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Open Space Technology: Starting a Permaculture Guild in Santa Cruz [March 2018]

This is the second article in a series about how to start a permaculture guild in your community based on what we’ve been doing to start one in Santa Cruz, CA. In the first article, we explore what a Permaculture Guild is and how to host your first meeting using the World Cafe process. In

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Fruit Tree Care [Part 3]: Winter Pruning & Training

Grab your Felcos, folks, it’s winter fruit tree pruning season! We’re happy to share thirteen reputable winter fruit tree pruning and training resources so you can give your tree the love and support it needs to produce really delicious, sweet fruit season after season. If you don’t know what “Felcos” are, they are a brand

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Starting a Permaculture Guild in Santa Cruz: World Cafe [February 2018]

Looking for a place to share a meal and good conversation with other folks in your community who care about permaculture? A permaculture guild might be just what you need! “Ask your doctor if permaculture is right for you.” The Santa Cruz Permaculture Guild, which has existed in various iterations over the decades, is back

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2018 EcoFarm Conference: Regenerative Agriculture for Crop Productivity and Carbon Capture [Guest Post]

Linda Kincaid Foothill College Environmental Horticulture and Design Each January, the Ecological Farming Association hosts the largest gathering of progressive farmers, policy makers, activists, and educators in the western United States. For four days at Asilomar on California’s central coast, farmers and scientists discussed farming practices and their impact on the environment. The conference mission

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Garden Learning, A Permaculture Design Course Reflection [Guest Post]

Guest Post by Julia Herring, current Santa Cruz Permaculture Design Certificate Course Participant My journey with permaculture started in an unexpected way. In August of last year my sister and I packed up her Subaru Outback to set off for Prineville, to watch the total solar eclipse at the Oregon Eclipse festival. 12 hours of

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Fruit Tree Planting & Care [Part 2]: Where & How to Plant

In part one of this series, we explored many questions to consider when selecting deciduous bare root fruit trees for your garden or orchard. In this post, we’ll discuss how to assess your landscape to find the ideal place for your new tree to thrive. Where will your tree grow best in your landscape? In

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Fruit Tree Planting & Care [Part 1]: Tree Selection

Do you dream of harvesting sweet plums, apples, pears, or other delicious fruits from trees in your own backyard? You can begin growing your food forest right now because winter is the time to plant deciduous bare root fruit trees! In this how-to guide, we’ll focus on deciduous bare root fruit tree selection in part

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Introduction to Permaculture with David Shaw

Permaculture, an Introduction & Overview [Video]

What is Permaculture? David Shaw explored the answers to this question during a talk hosted by Sustainable Solano in August 2017, in Fairfield, CA. David is Santa Cruz Permaculture’s Director & Lead Designer. The video and slides from his talk are available below, as well as on our Youtube Channel. To receive updates when we

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Practices for Hope & Connection in the New Year

Among the many resolutions and commitments being made this week, here is one of many visions that is possible for this coming year: In 2018, more people will become conscious and awakened to the realities of the pain in our world. Rather than turning away to the many distractions of our time, they will find

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Bioregional Networking

Permaculture and Bioregional Networking There are thousands of people and organizations that contribute meaningfully to the project of permaculture. We’ve made this small collection of bioregional organizations to help you find your way to some of the more prominent resources in our area, and ones connect the dots globally. Global Permaculture Research Institute Worldwide Permaculture

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