Jan 27 2016 Quarterly Guild Meeting

You are invited!

Sierra Permaculture Guild Quarterly Meeting
Wednesday Jan 27, 2016 at 7pm
Rough and Ready Grange

Beyond the War on Invasive Species: A Permaculture Approach to Ecosystem Restoration with Tao Orion

– Why are invasive species present on your property?
– How colliding effects of habitat destruction, climate change, agriculture and changes in land use require a holistic permaculture framework
– Land management and historic stewardship models of Native Americans
– Make more ecologically responsible choices in land restoration
– Best practices & latest research for invasive species management
– Using Permaculture to turn problems into solutions
– Honoring native plants
– Examples of what works and how to make money doing it

Tao Orion is a permaculture designer, teacher, farmer, and author living in Willamette Valley, Oregon. She has a degree in Agro-ecology and Sustainable Ag from UC Santa Cruz. Her new book integrates organic ag, sustainable land use planning, ethnobotany and ecosystem restoration.

Tao is on a book tour of the West with her new book and we were able to invite her to stop by our Grange and talk to us. Her book is a great and inspiring read.

Beyond

Where: Rough and Ready Grange    www.roughandreadygrange.com                                         14550 Rough and Ready Highway, Rough and Ready, CA 95975                                                 2 driveways below the Rough and Ready Fire Department, same side of street,                 long driveway, park behind the Grange, Entrance is on the far side.

Suggested donation $5. No one turned away.

For more information: call Cathe’ 530-432-5109

 

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Dec 6 2014 Quarterly Guild Meeting

Our Quarterly meeting will be Growing Mushrooms  for Health and Profit.

Dec 6th at 1 pm at Tumbling Creek Farm

Please RSVP to Cathe’ at practical permaculture at gmail dot com

Carpool: Meet at 12:20 at at the main entrance to Pioneer Park,  Nimrod Street, Nevada City.  First parking lot on left. We will leave at 12:30 pm. Please RSVP that you want to carpool.

Location:  Cliff and Marlene Bottenfield’s Tumbling Creek Farm
which is certified organic and certified biodynamic. phone: five three zero six one three zero six seven one

Cost: free, tho’ they often have giant bags of first cut spent spawn for $7 each. These bags produce many more mushrooms, and then can be spread on your land. A really inexpensive way to get that mycellium mat growing on your land which enhances everything including drought resistance.

Address is:
14145 Tumbling Creek Rd
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT IF PEOPLE USE GPS THAT THEY DO NOT USE IT.  They will be sent on a long and scenic route suitable for 4 wheel drive vehicles.

There is only enough parking for about 20 cars, so consider carpooling.  However, if it’s rainy or has been raining their road may be muddy – fancy car people may not like that.

Most people have no problem finding the farm.
Rain or shine, but if it is snowing or sleeting, we will reschedule.

Directions:
from GV – takes about 20 minutes
At Brunswick, take Idaho Maryland heading away from town.
Go about 3 miles.
At the stop sign, veer RIGHT onto Banner Lava Cap
Go a little more than 2 miles.
At “Red Dog Crossroad to Red Dog,” turn RIGHT
Go about 2 1/2 miles
There will be a sign nailed to a tree on the right hand side that says:
Tumbling Creek Road
Turn RIGHT
Go 1/2 mile, turn LEFT at 14145 (There is a stump with a fake plastic
squirrel sitting on it at the driveway entrance.)
Park near the modular or trailer.

From NC takes about 20 minutes
take Red Dog Rd out of town.
At intersection of Red Dog and Banner Quaker/Banner Lava Cap, turn RIGHT
Drive a short distance
Turn LEFT at the first chance you have. (This is Red Dog Crossroad to Red Dog.)
Go about 2 1/2 miles
There will be a sign nailed to a tree on the righthand side that says:
Tumbling Creek Road
Turn RIGHT
Go 1/2 mile, turn LEFT at 14145 (There is a stump with a fake plastic
squirrel sitting on it at the driveway entrance.)
Park near the modular or the trailer.

