Wednesday, January 7, 2015

I'm back!
And I've been busy with Permaculture designs and installations.

I've also led three Permaculture design courses (one per year) that have brought scores of people together to learn the art and science of ecological design. From those courses we formed the Greensboro Permaculture Guild.
Visit their website, under the above name, for more info, pictures. We meet every week and are very active in the community. We believe in sharing our knowledge and in learning by doing.

One of the things we did was install Greensboro's first public orchard!
We planted it in the cold, stormy weather of last January. It survived and then flourished with lots of help from volunteers and the biodiversity of the orchard. Here's a picture of just part of it as it looked in May, just 5 months after planting. You can see the busy, 4-lane road, Smith Street, right next to it.
The orchard is called the Meeting Place and surrounds an art installation by the Boston artists Mags Harries and Lajos Heder. The asked me to design an orchard and I gave them a Permaculture orchard of 20 fruit trees and 800 small plants that gave the orchard texture and resilience.

We have other projects in store and we are also transforming our own yards into edible landscapes.