ORLANDO PERMACULTURE

Growing your own food is one thing but growing it in the context of suburbia and well-kept lawns is another! In recent years, permaculture has spread itself into many professions, industries, and systems-thinking approaches. What was once a guiding light in designing and developing regenerative landscapes for agricultural purposes is now becoming a set of tools used to navigate our daily lives.

If you are like most people who live in traditional suburban neighborhoods, there are some considerations and challenges when you start this ecological journey. How do you turn a typical lawn into a rich, abundant landscape? How do you navigate city codes and street etiquette? How do you explain a counter cultural approach to modern day suburbia?

In this interactive discussion we will not only answer these questions, but also discuss the trials and triumphs of some of Orlando’s suburban food forests

SOIL BUILDING

 

with Josh Jamison

This talk will focus on organic and sustainable soil management tactics in poor, sandy Florida soil.  It will cover approaches that cultivate soil microbiology and improve the capacity of the land in ways that meet the permaculture objectives of low-input production and ecological sustainability.  

 

 Topics covered will include the soil food web, mulch, cover cropping and legumes, compost, biochar and more

 

Josh Jamison is the Garden Manager at the h.e.a.r.t village in Lake Wales, Fl.  He has been working in sustainable agriculture for seven years and specializes in underutilized plants and gardening techniques that fight global malnutrition and poverty.  Josh has travelled learning from farmers throughout Florida and Central America.  His agricultural interests include agroforestry, sustainable soil management, perennial plant species, organic vegetable and fruit growing and other agro-ecological practices..

LESSONS FROM THE PAST… TEACHING FOR THE FUTURE

with Jay Hardman


My presentation will incorporate my career archaeological background of peering into the past with my newfound Permaculture passion for (re)creating our future. 


Our ancient forebears developed appropriate technologies that created a human paradise for a long interval… before greed entered the picture. 
There are arguments to be made for its recreation in local microcosms through gift economies that mirror the ancient ways.

UNDERSTANDING THE ROOTS OF A SYMBIOTIC RELATIONSHIP WITH NATURE

with Terry Meer

Join Terry for a discussion about how we communicate with the land around us. The more we embrace the relationship with the earth, the more abundance she will provide. We will explore tools that will help you nurture a strong connection with the soil beneath your feet.

WHERE THE LAND MEETS THE OCEAN – UNDERSTANDING THE FLORIDA BEACH

with Andy Firk

Andy will cover various aspects of the unique ecology we observe at the coastal edge of the continental land mass. Topics will include: * Lunar Influences over Tide, * Edible Seaweeds, * Plants and Animals of the Sanddunes, * Habitat Restoration.

COMPOSTING TOILETS: BUILD THE SOIL, SAVE THE WATER!

with Wendel Martinkovic and Jenny Nazak

Wendel and Jenny will offer practical tips and demo of composting toilet setup and maintenance. They will discuss legal aspects as well. Both of the presenters have extensive experience with humanure composting in both home-scale and festival settings, and there will be plenty of time for Q&A