WORKSHOPS

  • RESIDENTIAL SOLAR 101 Rex James, instructor

During this primer in solar power, Rex will share: how solar works and the basics of net metering; financial benefits, incentives and rebates; how to understand your electric bill and how to offset your energy uses; project design and sizing; and solar equipment and their guarantees. The workshop will conclude with a question and answer period.

  • PERMACULTURE, POLITICS AND ACTIVISM - STORIES, LESSONS AND A CRY FOR HELP -  Sean Carney, instructor

  • ORCHARD ECOSYSTEMS - Michael phillips, instrucor

Our primary role as fruit growers is to build system health. Embracing forest edge ecology is an important starting point for biological advantage for fruiting plants. Equally apropos are fascinating ecosystem connections that keep insect challenges far more manageable. We’ll examine dynamics like beneficial accumulators, pollinator habitat, spider allies, even how plant growth cycles suggest particular task timing to enhance these connections. Holistic methods are about deep nutrition and competitive colonization … which are enhanced by knowing stewardship of the orchard ecosystem.

  • FUNGAL CONSCIOUSNESS  Michael Phillips, Instructor

This lively exploration of soil biology and healthy plant metabolism will rouse every gardener and fruit grower to think deeper. How mycorrhizal fungi enhance plant health is absolutely stunning. Nutrients are delivered by means of “fungus-root” synergy. A boost to green immune function helps keep disease at bay. Expansive fungal networks bring resiliency to ecosystems. Soil aggregate formation addresses carbon flow. Yet for the longest time, we have ignored basic soil biology and instead disturbed ecosystems at our own peril. Time to change all that, and fast!

 

  • TEN HERBS FOR FAMILY HEALTH – Nancy Phillips, Instructor

Knowing the basics of herbal medicine – how to use plants to build health and treat common ailments – is a basic life skill. Learning about the healing power of plants helps us to take charge of our own health and reduce our reliance on “big medicine”. We’ll start off with a talk about the safety and toxicity issues of herbs, including general guidelines for using medicinal herbs alone or with other medications. Nancy will then share the healing qualities, growing habits, and harvesting tips for ten of her favorite herbs. She’ll discuss multiple uses for each herb and share how to make them into herbal preparations.