Join us for a chat about the business side of farming on Tuesday May 21st from 6pm to 8 pm at Gandhi Mahal! We will feature a panel of urban farmers who all have slightly different business models to share. These farmers include: Stefan Meyer (Growing Lots Urban Farm), Karla Pankow (Bossy Acres), Krista Leraas (Harvest Moon Backyard Farmers), and Eric Larson (Stones Throw Urban Farm). We'd love to see you there, so sign up for this FREE EVENT here!
Want to bring permaculture to your community space? Nature's Edge Designs is PRI's newest program that uses permaculture principles and ethics to create living, participatory models in gardens, playgrounds and other community spaces. Learn more HERE.
Here are some updates from our broader Permaculture Community!
Volunteers are needed for an intensive and fun weekend of landscaping and gardening with the artist Fritz Haeg for what will be his largest and final Edible Estate here in his Twin Cities hometown. This project will be documented for an exhibition at the Walker Art Center this summer and included in newest edition of Haeg’s book, Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn.
· Where: Woodbury, MN (RSVP for directions)
· When: Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26
· Perks: Food will be served. We’ll be firing up an outdoor oven and making homemade pizza for lunch. There is also a pool if you need to cool off! Skills will be admired and work will be appreciated. Fellowship will be shared. In short, think of it as a modern barn-raising of sorts.
To volunteer RSVP to Abbie Anderson (abigail.anderson@walkerartorg) with the following information:
1. Your name(s) and your cell phone number(s)
2. Choose a shift (Shifts include lunch at 1 pm; more than one shift okay):
· Saturday 9 am–1 pm · Saturday 1 pm–6 pm · Sunday 9 am–1 pm · Sunday 1 pm–6 pm
3. Can you bring any of the following?
· Gardening gloves — a must-have, but everything below is optional
· Tools: garden rake, hoe, shovel, trowel, bucket, wheelbarrow, and other garden/landscaping implements
· Seedlings: primarily edible plants, but all donations welcome
· Inert materials: rocks and stones, broken concrete or pavers, logs and branches (must be from Washington County), pinecones, leaves, etc.
4. Transport—The Walker’s mini-van can be available for limited shuttles from the Walker to Woodbury, scheduled to fit the shifts listed above. Please let Abbie know if you’d like a seat in the shuttle. Carpooling is also encouraged.
The Women's Environmental Institute is looking for summer interns!
Terms: Unpaid, Part-Time, and Temporary (10-20 hours/week)
Reports to: Program Manager
Office: Either or both, WEI’s Amador Hill Farm & Orchard or St. Paul Office
About Us: The Women’s Environmental Institute is an environmental research, renewal and retreat center designed to create and share knowledge about environmental issues and policies relevant to women, children and identified communities especially affected by environmental injustices; to promote agricultural justice, organic and sustainable agriculture and ecological awareness; and to support activism that influences public policy and promotes social change.
About the positions: We are seeking three interns to be an integral part of the summer/early fall programming and initiatives of the Women’s Environmental Institute. WEI is at a pivotal period of growth and development and is seeking to support and our development with the opening of three internship positions. Those who successfully fill these positions will experience real hands-on and meaningful experience in the ins-and-outs of nonprofit administration, grant seeking, event coordination, marketing, and sales (dependent on the position). WEI is committed to the development of all that work on our team through exposure, professional development, and mentoring. If you are accepted, you will be a part of something bigger than yourself helping a farm, an educational institute, an environmental justice organization grow to the next level.
(1) Statement of why you want to work with WEI;
(2) Resumé; and
(3) Three references (name, title, organization, phone, and email).
or by mail to WEI PO Box 128, North Branch, MN 55056 postmarked by May 31st
Planning for Whole Farm/Ranch Fertility
with Owen Hablutzel, Roland Kroos, and Neil Bertrando
June 5-9, 2013
A five-day workshop for farmers and ranchers wishing to drought-proof their properties, improve grazing performance and create lasting fertility. This course will cover multiple proven technologies and strategies that maximize water harvesting, minimize inputs, improve grazing performance, increase forage yield and build soil, creating abundant and lasting fertility for your farm or ranch.
