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Edible Landscaping Workshop in Montague

May 3, 2014 - May 4, 2014

The Montague United Methodist Church wants to reduce the size of its lawn! When our community found out about this, everyone wanted to help. One result is that West Michigan Permaculture is partnering with us to present an Edible Landscaping Workshop on May 3 & 4. Here’s the information:

Peter Bane and Keith Johnson, renowned Permaculture experts, speakers and authors, will be presenting an Edible Landscaping Workshop at the Montague United Methodist Church (MUMC) on Saturday and Sunday, May 3 and 4. They will be teaching us basic design principals for planning a landscape that will be beneficial to our native insects, birds and other wildlife (and also humans). We as participants will be creating landscape designs for the MUMC property while learning design skills applicable to our own homes or other properties.

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This workshop will be limited to 30 participants. There has already been a great deal of interest in this workshop and we are expecting that it will fill up, so we encourage you to register soon to reserve your spot. The workshop fee of $200 includes all sessions on Saturday and Sunday, plus lunches and snacks. The schedule is as follows:

9:00-10:00 Registration and Introductions; Purpose of the workshop; protocols
short break
10:15-11:15 Permaculture Design Overview and Principles: Global Needs & Local Action
short break
11:30-12:30 Patterns in Design; the Cultivated Ecosystem
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 Observation of the site, Gathering information, group Analysis
short break
2:45 – 3:45 Team organization and Generating Vision
short break
4:00-5:00 The Forest Garden; Perennial Edible Ecosystems: principles and patterns

11:00-11:30 Gathering and Review
11:30-12:30 Plant Guilds and Functions
1:30-2:30 Teams develop plant palettes and system connections
short break
2:45-3:45 The Design Unfolding: Stages and Limiting Factors; Maintenance and Mgmt. Further Yields.
3:45-4pm Wrap-up and Evaluation

You may send your check for $200, payable to Montague United Methodist Church, to the church at 8555 Cook St Montague, MI 49437, with “Landscaping Workshop” in the memo line.

Please include your name, address, phone and email so that we can notify you when we have received your registration.

For additional information please contact  Claire Schlaff at 231-894-8908 or cschlaff @ charter.net
or Kim Burck at 231-215-3740 or 231-894-8870, or kimscreel @ hotmail.com


May 3, 2014
May 4, 2014
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Claire Schlaff
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Montague United Methodist Church
8555 Cook St.
Montague, 49437
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