For more info, call Cathe’ Fish at five three zero  four three two five one oh nine

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Sept 2014 Permaguild Meeting

The next Sierra Permaculture Guild meeting is on Friday Sept 19, 2014 at 7pm at Cathe’ Fish’s Practical Permaculture Farm in Rough and Ready, CA.

The meeting will start with sharing announcements, so bring your announcements. Then we will see the inspiring video DamNation about healing our watersheds. See the review and trailer below.

Please RVSP to practicalpermaculture(at)gmail(dot)com. Let us know if you need directions. And please bring a comfortable camp chair.

This powerful film odyssey across America explores the change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers and watersheds.

Dam removal has moved beyond the fictional Monkey Wrench Gang and has gone mainstream. Where obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other wild fish the right of return to primeval spawning grounds, after many decades without access.

DamNation’s majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature. Inspiring and giving us hope for the future.

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New Group Organizing Sierra Permaculture Guild

Great news! The Sierra Permaculture Guild has a new group organizing our quarterly meetings.

Cathe’ Fish, director of Practical Permaculture Research Institute and Practical Permaculture Teaching Farm, and her graduates from her Permaculture Design Courses, are now organizing the Guild. If you love Permaculture and want to network, this group is for you!

Cathe's logo PPRI                   The first quarterly meeting (close to the Fall Equinox) is on Friday Sept 19th and will feature your announcements,  barter-trade-free-wanted board, discussion of local projects, who needs help, the recent North American Permaculture Convergence, and the powerful video DamNation.

Here are the details on  location and meeting time:

Saturday Sept 19 7 to 9 pm. Meeting starts promptly at 7pm.

DamNation is a powerful video about our rivers and watersheds. This  film odyssey across
America explores the change in our national attitude from pride in  big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers and watersheds. Dam removal has moved beyond the fictional Monkey Wrench Gang to go mainstream. Where obsolete 100 year old dams come down, rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other wild fish the right of return to primeval spawning grounds, after decades without access. DamNation’s majestic cinematography and  unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature.

You can see the trailer here

This Guild Meeting will be at Cathe’s Practical Permaculture Teaching Farm Classroom in Rough and Ready.

Please RSVP so we know how many chairs we need:  practicalpermaculture at gmail dot com

For directions or questions: please send an e-mail to Cathe’ at practicalpermaculture at gmail dot com telling her where you will be coming from. Or call 530-432-5109.

When arriving at the farm, please drive up the driveway to the end of the fence on the left, and park. It’s a small parking lot, so park tight, please. Classroom is right there.

Note: If you’d like to share your permaculture knowledge & experience with the permaculture community at a future Guild meeting here in the Sierra foothills, please email Cathe’ practicalpermaculture at gmail dot com or call 530-432-5109 or Ellie lightredfoot at gmail dot com or call 530-273-2703

 

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Building Resilient Communications

Building Resilient Communications: Keeping the lines open with Amateur Radio

Happy 2012! The Sierra Permaculture Guild is kicking the New Year off with our new  quarterly meeting schedule. Please make a note in your brand-new calendars that the guild will be meeting on the 3rd Sunday of February, May, August, and November at 2:30pm in the yo’Garage at Willow Springs unless otherwise noted.

For the February meeting of the Sierra Permaculture Guild, we are happy to announce that Charlie Kotan (K0TAN), president of the Nevada County Amateur Radio Club ( http://ncarc.org ), will be on hand to offer a presentation on radio-based communications. What is amateur radio, how does it work, and how can we use it to keep lines of communication open when the power, phones, and even the internet may be down? Find out how to use this 100 year-old technology in a modern context, both for emergencies and for fun!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Doors open at 2:30pm for Q&A, informal discussion, networking & surplus/abundance sharing
The presentation will begin promptly at 3:00pm

Guild meetings are FREE and open to the public. Please bring a folding chair or cushion to sit on — seating is limited. Tell a friend!

