Personal Update – 17 October 2016

Hi all,

This site has gotten pretty stagnant over the past few months.  I apologize for that, but I recently moved from Central NJ and bought a house with my fiance in South Jersey.  So, I’ve been very busy, and haven’t had time for site updates or Move Screenings.  I have tried to stay active in the community, attending meetings for planning the Fair-Amount Food Forest, and I’ve been getting involved with Transition Glassboro and the Gloucester County (New Jersey) Green Party.

I anticipate having more time over the Winter months to get back to keeping the event calendar updated, and sharing articles.  I have found it easier to quickly share thoughts and interesting articles on the Philly Permaculture facebook page, so you can follow that page if you’d like.

If anyone would like to volunteer to help me update this page with fresh material, and keep the event calendar updated, please let me know!

I hope you’re all having a great Autumn, and keep doing your great work!

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July Movie Screening / Soil Testing – Wednesday July 6th

Sorry for the late notice on here, but Wednesday July 6th is this month’s Philly Permaculture Free Movie Screening / Potluck / Discussion. We’re also hosting representatives from Farm Philly and the EPA who will be speaking about Soil Safety and offering on-site soil testing. We’ll also be screening Dirt! The Movie! If you’d like, bring soil samples for testing and some food or drink to share.

When: Wednesday July 6th, 7 – 9:30PM

Where: Repair the World at 4029 Market St Philadelphia, PA

https://www.facebook.com/events/1737396653198359/

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June Free Permaculture Movie Screening / Potluck / Discussion

This month, we’re featuring several videos from a well-known permaculturist, Ben Falk. Ben talks about regenerating soil, water and human health while addressing some of the primary resiliency challenges of the 21st century. In another video, Ben gives an overview of Whole Systems Design, LLC and the processes they work with to affect positive change. Located in Vermont’s Mad River Valley, the business leads by example to illustrate the basics of sound land-use planning – in other words, how to adapt successfully in human society to the world’s everchanging environmental conditions. Ben defines good design as 1. being a functional fit with humanity, climate, and resources; 2.Concentrating value from energy (sun/wind/life processes) and extending it over time; and 3.Utilizing time as a fundamental resource. In a nutshell, “good design” must go beyond doing “less bad” to becoming “regenerative” – improving the health of ecosystems, increasing biomass and biodiversity, and adapting to changing conditions resiliently.

Permaculture is a design science based on the observation and replication of patterns and relationships found in nature; it is an approach to designing sustainable systems of agriculture, community, economics, politics, and more.

Bring some food to share, if you’d like. Bring your own plates and utensils, and let’s try to make this a no-waste event! We’ll have plenty of time for a discussion about the film, or about whatever else is happening in Philly related to Permaculture and regenerative living!

Where: Repair the World 4029 Market Street Philadelphia
When: 7PM – 9:30PM, Tuesday June 14th

 

Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective – May Free Movie Screening

This month, we’re screening the film Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective!

You won’t be able to find a free copy of this film, so you’ll have to come out in person to see it!  The filmmakers usually charge a screening fee, but I got permission to screen it for free!

‘Inhabit’ is a documentary film project that explores the tools for and promise of meeting human needs while also caring for and regenerating ecosystem health. It is an exploration into the idea of conscience inhabitance through permaculture. Focussed mostly on the Northeastern and Midwestern regions of the United States, ‘Inhabit’ provides an intimate look at permaculture peoples and practices in these regions – examining their daily lives as influenced by permaculture design.

Permaculture is a design science based on the observation and replication of patterns and relationships found in nature; it is an approach to designing sustainable systems of agriculture, community, economics, politics, and more. ‘Inhabit’ will look at practices in rural, suburban, and urban environments to explore the breadth of response to local and global challenges – from issues of food, water, and medicine, to governance, economy, and culture. It is an attempt to illuminate certain societal and planetary ails through the lens of on-ground, Earth-based solutions.

Bring some food to share, if you’d like. Bring your own plates and utensils, and let’s try to make this a no-waste event! We’ll have plenty of time for a discussion about the film, or about whatever else is happening in Philly related to Permaculture and regenerative living!

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Film’s Facebook page

Where: Repair the World 4029 Market Street Philadelphia

When: 7PM – 9:30PM, Tuesday May 10th

 

April Free Movie Screening – Soil Science

 

This month, we’ll be watching a few short videos on Soil Science: Agroecology Principles and Biomimicry.

Conservation Agronomist, Ray Archuleta with the National Resources Conservation Service joins David Brandt of Walnut Creek Seeds for a workshop on soil and the use of diverse cover crops to build life and fertility in the soil. Produce abundant yields while implementing the best organic and sustainable methods of establishing and maintaining maximum biology. Build aggregates that make up the best soils and see it grow your best crops year after year.

Bring some food to share if you’d like. Bring your own plates and utencils, and let’s try to make this a no-waste event! We’ll have plenty of time for a discussion about the film, or about whatever else is happening in Philly related to Permaculture and regenerative living!

Where: Repair the World 4029 Market Street Philadelphia
When: 7PM – 9PM, Wednesday April 20th

UPDATE: Here’s the link to the videos we viewed!

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Roughwood Seed Collection

 

The local Roughwood Seed Collection is raising money to help preserve and share their amazing collection of historic, locally adapted, heirloom seeds.  Their collection has a fascinating history, and contains edible, medicinal, and native species from Native Americans, colonial and pre-colonial gardeners and farmers in the Philadelphia region.  These heirloom seeds have been adapted to local growing conditions, and selected to provide healthy and delicious food and medicine.  The Roughwood Seed collection is working to preserve this genetic diversity, and share these important seeds with the world. They are a very small operation with only one paid part-time staff and a large number of volunteers and friends who help out.  Please consider supporting their mission to preserve these important food crops that have incredible potential to feed our communities.  Support the future of local food systems!

Support Roughwood Seed Collection!

 

Roughwood Seed Collection’s Facebook page