COST: Full five-day workshop is $725 (early-bird, before May 8) $800 (regular). This includes morning/afternoon snacks and lunch.
WORKSHOP LOCATION: The workshop will be held in Wilsall, a small town in south central Montana.
For more info and to register, click here!
Youth and Community Sustainability Internship at YEA Corps
Location: South Minneapolis
Category: Organization building
Job Type: Intern
Hours: 10-15 per week, Mondays and Fridays preferred .
Activity Area: Sustainable urban agriculture
Compensation: College credit available
Apply by: June 7, 2013
Northern Climate Permaculture Design Course - Summer 2013
Join us for this 10 day immersion course in a permaculture inspired land-based community. You will learn from a functioning permaculture site as well as several regional practicing permaculturists. The lectures and discussions will be bolstered by daily hands-on activities. Three local organic meals daily, on site camping, and materials will be included. This design course is intended for hands on practitioners and is priced to be affordable; certificates available from Clare Hintz for those whose management goals include certification.
When: Friday July 12 - Sunday July 21
Where: Bayfield Peninsula, Wisconsin
Price: $450 - $900
Contact: Nathaniel Larson (715) 770 - 0155
Seed Savers Exchange - Dinner and Lecture with David Buchannon
June 22nd, 6 pm. Decorah, Iowa
Join SSE and David Buchanan at Heritage Farm for a night of fresh food and learning. Arrive at 6:00 p.m. and explore the gardens, mingle with other guests, and enjoy appetizers. BYOB. Dinner begins at 7:00 p.m., followed by David's talk, Who Cares for the Misfits? at 8:00 p.m, with time for questions after.
As gardeners and seed savers, we know even the humblest plants can hold something of value, but we make decisions every day that involve tradeoffs. We search for flavor, high yields, and disease resistance, preferably rolled into one convenient package. Who among us, then, will be responsible for the ongoing care of under-appreciated plants, and preservation of their hidden strengths? What are the respective roles of home gardeners, gene banks, and commercial growers? In this talk David will share his perspectives and talk about his vision for the future
Read more here and RSVP today!
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is looking for two qualified, enthusiastic individuals for their day camp this summer. To apply to this position, follow this link.
Personal Permaculture Discussion Group
Transition Longfellow will be hosting a year-long conversation on Personal Permaculture. We typically hear about permaculture in terms of landscape or garden design, but the concepts of permaculture — for example, produce no waste, use and value diversity, slow and small solutions, creatively respond to change — can be applied to all areas of life. Each month we will discuss one permaculture principle and how it can be applied in life, beginning the year with the first principle — observe and interact.
Location: Riverview Wine Bar on 42nd Avenue and 38th Street, Mpls (food and drink can be purchased at the coffeeshop next door and then brought into the wine bar)
Dates: June 1, July 6, August 3, Sept 7, Oct 5, Nov 2, December 7.
Time: 10:30 to noon
Advanced Permaculture Course: Animals in a Permaculture System
Hosted by Crazy Rooster Farm and Amish Telephone Booth
Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 12:00 PM
In this advanced course you’l learn concepts and skills related to designing and implementing permaculture systems with animals. You’ll gain hands-on experience with chickens, sheep, cattle and bees as well as learn how wildlife and humanlife create functional relationships that lead to healthy habitats.
Instructors include Wayne Weiseman, director of the Permaculture Project, Victor Suarez of Crazy Rooster Farm, and Jake Hartnett, who is a grazing consultant for Thousand Hills Cattle and manages a large grass-fed herd in northern WI, who will share his extensive knowledge of fencing and mob grazing. Other guest instructors TBD.
The cost of the course is $1200 including food and camping on the farm. Two work-study scholarships are also available. Interested? Click here for more info and to sign up today!