Permaculture, Gardening and Homesteading Workshops
Harvest of Hope
Presenters: Kathryn Scullion (SUNY Sullivan) and Jon Jon Thomas (Hope Farm)
The development of SUNY Sullivan's Hope Farm, combining education and Permaculture principles to a model community food project through creating " nodes" of permanent community outreach.
The Enchanted Organic Forest Garden
Presenters: Dani Baker and David Belding
Dani Baker and David Belding will share their latest development of the "enchanted" Edible Forest Garden at Cross Island Farms in the 1,000 Islands.
Homeschooling - theory, practice and reality
Presenters: Wes Gillingham and Iris Fen Gillingham
Father and daughter will speak about raising children and being raised, off the grid, on Wild Roots Farm in the Catskill Mountains. Wes will address the theories and choices that were made. Iris will speak about how those choices affected growing up and her development in becoming a youth leader.
Bleut Hill Farm
Presenters: Dennis Marrero and Andrew Leslie Phillips
Protracted and careful observation is a primary principal of Permaculture. Former Wall-Streeter-now-farmer, Dennis Marrero and permaculture design consultant, Andrew Leslie Phillips of Hancock Permaculture will explain how a productive blueberry farm evolved based on Permaculture. Bluet Hill Farm now yields a you-pick blueberry farm, a crop rich in anti-oxidants and with value-added products like blueberry balsamic vinegar and healthy and delicious blueberry BBQ sauce.
Wake Up Your Soil With WEEDS - Applying Permaculture Principles to Improve Your Soil Rapidly
Presenter: Val Dixon
Date: Saturday, January 20
Homesteaders and Farmers will learn from Vail Dixon of Simple Soil Solutions the benefits of using Permaculture principals in letting weeds improve soil health and productivity through case studies on the results of no tilling and letting weeds do the work of "waking up" the soil.