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Healthy Land, Healthy Water, Healthy Community: Regenerating Pittsburgh from the Ground Up on April 29 CANCELLED

By: Pittsburgh Permaculture and Dynamics Ecological Design
April 14, 2011

NOTE – THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. PITTSBURGH (April 14, 2011) … If you are looking for ways to delve deeper into lasting sustainable solutions, then this inspiring evening lecture and weekend workshop is just what you need to discover practical ways to create a healthy and vibrant life—and to regenerate the city in the process!

Regenerating Communities, Ecosystems, and Landscapes with Permaculture
Friday evening, April 29, 7-9PM, Eddy Theatre, Chatham University, Pittsburgh

During the Friday evening lecture, explore the forest gardening vision with Dave Jacke, author of Edible Forest Gardens, as he presents “Regenerating Communities, Ecosystems, and Landscapes with Permaculture.” Learn how to create high-yielding, low-maintenance backyards with lush ripe fruit and perennial edibles, and see ample examples of existing edible Edens. Discover how this systems design model can be used for backyard growing as well as community empowerment to create an abundant future right here, right now. This event takes place on Friday April 29, 2011, from 7-9pm, at Chatham University’s Eddy Theatre.

? Suggested donation: $10. All are welcome.

Regenerating Pittsburgh from the Ground Up
Saturday & Sunday, April 30 & May 1, 9AM-4:30PM 1059 Shady Ave, Phipps Garden Center

Join Dave Jacke and regional permaculture teachers for a two-day workshop, April 30th and May 1st, at Phipps Garden Center on Shady Avenue. Gain a fresh perspective on functional relationships in plant and human communities. Experience permaculture principles and learn how to replicate the way nature works to provide us with everything we need – food, energy, shelter, medicine, biodiversity, beauty, health, enjoyment – with minimal work in the long run. Engage with other Pittsburghers in real solutions to our region’s most pressing environmental challenges.

? Sliding scale fee for the weekend workshop is $150- $200. Discounts for groups of 5 or more, pay only $125 per person. Scholarships available, please inquire.

? Pre-registration required, please visit or call Juliette at 412-780-5833.

Pittsburgh Permaculture is a start-up business offering residential and community scale edible landscape design and consultation. In 2009, with the help of volunteers, they planted the city’s first community food forest, the Hazelwood Food Forest, funded in part by a Seed Award from the Sprout Fund. Pittsburgh Permaculture offers courses through Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and has been a part of The Three Rivers Bioneers Conference and Citizens University at the Carnegie Library in Oakland. Current projects include an edible garden design for the Children’s Museum, designs for the Borland Ecological Garden in East Liberty and a number of residential designs.

Dave Jacke, primary author of the award winning two-volume book Edible Forest Gardens, has studied ecology and design since the 1970s, and has run his own design firm—Dynamics Ecological Design—since 1984. Dave is an engaging and passionate teacher of ecological design and permaculture. He has designed, built, and planted landscapes, homes, farms, and communities in the many parts of the United States, as well as overseas. He holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Simon’s Rock College and a M.A. in Landscape Design from the Conway School of Landscape Design.