Please make sure everyone on your list knows this is a
RAIN OR SHINE event:
Our comfy rain site for both this Saturday's (3/28) Music
Fest/Permaculture Open House ,noon-6pm (free) and the California
Permaculture Symposium (registration through 756-2053) Sun. 9-3pm is:
The CAL POLY CROPS UNIT at the corner of Highland and Mt. Bishop Road.
All events except perhaps the Sat. campout will happen even with a
downpour that day.
enter campus from Highway 1 on Highland and go left at first stop sign.
Crops Unit is on that corner.
For the Permaculture Site, contuinue on Mt. Bishop 1/4 mile and turn
right into the Cal Poly Dairy. Go all the way through the parking lot,
go right at the brown "Student Experimental Farm" sign. Follow the dirt
road down and to the left along the big field, rising up a hill and
parking at the top. There will be signage for the event.
For more info or faxed directions, call 805-756-2053.
Keep on mulching,
You're invited celebrate with us on Saturday, March 28 for the (free)
Solar Music Festival and Permaculture Open House in San Luis Obispo! All
is well at the Student Organic Farm at Cal Poly in preparation for this
collaborative community event, and you are warmly invited to help plant
the rest of our beautiful fruit trees this week.
Today we almost finished the large festival circle, a comfortable area
to dance, rest, and celebrate our abundance. Come one, come all, a
family event. Plenty of good food and culture will be shared. Bring
instruments (But NO DOGS! please).
Please spread the word about this event, as we have done no paid
advertising or posted any paper flyers. It's been a locals word of mouth
and email, so please share the info if you can.
I've included much of the information regarding the series of 10 Sunday
Permaculture trainings this Spring, and you can have more sent to you
(including directions to the Solar Event on the Cal Poly campus) by
calling the Extended Ed office: 756-2053 (ask for the additional
Permaculture info packet along with the catalog).
UNIVERSITY PERMACULTURE TRAINING
Cal Poly Permaculture is dedicated to experiential "learn-by-doing"
education in support of personal and bioregional wellness. Programs
provide continuing education credits and are community-based,
intergenerational collaborations with the Central Coast Permaculture
Guild. They meet the needs of natural resource professionals, farmers,
environmental and community activists, gardeners, students, and anyone
seeking practical skills and understanding to enhance ecological health
and diversity. We welcome and encourage your participation.
March 28: OPEN HOUSE CELEBRATION/Solar Music Festival
Free at the Cal Poly Permaculture Center and Student CCOF Organic Farm
Participatory music, dance, fire circle, camp-out, local food and
culture. Call (805) 756-2053 to have directions sent to you.
COME CELEBRATE WITH US! Event starts at noon.
Stay for the next day's....
March 29: CALIFORNIA PERMACULTURE SYMPOSIUM
All day Introduction to Permaculture with top permaculture educators
from throughout the West. Opening session for certificate program and
there is a fee of $49. Register with Cal Poly Extended Education (805)
Sundays 9am-3pm through June 7:
(described below, morning presentations start at 9:30 am)
PERMACULTURE and ECOLOGICAL DESIGN SERIES
June 21-July 4: Two Week Residential
SUMMER SOLSTICE PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE
featuring Larry Santoyo and senior instructors from throughout the West.
The Design Course begins and ends with celebrations for Summer Solstice
(June 21) and Independence Day, July 4. This is a great opportunity to
live and learn Permaculture in a seasonal village where all meals and
services are developed with Permaculture practices in mind.
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Certificate Program in
Permaculture and Ecological Design
Permaculture is a practical design process modeled on balanced
ecosystems. It is holistic in both ethic and function, enhancing air,
water, food, biodiversity, and community health. Permaculture is rooted
in stewardship and efficient use of local resource ecology rather than
reliance and overconsumption of costly imported resources.
This 10-week series of experiential seminars meets Sundays from 9am-3pm
at Cal Poly's Permaculture Center and Organic Farm. The series benefits
all people interested in sustainable living practices, and includes
practical training for gardeners, land managers, farmers, architects,
planners, community service volunteers, environmental educators, and
If you're interested in clean air, water, healthy food and community,
this course is for you.
Sessions include presentations, training, and "learn-by-doing"
collaboration with permaculture designers, Cal Poly professors,
landscape professionals, and community leaders dedicated to restorative
ecological practices. An information packet with more detailed
scheduling will be sent upon request.
Examples of topics covered:
Soil building, water harvesting, solar technologies, patterns in nature,
holistic management, ecological food systems, food forestry, straw bale
construction, chicken "tractors", worm ranching, and community design.
Also included are field trips to permaculture sites of interest.
