Tuesday, June 02, 2009

An Urban Ecological Design Weekend June 5-7, 2009

The Capital District Permaculture Guild presents

An Urban Ecological Design Weekend

with Dave Jacke and Friends

Dave Jacke, author of Edible Forest Gardens, will be in Albany June 5-7 to lead a weekend urban permaculture workshop and give two public talks. There are a few spots left in the workshop -- see details below!

The organizers of this event are asking for a suggested donation of $10 for each evening talk, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds (free for workshop participants).

It is hoped that you'll be able to join any and all of these events and participate in this critical conversation about designing a sustainable future. Please forward and call with any questions! 518.366.1711

Here's the schedule for the weekend:

Friday, June 5

An Introduction to Urban Ecological Design

with Dave Jacke and Scott Kellogg

Picotte Hall, College of St. Rose

324 State Street, Albany (between Lark and Dove)

7 PM

$10 suggested donation

Leading ecological design practitioners Dave Jacke and Scott Kellogg will introduce concepts of permaculture and discuss how our culture’s core belief in humanity’s separation from nature has created numerous planetary challenges to our survival. To adapt to these environmental and economic challenges, we need to shift to an ecological paradigm that will allow us to regenerate our landscapes, our economy, and our society as a whole. We'll discuss strategies for making this shift, with a focus on urban environments.

Saturday, June 6

Lessons from the Forest: Energy, Community and the Future of Food

First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany

450 Washington Ave.

7 PM

$10 suggested donation

What is the future of food in an era of economic contraction, peak oil and climate disruption? Can we regenerate healthy ecosystems and rebuild our communities while meeting our basic needs?

Leading ecological designer and author Dave Jacke will discuss how we can apply the principles of forest ecology to design a sustainable future.

(special thanks to the Honest Weight Food Co-op for co-sponsoring this event!)

Cracking the Pavement: Ecological Design for Urban Homesteads

June 5-7, 2009

164 Chestnut Street, Albany, NY

with Dave Jacke, Scott Kellogg and Keith Zaltzberg

workshop fee $150-200 sliding scale

This weekend workshop offers urban dwellers a survey of ecological design, direct experience with home-scale permaculture design, and creative ideas for urban homesteading. Learn how to grow food in small spaces while healing damaged soils, collect wasted resources for productive reuse, and create beautiful outdoor living rooms.

Participants will engage with issues of urban sustainability through observation, discussion, design exercises, and hands-on implementation of an ecological design in a city garden. Join us for two days and go home with practical possibilities and the tools to embody them on your own site.

Lead instructor Dave Jacke is the primary author of the award-winning two-volume book "Edible Forest Gardens" and a student and practitioner of ecological design for more than two decades.

Scott Kellogg is co-author of "Toolbox for Sustainable City Living: A Do-it-Ourselves Guide". Scott is the primary instructor for R.U.S.T. - The Radical Urban Sustainability Training, an intensive weekend workshop in urban ecological survival skills.

Keith Zaltzberg, a founding member of the Regenerative Design Group in Greenfield, MA, is an energetic ecological designer who draws on his experiences as an organic farmer and Permaculture teacher to create beautiful and productive landscapes.

For more information or to register contact:

Alice Oldfather



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