Chico Permaculture Guild Participation Survey

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Please take this (anonymous) survey so we can learn how the Chico Permaculture Guild can better serve our LOCAL community. Feel free to share it with your friends and family who live nearby.

LINK TO SURVEY: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L257N72

The goal of this survey is to discover how the Chico Permaculture Guild can better serve our community. This survey is intended to gauge the ways in which our community participates in permaculture and sustainable living -both now and in the future.

  • Who is interested in permaculture?
  • How do we learn and participate?
  • What do we want to learn?

Note: The survey consists of 10 questions. You are under no obligation to provide an answer to any question. This survey is anonymous unless you wish to provide us with your contact information at the end of the survey.


The Chico Permaculture Guild is an education program of Earthshed Solutions, a 501c3 nonprofit organization serving Butte County and beyond. Earthshed Solutions’ mission is to teach and empower people through our programs and projects that promote ethical decision making and responsible stewardship of Earth’s resources.

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HOW Every Drop Counts -Solutions for Water Resilience

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Earthshed Solutions presents: HOW Every Drop Counts -Solutions for Water Resilience

Sunday, October 16 from 10am – 4pm at Bywater Farm, Oroville

$40 fee

Eventbrite registration page: https://h2o_resilience.eventbrite.com/

Expand your toolbox for withstanding drought and learn how to make every drop of water count. This HOW (Hands On Workshop) will introduce you to various techniques you can easily implement on your property to create lasting water resilience. Resilient systems are better able to bounce back from stresses caused by long or short term changes; such as our current drought.

During this workshop, you will learn about various techniques for water retention and conservation currently in place on this 8 acre permaculture homestead. Learn skills and technologies that are designed to be effective in practice, easy to maintain, affordable, and which can be replicated on any site, at any scale.

Demonstrations and hands on learning will include:

  • Living Soil – how to improve soil biological health for maximum water retention and plant health
  • Rainwater Harvesting –how to collect rainwater into tanks and infiltration basins for productive food systems
  • Water Reuse –how to reuse & recycle water, including greywater, for your landscape & gardens
  • Irrigation –how to effectively use various irrigation methods such as ollas, wicking beds, and drip systems

Cost: $40 (not including Eventbrite fee)

  • If you wish to attend and cannot register and/or pay online please get a hold if us directly at info@earthshed.org.
  • Any payment made on the day of the workshop is $50.00 per person. We accept checks made out to ‘Earthshed Solutions’ or cash; sorry no credit cards.

What to bring:

  • Paper, clipboard and pens/pencils
  • Hat and sturdy shoes
  • Water bottle in a non-glass container
  • Your own lunch (various sun teas will be provided)
  • Chair(s) or blanket for sitting

FAQs:

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

If there is interest we can set up a carpool from Chico at the Chico Park and Ride [Highway 32 at Fir Street]. Let us know of your interest when you register.

Please leave your pets at home.

For more information contact Stephanie at info@earthshed.org or 530-828-6390.

 

“Just as water is the foundation of life it must also be the foundation of design in the built environment.” -Betsy Damon, founder of Keepers of the Waters

MAY CPG Gathering -GREYWATER

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MAY 15th, 2016 from 10am to 1pm at the Chico Branch Library (1108 Sherman Ave. Chico)

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1067540999958982/

Greywater Systems in California

This month we’ll explore common greywater systems with an emphasis on Laundry to Landscape (L2L) systems.

Greywater -water reused from sinks, showers, and washing machines- can significantly reduce your outdoor water consumption. Greywater systems are especially important in times of drought; California is still in a drought!

Come learn about:

  • Common greywater systems (like laundry to landscape and branched drain systems)
  • Water saving potential of greywater
  • 12 best practices
  • Design and cost considerations
  • Permits and regulations in California
  • Health and safety
  • Soaps and products

L2L Mock Up

You’ll also explore a Laundry to Landscape (L2L) system “mock-up” with real greywater parts as well as get more information about our upcoming ‘HOW: Laundry to Landscape Greywater Installation‘ happening June 12th from 10am-4pm at Bywater Farm in Oroville, CA.

