Tag Archives: Santa Cruz

Kaylee planting alliums in the garden

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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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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Man holding hand pruners up to a tree branch to winter prune.

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

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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How to plant a fruit tree diagram by Robert Kourik

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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Hand-drawn permaculture design of a garden.

Design Presentations & Party! PDC Reflections [Part 8/8]

This series of eight blog posts by Melissa Ott about the Santa Cruz Permaculture fall-winter 2017 Permaculture Design Course was originally posted on the Green Gal blog in April 2017. Final Weekend: March 11, 2017 On March 11, the three design project teams presented their designs to David, Lydia, and another course guide, Ken Foster […]

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Regenerative Community Development & Financial Permaculture: PDC Reflections [Part 7/8]

This series of eight blog posts by Melissa Ott about the Santa Cruz Permaculture fall-winter 2017 Permaculture Design Course was originally posted on the Green Gal blog in April 2017. Weekend Six: March 4-5, 2017 During our last weekend of instruction, we spent the morning at the Resource Center for Nonviolence learning about regenerative community […]

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Four images in a square: Jim Nelson standing at the gate to Camp Joy Garden; a goat in its pen; David Shaw and participant Colby waving from Camp Joy Gardens; beeswax from Camp Joy Garden bees

Broad Scale Permaculture, Integrated Animal Husbandry & Forest Management: PDC Reflections [Part 6/8]

This series of eight blog posts by Melissa Ott about the Santa Cruz Permaculture fall-winter 2017 Permaculture Design Course was originally posted on the Green Gal blog in April 2017. Weekend Five: February 4-5, 2017 In February, we visited the Mountain Feed and Farm Supply pilot aquaponics greenhouse in Ben Lomond and explored Camp Joy […]

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