[permaculture] FLPCI Permaculture Feb '08, Ithaca, NY USA

Michael Burns michael at fingerlakespermaculture.org
Mon Jan 28 23:13:35 EST 2008

Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute
1420 Taughannock Blvd
Ithaca, NY 14850


-- Permaculture: Building an Ecosystem 1/30
-- Global Perspectives 2/2
-- Reading the Landscape 2/3
-- Maple Sugaring & Nature Awareness 2/4
-- Local Foods Brunch 2/10
-- Built Environment 2/16
-- Designing a Home 2/17

Wednesday, January 30
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

There is a world view which identifies humanity as a vital part of  
the web of life; indeed people have for thousands of years been  
stewards of the Earth, always finding innovative ways to extract our  
needs for survival while improving life for other species and future  
generations. Join Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute Program  
Coordinator Steve Gabriel for a discussion on the design process as a  
tool for making effective, measurable changes in the way we work in  
the world. Steve will share design examples from the Cayuga Nature  
Center, where FLPCI has been working on development of a land use  
plan incorporating agricultural, forestry, habitat and interpretive  
elements. Space is limited and registration is required.

To register, sign up at GreenStar's Customer Service Desk or call  
This class is free and open to the public, and will be held in the  
meeting room at GreenStar Cooperative Market’s West-End Store, 701 W.  
Buffalo St.

part of the Winter Weekends PDC

Saturday, February 2
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
$50 each class/$150 for four (see schedule online)

This session takes a look at the fundamental processes that drive  
earth systems and the role they play in determining our temperate  
climate. Perspectives on a changing climate, the Gaia hypothesis, and  
weather play a large part in designing our homes and gardens since  
they are elements we are least able to change. We will discuss these  
concepts and explore designing to use these limitations to our  

part of the Winter Weekends PDC

Sunday, February 3
9:00 am - 4:00pm
$50 each class/$150 for four (see schedule online)

This class will focus on nature and landscape as our main teacher for  
good design. We begin with careful observation and rely on our  
senses, experience, and intuition to collect information about the  
areas we wish to cultivate and develop to meet our needs. This class  
will provide participants with a complete sense of how to evaluate  
the various social and environmental characteristics of any landscape.

for Kids and Families!
Monday, February 4, 2:00 - 4:30 pm
$15 per family or $150 for entire session

The Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute offers a program in  
conjunction with Trumansburg Learning Cooperative.We will explore the  
forest as winter turns to spring and help with maple sugaring at  
Cayuga Nature Center, learning the history and process of turning sap  
into syrup. Come learn about tracking & stalking, winter ecology,  
permaculture attitudes, maple sugaring history, and modern syrup  

More info: www.fingerlakespermaculture.org or EJ George at 607-387-3602

Sunday, February 10th
$12 Adults/$6 Kids

Brunch & Live Music with Zela Zola 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Maple Sugaring Tour & Workshop: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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. Fee: $12 Adults and $6 Kids includes general admission

Brunch will be accompanied by live music from Zela Zola, a gypsy jazz  
father and son duo. Land Use manager Steve Gabriel will lead a tour  
and short workshop on getting ready for maple sugaring season. Trails  
will be open for hiking, and showshoes are available for rental at $8  
a pair, weather permitting.

More info: www.fingerlakespermaculture.org/localfoodsbrunch.htm or  
call 607-273-6260.

part of the Winter Weekends PDC

Saturday, February 16
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
$50 each class/$150 for four (see schedule online)

The infrastructure industrial society has created shapes the way we  
live, work, and play. As we understand the influence of technology on  
our culture we can begin to make choices that will benefit us  
ecologically and economically. Sessions will focus on the nature of  
energy transactions and their applications to tools, appropriate  
technology, and urban design.

part of the Winter Weekends PDC

Sunday, February 17
9:00 am - 4:00pm
$50 each class/$150 for four (see schedule online)

In the northeast over 40% of our energy use is in our buildings. How  
can we design and use our buildings to lessen our impact? This class  
will cover building fundamentals (Siting, Structure, Skin, Services,  
Space, & Stuff) and different forms natural buildings (strawbale,  
cob, timberframe, and more!)


Cayuga Nature Center (www.cayuganaturecenter.org) (CNC) is a place to  
explore the wonders of nature. We invite you to visit our collection  
of over 40 live Animals, 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.

Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute (www.fingerlakespermaculture.org)  
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 local farmers, and a variety of other programming for  
children and adults.

Hours for the Main Lodge: 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

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