In the yo’garage at Willow Springs
29085 State Highway 49
North San Juan, CA 95960
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/74Lo
Venue phone: (530) 292-3463
Venue website: http://WillowSpringsNSJ.org

For meeting & guild information, please call Paul @ (530) 362-8162

Visit the Sierra Permaculture Guild website at http://sierrapermaculture.org

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Skills for Survival

Skills for Survival

Please join us for the next Sierra Permaculture Guild meeting, where local native skills and wilderness expert Zak Willard will describe how to survive in the wilderness for 72 hours using primitive and modern tools and methods. He will explain how to create a simple survival kit that will contain all the tools you’ll need for staying alive during the most crucial first three days of an emergency.

Saturday, November 12, 2011
2:30pm gathering
3:00pm presentation

Guild meetings are FREE and open to the public. Please bring a folding chair or cushion to sit on as seating is limited. Tell a friend!

at Willow Springs
29085 State Highway 49
North San Juan, CA 95960
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/74Lo
Venue phone: (530) 292-3463
Venue website: http://WillowSpringsNSJ.org

For meeting & guild information, please call Paul @ (530) 362-8162

Visit the Sierra Permaculture Guild website at http://sierrapermaculture.org

To get the latest updates on meetings and events via e-mail, please join the Sierra Permaculture Guild listserv at http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/sierrapermaculture

Join our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sierra-Permaculture-Guild/199464354385

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A Food Forest Up Close

Food Forest  For September’s Sierra Permaculture Guild meeting, we’ll be taking a field trip to a local, established food forest to see how these sustainable food systems work up-close.

Alex Forrester of Ananda Village on the San Juan Ridge will be our host as we explore the intentional community’s developing forest garden which has been steadily evolving from what once a simple monocultural apple orchard. Alex will take us on a guided tour of the garden’s multiple layers and guests will be given an opportunity to savor the fruits of its abundance. We will also get to do some hands-on sheet mulching as well as explore the natural building methods that have been used for the construction of the barn. Please bring a water bottle, sun hat, and close-toed shoes.

Date: Saturday, September 10, 2011

Time: At 2:30pm, we will gather on the grassy lawn adjacent to the parking lot of Masters’ Market at Ananda Village and walk over to the forest garden at 3pm.

Place: Ananda Village, 14618 Tyler Foote Road, Nevada City, CA 95959 Please see the following Google Map link for specific site locations: http://g.co/maps/894c


View Ananda Village in a larger map

>> From Nevada City, take Hwy 49 twelve miles north to Tyler Foote Crossing Road and turn right, travel 4.4 miles and turn left on Ananda Way (you will see a large ‘Ananda Village’ sign here), then turn right on Brotherhood Way. Park in the lot on your left and look for the tables and umbrellas where will will meet before proceeding by foot to the forest garden.

To get the latest updates on meetings and events via e-mail, please join the Sierra Permaculture Guild listserv at http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/sierrapermaculture

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Rebuilding the Local Fibershed & Plant-based Dyes for Fibers

Join us for the next Sierra Permaculture Guild meeting!

Saturday, July 9, 2011
2:30pm

For years, we’ve heard about local food, but have you given any thought to local clothes?  What will we wear when we can’t get cheap clothing from China?  Those who work in the fiber arts field have developed the skills to create new clothing, but often cannot source the materials they need locally.  Learn more about your local fibershed, what’s available and what is missing from it, at the July meeting of the Sierra Permaculture Guild.  Fiber artist and permaculture designer  Birdsong Sundstrom has has started a natural dye plant CSA this season to grow the color needed to dye clothing and art materials.  She will discuss dye plants and the colors they produce, wildcrafting dye materials here in the Sierra, growing dye and fiber materials, and how you we can begin rebuilding our own local fibershed.

