I invite you to the first Local Future event of 2008 focusing on growing more food in home gardens by using permaculture techniques. The event is Thursday evening, March 5, about half way between Grand Rapids and Battle Creek in Middleville. I hope you will consider attending; we'd love to see you there. -- Aaron Wissner*
Local Future Sponsors Permaculture Self- Sufficiency Event*
February 19, 2009 -- Expert Thaddeus Owen will come to the area on March 5th to explain the concepts of "permaculture" and permaculture gardening techniques. Permaculture is a blend of the words "permanent" and "agriculture". At its core, permaculture focuses on how to grow food in a sustainable manner.
Permaculture includes techniques on growing more food, in the same amount of space, without using chemicals, by learning to build healthy soil and take advantage of nature's relationships. Permaculture focuses on the use of perennial food crops such as fruit or nut trees and perennial vegetables. These grow every year with little input from the gardener. Effective food storage is another component of permaculture.
"Adopting permaculture in your garden could be the first step towards limiting your personal consumption and planning your life to become more creative as time goes by" Graham Bell, 'The Permaculture Garden'
Owen is currently employed by Herman Miller as a "Design for Environment" sustainability engineer. He has a Permaculture Design Certification from Midwest Permaculture and took part in the first ever Financial Permaculture training course.
This free event takes place on Thursday, March 5th at the Thornapple Township Emergency Services Building at 128 High Street in Middleville. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the event begins at 7:00 p.m. Seating is limited, and arriving early is recommended.
Owen's talk is sponsored by the Local Future nonprofit education organization as part of their Self-Sufficiency series. The goal of the series is to provide tips and ideas for those interested in saving money, increasing self-sufficiency, and improving the local economy.
The next event, on Thursday, April 2, will focus on how to develop local currencies in order to improve the local economy and create jobs. Expert Chris Bedford of the Center for Economic Security will screen his new documentary on how to revitalize small communities by using local currencies.
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