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Permaculture Design For Yard, Homestead, and Farm

Permaculture Design For Yard, Homestead, and Farm

This Saturday!   Join NOFA VT for a tour and workshop 9 am – 3pm

August 26  –   Jeffersonville and Johnson, VT

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We’ll start the morning with a brief tour of the ‘urban homestead’ and apothecary downtown Jeffersonville, then head to the farm for a permaculture design workshop, wood fired pizza from the earth oven, and tree crop and natural building tour.

Are you interested in learning how to ‘read’ a landscape, map your future, and cooperate with nature to be more productive and resilient?

Join Keith Morris of Prospect Rock Permaculture for a hands-on exploration of whole-system ecological design. In this workshop, Keith will provide a design process that you can apply to your own site (regardless of size) that includes the importance of perennial tree crops and climate resilience. We’ll explore a variety of ‘new’, experimental, and lost, traditional plants; DIY and debt-free infrastructure improvements and potential ‘micro-enterprises’ for the garden or homestead. To see a variety of design scale, we’ll begin at Prospect Rock Permaculture’s downtown homestead and apothecary, and then travel down the street to Willow Crossing Farm- Vermont’s longest running permaculture research and education site. Lunch will be included and prepared in Keith’s onsite pizza oven.

For tickets:
http://www.sevendaystickets.com/events/45273520/permaculture-design-for-your-yard-homestead-amp-farm

Any questions can be directed to me or NOFA VT http://www.NofaVT.org

Best,
Keith and Family

 

Our WEEKEND FORMAT Permaculture Design Certification Course will be announced soon!  Please call or email if you’d like to get on the list or would like more information!

 

2017 Plant Sale!

Hello and Happy Spring!

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We’re happy to (finally) announce the plants we’ll have available this year- please get your order in ASAP as quantities are limited- apologies for our delay in getting this out!  Please inquire about ‘bulk’ pricing (10 or more plants in any combination) or ‘wholesale pricing’ (10 or more of the same plant/ variety).  This are great for folks establishing hedgerows, windbreaks, shelterbelts, orchards, vineyards, or looking to begin commercial production of these Vermont-proven fruits, nuts, berries, and vines.  Wholesale quantities are limited to only some of our plants.

BARE ROOT is a naked tree and wants to be planted as soon as possible, prices are determined by size (diameter caliper or length) and rarity of tree or variety.  Please arrange pickup as soon as possible.

POTS are ONE GALLON and $20 EACH unless otherwise stated.  They would love to be planted into their permanent home sooner than later but can ‘hang out’ for several weeks if necessary.

Please reserve your quantities ASAP, as we imagine most of these will sell out quickly.

Plants are available for pickup BY APPOINTMENT- I may be delivering some plants into Burlington, some are at the farm, some are in cold storage downtown Jeffersonville- so please call or email to confirm availability and arrange a time and ensure the right location to get your plants.

SUNDAY MAY 7 we will host a farm tour, and then a ‘urban homestead/ apothecary’ tour downtown Jeffersonville, where folks can view mature examples of the plants we’ll have for sale, Pine Nuts, Hazels, and Currants will be available for pickup, fruit trees and other pots will be available after this Monday May 8.  Stay tuned for details- I will continually update this page with availability.

We’ll announce more ‘open hours’ for plant pick-ups soon, and are usually available by phone or email to make an appointment to meet for a plant pick up.

We will try to hold trees, but without cash in hand there are no guarantees- first come first served, especially with bare root as we want them planted asap.  Feel free to PayPal or Facebook Messenger money for a guaranteed reservation.

NUT TREES:

HAZELNUTS/ HAZELBERTS-

This is the earliest of all nut trees to bear nuts.  One of our favorites for a future crop in VT, now well into production here at Willow Crossing, these multi-stemmed trees will begin to bear nuts in as little as 3 years from planting. They also make nice hedges, living fences, privacy screens, or snow fence, and have attractive fall foliage.

Selected Seedlings (bare root):  $15

Pollen-Controlled Cross (bare root): $20

PINENUTS-

We finally are able to release some of our favorite trees for an evergreen windbreak- the producers of PINENUTS.  Almost all Pinenuts in the supermarket are Korean Pinenuts grown in China.  A beautiful tree with whorls of dark-green needles, this very hardy Pine is an attractive and stately tree planted singly or in groups. Its large and tasty nuts are gathered in Korea and eastern Russia and are greatly prized for their rich flavor, nutritional value, and high economic worth.

Bare Root: $15           One Gallon Pots: $20            8′ + Trees:  $500

WALNUT FAMILY:

BLACK WALNUTS-  The most valuable lumber tree in the the northeastern forest, and long-lived producer of delicious nuts. Mature trees can be tapped for syrup, a favorite for silvopasture design. Not recommended near areas where tomatoes or potatoes are grown.  Proven VT Hardy

3-4′ Bare Root Tree $20

BUTTERHEART (BUARTNUT)-  A disease resistant hybrid of Heartnut with our native endangered Butternut- this beautiful specimen tree exhibits ‘hybrid vigor’ once rooted, and bears tremendous amounts of delicious nuts.  Come by the farm to see one flowering this spring.  Proven VT Hardy

4-5′ Bare Root Tree $25

CARPATHIAN/ MANREGION WALNUT- SOLD OUT   Please write to express interest, as there may be some left over.

VINES:

HARDY KIWIS-  Hardy, Fuzzless, and even Sweeter!  One Gallon Pots $20

-KEN”S RED-  This delicious female cultivar bears abundant crops of grape-sized, red skinned ,and red fleshed fruit.  Requires male for pollination.

-74/49-  A favorite variety for ‘kiwi berry’ production- this female cultivars bears heavy crops of large green and deliciously flavored fruit.  Requires male.

-‘ANDREY’ MALE-  An extra hardy Russian male, suitable to pollinate all female Hardy Kiwis.  1 male needed for every 8 females, depending on pattern.  Optimal pollination with 1 male for every 5 females.