 

PARTICIPANTS WHO ATTEND THIS MAY GATHERING WILL RECEIVE A PROMOTIONAL CODE FOR $10 OFF THE INSTALLATION WORKSHOP.

 

POTLUCK / SHARE THE SURPLUS SWAP:

  • Please bring a small dish to share as well as your own dishes, utensils and cup for the POTLUCK. There are limited dishes available in the library so please remember to bring your own if you can. If you do use library dishes we ask that you wash them when you are done.
  • If you have anything in SURPLUS (vegetables, home preserved food, eggs, fruit, seed, plant starts etc.) please bring it along and we’ll ‘Share the Surplus’ after the Potluck.

 

NEWS/UPDATES:

  • 37th Annual Endangered Species Faire (Butte Environmental Council community event) -Saturday, May 7th from 11am – 4pm at One Mile Picnic Area in Lower Bidwell Park. Earthshed Solutions will have a booth! More info: http://www.becnet.org/endangered-species-faire
  • CSLL ‘Lettuce Get Together’ -Tuesday, May 10th from 4:30-7:30pm in the Chico branch library meeting room. More info: http://chicoseedlendinglibrary.org/
  • HOW: ‘Laundry to Landscape Greywater System Installation’ -Sunday, June 12th from 10am-4pm at Bywater Farm in Oroville. Details and registration page here: https://how-l2l-install.eventbrite.com/

 

CPG Gatherings are BI-MONTHLY (with summers off). You can view more information and the whole year’s schedule here.

 


The Chico Permaculture Guild (CPG) is an education program of Earthshed Solutions, a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in July 2015 by actively engaged CPG members.

EARTH CARE – PEOPLE CARE – FAIR SHARE

CPG Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/chicopermacultureguild/
CPG website: https://chicopermaculture.wordpress.com/
Earthshed Solutions website: http://earthshed.org/

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Land Restoration and Water Retention Strategies Workshop 10/11/15

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This is the Chico Permaculture Guilds FIFTH and FINAL workshop of the year. The workshop will take place Sunday, October 11th from 10am to 4pm in Oroville, CA.  Please RSVP to attend this workshop by following this link.

In this unique workshop we will explore various land restoration techniques including erosion control and water retention methods to reinvigorate a sloping 4 acre site in Oroville, CA.

This workshop will cover:

  • What land restoration is and why it’s important
  • Why including erosion control and water retention strategies will allow the restorative process to be more effective
  • How the strategies are accomplished using both heavy equipment and simple tools
  • How to manage the land after these installations

A wide range of materials: logs, branches, mulch, straw, and wattle will be used. You will see what equipment is used and how to place the material on contour, dig a swale, and cut contour land rips to slow, spread and sink rainwater.

The combination of these techniques and materials are all designed to retain water, rehydrate the landscape and heal land that has been compacted by over grazing for the last century as well as recently experiencing a grass fire.

The curriculum includes a lecture along with hands on practices and a demonstration of some completed elements for you to see up close.

Full event information and registration page here: https://cpghow-land-restore.eventbrite.com/

What to bring:

  • Paper, pens/pencils and clipboard for taking notes
  • Hat, gloves and sturdy closed toe shoes
  • Water bottle (preferably not glass)
  • This is a POTLUCK so please bring a dish to share and your own utensils, plate and a cup
  • Chair to sit in

FAQs:

  • What are my transport/parking options getting to the event? If there is interest we can set up a carpool from Chico to Oroville at the Chico Park and Ride [Highway 32 at Fir Street]. Let us know of your interest when you RSVP.
  • Please leave your pets at home

Workshop Cost: Suggested donation is $40, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Please contact Stephanie Ladwig-Cooper with any questions at 530-828-6390 or email to modcpg@gmail.com. Full event information and registration page here: https://cpghow-land-restore.eventbrite.com/

** Earthshed Solutions (Chico Permaculture Guild is now a program of this organization) will be holding more classes and workshops in 2016. Contact Stephanie to get on the email list to stay updated on courses as they become available and to learn about how to become a member for a reduced cost on classes and workshops.

