2019 Cincinnati Regional Permaculture Convergence

  • January 20, 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Dan Beard Scout Shop, 10078 Reading Rd

Registration

Organization: Cincinnati Permaculture Institute

** This event was rescheduled to Sunday, January 20 **

The Cincinnati Permaculture Institute will be hosting its Second Biennial Permaculture Convergence for the Cincinnati Region to bring our growing community of practitioners together to share and learn from each other.

The keynote speaker will be Amy Stross, author of the Amazon Best Seller, The Suburban Microfarm and publisher and author of TenthAcreFarm.com. She is also a CPI PDC Graduate from 2009.

Guest speakers include John Hemmerle (CPI PDC ‘09 of Our Land Organics), Linda Mathews (CPI PDC ‘16), Owner of Millennium Energy and Executive Director of the Lincoln Heights Comprehensive Redevelopment Corporation and many other local practitioners pioneering the way towards a sustainable Region in and around Cincinnati.

There will also be a Silent Auction to support our fundraising efforts for CPI. There will be local food served and lots of knowledge to be gleaned throughout the day. 

SCHEDULE:

  • 9:15-9:30 - Check in

  • 9:30-10:30 - REGIONAL LEADERS SPEAKING ON VARIOUS PERMACULTURE SUBJECTS:

    • Alan Wight PhD of the Giving Trees Project and Food Mapping of Cincinnati

    • John Hemmerle of Our Land Organics Landscape Design will be speaking about how he has been incorporating permaculture into his companies mission and work that “improves and heals our world - one yard at a time”.

    • Chris Smyth, former Sustainability Director of Price Hill Will where he is implementing several resilience projects with his neighbors and at his community home, the Sankofa House. He will be sharing about Agroforestry and his recent studies of the subject during his travels in the world's oldest agroforestry cultures in Central Asia, the Wild Apple forests of Kazakhstan and the Walnut forests of Kyrgyzstan. (CPI PDC '10)

  • 10:30-10:45 - Break

  • 10:45 - 11:45 - REGIONAL LEADERS SPEAKERS ON VARIOUS PERMACULTURE SUBJECTS.

    • Braden Trauth, the Executive Director and co-founder of CPI will be teaching about comprehensive water management through Keyline Design. He will then head up a tour of the Gorman Permaculture Orchard next door where you can see Keyline Design in action.

    • Linda Matthews is the Executive Director of the Lincoln Heights Comprehensive Development Corporation. She will be sharing about her work with UC’s School of Planning to develop a Comprehensive Redevelopment Plan for Lincoln Heights that incorporates Permaculture as a foundation for its strategy. Elements of it have already been implemented.

    • One more TBA

  • 12:00-1:00 - LOCAL LUNCH PROVIDED BY OUR OWN ANDE SCHEWE OF WAKE THE FARM UP! AND JEFF & SANDRA ASHBA OF THE ORGANIC FARM AT BEAR CREEK.

    • Please bring your own bowl, small plate and utensils if possible to reduce waste. Some utensils will be provided as back up.

  • 1:00-2:00 - BREAK OUT SESSION ON BRINGING PERMACULTURE INTO OUR LIVES, FOCUSING ON VARIOUS SUBJECTS AND FACILITATED BY LOCAL PRACTITIONERS

    • Urban Focus

    • Rural Focus

  • 2:00-2:15 - Break

  • 2:15-3:45 - KEYNOTE: JOIN BEST-SELLING LOCAL AUTHOR AMY STROSS (THE SUBURBAN MICRO-FARM, 2018 DISTRIBUTED BY CHELSEA GREEN PUBLISHING) AND GRADUATE OF CINCINNATI PERMACULTURE INSTITUTE’S PDC, IN THIS CONVERSATION ABOUT DESIGNING FOR THE FUTURE BY MEETING THE SUBURBS WHERE THEY ARE.

Bringing Resilience to the Suburbs: Planting Seeds for the Future

More than half of all Americans now live in the suburbs and more than half of the world population lives in cities. Meanwhile, sprawl and development are gobbling up farmland and woodlands at an incredible rate. It seems desperately necessary to redesign the places where we live to meet more of our needs with the resources we have available to us. But how do we inspire participation from the residents who live here? How can we, as permaculture designers, provide solutions that are helpful and actionable?http://www.thesuburbanmicrofarm.com/

Amy Stross is a permaculture gardener, writer, educator, and author of The Suburban Micro-Farm (winner of the Gold Nonfiction Book Award (2018) and an Amazon Top 10 Urban Gardening Book). She specializes in ecologically regenerative and productive home landscapes. 

Her own former 0.10-acre micro-farm was a thriving example, including berry bushes, fruit trees, herbs, flowers, vegetable gardens, and water management systems. Amy’s current adventure is transforming a 3-acre property into a micro-farm with her husband and mischievous farm cat. She reaches hundreds of thousands of people with her adventures in small-scale permaculture gardening on her popular website, TenthAcreFarm.com.

    • 3:45 - 4:00 - Break

    • 4:00 - 5:30 - A Permaculture based Film

    • 5:30 - 6:00 - Film Q&A with Local Permaculturists

    Public Transit to the Convergence: Metro Bus 43 and get off when it turns off of Reading Rd. on to Columbia. Walk 1.4 Miles north on Reading Rd. and Daniel Beard Center will be on your right.

    Cost: $55

    • includes local lunch provided by local farms

    • After January 6th Ticket price increases to $65 & no Lunch included

    To Register Please visit: https://www.meetup.com/Cincinnati-Permaculture-Meetup/events/256871761/

    Scholarship Requests: If you can’t afford a ticket but feel you will gain a lot from attending the please email Info@CincinnatiPermacultureInstitute.org with “Convergence Scholarship” in the heading. Please submit no later than January 6th to be considered.

    Membership Tickets: Discounted Membership Tickets (15% off) are for purchase below. The Local Lunch is included.

    • $46.75 before January 6th

    • $55 after January 6th (no lunch included)

    Student Tickets: Discounted student tickets are for purchase below. The Local Lunch is included.

    • $40 before January 6th

    • $50 after January 6th (no lunch included)

    • A valid student ID must be presented at check in on the 12th. If not then you will be charged the full amount


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