MAYPOP PASSIONFLOWER- 

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This attractive and very hardy perennial vine features abundant, showy, pinkish purple flowers from July until frost. Following the flowers are greenish yellow fruit with the delicious and sprightly taste of tropical Passionfruit.  Can be experimented with as a ‘dieback perennial’, but we take ours inside for the winter.  Self Fertile

One Gallon Pots $20

FRUIT TREES:

‘LAPINS’ CHERRY-   5/8″ dia. Bare Root Trees $25

LapinsVery large, dark purple, delicious and self-fertile, Lapins is one of the best
Cherries available. From brilliant white blossoms to the dark red fruit to beautiful foliage in fall, this tree provides multi-seaon interest. Introduced by Dr. Lapins at the Summerland Research Station in British Columbia, Canada, Lapins is a favorite with commercial growers. Lapins is also an easy to grow and very productive variety for the home gardener.

‘SPITZENBERG’ APPLE-  5/8″ dia. Bare Root Trees $25spitzenberg

An attractive, bright red fruit heirloom with crisp, aromatic flesh and rich
sweet-tart flavor, Spitzenberg is reputed to be Thomas Jefferson’s favorite apple. Great eaten fresh and in baked goods, Spitzenberg also makes tasty cider. Spitzenberg ripens in early to mid October and stores well until spring.  Semi-dwarf 12-16′

‘WINECRISP’ APPLE-   5/8″ dia. Bare Root Trees $25

winecrispThis beautiful, deep red patented variety is receiving rave reviews from all who try it. WineCrisp™ fruit is large, sweet, firm, juicy and full of flavor. The tree is totally free of Apple Scab and resistant to most other Apple diseases. Recently introduced from a long-term university breeding program, this very productive variety ripens in late September and can be stored for several months.  Semi-Dwarf Rootstock 12-16′

‘GREEN GAGE’ PLUM-  3/4″ dia. Bare Root Trees $30

GreenGageThe standard for plum quality since the 17th century, Green Gage Plum is one of a group of classic and highly prized European Plum varieties. Green Gage bears large crops of yellowish green, juicy, firm and tender, oval fruit . Very sweet and richly flavorful, Green Gage is great for fresh eating, baking, preserves, and canning.

‘SUNFLOWER’ PAWPAW- One Gallon Pots $25

pawpawThe largest fruit native to north america!   One of our most popular and reliable varieties, Sunflower Pawpaw bears good crops of very large, sweet and delicious fruit. Sunflower won First Prize at the 2010 Ohio Pawpaw Festival.  Experimental in the colder parts of VT.

‘VERN’S BROWN TURKEY’ FIG-  One Gallon Pots $20image

To distinguish this variety from less reliable varieties also called Brown
Turkey, its named after garden writer Vern Nelson. Vern’s Brown Turkey has proven itself a reliable and productive variety. It bears large, sweet and flavorful, dark brown figs with light amber flesh, often producing two crops a year.

‘JOSTABERRY’ BLACK CURRANT x GOOSEBERRY- 3-4′ Bare Root Shrubs $20

jostaberry.jpgA unique cross of Gooseberry and Black Currant, Jostaberry is the most vigorous of all our Currant varieties. A very disease resistant and easy to grow small shrub, Jostaberry produces very large, jet black, sweet-tart fruit, high in Vitamin C and good for fresh eating and excellent for jams and jellies.

‘UKRAINE’ HIGH BUSH CRANBERRY-  2-3′ Bare Root Shrubs  $20

viburnum-opolus.jpgThis valuable and attractive shrub is prized for its medicinal properties, fruit, and ornamental value. Ukraine™ Highbush Cranberry features large clusters of snow-white flowers in the spring followed in September by bright red berries and striking reddish orange foliage. After frost removes their bitterness, the berries are used for preserves, candy and baked goods. The flowers, fruit and seeds are used in herbal medicine as a fever reducer, to lower blood pressure and treat heart disease. Ukraine™ was selected for its abundant crops of high quality fruit and its colorful, orange-red fall foliage. It often begins bearing the 2nd year after planting.

‘VIKING’ ARONIA-  One Gallon Pots $20

Aronia.jpgAn attractive, vigorous, and productive small shrub, Viking Aronia is a popular commercial variety in Europe. Viking bears abundant crops of large,almost black berries which make tasty and nutritious juice, wine, and ‘raisins’. Viking’s lustrous, dark green foliage turns a beautiful fire-engine red in the fall.

What-the-HaksapHONEYBERRIES / HASKAPS:
A very hardy and unique small shrub, Honeyberry is an edible species of Honeysuckle with sweet and tasty fruit- presently being developed as a commercial crop through the coldest parts of the world.  Valued for its tasty, blueberry-like fruit, its extremely early ripening, often two weeks before strawberries, and its exceptional hardiness, to minus 40 degrees F., or below. Great for fresh eating, juicing, and preserves.  Has approximately 5x the anti-oxidants of blueberries!

1-2′ Bare Root Shrubs $20  BLUE VELVET’ and BLUE MOON’

Waterman-LogoMULLBERRIES– bare root $15  more details soon

BLUEBERRIES–  All of our blueberries this year are coming from collaboration with our good friends and neighbors at Johnson’s Waterman Orchards.  They are ERICOID INNOCULATED– a fungal symbiont on blueberries.

NELSON and BLUERAY:  Bare root 18-30″ with well-developed root systems $20

BLUECROP and BLUEJAY: Potted, 24-40″, bearing age $45

ELDimageERBERRIES:  ‘BERRY HILL’ and ‘COOMER’  1 gallon pots $20

BLACK LOCUST:  3-4′ Bare Root $15

SIBERIAN PEA SHRUB:  

GINGER STARTS!  Will be available later this spring- reserve now $5/ plant.

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING ELSE?  Let us know- we have more than is listed here.

This page will contantly be updated this spring.  I have – white and red currants, northern pecans, hickories, chinese chestnuts, saskatoons (serviceberries) all getting graded and priced this coming week.

