Van-Kal Permaculture Blog

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.

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...

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.

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...