Pine Ridge reservation Natural Build update

We are going for a very ambitious goal this summer – to complete two buildings, build some mini-libraries and some other builds.

We would love your assistance to do this – we created a crowdfunding site that will keep people updated on our progress and details here (and read the story, even if you don’t give – we think it’s an interesting one):

http://www.gofundme.com/ac3gyw

If everyone on our lists gave just $5-10, we would have enough to get all of these projects done this summer!  Don’t hesitate to give a small amount – no amount is too small!! If you can’t give, spread the word and others will.  We truly appreciate all thoughts, intentions, small and large gifts, and forwarding to friends!  Your gift really does make a difference no matter the amount, and we sincerely appreciate it!

We have accomplished a lot because of the support we’ve received from both volunteers and funders, and also through the great ideas and knowledge that has been freely shared with us as well. We’re looking forward to what we will get done this year!

Los Angeles – Intro to Permaculture Design and Gardening

moloJune 28-29, 2014
Private residence, Granada Hills
Attend one or both days

Introduction to Permaculture  - Sat, June 28

Many people are concerned about toxins in their food, water  homes, and the environment, but don’t know how to handle that or it doesn’t seem affordable.  ”The economy” seems like something that the individual has no say or control over.  There isn’t enough support or real community spirit out there. There are many thing that can be improved, but not enough time or resources to do that. Permaculture provides simple, inexpensive, and highly ethical solutions to these problems – eat healthier food, drink clean water, access clean energy, create more economic stability, and get more support and help for making the world a better place.  The best thing about it is that it is highly pleasurable and enjoyable to embark on a journey to  survive better!

This workshop will give you a number of practical tools that you can immediately apply to your life to save money, increase health, and become more independent from the toxic aspects of the system.  This workshop is geared toward those who are ready for action but need more certainty on how to go about it. You will come away with more focus and certainty on what resources are available, what your options are, and what your next step is.  The knowledge we’ve gained and share with you can save you thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours.

There will be hands on design exercises, and Koreen will answer specific questions about your personal situation, so bring a rough drawing or a map of your property and what you are most concerned about.  Koreen usually charges $400/day for consulting and she answers the most common questions that people have about these subjects in this workshop, so this is quite a bargain.

$50 by June 24, $75 regular cost

Limited seating.  Inquire earlysalad

Ultimate Survival Gardening – June 29, 9 AM-6 PM

This one day workshop is a step by step hands-on guide to starting and maintaining a successful and sustainable organic garden system in S Calif.  Work with nature rather than against her, to create gardens that continue to produce abundantly. We provide concentrated, clear written materials, plant lists and more. You will get hands on experience in the garden doing key actions you will need to know, in order to grow food well and abundantly.

  • Simple and inexpensive ways to create lots of organic fertility in the system.
  • Unique, highly nutritious and delicious plants that grow easily in the LA climate.
  • How to jump start your food system – get food going right away while you build a more long term system
  • Work smarter, not harder – save yourself time, money, and hassle
  • Water saving techniques – grow more abundance, use less water!
  • Step by step gardening from seed to harvest
  • Urban farming, careers, creative community gardening and more

A core part of permaculture is creating beneficial connections so there will be some great networking facilitation at these events as well.

The materials alone that you will receive are valued at over $100. There will time allotted throughout the day, and from 5-6PM to get your personal questions answered about your own property.

$50 by June 24, $75 regular price.

Both days, $95 by June 24, $140 regular price.

The price is being kept low to make these events accessible  to all. You will save far more than the price of the workshop with the information that will be shared with you.

Instructor: Koreen Brennan (see bio at: http://www.permacultureguild.us/biography-koreen-brennan/)
Koreen has a lush and abundant garden in her own yard that she continues to expand and has helped many others create one in their yards.
She is available for private consultations in Los Angeles from June 23-July 11, and can always save her clients more than the cost of consultation, as well share many ideas and opportunities they would not have been aware of.

Koreen will give a free lecture in Los Angeles (location TBA) on June 26. Sign up for our newsletter for more information.

To register, pay by paypal, on the right side of this page.

For more information or to register with check or cash, please contact us at:

info@growpermaculture.com, 727-495-6145

Introduction to Permaculture Design, July 19, 2014

1797568_415148638619958_1118291950_nWhat is permaculture?  – A new approach to creating abundance for people while caring for and healing the earth.

Our full day Permaculture Design Workshop is jam packed with useful and simple information that you can use to design your home and your life to be more resilient, regenerative, healthy, and abundant.

