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

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

 

 

 

 

 

ONE ZERO COMPOSTING: MANAGING THE FERTILITY WITHIN

with Eric Lewis

 

In this walk and talk we will peer through the lens of yoga philosophy to examine the connection between the thoughts we think, the food we eat, and the bodies we build.

Ultimately, these bodies are basically leather bags full of compost tea, and it is up to us to make this accumulation of plant matter and microbes into a thriving and dynamic ecosystem that contributes to the well being of all.

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.

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.

CATCH AND STORE ENERGY

with Joe Pierce

Joe will present on the construction and use of rocket stoves, wood fired ovens and biochar production ovens.

 

Biochar has proved to be a very useful resource in long term SOIL building and can be made from readily available waste stream materials which cleans our EARTH , these materials can also be produced through proper LAND management practices.

Working with Local Government to Further Systemic Change:

with Mallory 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.