Van-Kal Permaculture

Moving Woodchips at PJ's

Permachiptz, Potluck and Final PCH Book Study

Permablitz this Sunday (4/26) to tour and move woodchips around PJ’s 4-acre forest garden in Lawton, followed by a potluck and then the final meeting of the Book Study Group to wrap up The Permaculture Handbook by Peter Bane.

Fundraiser: Pull the Plug on Palisades

Please join us to have some fun, learn about the campaign, and support this important legal action to prevent Entergy from lowering safety standards at the Palisades Nulcear Plant.

Meet friends, enjoy live music, participate in a silent small silent auction and bring seeds for a seed exchange.

Pine Needles

Allegan Conservation District Tree Sale

Order tree seedlings now for pick up on April 18, 2015! Orders due March 27. Order soon to get the species you want. Quantities are limited. Many food-bearing shrubs and a few grafted fruit tree varieties, as well as grapes, strawberries, blueberries, asparagus, and more. Great hedgerow species like Hazelnut, Red Osier Dogwood, Elderberry,...

Serviceberry Seedling in Mesh Protector

Van Buren Conservation District Tree Sale

The Conservation District’s tree sales are events not to be missed. Here you can get bulk quantities of mostly-native perennials at very good prices, including many of our native forest trees and shrubs. Plants like Serviceberry, American Hazelnut, Nannyberry, American Plum, Spicebush, Elderberry and Pawpaw are of special interest to permaculturalists, but they have...

Walnut Tree from KCD

Kalamazoo Conservation District Tree Sale

The Kalamazoo Conservation District is excited for their 2015 Native Tree Seedling Sale! Pick-up will be Friday, April 17th and Saturday, April 18th (please call for exact times). Our order form is now available!  Order Deadline is Friday, March 13th. Edible species include Pawpaw, Persimmon, Elderberry, Serviceberry, Asparagus, Raspberries and more. Many other great...

Gardens of Hope

Permaculture: Growing a Garden of Hope

Knowledgeable long-time Van-Kal Permaculture contributor Michael Hoag will be giving a slideshow presentation entitled “Permaculture: Growing a Garden of Hope” on Saturday, March 28th at 3pm in Portage, at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, for the opening of their month-long art exhibition of pieces focusing on environmentalism, re-wilding, gardening and permaculture.

Mark Lakeman City Repair in Kalamazoo

City Repair, Grassroots Place-Making and Urban Permaculture, with Mark Lakeman

Mark works to educate and inspire communities and individuals to creatively transform the places where they live through: broad participation, local ownership, and transference of authority to local populations, creative expression in planned and unplanned processes, and social capital as the primary economic engine of change.

Farming for the Future 2015

Farming for the Future 2015

This is a free yearly conference aimed at farmers of all types in Van Buren county. This year’s program seems geared more toward conventional agriculture, but in the past they’ve had talks on Permaculture and organic farming, among other great topics. It’s a fun day and a great chance to network with other local growers.