Kat McCrite will be hosting an Introductory Permaculture Design Course at her home in Freeport on February 9, 2008 from 10:00-3:00. Kat is a certified Permaculture Design Instructor having studied with some of the best in the field including Penny Livingston-Stark, Bill Mollison, and Starhawk, just to name a few. This is going to be a fun course that will be the first in a series (if you choose to continue) toward earning a Permaculture Design Course Certificate. There is a small fee for this one day course. Participants will need to bring a bag lunch, snacks, a chair or pillow for seating, writing materials, cup for coffee or tea and water bottle. Basically, anything you need to be comfortable for 5 hours.
This is a course designed to introduce individuals to the principles and concepts of permaculture. There will be lecture and group participation, though hands-on instruction will be reserved for the subsequent courses. If you choose to continue the course, this introductory course will count toward the hours required to receive a permaculture design certificate.
I will not attempt to define permaculture here because there are so many great resources on the web. I will just say that it is an ethical design system for creating sustainable human culture.
Please contact Kat for further information and to secure a spot. 850.835.1584.
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Imagine traveling by foot or bike to the nearest food aid distribution center (uh, where would that even be, maybe the fire station at Watercolor Publix??) and clamoring with your friends and neighbors over who will get the few distributed bags of flour. Now, just for fun, imagine that you get the winning bag of flour and you go home to feed your starving family. What would you possibly make? You’re probably asking yourself, if my family is starving, what good is a bag of flour? How many of us even know what to do with a bag or flour? Ok, this is all reallyhard to imagine. Let’s just imagine that we drive our car with a few gallons of $5/gallon gas in the tank, over to the Publix and fight with our friends and neighbors over who is going to get the last loaf of Bunny bread. I know, that too is a stretch beyond our imaginations. At least with this last imagining, we have some point of reference if you’ve lived here long enough to experience an evacuation, think Dennis, Ivan, or Katrina.
Why would I ask you to imagine such a ridiculous thing? Because we as Westerners are so far removed from developing countries, consuming 32x their rate, we can’t imagine a hardship that entails fighting over a bag of flour. It is so utterly foreign in all aspects that we might as well be speaking of an alien life form on Mars. We have no point of reference unless you had the unfortunate circumstances of living during the Great Depression and actually, if you are one of these people, we desperately need your perspective and expertise in such matters. We may be reading about millions of starving people fighting over bags of rice and flour in developing countries, but it’s not registering. It’s certainly not registering that our consumption patterns have any connection to such dire outcomes, or is it?
For further reading, visit any of Energy Bulletin’s articles pertaining to food shortages. Here’s one from Sharon Astyk to get started. http://casaubonsbook.blogspot.com/2008/01/three-billion-dead-future-of-biofuels.html
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South Walton Environmental & Low-impact Living
Sunday, January 27, 2008, 5 pm
Seaside Repertory Theater
Meeting Hall Theatre in downtown Seaside, Florida
Arix Zalace will be presenting a showing of the film Crude Awakening,
followed by a presentation focusing on what we as individuals can
do to transition and prepare for global warming and peak oil. The
evening will conclude with an open discussion on both the movie and
If you find yourself interested in the following things, join us: • Sustainable land use and construction practices
• Harmonious living between human and natural communities
• Creation and preservation of beauty
• Socially and environmentally conscious action
• Fascinating conversation
• Excellent food and drink
We will have the S.W.E.L.L. meeting once a month at different locations in South Walton
to appreciate each others’ company and provide a place for conversation
about creating an abundant future.
Hope to see you there.
• Susan Horn • Chandra Hartman
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