This workshop will incorporate hands-on and group exercises to help you assimilate the material. You will receive written material to take home that will provide a guide for further study.

Our goal is to show you how to reduce your expenses while increasing your quality of life.

Further, if you are interested in, or are considering becoming a trained permaculture designer, the fees and time spent at this workshop can be applied to any future professional Permaculture Design Certificate Course that we offer.

Learn

  • Practical principles of permaculture in context of designing your own home.

  • Simple and practical design techniques you can use to create more abundance in your home and garden.

  • Basic gardening principles

  • Design techniques to save energy and expenses

Register early with Paypal!

We encourage early registration so that we can focus entirely on preparing and delivering the best services possible.

Early bird rate:
$50 through June 25

$75 through July 15

$95 at the door

When:

Sat, July 19, 2014

9-5

Location: TBA, Clearwater, FL

For more info, contact cathy@growpermaculture.com, or 727-495-6145


Urban Permaculture Design Course Fall, 2014

1797568_415148638619958_1118291950_nThis is Grow Permaculture’s 12th internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certification Course, based on Bill Mollison’s work. This course will unfold one weekend per month over seven months, from September 2014, to March 2015. Permaculture design offers regenerative techniques, tools and design principles to enable you to live abundantly while caring for the environment and the people around you. Grow food with less work and expense, create stronger economic networks, and increase your overall quality of life, while using less, and helping the environment.

By cooperating with nature and her energies, we are able to design human systems, from backyards to neighborhoods, farms or even cities to be more abundant, more long lasting, more ethical, healthier for all life in the system, and more enjoyable. It is a cutting edge approach to living that helps both people and the environment.

The course is designed to offer multiple opportunities including career mentoring and pathways, community building opportunities, resource networking, skill building, as well as what is for many, a life changing experience. The course is extended over seven months to give students maximum time to absorb the information and put it into practice. This also allows people with busy schedules to take the course.

We continue to refine and expand our curriculum based on feedback from dozens of students regarding what helps them learn best. We incorporate multiple learning styles including hands on, visual aids, immersion, lecture, interaction, and more. Our choice of materials, videos, expert speakers, field trips, focused hands on activities (that give you step by step useful skill sets), Florida-specific information, well-organized written materials, networking and career opportunities, and design tools are the result of this feedback. We live in this community and care about its future and we continue to work with graduates in the community to create something better, together.

Homes, work places, gardens, farms, communities, local economies, or cities that are designed with permaculture principles and techniques are more resilient; they use resources in a regenerative way, ensuring that we, our children and our grandchildren will have access to all the resources we need. By incorporating people care into the equation, this process becomes deeply enjoyable too. Students meet others who think like they do, and often make life long friendships during the course; some find new career or lifestyle opportunities. Be the change you would like to see, and be effective at it, by designing that change!

Some of the subjects covered include:

  • Permaculture design ethics and principles

  • Creating abundance with natural patterns

  • Organic gardening and farming

  • Grow more food with less work by working with nature

  • Edible landscaping, food in small spaces

  • Soil building

  • Designing sustainable water use

  • Greywater and rainwater catchment

  • Building food forests

  • Agroforestry and ecoagriculture

  • Aquaculture

  • Composting and vermicomposting

  • Alternative pest management

  • Natural building, regenerative building technology

  • Reducing energy costs in your home

  • Best forms of sustainable energy

  • Appropriate technology

  • Boosting your career with permaculture

  • Sustainable economies

  • Increasing quality of life through “placemaking” design

  • Community revitalization and rebuilding

  • Successful intentional communities, ecovillages and cohousing, urban and rural

Here’s what our graduates say:

