information packed guide that will help readers transform their home & community gardens into productive food forests that will feed them for years to come.

Permaculture is an ancient, but cutting edge technology, that employs design strategies that work with nature instead of relying on back breaking work, fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides.  The permaculture gardener uses methods that build healthy soil, smothers weeds, and promotes plant life, while recycling waste products from the garden.

Christopher Shein has started dozens of community, school, and market gardens.  He teaches permaculture at Merritt Community College where he helped develop an award-winning student farm.  Christopher attended UC Santa Cruz where he was introduced to the Alan Chadwick Agroecology Farm and Garden. Christopher was one of the key members who launched BASIL (Bay Area Seed Interchange Library).  Shein owns Wildheart Gardens, a permaculture landscape business that designs and builds sustainable gardens.  Merritt Community College is one of the first community colleges in the nation to offer a certificate in Permaculture.

Location

San Diego City College

Room V101

1313 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

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Guided Fermentation Flight with Green Flash Register

Beer Tasting_poster2The Guided Fermentation Flight is a guided beer tasting workshop that focuses on yeast strains and their contribution to beer. From Saison to Double IPA, host Chuck Silva, Brew Master at Green Flash Brewing Co., will lead participants in a tasting of 6 beers. From rookie to connoisseur, this workshop is for anyone looking to know (and taste) more about their favorite fermented beverage.

 

 

Beers included:

  1. Saison Diego (Summer Seasonal)
  2. Saison Tart (Genius Lab)
  3. Le Freak
  4. Trippel
  5. Imperial IPA
  6. Surprise Release

This is a 21+ event.  No minors allowed.

Tasting held at Suzie’s Farm- 2570 Sunset Ave, San Diego, CA

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Learning From the Most Sustainable Place on Earth Register

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Learning From the Most Sustainable Place on Earth with Cuban Permaculturist, Roberto Perez!

Location: Co-Merge,  330 A St. San Diego, CA 92101

Benefit Donation $15 advance/ $20 at the door but no one turned away due to lack of funds
All proceeds go to the 11th International Permaculture Convergence Scholarships Fund

The San Diego Sustainable Living Institute hosts Roberto Perez, Cuban environmental educator featured in the award winning documentary, “The Power of Community, How Cuba Survived Peak Oil” currently in the U.S. promoting the 11th International Permaculture Convergence (IPC11) to be held in Cuba in November of 2013.

The Living Planet Report from the World Wildlife Fund in 2007 identified Cuba as the only sustainable country in the world. The study involved two key parameters for measuring sustainable development, a commitment to “improving the quality of human life while living within the carrying capacity of supporting ecosystems”. Cuba was the ONLY country on earth to achieve satisfactory benchmarks in both criteria for sustainable development.

Formerly importing most of its food, Cuba’s agriculture is now 95% organic, with the city of Havana producing over 60% of its own fruits and vegetables within the city’s urban spaces. At the same time, Cuba has been engaging in a massive reforestation campaign, and has invested massively in alternative energy production, with a focus on solar and biofuels.

A small island nation with 11,000,000 people, struggling with poverty, devastating tropical storms, and the U.S. Embargo, how did Cuba achieve these goals and distinction? What can we learn from Cuba’s struggles and successes?

Born in Havana in 1970, Roberto Perez is the Environmental Education & Biodiversity Conservation Program Director of the Antonio Núñez Jiménez Foundation for Nature and Humanity, the oldest environmental organization in Cuba. A graduate of the University of Havana with a degree in Biological Sciences, he later did post graduate specialization in Community Based Natural Resources Management at the University of Nova Scotia, Canada.

Roberto has been part of the Cuban Permaculture movement since its introduction in the country in 1993 after the so called “Special Period”, caused by the collapse of the Soviet Union when Cuba lost access to oil, fertilizers, pesticides, and virtually all trading partners that the small island nation depended on to survive, facing economic collapse overnight. Roberto has traveled extensively presenting Cuba’s approach to sustainable living in the face of declining petroleum and other non-renewable resources.

As part of the Cuban Organizing Group for the upcoming International Permaculture Convergence in November, Roberto is touring the U.S. in support of scholarships for IPC11 attendees from sometimes cash poor, but skill rich countries and USA , wanting to attend and share their work & projects with other Permaculturists from around the world.

Traditionally International Permaculture Convergences take place every 2 years and switch between continents & hemispheres. Past host sites have been Australia, USA, New Zealand, Scandinavia, Nepal, Croatia, Brazil, Africa & most recently Jordan in the Middle East.

Donation of $15-$20, no reservations needed.

More Info, contact Josh Robinson, 619-884-7749. Josh@SDSustainable.org

Sponsored by Santa Barbara Permaculture Network the San Diego Sustainable Living Institute
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Event Co-Sponsors: International Permaculture Support Group,Eco Cuba Network & Hopedance Media, Santa Fe
More Info:

The Power of Community, How Cuba Survived Peak Oil Documentary

Short Video of Roberto Perez Explaining the Special Period in Cuba

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Advanced Beekeeping Techniques Register

Advanced Beekeeping: Splitting, Re-queening, and Combining Hives (Theory Class) 2013-05-18 11.00.30Learn how to manage your beehive in it’s second year! This lecture based class will teach you how to create a new colony from an existing colony, how to re-queen a hive, and how to combine two small colonies into one stronger one as well as about managing your hive to be healhy. We will review the reasons and ideal conditions for performing these techniques as well as the different ways they can be done. This class is part of the Natural Beekeeping Certificate program or can be taken alone after you have taken the Introduction to Beekeeping class. View our cancellation policy

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Restoration Agriculture with Mark Shepard Register

mark shepardMark Shepard is the CEO of Forest Agriculture Enterprises and runs New Forest Farm, the 106-acre perennial agricultural forest considered by many to be one of the most ambitious sustainable agriculture projects in the United States (newforestfarm.net and forestag.com). New Forest Farm is a planned conversion of a typical row-crops grain farm into a commercial-scale, perennial agricultural ecosystem using oak savanna, successional brushland and eastern woodlands as the ecological models.Trees, shrubs, vines, canes, perennial plants and fungi are planted in association with one another to produce food (for humans and animals), fuel, medicines, and beauty. Hazelnuts, chestnuts, walnuts and various fruits are the primary woody crops.

During the workshop, Mark will teach strategies for Keyline Design and Restoration Agriculture for our unique Mediterranean climate. Mark will lead lectures and hands on demonstrations of key line design, mob grazing, agroforestry, savanna ecosystem modeling, farm processing equipment, farm economics, and much more… Come join us for this first ever Restoration Agriculture workshop in San Diego County!

