[permaculture] 2007 Northeastern Permaculture Convergence, July 6-8, Ithaca, NY USA
michael at fingerlakespermaculture.org
Wed Jun 13 16:15:48 EDT 2007
2007 NORTHEASTERN PERMACULTURE SUMMER CONVERGENCE
Cayuga Nature Center - Ithaca, NY
July 6 - 8
Since January 2005, permaculture activists throughout the Northeast
have been meeting and actively creating a network for mutually
supporting each other and advancing permaculture solutions among the
wider public in our area.
As permaculture designers we strive to recognize existing resources
and create beneficial relationships between them. Farmers, teachers,
designers, authors, researchers, extension agents, and other pc
enthusiasts have all met face-to-face or otherwise communicated to
collectively envision a complex mutualism where we share experiences,
information, and resources, identify and meet each other’s needs, and
recognize and advance permaculture skills and ethics as a new
Our mission for the 2007 NEPC Convergence is to stimulate the network
by focusing on local and regional connections, sharing resources, and
continuing to define the structure, function, and organization of the
We intend to create an open and inclusive atmosphere that is a well
balanced experience of interactive presentation, roundtable
discussion, and skill sharing mixed with healthy local food, music,
and ample social time.
We are hosting the gathering in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of
New York State. Ithaca has long been known for its progressive
politics and pursuits of alternative living.
The site is 130+ acres of farm, field and forest operated by Cayuga
Nature Center, the parent organization for the Finger Lakes
Permaculture Institute. We are currently engaged in several designs
and implementions of permaculture on the property, including
extensive gardens, a keyline project at our farm, and the beginnings
of a forestry program.
See www.cayuganaturecenter.org for more information.
The convergence will take place from Friday, July 6 through Sunday,
On Friday we will gather, share a potluck meal, and open an exhibit
which will showcase permaculture projects from around the northeast
(including yours!) The evening will culminate with the first NEPC
Talent Show. We invite you to show us your favorite talent. Are you a
bowling ball juggler or contortionist? Flamenco dancer or Poet?
Permaculture Stand-Up comedian or Permie Punk Rocker? Please share
with the northeast crew your songs and stylings.
On Saturday we will focus on understanding and developing the
permaculture movement. Several sessions will focus on various
elements of permaculture with a focus on "making connections" and
sharing ideas. Concurrently, a permaculture fundamentals course will
be offered by emerging teachers to those who are new to the
discipline. In the evening, we will gather as a community to
articulate our goals for NEPC before kicking off our shoes and
enjoing live music and discussion 'round the fire.
On Sunday the emphasis will be on "skill sharing," where folks will
demonstrate concrete skills for participants, from a medicianl plant
walk to "hot box" cooking technology. There will be a fundraising
brunch for Cayuga Nature Center from 10 - 12, featuring organic &
local foods. (Suggested donation $6 - $20) We will close the
convergence with a circle to offer our thanks and set intentions for
the coming year.
2007nepcsummerconvergence.htm for a complete schedule.
Climate change, peak oil, an unstable food system, violence, and
social justice are all reasons to develop a movement which addresses
the needs of both humans and the environment. We are faced with
unprecedented challenges and need discussion, support, and good
organizing if we hope to overcome them. Permaculture has been a
source of positive, solution-oriented thinking that has proven to
restore ecosystems, increase diversity, and improve the qualilty of
living for thousands of people around the world.
These gatherings are made by the participants. (YOU!) The steering
committee is focused on ensuring that the logistics and mechanisms to
achieve our stated goals (above) are functional, and we are asking
everyone to read below and get involved!
*We are now accepting registrations and proposals for interactive
workshops, roundtable discussions, and skill shares, as well as
entries for the project exhibit and talent show!*
The cost is sliding scale $25 - $100. This includes breakfast, lunch,
and dinner on Saturday.
PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR COMPLETE INFORMATION & REGISTRATION:
Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute, Summer '07
June 13-17 -- ADVANCED PERMACULTURE DESIGN SEMINAR with Dave Jacke &
June 18-23 -- WATER FOR EVERT FARM: KEYLINE DESIGN with Darren Doherty
July 6-8 -- 2007 NORTHEASTERN PERMACULTURE CONVERGENCE
August 3-19 -- PERMACULTURE DESIGN CERTIFICATION COURSE
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