Intro to Permaculture Workshop

August 19, 2014

Sierra Permaculture Design California USAWant to get your feet wet with Permaculture? I’ll be teaching the following workshop at Peaceful Valley Farm Supply on September 13th, 2014.

Intro to Permaculture at Peaceful Valley Farm Supply
with Paul Racko

Saturday, September 13th, 2014 – 9:30am – 11:30am

Permaculture is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is a harmonious integration of landscape and people — providing their food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way. We will cover the design principles of permaculture and how to apply these sustainable practices. No matter if you live in an urban apartment, suburban tract home, or on a multi-acre ranch, permaculture will help you live a more sustainable lifestyle.

Paul Racko is certified permaculture designer and offers consulting, design, project management & training though his firm Sierra Permaculture Design (

Pre-registration & pre-payment is requested. Call Peaceful Valley’s store to register at 530-272-4769 x106. Cash or check payments only, no credit cards.

To pre-pay, please mail a check made out to Paul Racko to
Peaceful Valley, Attn: Workshops, P.O. Box 2209, Grass Valley, CA 95945

Workshop Location:
Peaceful Valley Farm Supply
125 Clydesdale Court, Grass Valley, CA 95945

Map and Directions:

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Ham Radio at the 2012 Permaculture Convergence

September 25, 2012

I’m happy to announce that I’ve been chosen to present a workshop and demonstration on Amateur Radio at the 2012 Northern California Permaculture Convergence in Castro Valley, CA on October 12-14.

My workshop is called ‘Building Communications Resilience with Amateur Radio’ and its focus will be on how and why ham radio should be incorporated into permaculture systems everywhere. During the course of the weekend, I will also be operating my station to demonstrate phone (voice) and digital (data) modes on both VHF (2 meters) and HF (40 meters). The station will give Convergence attendees a hands-on opportunity to work the airwaves for the purposes of demonstrating amateur radio’s diverse capabilities for one-to-one and one-to-many voice and data (including chat and email!) communication. If the propagation characteristics of the site allow it (the M.A. Center is located at the bottom of a canyon), I will be running a VHF packet station on 145.050 FM to show how text-based messages & data can be sent, stored, forwarded and retrieved via Packet Bulletin Board Systems (PBBS) as well as demonstrate the Winlink 2000 system for the delivery & retrieval of email via IP the world over! On HF, I’ll be running 100 watts on the 40 meter band using a horizontal dipole antenna optimized for NVIS (Near Vertical Incidence Skywave) which allows for regional communications within a 30 to 400 mile radius. For updates on my station’s operating times and frequencies, please see my page at

For more information on the 2012 Northern California Permaculture Convergence, please visit their website at

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Bitcoins & LENnies Now Accepted!

June 6, 2011

Good news for all those who support alternatives to the rapidly devaluating US Dollar! Sierra Permaculture Design now accepts Bitcoins and LENnies in exchange for services.

As the Federal Reserve Bank (it is neither!) continues to crank out worthless paper fiat currency that is backed by absolutely nothing, now is the time to adopt sustainable alternatives to our National Funny Money. Don’t be left holding worthless paper. Sign up with LEN, Bitcoin or a local money alternative of your choice before The FED and it’s FRNs go up in smoke!

Together we can build sustainable alternatives!



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