The two day class will begin on March 11th at 8 a.m. Check in will occur for about 1 hour. During check in, coffee and a light breakfast will be served. Introductions and course description will begin at 9:30 a.m. Overnight camping is available on Ecotopia Ranch. Please bring your tent and any necessary supplies for your overnight stay. Breakfast will be served on the 11th and the 12th. Dinner will also be provided on the night of the 11th. Please bring and provide your own lunches for both days. No lunch will be provided during the course. There is available overnight parking on the ranch as well for any of you wanting to rough it in the car!

Registration is done through: www.Savannaag.com

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Soil Foodweb with Dr. Elaine Ingham Register

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About the Soil Foodweb Intensive with Dr. Elaine Ingham

There is a whole world under the soil – and no one knows this cast of characters better than Elaine Ingham! Elaine is one of the world’s leading soil microbiologists, with over 30 years of research and teaching experience. Her easy and enthusiastic style brings the soil food web to life. Elaine literally wrote the book on compost teas: The Compost Tea Brewing Manual.

Healthy soil has all the interconnected elements of a “web”, retaining and cycling nutrients into the right forms at the right rates for each individual while building soil structure, suppressing disease-causing organisms, protecting plant surfaces, producing plant-growth-promoting hormones and chemicals, and decomposing toxic compounds. In this course, you’ll look at the elements of a healthy soil food web, learn how to analyze and improve your own soil, and learn how to make composts and extracts to strengthen the soil food web.

The course will cover the soil food web, soil food web analysis, composts, aerated compost teas, compost extracts, and the use of microscopes.

The missing link in today’s comprehensive understanding of the soil and plant relationship is Dr. Elaine Ingham’s 5 day intensive workshop. When you leave you’ll have a full understanding of plant, soil, and microbe needs. Until recently, we have only understood the chemical aspect of plant relationships. Dr. Ingham connects the loop from chemical, biological, to available plant nutrients. In fact, the USDA’s Soil Biology Primer is headed by no other than Elaine herself.

Who Should Attend This Soil Foodweb Intensive?

This rare intensive with Dr. Ingham is a must if you work in the field of farming, hydroponics, landscaping, turf management, golf courses, landscape restoration, ranching, gardening or any field that is connected to soil or plants.  Whether you’re growing in planters, hydroponics, backyards or farms, understanding the Soil Foodweb is a critical component to unlocking the yield barrier, allowing your gardens to thrive beautifully, while eliminating disease and pests.

Do you know the optimum bacteria: fungi ratio for YOUR plants? Every plant is different. In this class you will learn how to give your plants the biology they need to increase green growth, get more flowers and veggies, revitalize your farm, or restore open lands, while increasing moisture retention in the soil from 30-50%.

Find out how to make your own Liquid Compost Extract (LCE) and save hundreds of dollars on fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides. Prevent Botrytis on seedlings, Powdery Mildew on roses, and other harmful diseases that reduce yield.

Tailor your products to your plants with soil biology, See your garden or farm come to life!

About Dr. Elaine Ingham

Elaine Ingham 3Dr. Elaine Ingham is recognized around the world as the leader in soil microbiology and research of the soil foodweb. She is an energetic, easy-to-understand speaker who explains what life in the soil is all about. With decades of experience as a professor, researcher, and soil benefactor consulting in the field she’s helped thousands of homeowners, growers, and influential companies understand healthy soil via healthy organisms. Elaine transmits sophisticated information in a down-to-earth way. Her mission is to show that the key to making any plant thrive, from the turf on golf courses to vegetables in the garden is to team up with suitable soil microbes. Elaine has astounding results to show for it.

Schedule

The course is from 9am-5pm each day

Days 1 & 2: Introduction to the Soil Foodweb

Dr. Elaine Ingham uncovers the basic principles of the Soil Foodweb, plant relationships, and bacteria to fungi ratios in this in-depth two day primer. Not only will you gain a fundamental understanding of the way soil biology drives plant nutrition, you will learn how modern agriculture selects for disease and pests. A must for anyone wanting a complete understanding of soil health and healthy plants.

Day 3: Compost Technology

Not all compost is created equal. There is a big difference between good compost and reduced waste and this class will show you how to make incredible, biologically rich compost! One of the biggest mistakes people make when building a compost pile is not selecting the different Carbon:Nitrogen ratios for the plants they’re growing. Learn how to select the proper ratios that will give your plants the exact biology they need to thrive.

Day 4: Compost Tea Technology

We cover the processes that will maximize biological diversity to get the most bang for your buck. Actively Aerated Compost Tea (AACT) and Liquid Compost Extract (LCE) are the most efficient methods for bringing back microbe diversity. This day will demystify how to easily take high quality compost and expand it into the soil and plant surfaces. This allows you to eliminate inorganic fertilizers and herbicides which decrease diversity and degrade soil health.

Day 5: Light Microscope Training

Dr. Elaine Ingham leads this very special day of training on effective light microscope techniques and identification. Learn from the master herself about what constituents good compost and compost tea on a microscopic level. This part of the class is essential for anyone who wishes to gain “eyes on” knowledge of the soil universe and what really goes on under our feet. Get the necessary training to identify the bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and nematodes that drive the health and well being of our plants. Students are encouraged to bring their own microscope.

Tuition

This highly informative soil foodweb intensive is $795 if you sign up for all 5 days.  Sign up early and save more money.  Sign up by August 1st and you pay only $645 (a savings of $150).  Sign up between August 1 and October 1st you pay only $720 (a savings of $75).

Can’t make the whole 5 day intensive?  You can sign up for individual days. Prices as follows:

  • Days 1 & 2: Introduction to the Soil Foodweb: $295
  • Day 3: Compost Technology: $160
  • Day 4: Compost Tea Technology: $160
  • Day 5: Light Microscope Training: $195

Refund Policy

Cancellations made up until October 15th will be refunded in full minus a $50 processing fee per person.  No refunds after October 15th.

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Permaculture Design Course- Spring 2015 Register

Full 12 Day Certificate Course

  April 11-12, 18-19   May 9-10, 16-17   June 13-14, 20-21

Class Meets Throughout San Diego County

“Life Changer!” That is what we often hear from the folks that come through our 12 day, weekend based Permaculture Design Course. This high value course transforms people into ecological citizens and provides them with the tools to change the world regardless of where they are now or the field of work that they are in.  After this course, everyone is empowered to be a part of the solution and apply these principles in their daily lives, places of work, or businesses.

Our graduates are the next generation of sustainability experts!

