April Permaculture Guild Meeting is Thursday the 24th

Due to the meeting space not being available on the 17th because it’s a holy day, we will be meeting again on the 4th Thursday of the month.  My apologies for any inconvenience.

6:30-7:15 pm: Potluck  (please bring your own plates and silver if possible, but Kate always brings extra)

7:15 – 7:30 pm:  Announcements and Check-Ins

7:30 – 8:45 pm:  Propagation Techniques led by Sue Hessel and Math Heinzel  (if you have propagation techniques to share please be prepared to share – we’d be delighted)

We’ll be meeting at St. Stephen’s Church at 5700 Pheasant Hill Rd., Monona, 53716

Please park in the back parking lot and come in through the double glass doors.  We’ll be up a short set of stairs on the left.

As always, our meetings are open to the public and free to attend.

Questions?  Call or text Kate at 213-2230.



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Herb Collective Gathering – learn to use a Bunyip water level!


April 12

1:00-4:00 pm (or whenever we’re done)
3919 Gray Rd, De Forest
(608) 513-0016

Please come out to help us wake up the herb garden for the season.

We will be demonstrating how to use a Bunyip water level, which is easier and faster to use than an A-Frame level (at least in my opinion).  It makes creating water collection swales in your gardens and orchards quick and easy.  We will be reworking a swale that was created during last year’s PDC (Permaculture Design Certificate Training) at the Herb Garden.  ** the Bunyip water level is also available on loan from the MAPG.  Come and learn how to use it then borrow it to do one of your own projects!

We have both tea herbs and medicinal herbs.  The herbs are available for harvesting during the season for people who help us (St. John’s Wort anyone?).

No gardening experience is required.  We have tools.  We will show you what needs to be done.  When it’s time to harvest, we’ll show you what to do.  If you know what a dandelion or quack grass looks like, you’re golden.

We will be doing some or all of the following:

clearing out last year’s growth
spreading mulch and/or wood chips on the garden and the paths

re-trenching one of the swales, and placing “drainage tiles” in a couple spots

possibly finishing the dry-stack rock wall that surrounds the garden

If you are interested in dry-stacking the stone wall, I need to hear from you today.
Jean needs to know whether to buy the rest of what we need now, or later in the season.

What to bring


water bottle

shovel (we will have a couple, so don’t sweat this)

clippers (we will have access to some, but more can’t hurt)


long pants (a small potential exists for ticks, from the long grass in the field)

maybe munchies to share

How to get there

Take 51 north to Windsor Rd.  Turn right and go to the next intersection (about a mile)–Portage Rd.  Turn left onto Portage Rd. and go to the next intersection (about a mile)–Gray Rd.  Turn left onto Gray Rd..  The EcoInn is the first house on the left.

Park up tight on the driveway (avoid Guest parking), or on the side of Gray Rd.

The auxiliary parking area is still too soft to use.

Carpooling is strongly encouraged.   It is an easy bike ride from the city – take Portage Road over the interstate – watch the road names at the roundabout and stay on Portage Road.

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Northside Sap Boil & Mushroom Propagation Event: All Day Saturday

Northside Sap Boil & Mushroom Propagation Event: 

All Day Saturday and Into the Night


We will work on building the rocket stove Friday evening and start boiling early on Saturday. If we aren’t done by about 10pm, lest some volunteers want to pull an all-nighter, we’ll find a good stopping point and start up again Sunday morning.

Bring your sap to boil and snacks/drinks for yourself or to share. We can easily fire up the grill if you want to bring something to cook. We have a stack of chairs, but it wouldn’t hurt to bring your own if you have one.

You don’t have to have sap collected to join us, we welcome many hands to keep the stove fire stoked and to share this celebration of spring. All are welcome!

Also this year we hope to have a mushroom propagation table set up to plug logs with mushroom spawn. For a suggested donation of $1 per 1 foot of log… or so… you can take a plugged log home with you, too!

Please RSVP if your coming and let us know if you’ll have sap to boil.

The address is 4221 School Rd., Madison. Give a call if you need some help finding the place, though the gardens out front are a tell-tale: 608.669.5439



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