What part of Mississippi? I live in Petal, and the garden I work on is in Runnelstown.
--- On Thu, 6/25/09, Benjamin Koltai <bkoltai9@...> wrote:
From: Benjamin Koltai <bkoltai9@...>
Subject: Re: [fukuoka_farming] 2nd Annual Aloha 'Aina Holistic Permaculture Design Course: Aug 17-31
Date: Thursday, June 25, 2009, 2:00 AM
My name is Benjamin.
I am moving in a week to from San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA
to rural deep south Mississippi, USA to begin work on a 100 acre
parcel, mostly young forest - much of which has been recently been
logged and is bare earth.
I have been observing this listserve for two years - sometimes not
observing so much ;) - and now I want to introduce myself so I can
share my experience and learn from your collective experience. I will
certainly need a place to turn for advice as I have little experience
in hot temperate humid climates.
I have been working a 1/2 acre garden in Glen Ellen, California for
two years. The main part of my natural farming experience has been
winter wheat growing in my back yard. I dug five or six 20' rows of
contour swales so the winter rains would sink into the hillside
instead of running off. Basically, I just direct seeded wheat, once
in December after finishing my earthworks and once in October before
the rains began. Then I didn't do anything and it grew into wheat.
My four chickens dug in the trenches of the swales and the wheat grew
well on the berms. The first year's harvest totaled about 2 quarts of
wheat berries. This year I did not harvest the wheat. After a late
storm knocked over the first of the wheat, the chickens began to eat
it, and we were eating lots of eggs. I decided to let the chickens
eat the wheat and allow as much as possible to fall into the seed
bank. Where I threshed the wheat the first year in the front yard had
grown more wheat, bigger ones that were not overseeded as the swales
were both years.
So two years yielded two quarts. During one summer, I tried
buckwheat, cowpea, and safflower (I think it was safflower). It all
needed more water than I really wanted to give and the chickens
tormented the area as soon as I allowed them freedom to go into it.
No harvest there.
I Look forward to a new adventure and a community of virtual allies.
Hooray for soil!
I'm first posting as a reply to this PDC advertisement to put in a
plug for Penny Livingston, one of the teachers of this course. She is
my permaculture teacher (I hope the reality of my garden does not in
any way poorly reflect on her) and she is an incredible teacher, and a
community leader in the San Francisco Bay Area. If you are
considering this PDC, consider no longer and sign up.
On Jun 16, 2009, at 5:27 PM, Living Mandala wrote:
> 2nd Annual
> Aloha ‘Aina 2009
> Holistic Permaculture Design Course
> August 17-31, 2009
> La A’kea Community
> Puna, Big Island, Hawaii
> Visit the Course website for More information
> HANDS-ON ACTION-LEARNING, INTEGRATIVE ECO-SOCIAL CURRICULUM, ANIMAL
> SYSTEMS & FOOD FOREST GARDENING, NATURE AWARENESS & INDIGENOUS
> WISDOM, APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY & NEW ENERGY, FUNGI & MYCO-
> REMEDIATION, RAW FOOD & EMBODIMENT PRACTICES, SONG, CEREMONY, RITES OF
> PASSAGE & MORE
> Facilitators, Teachers & Constants
> John Valenzuela, Penny Livingston-Stark, Jay Ma, Sage Mata, Julie Bird
> Moore, Ela Harrison... additional instructors & special guests to be
> announced soon!
> Course Inspiration
> “Aloha ‘Aina” is Hawaiian for “love of the land”, or “to love,
> respect, and nurture the land.” As human beings now facing a time of
> great environmental and social transformation, we believe that it is
> through this spirit of reconnecting to ourselves, to our communities,
> and to the Earth with a spirit of love and care that we will renew and
> restore a healthy balance of human beings living in harmony with each
> other and their natural environment. We are inspired and grateful to
> be offering this holistic permaculture design intensive to the greater
> Island Community to further empower and synergize our efforts of
> ecological and social regeneration.
> Course Description
> The Aloha ‘Aina Holistic Permaculture Design Course will include the
> standard 72-hour permaculture design curriculum based upon the
> original Mollison and Holmgren ideas and design philosophies published
> in The Permaculture Designer’s Manual, as well as be a nourishing
> retreat and hands-on immersion experience of sustainable living. In
> addition to the standard permaculture design certification curriculum,
> we recognize permaculture as an expanding, holistic design philosophy
> encompassing many fields. Accordingly, this permaculture design course
> will include and integrate additional content and activities such as
> nature awareness, indigenous wisdom, holistic nutrition, embodiment
> practices, inner work, group process, and more. With a focus on
> tending the inner as well as the outer landscapes, course participants
> will work with each other and local community residents on tangible
> design project scenarios to implement positive transformation within
> themselves and in the local community.
> Range of Course Topics Include:
> Permaculture Design, Observation & Nature Awareness, Indigenous
> Wisdom, Natural Pattern Recognition, Pattern Design and Biomimicry,
> Bird Language, Water on the Landscape, Swales, Keyline, & Pond,
> Building, Integrated Animal Systems, Rain Harvesting & Catchments,
> Grey Water & Bioremediation, Tropical Permaculture, Natural Building,
> Organic Gardening, Forest Ecology, Food Forest Gardening, Agro-
> Forestry, Soil Ecology & Soil Building, Appropriate Technology,
> Alternative & Renewable Energy, Urban Permaculture, Mushrooms/Myco-
> Remediation, Aquaculture, Designer's Tools, Design Methods & Process,
> Maps and Mapping, Zones, Site Analysis, Design Projects, Hands-On
> Activities, Social Permaculture, Eco-Village Design, Cultural
> Mentoring, Zone Zero, Inner Work, Heart Circles, Improvisation,
> Personal Empowerment, Group Facilitation, Invisible Structures, Green
> Economics, Archetypal Biology, Biodynamic Farming, Geo-Political
> Landscapes, Holistic Nutrition, Yoga & Embodiment, Physics & Unified
> Field Theory, and more
> Certification Applicability
> Participants who successfully complete the course will receive a
> Permaculture Design Certificate. Design Certification is applicable
> towards Gaia University Degree Programs.
> Tuition & Registration
> Course Tuition is $1500 U.S. dollars, which includes instruction,
> lodging, and 3 delicious, nutritious, and locally grown meals a day
> for the duration of the course - 15 days. Participants who
> successfully complete the course will receive a Permaculture Design
> Early Bird Discount
> Register and pay in full before June 15th and receive nearly $200 off
> course tuition. $1360
> Register Now
> More Information
> Visit the Course website for More information
> For Question e-mail: alohaaina@livingman dala.com or
> Phone: (707) 634-1461
> Job Opportunities: Cross Pollinators
> Start supporting sustainable progress & regenerative educational
> initiatives! Help us to spread the word about this course and others
> and earn money!
> We are looking for "Cross-Pollinators" or Affiliate Marketing
> Ambassadors to help spread the word about our affiliated courses,
> workshops, and events to strengthen our network and to further empower
> regenerative educational initiatives on the planet.
> This job includes posting information about our upcoming courses,
> workshops, and events on-line on social networks, websites, blogs,
> etc; identifying and sending emails to listserves; and building
> relationships with resonant groups and organizations. Cross-
> Pollinators should be experienced with internet navigation and social
> networking, have proficient writing and communication skills, have
> their own computer and internet access, and be able to work from their
> home, office, or local coffee shop. Compensation is based on
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> come in from the scope of the outreach efforts made. Referral's range
> anywhere from $25 - $250 per course.
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