Permaculture design trains people to think beyond just being sustainable, but to develop practical, regenerative solutions to the world’s environmental problems. Permaculture Design can meet and exceed human needs by transforming gardens, businesses, farms,  and communities into fully functioning ecosystems. Receive hands-on experience on how to apply the principles of ecological design in your own home, farm, business, neighborhood, and city. Permaculture is an integrated ecological design system for creating sustainable human settlements. Far more than a set of gardening tips and techniques, Permaculture is about understanding and designing the connections between people, the earth, plants, energy, climate, water, transportation, shelter, animals, economics and much more.

This course is for:  Homeowners, renters, gardeners, farmers, ranchers, landscapers, architects, builders, developers, civic planners, educators, environmentalists, entrepreneurs, students … everyone who wishes to learn how to design and live in ecological abundance and apply the principles of holistic design to their respective fields. digging a swaleOur course graduates leave this certificate program transformed and empowered!  Many of them now teach, design, install, and consult on projects throughout the world.  Our graduates have gone on to start backyard gardens, school gardens and waste reduction systems, community gardens and neighborhood education centers, permaculture demonstration sites, consulting businesses, landscape design and installation businesses, farms, CSAs, and many other green businesses.  They are changing the world and you can too!  

This certificate course provides the tools, knowledge, inspiration, and framework to participate in developing positive environmental, social, and profitable solutions. If you are thinking about a career change or ways that you can incorporate regenerative practices into your existing job or business, the Permaculture Design Course can help guide you there.

Course topics:

Community Design Exercise

  • Permaculture ethics
  • Permaculture design principles
  • Pattern understaning
  • Creating healthy soil
  • Plant selection, plant guilds & food forests
  • Regenerative food systems
  • Holistic management
  • Mapping
  • Climate and microclimates
  • Water harvesting
  • Appropriate technology
  • Natural building
  • Keyline design
  • Business development
  • Local food systems & community land access
  • Co-housing, eco-villages & City Repair
  • Design for peak oil & ecological collapse
  • Ecological economics

About the course: This 72 hour curriculum will cover Bill Mollison’s PERMACULTURE DESIGNERS MANUAL plus more recent material. The course consists of six (6) two (2)-day weekends held throughout San Diego County. The spread out weekend format is to accommodate local residents schedules to participate in this valuable learning experience taught by regional experts in Permaculture & Sustainability. Course experience will include classroom instruction, field trips, hands-on activities, required & suggested readings & completion of a permaculture design project. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will receive Permaculture Design Certification.


Course Information

Instruction on all course dates is from 9 AM to 5 PM.

Part 1 “Introduction to Permaculture Design” This session lays the foundation for permaculture design. This session will include Permaculture Ethics & Principles, Regenerative, Generative & Degenerative Systems, Natural Patterning, Climatic Pattern Understanding, Site Assessment, Forests & Energy, Permaculture Design Methodologies, and tours of local permaculture sites.

Part 2 “Growing Permaculture” In the middle sessions we will look at “Growing Permaculture” as we learn about water harvesting (rainwater and greywater), soil building, and using plants in a permaculture setting. Topics to include hands on rainwater harvesting, tours of functioning and legal greywater systems, compost and composting teas, sheet mulching, plant guilds, garden ecology, and food forestry. These days will be a very hands on with ample time spent outdoors getting our hands in the earth and applying the permaculture principles and ethics to create a sustainable orchard system.

Part 3 “Permaculture for the Farm, Neighborhood and Beyond” The final weekends build upon the earlier sessions as we learn to apply Permaculture on farms and ranches and into the city. Topics include Keyline Design, Agroforestry, Animal Husbandry, Appropriate Technology, Home Design, Hands on natural building, Eco-village, and co-cohousing design. We will apply permaculture on the community scale and learn about Resource Sharing Co-ops, Community Gardens and Land Access, The City Repair Project, Creating a Local/Regional Food Economy, Alternative Economics and Local Currencies, and Right Livelihood. Culminating the whole course will be student design presentations and the infamous permaculture costume contest and the talent / no talent show and potluck dinner!

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Cost

$895 for the entire Permaculture Design Course $795 if paid in full by early bird deadline of March 11th, 2015 A Non-Refundable $200 deposit is required to reserve your space (This is already included in full price and early bird payments) There are opportunities for payment plans, some work trade, and group discounts.

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#FightingForMaya Laundry to Landscape workshop Register

When you wash your clothes, do you know where that water goes?  Rather than letting this abundant resource go “down the drain” you can tap into it to sustainably irrigate your fruit trees and other landscape plants, getting your clothes and your conscience clean at the same time!  This hands-on workshop will teach and inspire participants to install their own “Laundry to Landscape” greywater system. Laundry to Landscape (before and after)Learn how easy it is to use the washing machine to irrigate fruit trees and more with this cheap, easy, and permit-free legal method of greywater reuse. By the end of the day, participants will be able to design and install their own laundry to landscape greywater system with confidence. Cut down your water bill and grow an ecological and food producing garden. This class includes many handouts related to greywater design to help you further setup up your own system. Class will address:

  • Greywater design for laundry systems
  • Mulch basin and soil perk
  • Greywater compatible soaps and detergents
  • Greywater specific parts and tools
  • Fruit and nut trees for greywater

 

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This is a very special workshop opportunity to support a very special young girl.

All proceeds from this workshop go toward#FightingForMaya.   In May of 2014, Maya was diagnosed with a rare disease called Atypical TPP1 Deficiency (aka SCAR7).  She is one of a 20 diagnosed in the world.  As such there is currently no cure.  This family is now raising funds to support the research necessary to find a cure.

This class will take place at a private residence in Ocean Beach

The address will be provided to all registered participants.

This is a family event!  Kids are welcome.

Refreshments will be served!

Instructor
Brook Sarson
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Water Harvesting Earthworks Register

waterLet’s work together to green our public spaces, reduce our imported water dependence, clean up our rivers and oceans, and build community!

In this upcoming workshop in Pacific Beach we will be recontouring this unproductive parkway to harvest runoff from the adjacent homeowner’s roof and grow natives.

With the help of John Nobel, from Coastal Sage, we will get a primer on local natives that can grow in these areas and how to prepare the soil and plant them so that they will thrive.

View our cancellation policy

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This parkway is like many in San Diego, mounded and sparsely vegetated. It neither lets rainwater soak in, nor keeps soil and other pollutants from being shed into the storm drains. Notice the rainwater downspouts on the house. It’s easy to put drains from here to the parkway keeping the water onsite and away from the foundation.

