Pit Biochar Workshop in Chelsea

PIT BIOCHAR
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 – 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

 

Food Forest stewardship day of 2015!

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

Saturday, June 6, 3-5pm

Highlights:

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

Bring:

– 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.

Cheers,

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:
https://www.tinyurl.com/UMPDTfoodforest
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:
https://www.facebook.com/UMpermaculture

Thank you!

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

 

Southern Michigan Permaculture Mixer

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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.

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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

AMPY – Monthly Meeting – Social Permaculture

Social Permaculture: Strategies for Healing the Cultural Trauma, Social Structures for Equity, and Natural Capital/Just Economics

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Questions? Call Jesse Tack – 734.709.1176

 

Buhr Park Children’s Wet Meadow Burn

Buhr Park Children’s Wet Meadow Burn 

Monday, April 6, 4:30 pm 
4:00 p.m.  Seed & trash collecting

(burns in other natural areas in Buhr Park may precede 4:30 pm)

rain/high humidity date: Wednesday, April 8, 4:30pm

Looking for some outdoor fun for the whole family, right here in our hometown?  You’re invited (and invite your friends!) to the annual spring Buhr Park Children’s Wet Meadow Burn Monday, April 6th. Join us at 4:00pm for seed collecting (bring a paper bag) and trash removal, at 4:30pm for the mail burn event.

The main burn event, which will be at the third Wet Meadow (just north of the back parking lot), will begin at about 4:30 with a brief introduction to the project and the role of burns. Trained experts from the City of Ann Arbor’s Natural Area Program will then do a “prescribed burn”. Other natural areas in the park may be burned earlier. (See below for further details.)  One parent says, “It’s quite a sight – my daughter has gone to prescribed burns from age 2 and loves them.  I think it’s quite safe for kids of any age if they’re with a parent.”

We’ll scatter native plant seeds back on the meadows after the burn. Then In a few weeks the meadows will be springing back to life, better than ever.

If the weather permits, consider bringing a picnic supper.  Come and go when you like.  The event is free and open to the public.

Prescribed burns require dry weather.  If the weather looks questionable, check the website or call Jeannine at 971-5870 to find out if the burn is a “go”. If the event is cancelled due to rain or high humidity, we’ll try again on Wednesday,April 8th.  If not then, we’ll postpone to Thursday 4/9, then Friday 4/10. WEBSITE: www.wetmeadow.org 

Buhr Park is in east Ann Arbor, at 2751 Packard (on the north side of the road) between Eisenhower and Platt. Bike, walk or drive all the way to the farthest end of the gravel parking lot for the main burn event. Other burns may be at the second, three-basin meadow, on the west side, uphill from the play ground and behind the swimming pool and at the swale garden along the east edge of the park.

P.S. No, you don’t have to have kids to have fun at the annual Children’s Wet Meadow burn! 

AMPY – Monthly Meeting Soils, Minerals, and Nutrients

Soils, Minerals, and Nutrients: For Optimum Food/Personal Health

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Friends, we will be discussing soils and how to obtain the proper nutrients from the soils to our bodies. How do we do that?

How many trace minerals are needed for proper plant growth?

What products or inputs do we need to add to the soil – if any – to assure that we are eating food with the minerals we need to function?

Come share your knowledge with us as we share critical information about soils, in this internationally recognized Year of Soils.

Questions? Call Jesse Tack – 734.709.1176