Van-Kal Permaculture Blog

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.

Permaculture Handbook by Peter Bane

Permaculture Handbook Book Study Group

Sam has organized a winter Book Study Group focused on The Permaculture Handbook by Peter Bane. We’ll meet bi-weekly and cover several chapters in each meeting.

Grandpa's Orchard

Winter Video: Organic Orchards & Pruning

Since I want to socialize and hope to distribute some issues of Permaculture Activist, I’m going to have a movie-watching get-together for Sunday, Feb. 15th, 7pm. We can watch some of my excellent “Holistic Orcharding” DVD featuring Michael Philips, especially the parts on tree pruning (it’s getting to be that time of year). Eat...

Permaculture Activist Magazine

Permaculture Activist Group Subscription

I (PJ) have purchased a “bulk” subscription to Permaculture Activist, a wonderful magazine that’s been serving the U.S. Permaculture community since the mid-1980s. It’s 4 issues a year, and I get 10 copies of each issue mailed to me for a deeply discounted price. $10 for a year’s worth of issues (a bargain at...

2RC Annual Meeting Poster 2014

Peter Bane Speaks at Two Rivers Coalition Meeting

Peter Bane, theĀ author of “The Permaculture Handbook” will be the guest speaker at this year’s Two Rivers Coalition annual meeting. Doors open at 6:30. Meeting from 7-9PM. Peter Bane is a native Illinoisan who grew up in the university city of Champaign-Urbana. A frequent speaker and conference presenter, he is the author of The...

Permaculture Action Tour

Pushing Through the Pavement at Riverview Launch

The Free Food Project in Kalamazoo plans to install a natural permaculture-based walkway in the community lined with a grand over-story of Champion Sequoia trees, a diversity of native perennials, and other winter-hardy plants that will thrive for future generations. The Riverview Launch site, where we will be planting the food forest, is intended...

Southern MI Permaculture Mixer 2014

Southern Michigan Perma-Mixer

Southern Michigan Permaculture Enthusiasts, join us October 18th as we gather to network, plant trees, share our local projects with each other and eat from the bounty of Fall’s Harvest! AMPY and Oakland County Permaculture Meetup (OCPM) are kicking off what we hope will be a periodic gathering to connect, share labor, and break-bread...

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Cultivating Mushrooms at the Kalamazoo Nature Center

Learn the basics of growing mushrooms at home, including mushrooms in your garden beds and inoculating logs. Cost includes supplies for a shiitake mushroom log you get to take home.

Harvest Festival

Southwest Michigan Harvest Fest

12th annual Southwest Michigan Harvest Fest to be held on Sunday, September 21, 2014. The Fest runs from 11:30 AM to 5:30 PM and is held at Tillers International in Scotts, Michigan, a short ride east from Kalamazoo and Portage.