PermaBlitz #4!

Registration is Open!

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PermaBlitz #4 will be held at a rural residence in Paradise, CA. The location will be provided upon RSVP confirmation.

PB#4 is open to a limited number of Participants, please be sure to RSVP as soon as possible to ensure your spot! See below to view our RSVP ticket types and when FREE registration is open. RSVP here: https://permablitz-4.eventbrite.com

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

Projects & Activities may vary from list below.

PROJECTS:

  • Plant out a berm with native plants and install drip irrigation
  • Prepare a food forest for later planting
  • Layout a keyhole garden bed
  • Build a pad for a rainwater collection tank, connect downspout and, if time, place the tank

ACTIVITIES:

  • Build 4-5 worm towers in raised beds using 4-6” pipe
  • Inoculate logs placed for erosion control w/mushroom spawn
  • Build bug hotel and talk about their benefits to garden ecosystem
  • Build lizard habitat using existing materials (rocks/wood etc.) and talk about their benefits to garden ecosystem
  • Build a birdbath out of existing materials to increase pollinators/birds
  • Build a children’s play feature out of existing materials (music wall, stepping stone hopscotch, climbing structure… TBD)

COST: You must Register to attend

We have 5 RSVP ticket types:

  1. ‘Paid PB#4 RSVP’: Paid registration is open 8/23/2018. $20 and the Eventbrite fee will support this and future PermaBlitzes and secure your spot now.
  2. ‘Early Access PB#4 RSVP’: Free registration opens 10/1/2018 to those who qualify based on attendance (see more here: https://earthshed.org/permablitz/permablitz-2018/).
  3. ‘PermaBlitz #4 RSVP’: Free registration opens 10/8/2018 to the general community.
  4. ‘Donation PB#4 RSVP’: Donation RSVP’s open 10/8/2018. We will happily accept donations if you choose to contribute to this and future PermaBlitzes.
  5. ‘Volunteer PB#4 RSVP’: ticket link is sent to registered volunteers. See below for details on how to volunteer for PB#4.

*PB#4 REGISTRATION CLOSES ON 10/13/2018*

VOLUNTEER for PB#4!

We need several volunteers to help us Set up and Clean up at the ‘Blitz. All volunteers receive free registration and early access. To ensure you get the RSVP ticket link emailed to you make sure to follow the instructions on the Volunteer Sign Up page here: https://www.volunteersignup.org/Q8EYH.

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

PARKING:

  • THERE IS LIMITED PARKING! Please plan on carpooling!
  • We can set up a shuttle from the Paradise Park & Ride to the PermaBlitz site if there is interest
  • We will set up a carpool from Chico [at the Chico Park and Ride, Highway 32 at Fir Street –east side]
  • Please let us know when you RSVP if you will carpool and/or use the PB shuttle

MISC:

  • LUNCH will be provided by the Host; please let us know if you have special dietary requirements when you RSVP
  • Please leave your pets at home
  • All participants must sign a release of liability waiver when they arrive
  • The 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.

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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/

 

 

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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The Soil Food Web

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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