PermaBlitz!

PermaBlitzes are about helping our neighborhoods become more edible and resilient one yard at a time by harnessing and building the power of community.

The Chico Permaculture Guild will be hosting Pre-Blitz Education Gatherings in 2017 to help inform our community and PermBlitz participants about permaculture through the lens of the property we will be ‘Blitzing.

Spring 2017 CPG / PermaBlitz Schedule

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Pre-Blitz CPG Gathering –Sunday, February 19th from 10am to 1pm ‘Permaculture Ethics & Principles’ (Chico Library 1108 Sherman Ave. in Chico)

Pre-Blitz CPG Gathering –Sunday, March 19th from 10am to 1pm ‘Permaculture Design Process’ (Chico Library 1108 Sherman Ave. in Chico)

PermaBlitz #1 –Sunday, April 9th from 10am – 4pm (location will be provided with RSVP)

RSVP’s to attend will begin in early 2017. For more information please look over the Earthshed Solutions’ PermaBlitz and FAQ page. If you are interested in hosting a Permablitz check out the Host page. For more information contact Earthshed Solutions at permablitz@earthshed.org.

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HOW: Edible Forest Garden Primer

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Earthshed Solutions presents HOW: Edible Forest Garen Primer

Sunday, December 11 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Frog & Toad Farm in Chico

$40 per person (workshop capacity is 15 students)

Register here: https://how-efg-primer.eventbrite.com

Learn HOW to grow fruits, nuts, herbs, mushrooms, vegetables, and other plants in a way that mimics natural ecosystems. Edible forest gardens yield diverse food for our dinner table, other useful products we need, as well as healthy habitats.

In this Hands On Workshop (HOW) we will provide you an introduction to edible forest gardening. When you leave you will have tools readily available to start on your own forest gardens at home.

 Workshop Outline

Set the Stage

  • polycultures, types of plants & guilds, vertical layers, plant ecology, and succession

Design Process

  • goals, site assessment, W-A-S, patterns, mapping, and species selection

Practice

  • site preparation, plant stock, planting, mulching, and seasonal maintenance

 Hands On Activities

  • design polycultures based on specific site conditions
  • prepare the site for planting and build fertile soil
  • plant resource partition guilds for competitive exclusion

 RAFFLE for Plants!

Sherri Scott of Grub Grown nursery has generously donated a set of guild plants for the raffle. All participants have a chance to win these plants by simply attending this HOW. Sherri will also be present with more of her nursery plants for sale.

Cost

$40 per person

  • 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.

 Discount

Attend the FREE CPG Gathering on November 20th and receive a discount code for $10 off this workshop. This Gathering is from 10am to 1pm at the Chico Library meeting room (1108 Sherman Ave. Chico, CA). More information about this Gathering can be found here: https://chicopermaculture.wordpress.com/2016/10/19/november-cpg-gathering/

What to Bring

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

NOTES

  • We are limiting this workshop to 15 students. Make sure to register today!
  • The workshop will take place both indoors and out. Only heavy rain will cancel the workshop; we will notify you 24 hours in advance if we cancel.
  • 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.

 

Edible forest gardening is about expanding the horizons of our food gardening across the full range of the successional sequence, from field to forest, and everything in between.” ~Dave Jacke

 


HOW’s (Hands On Workshops) are an education program of Earthshed Solutions where we teach you HOW on the ground, learning various skills, mind and body; from permaculture design itself to soil building and food production to greywater, earthworks and other water harvesting techniques.

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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

Water Harvesting in a Mediterranean Climate -CPG May Gathering 5/17/15

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SUNDAY, MAY 17th from 1-4pm at the Chico Library meeting room (1108 Sherman Ave. Chico)

CPG EDUCATION: (Always free and open to the public)

TECHNIQUES & STRATEGIES #1: Water Harvesting in a Mediterranean Climate
We’ve focused the last few months learning about the permaculture design process and some of the methods involved in creating a regenerative design, now we explore specific techniques and strategies for design implementation.

  • Water, drought and our local climate
  • How water harvesting techniques have the potential to rehydrate landscapes
  • Water harvesting systems including tank collection from rooftops and different types of earthworks
  • 2 different methods for calculating the volume of rainwater harvested from rooftops and other surfaces
  • Laundry to landscape greywater systems and local code

WHAT TO BRING:

  • 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:

  • The CPG monthly gathering schedule has changed!! Review the new schedule.
  • CPG Hands-On Workshop: ‘Rooftop Rainwater Harvesting System Installation’ -Sunday, May 24th from 11am-3pm at Brian and Stephanie’s property in north Chico. RSVP here: https://cpg-h-ow-rooftop-rhs-install.eventbrite.com/
  • CSLL ‘Lettuce Get Together’ June 9th from 5:30-7:30pm 5:30-7:30 at the Chico branch library meeting room.

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

CPG website: https://chicopermaculture.wordpress.com/

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/