February Guild Meeting Thursday the 15th on Farming

February Guild Meeting will be a panel of a wide variety of farmers.  We will hear from them about their farming journeys, ask them about what stacking functions and “value added” means for them on their farms, ask questions and have some lively discussion on the glory and challenges of trying to farm.  I hope a bunch of you join us for this!!
Our farmers are Anne Drehfal of Regenerative Roots in Jefferson County, Jacob Marty of Green Fire Farm in Monroe Co., Jeanne Lydon of Sun Harvest Farm outside of Sun Prairie, and Erin Schneider of Hilltop Community Farm in Sauk County.  These are all very different farming ventures so there will be a lot of diversity in their experiences and businesses.  We are so pleased to be offering this up for everyone.  Please invite any friends you might think would be interested.  Part of my reason for doing this is putting a lens of reality around what it really takes to farm and/or homestead.  If others on this list would like to join the panel just show up and join in!!
Thursday, February 15th
6:30 – 7:00 pm:  Potluck and social time.
7ish – 8:15 pm:  Farming Panel, Questions and Discussion
8:15 – 8:30 pm:  Clean-up
First Congregational Church in Fellowship Hall  (in the lowest level of the church)
This is wheelchair/elevator accessible.
All meetings are open to the public.
1609 University Avenue
Park in the back across Lathrop in the parking lot for these events.
http://www.firstcongmadison.org/content/directions-and-parking
Hope to see you!!  This will be a great evening with wonderful stories and sharings.  Bring your questions.
Questions about the meeting?  Call or text Kate H-C at 608-213-2230.
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January Guild Meeting Thursday, January 18th

Come join us!!  It’s been awhile.  Thank you for your patience.

Guild Monthly Meetings going back into full swing folks!!  A variety of topics being covered.  Our Fellowship Hall in the First Congregational Church basement near Camp Randall is back open after lengthy renovations in the church.  Come on out on a winter’s evening and see some folks, learn some stuff, and dream away for the coming growing season.

Thursday, January 18th

6:30 pm; Potluck and visiting

7:15 pm; Stephanie Reirick on Madison’s Mutual Aid Network

Mutual Aid Networks are novel networked cooperatives that ‘create means for everyone to discover and succeed in work they want to do, with the support of their community.’

Born from a project of the Dane County TimeBank, and building on the legacy of Madison HOURS local currency and many formal and informal cooperative projects around the world, Mutual Aid Networks connect timebanking, shared resources (like tool libraries, commons gardens, shared laundry facilities, makerspaces, etc), pooled money, and other forms of mutual credit and free exchange to support each other doing the work we want to do —  in our professional lives, family lives, communities, and personal lives. And valuing leisure! And education! And care, investment in the future, environmental regeneration, sustainable and accessible building, and on and on. We can use existing tools and new technologies to build a healthier prosperity this way, and it can unleash forces of problem solving and collaboration that we haven’t yet seen.

8:15 pm; Clean-up

8:30 pm; Meeting over.

Please park in parking lot across the street on Lapham.  This is accessible space.

First Congregational Church at 1609 University.  Go to the back (Lapham) to park in the lot across the street from the back of the church.  Enter the back door.  Fellowship Hall is in the basement and there is an elevator so the space is accessible.

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2018 Madison Area Permaculture Guild’s PDC

Help spread the word!  This will be our 9th PDC course offered.  Our 7th with MAPG being the lead teachers and organizers.  We have graduated over 155 students and it has threaded out into our community and the world in amazing ways.

This year’s course will take place out at Terra Simpla Permaculture & Retreat Center in Stoughton, WI.  It is a beautiful 5 acre sight just outside of Stoughton with lots of systems in place and many more waiting to happen.  We will have a focus in the course on a possible pond on the property.

The dates for our PDC are:  March 9th, 10th & 11th; April 13, 14 & 15; May 4, 5 & 6.

Lead Teachers will be Kate Heiber-Cobb, Marian Farrior with assistance from Robert Roeven and Drew Carlson.  We will be having tours and each weekend there will be some kind of hands-on project.

Please see our PDC tab for more details.

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