HOW TO ORDER?  The best way to order or ask questions is to send an email to KEITH@PROSPECTROCK.ORG.

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Tomorrow! Grafting Workshop and Scionwood Exchange, Marshfield Library Presentation

Hi Friends!

A reminder our SIXTH ANNUAL Grafting Workshop and Scionwood exchange is THIS SATURDAY! Join us for a day of hands-on fruit tree grafting! We’ll begin the day in the classroom understanding the science of grafting, and practice bench-grafting apples, pears, plums, and other stone fruits. We’ll also learn how to ‘guerrilla graft’ and ‘top work’ existing trees.

Everyone will have the opportunity to graft their own trees to take home!

After lunch, we’ll go out and tour grafted and ‘multi-grafted’ fruit trees (including peaches grafted onto plums) and ‘top work’ multiple varieties onto pears, apples, plums, and other stone fruit. We’ll discuss some pruning basics, different grafting strategies for ‘fruit salad trees’, healing damaged trees, reworking new varieties, revitalizing old orchards, enhancing cross-pollination, and space considerations (such as multiple varieties with only one tree in the ground). We’ll also look at and evaluate both successful and failed past grafts.

We’ll contextualize our work in briefly telling some history of our farm and touring our incredibly diverse collection of nuts, berries, vines, nitrogen-fixing plants, and debt-free natural buildings. We’ll also explore the incredible history of grafting, the range of grafting possibilities, and practice with professional grafting tools which make for more successful grafts by novices and experts alike.

Each attendant will leave with an apple or pear variety of their choosing, or a stone fruit variety of their choosing on plum rootstock.

$80 suggested donation sliding scale includes cider and tea, and your own grafted fruit trees to take home. No one will be refused for lack of funds, but everyone must pre-register.

Visit the Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1847176838887986/

Due to the popularity of this event, you must PRE REGISTER HERE: https://prospectrockpermaculture.wordpress.com/grafting-workshop-registration-form/
This will ensure you get parking directions and other details.
Please RSVP by filling out the registration form and submitting payment via paypal (Keith@ProspectRock.org), Facebook Messenger or sending a check to:

‘Prospect Rock Permaculture’, P.O. Box 426, Jeffersonville, VT 05464

We must get your email address from you, as the weather will determine where we park cars. and we will also send you some information about how to best collect scion wood if you want to propagate some favorite fruit trees.

The workshop will be taught by:

Zach Leonard is a master horticulturalist and as been the farm manager of Elmore Roots Nursery for 15 years. He and his family have created High Hopes Farm, a diverse off-grid homestead.

Dave Johnson is a timber framer with a passion for fruit trees. His competence with sharp tools and wood translate readily into many successful grafts and a legacy of multi-grafted old wild apples throughout the hills of Vermont.

Keith Morris has been collecting and experimenting with rare fruits, nuts, and medicinal plants since 1996, and is professor of ecological design at the University of Vermont. He’s slowly built his family’s farm debt-free with sweat equity and has contributed to creating resilient and diverse food systems on 5 continents.

Thank you,
Keith and Family
(802) 734-1129

Willow Crossing Farm
Johnson, VT
http://www.WillowCrossing.org

REGISTER NOW for our 10th Annual Permaculture Design Certification Course: July 16 – July 28, 2017 Farm and Nature Immersion! World Class Ecological Design Education and Portfolio Development for new and experienced practioners. Full scholarships for income eligible Vermonters. Available for college credits through the University of Vermont.

Our Fruit, Nut, Berry, Vine, and Medicinal Plant Sale pre-orders are open now! Plant pick ups begin April 23 and continue through May 22.

Please ‘Follow the Blog’ and/ or ‘like’ and follow our Facebook page to get plant sale availability announcements, and notifications about kids yoga / nature camp, farm dining, and other events.

 

ALSO TOMORROW- SATURDAY April 8- 

Keith Morris will present an introduction to Permaculture as a part of the gardening series at the Jaquith Library in Marshfield, VT at 11 am (122 School St. #2, Marshfield, VT)

The event is free and open to the public- we will introduce the design process, tree crops for Vermont Yards and Farms, and respond to group questions and interest.

Free Introduction to Permaculture in Burlington TONIGHT!

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Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, VT
Networking starts at 5:30 talk starts at 6

Permaculture – or ‘permanent {agri} culture’- is a holistic design science aimed at creating more connected, productive, and ecologically regenerative human landscapes. Practiced at scales ranging from balconies to bioregions, permaculture originates with small farms, homesteads, and land-based, community-oriented, micro-enterprises.
We’ll dive into practical examples of how permaculture can be immediately applied in our own lives and communities- and explore the implied ‘decolonization’ of our food, energy, shelter, and waste management systems.
Can we meet human needs while increasing ecological health?
Can we create a thriving, bioregionally-based, connected and resilient ecologic economic system?

This Introduction to Permaculture is intended to both introduce the concept and serve as an ‘update’ or ‘refresher’ for those more familiar with its principles. We’ll introduce the field, and cover some of the personal history of permaculture in Vermont and the Northeast, while exploring permaculture as a collaborative response to crises inspired by and allied with ecology and indigenous cultures around the world.

Join Burlington Permaculture with professional farm designer Keith Morris of Prospect Rock Permaculture, coppice-agroforestry specialist Mark Krawczyk of Keyline Vermont, and long-time designer/instructor Alissa White to explore the history, theory, implementation, and future of permaculture design for a new era.

The meeting is open to the public and free. Please bring a friend and an open mind!

Details:
When: Wednesday, June 7th. 5:30 – 8:00pm
Where: Fletcher Free Library (Pickering Room)
Admission: Free!
What You’ll Need: A pen, pad, and an open mind!

Also look for the Inaugural Cross-Pollinator Potluck next week!

Let us know you can make it on this Facebook Event page- please SHARE and INVITE!

