Sierra Club Green Friday: What is Permaculture?
Sierra Club’s November “Green Friday” features Christopher Shein discussing permaculture. Doors open at 7:00 for beverages and snacks. Presentation begins at 7:30. Note that Green Fridays are no longer potluck events.
Formalized in the late 1970s in Australia by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, permaculture combines sustainable agriculture, landscape design, and ecology (the name is drawn from the terms permanent agriculture and permanent culture). It is an approach that encourages the home gardener to work with nature rather than against it to design a garden that thrives with minimal intervention.
Christopher Shein is an East Bay California permaculture designer, landscaper, gardener, and author whose gardening and social activism roots run deep. After graduating from UCSC in 1993, Christopher spent three years initiating Spiral Gardens with Dan Miller, Craig Metz, and hundreds of volunteers, and a year in British Colombia at Linnaea Farm studying ecological gardening from David Buckner, and permaculture design from Liz Richardson and Brent Howie. After landing in Oakland, Christopher helped launch BASIL (Bay Area Seed Interchange Library) and stayed actively involved in community gardens, school gardens, and public space food gardens. In 2002, he was invited to teach at Merritt College in the Landscape Horticulture Department, and now, Merritt has an acre of developing food forest. Christopher’s book, The Vegetable Gardener’s Guide to Permaculture: Creating an Edible Ecosystem, was published by Timber Press in January, 2013.
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