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Permaculture Design Course- Fall 2015 Register

Full 12 Day Certificate Course

  Sept. 19-20, 26-27  Oct. 10-11, 17-18   November 7-8, 14-15

Class Meets Throughout San Diego County

“Life Changer!” That is what we often hear from the folks that come through our 12 day, weekend based Permaculture Design Course. This high value course transforms people into ecological citizens and provides them with the tools to change the world regardless of where they are now or the field of work that they are in.  After this course, everyone is empowered to be a part of the solution and apply these principles in their daily lives, places of work, or businesses.

Our graduates are the next generation of sustainability experts!

Permaculture design trains people to think beyond just being sustainable, but to develop practical, regenerative solutions to the world’s environmental problems. Permaculture Design can meet and exceed human needs by transforming gardens, businesses, farms,  and communities into fully functioning ecosystems. Receive hands-on experience on how to apply the principles of ecological design in your own home, farm, business, neighborhood, and city. Permaculture is an integrated ecological design system for creating sustainable human settlements. Far more than a set of gardening tips and techniques, Permaculture is about understanding and designing the connections between people, the earth, plants, energy, climate, water, transportation, shelter, animals, economics and much more.

This course is for:  Homeowners, renters, gardeners, farmers, ranchers, landscapers, architects, builders, developers, civic planners, educators, environmentalists, entrepreneurs, students … everyone who wishes to learn how to design and live in ecological abundance and apply the principles of holistic design to their respective fields. digging a swaleOur course graduates leave this certificate program transformed and empowered!  Many of them now teach, design, install, and consult on projects throughout the world.  Our graduates have gone on to start backyard gardens, school gardens and waste reduction systems, community gardens and neighborhood education centers, permaculture demonstration sites, consulting businesses, landscape design and installation businesses, farms, CSAs, and many other green businesses.  They are changing the world and you can too!  

This certificate course provides the tools, knowledge, inspiration, and framework to participate in developing positive environmental, social, and profitable solutions. If you are thinking about a career change or ways that you can incorporate regenerative practices into your existing job or business, the Permaculture Design Course can help guide you there.

Course topics:

Community Design Exercise

  • Permaculture ethics
  • Permaculture design principles
  • Pattern understaning
  • Creating healthy soil
  • Plant selection, plant guilds & food forests
  • Regenerative food systems
  • Holistic management
  • Mapping
  • Climate and microclimates
  • Water harvesting
  • Appropriate technology
  • Natural building
  • Keyline design
  • Business development
  • Local food systems & community land access
  • Co-housing, eco-villages & City Repair
  • Design for peak oil & ecological collapse
  • Ecological economics

About the course: This 72 hour curriculum will cover Bill Mollison’s PERMACULTURE DESIGNERS MANUAL plus more recent material. The course consists of six (6) two (2)-day weekends held throughout San Diego County. The spread out weekend format is to accommodate local residents schedules to participate in this valuable learning experience taught by regional experts in Permaculture & Sustainability. Course experience will include classroom instruction, field trips, hands-on activities, required & suggested readings & completion of a permaculture design project. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will receive Permaculture Design Certification.


Course Information

Instruction on all course dates is from 9 AM to 5 PM.

Part 1 “Introduction to Permaculture Design” This session lays the foundation for permaculture design. This session will include Permaculture Ethics & Principles, Regenerative, Generative & Degenerative Systems, Natural Patterning, Climatic Pattern Understanding, Site Assessment, Forests & Energy, Permaculture Design Methodologies, and tours of local permaculture sites.

Part 2 “Growing Permaculture” In the middle sessions we will look at “Growing Permaculture” as we learn about water harvesting (rainwater and greywater), soil building, and using plants in a permaculture setting. Topics to include hands on rainwater harvesting, tours of functioning and legal greywater systems, compost and composting teas, sheet mulching, plant guilds, garden ecology, and food forestry. These days will be a very hands on with ample time spent outdoors getting our hands in the earth and applying the permaculture principles and ethics to create a sustainable orchard system.

Part 3 “Permaculture for the Farm, Neighborhood and Beyond” The final weekends build upon the earlier sessions as we learn to apply Permaculture on farms and ranches and into the city. Topics include Keyline Design, Agroforestry, Animal Husbandry, Appropriate Technology, Home Design, Hands on natural building, Eco-village, and co-cohousing design. We will apply permaculture on the community scale and learn about Resource Sharing Co-ops, Community Gardens and Land Access, The City Repair Project, Creating a Local/Regional Food Economy, Alternative Economics and Local Currencies, and Right Livelihood. Culminating the whole course will be student design presentations and a party and potluck dinner!

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Cost

$895 for the entire Permaculture Design Course $795 if paid in full by early bird deadline of August 19th, 2015 A Non-Refundable $200 deposit is required to reserve your space (This is already included in full price and early bird payments) There are opportunities for payment plans, some work trade, and group discounts.

For those that might need help fundraising, we encourage people to create their own crowdfunding campaign to seek the support they need.  “We the Trees” is a great platform that gives back to permaculture projects and one that we recommend.  Find out more in the link below.  We will also use our networks to promote your crowdfunding campaign to help you on your permaculture journey.

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Toby Hemenway- Urban Permaculture Register

Permaculture in the City

with Toby Hemenway

October 4th 2pm-4pm

World Beat Center

2100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

 

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We are excited to host best selling permaculture author, Toby Hemenway, for a presentation and book signing for his newest book, The Permaculture City.  This is a not be be missed event for inspiration and learning how to create sustainable and resilient cities!

More than a fad or mere buzzword, permaculture offers positive solutions for many of the environmental and social challenges confronting modern society. And nowhere are those empowering remedies more needed and desired than in our cities.

In his latest book, bestselling permaculture author Toby Hemenway (Gaia’s Garden) demonstrates that the same nature-based approach that works to grow food—connecting the pieces of the landscape together in harmonious ways—applies perfectly to our need for water, shelter, energy, livelihood, and community.

As Hemenway demonstrates in The Permaculture City, urban permaculture is about much more than gardening in the city. Growing food is only a small part of the challenge we face in solving our essential and increasingly urgent problem of coexisting with a finite planet and with each other.

Permaculture’s ethics lead us on a path to ecologically and socially sound decisions, ruling out the acts and ideas that harm people and planet. Its principles, however, do more than just rule out foolishness, they encourage us to think like an ecosystem, helping us spot solutions that enhance diversity, resilience, productivity, interconnectedness, and elegance and encourage lean use of resources.

“Urban permaculture takes what we have learned in the garden and applies it to

people, neighborhoods, and even culture.”

