Pre-PermaBlitz August Gathering

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Sunday, August 20th  from 10am – 1pm at the Chico Library (1108 Sherman Ave.) in preparation for PermaBlitz #2 on October 15th!

We are gearing up for PermaBlitz #2 in October! As an introduction to permaculture and its application to PermaBlitz #2 we host 2 Pre-Blitz Gatherings, the first of which is Sunday, August 20th from 10am-1pm at the Chico Library meeting room (1108 Sherman Ave.). This Gathering will cover…


We will discuss the Ethics and Principles of Permaculture and their practical application to the Host site for PermaBlitz #2 located in Butte Creek Canyon. Interactive forums will take place between 2-3 short presentations as we move through the 12 Holmgren permaculture principles.

At this time the PB #2 permaculture design is in progress and is being compiled by Earthshed Solutions’ certified designers and PDC graduate interns. PermaBlitz projects and activities will include, but are not limited to:

  • renovation of an existing vegetable garden for better accessibility
  • determining contour using A-frame levels for wattle applications, swales and level sills
  • guild building 5 existing fruit tree groupings with diverse plants
  • establishing a medicinal herb garden
  • building an outdoor sink
  • building a tool organizer
  • making and using compost extract
  • making seed threshing screens
  • and more!


  • 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.

What is a PermaBlitz?

A PermaBlitz is a FREE event open to the public, where you learn new skills as it relates to permaculture, complete various projects and activities, share food, get some exercise, and have fun. You can find out more here:

Attention Potential PermaBlitz Hosts! Please read through this page for more information about hosting a PermaBlitz at your property: This CPG Pre-PermaBlitz Gathering counts toward becoming a PermaBlitz Host.


  • CSLL ‘Lettuce Get Together’ -Monday, August 21st from 4:30 to 7:00pm at the Chico Branch of the Butte County Library (1108 Sherman Ave. Chico, CA). A CSLL orientation session, timely garden discussions, and seed packaging will take place.
  • Pre-PermaBlitz CPG Gathering: Permaculture Design Process Overview -Sunday, September 17th from 10am – 1pm at the Chico Library meeting room (1108 Sherman Ave).
  • PermaBlitz #2!! Sunday, October 15th from 10am – 4pm (RSVP page coming soon, location provided with RSVP)





HOW Every Drop Counts -Solutions for Water Resilience


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:

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
  • 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


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 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

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:

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


  • 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 Full event information and registration page here:

** 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.


Contour Technology for WATER Workshop 4/26/15

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This is the Chico Permaculture Guilds SECOND workshop of the season and an all important finale to our design process education (the next few months we will focus on the techniques and strategies used in implementing a permaculture design). This Hands-on Workshop will teach you how to design for WATER retention in the landscape and how to use specific TOOLS to mark out water harvesting earthworks.

WATER is in the forefront of our minds with California in its fourth year of drought and mandatory water rationing soon in effect. Many people feel out of touch… with how to best use available water and how to reduce their consumption of well and municipal water sources while retaining their farm and garden abundance. This workshop will show you how to rehydrate your landscape with the rainwater we do receive and help you learn to determine which tools are needed and how to use them to help your property become drought resilient.

This workshop is focused on the permaculture design process and directly relates to our April monthly gathering topic, WAS Design Tool (Water, Access, Structures). You don’t need to have attended the gathering though it will help you better understand the activities of the workshop as it relates to water and access in particular. [In May there will be a Hands-on Workshop which will teach you specifically how to install a rooftop rainwater harvesting system.]

Details of the Workshop:

WHEN: Sunday, April 26th from 11am to 3pm

WHERE: 283 Kelly Ridge Rd. Oroville, CA

POTLUCK LUNCH: Please bring a dish to share and your own utensils, plates and cups.

We will begin the workshop by learning various design tools including how to read topographical maps and when and where to use water harvesting earthworks such as ponds and swales.

After lunch we will show you how to use different tools for marking contour (equal elevation lines) for water harvesting earthworks as a primary goal. Knowing how to use this type of technology will help with the design and implementation of swales, terraces, level pathways, rainwater harvesting infiltration trenches and basins and so much more. We will cover the simplest tools, such as the A-Frame level to bunyip water levels to ‘dumpy’ and transit levels and finally a laser level.

Many of these tools can be used with one person making it easy for marking out your property on your own, though some do require two people to use them. Even if you live in the valley flatlands knowing how to use this equipment is a real advantage, especially when you need to direct rainwater from your rooftop to your landscape.

BONUS ACTIVITY: We’re working on procuring enough materials for each person to make their own A-frame level to take home. A-frame levels are used around the world for marking continuous level points in the landscape. They are the simplest and most cost effective tool for the job and are very simple to make. Please let us know when you RSVP if you would like to make an A-frame level to take home so we ensure we have enough materials on hand.

This is a FREE event. If you do want to build an A-frame level to take home we are requesting a $5 donation for the materials. This is helpful to ensuring the Guild can continue to offer this type of bonus activity.

To RSVP to attend this workshop please follow this link.

For more information contact Stephanie at or 530-828-6390 OR Robert at 619-890-0979.



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