Fall Wild Foods Potluck

Potluck: Celebrate the harvest! Bring a dish that features wild ingredients (dishes featuring gardened or purchased ingredients are also welcome). There will be a prize for the yummiest dish featuring wild food. Barter and Swap: Bring your excess from your gardens, your pantry, your barn, and your kitchen to swap with others. Fresh and preserved foods, baked goods, homemade medicinals, handmade items, raw materials…

Activities: We are in the process of lining up our activities for the Fall potluck. At the Spring potluck we went on a plant walk, rolled cordage, and had a hands on demonstration of velum making. Schedule:
4:00- Activities
5:30- Potluck Dinner
7:00- Announcements, Award Potluck Prizes, Barter and Swap

Sponsored by Nature Learning Community (http://www.naturelearningcommunity.org/) and Will Forage for Food (http://willforageforfood.com/)

AMPY – Monthly Meeting

Another offering…

Another representation of the wealth of possibilities and resources within our own town…

Details will be added as they come, it’s always a good chance to connect with other like minded folks and learn about permaculture.

Questions? Call Jesse Tack – 734.709.1176


AMPY – Monthly Meeting

Another offering…

Another representation of the wealth of possibilities and resources within our own town…

Details will be added as they come, it’s always a good chance to connect with other like minded folks and learn about permaculture.

Questions? Call Jesse Tack – 734.709.1176


Pit Biochar Workshop in Chelsea

Demonstration & Workshop
– Saturday, June 27, 2015 –
1:00 PM to 4:30 PM
at Friends Lake
Out of fire, into earth, and supporting new life and growth! Biochar is charred carbonaceous material that can be made (and used) in your own backyard. All you need is scrap woody feedstock such as fallen branches. Biochar enriches and regenerates soil. Biochar can greatly increase productivity of your garden. The use of biochar can also help to sequester atmospheric carbon.
Karl Kaufman is showing us a simple way to produce biochar in a pit.
See how it’s done! Participate in making biochar in a pit on-site.
Learn how to use it in your garden.
Learn about the environmental benefits.
Take home some biochar with you at the end.
Location. On the grounds of the Friends Lake Cooperative Community. Down by the lake close to the beach! Bring your bathing suit if you like and a pizza topping (see below).
Cost. We humbly request a donation of $10 to recognize the value of the workshop and use of the beautiful location. but it is voluntary. Please consider your ability to contribute. All materials included.
Registrations. Walk-ins are welcome, but RSVP is preferred at http://biochar2015.eventbrite.com
Alternatively, email transitiontownchelsea@gmail.com or call Patrick Zieske at 734-389-8880

AMPY – Alternative Buildings, Structures, and ‘Greening’ Existing Buildings


Another offering…

Another representation of the wealth of possibilities and resources within our own town…

Details will be added as they come, it’s always a good chance to connect with other like minded folks and learn about permaculture.

Questions? Call Jesse Tack – 734.709.1176

Food Forest stewardship day of 2015!

Come join in our first Food Forest stewardship day of 2015!

Saturday, June 6, 3-5pm


Get reacquainted with each other

Tour the site

Enjoy the work we have done so far!

Asses needs and make a plan to address them

Update the map

Install the new FOOD FOREST sign handmade by friends!!

Of course there are lots of ways to get your hands working on the land:

– Remove grass around trees

– Fence & stake any unprotected trees or shrubs

– Wet cardboard and woodchip sheet mulching

– Identify and label plants


– Friends

– Snacks!

– Large cardboard; we currently have very little. Behind bike & furniture stores in the recycle bins is a good place to look.

– Tools & whatever you need to work outside (gloves, shovel, garden forks, small weeding tools such as dandelion diggers …)

– A wading pool for soaking cardboard. (Either loan for the time or donate)

– Wheelbarrows

– Fencing & posts if you have extras to donate

All ages welcome for all or some of the time.  

RSVP is helpful, but not necessary.


Jeannine and the Team

UM Permaculture Design Team Food Forest – Planting Day!

Hi folks!

I am the program coordinator for the UMPDT. We are a student organization at the University of Michigan. Last spring we were awarded a Planet Blue Student Innovation Fund grant to install a permaculture based food forest at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens. We’ve been hard at work all year planning and prepping and have spent the last month building a 1200 ft, 9ft tall, temporary deer fence enclosure to protect our babies until they are bigger.
(Yes, this is a huge food forest!)

We are now in the planting phase and we have put in our paw-paws, apples, and pears but still have hundreds of plants to get in the ground ASAP.

This Saturday (provided it does not rain) we are hoping to get in our nut trees, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries, and could use some help!

If you have some free time and would like to play in the dirt with us Saturday, please join us! We also have a signup sheet with parking instructions here:
That Google signup sheet will be updated, should we have to cancel due to weather.

If you are coming PLEASE be sure to BRING/WEAR:

– long pants and socks (this will protect you from the poison ivy and possible ticks!!)
– closed toe shoes or hiking/work boots (no sandals)
– sunscreen
– a hat
– snacks if you will need them
– a refillable water bottle!!!!!!