This course changed my life forever. It changed the way I look at everything, and gave me tools to address problems I thought had no solutions. It reinvigorated my connection to, respect for and love of the natural world and increased my understanding of it tremendously. It made me feel powerful and able to change things rather than helpless or apathetic. It gave me hope again, a renewed purpose for life and so many tools that I never dreamed existed! It brought back magic to my life, lightness, and fun! GH
This course is the most exciting one I’ve ever attended because it’s all about finding solutions and connecting people together. JJ
I’ve had my permaculture friends tell me this course changed their life. I never understood why, or what the fuss was about, until I did the course myself. It is a paradigm shift to a much nicer and better paradigm. Don’t hesitate to do this course! DM
I really enjoyed the whole PDC experience. I knew I would, but it was even better than I had thought. I loved the detailed theoretical classes in which I learned how to build soil, how to make it faster than it would happen naturally, how plants benefit each other. I also liked the hands on experiences a lot, it made many concepts so much clearer. I enjoyed the teacher’s methods, and the warmth of the teachers’ helpers. It was a learning experience in every single level not to mention a great opportunity to meet nice people and grow.  Thanks!!! MM
I am so grateful for your instruction Koreen, truly a wonderful and transformational experience. I will treasure and put in practice the permaculture ethics & principles every day, integrating them in my immediate environment and eventually reach out to my community. Thanks again for the excellent course, honored to have your friendship and be a part of the Grow Permaculture tribe. MO
After participating in Grow Permaculture’s PDC, I feel confident that I can accurately evaluate a variety of sites and come up with integrated, sustainable designs. LB
The instructors have a wealth of knowledge and it’s clear they really want to share. I feel confidenct, after attending their PDC course, that I could make basic designs that would work well for any potential client. Knowing that they will review any plans encourages me to jump right in and design! MN

The unity of the group was awesome. The shared knowledge very inspiring. Learning this way with the hands on demonstration, I could understand more of the school. And thank you so much for all your teachings and welcoming of Dylan.  Very grateful, DM
I would highly recommend this course, taught by Koreen and her associates to anyone who has great concern for the future of this planet and the destructive path it is on. Permaculture is the solution we have all been waiting for. As permaculturists, “We are the ones we have been waiting for” to save ourselves from ourselves. Koreen is incredibly knowledgeable and has experienced many areas of the world first hand. If you have been feeling at a loss and discouraged this is your last chance to educate yourself as if the earth herself were revealing her deepest secrets on how you can help her. This is what permaculture is. Grow Permaculture far exceeded my expectations, even after years of experience working with organic gardening methods already. This is just the tip of the iceberg on how much is available for you to learn as you will find out. The depth of how very differently agriculture and water managment and land useage really need to be can’t be stressed enough. SK
Thank you very much for this amazing course. The setting was ideal. The fact of being able to practice on real ground was invaluable. The presentation was very lively and instructive and really opened my eyes on how good design takes care of both the earth, the people and creates a surplus without waste. I love permaculture principles and how thoroughly and thoughful they are and how caring. JB
I am Graduate of Grow Permaculture’s Permaculture Design Course. I am very impressed with the quality and professionalism that I experienced during the course. I learned so much and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. It was a great balance of theory and practical training. I feel very prepared and confident going forward with the new knowledge I have. I have made some very big improvements in the way my company conducts business. Our business is all about tree preservation & creating a healthier planet. I acquired the knowledge and ability to create a “truly” regenerative company. I am very grateful for the expert knowledge, compassion and competence of my teacher & Mentor, Koreen. Thank you for creating a better planet one student at a time. NN
The value of this course is worth far more than its cost. The knowledge gained is really priceless. There is so much information provided that is life changing and really valuable. I was told that I can save more than the cost of the course if I use only a portion of the information provided. This was true, but what wasn’t said is that I got something from it that is really hard to put a price on which is life long friends, and a new, creative view about life. CS

Who Takes This Permaculture Design Course?

  • Artists

  • Do it yourselfers

  • Educators – homeschool, teachers, professors

  • Gardeners

  • Green architects/builders

  • Green consultants

  • Homesteaders

  • Landscapers

  • Natural health practitioners

  • Non-profit/community organizers

  • People who care about the earth and each other

  • People who love healthy food

  • Permaculturists

  • Policy makers

  • Professionals (of many types)

  • Recent college graduates

  • Students

  • Urban and rural farmers

  • Vegan, raw food, slow food, and/or local food

  • Yoga practitioners

Permaculture Design Course

Moccasin Lake Nature Park

2750 Park Trail Lane

Clearwater, FL 33759

727-793-2976

Saturdays and Sundays

Seven Weekends over Seven Months

Sept 27,28, Oct 25-26, Nov 22-23, Dec 13-14 (optional field trips), Jan 31-Feb 1, Feb 28-Mar 1, , Mar 28-29

9 AM to 5 PM

Special Early Bird rate will go toward our volunteer work at Pine Ridge reservation:

$990 until Aug 20, 2014

To register for entire course or individual weekends

Call Cathy at 727-495-6145 or write cathy@growpermaculture.com

Or Register via PayPal on right side of this web site near the top of the site

Please note, tuition is non-refundable unless course is canceled by us, but may be applied to any other courses or services delivered by Grow Permaculture

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Detailed breakdown of dates and topics for Tampa Bay weekend PDC

Below you will find a schedule of Fall 2014 PDC, and some of the highlights that we will cover for each weekend. The schedule for fall 2014 will be similar, but somewhat revised because of different field trip dates. Stay tuned for an update of the fall schedule soon! We provide glossaries, outlines, additional written materials, self-testing material, videos and more, to assist you to access and absorb the information. Please note that there are sometimes changes in this line up based on needs of students/instructor availability (we have sometimes had surprise visits by veteran designers for instance).

