Permaculture Talk Oct 17th at Jake’s

Permaculture Talk Oct 17th at Jake’s

The Sheboygan Permaculture Group will be hosting leading speaker and author Bryce Ruddock, co-author of Integrated Forest Gardening. He will be presenting a program on Saturday, October 17th from 10am – noon in the focus group facility (Church Basement). The speaking topic will be an introduction to plant guilds.

In Permaculture, a guild is a grouping a plants, animals, insects, and other natural components that work together to help ensure their survival. Instead of planting gardens, Permaculture teaches us how to “build guilds”.
Bryce Ruddock is certified as an instructor of permaculture teaching by the Permaculture Institute USA and Cascadia Permaculture Institute since 2010. He authored the Plant Guilds e-book, a training manual used in classes by Midwest Permaculture. His interest in perennial polycultures began in 1980. Since 1984 Bryce and his partner, Debby, have been implementing permaculture-based polyculture designs at their sixth of an acre urban home site in southeastern Wisconsin, where they have transformed an average suburban yard into a thriving food and medicinals food forest.
This program is being sponsored by a growing community of gardeners and farmers in the Sheboygan area interested in sharing resources and skills in the spirit of sustainability.  This event is free of charge, though donations are always welcome!
See you Saturday,
Alan Vodicka
Massage and Energy Therapies

Integrated Forest Gardening 

The Complete Guide to Polycultures and Plant Guilds in Permaculture Systems

Permaculture is a movement that is coming into its own, and the concept of creating plant guilds in permaculture is at the forefront of every farmer’s and gardener’s practice. One of the essential practices of permaculture is to develop perennial agricultural systems that thrive over several decades without expensive and harmful inputs: perennial plant guilds, food forests, agroforestry, and mixed animal and woody species polycultures.

The massive degradation of conventional agriculture and the environmental havoc it creates has never been as all pervasive in terms of scale, so it has become a global necessity to further the understanding of a comprehensive design and planning system such as permaculture that works with nature, not against it. The guild concept often used is one of a “functional relationship” between plants–beneficial groupings of plants that share functions in order to bring health and stability to a plant regime and create an abundant yield for our utilization. In other words, it is the integration of species that creates a balanced, healthy, and thriving ecosystem. But it goes beyond integration. A guild is a metaphor for all walks of life, most importantly a group of people working together to craft works of balance, beauty, and utility.

This book is the first, and most comprehensive, guide about plant guilds ever written, and covers in detail both what guilds are and how to design and construct them, complete with extensive color photography and design illustrations. Included is information on:

•    What we can observe about natural plant guilds in the wild and the importance of observation;
•    Detailed research on the structure of plant guilds, and a portrait of an oak tree (a guild unto itself);
•    Animal interactions with plant guilds;
•    Steps to guild design, construction, and dynamics: from assessment to design to implementation;
•    Fifteen detailed plant guilds, five each from the three authors based on their unique perspectives;
•    Guild project management: budgets, implementation, management, and maintenance.

Oct, 15, 2015

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