[permaculture] Finger Lakes Permaculture, Summer 2008, Ithaca, NY

Michael Burns michael at fingerlakespermaculture.org
Thu Apr 24 12:51:48 EDT 2008


-- LOCAL FOODS BRUNCH (May 18, June 15, July 13, and August 24)
-- SPRING OPEN HOUSE: Mushroom Inoculation, Garden Tour (May 16 - 18)
-- COPPICE WORKSHOP (June 14 & 15)
-- URBAN PERMACULTURE WEEKEND SERIES (June 28 & 29, July 26 & 27)

May 26 - August 24

The Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute offers an exciting opportunity to
explore sustainable, regenerative design in exchange for 10-20 hours of work
each week. Apprentices attend all permaculture events without charge,
including the Permaculture Design Certification Course, August 8-24.

Current projects include several acres of gardens, installation of ponds and
other water features, restoration of our trail system, and ecosystem
restoration of an agroforestry site through the cultivation of edible and
medicinal plants and mushrooms.

Accepting applications through May 16. For more information and to apply,
please visit http://www.FingerLakesPermaculture.org

Residential: $700 (includes access to facilities, materials and facilitation)
Commuter: $500 (includes materials and facilitation)

May 18, June 15, July 13, and August 24
Brunch & Live Music 10:00 am - 11:30 am
$10 Adults/$5 Kids

Cayuga Nature Center offers a healthy brunch sourced from local and organic
ingredients and a variety of activities for the whole family. We will serve
buttermilk & vegan pancakes, eggs, homefries, and a seasonal dish cooked by
CNC staff. Coffee, Tea, and Juice are included.

May 18: Music by Nate Silas Richardson, Bird Hike, Mushroom Inoculation, 
Butterfly House Tour
June 15: Music by Harpist Michael Riversong
July 13: Music by Shannon Hawley
August 24: Music by TBA

For more information visit http://www.CayugaNatureCenter.org

Celebrate spring by joining us on a bird hike, visiting our newly reopened
butterfly house, or walking in our woods to learn about woodland flowers. You
can also take home new skills, such as how to cultivate culinary mushrooms and
cultivate beneficial and native plants  in your garden. Food, music, tours,
and workshops at your local nature  center all weekend long!

May 16 from 6pm on; $10 suggested donation
Benefit Concert and BBQ

May 17 from 10 am to 4pm; $3 Adults, $1 Kids
Butterfly House Opening & Garden Tour

May 18 from 10 am to 4pm; $10 Adults, $5 kids includes Breakfast Local Foods
Breakfast with music from Nate Silas Richardson, Bird Hike, Mushroom
Inoculation and Agroforestry Tour

June 14 & 15
9:00 am to 4:00 pm both days

Coppicing is a system of traditional sustainable forestry in which trees are
cut during the dormant winter season and allowed to regrow on  rotations of
5-20 years, producing an abundance of straight, fast grown  poles typically
used for fencing, fuel, furniture, basketry and construction.

Through both lecture and hands-on woodland work, this two day intensive course
will focus on the history and practice of coppice woodland management in the
UK, the potential for its development in the northeastern United States, wood
science and species selection, and the conversion of coppiced poles into
useful products.

Fieldwork will include charcoal production, chair making and green woodworking
techniques, fence construction and coppice establishment and  maintenance.

Mark Krawczyk, who will lead this class, is a permaculture designer, chair
maker and natural builder and resides in Vermont’s Champlain Valley.

Commuter: Sliding Scale $150 - $250 (includes lunch both days)
Residential: Sliding Scale $200 - $300 (includes lunch both days, dinner 
Saturday, breakfast Sunday, and space to camp)

June 28 & 29
July 26 & 27
9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day
Sliding Scale $75 - $200 per weekend (includes dinner Saturday, overnight, and
breakfast Sunday) Scholarships available; please contact us for information or
to help with a donation

Cities are rich centers of culture, diversity and exchange. Unfortunately,
they also produce pollution and drain resources from  rural areas. Join us for
a weekend focused on redesigning cities to  create vibrant urban ecosystem

In these workshops, we will explore downtown Ithaca and the idea of
"ecological cities." We will delve into many topics, including urban
gardening, composting, tree pruning and natural earth plasters through
hands-on projects in a local neighborhood.

Saturday evening we will camp out in nearby woods overlooking the cityscape.
All weekend we will discuss challenges, ideas, and solutions for making our
environments more livable. Join representatives of local organizations,
designers, and urban residents from throughout the northeast to discuss how
permaculture is applied to the needs of city life, including transportation,
city forestry, food security, economics, and justice.

August 8 - 24
$1150 includes tuition, food, and camping
Sign up by May 1, 2008 and save $100
Sign up by July 1, 2008 and save $50

The Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute (FLPCI) invites you to join its 2008
Summer Permaculture Design Course running from August 8-24, 2008. This is our
sixth internationally recognized certification course training people of all
backgrounds to mimic natural patterns and principles in their yards, on their
land, and in their homes and businesses.

This affordable course highlights hands-on learning at CNC's 130 acres of
fields and forest overlooking beautiful Cayuga Lake. The class equips 
students with the knowledge of whole systems and the principles, techniques,
and challenges of permaculture as a system of sustainable  design. We explore
topics such as soil regeneration, water conservation, building ponds and
swales, managing woodlots, building natural and  efficient homes, utilizing
renewable energy, and designing gardens.

We teach these topics though presentations, case studies, and student design
projects and exercises. Our student design practicum will inform the design of
the local demonstration site we are developing at CNC. Instruction is
augmented by presentations from local experts, field  trips, and games.
Completion of the course earns participants an internationally recognized
design certificate endorsed by the Permaculture Institute of Australia.

Topics include:
Ethics - Principles - Ecology - Whole Systems -Water - Soils - Pattern - 
Climate - Earthworks - Forests & Trees - Economics - Governance - Gardening -
Waste Treatment - Buildings - Tools - Appropriate Technology - Design -
Practicum and more!

Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute
a project of the Cayuga Nature Center
1420 Taughannock Blvd
Ithaca, NY 14850


Cayuga Nature Center(CNC) is a place to explore the wonders of nature. We
invite you to visit our collection of over 40 live animals, stroll  through
our butterfly house, climb around Treetops (our six-story observational
tree-house) or simply enjoy the outdoors while walking our five miles of
interpretive trails, which meander through a mature  deciduous forest, along
gorges and streams, and past a variety of native  plants and wildlife.

Visit http://www.CayugaNatureCenter.org for more information.

Monday - Sunday 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Trails are open to the pubic from dawn to dusk, 365 days a year.
General Admission: $3 Adults, $2 Seniors/Students, $1 Kids

Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute is a project of CNC providing affordable
and experiential learning events in the Finger Lakes bioregion of New York
State. We offer two annual Permaculture Design Certification courses, monthly
brunches featuring the products of local farmers, and a variety of other
programming for children and adults.

Visit http://www.FingerLakesPermaculture.org for more information.

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