Two gardening related workshops this weekend

patty love/Barefoot Permaculture patty at
Wed May 28 17:11:21 EDT 2014

Oops…I just realized that I never sent these two workshops out to this list.  Call me at 585.506.6505 by 8 pm Thursday 5/29 if you want to attend Saturday’s farm assessment workshop.  Call Olga at 585.690.1926 by noon on Friday, May 30th to register for Sunday’s mushroom workshop.


We have a few seats left for these two workshops:

1.  5/31 Introduction to Permaculture Design and Site Assessment Workshop - Patty Love, Program Director of Rochester Permaculture Center (RPC), and Tanya Rogers, Farmer at  <> Shimmering Light Farm, both programs of Seeking Common Ground, Inc., are partnering to bring you a hands-on introduction to permaculture design workshop and site assessment.

At the workshop, you will:
*learn the ethics, principles, and applications of permaculture design
*learn the reason edible food forest gardening is so productive in our region
*learn sustainable (regenerative) gardening techniques
*take part in a site assessment of this 25 acre farm
*learn tools and techniques that you can use on any size property
*meet and spend the day with folks sharing your interest

Date/Time:  Saturday, May 31, 2104 9 am to 2 pm (brown bag lunch)
Location:  Hicks Road, Naples (full address and directions provided upon registration)
Tuition:  $40-60 (pay what you can afford)
Preregistration is required.  To register:  Call patty love at 585.506.6505 or email to patty at
We are limiting the class size so that you can ask questions and participate in this hands-on day.  We hope you’ll join us at Shimmering Light Farm for this exciting event!

2.  6/01 Mushrooms – Advanced Outdoor Mushroom Cultivation with lunch
Join us for an Advanced Outdoor Mushroom Cultivation workshop w/Olga Tzogas of Smugtown Mushrooms
Date/Time:  Sunday, June 1, 2014 10 am to 4 pm
You will:
 *Learn about the life cycle of fungi, their vital roles in nature, and the basics of cultivation *Learn about the uses of Oyster, Shaggy Mane, Brick cap and a “mystery” medicinal mushroom species *Participate in the inoculation of logs to grow these mushrooms at Rochester Permaculture Center
*Learn how to grow Oyster Mushrooms in straw
*Take home a Grow Kit for Oyster mushrooms
 *Be eligible for a discount for a future online purchase from Smugtown Mushrooms
 *Share in a delicious fresh lunch

Class Fee:  $60 includes lunch
Pre-registration with payment is required to hold your spot.  Because this workshop is being held at a private residence, full location details (including address) will be provided upon registration and payment.  Class size is limited to allow meaningful participation by all.  To register, please call Olga at 585.690.1926 by noon on Friday, May 30th. 
To make your experience enjoyable:
*Please arrive between 9:30 and 9:45 to get settled as we will be starting on time.  (Surveys from previous classes indicate that students feel disappointed when we start late to accommodate late arrivals and then run out of time to cover all of the promised material in full.)
 *The workshop will be held rain or shine.  Please dress to work and be in the weather. 
*Out of consideration for those who have asthma and chemical sensitivities, please do not wear fragrances, perfumes, body sprays, etc. to this class.  Thank you.

◾items for personal comfort
◾nut-free snacks and drinks, if you like
◾lawn chair
◾reusable place setting (plate, silverware, napkin, cup) for your lunch
◾camera, if you like
◾your preferred information recording devices (pen and paper, laptop, etc.)
◾dress for weather, outdoors, and garden work – we will be outside regardless of the weather and getting dirty during this hands-on workshop (environmentally friendly bug spray, sunscreen, etc.)
◾reading glasses if needed

When you arrive:  Please park in the driveway and then along front right of way with driver tires just on the pavement, passenger tires in the grass.


patty love, MALS, PDC

patty at <>  - owner - Program Director - Program Director 

Please note that I do not get to email, text msgs and voice mail every day, since much of my work keeps me in the field, teaching, growing, homesteading, etc.  I look forward to responding to you as soon as possible.  If you require my immediate attention or share my preference to minimize screen time, please call 585.506.6505. 


"My life's purpose is gathering and sharing resources and information that regenerate my own and others' abundant existence and vibrant well-being." ~ patty love

"Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought."  ~ Albert Szent-Giorgi, Nobel Laureate


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