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What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is a branch of ecological design, ecological engineering, environmental design, construction and integrated water resources management that develops sustainable architecture, regenerative and self-maintained habitat and agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems.

Tips for Growing Lettuces and Salad Mix

Growing lettuce and salad mix is fairly simple and can be done in small spaces, including pots. Right now I am growing a mix in a fairly small pot. If only the robins would leave it alone, I suspect I’ll be able to harvest in the next few weeks! I also spent time growing salad […]

5 Steps to Growing Lettuces & Salad Mix

Growing lettuce and salad mix is very easy and can be done in the smallest of spaces. It is also a great crop to grow fresh since the shelf life is quite short. It is also a fairly high demand vegetable for restaurants, making it a possible cash crop for small growers and permaculturists. Check […]

Permaculture Resource List

Compiled by Elizabeth Lynch, Troy Hottle, and Juliette Jones Pc Communities, on-line or other Pittsburgh Garden Experiment: http://www.meetup.com/PittsburghGardenExperiment/ Eastern Permaculture Guild:  http://www.meetup.com/permie/ Eastern Permaculture Guild:  penn-permaculture-list@meetup.com Local Food Cleveland: http://www.localfoodcleveland.org/ Three Rivers Permaculture Guild Pittsburgh-local Resources Pittsburgh Permaculture: http://pittsburghpermaculture.org/ Transition Pittsburgh:  http://www.meetup.com/transitionpgh/ Pittsburgh Garden Experiment: http://pittsburghgardenexperiment.org/ Steel City Soils: http://steelcitysoils.com/ Octupus Organics: http://www.octopusorganic.com/ Urban Homesteaders: […]

Summer 2011 Herbal Medicine Workshop Series

Posted by on Jun 14, 2011 in Events, How to, Medicinal Herbs, News, Plants | No Comments

Summer 2011 Herbal Medicine Workshop Series with Leslie Alexander of Restoration Herbs & Michelle Czolba of Pittsburgh Permaculture PLEASE BE SURE TO FILL OUT THE REGISTRATION FORM AS WELL AS PAY BY PAYPAL OR THROUGH CHECK. FIND REGISTRATION FORM AT ‘REGISTER NOW’ LINK. MAILING ADDRESS FOR CHECK IS ON REGISTRATION FORM. Herbal medicine has been […]

The plastic bag, stick and a brick trick!

Posted by on May 6, 2011 in How to, Ideas, Plants | No Comments

This is a quick and easy way to train fruit trees to get the branch angle you want. Materials list: A couple plastic grocery bags A straight stick or piece of bamboo A few small rocks A fruit tree you want to train BEFORE If you have a tree like the one above which has […]

Columbus Permaculture Design Course

Posted by on May 5, 2011 in Events, How to | No Comments

Weekend Permaculture Design Course Columbus, Ohio Dates: July 16-17, August 13-14, August 27-28, September 10-11, October 8-9, and October 22-23. Location: Columbus, Ohio at the Olentangy River Wetland Research Park Description: Join us as we explore the power of ecological design to create resilience and beauty in our communities. Over six weekends, Saturday morning through […]

Upcoming Pittsburgh Permaculture Workshops- register now!

Hey all, please check out the next 2 workshops to happen at the Hazelwood Food Forest. Hope to see you there! Grafting with Troy Hottle– CANCELLED April 17th 11am-1pm (yes it’s a Sunday) Learn the basics of grafting for pome fruits and stone fruits. You will learn how and when to graft in addition to […]

Sun Path

Posted by on Mar 31, 2011 in Climate, Designing, How to | No Comments

As we all know light exposure is a very important part of garden design. Evaluating the light exposure in the context of the sun’s movement through the sky both daily and season-to-season will help us understand the influences of the sun. With this greater understanding our designs can harness the warming light when we need […]

Food Forest Rain Barrel Demo & Work Day

Spring is finally here! Let’s celebrate by getting our hands dirty at the Hazelwood Food Forest. We need to capture and retain water on the site especially until the young trees and plants are established. This first workday of 2011 will focus on setting up a gutter and downspout for the shed so that we […]

Register Soon for Introductory Herbal Medicine Workshop!!

Posted by on Mar 4, 2011 in Events, How to, Medicinal Herbs, Plants | No Comments

Explore the Use of Herbs to Promote Wellness (Right Here in Pittsburgh!) With Leslie Alexander, RH (AHG), Co-owner of Restoration Herbs 11am – 3pm, March 26, 2011 Stephen Foster Community Center, 286 Main Street 3rd Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15201 Program An Introduction to Medical Herbalism What is a medicinal herb and when can we use […]