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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

Grafting Workshop / VT Scionwood Exchange March 18

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Hi Friends,

Please share this with potentially interested friends and networks. Hope to see you!

Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop and 5th Annual Scionwood Exchange

March 18, 10 am – 4 pm

Willow Crossing Farm
Johnson, VT

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.

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. 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 regenerative DIY farm infrastructure. 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 on semi-dwarf or standard rootstock, or a stone fruit variety of their choosing on native american 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.

Due to the popularity of this event, you much pre-register. There is a possibility of another event later in March or in April, please send an email to express your interest.
Please RSVP by filling out the registration form and submitting payment via paypal to: Keith@ProspectRock.org, 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.

Nicko Rubin is the owner of East Hill Tree Farm, where he has been growing and propagating hardy fruits and nuts in the foothills of the Groton Mountains. He completed the master’s program for sustainable landscape design at the Conway School.

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
(802) 734-1129

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

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As a reminder- only a few spaces remain for our 9th Annual Prospect Rock Permaculture Design Certification Course,  July 17 – July 29, 2016

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.

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FALL HOEDOWN! 3 days and 2 nights of Celebration…

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FALL HOEDOWN!

SEPTEMBER 25-27     WILLOW CROSSING FARM     JOHNSON, VT

Hi Friends!

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Sorry its been awhile since we’ve had any updates from here, but things are busy on the farm!

We’re so excited to announce the line up for this fall’s Hoedown- and invite you come and join us for 3 days and 2 nights of music, celebration, and permaCULTURE!

In addition to a diverse collection of some of the best and up and coming bands in playing in Vermont– there will be fire-spinning and breathing performances, comedy, wild-crafting tours, herbal labyrinth walks, permaculture and natural building workshops, yoga classes, sandy beach access and paddle surfing demos, great DJs, and AWESOME LOCAL FOOD!

Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the gate and include camping Friday and Saturday night.

Stay tuned to the Facebook Event Page for the most up to date details, to ask questions, arrange car pools, and for packing lists and special announcements.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1609565229323321/

Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band   Barika   Lucid   Cosmic Dust Bunnies   Seth Yacovone Dead Sessions           Hillside Rounders   Tallgrass Getdown   Grundefunk   The Edd   Revibe   Right Coast Leftovers   Elephant   Tar Iguana   Binger   Canopy   Kroma Kode   Bravacado   Doctor Rick   Pabst Blue Rhythm   DJs:  Katrall   Fatty Shay

Cirque de Fuego and special guests and surprises!

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Barika plays sunset at Willow Crossing Farm

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Food Vendors and Sponsors Include:  Rock Art Brewery   Downtown Pizza   Northern Fire and Slice   Wild Branch Foods Kingdom Creamery   Papa’s Gyros   Slouvaki Shack   Taco Truck All Stars   Willow Crossing Healing Arts & Botanicals

FOR TICKETS:  Please paypal $40 “send money to friends or family” to Keith@ProspectRock.org.  You can also send money free and instantly through Facebook Messenger.  Tickets are available at Downtown Pizza in Johnson, The Farm Store in Jeffersonville, and by phone, walk in, or online through the Flynn Theatre Box Office in Burlington:

http://www.flynntix.org/see-description/fall-hoedown/Details?perfNo=12821&perfCodePrefix=OVP16F

Can’t wait to have you out!  Thank you for your support and SHARING this event with friends and networks.

Best,

Keith, Family, and Crew

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Herbal Labyrinth, Sacred Geometry, and Holy Defecation!

Herbal Labyrinth Design and Construction

with the GREEN MOUNTAIN SCHOOL OF DRUIDRY

at Willow Crossing Farm

JOHNSON, VERMONT

May 24  9 am – 5 pm

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Join us for a day of hands-on practice in the design and construction of a medicinal herbal labyrinth- and explore and practice the history of their sacred use.

with Ivan McBeth and Fearn Lickfield of the Green Mountain School of Druidry

and Kori Gelinas of Willow Crossing Healing Arts and Botanicalslabyrinth

$60. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.  

A full day of learning, practice and co creation of a new 7 circuit herbal labyrinth! Participants will learn the history and mythology of this ancient spiritual tool, as well as the principles of sacred space, earth energies, spirit of place, design and dowsing.

Hands on learning will include dowsing practice, and installation with stone, herbs, wood chips, and compost. We will complete the day with a ceremony of blessing for the Labyrinth.

Today- Saturday will be an open work party day.  Sunday will be be a classroom presentation and hands-on labyrinth design build learning workshop.

To register contact Kori Gelinas:  Kori@WillowCrossing.org

More details and car pools, etc. in the discussion HERE.

