PermaBlitz #2 !!

Registration is open!

 

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PermaBlitz #2 will be held at an rural residence in Butte Creek Canyon. The location will be provided upon RSVP confirmation.

PB#2 will be open to a limited number of Participants, please be sure to RSVP as soon as possible to ensure your spot!

We will be implementing several facets of a recently completed permaculture design for the PermaBlitz Host and site.

Projects:

  • Water & Contour: determine contour using an A-frame level to place straw wattles on slope
  • Water & Swales: move and level an existing swale’s sill, create a diversion trench from swale as overflow to nearby fruit trees
  • Vegetable Garden: renovate by raising part of a vegetable garden bed for easier senior access
  • Medicinal Garden: add a rock border and plant a diverse palette of drought tolerant medicinal and edible plants
  • Guild Build an Orchard: determine best function/aspect then plant a variety of plants for pollinators, mulch, fertility, weed barrier and more

Activities:

  • Build an outdoor sink station
  • Build a tool organizer
  • Plant a reused bathtub with root crops (ginger and turmeric)
  • Make ollas and bury by established shrubs (forsythia and lilac)
  • Make switchel and granola

Demonstrations:

  • How rooftop rainwater connects to an existing swale

 

Cost: FREE! [You must RSVP to attend]

 

What to bring

  • Paper, clipboard, and pens/pencils
  • Gloves and sturdy shoes
  • Water bottle in a non-glass container
  • Plate, utensils, cup and napkin
  • We will have some items available to use but if you have your own you can bring: chair(s) or blanket for sitting, shovel, hand pruners, and trowel

Misc

  • LUNCH will be provided by the Host; please let us know if you have special dietary requirements when you RSVP
  • If there is interest we can set up a carpool from Chico [at the Chico Park and Ride, Highway 32 at Fir Street –east side]; please let us know of your interest when you RSVP
  • Please leave your pets at home
  • All participants must sign a release of liability waiver when they arrive
  • PermaBlitz will take place rain or shine

If you wish to attend and cannot RSVP online or require more information please get a hold of us directly at permablitz@earthshed.org.


PermaBlitzes are an education program of Earthshed Solutions. A PermaBlitz is about helping our neighborhoods become more edible and resilient one yard at a time by harnessing and building the power of community. Learn more here: https://earthshed.org/permablitz/

 

 

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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…

PERMACULTURE ETHICS & PRINCIPLES:

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!

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.

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: https://earthshed.org/permablitz/.

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

NEWS/UPDATES:

  • 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)

 

EARTH CARE – PEOPLE CARE – FAIR SHARE

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PermaBlitz #1 !!

 

Registration is open!

 

 

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PermaBlitz #1 will be held at an urban residence in Chico, CA. The location will be provided upon RSVP confirmation.

Due to space constraints at the Host site we can only open up this event to a limited number of Participants, please be sure to RSVP as soon as possible to ensure your spot!

We will be implementing several facets of a recently completed permaculture design for the PermaBlitz Host and site. This is a fabulous opportunity to learn how a permaculture design goes from design to implementation, using the power of our community! 

Projects:

  • Mulch pathways per design
  • Inoculate an existing fruit tree bed with Garden Giant (Stropharia rugoso-annulata) edible mushroom spawn and plant guild building plants
  • Build a trellis to grow Hops (Humulus lupulus) to shade greenhouse and house in summer

Activities:

  • Plant potatoes and other root crops in 5 gallon buckets
  • Build worm bins out of plastic totes
  • Trim Bay branches (Laurus nobilis), discuss its use and function
  • Make refreshing Switchel, a natural electrolyte drink

Extra Projects (as time allows):

  • Plant blueberries and other edible/pollinator plants
  • Build a tool organizer out of a pallet & learn how to repair tools
  • Build a wattle border for a garden bed out of grape vines

Cost

FREE! [You must RSVP to attend]

Additional Info

  • LUNCH will be provided by the Host. Please let us know if you have special dietary requirements when you RSVP.
  • 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 RSVP.
  • Please leave your pets at home.

 

If you wish to attend and cannot RSVP online or require more information please get a hold of us directly at permablitz@earthshed.org.

 


PermaBlitzes are an education program of Earthshed Solutions. A PermaBlitz is about helping our neighborhoods become more edible and resilient one yard at a time by harnessing and building the power of community. Learn more here: https://earthshed.org/permablitz/

 

 

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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November CPG Gathering

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Sunday, November 20th from 10am – 1pm

Chico Branch Library (1108 Sherman Ave.) in Chico

Always FREE and open to the public

Polycultures, Plant Guilds & Forest Gardens

We will have 3 short presentations with an open forum in between as we explore polycultures, plant guilds and forest gardening. Join us to learn about the importance and various functions of plant diversity in your gardens and farms.

Polycultures

Plant guilds

Forest gardens

  • benefits
  • types in farming/gardening
  • local examples

 

  • when and where they’re useful
  • their form and function
  • types of plants
  • tools for guild building
  • examples

 

  • benefits and key functions
  • examples

 

NOTE: Participants who attend this Gathering will receive a promotional code for $10 off the December Hands On Workshop ‘HOW: Edible Forest Gardens Primer’ Sunday, December 11 from 10am to 3pm in Chico. For more information or Register: https://how-efg-primer.eventbrite.com

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • CPG 3rd Annual Autumn Picnic -Sunday, November 6th from 12pm – 3pm at Brian & Stephanie’s farm in north Chico. Please RSVP here: https://cpg-3rd-picnic.eventbrite.com/
  • CSLL ‘Lettuce Get Together’ -Tuesday, December 13th from 4:30pm – 7:00pm at the Chico branch library meeting room.

 

EARTH CARE – PEOPLE CARE – FAIR SHARE


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/

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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MARCH Chico Permaculture Guild Gathering

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

MARCH 20, 2016 from 10am to 1pm at the Chico Branch Library (1108 Sherman Ave. Chico)

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

**PERMACULTURE DESIGN PROCESS OVERVIEW** We are continuing our cycle of educational topics focusing this month on an overview of the Permaculture Design process including:

  • Site Analysis: Explore observation, sector analysis and pattern recognition for a productive site study.
  • WAS Design: Understand how Water, Access and Structures interconnect on your property and how you can maximize water efficiency. We’ll do a Q&A session for water harvesting.
  • Zones of Use: Learn about permaculture zones and how to how to map them out. We’ll do a ‘Design Zone 1’ activity.

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:

Lastly, Earthshed Solutions website is online and growing at earthshed.org! Feel free to browse around and see all we are offering our community as a nonprofit organization! If you use Amazon for online purchasing you can now include Earthshed Solutions in your checkout. AmazonSmile will donate to us each and every time you make a purchase when you register us as your organization of choice (and you don’t pay anything!). It’s super simple and we will be truly grateful!

 

2016 CPG GATHERING SCHEDULE: (Please note Gatherings are now bi-monthly with summers off)

ALL Gatherings are held at the Chico Branch Library (1108 Sherman Ave. Chico) from 10am – 1pm. Gatherings are FREE 1-2 hour interactive lectures with open discussions about the specific monthly topic.

January 24, 2016 – Permaculture Ethics, Principles, Setting Goals and Base Maps

March 20, 2016 – Permaculture Design Process Overview

May 15, 2016 – Soil Food Web and Actively Aerated Compost

September 18, 2016 – Water Harvesting in a Mediterranean Climate

November 20, 2016 – Polycultures, Plants Guilds and Forest Gardens

EARTH CARE – PEOPLE CARE – FAIR SHARE

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

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.