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Rooftop Rainwater Harvesting System Installation 5/24/15

This is the Chico Permaculture Guilds THIRD workshop of the season and the last before our summer break (gatherings and workshop will resume in September). The workshop will take place May 24th from 11am to 3pm.  Please RSVP to attend this workshop by following this link.

This Hands-on Workshop will teach you how to utilize the RAINWATER we seasonally receive to design and install a rooftop rainwater harvesting system. Having the knowledge and skill to direct rainwater from your rooftop to your landscape increases your property DROUGHT RESILIENCE.

Rainwater Harvesting Potential: 1″ of rain on a 1000 square foot surface will yield ~600 gallons of water.

This workshop is focused on specific techniques and strategies for implementing a permaculture design and directly relates to our May monthly gathering topic, Water Harvesting in a Mediterranean Climate. You don’t need to have attended the gathering though it will help you better understand the activities of the workshop.

Details of the Workshop:

PLEASE RSVP TO ATTEND THIS WORKSHOP BY FOLLOWING THIS LINK.

Permaculture Project Attendees are Participating In: The use of passively harvested rainwater from the house rooftop to the surrounding landscape which is a forest garden in its initial phases.

We will begin the workshop by walking around the project target area to familiarize attendees with the current design for rooftop rainwater collection. We will briefly go over the components of a rainwater harvesting system, rainwater calculations as well as the design strategies employed for this particular project. We will then ask attendees to calculate the total volume of rainwater given a specific rainfall event. Then to also calculate the volume of rainwater for the particular workshop downspout that will distribute rainwater to the earthworks/storage systems within forest garden.

The rest of the workshop will be hands-on for learning specific techniques to:

  • Connect the downspout to the earthworks for distribution to the landscape
  • Create infiltration trenches and basins (earthworks) based on rainfall volume
  • Ensure level infiltration trenches and basins using an A-frame level
  • Ensure access pathways are protected and easily traversed
  • Protect the soil before, during and after the installation

Downspt-Infil-BasinsTHIS IS A FREE EVENT. Donations are accepted and appreciated to further CPG education and outreach within our community.

What to bring:

  • Paper, pens/pencils and clipboard for taking notes
  • Calculator for rainwater calculations
  • Hat, gloves and sturdy closed toe shoes
  • Water bottle (preferably not glass)
  • A-frame level (from the last workshop, there will be more to purchase)
  • If you have a shovel please bring it along as well
  • This is a POTLUCK so please bring a dish to share and your own utensils, plate and a cup

FAQs:

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

If there is interest we can set up a carpool at the Chico Park and Ride [Highway 32 at Fir Street]. Let us know of your interest when you RSVP.

Please leave your pets at home.

For more information contact Stephanie at modcpg@gmail.com or 530-828-6390.

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CPG Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/chicopermacultureguild/
CPG website: https://chicopermaculture.wordpress.com/

 

First CPG Workshop of the Season!

HO Header1This is a Hands-on Workshop focused on the permaculture design process and directly relating to our Chico Permaculture Guild March monthly gathering topic, Map and Analyze Zones and Sectors. You don’t need to have attended the gathering though it will help you better understand the activities of the workshop.

This workshop will take place Sunday, March 29th from 11-3pm. This is a FREE event. To register please follow this link to RSVP and let us know you will be attending.