Follow Burlington Permaculture and Prospect Rock Permaculture for more details.
Sign up for their Mailing List at www.burlingtonpermaculture.org

Are you interested in this summer’s Permaculture Design Certification Course?  Now is the time to register!  There are FULL SCHOLARSHIPS available for income-eligible Vermont State residents- applications opened this week and should be submitted immediately.  We are also open to arranging payment plans.

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2016 Plant Sale!

Glad you found this page!  Here is the descriptions from our 2016 offerings.  Many of these may still be available- so please inquire!

You can find the most up to date list HERE!

Hi Friends!

Apologies, as I know some of you have been waiting for an updated list with this year’s offerings.  It’s here and the plants are ready for pickup!

We’re excited to offer a few new things we’ve been expirimenting with, as well as some proven favorites.

BARE ROOT is a naked tree and wants to be planted as soon as possible, prices are determined by size (diameter caliper or length) and rarity of tree or variety.  Please arrange pickup as soon as possible.

POTS are ONE GALLON and $20 EACH unless otherwise stated.  They would love to be planted into their permanent home sooner than later but can ‘hang out’ for several weeks if necessary.

Please reserve your quantities ASAP, as we imagine most of these will sell out quickly.

Plants are available for pickup BY APPOINTMENT- I will be deriving some plants into Burlington, some are at the farm, some are in cold storage downtown Jeffersonville- so please call or email to confirm availability and arrange a time and the right locationto get your plants.

We will try to hold trees, but without cash in hand there are no guarantees- first come first served, especially with bare root as we want them planted asap.  Feel free to PayPal or Facebook Messenger money for a guaranteed reservation.

CHERRIES (very large and soon to bear):

LAPINS 5/8″ dia. Bare Root Trees $25

Very large, dark purple, delicious and self-fertile, Lapins is one of the best Cherries available. From brilliant white blossoms to the dark red fruit to beautiful foliage in fall, this tree provides multi-seaon interest. Introduced by Dr. Lapins at the Summerland Research Station in British Columbia, Canada, Lapins is a favorite with commercial growers. Lapins is also an easy to grow and very productive variety for the home gardener.

NORTHSTAR 5/8″ diam. Bare Root Trees $25

A unique and tasty pie cherry from Minnesota. This self-fertile, naturally dwarf tree bears heavy crops of large, tasty, bright red fruit with red flesh and red juice. Northstar grows to 6-8 ft. in height and is hardy to minus 40°F.

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FEIJOA aka PINEAPPLE GUAVA!  Gallon Pots (Acca Sellowiana form. Feijoa Sellowiana)

This sub tropical evergreen with beautiful edible flowers and ‘minty pineapple’ guava fruit is a carefree plant that tolerates freezing down into the teens.  It can be taken indoors as a houseplant for winter months.

BLACK SPANISH FIGS!  1-2′ Bare Root Trees $20 (Ficus Carica)

One of the favorite figs for container culture, this reliable and productive variety bears abundant crops of dark mahogany colored fruit. The very sweet, juicy, and firm fruit is great for fresh eating, preserves, and drying. A naturally dwarf tree can be taken indoors as a houseplant, or stored in a basement or root cellar during dormancy.

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APPLE PRISCILLA ON M26:  3/4″ Diameter Tree!  Large and ready to bear. $25

You can enjoy growing this virtually disease-free variety and feast on its delicious, red-blushed fruit. A product of a Purdue University breeding program, Priscilla features crisp, sweet and flavorful flesh. Great for fresh eating, Priscilla ripens in early September and can be stored for 3 months or more.

Considered a dwarf rootstock, Apple trees on M-26 typically grow 8-12 ft. in height and are usually spaced 8-12 ft. apart. M-26 induces early bearing, usually in 2-3 years after planting (less with such a large caliper tree at transplant), and grows well in most soils, except very wet and poorly drained ones. On windy sites, trees grafted on M-26 may need staking.

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ELDERBERRIES  Gallon Pots $20  A favorite for herbalists, wine making, jam, syrup, battered flowers and beauty and pollinator support- this was one of the most important plants for Native Americans and Colonial Vermonters and is now seeing a resurgence. Elderberries have very high antioxidant levels, they are rated as 14,500 on the ORAC Scale (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. Blackberries, in contrast, are 5347 on the ORAC scale, and sweet cherries are 3365.) In addition, the particular antioxidants found in elderberries happen to have an antiviral effect.  Our named varieties are best for production.

BOB GORDON:  Bob Gordon Elderberry was found growing wild in 1999 near Osceola, Missouri. the Bob Gordon elderberry produces huge clusters of 1/4 inch berries. Pendulous flower heads prevent birds from getting all the fruit, too! Bob Gordon is unusual as an elderberry, it’s fruit grows on new canes, so can be cut to the ground yearly. This will make a lower (5 to 6 foot tall) easier to harvest plant. Fruit ripens in July.

YORK:  A beautiful ornamental and fruiting shrub, York’s very large clusters of striking, creamy-white flowers are followed by huge crops of large, purplish-black berries and lovely yellow fall color. York’s berries make delicious pies, jelly, and wine.  A favored variety for elderflower and berry production.

BLACK WALNUTS Juglans nigra:  4-5′ tall Bare Root Trees  $25

The most valuable lumber tree in the the northeaster forest, and long-lived producer of delicious nuts. Mature trees can be tapped for syrup, a favorite for silvopasture design. Not recommended near areas where tomatoes or potatoes are grown.

MANREGION WALNUTS Juglans Regia:  4-5′ tall Bare Root Trees $30

The hardiest variety of English Walnuts- the largest, tastiest, and easiest to crack of the family- this tree is experimental in our region.  It does best in deep soils and warm microclimates.

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KOREAN PINE NUTS!  One Gallon Pots $20

Finally!  We are able to release some of our favorite trees for an evergreen windbreak- the producers of PINENUTS.  Almost all Pinenuts in the supermarket are Korean Pinenuts grown in China.  A beautiful tree with whorls of dark-green needles, this very hardy Pine is an attractive and stately tree planted singly or in groups. Its large and tasty nuts are gathered in Korea and eastern Russia and are greatly prized for their rich flavor, nutritional value, and high economic worth.

