South Coast Permaculture Guild Events Listing for September 2000

Wesley Roe and Marjorie Lakin Erickson lakinroe at
Sun Sep 10 00:04:03 PDT 2000

South Coast Permaculture Guild Contacts and other Organizations of Interest

South Coast Permaculture Guild  Margie Bushman sbpcnet at 805-962-2571
Santa Barbara Permaculture Network:  Margie Bushman sbpcnet at 
Ojai Permaculture Guild: Dave White        artdetour at   805-646-9809
Central Coast Permaculture Guild: Rob Kimmel  zigge at  805-438-5745
San Diego Permaculture Guild: San Diego Economic Conversion Council 
sdecc at (619) 298-8879
Cal Poly Student Farm in SLO:Alexis Pouillon   sustclub at
                                 Hunter Francis    wfrancis at
Long Beach Organics: Paul Racko         pracko at  562-438-9000
Southern East Sierra: Tom 
Drummond                                       760-377-5011
Pc Institute of Southern Cal: Bill 
Roley                DrRoley at       949-494-5843
Santoyo&Associates                              dotcalm at 
LA EcoVillage: Lois 
Arkin                       crsp at             213/738-1254
Permaculture Activist 

Hi everyone

Sept 2000 Newsletter Content:
1) List of Sept  2000 Events,no monthly meeting,instead Organic Festival 
and Organic Garden Club events
2) List of Future Events,Ojai Foundation  Workshops and Gary Duncan of 
Smartshelter  Worksop etc
3) Perma News  Opening of the Permaculture Credit Union
4) List of interesting Websites, Holocene Permaculture website plus 
Jubilados Community
5) Subscribe to South Coast, Central Coast, San Diego Permaculture Guild 
6)Please send listings and events for next email news by Sept 25 to 
lakinroe at

1. August Events
Sept 13 Wednesday The "Edible Landscapes" event  6 pm and runs till 7:30 pm
San Ysidro Ranch. cost $15
This event will feature Thomas Cole, organic gardener of the hotel's kitchen
garden and Stonehouse chef Jamie West, who will prepare appetizers and will
do demonstrations for us. There is a $15 per person charge to cover costs of
the appetizers and wine that will be provided. Many thanks to Slow Food's
Pamela Sheldon Johns, a prominent local food author, for coordinating this
You may want to check out for more info on the growing
international Slow Food movement, which encourages us to give up junk food,
slow down and enjoy the work of "food artisans" around the world.
Co hosted by Santa Barbara Organic Gardening Club, San Ysidro Ranch and 
Slow Food Convivium
RSVP is 805-969-5046

Sept17th, The First California Organic Festival !!! 11:00 am, closing at 
5:00 PM
Oak Park in Santa Barbara CA
The festival visitors will celebrate the wonders of various organic products,
listen to music and get inspired by our wonderful guest speakers at the first
annual California Organic Festival located at Oak Park in Scenic Santa
Barbara - only an hour and half away from Los Angeles:
The California Organic Festival ---organized by PAAC -Pesticide Awareness &
Alternatives Coalition Contact Information: Drora --Tel (805) 685-4881 or
(805) 455-3827 or Julie (805) 963-1625 (Leave a message) --- P.O. Box 22144,
Santa Barbara, California 93121-2144.

Sunday, Sept 17th, 2-6pm
Windrose Farm Heirloom Tomato Tasting in Paseo Robles Ca
Windrose Farm in Paso Robles is doing their annual Heirloom Tomato Tasting,
complete with buffet, tours, salsa and salad demonstrations.The fee is $10. 
The farm is
organic, of course, and the farmers sell their delicious tomatoes, fresh and
dried, at the Santa Barbara Farmer's Market. Contact info 805/239-3757

Sept 20 Wed. Santa Barbara Organic Garden Club 7pm-8:30
Community Environmental Council Gildea Center 930 Miramonte (off Carrillo)
Discussion on how to create a wonderful organic edible gardening paradise 
at home,
whether in containers on a tiny patio or in a bigger yard. The discussion
event will be free.
Linda and Larry Buzzell-Saltzman  <LBUZZELL at>

Sept 26 Wed. Landscaping and Water Use with Rick Mathews
Presented by The Sustainable Building Council
Learn how to plan and develop a landscape for minimal water usage!
EOC Building at
1030 Southwood Dr (SLO)
6:30 to 8:30pm
The Sustainable Building Council of the Central Coast (SBCCC) is a group of
building professionals dedicated to the sustainable use of land and
resources. You can contact them at 466-6737 or sbccc at

Food for Thought: Discussion Groups at the Farm
A Great Program offered by Center for Urban Agriculture at 
Fairview  Gardens Goleta CA
Join us on one night of each month in the living room of the historic
farmhouse- or on warm nights, around a bonfire under the stars-as we
host informal discussions groups where members of the community come
together to talk about issues relating to food and agriculture.

