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April 2014

Introduction to Aquaponics

April 5, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, 701 West Cloverdale Rd
Hastings, 49058
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Aquaponics Class at PCC

Aquaponics combines aquaculture and hydroponics, which allows individuals to produce their own food in unique ways. Van-Kal Permaculture member Josh Shultz will share his years of experience running an aquaculture system, helping participants understand the components and proper management of their own system. Members $40 | Non-Members $50

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May 2014

The Buzz on Natives

May 7, 2014 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Paw Paw District Library, 609 W. Michigan Ave.
Paw Paw, 49065
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Bee on Coreopsis Flower

Beneficial Insects in our Native Plant Gardens The VBCD and Paw Paw District Library present Bill Westrate, local entomologist and naturalist and Chad Hughson, grower and owner of Hidden Savanna Nursery. Join us to learn about native plants that will work well in your garden and pollinators that complement the landscape too! Event is…

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July 2014

Permaculture Slide Show at Lily Hill Farm

July 21, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lily Hill Farm, 32260 88th Avenue, Lawton, MI 49065
Lawton, MI 49065 United States
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NOTE: PJ Posting this on behalf of Jenny Pell) Hi Van-Kal permaculture, I'm visiting from the Seattle area, consulting with Lily Hill Farm for 5 days, and we are hosting a slideshow, lecture, and Q & A evening this Monday. It would be great if some folks from your community would join us. I'll…

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August 2014

Permaculture Theory & Practicum: Darren Doherty (Ann Arbor)

August 21, 2014 - August 24, 2014
AMMA Center of MI, 4201 Ann Arbor Saline Road
Ann Arbor, MI United States
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Darren Doherty Workshops

Darren J Doherty (of Regrarians Ltd.) one of “the world’s leading experts” in Permaculture will be conducting an Applied Permaculture course in a 140 acre property in Elburn, Illinois and a 54 acre farm in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Darren is often called a “teacher’s teacher” & “consultant’s consultant”  He has been described as “one of the…

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September 2014

Southwest Michigan Harvest Fest

September 21, 2014 @ 11:30 am - 5:30 pm
Tillers International, 10515 East OP Avenue, Scotts, MI 49088. + Google Map
Harvest Festival

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.

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Cultivating Mushrooms at the Kalamazoo Nature Center

September 21, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Kalamazoo Nature Center, 7000 North Westnedge Ave.
Kalamazoo, 49009
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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.

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December 2014

Peter Bane Speaks at Two Rivers Coalition Meeting

December 10, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Van Buren Conference Center, 490 South Paw Paw Street
Lawrence, MI 49064 United States
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2RC Annual Meeting Poster 2014

Peter Bane, the 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…

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March 2015

Farming for the Future 2015

March 17, 2015
Van Buren Conference Center, 490 South Paw Paw Street
Lawrence, MI 49064 United States
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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.

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

March 27, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Westwood Community Room, 1310 Nichols Rd.
Kalamazoo, MI 49006 United States
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Mark Lakeman City Repair in Kalamazoo

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.

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Permaculture: Growing a Garden of Hope

March 28, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1515 Helen Avenue
Portage, MI 49002 United States
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Gardens 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.

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May 2015

Southern MI Perma-Mixer: Spring 2015

May 23, 2015 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Strawbale Studio, 2691 Noble Rd.
Oxford, MI 48370 United States
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SoMi Perma-Mixer 2

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…

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January 2016

Urban Permaculture Video Screening

January 20, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Disciples of Christ Church, 2208 Winchell Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008 United States
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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…

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