Participants can register for single sessions, or the whole series which
includes an accredited Certificate of Completion and 5 continuing
education units (CEUs). We will assist in accomodations for out of town
participants. Certification qualifies trainees for work-exchange
privileges for the two-week residential Permaculture Design Course
beginning Summer Solstice.
LARRY SANTOYO is one of this nation's premier Permaculture designers and
teachers, and is a long-time colleague of Permaculture pioneer, Bill
Mollison. Larry's unique insight and humor embodies Permaculture oral
tradition at its finest . Check out his website at www.permaearth.org.
AKIVA WERBALOWSKY develops ecological agriculture programs at Cal Poly
and has been growing food his whole life. With degrees from the
University of Virginia and UCSB, Akiva has developed
community-based ecological programs nationwide, and is dedicated to
bioregional wellness and stewardship on the central coast.
JULIAN KAYNE is the site director for Cal Poly Compost, grows and
markets organic food, and specializes in reforestation though farming.
With a biology degree from UCSB, Julian is a designer for the Cal Poly
Permaculture Center, possibly the finest certified-organic university
Permaculture site in the nation.
There will be many guest instructors.
10-week series Program Details:
All who regester receive a packet of additional information. Space is
limited and this course will be popular. Early registration is advised.
$349 for 10 session series (certificate is additional $40)
Families with children welcome (free under age 12)
Plan to bring a lunch, beverage, sunscreen, garden attire, footware, and
Scholarship will be possible if sponsors come forward. Please consider
sponsoring scholarships for those who could not otherwise participate.
SYLLABUS and SESSION FORMAT:
Topics are arranged for appropriateness to weather and site-specific
Our senior instructor is Larry Santoyo. Program coordination is by Akiva
Werbalowsky, assisted by Julian Kayne.
Invited guest intructors include: Simon Henderson, Doug Gosling, Cary
Yamashiro, Lee Osbaldeston, Penny Livingston,Ianto Evans, Skip
Schuckman, Scott Pittman, Sandy Messori,Brock Dolman, Bill Roley, Eric
Werbalowsky, Justin Grunewald, Bill Mollison, Rob Kimmel, Paul Stamets,
Karyn Kwid, Doug Williams, Polly Cooper, Bob Theis, Ken Haggard, Keith
Johnson, Richard Smith, and many more. (This notice serves as an
invitation to those experienced permaculturalists not yet contacted to
come and share Sundays with us at Cal Poly. Please contact Akiva.)
Schedule of Sessions for Spring 1998
Saturday March 28 @ 2 pm - Permaculture Open House at Cal Poly
12 NOON- dark. Free at the Cal Poly Permaculture Center and Student
CCOF Organic Farm Participatory music, dance, fire circle, camp-out,
local food and culture.
Don't miss this one-time celebration!
1) Sunday March 29 @ 9am
Introduction to Permaculture, continuing celebration of restorative
ecological practices. Many special guest presenters.
2) Sunday April 5 @ 9am - Nature as Teacher - Guild Observation,
Analysis, and Understanding
Location: Cal Poly Campus - creek, hills, ponds, etc.
3) Sunday April 19 @ 9pm - Cultivating Soil Fertility
Activities: Sheet mulching, worm ranching, resource gathering, mulch
gardening, compost piles. Students will receive starter worm kit.
4) Sunday April 26 @ 9pm - Water Harvesting - Permaculture Hydrology
Activities: Overview of waterharvesting techniques and hands on
construction of harvesting device, i.e. swales, cistern, ferro-cement
5) Sunday May 3 @ 9pm - Permaculture Animals
Activities: Overview of role of animals in permaculture design and food
raising. Using animals' innate characteristics as design features in a
6) Sunday May 10 @ 9pm - Permaculture Garden Design:
Activities: Analyzing and designing a garden space using PC methods.
Students will design a garden for class site or homesite.
7) Sunday May 17 @ 9pm - Sculpting with Earth
Activities: Cob, claypot irrigation, flowforms. Hands-on construction of
claypot irrigation jug or cob oven.
8) Sunday May 24 @ 9am - Strawbale Construction
Activities: Strawbales as housing, shelter for plants, amphitheatre
construction. Building with strawbales.
9)Sunday May 31 @ 9am - Community Interdependence Skills
Activities: Soap making, basketry, community scale industry
10) Sunday June 7 @ 9am- Seed selection and saving
Activities: Selection criteria for adapting plants to your site, seed
harvesting and storage techniques
4pm - Permaculture Party and Award Ceremony
9:00: Arrival, session orientation
9:30: Morning presentation, question and answer
11:00: Learn-by- doing activities/practical instruction
1:00: Afternoon presentation, question and answer
2:30: Learn-by-doing activities/practical instruction
Thank you for caring about this work.
PLEASE NOTE: You will be sent a free Course Catalog by calling Cal Poly
Extended Education at (805)-756-2053
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