Friday, 6/22/2012 9 – 12 FREE,
OSU Small Farms Program –
Farmer to Farmer field
day with Gwendolyn Ellen & Don Tipping
register at: 541-776-7371 ext 208
Join other beginning and commercial growers for a tour and discussion at Seven Seeds Farm in Williams. Gwendolyn Ellen, coordinator of OSU’s Farmscaping for Beneficials Project will be our guest. She and farmer, Don Tipping will guide a tour and discussion. The event will focus on beneficial insects and native pollinators and recognizing and creating habitat for them on your farm. The Small Farms program is offering these quarterly gathering to provide opportunities for commercial growers to meet on-farm and exchange. Directions and details will be emailed to registered participants.
OSU Extension Small Farms Program
Southern Oregon Research & Extension Center
569 Hanley Rd.
Central Point, OR 97502-1251
& Sara Tone
Diane Patterson writes, sings, and carries her Funky Earth Ballads and Sacred Songs for the Peaceful Revolution with acoustic guitar and ukulele, hand drum and voice. Patterson weaves spirit and unifying social commentary around the world, on festival stages, at folk music and conscious music gatherings, healing gatherings, in concert venues, in the streets of Europe and the Farmers’ Markets of Northern California.
& Reading the book of Nature
with Don Tipping – 4pm – 6pm
Open your voice and learn to sing with grace, power, flexibility and ease, using tools from the ancient alchemy of raga. Understand the inner workings of your with knowledge from Vocal Pedagogy. Open to singers of all levels. www.peia.song.com
Potluck Feast 6:30-8p
Music at 8pm – midnight
more details to come soon!
* Friday, April 27, 2012 4pm-midnight
Seed Barn Chautauqua
Permaculture Farm Tour, Food Forests explained and Biodynamic Compost making demonstration into Cob Oven Pizza Party Permaculture Patterns Slideshow & Music!
We would like to celebrate our seed barn’s completion with a multi-faceted event including a farm tour, Biodynamic compost hands-on lesson, cob-oven pizza party potluck, and then a pattern literacy slide show with music and tea!
The schedule for the event is as follows:
* 4pm-6:30pm farm tour covering permaculture food forests, ponds, and biodynamic compost making
* 7pm – cob oven pizza potluck, please bring toppings to share. We’ll provide fresh ground crusts (with farm raised grains, wheat free too).
* 9pm – Permaculture Patterns Slide Show with Don Tipping (images & prose) and Peia Luzzi (vocals and sonic textures),
an example (pardon the poor sound quality is on you tube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40goy-Sd2QM)
* 10pm – music, dance, tea & wine!
In my vision of Permaculture, how we gather and create new culture is of equal importance as how we grow our food. So please join us and the new crew at Seven Seeds Farm/Siskiyou Seeds for a special and unique event. You are welcome to join for all or part of the affair.
Those wanting to participate in the tour and early workshop I am requesting that you make a $25/donation. For those who would like to come for the evening portion, perhaps you may consider making a $10 donation to support our work with seeds and developing regenerative agricultural systems. This event is intended to look at where are we, where are we going and how can we do it better TOGETHER! People who have been to events in the past here can attest to the sublime nature of how the elemental forces are coming into a delightful interplay between plant, mineral and animal realms. This event is garanteed to stimulate your creativity and passion for the land and all things growing!
Please come and see where the next 15 years dancing with the elements may take Seven Seeds and you!
We appreciate you respecting that this is a working farm by leaving your dogs at home.
Please note that the dinner portion is a potluck and bring pizza toppings (like sauce, cheese, pesto, etc…) and libations to share.
Musicians who might have a song or 2 to share may want to contact me…..as there may be room for this
Seeds will be available for sale during the event.
Many blessings to you
Please call for clarifications (541)846-9233 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Detailed directions are availble on the bog at www.sevenseedsfarm.com
2011 Classes at Seven Seeds Farm
Hi, I offer these classes with the sincere hopes of activating your passion for plants and a deeper connection with the green growing source of life, solar forces and the elements that sustain life for ALL of us.Â TheseÂ classes are cutting edge Permaculture theory, with a strong emphasis on Pattern Literacy, synergistic design strategies, multi species polycultures and appropriate scale.Â You will come away with simple ideas that you can implement on any scale of planting.Â And we’ll have some fun too!
OSU Land Stewardship Conference: May 14th
at Southern Oregon Research & Education Center on Hanley Rd., Central Point, OR
Don will be speaking about the current state of affairs concerning Genetically Engineered Crops from 9-10:30am
link to site: https://sites.google.com/site/thelandstewards/
Lightning in a Bottle Festival – May 27-30, Silverado, CA
Permaculture & Pattern Literacy
Central to the Permaculture approach is pattern literacy, the ability to observe and “read” patterns in the landscape, behavior and events. Many of these patterns can be seen in a variety of natural forms as spirals, fractals and a myriad of forms easily recognized by many.Â Developing the ability to perceive patterns in nature allows us to develop appropriate responses to the challenge of developing sustainable culture. Permaculture is the toolbox in which to organize the tools of sustainable living and pattern literacy provides the blueprints courtesy of Gaia!
Ashland Food Cooperative: June 2,Â 7-8:30pm – Seed Saving for Beginners
link to site: http://www.ashlandfood.coop/events/events.php
Cost:$15 Co-op owners $20 general public
Tribal Convergence – June 10-12 @ Tidewater Falls, OR
link to site: http://tribalconvergence.com/workshops/
Permaculture, Whole Systems Theory and Pattern Literacy
Whole systems design approaches such as Permaculture integrate multi-sensory observations of the natural world to form solutions that emulate integrated ecologies. Â Much more than a gardening technique, Permaculture can be viewed as a tool box to organize the tools of sustainable culture including organic gardening, natural building, water harvesting, herbal healing, wildcrafting, intentional community, cottage industry and more. Â Don will share a brief synthesis of the ethics, principles and diverse applications of whole systems design in a variety of formats that will try to address diverse learning styles and backgrounds.
Don Tipping has stewarded Seven Seeds Farm for the past 14 years in Williams, Oregon where they produce fruits, vegetables, seeds, wool, eggs, and lamb. Â Lauded as one of the best examples of a small productive Biodynamic and Permaculture farm in the northwest, Seven Seeds Farm is helping to facilitate the emerging ecotopian culture through internships, workshops, and tours. Â Don helped to found the Siskiyou Sustainable Cooperative which manages a 150 share CSA, and internship curriculum among 12 cooperating farms. Â Don is currently serving as the president of the Family Farmers Seed Cooperative and also has a bioregional organic seed company called Siskiyou Seeds.
Forest Gardening – Saturday, 4/16/11 at 10 am – Multi-layered, multi species Forest gardens are a a critical cornerstone of any Permaculture plant strategy.Â We have a 12 year old established 1/4 acre of food forest on our farm in addition to dozens of other take home example of creating guilds and successful plant associations.Â Always a favorite class of mine to share! Wanna plant a polyculture?Â 10 am – 1 pm, $25.
Intro to Permaculture -Sunday, 4/17/11 at 10 am – What’s all the hype about Permaculture?Â Curious?Â Welcome to the seductive and wacky world of polycultures, stacking functions, swales and zone analysis!Â I will attempt to convey the salient points of this 33 year old design system for sustainable culture.Â Pearmaculture is a system for efficient landscape observation, assessment and design that aims to emulate natural processes and to create systems that are capable of self managing.Â Permaculture can be viewed as the toolbox that holds the tools of sustainable living.Â 10 am – 1 pm, $25