In The Permaculture City, Hemenway provides readers with practical tips and new information from around the country of how people are using permaculture principles to live in more sustainable, and deeply connected, ways to each other and their community.

The Permaculture City documents the rise of a new sophistication, depth, and diversity in the approaches and thinking of permaculture designers and practioners, and provides hope and opportunity for our cities, towns, and suburbs.

Meet the Author: Toby Hemenway
Toby Hemenway credit Art VargasToby Hemenway is the author of the first major North American book on permaculture, Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture. After obtaining a degree in biology from Tufts University, Toby worked for many years as a researcher in genetics and immunology. At about the time he was growing dissatisfied with the direction biotechnology was taking, he discovered permaculture. A career change followed, and Toby and his wife spent ten years creating a rural permaculture site in southern Oregon. He was editor of Permaculture Activist, a journal of ecological design and sustainable culture, from 1999 to 2004. He teaches permaculture and consults and lectures on ecological design throughout the country. He is available for workshops, lectures, and consulting in ecological design. He lives in Sebastopol, California.

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Introduction to DIY Solar Installation Workshop Register

For Homeowners and Contractors

After the recent Paris negotiations it is more urgent than ever that we create pathways to reduce carbon emissions by contributing to clean energy creation!  Solar tax incentives are here to stay.  What better way to get the most bang for your buck than to put up your own solar system.  For decades we have relied on high priced installers to get this work done for us; we have been at the mercy of their pricing schemes.  But now, we know how easy it is to either do this yourself or with your community and we want to share this information with you! You can save thousands of dollars on an installation and make it pay for itself in 3-5 years instead of the usual 10-20.  

Matthew Alford, Scripps Institute of Oceanography professor and developer of thesunshineproject.net  and Brook Sarson, H2OME , water harvesting professional and permaculture design educator will present the information you need to make informed choices and give you a toolset for getting started.

In this Introduction to Solar Installation Workshop, we will walk you through a homeowner installed system, fully permitted
have all the pieces on hand to walk you through a faux install on the ground connect you with the resources you need for

  • Design
  • Materials procurement
  • Permitting processes
  • Professionals who can help you with parts of your project, for example electricians.
  • Plus we will discuss important ways to reduce your consumption in the first place so that you don’t need as much solar as you think!

After this introductory workshop we will have a followup workshop where you will be part of an actual installation.  We will be taking applicants for being the home that gets the install from the group that shows up for this.  Come join us!  Bring a couple friends! Help each other with your installation!

BONUS! You can get a 10-15 minute consult after class for an additional $20.  Please bring a google map of your house, including dimensions if possible, copies of at least 3 electric bills, and an idea of your budget.

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Hands-on Rainwater and Greywater Harvesting Workshop Register

This full day workshop will teach you how to create simple, affordable, effective water conservation strategies.  Did you know that 65-75% of our residential water use is in our landscapes.  By rerouting onsite water to our landscapes we can drastically reduce water consumption throughout San Diego!  

Working together to install a greywater system is fun and satisfying for all ages!

Working together to install a greywater system is fun and satisfying for all ages!

When most people think about rainwater harvesting, the first thing that comes to mind is a barrel.  With up to $700 in rebates, and thousands of gallons coming off a single roof in a year, it’s time to upsize our knowledge to better fit this potential.

Greywater use can be very simple and cost-effective when passive strategies are used.  But what are the permitting requirements and best practices around these strategies?  We will not only tell you, we will show you in this effective hands-on workshop!
In this workshop, participants will learn everything they need to start harvesting rainwater and grey-water. Participants will have access to a variety of different parts and tools used to install tanks.  Topics to be covered include:
  • Installation of 2 x 500 gallons rainwater tank (scaleable to larger installations) ($700 in rebates availableimg_4104-2)
  • Designing and installing passive small scale rainwater harvesting earthworks (scaleable to larger installations).
  • Permitting requirements and variations for greywater systems throughout San Diego
  • Installation of a no permit required Laundry-to-Landscape system ($250 in rebates from the city of San Diego available)
  • How to improve onsite water retention using soil, earthworks, basins, mulch, and plants to accentuate your active water harvesting strategies.
 Cost: $50 full day.  We have a limited amount of 1/2 day spots for greywater only or rainwater only for $35 each.  Email brook@sdsustainable.org if you are interested.
Location: South Park (Exact address provided upon sign up)
Hosted By San Diego Sustainable Living Institute




Instructor
Brook Sarson
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Greywater Maintenance, Servicing, and Repair Register

l2l greywater basinsYou’ve installed your gravity fed shower greywater system and/or your laundry to landscape system!  Congratulations!  Even though you shouldn’t have to maintain these systems often, they do need occasional checkups and maintenance.

This class will be a hands-on class.  We will have the unique opportunity to inspect, extend, repair, and service both a laundry greywater system and gravity fed greywater system from a shower and a kitchen sink which have been in place for several years.  We will also cover appropriate plantings, what’s working/not working, and how to evolve your system.

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Water Harvesting Bike Tour Register

Bike Tour

Join us for a fun and informative foray around South Park to meet with homeowners who have installed rainwater harvesting or greywater systems in their homes, and have abundant food producing and/or native landscapes.  This is a great way to see how easy it is to be a part of the water solution and the variety of ways that water can be harvested.  During this easy paced bike tour, you will see both professionally installed and do-it-yourself applications.  If you are curious about how to harvest either rainwater or greywater this is your opportunity to meet with many different people all working to create a water abundant “blue” future.  Rainwater harvesting and greywater reuse can reduce a household’s water consumption by over 50 percent.

growing+food+with+rainwater+and+greywaterYou will have an opportunity to meet people who are growing their own food with onsite water supplies, including homes that are part of an urban sharecropping program providing CSAs to our local community.

The bike ride will meet at the Park located at 28th and Ash Street in South Park.   After registration we will begin our tour of 4-6 houses to learn from their experiences.  The bike tour will culminate at the same park where we will have music, food, and allow time for you to continue talking to the experts about landscape and water solutions.

Homes featured include work done by homeowners, as workshops through The San Diego Sustainable Living Institute, and through H2OMEGarrison Construction, Ecology ArtisansGood Neighbor Gardens, and Artemesia Landscape Architecture.  The bike tour will culminate at the same park where we will have music, food, and allow time for you to continue talking to the experts about landscape and water solutions.

We will have bike tune ups onsite offered by  The Broken Spoke.   Please come early if your bike needs servicing

There will be a raffle for this event featuring some amazing gifts from local businesses.  Your ticket price includes 1 raffle ticket.  More can be purchased online or on the day of the event.  We will update the website with the raffle prizes.

