Biochar & Wood Gas: Waste Wood for Soil Fertility, Energy Production, Carbon Sequestration & Fire Safety

Please join me at the next Sierra Permaculture Guild meeting for a special presentation:

Biochar & Wood Gas: Waste Wood for Soil Fertility, Energy Production, Carbon Sequestration & Fire Safety

The Sierra Nevada foothills are abundant with woody biomass that is a potential hazard when located near structures and communities. Rather than treating this resource as a waste, we can easily convert it into energy, soil amendment, and other useful products using simple, low-cost, and time-tested technologies.

In this talk by permaculture designer Paul Racko, you will learn about the many diverse benefits of Biochar/Terra Preta and wood gasification. With the effects of peak oil, climate change, and global economic instability becoming an everyday reality, find out how we can return fertility to our soils, generate energy at home and municipal scales, create fire-safe zones, reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide contributing to global climate change, and create meaningful, productive jobs in our bioregion. Farmers, alternative energy enthusiasts, foresters, homesteaders, welders, public works officials, entrepreneurs and engineers are especially welcome to attend this paradigm-shifting discussion.

Also: Spring Veggie Start swap. Bring your surplus veggie starts to swap or give-away. Share the abundance!

Always free and open to the public — donations gratefully accepted.

Anyone interested in permaculture, sustainable design, ecological agriculture, peak oil, relocalization and related topics is encouraged to attend and participate. Bring your questions, ideas, stories, and visions of how permaculture can help us bridge the transition as we co-create sustainable homesteads, communities and livelihoods.

Saturday, June 12, 2010
2:30pm gathering & networking
3:00pm meeting start/presentations

In the YoGarage at Willow Springs
29085 State Highway 49
North San Juan, CA 95960

Site phone: (530) 292-3463
Web: http://willowspringsnsj.org/wp

Seating is limited. Please bring a mat, pillow, or folding chair to sit on.

For Sierra Permaculture Guild information, please contact Paul Racko at (530)613-4181
http://sierrapermaculture.org

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April Sierra Permaculture Guild Meeting

Learn about creating sustainable human habitats! If you’re concerned about peak oil, climate change, economic descent, or just want to give Mother Earth a helping hand, please join the Sierra Permaculture Guild at our next public meeting.

For the month of April, we have two exciting speakers lined up!

Local permaculturist Aaron will show us how to build simple, low-cost biogas digesters for home methane production used for cooking
and
Jan Spencer from Eugene, Oregon will present a slideshow on Transition Town initiatives and permaculture sites he’s visited along the west coast from Bellingham, WA to Chico, CA. Please bring photos of what you’re doing at home or work: grass to garden, solar, water, green building, greywater, cooperative projects with others, etc. to share!

Always free and open to the public — donations gratefully accepted.

Anyone interested in permaculture, sustainable design, ecological agriculture, peak oil, relocalization and related topics is encouraged to attend and participate. Bring your questions, ideas, stories, and visions of how permaculture can help us bridge the transition as we co-create sustainable homesteads, communities and livelihoods.

Saturday, April 10, 2010
2:30pm gathering & networking
3:00pm meeting start/presentations

at Willow Springs
29085 State Highway 49
North San Juan, CA 95960
Site phone: (530) 292-3463
Web: http://willowspringsnsj.org/wp

Seating is limited. Please bring a mat, pillow, or folding chair to sit on.

For Sierra Permaculture Guild information, please contact Paul Racko at (530)292-3031 – paul(at)sierrapermaculture(dot)org – http://sierrapermaculture.org

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Sierra Permaculture Guild meeting – 3/13 @ 3pm

Join the Sierra Permaculture Guild as we kick off the 2010 planting season with a special talk on spring garden planning by Seth Rosmarin.

Seth will cover:
– what to intially get into the ground
– succession planting over the following weeks
– companion plantings
– flower habitat
– how to have extended harvests
– soil amendments and biology
– till vs. no till considerations
– mulching
– compost and vermiculture
– pruning
– gopher elimination
– seed saving
– old fruit tree varieties
– perennial agriculture
– and pest managment.

Seth Rosmarin has been living and farming in the Sierra foothills for ten seasons. His passion lies in the diversity of food, diet and health. Growing, living and learning in a season specific climate has given him an appreciation for the gift of growing food and the knowledge of its potential.

Free and open to the public!

Anyone interested in permaculture, sustainable design, ecological agriculture, peak oil, relocalization and related topics is encouraged to attend and participate. Bring your questions, ideas, stories, and visions of how permaculture can help us bridge through the transition as we co-create sustinable homesteads, communities and livelihoods.

Saturday, March 13, 2009
2:30pm gathering & networking
3:00pm Seth Rosmarin talk on spring garden planning

at Willow Springs
29085 State Highway 49
North San Juan, CA 95960
Site phone: (530) 292-3463
Web: http://willowspringsnsj.org/wp

For Sierra Permaculture Guild information, please contact Paul Racko at (530)292-3031 – paul@sierrapermaculture.org – http://sierrapermaculture.org

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The Sierra Permaculture Guild Returns!

Good news! Starting in March, Sierra Permaculture Guild meetings are returning to a wonderful new location: Willow Springs in North San Juan.

Meetings will be held on the second Saturday of each month at 3pm. Folks are also invited to gather and network beforehand at 2:30.

Stay tuned for more details & tell your friends!

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