TIME: 7:00-9:30 pm
Request donation $5.00 per session , to cover the costs of refreshments
and materials. Participation will be limited to 40 people
Mondays September 18 Water , October 16 Energy and fuels ,November 13 
Globalization , Dec 4 Soil
At Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens .598 North Fairview
Ave. Goleta CA 805-967-7369 fax 805-967-0188 Email fairviewg at

South Coast Watershed Alliance's "Great Friday"!!!
Location: Santa Barbara CA County Courthouse Sunken Gardens Time: 12:00 PM
Contact Name: Misty  Gonzales Email: misty.gonzales at
For anyone interested in exploring broader social and environmental issues 
related to this bio-region,SCWA's
bioregional group will meet the last Friday of each month ("Great Fridays") 
For now these informal brown-bag lunch meetings will be held at the County 
Court House sunken Gardens at 12:00 noon.
         We'll discuss "community", "sustainability' and "bioregionalism' 
for this community- which includes business people, students, academia, 
seniors, trades people, fishing and AG folks , artists, environmentalists 
and non environmentalists alike. Through this process we hope to rebuild 
our community, instill hope, celebrate diversity(human and plant&animal) 
and begin to protect and rebuild our commons. in this group's discussions 
so far we see this broad bioregionalism discussion as a way to preserve 
social networks, connectivity and "roots" to the community and environment.

2. Future events

Tues/Wed/Thurs October 10-12, 2000 Workshop by Dr. Bill Mollison, the 
founder of Permaculture
Northwest Louisiana Commerce Center - Minden Louisiana
Cost $350 before 9/1 after $395  Lodging $20 for workshop with Bill Mollison
Includes 3 lunches and welcoming dinner Tues
I would like to invite you to a 3-day workshop by Dr. Bill Mollison,
the founder of Permaculture, October 10-12, 2000 in NW Louisiana. His
course precedes a Permaculture Design Certificate Course offered
October 16-28 by Geoff Lawton, appointed Director of the Permaculture
Research Institute by Mollison in 1997. These events will mark the
beginning of the demonstration center being established at this site.
Internationally renowned teacher and author of seven books, Dr.
Mollison, called the Father of Permaculture, is stepping out of
retirement to teach a three-day Permaculture course at the Northwest
Louisiana Commerce Center.
Permaculture Design Course Oct 16-28 with Geoff Lawton
$795. before 9/1 after $995 lodging $60  includes 3 meals a day
This course supports efforts to develop a North American demonstration
of sustainable agriculture and commerce at the deactivated Louisiana
Army Ammunition Plant, where plans are under way to renovate the area
using Permaculture practices.
Total package for 3 day workshop and Permaculture Design Course $1000 by 
9/1 after $1200 lodging $75
Send checks to
Northwest Louisiana Commerce Center
2618 York Ave
Minden, Louisiana 71055  Att Kathy Craft
Questions contact Kippy Clark 303-247-18000

Oct 20 Friday Evening reception with architect Bruce Fowle, the designer of
Four Times Square, the new green skyscraper in Manhattan.
Cold Springs School, 2243 Sycamore Canyon Road,Montecito
Part of the Parade of Green Buildings and ticket for two day event include 
reception ,
See Details below

Oct 21 /22 Sat/ Sun Parade of Green Buildings a two-day tour of green
buildings in greater Santa Barbara.Eleven notable green buildings will be 
open to the public for touring
between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., six office/institutional buildings on
Saturday and five residences on Sunday.
Tickets will be available
beginning September 1 at three branches of Santa Barbara Bank and Trust,
Downtown main branch, 20 E. Carrillo Street; La Cumbre branch, 3910
State Street; and Goleta branch, 299 N. Fairview Ave.
Ticket prices are $25 for those who take the provided shuttle buses, car
pool with three or more, or bicycle; $30 for private cars.
For further information, please call Judy Jennings at 805/964-9175.
Sponsors Sustainability Project and other organizations in the community

Oct 15 - 28 Monday-Friday with Martin Hartmann
Cost $25 per Day bring sack lunch
10am- 5pm at the Ojai Foundation, Ojai Ca 805-646-8343
Join Martin and build an outdoor earthen bench using locally available 
materials and simple techniques. Basic cob, earth bags and plastering will 
be taught. Apply these skills to Benches, Landscape Walls , Outdoor Ovens
Martin Hartmann has taught workshops at the California Institute of Earth 

