Kansas Permaculture Institute 2017 Annual Meeting
Sunday February 19, 3pm-6pm
Dreher 4H Building/Douglas County Extension Office, 2110 Harper St. Lawrence. KS 66046
We are excited to announce our 2nd Annual Meeting for Kansas Permaculture Institute. We have a special guest lined up, Debbie Glassberg, to speak and share her experience in Industrial Design of sustainable container homes. Her latest project is providing affordable container homes to low income families living in the 18th and Vine district of Kansas City, MO. More can be found on Debbie at http://homecontained.com/
Please bring a potluck dish to share with a list of ingredients for those with sensitivities. We will hold a Meet & Greet for those that would like to introduce themselves and will also be hoping for our guests to sign up as members. Membership dues are $10, $40…. or any other amount you would like to contribute. Our group is completely sustained on volunteers and community membership. Visit our website to contribute on-line (www.kawpermaculture.org). Please RSVP to Cara Schuster; email@example.com
Kaw Permaculture and the Kansas Permaculture Institute’s Spring Permaculture Design Certification Course,“Re-skilling for the Future: A Course in Permaculture Ethics, Principles and Design”
Begins on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at the Dreher 4H Building 2110 Harper St. Lawrence, Kansas 66044
The course consists of a series of ten, three hour classroom lectures and video screenings, and six field sessions held every Thursday from 6 – 9 pm and Saturdays from 1-4 pm until mid April. The course culminates with four, six hour hands-on practicum sessions, where students will learn about various applications of permaculture design principles. The practicum session will take place in April and May, when we will visit different demonstration farms and urban gardens. Students that complete the 72 hours of course instruction will be awarded a Permaculture Design Certificate from the Kansas Permaculture Institute.
Learn how to consciously design and maintain productive ecosystems that have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems through participating in small group activities and viewing examples of permaculture applied in different contexts. Apply what you learn at home and in your neighborhood. Through the harmonious integration of landscape and people, we are better able to produce food, energy, shelter, and meet other needs, both material and non-material-in a sustainable way.
Begin your journey toward sustainability by registering today. Take advantage of our early registration discount, which ends January 13. 2017. For information on course content, meeting times, locations, and costs register on the website: http://
KPC Meetings and Noteworthy Past Events
LAWRENCE FOOD NOT LAWNS CLASS – INTRO TO LAWN ERADICATION
Friday, 11 November 2016
1525-A West 6th St. (DCCDA office), Lawrence KS 66044
This is an intro class for the following workshop, covering Food Not Lawns principles, permaculture design, and the goals of the host of the workshop. The teachers will be: Michael Almon of Forest Floor Permaculture on “Designing for Urban Food Growing”, Steve Mann of Prairie EcoSystems Management on “Lawn Eradication 101”, and Steve Moring of Kaw Permaculture Inc. on “Urban Scale Plants, Guilds, and Succession”. The workshop host will explain her goals for her front yard garden, and her expectations for the following week’s workshop there.
LAWN ERADICATION WORKSHOP – BY LAWRENCE FOOD NOT LAWNS
Saturday, 19 November 2016
This suburban lawn eradication workshop will be the first in a series of Lawrence Food Not Lawns hands-on workshops, to help people get their front yard food garden started. This one day crop mob will have multiple outcomes. It will bring together many hands to help the homeowner eradicate turf grass and jump start her front yard food garden. It will be an opportunity for workshop participants to learn how to do it. It will begin a cycle of mutual aid workshops at the homes of any participants who care to do similar. And it will be a community demonstration of the potential for transforming acres of lawngrass wasteland into productive food gardens.
October 1, 2016 KPC Fall Gathering at Sub Terra Castle
Please plan to join us for an afternoon of sharing, networking and fun. During this event we will have a community swap, a round table on tiny homes, a kim chi making workshop, a pot-luck dinner, a bonfire and drumming circle. SubTerra is a transformed, former missile base west of Topeka. All are welcome to camp over on Saturday evening.
July 16 & 17, 2016 KPC Farm & Garden Tour
The Kansas Permaculture Collaborative is planning its 7th Annual Permaculture Urban Garden and Farm Tour, Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17. This tour will focus on demonstration of permaculture principles and practice on both local urban and broad-acre sites in our Kaw River watershed.
The tour will begin on Saturday morning at a Kansas City residential site and continue with visits to four additional sites ending in Lawrence at the PermaCommons Community Garden. On Sunday our tour will include six new and established farm sites.
Kansas Permaculture Collaborative’s Spring Gathering – Saturday, June 4 2016
Please join us for our annual spring meeting and social event at Brushy Run Farm, just outside of Lawrence in Jefferson County. This event will be part of Doug Dubois’ Brushy Run Hoedown, an area community celebration.
3:30 KPI meeting
4:30 Food Forest Food Tour
5:00 Speaker (TBA) on Greenhouse Building & Fish Production
6:00 Potluck…and Contra Dancing to follow
This is a family friendly event. Please bring a chair/blanket to sit on, all of the regular summer-time accoutrements and a dish to share. We look forward to seeing you there!
KPI/KPC Annual Meeting & Potluck
Sunday February 21st. 2016, 3-6pm at the Dreher 4-H building South room, 2100 Harper Street, Lawrence, KS 66046.