Details of the Workshop:

  • We will go into detail on how to analyze the zones and sectors of a new area of CPG members Anne and Robert’s property in Oroville.
  • We will walk the property and talk about how to design with slope in mind as we learn about the different sectors of Anne and Roberts property and how they mapped them out.
  • You’ll learn how to analyze the function/characteristics of specific elements (using examples such as rabbits and oak trees) then how to find the most appropriate functional connections between different elements before placing them into their respective zones.
  • We will do a fun random assembly activity that will help fully open up our brains to all kinds of possibilities when placing the desired elements.
  • As a final design exercise you will be given a wish list of elements (animals, aquaponics, gardens etc.) that you will need to then analyze and place into a design of your own during the workshop.

You’ll go home with a better understanding of the importance of zones and a practical application of how to create a sector map; this hands-on skill building workshop will lead you further down the road toward creating a final permaculture design for your own site.

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Free permaculture education for our Community

As part of our Fair Share we provide our community free information about permaculture at each monthly gathering. Access to permaculture at low to no cost is vital to our shared future. We hope you will join us on the third Sunday of the month.

These are FREE 1-2 hour interactive lectures, donations do help continue CPG education & outreach

2014-15 Topic Schedule:

October 19, 2014 – Permaculture Ethics & Principles #1-6

November 16, 2014 – Principles #7-12

December 21, 2014 – Set Achievable Goals & Permaculture Design Process Overview

January 18, 2015 – Design Process #1: Create Site Maps using free online software

February 22, 2015 – Design Process #2: Observation, Site Analysis & Mind Maps

March 22, 2015 – Design Process #3: Map & Analyze Zones & Sectors

April 19, 2015 – Design Process #4: W-A-S (water-access-structures) Design Tool

May 17, 2015 – Techniques & Strategies #1: Water Harvesting Systems for a Mediterranean Climate

 *All gatherings through the above dates will be held at the Chico Branch Library Meeting Room from 1-4pm (1108 Sherman Avenue).  As of June 2015 our monthly gatherings will move to a new location TBA.

June 2015 – Techniques & Strategies #2: Soil Food Web

July 2015 – Techniques & Strategies #3: Plant Guilds & Forest Gardens

August 2015 – Techniques & Strategies #4: Seeds, Seed Saving and Drought Tolerant Annual Crops

September 2015 – Autumn Picnic

CPG Topic Schedule 2014-15

The Soil Food Web

Image courtesy of the Lexicon of Sustainability

Elaine Ingham and the Soil Food Web. Image courtesy of the Lexicon of Sustainability

At least once per year the Chico Permaculture Guild hosts a gathering centered around the Soil Food Web. Check out our monthly gathering schedule to see when we will host this particular free educational topic again.

I had the great fortune to attend a course taught by Dr. Ingham in late March 2014. It was the last day of a week long soil food web intensive and was all about how to use a microscope to identify the soil microbes that live in our soil, compost and compost tea. Identifying the good guys from the bad guys is not as hard as it may seem.

At our Soil Food Web Gatherings we talk about all the critters that make up the soil food web. Then we give everyone a chance to actually see these amazing creatures live and in-person using a microscope. We have a microscope hooked up to a computer and live samples are projected onto the big screen.

Some of you may be asking, “What’s the point of seeing these guys through a microscope, I don’t have one at home?”. Or “I’m no biologist, how am I supposed to know what I’m seeing?”.

We feel it’s important to show you what soil microorganisms look like and just how simple it is to take samples and how to view them. We won’t be able to teach you everything about microbiology (that is beyond me too) but we can give you enough information to understand what you’re seeing and how to do it on your own. With the hope we inspire some of you to go out and get a hold of a microscope to view your own soils and compost. Or even seek out those of you who are interested in purchasing a microscope and you could cooperatively buy and share one.

