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A day long, farm-based mini festival, with special guests; irie food; labyrinth walks, permaculture, wild-crafting, and herbal workshops; and opportunities to connect with various environmental and social justice campaigns.
Stay tuned for updates and more details.
Tickets available paypal Keith@Prospectrock.org $25: ‘send money to a friend’.
Tickets will also be available online and by phone through Flynn Tickets ($3.50 service charge) and downtown Burlington at the Flynn Ticket Box Office (no service charge). You can also buy tickets in person at the farm, downtown Jeffersonville, and soon to be announced locations in Johnson.
Join the conversation, ask questions, and stay in the loop with last minute details at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1633723003574469/
Hi Friends- Happy summer to you all! We’re pleased to announce some new events, some opportunities to share in the fun of our 8th Annual Permaculture Design Certification Course– and a very special FARM BASED CONCERT with RISING APPALACHIA! Join with Food Not Lawns author Heather Flores– presenting free and open to the public on Monday, July 20.
Screening Free and Open to the Public- Wednesday, July 22, 7 PM
You are also welcome to join us for an all farm-sourced meal- dinner is served at 6pm, and is $14 buffet style. Reservations are required for dinner. Please contact head chef Candace Taylor with number in your party and dietary preferences and restrictions (we are happy to meet the needs of omnivore, vegetarian, gluten, vegan, etc.) to make dinner reservations. Candace: email@example.com
Medicine Womyn’s Retreat!
Join us to nourish and nurture your inner divinity. Come gather with sister allies and connect deeply with your authentic self. This will be a day filled with ritual, creative expression and blissful self love! The workshops throughout the day will be based on Aromatherapy, Herbal crafting, Flower Essence, Fiber arts etc…There will also be a medicine walk, a labyrinth journey, rituals and songs, sacred Heartfire Henna, guided meditation, Yoga with Fletcher Boote and a rockin Kirtan to end the evening. $60-75 sliding scale August 8th, 10-5 at Willow Crossing Farm RSVP with Kori Gelinas to reserve your spot: https://www.facebook.com/events/1084317594930782/
-LIVE AT WILLOW CROSSING FARM! with special guests BARIKA–
Details TBD- Save the Date! Please help us spread the word.
Also COMING UP:
August 9 – Mayan Fire Ceremony for Families with Mayan Grandmother Nana Wilma
We still have plenty of CURRANTS, SEA BERRIES, BLACK LOCUST, and many other rare FRUITS, NUTS, BERRIES, and VINES available for sale!
Thank you for your support and for SHARING our events with your networks!
-Keith and Family
We’d like to invite you to join with this July’s Permaculture Design Certification Course for a few evening sessions- free and open to the public- as always!
You are also welcome to join us for an all farm-sourced meal- dinner is served at 6pm, and is $14 buffet style. Reservations are required for dinner. Please contact head chef Candace Taylor with number in your party and dietary preferences and restrictions (we are happy to meet the needs of omnivore, vegetarian, gluten, vegan, etc.) to make dinner reservations.
Monday- July 20, 7:00 PM:
FOOD NOT LAWNS author HEATHER FLORES!
Inhabit- A Permaculture Perspective
Wondering what “Permaculture” is all about? Join us for a beautifully crafted overview of the field- including rural, urban, suburban, homestead, and social-economic examples of this global phenomenon in ecological design and sustainable agriculture.
Can’t make it? 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.
Previous Public Presentations:
Designing an Ecological Energy Descent Culture
As we acknowledge the convergent crises of the 21st century, we can be overwhelmed with visions of apocalypse- or embrace some of the greatest opportunities to restructure society with ecological and ethical sanity, localized resilience, and abundance. We explore the relationships between the built environment, food security, energy, water, and natural communities, in order to retrofit this infrastructure to better adapt to a changing and potentially challenging future. By examining today’s multifaceted problems from a systems perspective, we focus on the intersection of social and ecological health, and find the best opportunities for leverage to affect change in our personal lives and communities.
Professor Keith Morris is the founder of Willow Crossing Farm, and has worked creating healthy ecologically regerative food systems in Europe, Africa, South America, the South Pacific, and throughout North America.