We also have some potted SEA BERRIES (German and Russian Varieties), CURRANTS, GOOSEBERRIES, KIWIS, and more- call for availability Here is a list of some varieties.

(802) 734-1129

Our 9th ANNUAL PERMACULTURE DESIGN CERTIFICATION COURSE is almost full!   Join an incredible group of students and the most experienced teaching team in North America for FARM AND WILDERNESS IMMERSION and HANDS ON TRAINING in ECOLOGICAL DESIGN at the longest running permaculture site in Vermont!  Early Bird Rate includes all farm-sourced meals and camping accommodations, expires May 15.

Click HERE for more information!

Thank you for sharing this with your networks and supporting our work to make the world more fruitful and in healthy relation to ecology and each other!

Keith, Family, and crew

Willow Crossing Farm

Peia! Live in Concert and Voice Workshop

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Peia- Live in Concert for the first time in Vermont!

-with Biko Casini of Rising Appalachia, Jacob Matheus, and other special guests-

Friday March 10       7:30 pm

Lotus Lodge and Wellness Center, Bolton Valley, VT

Song of the Ancients- Vocal Cultivation with Peia!

Saturday March 11       11 am – 2 pm

Lotus Lodge and Wellness Center, Bolton Valley, VT

We are so honored to welcome the internationally renown vocal virtuoso- who left a promising career in opera to gather and preserve the ancient songs of folk and indigenous traditions.  Joined by Rising Appalachia’s Biko Casini and Jacob Matheus– this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience Peia in a very intimate venue.

BUY TICKETS NOW!  Limited tickets available.

Concert $20         Workshop $40

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This is the easiest way to buy your tickets- with no surcharges or service fees, etc. and taxes included.  We can also accept payment via Facebook Messenger app.  Limited packages with lodging at the Lotus Lodge Inn are available for Friday and/ or Saturday night- please email or call for details.

Tickets will also be available through the Flynn Theatre Box Office downtown Burlington or online at FlynnTix.org starting next week.

As an archival songstress, Peia has gathered songs from ancient traditions that span across the globe- from the mountains of Bulgaria to the shores of Ireland, touching upon the wisdom and trials of the Native peoples of North and South America and preserving the enchantment of medieval chant and Indian Raga. She has traveled extensively to uncover melodies wrinkled and wise with time, laboring faithfully to revive their language, stories and original essence.

A powerful voice in the rising global community of people who are committed to restoring a balanced relationship with the Earth, Peia expresses her holistic vision and passion through her music, educational workshops and advocacy for indigenous and environmental rights groups.

Gifted with a broad, soaring vocal range and crystalline tone, Peia’s song pierces the heart with bell like clarity. She sings with depth and beauty, accompanying herself with charango, harmonium, and guitar. Her revolving collaborative ensemble weaves rich vocal harmonies, cello, an eclectic array of percussion, and flamenco guitar. Peia’s performances offer authentic re-imaginings of traditional musical treasures along with a stunning repertoire of her original songs.

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Workshop Details:

Song of the Ancients- Vocal Cultivation with Peia!

Saturday March 11       11 am – 2 pm

Each one of us is gifted with a uniquely beautiful voice. Open to the transcendental sound within you guided by the wisdom and expertise of Archival Songstress Peia Luzzi.

Through an embodied practice, rooted in the breath you will learn: healthy body alignment for optimal sound production,how to ground and harness the of power of the breath from your deep core, how to tap into the natural resonance of your voice.

Working with tools from the ancient Indian alchemy of Raga we will enter a meditative practice know as “The Yoga of Sound.” We gain deeper understanding of the physical inner-workings of the voice from Vocal Pedagogy and learn to sing with grace, power, flexibility and ease.

This workshop is beneficial for singers on all stages of the journey, from very beginner to advanced. The First part of this workshop will focus on vocal embodiment and cultivation tools, and the second part we’ll be learning a song from one of the many lineages that Peia is carrying.

“My journey with world folksong traditions began many years ago while studying at New England Conservatory in Boston. Much to the dismay of my Opera professors, I found myself enthralled with the alluring beauty and mystery of traditional folk music. This fascination, along with a bit of old Irish wanderlust, poised me for a journey that led me to seek a lost culture and reconnect with the songs of my ancestors in ancient Europe.”

Peia Bird is poised to release her third studio album, Beauty Thunders, a collection of traditional and original songs tracing the movement of humanity and her own ancestors throughout the ages. This new album is produced by engineer and Grammy Award Nominee Kamal Engles and includes an array of phenomenal musicians from the world music community.

As an archival songstress, Peia has gathered songs from ancient traditions that span across the globe. She carries melodies wrinkled and wise with time, laboring faithfully to revive their language, stories and original essence. Praised for her crystalline tone and high soaring soprano voice, Peia’s music pierces the heart with bell-like clarity. Accompanying herself with charangon, harmonium and guitar, her eclectic ensemble offers enchanting renditions of timeless songs.

Born in Connecticut, Peia trained in Boston at the New England Conservatory of Music, followed by an immersion in Indian classical singing. Her recording debut was in 2009 with Renaissance lutist and Grammy nominee Ronn McFarlane. 2012 saw her first solo album, The Dance of Devotion, followed by Four Great Winds in 2013, which was signed by Sounds True for global release. These stunning recordings have sparked acclaimed tours across Europe, Australia and the USA, as well as collaborations with Rumi scholar Coleman Barks, mythologist Michael Meade and Iranian tar master Ali Ghamsari.

A powerful voice in the rising global community of people who are committed to restoring a balanced relationship with the Earth, Peia expresses her holistic vision and passion through her music, educational workshops and advocacy for indigenous and environmental rights groups.