Nov 7 -21 Earth Building with Jim Hallock and Stephen Gates of Earth Block Inc.
Cost $875 at the Ojai Foundation, Ojai Ca 805-646-8343
Workshops fee include tent village housing and meals
This intensive is for students or professionals interested in expanding 
their knowledge of green building practises.
The course is designed to cover earth building techniques,rammed 
earth,pressed earth block, earthen bag, ceramic houses and traditional 
adobes . During the course an actual pressed block structure will be 
constructed.Participants will have the opportunity to broaden their 
understanding of permaculture principles as they are applied to building 
design and construction.
Course provides extensive job placement along with hands on experience. 
Opportunities for work trades and scholarships are available

Jim Hallock is the founder of Earth Block, Inc specializing in press block 
adobe residential design and building Jim teaches internationally and holds 
a contractors's license in CA and NM. He has over 30 years experience in 
the building industry

Stephen Gates is a permaculture designer focused on the blurring the line 
between architecture and agriculture and mainstreaming community. He is 
well versed in many forms of alterative building and design.

October 27/ 28 Fri/Sat American Pastured Poultry Producers Association
Wyndham Syracuse Hotel in Syracuse NY.
Featuring nationally recognized speakers and local experts presenting
topics pertinent to grass-based agriculture.
Conference registration is being handled through Syracuse Meeting &
Convention Services. For a brochure and registration form contact the
SoCNY RC&D office at 607-334-3231, Extension 4 or mail to: SoCNY RC&D
99 N. Broad St., Norwich, NY 13815.


Nov 8: Wed Ojai...7pm Happy Valley School Auditorium, contact Dave White,
Ojai Permaculture Guild, 805-646-9809; artdetour at
Nov 9: Thursday Santa Barbara..... , 7:00pm at the Santa Barbara Public
Library Main Branch Downtown, Faulkner Gallery, donation $3, contact 962-2571
or sbpcnet at
Nov. 10: Friday San Luis Obispo... 7pm at the Community Room at the SLO 
co-sponsored by HopeDance (544-9663), Sustainable Building Council, CC 
Permaculture Guild
and the Canaries of the Central Coast, Future Electric

Talk and slideshow will cover
strawbale building, passive solar design, adobe, cob, pressed earth,
earthships, environmental illness, electromagnetic fields, Feng Shui, water
catchment, biological waste water treatment, remodeling, solar electric,
solar hot water, pressed block, permaculture, green houses, green building,
finance, insurance, Russian Stoves, timber frame, green power....and more.
Plus a special look at Environmental Illness for those affected by
sensitivities or allergies caused by buildings, toxic indoor air quality
problems, cleaning products, furnishings, perfumes, etc. Go to for details.

Nov. 11 Setting Up a Natural Building Network in California with Gary Duncan
At the CEC Gildea Resource Center 930 Miramonte Dr Santa Barbara.
A half day workshop from 1-6pm Cost $60
this a half day workshop that links builders, architects, building activists,
lenders, real estate & insurance agents, county building officials,
individual natural home owners to exchange info on natural & green building
methods. The workshop takes as a model the Smartshelter Network in Colorado
and is tailored to our local region. The network provides advocacy in order
to compete with the non-renewable toxic and environmentally destructive 
aspects of conventional
Cost/$60 For more info & registration call SBPN 805/962-2571, email:
sbpcnet at

Dec 1-15 Permaculture Design Course with Penny Livingston-Stark and Brock 
Cost $995 includes tent village accommodations and meals
At Ojai Foundation , Ojai Ca
Contact for information is Gigi Coyle at 760-938-1177 . Some scholarships 
This two week intensive in sustainable systems design will focus on the 
practical design and hands on implementation of restorative systems .Learn 
permaculture Solutions for Watershed Restoration, Preserving of Wildlife, 
Sustainable Food systems, Building Design, non toxic Natural Building 
Materials, Edible Landscaping, energy Conservation, Site Planning and 
Design. and more
Upon completion of course participants will receive a certificate of 
Permaculture Design

Penny Livingston-Stark is a internationally recognized Permaculture Teacher 
and Designer with over 20 years experience in this field. Founder of 
Sustainable Living Designs and co founder and Co director of the 
Permaculture Institute of Northern California

Brock Dolman founding member of both the Sowing Circle LLC intentional 
community and Occidental Arts and Ecology Center. Brings 20 year's of 
experience to his work as OAEC's Permaculture Program Director

PLEASE CONTACT For more info and registration
The Ojai Foundation
9739 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Ojai Ca

