Jeff Graef lives in Denver and is an avid Permaculture practitioner and designer. His non-profit business, Earth Rebirth, provides educational services, consulting and design in Permaculture. Jeff ran a solar design and energy education business for seven years, worked for the Nebraska State Energy Office for 13 years, is a Journeyman Carpenter and worked in the biofuels and biomass energy fields for 15 years. He is experienced in food preservation and storage and gardening in a variety of climates. Jeff is a certified Permaculture Teacher and has completed the Basic and Advanced Permaculture courses, and has earned a BA in Solar Design and Energy Education and an MS in Higher Education.
The fee for this seminar is $20 per person.
Saturday, April 30th 9:00 - 12:30
Imagine growing vegetables and fish together in your backyard this summer. Aquaponics is a way of growing plants organically and dirt-free using fish waste as plant food, while using 1/10th of water of soil-based gardening. On Saturday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to noon the Farmette will host an Aquaponics Class. In this class you will learn how aquaponics works, and the basics of how to set up and operate your own Backyard Aquaponics system.
Introducing the new “Seed Library.” A free seed exchange and potluck dinner will be held Saturday, April 30, at 5 p.m. in the Barnette. We now have a community “Seed Library” at the Farmette. It is very cool. This should a fun and very informative late afternoon get together, and then a potluck. The goal of the seed library project is to encourage folks to rejoin the ritual of seed saving and to promote seed and plant diversity in our local ecosystems by cultivating plants that are adapted to microclimates. Seed libraries will hopefully make seed saving a familiar process to people from all walks of life.
Just like checking out a book, at our seed library you check out seeds you would like to plant, sow them, grow them and save those seeds. The Lyons seed library has received donations from Lake Valley Seeds, Bounty Beyond Belief Seeds, and Jason Gerhardt to provide a varied selection of seeds to keep our gardens and bellies full. We have materials available that explain how to save seeds and describe the different levels of difficulty among the seeds in our library.
Please join us on Saturday, April 30 for a seed exchange (you can also bring extra seeds that you may have) and potluck dinner. We’ll also have seed experts to talk about the importance and the basics of saving seeds. This will be the kickoff of our seed library project where the community is invited to share food and seeds and learn about using and contributing to the library.