Raffle prizes so far include

Please sign up here.  We have limited space and expect it to fill fast!

Check our facebook page for the lastest updates!

We have delicious goodies to get you revved up before the bike ride and rehydrate and reenergize you after:

Participants will receive

  • a printed handkerchief map, printed by local OB printers James Gang
  • Samples of locally owned Dr. Bronner’s soaps
  • Chia squeezes from locally owned Mamma Chia
  • Coupons from local businesses

We will be asking quiz questions and correct answers will recieve

  • bike lights from Decobikes
  • rash guards or trucker hats from Coastkeeper
Hosted By San Diego Sustainable Living Institute




Instructor
Brook Sarson
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Permaculture Design Course- Spring 2017 Register

Full 12 Day Certificate Course

  April 22-23, 29-30  May 6-7, 27-28   June 10-11, 24-25

Class Meets Throughout San Diego County

“Life Changer!” That is what we often hear from the folks that come through our 12 day, weekend based Permaculture Design Course. This high value course transforms people into ecological citizens and provides them with the tools to change the world regardless of where they are now or the field of work that they are in.  After this course, everyone is empowered to be a part of the solution and apply these principles in their daily lives, places of work, or businesses.

Our graduates are the next generation of sustainability experts!

Permaculture design trains people to think beyond just being sustainable, but to develop practical, regenerative solutions to the world’s environmental problems. Permaculture Design can meet and exceed human needs by transforming gardens, businesses, farms,  and communities into fully functioning ecosystems. Receive hands-on experience on how to apply the principles of ecological design in your own home, farm, business, neighborhood, and city. Permaculture is an integrated ecological design system for creating sustainable human settlements. Far more than a set of gardening tips and techniques, Permaculture is about understanding and designing the connections between people, the earth, plants, energy, climate, water, transportation, shelter, animals, economics and much more.

This course is for:  Homeowners, renters, gardeners, farmers, ranchers, landscapers, architects, builders, developers, civic planners, educators, environmentalists, entrepreneurs, students … everyone who wishes to learn how to design and live in ecological abundance and apply the principles of holistic design to their respective fields. digging a swaleOur course graduates leave this certificate program transformed and empowered!  Many of them now teach, design, install, and consult on projects throughout the world.  Our graduates have gone on to start backyard gardens, school gardens and waste reduction systems, community gardens and neighborhood education centers, permaculture demonstration sites, consulting businesses, landscape design and installation businesses, farms, CSAs, and many other green businesses.  They are changing the world and you can too!  

This certificate course provides the tools, knowledge, inspiration, and framework to participate in developing positive environmental, social, and profitable solutions. If you are thinking about a career change or ways that you can incorporate regenerative practices into your existing job or business, the Permaculture Design Course can help guide you there.

Course topics:

Community Design Exercise

  • Permaculture ethics
  • Permaculture design principles
  • Pattern understanding
  • Creating healthy soil
  • Plant selection, plant guilds & food forests
  • Regenerative food systems
  • Holistic management
  • Mapping
  • Climate and microclimates
  • Water harvesting
  • Appropriate technology
  • Natural building
  • Keyline design
  • Business development
  • Local food systems & community land access
  • Co-housing, eco-villages & City Repair
  • Design for peak oil & ecological collapse
  • Ecological economics

About the course: This 72 hour curriculum will cover Bill Mollison’s PERMACULTURE DESIGNERS MANUAL plus more recent material. The course consists of six (6) two (2)-day weekends held throughout San Diego County. The spread out weekend format is to accommodate local residents schedules to participate in this valuable learning experience taught by regional experts in Permaculture & Sustainability. Course experience will include classroom instruction, field trips, hands-on activities, required & suggested readings & completion of a permaculture design project. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will receive Permaculture Design Certification.


Course Information

Instruction on all course dates is from 9 AM to 5 PM.

Part 1 “Introduction to Permaculture Design” This session lays the foundation for permaculture design. This session will include Permaculture Ethics & Principles, Regenerative, Generative & Degenerative Systems, Natural Patterning, Climatic Pattern Understanding, Site Assessment, Forests & Energy, Permaculture Design Methodologies, and tours of local permaculture sites.

Part 2 “Growing Permaculture” In the middle sessions we will look at “Growing Permaculture” as we learn about water harvesting (rainwater and greywater), soil building, and using plants in a permaculture setting. Topics to include hands on rainwater harvesting, tours of functioning and legal greywater systems, compost and composting teas, sheet mulching, plant guilds, garden ecology, and food forestry. These days will be a very hands on with ample time spent outdoors getting our hands in the earth and applying the permaculture principles and ethics to create a sustainable orchard system.

Part 3 “Permaculture for the Farm, Neighborhood and Beyond” The final weekends build upon the earlier sessions as we learn to apply Permaculture on farms and ranches and into the city. Topics include Keyline Design, Agroforestry, Animal Husbandry, Appropriate Technology, Home Design, Hands on natural building, Eco-village, and co-housing design. We will apply permaculture on the community scale and learn about Resource Sharing Co-ops, Community Gardens and Land Access, The City Repair Project, Creating a Local/Regional Food Economy, Alternative Economics and Local Currencies, and Right Livelihood. Culminating the whole course will be student design presentations and a party and potluck dinner!

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Cost

$995 for the entire Permaculture Design Course $895 if paid in full by early bird deadline of March 22, 2017. A Non-Refundable $200 deposit is required to reserve your space (This is already included in full price and early bird payments) There are opportunities for payment plans, some work trade, and group discounts.

 

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Flow: Water Harvesting and Garden Bike Tour Register

Join us for a fun and informative foray around University Heights, Normal Heights, and Talmadge/Kensington to meet with homeowners who have installed rainwater harvesting or greywater systems in their homes, and have abundant food producing and/or native landscapes.  This is a great way to see how easy it is to be a part of the water solution and the variety of ways that water can be harvested.  During this easy paced bike tour, you will see both professionally installed and do-it-yourself applications.  If you are curious about how to harvest either rainwater or greywater this is your opportunity to meet with many different people all working to create a water abundant “blue” future.  Rainwater harvesting and greywater reuse can reduce a household’s water consumption by over 50 percent.

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Start: Talmadge Circle (49th and Adams)

End: Trolley Barn Park

8 homes featured include work done by homeowners and through H2OMECatchingH2O, and CommuniTree Gardens.

There will be a raffle for this event featuring some amazing gifts from local businesses, including a 500 gallon rainwater tank, thanks to CatchingH2O!  Your ticket price includes 1 raffle ticket.

