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Interview with Marco Vangelisti on understanding the economy, Slow Money, and impact investing [Systems Change]

Recently we interviewed Marco Vangelisti, who has a background in finance and investment management and was a founding member of Slow Money. He is a 100% impact investor and helps communities increase their capacity for local investing. Marco’s workshop is titled “Essential Knowledge for Transition: Understanding the economy, money and investing and how to transform them for a regenerative world” and will take place February 23-24.

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Interview with Della Duncan on cultivating Right Livelihood [Systems Change]

In anticipation of the upcoming Systems Change and the Next Economy course, we interviewed Della Duncan, alternative economist, teacher, and broadcast journalist, who will be facilitating the first weekend workshop. We wanted to learn more about her passions, perspectives, and experiences in order to give prospective students a glimpse into what they will learn later this month.

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Building Resilient Communities at the 13th Annual NorCal Permaculture Convergence

Last month in Hopland, CA, 610 permaculture-minded folks from all over Northern California and beyond gathered for the 13th Annual NorCal Permaculture “Building Resilient Communities” Convergence. Presented by Living Mandala and co-sponsored by a super rad list of organizations and businesses, the Convergence is proud to be the world’s largest permaculture event! The Solar Living […]

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Permaculture Internship Reflections with Kaylee Savage-Wright

During spring quarter 2018, UC Santa Cruz senior Kaylee Savage-Wright worked with Santa Cruz Permaculture through a for-credit internship hosted by the UCSC Environmental Studies Department. We enjoyed working with her for the ten-week quarter. At the end of her internship, we asked her to reflect on her experience so we could share some of […]

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Summer Pruning & Understory Planting [Fruit Tree Care, Part 4]

In this summer update to our Fruit Tree Care series, we’re covering some important best practices for summertime in the orchard: summer pruning, weeding around fruit trees, and effective strategies for designing and planting understory plant communities, or guilds. By this point in the summer, hopefully you’ve already thinned your fruit trees and have been […]

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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. It’s 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. […]

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

Grab your Felcos, folks, it’s winter fruit tree pruning season! We’re happy to share 13 reputable winter fruit tree pruning and training resources. Give your tree the love and support it needs to produce really delicious, sweet fruit season after season! “Felcos” is a brand that makes pruning tools like the hand pruners David Robles […]

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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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