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http://peiasong.com/

Prospect Rock Permaculture is Vermont’s oldest permaculture organization – and has been actively creating ecological culture for 20 years. Please ‘like’ and ‘follow’ the page for farm-based concerts, festivals, dining events, workshops, Permaculture Design Certification Training, and more!

We’re excited to kick off spring at the farm, as well!  We’ll open the season with our annual PRUNING WORKSHOP on March 11 and our SIXTH ANNUAL GRAFTING WORKSHOP AND SCIONWOOD EXCHANGE March 19

Our TENTH ANNUAL PERMACULTURE DESIGN CERTIFICATION COURSE is willing fast!  It will be July 16-28, reserve your space now!

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Nuts for the Northeast at NOFA NH

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Nuts for the Northeast- Keith Morris presenting at NOFA NH Saturday, January 30, 2016

Snowy Greetings!

We’ve been taking some time away from the computer- but now that the days are getting longer, our minds are on spring and all of the great things we have in store!

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Nuts for the Northeast

NOFA NH Winter Conference

With Keynote by WES JACKSON!!

Rundlett Middle School, 144 South Street, Concord, NH

     Since the dawn of time, nuts have been some of the most important food plants for human beings.  Nut trees and shrubs offer some of the most nutrient dense foods, provide habitat, show the potential for a ‘carbon-negative’ and flood resilient agriculture, and are economically valuable for a variety of products in addition to nuts themselves.
Join with grower and international farm designer Keith Morris to explore the fascinating ecology and mythology of a few nut trees particularly suited to growing on farms and in neighborhoods throughout in the northeast.  We’ll focus of hardy proven nuts, and introduce some of the breeding, trailing, and hybridizing happening at Willow Crossing Farm in Johnson, VT to select for disease resistance, organic production, high quality timber, oils, medicinal properties, and to migrate some important nuts typically grown in warmer regions.  Participants will leave with a deeper understanding and appreciation of some trees commonly found in towns and hillsides, and be introduced to promising less common nuts.
Keith Morris is the founder of Willow Crossing Farm and is Professor of Permaculture Design at the University of Vermont.  As a grower, builder, and designer, he has created ecologically regenerative and economically viable food systems in New Zealand, Colorado, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Quebec, California, New Mexico, Arizona, Nigeria, Ghana, Denmark, and the Netherlands- working regularly throughout New England and in New York City.  He has spent over 20 years developing permaculture with farms, towns, schools, indigenous peoples, squats, activists, and in solidarity with exploited populations.
Willow Crossing Farm is Vermont’s longest established permaculture research and education facility, and a debt-free ‘financial permaculture’ working family farm.   We host one of the most diverse collections of tree crops in the northeast, offer farm-based dining and educational opportunities to the local communities, and host annual events that attract people from across the country and a surprising variety of international students. We grow a variety of fruits, nuts, berries, and vines in an organic nursery; experiment with new crops, techniques, and regenerative farm infrastructure; manage production to create wildlife refuge and pollinator sanctuary; and have been focused on developing ‘productive buffers’ to reforest floodplain and riverside banks with marketable production.
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Medicine Womyn’s Winter Retreat– February 6, 2016  SOLD OUT

In the heart of the winter, we are invited to go deep within and learn different ways to heal and connect with ourselves and our community. Join us for a day of connection, of inspiration, of nourishment, healing and sisterhood.  We will be offering many amazing workshops throughout the day – some based on Botanical medicine aka Plant magick: Aromatherapy, Flower Essence and Herbalism…some based on different types of Art; Fiber arts-Weaving/Felting….some based on Movement and Yoga. There will be Kirtan, music and sacred song. There will be herbal teas, healing broths, yummy foods, and nourishment all day long. This amazing space has saunas that we can use, and hot tubs to soak in…

Stay in touch for more info about the Summer Medicine Womyn’s Summer Retreat August 13-14

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1st Annual Medicine Womyn’s Retreat – 2015

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Pruning the Forest Garden- February 27, 2016   REGISTER NOW

Hands-on in Vermont’s most diverse collection of Fruits, Nuts, Berries, and Vines!

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5th Annual Grafting Workshop and Scionwood Exchange- April 2, 2016   REGISTER NOW

Learn how to make more of your favorite apples, plums, peaches, pears, and more- and go home with your own grafted fruit tree!

https://prospectrockpermaculture.wordpress.com/2016/01/06/grafting-workshop-postponed-new-date-tba-asap/

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Our 9th Annual Farm and Wilderness Immersion PERMACULTURE DESIGN CERTIFICATION COURSE- July 17-29, 2016     REGISTER NOW

An unparalleled learning experience- with the most experienced teaching team in the northeast and beyond!

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FRUIT, NUT, BERRIES, VINES, and MEDICINAL HERB PLANT SALE!  Pre-orders open now, for pick up beginning April 23.

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Thank you for reading and sharing with your friends and networks!  Look forward to seeing you.

Best,

Keith and Family

Pruning the Edible Forest Garden March 19

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A day long exploration of the science and practice of ecological tree crop management for diverse yields.

Willow Crossing Farm

Johnson, VT

SUNDAY, March 19

Click Here to Register

10 am – 4 pm

Join VT’s Master Horticulturalist Zach Leonard and Tree Farmer Keith Morris for a day of hands-on practice with fruit and nut tree pruning, in a diverse permaculture forest garden setting. Spend the morning in the large yurt learning the science and ecology of how trees lose limbs and ‘heal’, and explore the deep traditions of how humans beings observe and interact with this phenomenon.   We’ll synthesize a variety of pruning ideas, strategies, and techniques to help you develop your own philosophy, understanding, and confidence to go out and work with trees in your landscape in a regenerative and yielding way. After lunch and some hot cider we’ll go outside to explore one of VT’s oldest permaculture designed food forests- a reforestation of old pasture and hayfield in the floodplain of the Lamoille River.  We’ll briefly tour ‘Productive Buffers’, wildlife corridors, and stop to work in zones of Plums, Apples, Peaches, Pears, Berries, Vines, Hazelnuts, Walnuts, and more- driven by the group’s interest, and discussing pruning techniques for trees both young and old. We’ll look at and evaluate previous years of pruning decisions and ensuing consequences, and explore some natural tree injuries and healing responses, helping participants to better understand the implications of our pruning decisions over varying periods of time. We’ll finish the day practicing with different tools to cut wood cleanly- with an eye towards maximizing production, fruit quality, ease of future maintenance, and minimizing pest and disease pressure.  We’ll also set the stage for top-working, multi-variety grafting, species changes (i.e.. Peaches on Plum roots), and other forms of propagation.  In preparation for our April 2 Grafting Workshop and Scionwood Exchange We’ll also prune mature, bearing Hazelnuts and manage black locust, walnut, butternut/ buartnut, pecans, and more for nuts, firewood, high-value lumber, succession, aesthetics, and other long-term aims.