Birdsong has worked with textiles since she was five, mastering knitting, crochet, sewing, weaving and spinning, and has tended both goats and sheep over the years.  She has studied permaculture since 1999, and received her certification at the Cooperative Permaculture Design Course held here last spring.  She lives in Camptonville, where she is busy planting more dye plants this season.

Also: Guild Veggie, Fruit & Herb Exchange. Please bring your surplus organic veggies, herbs, and fruits to exchange with guild members.

Guild meetings are FREE and open to the public. Please bring a folding chair or cushion to sit on as seating is limited. Tell a friend!

at Willow Springs
29085 State Highway 49
North San Juan, CA 95960
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/74Lo
Venue phone: (530) 292-3463
Venue website: WillowSpringsNSJ.org

For meeting & guild information, please call Paul @ (530) 362-8162

Visit the Sierra Permaculture Guild website at sierrapermaculture.org

To get the latest updates on meetings and events via e-mail, please join the Sierra Permaculture Guild listserv.

Join our Facebook page!

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Hands-on Permaculture Experience

The Sierra Permaculture Guild
Saturday, June 11, 2011
2:30pm

Join us for the June Sierra Permaculture meeting as we help install an  array of permaculture elements for our hosts at Willow Springs. This will be a hands-on permaculture learning opportunity, so bring your water bottle, a pair of gloves, and prepare to roll up your sleeves. We’ll be working on the community garden, laying stone for a cob wall foundation, and digging a pond for the yo’garage courtyard.

Also: Guild Veggie, Herb and Flower Start Exchange – Please bring your surplus open-pollinated and heirloom vegetable, herb, and flower starts to exchange with guild members.

Admission is FREE and open to anyone interested in learning about permaculture. Tell a friend!

at Willow Springs
29085 State Highway 49
North San Juan, CA 95960
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/74Lo
Venue phone: (530) 292-3463
Venue website: WillowSpringsNSJ.org

For meeting & guild information, please call Paul @ (530) 362-8162

Visit the Sierra Permaculture Guild website at http://sierrapermaculture.org

To get the latest updates on meetings and events via e-mail, please join the Sierra Permaculture Guild listserv at http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/sierrapermaculture

Join us on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Sierra-Permaculture-Guild/199464354385

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Extreme Gardening: Growing Food In Challenging Situations

Extreme Gardening: Growing Food In Challenging Situations

The Sierra Permaculture Guild
Saturday, May 14, 2011
2:30pm

Got food? With oil skyrocketing past $100 per barrel and commodities prices shooting thru the stratosphere, food is quickly becoming harder to afford on shrinking household budgets. Adding to our economic concerns, climate change is causing unpredictable weather patterns: above-normal rain & snowfall, unseasonal frosts & hail, summer droughts, and related conditions that make growing food all the more challenging. To top it off, what we do manage to grow often gets eaten by by creatures other than us! What is a conscientous home-grower to do!? Find out how to tackle all these garden challenges and more at the next Sierra Permaculture Guild meeting! Local permaculture designer Paul Racko will share his design for an efficient, economical, raised bed system using long-lasting materials. Learn how to extend your veggie growing season year ’round; get seedlings started early; exclude pests; save water; build & nuture your soil, and maximize abundance!

Also: Guild Veggie, Herb and Flower Start Exchange – Please bring your surplus open-pollinated and heirloom vegetable, herb, and flower starts to exchange with guild members.

Admission is FREE. Please bring a folding chair or cushion to sit on.

at Willow Springs in the Yo’garage
29085 State Highway 49
North San Juan, CA 95960

Venue phone: (530) 292-3463
Venue website: WillowSpringsNSJ.org

For meeting & guild information, please call Paul @ (530) 362-8162

Visit the Sierra Permaculture Guild website at http://sierrapermaculture.org

To get the latest updates on meetings and events via e-mail, please join the Sierra Permaculture Guild listserv at http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/sierrapermaculture

Join us on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Sierra-Permaculture-Guild/199464354385

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