One of the soil study microscopes recommended by Dr. Elain Ingham 40X-400X Compound LED Siedentopf Microscope+Built-in 3MP Camera available for $389 at Microscope.net

One of the soil study microscopes recommended by Dr. Elaine Ingham 40X-400X Compound LED Siedentopf Microscope+Built-in 3MP Camera available for $389 at Microscope.net

It’s actually quite inexpensive; less than $400 investment to reduce or eliminate purchasing amendments for your soil. It’s a worthy return on an investment that could potentially save you hundreds of dollars in the future. Once you know who the good guys are and what kinds of foods they like you can literally feed your soil high quality compost and compost teas/extracts. ONLY. No more additions of rock phosphate, lime, gypsum or N-P-K fertilizers. EVER AGAIN.

Despite what a conventional soil lab report indicates, all soils around the world contain plenty mineral nutrients for plant health. Most often the nutrients are simply locked up in a form plants cannot use. Microbes are the key to unlocking those nutrients and making them available in a soluble form that plants can uptake through their roots. As Dr. Ingham has stated in her many lectures, there is no place on our Earth that is deficient of essential plant nutrients, they are only lacking the soil food web critters that make nutrients available for plants.

SO, WHAT IS THE SOIL FOOD WEB?

soil food web image_2Soil is by far the most biologically diverse part of our Earth. Within and around the soil live critters we can see like beetles, mites, worms, spiders and ants but the soil also hosts tiny microscopic organisms -microbes for short- like bacteria, protozoa, nematodes, fungi, and microarthropods. All of these organisms, big and small, improve the entry and storage of water, resistance to erosion, plant nutrition, and the break down of organic matter.

Did you know there are more soil microbes in ONE TEASPOON of healthy soil than there are people on the Earth!?! That’s a huge, living, breathing, waste producing work force! Which is what they are doing for our plants everyday.

HOW DO THEY PROVIDE NUTRIENTS FOR OUR PLANTS?

Plant roots produce exudates (sugars, proteins and carbohydrates also called “cakes and cookies” by Dr. Ingham) that attract certain microbes to the plant root systems. While the microbes are gathered around the roots eating the sugars (or the bacteria or each other) they’re also drawing more friends (or enemies) toward them -and ALL those microbes are breathing and pooping all the time. Which is exactly what the plant wants. The plant reaps the benefit of soluble nutrients (microbe waste) for it’s own growth and health. The plants live out their lives both above and below ground, producing organic matter, fruits and seed which feed birds, cows and humans alike. THIS IS THE SOIL FOOD WEB. And we, humans, are intricately entwined with this web and must be good stewards of our soil.

Here is a glimpse of some of the critters we hope see at our one of our Soil Food Web Gatherings:

BACTERIA: Feed on organic matter and store and cycle nitrogen

A ton of microscopic bacteria may be active in each acre of soil. Credit: Michael T. Holmes, Oregon State University, Corvallis. Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS). 2000. Soil Biology Primer. Rev. ed. Ankeny, IA: Soil and Water Conservation Society

A ton of microscopic bacteria may be active in each acre of soil.
Credit: Michael T. Holmes, Oregon State University, Corvallis.
Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS). 2000. Soil Biology Primer. Rev. ed. Ankeny, IA: Soil and Water Conservation Society

PROTOZOA: Eat bacteria, fungi, and algae

Protozoa play an important role in nutrient cycling by feeding intensively on bacteria. Notice the size of the speck-like bacteria next to the oval protozoa and large, angular sand particle. Credit: Elaine R. Ingham.

Protozoa play an important role in nutrient cycling by feeding intensively on bacteria. Notice the size of the speck-like bacteria next to the oval protozoa and large, angular sand particle. Credit: Elaine R. Ingham. Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS). 2000. Soil Biology Primer. Rev. ed. Ankeny, IA: Soil and Water Conservation Society.

NEMATODES: Predatory, they eat each other as well other organisms

Most nematodes in the soil are not plant parasites. Beneficial nematodes help control disease and cycle nutrients. Credit: Elaine R. Ingham. Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS). 2000. Soil Biology Primer. Rev. ed. Ankeny, IA: Soil and Water Conservation Society.

