Van-Kal Permaculture Blog

A group effort at the Midwest Permaculture One-Day Course

Permaculture Action/Education Day April 29th!

Permaculture action and education day! Morning practical application as we work on developing a public forest garden. In the afternoon, we’ll have a workshop on getting started with Permaculture.

Skills for Self-Reliance

Skills for Self-Reliance: Adapting to a Changing World

Join us at Lily Hill Farm in Lawton for a day-long primer in homesteading skills, permaculture, raising small livestock, self-sufficiency, and creating “food forests.” Lunch will be provided.

Urban Permaculture Video Screening

Hello Permies and Transitioneers! Geoff Lawton’s Urban Permaculture video is an inspirational look at the potential for regenerative living in cities. Van-Kal Permaculture and Kalamazoo Transition are teaming up to host a showing at Disciples of Christ Church 2208 Winchell Ave, in Kalamazoo, at 7:00 PM on January 20th. The film highlights clever design...

EarthSmith Farm Greenhouses

EarthSmith Farm Tour and Potluck

A gathering at a local mid-sized permaculture farm, EarthSmith Food & Forest Products. Workshop/project 1-4 Tour- 430pm Potluck- 530pm If you’d like to, please bring a dish to pass. We will be grilling some farm Meats, so also feel free to utilize the grill to cook. We will also be providing salad, arugula, spinach,...

Gibbs House at WMU

Southern MI Perma-Mixer 3: in Kalamazoo!

Save the Date for the Southern Michigan (SoMI) Perma-Mixer, Saturday September 26, 2015 at the Gibbs House in Kalamazoo MI. Learn, share and cross-pollinate with other Permaculture folks from throughout southern Michigan!

Wild Ones Field Trip – Kalamazoo’s East Side

Wild Ones Field Trip to TRANSITIONal Native-Plant Gardens Three locations on Kalamazoo’s east side.

Join Kalamazoo Area Wild Ones for their June field trip to three unusual native-plant gardens, each of them linked to an important TRANSITIONal community project.

Midwest Permaculture PDC at Pierce Cedar Creek

PDC with Extras in Small Farm/Homesteading

(text courtesy of Midwest Permaculture) This will be our second year hosting a full PDC at Pierce Cedar Creek. Last year’s training worked out wonderfully. Not only did we have the beautiful backdrop of the nature center’s grounds, facilities and their knowledgeable staff, the training was co-taught in part by two very interesting and...

SoMi Perma-Mixer 2

Southern MI Perma-Mixer: Spring 2015

The South Michigan (SoMI) Perma-Mixer is an event to bring together permaculturists from across the region to share skills, knowledge and other resources. A few of us attended the inaugural Mixer last fall and it was an amazing day full of learning, networking and sharing of ideas. This one promises to be even better...

2013 Native Plant Palooza

Native Plant Palooza at VBCD

The Van Buren Conservation District’s 2014 Native Plant Palooza will be held on Saturday, May 17th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Native plants, garden decor, bird houses, bat houses, books and more! Van-Kal Permaculture will have a booth at this event with a display of Permaculture books and information.

Forest Garden Tours

Food Forest Garden Tour Series

Visit two different forest gardens on two very different sites in Southwest MI—throughout an entire growing season! Forest Gardens or “Food Forests” are a way of growing food by imitating nature: plants on many layers, cooperating rather than competing. It doesn’t mean growing food in a dark forest—more like a semi-open woodland featuring many...