RESIDENTIAL SOLAR 101 - (Rex James)
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)
ORCHARD ECOSYSTEMS - (Michael phillips)
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)
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)
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.
Tour of the farm: (Pierre Miron)
Take the tour of New Earth Organic Farm, the ecovillage's small-scale diversified organic farm. During it, learn about how we implement permaculture techniques and principles on the farm, intertwined with the organic practices and our particularities of being part of an ecovillage. From intensive culture used in our annual gardens and thoughtful combinations of perennial systems, through the holistic approach of dealing with pests and other challenges, and to projects and researches done on the farm, the visit will provide ample opportunities for discussion, sharing, and discovery.
Shiitakes: (Luc Lamirande)
Mushrooms are exceptional in the kitchen and in the pharmacy too. And what about in the gardens; what can they bring to the system, and how do we grow them? Come see New Earth Organic Farm’s shiitakes, 1000 logs outside installation. Luc will be more than happy to discuss with your tips and production techniques from the wood harvest and inoculation process to the mushroom harvest and much more. Additionally, there will be a hands-on to inoculate logs with shiitake and implant a wine cap patch.
Seed saving 101: (Gloria Fortin)
During the workshop, Gloria will explain the basics of seed saving, broad principles, and different methods. Through a walk in the garden, we will discover easy plants to save seeds from, or to multiply vegetative. The techniques discussed will provide participants enough knowledge, and hopefully confidence to begin, or continue doing their own seed saving at home. Everybody will leave with seeds processed during the workshop.
A wild mushroom’s walk and discussion ( Social permaculture/people, environment & health): (Ann-Marie Jackson )
A discussion of the medicine found in mushrooms, a few of which are also culinary, and many that are not edible but only medical. Points will be made about safety; proper identification, allergies, and contradictions.
Home Gardens in the Caribbean: What can we learn from the tropics?: (Leon Malan)
To many Americans, the Caribbean is associated with coral reefs, white beaches and luxury resorts. These islands are also home to societies affected by climate change and food insecurity. This region of the world is experiencing increased temperature, ocean level rise, extreme weather events, and disruptions to their food system.
This discussion will share the experiences of a PDC on the island of St. Vincent where we designed and implemented home gardens for single female home owners. In addition to addressing food sovereignty and empowering women to shape their destiny, the designs aimed at greater climate resilience and carbon capture. We will conclude by drawing some lessons and implications for a temperate climate.