Check out these other great prizes:

*2 fruit trees from City Farmers Nursery

*Laundry to Landscape DVD from the originator of the system Oasisdesign.net

*Free landscaping consultation from CommuniTree Gardens

*4 pack of tickets to the San Diego Zoo

*4 Bromeliads from GoodEarthPlants.com

More can be purchased online or on the day of the event ($5 each).  We will update the facebook page with the raffle prizes.

We have some delicious treats for you along the way including

*baked goods from Kensington Cafe

*citrus from Stehly Farms

*Chocolate from CHOCOLATL

*Granola from Asana Foods

Hosted By San Diego Sustainable Living Institute




Instructor
Brook Sarson
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Laundry – to – Landscape Workshop #FightingForMaya Register

When you wash your clothes, do you know where that water goes?  Rather than letting this abundant resource go “down the drain” you can tap into it to sustainably irrigate your fruit trees and other landscape plants, getting your clothes and your conscience clean at the same time!  This hands-on workshop will teach and inspire participants to install their own “Laundry to Landscape” greywater system. Laundry to Landscape (before and after)Learn how easy it is to use the washing machine to irrigate fruit trees and more with this cheap, easy, and permit-free legal method of greywater reuse. By the end of the day, participants will be able to design and install their own laundry to landscape greywater system with confidence. Cut down your water bill and grow an ecological and food producing garden. This class includes many handouts related to greywater design to help you further setup up your own system. Class will address:

  • Greywater design for laundry systems
  • Mulch basin and soil perk
  • Greywater compatible soaps and detergents
  • Greywater specific parts and tools
  • Fruit and nut trees for greywater
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#FightingForMaya

This is a very special workshop opportunity to support a very special young girl.

All proceeds from this workshop go toward#FightingForMaya.   In May of 2014, Maya was diagnosed with a rare disease called Atypical TPP1 Deficiency (aka SCAR7).  She is one of a 20 diagnosed in the world.  As such there is currently no cure.  This family is now raising funds to support the research necessary to find a cure.

This class will take place at a private residence in Rolando

The address will be provided to all registered participants.

This is a family event!  Kids are welcome.

Refreshments will be served!

Check out our Facebook event page for updates:

Hosted By San Diego Sustainable Living Institute




Instructor
Brook Sarson
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Creating a Food Forest with Greywater Register

Start the New Year right!   This full day workshop is a unique opportunity for homeowners and skilled professionals including landscapers, plumbers, contractors and builders to learn how to create simple, affordable, effective water conservation strategies.   January is the perfect time for bare root fruit tree planting! We will be installing a greywater system to food forest in a front yard in North Park! This front yard will provide an abundance of food for people, pollinators, and birds without any imported water!

Did you know that 65-75% of our residential water use is in our landscapes.  By rerouting rainwater from storm drains and greywater from our wastewater treatment facilities to our landscapes we can drastically reduce water consumption throughout San Diego!

A simple laundry to landscape system can water a small orchard.

Greywater use can be very simple and cost-effective when passive strategies are used.  But what are the permitting requirements and best practices around these strategies?  We will not only tell you, we will show you in this effective hands-on workshop!

In this workshop, participants will learn everything they need to start installing gravity fed, no pump grey-water harvesting systems, including plumbing and landscape aspects.

 

 

 

Topics to be covered include:

  • Designing and installing water harvesting earthworks.
  • Food forest principles
  • Fruit Tree planting, selection, and care
  • Gravity fed shower and kitchen greywater system
  • Permitting requirements and variations throughout San Diego
  • No permit required Laundry-to-Landscape system (already installed system onsite)
  • How to improve onsite water retention using soil, earthworks, basins, and plants to accentuate your active water harvesting strategies.
  • Rainwater harvesting theory and exposure (onsite tanks totalling 1000 gallons previously installed)

Cost: $50.

Location: North Park, CA

Brook Sarson of H2OME and Eric Saline representing CommuniTree Gardens will be coteaching this

Hosted By San Diego Sustainable Living Institute




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Brook Sarson
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Intentional Communities with Diana Leafe Christian Register

In this 2.5 hour session with Diana Leafe Christian, we will learn three simple factors that help ecovillages and intentional communities (and any member-led groups) succeed and thrive.

Diana’s expertise on this subject is derived from years of travel around the world exploring these communities to understand what makes them work and what causes them to fail. She wrote her book: Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities, about forming successful communities and ecovillages, based on her extensive research.

Diana speaks and offers workshops internationally on topics including the tools and processes to create successful new intentional communities, creating more connection and harmony in communities, and governance and decision-making methods — primarily the N St. Consensus Method and Sociocracy.

Diana has the ability to make complex issues simple and clear. From her deep and broad understanding of community dynamics, she teaches effective and harmonious ways for groups to become healthy and thriving, and to resolve the typical interpersonal challenges that can arise in any community.

***Tickets: $45
Learn more about this workshop here: https://www.facebook.com/events/931698123627422/?active_tab=about

and here: http://local-earth.org/diana-christian/

This event is proudly brought to you in partnership by:
Local Earth
San Diego Permaculture
The Sustainable Living Podcast
The San Diego Sustainable Living Institute

“Diana’s workshop was fantastic! She truly is a master at taking complex material and making it simple, plus the way she engages workshop participants is brilliant.” —Gaya Erlandson, co-founder, Lotus Lodge Community, North Carolina, 2012

“Quite simply the finest workshop I’ve ever attended. You quickly cut to the chase, providing hours of practical answers, and all with a hilarious sense of humor.” —Dennis Gay, Champlain Valley Cohousing, Vermont, 2013

“It was a magical workshop! I feel such gratitude, and inspiration to go on investigating how Sociocracy can support our community.” —Malin Wik, Ängsbacka Ecovillage, Sweden, 2013

“So useful to apply Sociocracy to intentional communities. I also loved your “tell it like it is” style and your pacing, humor, clarity, focus. I absolutely got what I came for.” —Paul Voss, Hart’s Mill Community, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 2013

“ . . . one of the best presentations I’ve seen. Diana was down-to-earth, humble, extremely knowledgeable, and realistic. I learned so much: her presentation was practical, insightful, inspiring, and useful (as well as funny). —Laura Allen, Los Angeles Eco-Village, 2015

Location World Beat Center
2100 Park Blvd
San Diego CA 92101

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Sociocracy Overview with Diana Leafe Christian Register

In Diana Leafe Christian’s Sociocracy Overview: A Governance and Decision-Making Method for Ecovillages, Intentional Communities, and Member-Led Groups.

A brief overview of an effective governance and decision-making method for better meetings, getting more done, and feeling more connected with other members.