Additionally, you can see our progress throughout the year at the following Facebook page:

Thank you!

AMPY – Monthly Meeting


As Ypsilanti becomes an official Bee City, the world continues to face colony collapse disorder, bee health decline, and the continued and massive use of herbicide, pesticide, fungicide, across the land and water scapes of the world. 

Consider the role of agriculture: “Despite its crucial role for providing ecosystem services agriculture remains the largest driver of genetic erosion, species loss and conversion of natural habitats… From 1961 to 1999 the use of nitrogenous and phosphate fertilizers increased by 638% and 203%, respectively, and the production of pesticides increased by 854%… over 70% of the worlds water is used on agriculture.” Dead Planet, Living Planet (TEEB)

From a permaculture or holistic perspective we consider bee health and die-off to be symptomatic of the dis-assembly and destruction of functioning ecosystems. You cannot separate the conversion of forests and prairies into lawns and soy-fields from CCD. 

Bees, humans, frogs, soil life and indeed all life forms require functioning ecosystems to support and maintain health, reproduction, and production of goods and services. 

Bees need water and ponds. Bees need snags and trees. Bees need frogs and flowers. Bees need the full panoply of relationships between living elements in any given location. 

The bee solution is not a single, linear solution, but a broad interdependent, interconnected restoration of functioning ecosystems. We must recognize this for all of the problems we face from climate instability, to soil erosion, from bees to bats, from isolation amongst elderly humans to joblessness amongst youth. It is all connected. The solutions is holistic. 

The bees teach humans that we need to change our economic model. An economic model that places the production of goods and services as of higher value than functioning ecosystems will consume those ecosystems – turning trees into dollars and rivers into cesspools. 

As soon as we admit that ecosystem functioning is vastly more valuable than production and consumption of goods and services, we will subsidize restoration, and penalize toxification. 

And it scales down to you and me. We can dig ponds, plant trees, build soil, plant flowers, build bee hives and huts, educate our neighbors, become the media, start non-profits, start for profits, go to city council meetings, and on and on it can go. 

Come join us as we discuss the many in’s and out’s of ecological functioning for bee health. 

Suggested Donation: $10.00 or trade in eggs, plants, seeds, veggies, etc.

Questions? Call Jesse Tack – 734.709.1176

Southern Michigan Permaculture Mixer


What’s that? 
The Southern Michigan Permaculture Mixer (SOMI Perma-mixer) is an event where all of the permaculture community groups from the Southern Michigan regions come together for a day of learning and sharing. 
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2nd Annual SOMI Perma-Mixer 
Saturday May 23rd 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM 
Connect and share with the broader permaculture community in Southern Michigan. Strawbale Studio (natural building) site tour, hands-on work projects, potluck, festivities and more. 

Register for the Mixer 

SOMI Perma-mixer Companion Class 
Agroforestry and Edible Forest Gardening Design & Installation Workshop 
Sunday, May 24th 
Learn how to maximize forest productivity using ecological patterns. Sustainable woodland management, food production, natural building, forest farming & more. 

Register for the Class

AMPY – Water is Life

Water is Life: Living water, water resilience for home and community, and how to put an end to drought and flood.


Come and learn about drought-proofing landscapes, living water, and water catchment for the suburban and urban home, California, I’m talking to you…

Water is a human right and exists firmly in the domain of the Commons.

Globally, less than 0.05% of the Earth’s water circulates at any given time making fresh water availability a precious resource that demands intelligent design and conservation mentalities. 

Whether we capture and store water in the soil, or in cisterns, or in natural swimming pools, or in ponds, we actually increase the amount of available, clean, and usable water reserves. 

Many school’s of thought consider water storage as a net drain or loss on water’s availability – but it is not so. 

As we slow, spread, and sink water into the landscape – especially one planted with trees – we reticulate water’s life giving properties into the direct environment and moderate the potential cataclysm that flood and drought, excessive heat and cold temperatures represent. 

Water stored in the soils, ponds, swales, etc. still moves through the watershed – creeks, rivers, and lakes – and it does so through subsurface leaching. This again, moderates extremes and allows rivers to flow seasonally and resist summer drought. 

This exact process allows for the re-creation of springs – the greatest source of living water for human consumption. 

In this way, water and water storage strategies increase useable water across the life matrix. This in turn, increases biomass creation and reverses the damage done to denuded and damaged landscapes. 

But there is more. 

Water itself exhibits energy production capabilities, memory and consciousnesses, healing properties, and in turn, can become dead, putrid and toxified if we fail to grok the deep lessons of water, flow, and vortex. 

This is scientific information, not ‘new age’ thinking. 

Most of what we learned about water in high school, has significantly evolved over the past several decades. Yet we still primarily teach about water from outdated information. 

Feel free to bring your knowledge, citations, and insights about water as we seek to evolve our relationship with the ‘blood of the Earth’, for the sake of our species, or simply tin advance our personal knowledge and relationship with the mysterious Water. 

Suggested Donation: $10.00 or trade equivalent (seeds, plants, homemade goods, crafts, etc.)

Come and learn, California, I’m talking to you…

Questions? Call Jesse Tack – 734.709.1176