Part of the San Juan Island Grange Lecture Series, July 25, 6PM potluck meet&greet, 7PM program.
Islanders can produce an abundance of food for their families while restoring degraded lands and fighting climate change. Tall order, you say? Permaculture designer Keith Keyser will show how it has been done elsewhere and how it can be done here. Join Keyser on Wednesday July 25th at the San Juan Island Grange Hall for an informative talk on “Permaculture, or regenerative ecological agriculture and its promise for restoring a damaged planet”. The program starts at 7PM and is preceded by a 6PM traditional Grange meet-and-greet potluck.
Permaculture is an integrated approach to landscape design, aquaculture, water management, forestry, animal husbandry, nutrient cycling, architecture and more. It creates “consciously designed landscapes which mimic the patterns and relationships found in nature, while yielding an abundance of food, fiber and energy for provision of local needs.”, according to Permaculture co-founder David Holmgren.
Keyser will present principles that govern Permaculture design, introduce the founding mothers and fathers of Permaculture, and look at some successful Pacific Northwest examples that show what can be done here in our islands.
This latest presentation in San Juan Island Grange’s Lecture Series is offered to advance its mission “to promote a resilient community of growers, makers and keepers” on San Juan Island. Founded in 1931, San Juan Island Grange is non-partisan, and so is this presentation. All are welcome, free of charge.
Here’s an excerpt from his presentation:
“Hi, my name is Keith Keyser. I’ve been practicing organic gardening all my adult life, which you can see has been a long time. I got started at the Organic farm at the Evergreen State College in the mid 70’s and have since been gardening in a variety of micro climates in the greater northwest. This presentation on PC is about much more than gardening per se. As PC, also known as regenerative ecological agriculture, is an integrated approach to landscape design, aquaculture, water management, forestry, animal husbandry, nutrient cycling, architecture and more, and I find it very fitting that I should have attended a school that prided itself on an integrated curriculum where pieces of varied academic departments can be found in one program of study. In the next hour and a half I’ll be addressing the ten principles that govern PC design, introduce innovators who have contributed to what PC has become today, whom I call mothers and fathers of PC, look at some NW examples of what can be accomplished in the marriage of technology and biology and along the way identify some ways to implement PC practices in the San Juans. Following that I’ll entertain any questions you may have.”