We’ll pass around, demonstrate, and allow you to trial favorite tools, including pruners, saws, pole saws, etc.; speak to their selection and maintenance, and discuss hygienic practices to promote orchard health and reduce cross-contamination.

This workshop kicks off our series for 2016!  

Please enter your email in the box on the right hand side of the page, or ‘like’ us on Facebook to get the calendar and details for our other offerings such as:  fruit tree grafting (April 2), nursery plant sale, natural beekeeping workshop, nut production, diverse understory planting, spring development for gravity fed irrigation, natural building, compost heat, season extension, earth oven construction, stone masonry, and more. Our Nursery Plant Sale pre-orders are open now, with plat pick ups scheduled to begin April 23.

Our 2017 Permaculture Design Certification Course will be offered July 16- 28, and they are filling quickly.  Applications for our Advanced Permaculture Design / Build /Grow / Teach internship, and APDC guided portfolio development will now be accepted on a rolling basis!

Event is $60 suggested donation/ sliding scale, including warm or cold cider during lunch and a round of hard cider tasting (21 and over) afterwards.  No one will be refused for lack of funds.

*We are looking for photographers or videographers to help document the event, or create a short educational video.*

Please pre-register, and dress to spend the day outdoors.

REGISTER HERE!

We’ll need your email address if you’re planning on coming because the weather will determine where we’ll have people park.  Feel free to bring your *clean, sterile, and sharp* pruners and saws.

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Apple Blossoms at High Hopes Orchard

Zach Leonard is a master horticulturalist and was farm manager of Elmore Roots Nursery for over a decade.  He and his family have created High Hopes Farm, a diverse, off-grid homestead, where they preserve heirloom apples, sheep, and more.  He runs High Hopes Tree Care, Vermont’s most experienced orchard restoration and maintenance service specializing in Organic Management.

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Felco’s F 13s- the pruner of choice for large hands, or thick branches

Keith Morris has been collecting and experimenting with rare fruit and nut trees for 20 years, and is professor of ecological design at the University of Vermont.  He has worked to help create resilient, diverse, socially just, and economically viable food systems around the world since 1996. Please spread the word to potentially interested friends and networks. Thank you for your support of our work!

Thanks, Keith and Crew Willow Crossing Farm www.willowcrossing.org

For rideshares, conversation, or sharing with facebook friends- please visit the event page here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/270680720016950/

You can view some photos from last years event HERE.

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Our Nut Research Featured in Sunday’s Free Press!

We were honored to have our research and breeding trials featured in this Sunday’s Burlington Free Press Article:

 

Nut farming hard to crack in Vermont

Nut trees serve and protect.

ELMORE – Pears dropped with a distinct plunk as David Fried ambled through a varied crop of fruit and nut trees. Kiwi vines, black walnut trees, and hazelberts lined the path.

Squirrels hoard the nuts, and deer eat the drops, but Fried, 56, isn’t easily goaded. “For us it’s something we like, but for them it’s survival,” he said.

His 18 acres, once an abandoned hay field, is now an abundant Eden in Elmore. After being told only apples could grow this far north, Fried has discovered, over three decades of experimenting, what is possible for Vermont.

His Elmore Roots Nursery has sold about 50,000 fruit and nut trees since he opened for business in 1979.

These trees also protect Vermont’s changing landscape in the face of extreme weather patterns. One tree in particular, the Hazelbert, saved one farm during Tropical Storm Irene three years ago.

Vermont hazelnut trees are called Hazelberts, created by Fred Ashworth who was a fruit explorer in upstate New York in the 1800s. “He crossed a European filbert with an American hazelnut,” Fried said. “We carry on that lineage of his trees.”

A line of Hazelberts on the edge of the Lamoille River saved Willow Crossing Farm in Johnson from heavy damage during Irene and the flooding that preceded that storm. “The trees caught four feet of flotsam,” owner Keith Morris said. “Hazelberts bend and slow the water, then they bounce right back.”

Morris, 36, also owns Prospect Rock Permaculture, a landscape design and build firm that helps people plant protective infrastructure into their homesteads. Morris is on a mission to see more nut trees as shelter belts around vegetation, as wind breaks, animal fencing, and on river’s edges across the state.

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Nut farming in Vermont is a frontier largely unexplored, Morris said. “We look at how we can make farms more resilient,” he said. “Nut trees and can do that.”

Fried’s certified organic nursery boasts eight different kinds of nut trees. He sells about 600 hazelnut, black walnut, pine nut, bur oak, shagbark hickory, butternut, buartnut and American chestnut annually.

Willow Crossing’s Morris started collecting nut trees in 2000, and Morris experiments with about 3,000 species now. The Hazelbert is the most exciting, he said. “There is a huge market for it,” he said. “Nutella is a great example.”

Nutella is a sweet spread made from hazelnuts that has replaced peanut butter in many homes across the nation recently.

Hazelberts produce nuts within a few years of being planted as opposed to other nut trees that generally take about 10 to 15 years to produce, Morris said.