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NEXT WEEKEND!  Join Nick Neddo – author of The Organic Artist – for hands-on wildcrafting your own Paint and Paintbrushes!   Details Here

PLANTS FOR SALE!  We still have beautiful berries, fruit trees, nut trees, and more!  Click HERE

JUNE 6-7!    Hands-on Design Build and Classroom/ Studio Study of the GAP MOUNTAIN MOULDERING TOILET  with co-designer (and Gap Mountain Permaculutre Co-Founder) DOUG CLAYTON!  We’ll study and evaluate a wide array of COMPOST TOILET TECHNOLOGY for regenerative use of waste, and full-circle NUTRIENT CYCLING!  More details will be announced very soon.  Call or email to reserve your space in this weekend workshop.

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The Gap Mountain Mouldering Privy- Designed by Doug Clayton, drawing and design contributions by Dave Jacke

JOIN OUR PERMACULTURE DESIGN CERTIFICATION COURSE!

There are very few spaces remaining in our JUNE 20 – JULY 2  *or*  JULY 10 -31 offerings

FARM-BASED, WILDERNESS IMMERSION, HANDS-ON PRACTICE IN ECOLOGICAL REGENERATION

and FARM SCALE ECOLOGICAL DESIGN!

Develop INDIVIDUAL DESIGNS for your own property or URBAN/ SUBURBAN HOMESTEAD

FOODSHED to APARTMENT PERMACULTURE SCALE

And relish in beautiful RIVERSIDE CAMPING and ALL FARM-SOURCED ORGANIC MEALS

While Learning with NORTH AMERICA’S MOST EXPERIENCED TEACHING TEAM 

REGISTER HERE

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CALL OR EMAIL WITH QUESTIONS.

FULL SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR INCOME-ELLIGIBLE VT STATE RESIDENTS.

Open Sessions: Dave Jacke!! Monday July 21

dj-flyer14We’re honored and excited to announce an evening presentation with Dave Jacke- author of ‘Edible Forest Gardens’ and the northeast’s most recognized permaculture pioneer-

FREE and open to the public.

Ecological Culture Design: A Holistic View

Monday, July 21

Willow Crossing Farm

Johnson, VT

Nature operates based on a set of foundational laws and principles by which all systems must abide, or they fail. These principles have much to teach us about how to organize human societies. Fundamentally, permaculture aims to design complete cultural systems that consciously mimic ecosystem properties, principles, patterns, and processes.

 

Ecologically, culture functions as the primary adaptive mechanism of our species, and it is culture, as a whole system, that we must redesign. What is culture? How might we approach the design of cultures as whole systems in an ecological context? We can design systems that minimize stress and competition, and maximize cooperation, harmony, productivity, and diversity, while allowing each community member to remain true to their intrinsic nature. We’ll get into some ecological nitty gritty and imagine how we might use what we learn for our own purposes.

Dave will join us with extra special guest and Gap Mountain Permaculture co-founder Doug Clayton!

 

This is the first of 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

(802) 505-8882

For questions or driving directions, please contact Keith@ProspectRock.org or call (802) 734-1129

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 23-  LISA DEPIANO

Will speak on Community Scale Permaculture and Permaculture Economics and share her experiences as a leading activist and empolyee-owner of a diversity of regenerative businesses.

 

MONDAY, JULY 28- MEGHAN GIROUX of VERMONT EDIBLE LANDSCAPES

 

Interested in attending the course?  Please call to see if there are any last-minute cancellations.

Next year’s is already beginning to fill!       It will be July 19-31, 2015.

 

Thanks for SHARING this with your friends, interested networks and listservs, and on social media!

 

Please ‘like’ us on Facebook, and add your email address on the right hand side of this page to be kept in the loop of other events.

 

 

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Nov. 15- Keynote Presentation in NH and Comments for FSMA!

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Farms for the Future

Ecological Regeneration and Economic Viability for Northeastern Farm Legacy

FRIDAY, November 15, 2013

     6:00 PM    —    Newport, NH

     As the 21 century gets underway, it appears ever more likely that we will face continued challenges and change at an unprecedented rate- likely even greater than experienced during the 20th century.  As we face uncertainty in regards to climate, energy, government, and the global economy- we can fear change, scramble to react, or adapt appropriately and with intention.

Join with professional farm designer Keith Morris to explore how the study of ecology, history, and ecological design can help us act on the tremendous opportunities we have at present to make our farms more resilient, ecologically regenerative, and economically viable with an eye towards healthy communities and a lasting legacy into the future.

We’ll look to a few inspiring examples from here in the northeast and beyond of farms using permaculture to create health and abundance by combining tradition with new crops and techniques- focusing on the intersection of social and ecological health, and caring for future generations.

On Friday, November 15 at 6 pm, you are invited to join us for the 67th Annual Awards Dinner for the Sullivan County Conservation District.  There will be a farm-sourced meal, recognition for stand-out farms and educators, and an opportunity to  weave connections between area veteran farmers, young and new growers/ homesteaders, extension agents, and state and local representatives looking to engage in making a viable agricultural future for the region.

