Southeastern Permaculture Gathering: REGENERATIVE UNIVERSE, with Rob Messick

From the very beginning of my time as a conscious child on planet earth, while lying on my back staring at deep blue summer sky, I would feel so very grateful that my eyes could not pierce space, that there was no ceiling, that the sky went on forever. And: From the very first time…

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Southeastern Permaculture Gathering: INSECTS IN THE GARDEN, with Dr. Dick McDonald and Patryk Battle

Do your cabbages end up looking like this? Ours do. This is one of those situations where, when you find out that your problem is everybody’s problem, you don’t feel so crazy, or so dejected. Dr. Bug (Dick McDonald, Ph.D, an entomologist) says that this cabbage is over 75% gone, so it’s too late. But…

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Southeastern Permaculture Gathering: MUSHROOM HUNTING with Ken Crouse

Re: the 26th Annual Southeastern Permaculture Gathering, which Charisse (Rebecca) and I attended August 1-4: Aside from the unusually warm and caring atmosphere engendered by this decidedly intergenerational tribe that started meeting 26 years ago, I was most impressed by the level of deep grounded knowledge held by the elders there, both those who offered classes,…

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Southeast Permaculture Gathering: OVERVIEW PHOTOS

Charisse (Rebecca) and I finally returned home at around noon today, after an exhausting night, during which we and hundreds of other vehicles, were stopped, three lanes across, for nearly five hours, from about 9:30 p.m. to about 2:15 a.m, due to an intense and fatal three car smash-up just ahead on I 75 N

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March 2019, Green Acres Update: About the morphing of the place and the name . . .

The old moniker GANG (Green Acres Neighborhood Garden) was officially discarded a few years ago. It was a gradual process, our realization that our garden had now folded itself into community. Our community. An intentional community, what we have been nurturing all along through working the garden together as neighbors since 2009! The changeover was both subtle and blatant. Subtle, because it’s very hard to pinpoint when exactly it happened. Blatant, in that it’s no longer a Neighborhood Garden per se, though neighbors are of course welcome to come work the soil with us, and take home a few veggies in exchange — or not!

And we’ve gone through various iterations of the new name, too. We moved from GANG to GAV, Green Acres Village; then, once we did a CSA (in 2016, and again in 2018), we called it Green Acres Village and Urban Farm; then, wrestling with that long name, we came up with Green Acres Permaculture Village instead, which puts the notion of permaculture right in the title — so obviously working with both each other AND the land, without having to say so. Or in permaculture lingo, we are doing both land-based permaculture and social/cultural permaculture, together, synchronized in harmony.

Our motto says it all, “Building Community from the Ground Up.” For the past few years, that has included weekly Community Dinners, where we invite neighbors, friends, old and new, to join us, rotating among our three homes, and sometimes even having presentations of various kinds — aesthetic, cultural, educational, after dinner.

It’s a rich, full life we lead here.

For more on our village life, see www.greenacresvillage.org. For more from the founder, Ann Kreilkamp, see www.exopermaculture.com.