The Kansas Permaculture Institute/ Kansas Permaculture Collaborative met for our first annual meeting. We discussed the agenda of 2016 including workshops, permablitz’s, potlucks and more. Dre Taylor of Nile Valley Aquaponics in KC made a presentation on his aquaponics project. He shared his journey from dream to fruition, focusing on the how-to, can-do aspects of his entrepreneurial business. We had a Potluck to follow up our meeting.
July 11 & 12, 2015 KPC Farm & Garden Tour
The Kansas Permaculture Collaborative is proud to announce its 6th Annual Permaculture Urban Garden and Farm Tour, Saturday and Sunday, July 11 and 12. This tour will focus on the implementation of permaculture principles and practice on both local urban and broad-acre sites in our Kaw River watershed.
The tour will begin on Saturday morning at a Kansas City food-not-lawn residential site and continue with visits to four additional sites ending in Lawrence at the PermaCommons community Garden. On Sunday our tour will include six new and established farm sites, ending with the final tour and pot-luck at SubTerra Castle near Topeka, KS.
KANSAS PERMACULTURE COLLABORATIVE – SPRING GATHERING
– MEET, EAT, AND SHARE –
Saturday, 23 May 2015, 4:00pm
Susan Jones’ Farm, 2866 Detlor Rd., Grantville KS 66429
Our gathering will include a potluck meal, bonfire, music, planning, and KPC updates. Mary Beth Ogle will present the value and necessity of native plantings. We will report on two new economic initiatives that promise to foster community, develop a local food system, and strengthen our regional food sovereignty. We will also discuss planning of perma-blitzes (work-sharing), resource sharing, and how-to workshops.
2015 Homestead Hoedown at Brushy Run
Hosted by Doug Dubois & Bayless Harsh – Saturday, June 6 at 3 pm in Southern Jefferson County, Kansas.
Community Party with Food, Music, Dance & Love.
Please join our community party with music and dance events, outdoor games, a potluck social, and sustainability-related mini-workshops (with an emphasis on “mini” — these are brief, entry-level talks). If you have an interest in the Farm Resettlement Congress, permaculture, off-grid, homesteading, sustainability, music & dance, etc. you are undoubtedly a member of our extended family and we welcome you to come be a part of this first annual event.
NORTH AMERICAN PERMACULTURE CONVERGENCE
Report from the 2nd North American Permaculture Convergence, August 29 – 31, 2014
Over 400 permaculturist converged on the community of Harmony Park, MN for the second North American gathering of permaculture practitioner, teacher, designer and enthusiasts. The first gathering was in 1984. Eight folks from the Kansas Permaculture Collaborative attended this year’s convergence.
The event began with an opening circle with Michael Polarski giving a historical perspective and introducing some of the elders and heavy hitters in North America. Some of these teachers and practitioners who have been active in the movements from the 1980s included Scott Pitman, Albert Bates, Peter Bain, Wayne Weiseman, Penny Livingston, Jude Hobbs and Toby Hemenway.
The NAPC program included a couple of plenary addresses with a panel of these individuals and permaculture co-founder David Holmgren. Most of the activities were comprised of working groups, caucus discussion groups, panel breakout sessions and open discussion sessions.
On Friday the beginning discussion group focused on Bioregional Caucuses and the identification of centers of permaculture activity across the country, Canada and Mexico. From this discussion came a list of permaculturists from the South Central Great Plains, which includes Nebraska, Kansas, Western Missouri and Oklahoma.
A noteworthy panel discussion was the unveiling of the Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA), which has come together to support permaculture teachers and designers in the various bioregions of North America. One of its proposed functions will be to offer diplomas modeled after those proposed by permaculture’s founder, Bill Mollison of New South Wales, Australia. Other functions will include setting basic curriculum standards for permaculture design courses (PDC) and teacher and designer training. PINA envisions the creation of organizational hubs around the US, Canada and Mexico to foster communication and the planning of regional events.
The underlying theme of the Convergence was “Heart”, the tone being set by Scott Pittman.
The magic of our creativity combined with Mother brings whole new paradigms. Though we need structure, it is the initial and continued looking and listening to the land and her inhabitants that bring the creative solutions.
Susan Jones attended roundtables on “Pattern Language for Women in Permaculture” and “Women’s Leadership in Permaculture” These discussion groups brought individual insights and female community awareness re: the last dregs of our patriarchal society’s attitude toward leadership. “The aha for me was that I was accepting it w/out question. Women have continued to accept status quo. I am not a bra-burner, nor in any way anti-male. Yet I have deferred w/out question… It’s the dance. I can change the dance steps. We can change the music to which we dance. I will.” We will.
Toby Hemenway, author of Gaia’s Garden, gave a presentation on “Urban Permaculture: Transformation at the Edge of Chaos”
Steve Moring, Stephanie Syson and Fred Meyer lead a panel discussion on “Public Food Forests”. The session began with short presentations on the success of various food forest projects in Eastern Kansas, Basalt, Colorado, and Iowa City Iowa. Discussion about our local food forest project included the development of the Merriam Food Forest in Kansas City, the Lawrence Fruit Tree Orchard and the PermaCommons Community Garden, and finally the Wamego Community Garden Project.