Weekend One

Permaculture principles, patterns and design

9 AM to 6 PM

Sept 27-28, 2014

  • Learn to work with nature, instead of against her

  • Apply permaculture principles and design in any setting or circumstance

  • Recognize and use the patterns of nature to increase abundance

  • Get practical tools that can be immediately applied to your life to increase abundance and quality of life

  • Hands on design techniques – zones, assessments, sectors, mapping, and more

  • We will cover an overview of the scope of what permaculture is and what it can do for your life and your community

The first morning of this course is FREE!

To register for this or all weekends, call Cathy Bersier at 727-495-6145

www.growpermaculture.com

Weekend Two

Secrets of the natural world – energy patterns of trees, water, land

October 25-26, 2014

9 AM – 6 PM

  • Special guest instructor

  • How to bring the magic of nature into every aspect of an urban environment through conscious design

  • Think like an ecosystem

  • Climates, strategies for temperate, drylands, tropical, subtropical and changing weather patterns

  • Rainwater catchment and sustainable water use

  • The transactions of trees – mimic the powerful energy transactions of trees in your design

  • Simple  secrets of building soils – how to grow lush, healthy plants anywhere

  • Broadscale applications with water and soil – transforming the landscape

  • Hands on techniques for preparing your land for regenerative abundance

To register for this or all weekends, call Cathy Bersier at 727-495-6145

or go to www.growpermaculture.com

Weekend Three

Growing food sustainably and abundantly

Work with nature instead of against her to create abundant organic gardens

and “food forests” that need little work to maintain.

November 22-23, 2014.

9 AM – 6 PM

  • How to grow food in Florida, the easy way, from seed to harvest

  • Jump-starting a food supply – feed yourself within one season

  • Integrated pest management (organic)

  • How to design and build a Florida friendly forest garden – plant lists, guilds, step by step implementation, propagation, low-water and no-water techniques, and more

  • Animals in a permaculture system

  • Hands on techniques

  • Container gardening, aquaculture, urban farming, agroforestry, small integrated farms, making a living by growing food

  • Wrap up of food forestry specifics – designing, plant choices, etc

To register for this or all weekends, call Cathy Bersier at 727-495-6145

or go to www.growpermaculture.com

Field Trips and Hands-On Activities

See what is going on locally that will impact our future, get hands on experience,

and define careers and purpose.

Dates – December 13,14, 2014

  • Get into the garden and plant! Hands on intensive will assist you to integrate classroom learning.

  • See examples of permaculture in action.

  • See “green” buildings, organic farms, etc, and get feedback from experts on how to improve the designs using permaculture principles.

Weekend Four

The built environment and appropriate technology

January 31-February 1, 2015

9 AM – 6 PM

  • Learn to retrofit your built environment to reduce costs and help the environment

  • Ctting edge “green building” and how to solve problems of the built environment yourself with creative, low cost or no cost solutions.

  • Natural building techniques

  • Alternative energy and technology

  • Appropriate tech workshop – solar power, rocket stoves, and more

  • Putting it all together – integrating the off grid homestead for maximum production

To register for this or all weekends, call Cathy Bersier at 727-495-6145

or go to www.growpermaculture.com

Weekend Five

    Financial and social permaculture – invisible structures

February 28-March 1, 2015

9 AM – 6 PM

  • Creating a regenerative local economy

  • Alternative approaches to creating abundance – how and why do time banks, local currencies, etc, work?

  • Business and community guilds; how to create abundance through connection

  • Social, economic and energy aspects of city and town life – practical solutions that work

  • Urban design – visible and invisible structure design for the specific challenges in cities and towns

  • Community building strategies and social permaculture

  • Intentional communities, increasing quality of life through permaculture design

To register for this or all weekends, call Cathy Bersier at 727-495-6145

or go to www.growpermaculture.com

Weekend Six

Saturday: Disaster permaculture – creating resilient systems, where do we go from here?

Design presentations

March 28-29, 2015

9 AM – 6 PM

  • Efficient ways to create more resilience for yourself, family and community.

  • Design for disaster – key elements to understand.