$15 Includes Dinner and Award Ceremony, to make a reservation, please contact Lionel Chute, ASAP

lchute@sullivancountynh.gov

6:00 PM  in the Sugar River Bank Community Room

     10 N. Main St.  in Newport, NH

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HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT FSMA (the Food Safety Modernization & Safety Act)!?

Comments are due by NOV. 15!

The rules, as currently proposed, have the potential to be very damaging to many farms – especially those who are focused on veggies and fruits, or concerned about Food Sovereignty.

RURAL VERMONT, NOFA VT, UVM EXTENSION,  New England Farmers’ Union, and the VT Agency of Agriculture have pulled together some of the best analysis of what you need to know and what you CAN DO to add your voice to the protest over how these proposed rules could devastate small scale agriculture in the northeast.

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR AN AWESOME COLLECTION OF INFORMATION ON HOW TO LEARN MORE AND SUBMIT EFFECTIVE, INFORMED COMMENTS!

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We’ll also be presenting with MARK SHEPARD (whose farm is pictured in the flyer above) during this Winter’s NOFA MASS Conference on January 11.

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AND with NOFA VT on February 15

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LASTLY- Our internationally recognized, farm-based PERMACULTURE DESIGN CERTIFICATION COURSE will be held this summer July 20 – August 1, and is already beginning to fill!  Please reserve your space now, and feel free to share course information with potentially interested friends and networks.

Happy Harvest-

Keith and Family

Tonight – Free Screening of ‘The Growing Edge’ at Willow Crossing Farm

Hi Friends!

As most of you know, we’re just beginning a two-week residential intensive ‘Earth Activist Training’ Permaculture Design Certification course with international permaculture designer and best-selling author Starhawk.

We’re happy to announce that a number of evening presentations will be free and open to the public.

While we normally only send our a few emails/ blog posts a year in this format, I’ll be sending a few this week with more details for these opportunities.  If you’re not interested, please just delete, or let me know what types of announcements you’d like to receive.

Read below for a list of presentations, and feel free to share with potentially interested friends or networks.

THIS EVENING will be a introduction to permaculture design with Starhawk, Charles WIlliams, Rushelle Frazier, and Keith Morris and a screening of ‘The Growing Edge’.

All presentations (except the open UVM sessions) will be at 7:30 pm here at Willow Crossing Farm.

All-local, organic farm-sourced dinner will be served at 6 pm, and is $12-15 per person, all you can eat.

Dinner guests must RSVP in advance.

Thanks,

Keith and Family


Permaculture: The Growing Edge is an antidote to environmental despair, a hopeful and practical look at a path to a viable, flourishing future. The film introduces us to inspiring examples of projects, and includes a visit to David Holmgren’s own homestead, tracking deer with naturalist Jon Young, sheet mulching an inner-city garden with Hunters Point Family, transforming an intersection into a gathering place with City Repair and joining mycologist Paul Stamets as he cleans up an oil spill with mushrooms. We interview some of the key figures in the Permaculture movement, including David Holmgren, Penny Livingston-Stark, James Stark, Paul Stamets, Mark Lakeman, Dr. Elaine Ingham, Maddy Harland, and others. 

Permaculture is a sustainable system of earth care that offers solutions to many of our grave environmental problems and a hopeful, proactive vision of change. The Permaculture movement, started by Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the nineteen seventies, is now a worldwide network of skilled ecological designers, teachers, food growers, natural builders, environmental activists and visionaries. “Permaculture is the key to a post-carbon future,” says Maddy Harlan, editor of Permaculture Magazine.

Open Sessions at the EAT PDC!– FREE and open to the public- at Willow Crossing Farm in Johnson, VT.Donations to the Gender and Diversity Permaculture Leadership Scholarship Fund, which is generously supporting a number of our students and our apprentice teacher, are gratefully accepted.

All presentations begin at 7:30 pm.

All local organic Farm-sourced dinner is served at 6 pm, $12-15, must RSVP in advance for dinner!

Sunday, Sept. 8
Introduction to Permaculture:
Starhawk, Charles Williams and Keith Morris give an introduction to permaculture and show the documentary Permaculture: The Growing Edge made by Starhawk and Donna Read.

Tuesday, Sept. 10
Permaculture Activism with Rushelle Frazier: Inner city permaculture, work with veterans, permaculture for mobilizations and encampments

Wednesday Sept. 11
Permaculture for diverse climates and environments
Tropical/global permaculture
Starhawk—Drylands permaculture and the International Permaculture Convergence in Jordan

Sunday Sept. 15
Urban permaculture slideshow
Lisa DePiano on Pedal Pushers and an urban CSA
Keith on permaculture for renters

Monday Sept. 16
Natural building
Charles Williams on passive solar and design for efficiency
Natural building slideshow

Monday Sept. 16 AT UVM in BURLINGTON
Starhawk 5:10- 8:10 pm

Wednesday Sept. 17
Full Moon Ritual

Thursday, Sept. 18 at UVM in BURLINGTON
SCOTT KELLOGG 5:10- 8:10 pm

Thanks- feel free to share.

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