Previous Events – 2012 & 2011

Previous Events

2012 Schedule:

Friday, August 10 ,2012 – Beloved Sacred Arts and Music Festival at Tidewater Falls, Oregon
Earth Stories: Permaculture Pattern Language – Don Tipping
Friday – 2pm at the Lotus Dome

An understanding of patterns in nature allows us to perceive the blueprint of creation. Permaculture makes use of pattern literacy to guide creating sustainable human environments that are biodiverse, productive, resiliant and beautiful. Using story as a vehicle, farmer Don Tipping will share pathways into deepening our ability to mimic natural patterns in our lives.

Don Tipping has been farming Biodynamically in SW Oregon for 15 years. Seven Seeds Farm has emerged as one of the best functional examples of farm scale permaculture in the Pacific Northwest. Siskiyou Seeds is a bioregional, organic seed company based on the farm.

website: http://www.belovedfestival.com/lineup-workshops.php

Permaculture at Burning Man

Yes! It’s True! Farmer Don Tipping will be activating the Playa with a Earth Stories Empowerment:

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1ST – Black Rock City, NV –

12:30-2pm at Red Lightning at 9:30 & E (http://www.redlightning.org/)

An understanding of patterns in nature allows us to perceive the blueprint of creation. Permaculture makes use of pattern literacy to guide creating sustainable human environments that are biodiverse, productive, resiliant and beautiful. Using story as a vehicle, farmer Don Tipping will share pathways into deepening our ability to mimic natural patterns in our lives.

Don Tipping has been farming Biodynamically in SW Oregon for 15 years. Seven Seeds Farm has emerged as one of the best functional examples of farm scale permaculture in the Pacific Northwest. Siskiyou Seeds is a bioregional, organic seed company based on the farm.

 

* Thursday, June 21st, 3pm  until midnight –

Summer Chautauqua:

Join us for the longest day of the year with a day of music, mud, mirth and marvel!

Schedule:

3pm-6pm  – A social permaculture salon while we work on a cob bench, earthen plaster.  Informal farm tours will ensue  during this time.

6:30pm – Potluck Feast  –

8pm – Summer solstice ceremony and solar honoring

8:30pm – Peia Luzzi – Sacred Sound – vocalist, composer and sacred song preserver of traditions from all over the world. Over the past ten years she has studied Indian Classical Raaga, Opera, Medieval Chant, Renaissance Music, and songs from the Native peoples of North and South America. With a broad, soaring vocal range and bell like tone she sings with depth and beauty, accompanying herself with Tambora, Harmonium and Charrango. www.peiasong.com

9:30pm – Aharon Wheels Bolsta & Jessica Styler – Amazing multi-instrumentalists and vocalists from the Bay Area will treat us to a Sound healing concert with the PanArt Hang, tabla, kalimbas, flutes, and more.

http://rhythmwheels.com/events.htm (it’s true) and

aharonwheelsbolsta.bandcamp.com

 

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. I am in part inspired by the chautauqua movement that, to quote wiki, “brought entertainment and culture for the whole community, with speakers, teachers, musicians, entertainers, preachers and specialists of the day”

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 garunteed 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 healthful, vibrant foods and libations to share.

$10-$25 donation requested . No one turned away for lack of funds.

Seeds will be available for sale during the event.

Many blessings to you

Please call for clarifications (541)846-9233 or email don@siskiyouseeds.com
Detailed directions are availble on the bog at www.sevenseedsfarm.com

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.

Tracy Harding
OSU Extension Small Farms Program
Southern Oregon Research & Extension Center
569 Hanley Rd.
Central Point, OR 97502-1251

Office: 541-776-7371 ext. 208
extension.oregonstate.edu/sorec

 

 

Sunday, July 8 – Diane Patterson

& 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.


Also – Permaculture Food Systems

& Reading the book of Nature

with Don Tipping – 4pm – 6pm

Come take a magical stroll through a fantastic expression of synergy between the plant animal and mineral king & queendoms!  An exploration of the relationship between permaculture, biodynamics and allowing our actions to be informed by elemental beings and spiritual forces
 

And – Peia Luzzi – The Yoga of Sound – 4-6pm

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 don@siskiyouseeds.com
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.  These  classes are cutting edge Permaculture theory, with a strong emphasis on Pattern Literacy, synergistic design strategies, multi species polycultures and appropriate scale.  You will come away with simple ideas that you can implement on any scale of planting.  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

link to site: http://lightninginabottle.org/speakers/permaculture-and-pattern-understanding-by-don-tipping/

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.  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,  7-8:30pm – Seed Saving for Beginners

link to site: http://www.ashlandfood.coop/events/events.php

Learn botany basics , pollination, and reproductive biology as they apply to seed saving. Don will then take you through the necessary planning steps with tips and techniques to end up with viable seed for next year’s garden.All money collected for this class will be donated to Center for Food Safety.

Cost:$15 Co-op owners $20 general public

Seeds: Permaculture Approaches

Thursday, June 16, 2011  7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: Community Classroom  Ashland Food Co-op

Help your garden co-evolve with your own microclimate. See how a whole systems view of saving your own seeds and selecting for plants that are adapting to the stresses of climate, pests and disease results in more vibrant and nutritious food and more resilient local food systems.

All money collected for this class will be donated to Center for Food Safety.

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.  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.  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.  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.  Don helped to found the Siskiyou Sustainable Cooperative which manages a 150 share CSA, and internship curriculum among 12 cooperating farms.  Don is currently serving as the president of the Family Farmers Seed Cooperative and also has a bioregional organic seed company called Siskiyou Seeds.


APRIL:

  • 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.  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.  Always a favorite class of mine to share! Wanna plant a polyculture?  10 am – 1 pm, $25.

  • Intro to Permaculture -Sunday, 4/17/11 at 10 am – What’s all the hype about Permaculture?  Curious?  Welcome to the seductive and wacky world of polycultures, stacking functions, swales and zone analysis!  I will attempt to convey the salient points of this 33 year old design system for sustainable culture.  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.  Permaculture can be viewed as the toolbox that holds the tools of sustainable living.  10 am – 1 pm, $25

Instructor, Don Tipping, brings 20          
years of real life farming and homesteading
experience to these lively, interactive
and highly informative on-farm classes.
Seven Seeds Farm is a rare living breathing example of
Permaculture in Action, teeming with successful projects implemented over the past 11 years.  Organic seeds grown there can be purchased through Siskiyou Seeds.
 
All Workshops to be held at
Seven Seeds Farm,
3220 East Fork Rd., Williams, OR 97544
Please Pre-Register!!!
Call (541)846-9233  or mail in
 
Payment: It is possible to either mail us a check at the above address or click the Paypal link below to pay for and register for classes.  All classes are $25 each.  You can also mail a check to the address above made out to Seven Seeds Farm.  No one will be turned away for lack of funds.  Call  to discuss work trade options.See you on the farm!www.sevenseedsfarm.com