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While Nutella is a fairly new item in Vermont kitchens, the butternut pie is a long-standing tradition. “Butternut trees have a dear place in my heart, on my farm, and in the entire state for that matter,” Morris said. “Butternuts were a staple crop for most homesteads here for generations.”

Now Butternut trees are endangered. There is a fungal blight in the state. “The outlook isn’t good,” Morris said. “We are working with the state, and with some hybrid trees that are blight resistant.”

Shelburne Farms Head Market Gardener, Josh Carter, has been growing Hazleberts in Shelburne for three years. “We’re thinking our Hazleberts will start producing enough nuts to sell to the Inn next year,” he said.

The Hazleberts were planted to add interesting, non-traditional crops that fit with the farm’s educational mission. “Since we run a farm-to-table restaurant on site we diversity our market garden operation as much of possible for greatest variety in the menu,” Carter said.

 

BUR 0907 Vermont's Nuts 12.JPGNut farming is not economically viable, Carter said. “We don’t grow many nuts around here in the Northeast,” he said.

Growing nuts is similar to growing hops for beer, Carter said. “People like the idea of growing local hops for local breweries, but there’s a lot of infrastructure involved for starting up and brewing for this refined and processed product to make it viable.”

Carter admits he doesn’t have a passion for growing nuts, in particular, but does have a passion for trying different crops and learning as he goes.

Five years from now, everyone might want Hazleberts, Carter said. “It’s always nice to be ahead of the curve,” he said. “We’re building a pool of knowledge to cash in on in the future.”

Morris said he doesn’t think Vermont will ever have a competitive advantage with nut growing, but nut trees are important to the state’s landscape. “With more growers on board, it makes sense to look into nut butters and oils,” he said. “Hazelnut oil from Europe is a very valuable high quality commodity.”

Morris is also working on a hybrid pecan and hickory tree called a hickan tree. “People say pecans won’t grow in Vermont, but they do,” he said.

It might take 15 years to see nuts grow on a hickan tree, but there will be 500 years of nut harvesting after that, with no tilling, weeding, or seeding.

“I hope my work will build a legacy, so that generations of Vermonters to come might have plenty of pecans,” Morris said.

 

 

Contact Lynn Monty at LynnMonty@FreePressMedia.com and follow her on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/VermontSongbird.

 

Thank you Lynn for a great story!

 

Here is a link to the original article:  http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/local/vermont/2014/09/06/nut-farming-hard-crack-vermont/15214289/

I will return and annotate/ correct this as there’s even more to the story!

 

Stay tuned for an audio file of our Nuts for the Northeast presentation at NOFA MA- we’re also looking for someone who wants to collaborate on making a simple video from the slides or who would like to edit the audio.

Thanks to everyone for coming out and sharing our event with DARREN DOHERTY!  It was a great success.

Out ROOT CELLAR DESIGN BUILD WORKSHOP will be October 18-19- stay tuned for more details or email to register!

INHABIT- A Permaculture Perspective: Pre-Order for Earth Day release!

Screening for FREE at WILLOW CROSSING FARM- This WEDNESDAY, July 22, 2015InhabitPosterBTV

Thanks to everyone who came out and made the Burlington screening such an overwhelming success!  Stay tuned (add your email to the top right of this page) for some other special film events coming in the future.

     We are honored and humbled to be included in this stunningly beautiful work of filmmakers Costa Boutsikaris and Emmet Brennan.  Catch it before its Earth Day release to the public, and enjoy it on a big screen!  Join with filmmakers and cast for questions, and a celebration of the film’s completion after the screening.

All proceeds from ticket sales will support the Permaculture Institute of the Northeast, and farm-based permaculture research and education.

Read more about the film below.  You can also pre-order a digital rental or purchase for Earth Day release HERE!

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We’re also excited to announce an Herbal Labyrinth Building Workshop with Ivan McBeth and Fearn Lickfield- more details will be posted here soon, but you can check out the event on Facebook

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This summer’s Permaculture Design Certification Courses are filling fast!

Register now to save your space.  We continue to deepen our practice at Vermont’s longest running Permaculture Research Farm, and invite you to join with students from all over North America and the world in

farm, nature, and ecological design immersion!

We’ll be offering two courses this year one June 20 – July 2 and another July 19 – 31.  Both are optionally available for up to 5 College Credits.

We’re very excited to announce we’ll be joined by author and founder of FOOD Not Lawns HEATHER FLORES and other VERY SPECIAL Guests!

Past special guests in our courses have included Joel Salatin, Dave Jacke, Darren Doherty, Starhawk, Scott Kellogg, and more.

We’ll tour some of the nations most inspiring orchards, vineyards, herb, vegetable, and seed farms, and other ecologically regenerative businesses and develop design for real clients- as well as your own sites!

REGISTER HERE!

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Plant sale details will be announced very soon!  We’ll have thousands of fruits, nuts, berries, vines, nitrogen fixers, medicinal herbs, and other very rare plants available in late April and early May.

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Follow this link: http://ykr.be/1efr84hjx5 to watch a preview with the ability to purchase or rent the movie.

Humanity is more than ever threatened by its own actions; we hear a lot about the need to minimize footprints and to reduce our impact. But what if our footprints were beneficial? What if we could meet human needs while increasing the health and well-being of our planet? This is the premise behind permaculture: a design process based on the replication of patterns found in nature. INHABIT explores the many environmental issues facing us today and examines solutions that are being applied using the ecological design lens of permaculture. Focused mostly on the Northeastern and Midwestern regions of the United States, Inhabit provides an intimate look at permaculture peoples and practices ranging from rural, suburban, and urban landscapes.

From the filmmakers:

The World Premiere of INHABIT had an amazing turnout at Permaculture Voices in California, and got lots of cheers and whoops as each new scene began. We’re estimating a crowd of 500. The following day at our booth we spoke with many people eager to setup their own screenings and many wanted to “finally show a film to their families that explains what this is all about!” We are very excited to see how this film can act as an on-ramp for people new to these ideas and allow the permaculture community to setup screenings as a way to begin the conversation.

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