3.Perma News

Announcing the Opening of The Permaculture Credit Union
The Permaculture Credit Union is a reality. A new kind of environmentally 
responsive financial institution has been created and chartered. It is 
possibly the first credit union founded upon the Earth Care principles of 
Permaculture ethics, namely respect for natural systems, respect for 
people, and no waste ( which in banking will mean the reinvestment and 
recycling of surplus back into the community being served). Our mission is 
to pool the financial resources of people who subscribe to these ethical 
principles and provide a financial vehicle that will allow these resources 
to be put to work creating a sound sustainable, environmentally responsible 
future. We believe we have targeted a market that is severely unserved by 
existing financial institutions- those people who are committed to a 
cleaner environment, healthy food and water, sustainable energy use, and a 
more conscious lifestyle. It will create the opportunity for members to 
control the use of money in the community and contribute to the 
revitalization of local well-being.
Permaculture Credit Union
4250 Cerrillo Road
Santa Fe , NM 87505 (505) 954-3479 fax (505) 424-1624  perma at

Primitive Wilderness Skills -Survival Skills-the basics-feeling at home in 
the Wilderness
Denise Bourque permaculture member and student of primitive wilderness 
skills  has studied with
tom Brown, Jim Riggs , Jim Lowery and Mary Brooks and others  for the last 
ten years is offering a series of Classes. Friction Firemaking Part 1 Oct 
7, 12 and part 2 Oct 21 and Oct 26. Food -Hunting and Gathering Oct 8. 
Water and Tool Making Oct 29  Cost is $35/class includes material
Feeling at home involves knowledge of what's around us and how that can be 
used to help meet our needs. It is also experiencing ourselves to be part 
of the web of life , a sense of being in intricate connection with all that 
surrounds us.
Contact Denise at 964-1555 then press 2

Permaculture, Sustainable Living and Conflict Resolution thru Consensus 
Decision Making and creation of Ecovillages as series of courses in Columbia.
please check out website for times and locations

This was forwarded by Lois Arkin of LA Ecovillge to provide this 
information to you for three reasons:
1. In case you know anyone in Columbia or other points in Central or South 
America whom you think might be interested in attending of these workshops.
2. To let you know of the potential for doing these kinds of workshops here 
in the Los Angeles area with our colleagues from the Ecovillage Network of 
the Americas.
3. To let you know of my concern for the safety of my colleagues who have 
organized these workshops at some risk to themselves, and to ask you all to 
hold good energy in your hearts for their success and for their personal 
safety during their stay in Colombia.

4. Websites of Interest
Check out this great permaculture website and articles, designed and hosted 
by Permaculture Teacher Joanne Tippet, who has given permission to post. 

Here is an event happening Sept 14-17 2000, Ghost Ranch New Mexico called 
Harvest of the Sage Symposium on Cultivating Community cost is $485 
featuring Ram Dass ,Drew Leder Spiritual Passage , Ruth Dennison Buddhist 
Teacher and Regensis Permaculture Design Group. But the more important is 
to look at there website to see the beginnings of a Community Planned with 
Permaculture Principals and Design. called Jubilados which means in Spanish 
those who having shed their careers are joyous


To get Up to Date Permaculture Ongoing Announcements for courses , events 
and posting of articles of interest try subscribing to our local 
Permaculture Listserves ccpg serves San Lois Obispo ,scpg serves Santa 
Barbara down and including Los Angeles, and sdpg serves San Diego area. 
Below are the instructions how to sign up
thanks to John Howe for setting them up
this works the same for each separate list:
central coast list(ccpg at, south coast(scpg), and the san diego
list (sdpg at

TO SUBSCRIBE to this mailing listserve

send mail to: <Majordomo at>
with the following command in the body of email message:
subscribe sdpg
There will be a return message requesting your confirmation/authorization
that you want to subscribe, so respond to it as requested.
use the word unsubscribe instead of subscribe as above
Hope this helps took me a few times to get it right

Please send listings and events for next email news by September 25 to 
lakinroe at

Mail Address    South Coast Permaculture Guild and Santa Barbara 
Permaculture Network
                 224E Figueroa ST #C
                 Santa Barbara CA 93101

"What permaculturists are doing is the most important activity that any
group is doing on the planet. We don't know what details of a truly
sustainable future are going to be like, but we need options, we need
people experimenting in all kinds of ways and permaculturists are one of
the critical gangs that are doing that."
Dr David Suzuki geneticist, broadcaster
and international environmental advocate

Permaculture education includes principles and practices of
sustainable soil, water, crop, forest, architectural, business, and
finance systems ­ ethical investment, community loan support and small
business management.

Permaculture, from PERMAnent agriCULTURE, is an integrated system of
design including not only agriculture, horticulture, architecture and
ecology but also land access strategies and economic systems for small
businesses and communities.

Taken from the Latin, permanens, to endure or persist through time and
cultura, cultures - permaculture is an interdisciplinary design
science focused on sustainable system design. Sustainable systems are
defined as those that, over their lifetime, produce energy equivalent
to or in excess of what they consume.

Permaculture operates on three ethics: care of the earth, care of the
species and return of excess to the first two.

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