This Spring Red Clover Collective is hosting a series of workshops on Permaculture Skills for Sustainable City Living taught by Karen Stupski from the Heathcote Community.
Permaculture is the conscious design of sustainable human settlements by following nature’s patterns. It offers practical ways to meet basic human needs for water, food, waste recycling, energy, shelter, and social connection without harming the environment. Learn how you can apply permaculture in your own home!
Jan 17, 2009: 1-4 pm What is an Urban Permaculture Garden?
Permaculture is a design philosophy that offers a systematic approach and practical techniques for growing food sustainably in the urban environment. The workshop will introduce garden design, soil care, crop selection, scheduling, and planting, with an emphasis on urban strategies such as using rooftops, containers, raised beds, and trellising. You will go home with a seed catalog and some containers to help you get started!
Feb 7, 2009: 1-4 pm Permaculture in Your Apartment
Permaculture can help you live sustainably even if you don’t have a yard! Learn about indoor techniques such as worm composting, sprouting, and recycling graywater! We will make a small, simple worm bin that will recycle organic wastes instead of sending them to the landfill!
Mar 14, 2009: 1-4 pm Caring for Soil
Permaculture can help you improve poor urban soils. Learn how to test your soil and enrich it by adding organic matter and other natural amendments, sheet mulching, and planting green manures. The workshop will also cover basic composting techniques and ways to deal with contaminated soil. We will make a raised bed and a simple planter for the Red Clover Collective’s garden.
Apr 25, 2009: 1-4 pm Rain Barrels
Permaculture offers many simple, effective, and environmentally sound strategies for managing water in the urban environment. One technique is to collect rooftop runoff in a rain barrel and use it to water your garden or lawn. Learn how to set up a rain barrel by helping to install the rainwater collection system at the Red Clover Collective. You may purchase a rain barrel to take home for $60. Please place your order in advance.
Course facilitator Karen Stupski has fifteen years of experience with sustainable living and organic gardening as a member of Heathcote Community. She also has eight years of experience in environmental education, and a Ph.D. in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology. Karen currently works as Development Director of the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy, a watershed organization and land trust, and is a Regional Organizer and Advisor for Gaia University, a new university dedicated to ecosocial regeneration.
Sliding scale $10-$30. Workshops will take place at the Red Clover Collective in Baltimore, MD. Please RSVP – space is limited.
For more information or to RSVP contact Karen at 410-357-9523 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Workshops sponsored by the Red Clover Collective, School of Living, Heathcote Community, the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy, Herring Run Watershed Association, and Dancing Green.