Strategies for intensive, regenerative agriculture in Florida

How do we maximize the yields of our gardens and farms on many levels, by deepening our relationship with and understanding of the land we are working with? Working with nature, we will discuss basics of choosing the best plants for your land, edible and medicinal plants that thrive together, creating food systems that will last, and strategies to protect your crops from Florida-unique challenges. We will touch on yields other than food – wildlife, watershed, community, financial and more, with inspiring examples.

 

This will be an interactive discussion with opportunity for Q&A with our panel, Koreen Brennan, Bill Bilodeau, Josh Jamison, Andy Firk and Robert Bowden.

SUBURBAN FOOD FORESTRY

Building relationships with your land, neighbors, and community

with Jeff Trapani and Hae-Yuan Chang

Jeff and Hae-Yuan  will be speaking as organizers of Orlando Permaculture. This group began meeting in November of 2014 and has been outgrowing its expectations ever since. Originally formed as a way of getting together and sharing food, Orlando Permaculture has become a source of education, inspiration, and action based projects in the local community. Their group has been led by an evolving team of five dedicated individuals, who share a passion for creating true sustainability and resilience in the local community. Their evolving form has been an organic evolution grown from group discussion, trial and error, and learning from outside organizations/models. It is undoubtedly a transitional time in our global community with growing awareness of environmental, social, and resource issues. This global awareness is creating a renewed desire for local solutions and a renewed admiration for passionate local leaders dedicated to sustainable cultural habits.

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

LESSONS FROM THE PAST… TEACHING FOR THE FUTURE

with Jay Hardman

 Jay’s presentation will incorporate his career archaeological background of peering into the past with a 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.

Resilience in Disasters

with Koreen Brennan
We all may have our minds on preparing for disaster since Irma, as most people in Florida were affected by her power to some degree or other. Disaster can take many forms such as drought, flooding, temperature extremes, etc, and we are likely to see an increase of them. What are some basic things you can do to protect your permaculture systems in a disaster? How do you protect your trees, house, animals, etc? What can we do on a community basis to plan for disasters? And how can we respond to disasters using permaculture?

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 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

The Human Role in Healthy Ecosystems

 with Tom Carroll, Jay Hardman and Bill Bilodeau

 

Observing nature we notice every organism has a role in an ecosystem. What part can we play contributing to resilience and vitality? Capable of technology and science, our impact has a vast reach whether good or bad. This discussion will focus on the attitudes and practices we foster as both stewards and in dependence on nature, in the community that is the planet.

GARDEN DESIGN, INSTALLATION and MANAGEMENT

with  Erica Klopf

An in-depth look at the design, installation, and management of gardens maintained by the crew at Florida Edible Landscaping. An explanation of each unique program design will illustrate how the needs of each client are met. She will discuss how this organization uses technology to make processes more efficient and keep communication open. Erica’s progressive approach to leadership, and its integral role in the long-term planning of the community culture of Florida Edible Landscaping, will also be outlined.

FLEET FARMING

with Lee Perry

Find out about an urban agriculture program pedaled by bikes, converting underutilized land into micro-farms in the heart of Orlando. Fleet Farming is a program of the Non-Profit IDEAS for Us.

 

Ideas For Us funds and scales sustainable solutions developed by their free monthly meetings called The Hive which bring people together to generate global positive change.

Working with Local Government to Further Systemic Change

with Malory Foster

How many permaculturalists and urban farmers find themselves hindered by municipal ordinances? More and more cities are making changes to zoning codes and ordinances due to the work of farmers and food policy councils to accommodate and encourage agriculture in the city, healthy food access, and walkable towns. We’ll explore how these changes come about via a few examples from around Florida and beyond. We will also discuss the greater arch of social change and the place of making change in local government as one piece of systemic elevation.  

NON-VIOLENT COMMUNICATION

with Keith Lopez

Keith will present a simple view of NVC with a direct correlation to permaculture and plants. He will lead a discussion on NVC to create and increase positive relationships and the ability to get what we want in our permaculture journey. Methods for securing indigenous rights will be discussed. A clear and open discussion with plenty of time for Q and A , this will be an introduction to NVC and opportunity to expand familiarity for those who already know it.

Becoming Animal ^..^

 

with Katspurr Claws

 

A playful workshop of discovery with funny exercises for primal being, nature speak, and shapeshifting.
Anthropologically, neurologically, somatically, and therianthropically grounded with funny stories and science.
There may be handouts, but bring your own snacks.