  • Where do we go from here? Options and resources.

  • Sunday: Really Free Market, design presentations, and afterparty

To register for this or all weekends, call Cathy Bersier at 727-495-6145, write info@permaculture.com

or go to www,growpermaculture.com

Financial Permaculture – Miami – May 31-June 4

FPC 14 Poster (BRENNAN) May 31 [New] (1)

Natural Building at Pine Ridge – August, 2014

This summer, for three weeks we will immerse ourselves in natural building at Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota. You will learn to timber frame, build with cordwood, cob and straw bale on a walipini green house and a mixed media building. Dates: Aug 1-Aug 20. Further details to be announced. Set aside the dates on your calendar!

You can read more in depth and support our fundraiser for this if you feel moved to do so, at:

http://funds.gofundme.com/index.php?route=edit2/customize&url=ac3gyw&new=&start=

These structures will be built at the Oglala-Lakota Cultural and Economic Revitilization Initiative (OLCERI), an experimental and demonstration permaculture site on the reservation.  The greenhouse, designed by the Lakota founder of OLCERI , Bryan Deans, will be passively heated and cooled, and used for an experimental aquaponics system. These buildings are designed to create pathways to more sustainability, self-reliance, and resilience.

Additionally, you will have opportunities to learn other skills such as animal care, water conservation, erosion control and more.

Other volunteer positions available through the summer and into fall. We need gardeners especially, starting in late May.  Please sign up for our newsletter for further news on these offerings, or check back on our site!  Also, sign up in our Facebook group too: https://www.facebook.com/groups/permablitzpineridge/

Kid’s Permaculture Camp!

kidsWe’ll be holding a one week permaculture kid’s day camp this summer from June 16-20 at Moccasin Lake Park. This is our first kid’s activity in Florida and we’re excited.

This will be a weeklong immersion in the magic and beauty of the natural world, in the context of learning permaculture principles. Kids ages 8-12 will experience Coyote Mentoring while learning wilderness skills, how natural systems operate, and permaculture principles, all through action and observation learning in this beautiful 50 acre park.

Activities will include:

Basic tracking skills
Team building
Planting seeds and plants
Native American skills
Observing nature through a variety of fun, active exercises
Designing with nature
Easy wild edibles
Etc

Cost: $75-125

For more information or to register, contact Moccasin Lake Park at: https://www.myclearwater.com/gov/depts/parksrec/summercamp.asp

Enrollment is limited and class is expected to fill up – so register early!

Teachers:

Koreen Brennan – homeschooler and long time educator, Koreen loves taking kids into the woods and sharing the magic of nature. She has done so in the Redwood Forests, Everglades, Colorado Mountains, Sonoran Desert, and in backyards  all over. Koreen uses Coyote Mentoring, action learning, and other immersion learning techniques, and kids love it!

Jayne Cobb – as a Montessori teacher for many years, Jayne understands kids and what gets them excited and motivated. Her kids’ garden is so successful that it is now being replicated in other areas and she has spoken on a national level about educating through nature.

Benefit Corporations – are they a solution?

What if corporations had to prove they were having a net and material positive impact on society and the environment?

A Benefit, or “B” Corporation status is a relatively new legal structure for public corporations available in some, but not all states. It addresses some of the most problematic corporate law that encourages businesses to operate criminally. It isn’t a full solution but a step in the right direction. “The  purpose of a benefit corporation is to create general public benefit, which is defined as a material positive impact on society and the environment.” (Wikepedia)

What if all corporations had to demonstrate twice yearly in a questionnaire that their operations were having a material positive impact on society and the environment?  What if shareholders had to demand that of the company they invested in?

This is a paradigm shift from the current model, where shareholders can and do sue companies that put people or the planet ahead of next quarter’s profits.

Of course, material positive impact is a relative term. But B Lab, the non-profit behind the creation of B Corporate structure appears serious about addressing environmental and social issues. http://www.bcorporation.net/

This legal structure allows corporations who feel that people and planet are important to make a public statement about that. It also protects them from greedy shareholders who could cut across the ability of the company to make positive environmental and social decisions if it affects profits.

The concept of passive investors who do nothing but rake in profits and who feel entitled to as many profits as possible needs to be seriously questioned. It is not a sustainable paradigm because it rewards and encourages criminal behavior from many angles.  But Benefit Corporations are a step in the right direction. And well known companies such as Patagonia and Ben and Jerrys are taking the lead.

http://www.patagonia.com/us/patagonia.go?assetid=68413

Another relatively new legal structure, for privately held companies, is the L3C.  A gradient step between for profit and non profit corporations, this structure allows a privately held, for profit company to accept money from both investors and grants/foundations.  It is a “low profit” corporation, operating much as a non profit, but retaining for profit abilities. This structure was created to meet the needs of “social entrepreneurs” who run businesses that have positive social and environmental purposes.