7:30 at Willow Crossing Farm, Johnson, VT
FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC
Farm Sourced Organic Dinner at 6 pm by reservation only.
From designing and installing the greywater system at Occupy Wall Street to co creating one of the first edible forest gardens on public land to piloting the countries only city wide- bike powered trash and recycling coop Lisa DePiano has been innovating what she calls “socially engaged permaculture”. Through story telling and slides come hear her reflect on the last 14 years of applying permaculture to both public and participatory design solutions.
Lisa DePiano is a certified permaculture designer/teacher faculty member for the the University of Massachusetts and a research fellow at the MIT media lab. For the last 14 years she has taught permaculture to hundreds of students in dozens of courses. She co-founded the Montview Neighborhood Farm, one of the first human powered urban-farm and edible forest garden in the country and worked to establish the bicycle powered compost program while riding with the worker-owned collective Pedal People. She received her masters degree in Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts and loves working with communities to create the world they want to live in. She has studied permaculture with Starhawk, Penny Livingston Stark, and Dave Jacke and has taught all over the U.S including the Menominee Nation, Homer, AK, New York City, Miami, FL the University of Vermont, University of Massachusetts, and Wesleyan University. She runs the Mobile Design Lab which specializes in participatory permaculture design and installation.
This is a series of events which will be open to the community over the next few weeks as we host people from all over the country (and world) for our 7th Annual Permaculture Design Certification Course.
We’re so excited to continue of tradition of sharing our most excellent guests and bringing folks in to share in the experience of one of the nation’s most highly regarded Permaculture Courses!
All evening lectures are FREE and start at 7:30, donations to support farm reforestation and ecological regenerations are gratefully accepted and shared with our guests.
ALL ORGANIC FARM-SOURCED DINNER is served at 6 pm, and available by reservation only for a sliding scale fee of $12-20. We are happy to meet the needs of vegetarians, vegans, wheat intolerant, ethical omnivores, and localvores.
To join us for dinner, please contact Head Chef Emily Wheeler by phone or text message at
For questions or driving directions, please contact Keith@ProspectRock.org or call (802) 734-1129
MONDAY, JULY 28- MEGHAN GIROUX of VERMONT EDIBLE LANDSCAPES
Interested in attending the course? Next year’s is already beginning to fill!
It will be July 19-31, 2015.
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Join with Keith Morris, Antioch University Staff, and Keene Community Gardens Connections for a day-long exploration of urban permaculture, food security, ecological regeneration, and year-round food production.
We’ll introduce the concept of permaculture with a focus on its application in urban context, for renters, and food security / resilience support.
$35 fee includes lunch, free spaces for Community Gardens Connections program Participants.
Space is limited! Register now by contacting Monica Pless at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Event Website: http://www.antiochne.edu/events/urban-gardening-workshop/
Keene Community Gardens Connections: http://www.antiochne.edu/cgc/
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/440282019415438/
Keith Morris is a farmer and designer based in northern Vermont who is committed to preserving, advancing, and distributing the collective knowledge of our ecosystems and vibrant agricultural communities to the ends of food justice and right livelihood. He teaches ecological farm design at the University of Vermont, the Yestermorrow Design Build School, Sterling College, Paul Smiths College, and with other community organizations. For the past 17 years he has been working with farmers, community organizations, and conservation groups to implement ecological regeneration, food production, and integrated farm infrastructure throughout the northeast. He regularly works regularly in New York City, and has helped design and implement food security and resilience initiatives in the Freetown Christiania; with the Ibo in Biafra , Nigeria; ‘La Toma’ squat city Santiago, Chile; with the communities displaced by the Newmont Gold Mines in Ghana ; and elsewhere.
Stay tuned for more details regarding the upcoming keynote presentation for the Sullivan County Conservation District’s 67th Annual Awards Dinner- focused on farm-scale permaculture, farm legacy, and connecting older farmers with younger/ newer growers and homesteaders.
We’ll also be presenting at this winter’s NOFA MASS conference Jan. 11 with Mark Shepard, and February 15-16 at the Winter NOFA VT Conference.
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