Two Stories About Building Resilient Communities and Bio-Regions


It's been a while since my last blog. It was a productive summer in the garden with tons of tomatoes, figs and peaches. Here are two very recent green and resilient experiences. One on my street, the other a large gathering of permaculture enthusiasts.

The second North American Permaculture Convergence 

The second North American Permaculture Convergence took place the third week in September near Ukiah, California. It was hosted by and companion to, the Building Resilient Communities Convergence, formerly known as the Northern California Permaculture Convergence.

For five days, more than 400 people engaged in networking, presentations, plenaries, panels and culture. The event took place at the Real Goods Solar Living Institute, located on thirteen acres of transformed road side waste land ten miles south of Ukiah. Rubble, scrub and weeds have been turned into beautiful gardens, edible landscaping, ponds, shady niches, solar design and educational displays for living more eco friendly. A great location for a permaculture event!

Fountain and trellis area of the Solar Living Institute

Most attendees were from California but I met people from Texas, Indiana, Florida, Massachusetts, Colorado and even Germany, Italy, India and Bulgaria. I also reconnected, after 25 years, with my own permaculture teacher from Austin and re acquainted with the person I knew in Houston over 25 years ago, who had the first suburban permaculture project I had ever seen. Its amazing now.

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