All in all, it’s good to see some people in the business community working to come up with solutions to existing structures that encourage destructive, irresponsible and criminal behavior. Much more work is needed, in every sector.

Permaculture in Cuba

Roberto Perez, Cuban permaculturist and spokesperson in the film  The Power of Community will be speaking at two locations in South Florida on August 14 and 15.
Roberto will be sharing some of the successes of permaculture in Cuba. For instance,  Havana has an extremely successful urban agriculture network that feeds more than 1/2 of the people in the city.
Roberto will also speak about the upcoming International Permaculture Convergence in Cuba in November. These events will help raise funds for worthy individuals to attend the convergence.
Born in Havana in 1970, Roberto Perez is the Environmental Education & Biodiversity Conservation Program Director of the Antonio Núñez Jiménez Foundation for Nature and Humanity, the oldest environmental organization in Cuba.  A graduate of the University of Havana with a degree in Biological Sciences, he later did post graduate specialization in Community Based Natural Resources Management at the University of Nova Scotia, Canada.
Roberto has been part of the Cuban Permaculture movement since its introduction in the country in 1993 after the so called “Special Period”, caused by the collapse of the Soviet Union when Cuba lost access to oil, fertilizers, pesticides, and virtually all trading partners that the small island nation depended on to survive, facing economic collapse overnight.  Roberto has traveled extensively presenting Cuba’s approach to sustainable living in the face of declining petroleum and other non-renewable resources.
As part of the Cuban Organizing Group for the upcoming International Permaculture Convergence in November, Roberto is touring the U.S. in support of scholarships for IPC11 attendees from sometimes cash poor, but skill rich countries and USA , wanting to attend and share their work & projects with other Permaculturists from around the world.
Traditionally International Permaculture Convergences take place every 2 years and switch between continents & hemispheres.  Past host sites have been Australia, USA, New Zealand, Scandinavia, Nepal, Croatia, Brazil, Africa & most recently Jordan in the Middle East.

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Grow Permaculture presents:

Roberto Perez, Cuban permaculturist and spokesperson in the film ” The Power of Community” will be speaking at two beautiful locations in South Florida on August 14 and 15.

Roberto will be sharing some of the successes of permaculture in Cuba. For instance,  Havana has an extremely successful urban agriculture network that feeds more than 1/2 of the people in the city.

Roberto will also speak about the upcoming International Permaculture Convergence in Cuba in November. These events will help raise funds for worthy individuals to attend the convergence.

Born in Havana in 1970, Roberto Perez is the Environmental Education & Biodiversity Conservation Program Director of the Antonio Núñez Jiménez Foundation for Nature and Humanity, the oldest environmental organization in Cuba.  A graduate of the University of Havana with a degree in Biological Sciences, he later did post graduate specialization in Community Based Natural Resources Management at the University of Nova Scotia, Canada.

Roberto has been part of the Cuban Permaculture movement since its introduction in the country in 1993 after the so called “Special Period”, caused by the collapse of the Soviet Union when Cuba lost access to oil, fertilizers, pesticides, and virtually all trading partners that the small island nation depended on to survive, facing economic collapse overnight.  Roberto has traveled extensively presenting Cuba’s approach to sustainable living in the face of declining petroleum and other non-renewable resources.

As part of the Cuban Organizing Group for the upcoming International Permaculture Convergence in November, Roberto is touring the U.S. in support of scholarships for IPC11 attendees from sometimes cash poor, but skill rich countries and USA , wanting to attend and share their work & projects with other Permaculturists from around the world.

Traditionally International Permaculture Convergences take place every 2 years and switch between continents & hemispheres.  Past host sites have been Australia, USA, New Zealand, Scandinavia, Nepal, Croatia, Brazil, Africa & most recently Jordan in the Middle East.

Aug 14, 7 PM
Zen Village
zenvillage.org
2570 Main Hwy, Miami
$10-20 sliding scale

Aug 15, 7 PM
Treehugger Organic Farm (a permaculture farm)
https://www.facebook.com/TreeHuggerFarms
1975 S Flamingo Rd, Davie, Fl
$10-20 sliding scale

For more info, write info@growpermaculture.com

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