April Guild Meeting

Thursday, April 19th, 2018                                                                                                                     6:30-8:30 pm
First Congregational Church, 1609 University Avenue                                                                   Park in the lot in the back across from the church on Lathrop St. (right at the corner of old University Ave and Lathrop)                                                                                                                  Downstairs in Fellowship Hall.  Follow the signs.  This is wheelchair accessible.  Elevator at back door.  Everyone welcome.

6:30 – 7:15:  Potluck and visiting                                                                                                         7:15 – 8:15:  Presentation on Soil Health by Carol Christensen                                                       8:15-8:30:  Clean-up

Soil Microorganisms

Have you ever wondered how healthy your soil is?  Does it have the correct ratio and diversity of microorganisms for the plants you are growing?   Understanding the answers to these questions will increase plant yield, build soil structure, suppress disease, retain and recycle nutrients, decompose toxins, and reduce water usage. You are invited to learn about the foundation of the soil food web in this presentation.

Carol Christensen:  MS (Adult Continuing Education), BA (Physical Geography), University of WI-Madison; Soil Life Student with Elaine Ingham, PhD; Permaculture Design Certificate; WI Master Naturalist

Questions?  Call or text Kate H-C at 608-213-2230


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March Guild Meeting

March Guild Meeting
Thursday, March 15th
6:30 – 8:30
First Congregational Church Fellowship Hall in the basement
6:30 – 7:15 Potluck and Visiting Time
7:15 – 8:15 Presentation on Permaculture Money by Julie Swanson
8:15 – 8:30 More Visitation and Clean-up

A Money Learning Journey
Find out what happens when an aspiring permaculture gardener decides to stop complaining and start exploring how to apply permaculture principles and emergent strategies to the way she works with money.
Her journey and this presentation are inspired by: Garden Awakening by Mary Reynolds, Miraculous Abundance by Perrine and Charles Herve-Gruyer, Emergent Strategy by adrienne maree brown and the Madison Area Permaculture Design Course

Julie Swanson
Storyprenuer Graphic Facilitator Emergent Learning Guide

After helping an organization get two multi-million dollar grants and then, within three years, making an intentional decision to close the doors at that same organization; Julie started What’s Possible Now, LLC as a base for her learning journeys to explore new ways of working in the world that are in alignment with nature. Julie gives presentations, hosts workshops and co-creates learning journeys.

1609 University Ave.
Park in back in the parking lot across Lathrop from the church.
Questions? Call or text Kate at:

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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.
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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