Most nematodes in the soil are not plant parasites. Beneficial nematodes help control disease and cycle nutrients.
Credit: Elaine R. Ingham.
Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS). 2000. Soil Biology Primer. Rev. ed. Ankeny, IA: Soil and Water Conservation Society.

FUNGI: Up to 3,000 species of fungi are in the soil performing various functions

Fungus beginning to decompose leaf veins in grass clippings. Credit: No. 48 from Soil Microbiology and Biochemistry Slide Set. 1976. J.P. Martin, et al., eds. SSSA, Madison WI. Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS). 2000. Soil Biology Primer. Rev. ed. Ankeny, IA: Soil and Water Conservation Society.

Fungus beginning to decompose leaf veins in grass clippings. Credit: No. 48 from Soil Microbiology and Biochemistry Slide Set. 1976. J.P. Martin, et al., eds. SSSA, Madison WI.
Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS). 2000. Soil Biology Primer. Rev. ed. Ankeny, IA: Soil and Water Conservation Society.

MICRO-ARTHROPODS: Decompose and shred organic matter and eat microbes

This pale-colored and blind springtail is typical of fungal-feeding springtails that live deep in the surface layer of natural and agricultural soils throughout the world. Credit: Andrew R. Moldenke, Oregon State University, Corvallis. Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS). 2000. Soil Biology Primer. Rev. ed. Ankeny, IA: Soil and Water Conservation Society.

This pale-colored and blind springtail is typical of fungal-feeding springtails that live deep in the surface layer of natural and agricultural soils throughout the world. Credit: Andrew R. Moldenke, Oregon State University, Corvallis.
Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS). 2000. Soil Biology Primer. Rev. ed. Ankeny, IA: Soil and Water Conservation Society.

Macro-arthropods and earthworms also play an important role in the soil food web. They are large and easily found in the soil, when it’s healthy, so we won’t be viewing them at our gathering but we will be talking about their functions in relation to the other microscopic critters in the soil.

One of the best to places to begin learning about the soil food web online is from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) website. The Soil Biology Primer is an invaluable tool for information and resources about soil biology and the soil food web. I’ve utilized images above from the Primer (with permission).

I hope you will join us at our next Soil Food Web Gathering and that you will be able glean some valuable information about the importance of healthy soil and the critters, big and small, who inhabit the soil and who work hard for us every day. Healthy soils are the foundation of a healthy food system and the key to a food system that is not only more resilient to a changing climate, but also healthier for us and the planet.

I would like to thank the Soil and Water Conservation Society for granting me permission to use their photos in this post.

~Stephanie Ladwig-Cooper, CPG lead organizer and co-founder

April Monthly Gathering

Saturday, April 19th 1-4pm in the meeting room of the Chico Library (1108 Sherman Ave). For more information contact Stephanie at modcpg@gmil.com or 530-828-6390

What’s Happening in April?

CPG EDUCATION: (Always free and open to the public)
We will be presenting a talk on rainwater harvesting with a focus on EARTHWORKS. Learn how storing water in the soil and rehydrating landscapes is one of the most important things we can do for generations to come.

Topics Included:

  • 6 components to an effective rainwater harvesting system
  • 2 different methods of calculating the volume of rainwater off rooftops and other impervious surfaces (eg. roads)
  • Different types of earthworks, when and how to use them

We will also show a simple ‘rainwater harvesting benefits’ demonstration outside the library as well.

Earthworks slideNEWS/UPDATES:

  • CPG Mapping Short Course April 6th 12-2pm.
  • CSLL ‘Lettuce Get Together’ April 8th and 22nd from 5-7pm near the CSLL area in the Chico Library. You can view all the upcoming work parties on the CSLL Calendar here: https://chicoseedlendinglibrary.wordpress.com/csll-calendar/
  • Seed Saving Series Workshop #4 through Cultivating Community! The fourth in a series of 6 workshops is on April 26th from 2-4pm at the Chico Grange seed saving garden; it’s all about transplanting warm season crops. To attend the workshop(s) you can register at http://cultivatingcommunitynv.org/
  • Endangered Species Faire, May 3rd at One Mile. The CPG will have a table again this year to help spread permaculture information within our community. We plan to make seed balls again as an activity (that was warmly received last year!).
  • International Permaculture Day event planning. IPD is a global event May 4th, 2014 celebrating permaculture around the world. Last year we held a tour… what shall we do this year?

