Topics include ecological design, permaculture ethics and principles, food forests, animal systems, ecovillage design, urban permaculture, solar design, food preservation and much more!
Laura Ruby earned her Permaculture Design Certificate in 2002 from Crystal Waters EcoVillage in Australia. Since then, she has been implementing permaculture systems on her own urban property in downtown Boulder. She currently works as the Garden Coordinator for a local non-profit, the Growe Foundation. Through this organization, she helped establish gardens at 11 Boulder Valley School District elementary schools: working to install gardens, teach various garden related subjects and offer support to the school communities. To compliment her work in schools, Laura also started YummyYards, an edible landscape design and consulting company. She is both a Certified Permaculture Teacher and a Colorado Master Gardener.
Erin Schey has been growing and designing gardens in Colorado since 2004, and designs residential permaculture landscapes for Urban Oasis in Denver. She received her Permaculture Design Certificate at the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center in Occidental, California where she studied with Brock Dolman and Penny Livingston. In addition, she holds an advanced permaculture design certificate after studying with Robyn Francisat at the Regenerative Design Institute in Bolinas, California as well as a Permaculture Teacher’s Certification from Sandy Cruz at High Altitude Permaculture. Erin is also an accordionist, singer, composer, flower farmer, water-lover, and mushroom fanatic. She resides in Lyons, where she enjoys a burgeoning food forest and permaculture-designed home with her husband, Brian Schey.
The class itself will be held at the Farmette, and will run from March 18 through April 3, and is filling up fast. Please contact Erin Schey with any questions or for more information at: (303) 823-2352 or at farmettepdc.com.
BACKYARD COMPOSTING AND GARDEN SOIL FERTILITY MADE EASY
Also, on Saturday, March 12, from 9 to 11 a.m., the Farmette will be hosting “Backyard Composting and Garden Soil Fertility Made Easy.” You know the best use for your kitchen scraps is to compost it in your backyard, and you know your garden and lawn need compost, but you just can’t figure out how to make it work for your own household. If that describes you, this hands-on workshop is designed with you in mind. Make backyard composting your Earth Day present to yourself this year; save the planet and have healthier plants at the same time! This class is taught by Dan Matsch and Carol Conigliaro who have been gardening organically and composting for many years.
Every household has its own barriers to successful backyard composting. This workshop will lay out all the options to solve “your” problems. They’ll start with “why?” compost, then move to “how?” with a look at many different compost bin styles and how to integrate them into a practical system that works for you. They will also have Eco-Cycle’s Microbe Brew compost tea available for sale (http://www.ecocycle.org/compost/composttea.cfm). Compost tea is the fastest and easiest way to jump-start your soil fertility and is even more powerful when used in tandem with compost.