*Sociocracy (also called Dynamic Governance) is a system of governance using consent decision making and an organizational structure based on cybernetic principles (a system with closed feedback mechanisms). Sociocracy has been advocated as a management system that distributes leadership and power throughout the organization.

***Tickets $45

This event is proudly brought to you in partnership by:
Local Earth
San Diego Permaculture
The Sustainable Living Podcast
The San Diego Sustainable Living Institute

What do Ecovillages, Intentional Communities, co-ops and non-profits have in common? Yes, you guessed it. They are by people, for people and for many of us a ray of hope for our future. Have you ever dreamt of starting or joining a community or a co-op?

If the answer is yes, you want to meet Diana Leafe Christian. She is the authority on how to do this with success! She’s travelled the world over several decades and recorded what makes these communities work and what causes them to fail. She wrote the book on it, actually she wrote two of them.

Diana Leafe Christian joins our San Diego Community to to give us a dense cross section of her decades of study and experience community governance.

Diana Leafe Christian is author of Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities, about forming successful communities and ecovillages.

Diana speaks and offers workshops internationally on topics including the tools and processes to create successful new intentional communities, creating more connection and harmony in communities, and governance and decision-making methods — primarily the N St. Consensus Method and Sociocracy.

Diana has the ability to make complex issues simple and clear. From her deep and broad understanding of community dynamics, she teaches effective and harmonious ways for groups to become healthy and thriving, and to resolve the typical interpersonal challenges that can arise in any community.

 

“Diana’s workshop was fantastic! She truly is a master at taking complex material and making it simple, plus the way she engages workshop participants is brilliant.” —Gaya Erlandson, co-founder, Lotus Lodge Community, North Carolina, 2012

“Quite simply the finest workshop I’ve ever attended. You quickly cut to the chase, providing hours of practical answers, and all with a hilarious sense of humor.” —Dennis Gay, Champlain Valley Cohousing, Vermont, 2013

“It was a magical workshop! I feel such gratitude, and inspiration to go on investigating how Sociocracy can support our community.” —Malin Wik, Ängsbacka Ecovillage, Sweden, 2013

“So useful to apply Sociocracy to intentional communities. I also loved your “tell it like it is” style and your pacing, humor, clarity, focus. I absolutely got what I came for.” —Paul Voss, Hart’s Mill Community, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 2013

“ . . . one of the best presentations I’ve seen. Diana was down-to-earth, humble, extremely knowledgeable, and realistic. I learned so much: her presentation was practical, insightful, inspiring, and useful (as well as funny). —Laura Allen, Los Angeles Eco-Village, 2015

Location World Beat Center
2100 Park Blvd
San Diego CA 92101

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Slideshow: Ecovillages and Intentional Communities Register

We are excited to have Diana Leafe Christian in San Diego to present her fun and informative slidewhow showcasing Ecovillages and Intentional Communities around the world, Where They Are, What They’re Doing, Why They’re Important. Diana Leafe Christian, author of Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities is one of the most versed people in this field today. Her book is an essential tool to help groups form successful communities and ecovillages.

***Check our facebook page for the latest information about the event.

*** Saturday Workshop FB event: facebook.com/events/931698123627422

During her slideshow presentation, you will be introduced to communities around the world. You will walk away understanding the definition of ecovillages, intentional communities, and cohousing; the basic economic systems, ways of owning land, and governance methods of ecovillages; locations worldwide. The different specialities of ecovillages worldwide, from sustainable education to spiritual practice to inventions in appropriate technology, and what this means for our wider culture.

Diana has the ability to make complex issues simple and clear. From her deep and broad understanding of community dynamics, she teaches effective and harmonious ways for groups to become healthy and thriving, and to resolve the typical interpersonal challenges that can arise in any community.

FREE event yet your love donations are highly appreciated to cover the cost of the venue.

Dinner and snacks will be available for purchase from the World Beat Center.

This event is proudly brought to you in partnership by:
Local Earth
San Diego Permaculture
The San Diego Sustainable Living Institute
Location World Beat Center
2100 Park Blvd
San Diego CA 92101

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Permaculture Business & Leadership: 3 Lessons on Maximizing Impact and Action Register

Whether you are on your path or just getting started on your business or project, join us in this 2-hour collaborative workshop with like-minded community change-makers. Learn skills and get tools on how to make an impact, spread your message, and thrive in our changing world!

This workshop will consist of short presentations mixed with Solo and Collaborative Exercises, followed by Q&A. This is a great opportunity to collaborate in community and build a support network of likeminded people who want to start or grow their business!

In this Session we will help you:
– Get clear on your Mission and Message
– Cultivate Strategies to Take Action and Grow
– Learn New Powerful Leadership Skills to Create an Impact!

Join us for Mezcal and Chocolate Tasting after, by reservation only

Hosted By San Diego Sustainable Living Institute




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Deanna Moore
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FLOW: Water Harvesting Walking Tour, Pacific Beach Register

Join us for the casual stroll around a Pacific Beach neighborhood where we will visit 3 homes that exemplify simple, cost effective solutions to create BIG water savings.  Strategies range from visible passive rainwater earthworks, to over 2800 gallons of rainwater storage, to laundry greywater, and even AC condensate harvesting!  You’ll see a range of landscapes including edible and native landscapes as well as artificial turf.  This is a great way to see how easy it is to be a part of the water solution and the variety of ways that water can be harvested.

We will have experts onhand to guide you through these simple systems, discussing cost, water budgeting, parts/materials, and appropriate techniques with you.

The tour will feature 3 homes including work done by homeowners, through workshops, H2OMECatchingH2O, and CommuniTree Gardens.

Location: Pacific Beach Recreation Center

1405 Diamond St
San Diego, CA 92109

Join us between 9-10 to chat with various experts, enjoy a cup of coffee and a chocolate treat from Chocolatl

Stay for a little bit when we get back from the walk to see if you won the raffle and enjoy some locally brewed Kombucha from Living Tea.

Raffle items include:

Bushman 205 gallon Rainwater tank

Consultation with CommuniTree Gardens

Native Plants from Coastal Sage, Ocean Beach

Laundry to Landscape DVD, Art Ludwig, OasisDesign.net

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Here is a before and after picture of some simple passive water harvesting that has turned this dirt lot into an abundant native landscape with no additional water needs, while removing thousands of gallons of water from storm drains during rain events.

Get a preview of the tour and help co-create the water harvesting infrastructure during this educational and inspiring Hands-On Greywater Installation Workshop March 5

 

 

Hosted By San Diego Sustainable Living Institute




Instructor
Brook Sarson
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