WHAT TO BRING:

  • Please bring a small dish to share as well as your own dishes, utensils and cup for the POTLUCK –beverages will be provided. There are limited dishes available in the library so please remember to bring your own if you can.
  • If you have anything in SURPLUS (vegetables, home preserved food, eggs, fruit, seed, plant starts etc.) please bring it along and we’ll ‘Share the Surplus’ after the Potluck.

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CPG Facebook April Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/227857450752195/
CPG Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/chicopermacultureguild/

Past gatherings:
DECEMBER: we discussed the importance of setting achievable goals (SMART Goals)
JANUARY: we discussed how to create and analyze maps of your property using Google Earth, the Butte County GIS software and the NRCS Web Soil Survey
FEBRUARY: we discussed how water, access and structures (W-A-S) are interrelated and how they function for greatest abundance and land health.
MARCH: we discussed zone and sector analysis and mapping.

March Monthly Gathering

Gathering HeaderWelcome to (almost) Springtime! Our March gathering is just around the corner and one day before the 5th Annual Spring Seed Swap. We hope you’ll join us for a weekend of permaculture education and seed swapping!

Saturday, March 15th from 1-4pm at the Chico Branch Library meeting room, 1108 Sherman Ave. Chico

CPG EDUCATION -MARCH:
Permaculture design concepts: For our last winter month we will help members finalize their understanding of the permaculture design process. Bring maps of your property if you have them, even a quick sketch is great! We will spend approx. 45 minutes on this topic.

The focus of this month (March) will be on sector analysis and understanding permaculture zones on your property and how to overlay them on your maps. This is a final piece we will cover that really completes the permaculture design process that we have been covering the last few winter months.

Past educational gatherings (for those that did not make some of these let me know and I can get you the handouts via e-mail):

  • DECEMBER: we discussed the importance of setting achievable goals (SMART Goals)
  • JANUARY: we discussed how to create and analyze maps of your property using Google Earth, the Butte County GIS software and the NRCS Web Soil Survey
  • FEBRUARY: we discussed how water, access and structures (W-A-S) are interrelated and how they function for greatest abundance and land health.

NEWS/UPDATES:

  • CSLL ‘Lettuce Get Together’ March 11th from 5-7pm near the CSLL area in the Chico Library. You can view all the upcoming work parties on the CSLL Calendar here: https://chicoseedlendinglibrary.wordpress.com/csll-calendar/
  • 5th Annual Spring Seed Swap! March 16th, 2014 from 2-6pm at the Chico Grange Hall. We need volunteers! We’ll talk about this more at the gathering. Join the FB event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/692876987400431/
  • A spring weekends only Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course is happening through Practical Permaculture in the Grass Valley area (only an hour away)! More info here: http://tinyurl.com/Spring2014PDC
  • Seed Saving Series Workshop #3 through Cultivating Community! The third in a series of 6 workshops is on March 22 from 2-4pm at Heartseed Farm; it’s all about seeding warm season crops. To attend the workshop(s) you can register at http://cultivatingcommunitynv.org/

WHAT TO BRING:

  • Please bring a small dish to share as well as your own dishes, utensils and cup for the POTLUCK –beverages will be provided. There are limited dishes available in the library so please remember to bring your own if you can.
  • If you have anything in SURPLUS (vegetables, home preserved food, eggs, fruit, seed, plant starts etc.) please bring it along and we’ll ‘Share the Surplus’ after the Potluck.

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CPG Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/chicopermacultureguild/