LeafDrop_Capture_ThumbLearn together this spring and summer, creating synergy from thought and hands-on activities. Educating ourselves for self-sufficiency and simple living; and accelerating change for a creative culture that is less reliant on pre-packaged goods, technologies, services and thoughts.  Reskill and rethink what is appropriate and what is possible.  

[Apr 2~ rain barrels]  [Apr 16 ~ build an herb spiral]  [Apr 23 ~ herbal medicine making]  [Apr 30 ~ perennial Glossary Link permaculture planting]  [May 7 ~ build with earth - POSTPONED]  [june 11 ~ the work that reconnects]  [all sessions will be free to the public] - learn more after the jump.......

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Gabriel_Capture_ThumbA full crowd was on hand for the announcement of the Community Glossary Link Permaculture Design Open's "Best Design" submission during the 2011 Upstate NY Permaculture Gathering in Rochester on Saturday April 9.  Five complete entries were received in trying to tackle this year's design problem of creating an edible forest snack garden at the Rahma free health clinic at 3100 South Salina St in Syracuse, NY.  The Best Design was selected by a blind jury panel (based upon criteria presented in the Design open Announcement) and belonged to:
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inneroutersystem_of_the_sacred_ResizedA Seed & Some Prayers: Incorporating New Myth Making, Alchemy & the Sacred in Bill Mollison’s Gaia Manifesto by Willi Paul

After understanding Bill Mollison’s book “ Glossary Link Permaculture  – A Designer’s Manual” from articles and bloggers for many months, I found a copy of the book to critque the section of most interest to me, namely his Preface thru Chapter 1: Permaculture Design Philosophy.

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upstate_ny_permaculture_logo_final_thumbThe Upstate NY Glossary Link Permaculture Gathering is back after its successful inaugural event last March here in Syracuse!  Join in the fun at FoodLink in Rochester on April 9th for an outstanding schedule of regional practitioners, workshops, and updates.  This is a free all-ages event.  Special thanks to Peter Turkow and Rochester Green Living for taking the organizational lead this year.  Full details after the jump ....

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Site_CaptureBe part of a crowdsourcing effort to create an urban edible forest garden in the City of Syracuse, NY.

The Best Design, selected by a panel jury, will receive a $250 cash award and be implemented on the property of the Rahma Free Health Clinic at 3100 South Salina St in Syracuse.  Submissions are due by April 1, 2011 with the Best Design and two Honorable Mentions announced at the Upstate NY Glossary Link Permaculture Gathering in Rochester, NY on Saturday April 9, 2011.

Full details including the creative brief, design criteria, and submission guidelines, are available after the jump .......
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CardsEssences2010_Capture_resizedBoard members, volunteers, fiscally sponsored projects, and community members were represented at the Alchemical Holiday Gathering on Saturday night.  The highlight of the evening was the Angel Card Visioning Ceremony to clarify intentions individually for all present, for the Glossary Link Alchemical Nursery, and for the City of Syracuse as we move into a new year.
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