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Library Learning and a Podcast

January 31st, 2013

On Tuesday, Mr Chiots and I headed to the Belfast Free Library to listen to Lauren and Bill Errickson’s seminar, The Permaculture Process: Creating an Edible Landscape. Not only did we attend to listen and learn, we actually recorded their talk for Cultivate Simple, our podcast about all things gardening and simple living.
Permaculture Workshop 3
Topics of discussion:

  • setting goals for your property
  • promote healthy ecology, wildlife, and pollinators
  • minimize landscape inputs
  • generate income
  • evaluating and assessing your existing landscape
  • how permaculture principles can be used to expand existing landscape assets while reducing “trouble” spots

Permaculture Workshop 4
Lauren and Bill Errickson own and operate Singing Nettle Farm and Conscious Elements Permaculture in Brooks. They both hold M.S. degrees in Natural Resources from the University of New Hampshire and Advanced Permaculture Design Certificates from Humustacia Gardens. For further information, visit their website:
Permaculture Workshop 1
If you’re interested in permaculture and how to incorporate it’s methods in your home garden this is the talk for you. Tune in the Cultivate Simple this coming Monday to hear what Bill & Lauren have to say.

Do you ever attend local workshops & seminars about gardening?

13 Comments to “Library Learning and a Podcast”
  1. Mich on January 31, 2013 at 5:59 am

    How lucky to have such an interesting talk in your local library. I’d have to travel further afield to hear talks on horticulture. Am looking forward to the next podcast already :) By the way your link to stinging nettle farm doesn’t seem to work.

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    • Susy on January 31, 2013 at 2:22 pm

      Thanks, I fixed it.

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  2. Jennifer Fisk on January 31, 2013 at 9:10 am

    I am so excited to see you getting involved in all your area has to offer. Even though Belfast is only an hour from me and I do shop there about once a month, I don’t seem to attend events such as this. Thank you for having them on your podcast.

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  3. Julia Reed on January 31, 2013 at 9:23 am

    I cannot wait to hear this podcast!!!

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  4. Wendy on January 31, 2013 at 9:41 am

    My library offers some great presentations like this; in fact their summer adult reading focus the last two years has been gardening, yet somehow I haven’t managed to get to any of the programs. Looking forward to the podcast–thanks for sharing!

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  5. KimH on January 31, 2013 at 11:09 am

    I’ve been to a few at the Holden Arboretum and a couple thru our library system. There are some really good conferences I’ve seen around but I’ve not been able to attend them.

    I am thinking seriously about going to the Mother Earth News Fair in Seven Springs, Pa this year (Sept 20-22) this year.. Its nothing but classes and lectures day in & day out.. Love it!

    But what I really want to do this year is to go to the 7th Annual Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello in Sept sponsored by The Thomas Jefferson Foundation in partnership with Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. Heaven at last! ;)

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    • Susy on January 31, 2013 at 1:09 pm

      I hope to attend the Heritage Harvest Festival as well. Perhaps we can have a Chiot’s Run meetup.

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      • KimH on January 31, 2013 at 5:18 pm

        That would be great!! I’ll let you know if we go!

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  6. misti on January 31, 2013 at 11:39 am

    I’m actually really jealous of the folks in the NE and NW as they always seem to have really good presentations/talks/groups/clubs in regards to gardening/farming. I think the crunchiest place in Texas is Austin but it is about 3 hours away so not exactly efficient for attending workshops.

    I’m looking forward to this podcast, definitely interested in learning more!

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  7. Donna B. on January 31, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    I’ve always been interesting in participating in things like that – unfortunately in my area I haven’t noticed any/many at all! I should check with the library…
    or go to my neighboring county, since it’s very rural – means lots of farm land!
    I’ve always wanted to research having a CSA… maybe then I can drop to a part time job, and have a CSA on the side… I’d ask my neighbors first if they’d like to subscribe. Hee hee hee! ♥

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  8. daisy on January 31, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Yeah, I go to gardening workshops whenever I can. There’s always something new to learn. Looking forward to hearing the podcast! Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Melissa on January 31, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Thanks for doing this! I know it took some time to get it all recorded and ready for the podcast. I’m really looking forward to listening next week!

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  10. laura on February 3, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    I look forward to listening to it. Last winter/spring I went to several talks at my local library offered by our ag center. I love the library for materials. I’m reading Our Life in Gardens. If I remember correctly you recommended it here not long ago. :-)

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