2016 North American Permaculture Convergence

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The 2nd North American Permaculture Convergence is scheduled for September 14-18, 2016 at the Solar Living Institute in Hopland, California.

Dear permaculture friends,

It is our pleasure to announce that NAPC II is happening Sept 14-18, 2016, at Solar Living Institute in Northern California.

NAPC II will be held in partnership with the Northern California Permaculture Convergence, which will be held concurrently on September 16-18 on the same site.  We are excited about this partnership and consider that it could become a tradition, through collaboration with and support of different regional convergences across the continent every two years. Integration and cooperation makes all of us stronger and more resilient!

In 2015, Northern California Permaculture Convergence changed their name to “Building Resilient Communities Convergence (BRCC)” in order to communicate to a broader base.  BRCC had 500 participants in 2015, with over 100 speakers, top music bands and lots of great networking. We expect to have even more people attending this event.

The site for NAPC II is the world-renowned Solar Living Institute.

The Solar Living Institute (SLI) has many examples relevant to permaculture especially in energy systems. SLI has hosted many events and at its max had 3,000 people on site. Visit their website to learn more.  https://www.solarliving.org/

The site offers camping and spillover will be at a neighbor’s land. There are a number of motels and hotels at interesting, small Northern California neighboring towns within 20 minutes or so.

The schedule and programming

The convergence will flow from a focus on permaculture designers and educators at NAPC, Wednesday through Friday, to a more open and broad based event on the weekend, hosted by BRCC.

NAPC will be the focus from Wednesday thru Friday. Working Groups and networking will be strong components, along with multiple tracks of advanced workshops, panels, and other activities. Designers and educators will have many opportunities to collaborate and learn from one another. We would like to continue the work that was initiated at the first NAPC and at the International Permaculture Convergence in the UK last year, and begin new work as is appropriate. Let us know what you would most love to see at this event!  It’s important to us to meet your needs, and we can only do that if you communicate what those are to us!  There will be many opportunities to share co-creative input before, during, and after the event. Write to info @ northamericanpermaculture.com with your needs and ideas, and join our Facebook group and communicate in our community venue.https://www.facebook.com/groups/napermacultureconvergence/

BRCC starts Friday evening and goes through Saturday and Sunday, with NAPC momentum continuing through the weekend. BRCC activities focus on workshops, education and festivities. NAPC participants can lead and attend workshops, join in the festivities, attend keynotes and all other BRCC activities. At the same time, NAPC will continue concurrently with scheduling of its own including ongoing meetings of the Working Groups. What the scheduling will be at NAPC II is dependent on what the participants bring to the table. There will be shoulder events and northern California tours both before the event and after it. Northern California has some of the best, most diverse and most established examples of permaculture in North America and some of the most experienced practitioners. There will be many opportunities for rich edge events that will offer attendees a wide range of opportunity.

Transition US (a worldwide permaculture-based movement founded in the UK),  Gaia U (permaculture focused University), the West Coast Women’s Permaculture Convergence and Permaculture Institute of North America have expressed interest in collaborating. A number of other permaculture groups have come forward to participate as well. The theme of the event is “Building Bridges” and it is already shaping up to be intensely collaborative.

How you can get involved

TICKETS: To register for the event, go HERE. Super early bird prices end July 9!  As the event gets closer there will be several price increases, so buy soon!

PROGRAM:  To apply to be a presenter, give a workshop, panel, or collaborative event, click HERE.  Priority application deadline is July 10. If you are a member of an already formed working group and would like to help create related activities for this event, or if you would like to form a new working group, please contact info @ northamericanpermaculture.com. More information on 2014 working groups can be found HERE.

SPONSORS:  Sponsors will receive significant promotional benefits from multiple partnering organizations while supporting the progress and growth of the profession of permaculture and of the movement. If you would like to see more about the benefits of sponsorship or to sponsor the event, go HERE.

VENDORS:  Do you have a service or product you’d like to share with 500+ permaculturists?  Consider acquiring a space at the event. There are positions for businesses, non-profits and interactive vendors. More info HERE.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS: How can we capture the energy within our movement and help each other to greater abundance – whatever that might mean to each of us? One way is through collaboration and in that spirit, we are looking to form useful partnerships. If you help us spread word of the event, we will promote your activity as well. For more information, go HERE.

WORK TRADE:  Application and more info coming soon!

SCHOLARSHIP FUND: Check back soon for more information about our crowdfunding campaign and scholarship fund. Scholarships will go as priority to those who are active in their communities using permaculture to make a difference. As well, a diverse geographical and cultural representation at the event is important to us, as diversity provides more resilience, learning opportunities, and ultimately abundance for all of us..

TOURS and EDGE EVENTS:  Information on tours is HERE. If you have an event, workshop, or course occurring before or after Sept 14-18, please let us know. We’d like to give people the opportunity to extend their educational and participatory experience when possible!


Please sign up for our low volume newsletter HERE to keep abreast of important developments in regard to this event!

If you would like to help or contribute in a way that hasn’t been described above, you can use the Contact Us form or please write to info @ northamericanpermaculture.com.


The North American Permaculture Convergence will help to connect and advance North American networks of permaculture practitioners. The NAPC will also create opportunities for in-person and virtual connections, sharing resources and defining the structure, function and organization of our collective groups moving forward.



Reduce waste through home composting

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Dandelion Community: Green Tip #1
Did you know that 24-percent of the municipal solid waste stream is food and yard waste? A great way to reduce your landfill contribution and create your own nutrient rich soil is home composting. City of Orlando offers free home composters and workshops through Mayor Buddy Dyer’s Green Works initiative.

Click here to sign up to receive your free composter. See our backyard composting handbook for more information about the benefits of composting and how to get started with your own composting bin!

Click here to sign up to receive your free composter!

Composting Guides

Backyard Composting Handbook
UF compost guide
EPA compost guide

Composting Workshops

The City of Orlando and the Orange County IFAS Extension Office are partnering to bring you free composting workshops. Residents of the City of Orlando can pick up a FREE backyard composter. The first 20 attendees will receive a FREE kitchen scraps collector!

We’ve wrapped up our spring 2016 workshops, our summer 2016 workshop schedule will be coming soon.

Compost  Drop-Off Sites

Can’t use all of your compost? A colorful bin will be placed at these community garden sites to accept finished compost in case residents are not able to use all of their compost:

  • Parramore Community Garden
    654 W. Robinson St.
    Orlando, FL
  • Colonialtown North Community Garden
    1517 Lake Highland Dr.
    Orlando, FL
  • Festival Park Community Garden
    2911 E. Robinson St.
    Orlando, FL

Reduce Summer Pest with herbs

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Mosquitoes hate herbs like lavender, mint, lemon balm, sage, and of course, citronella.

Toss a few branches of herbs fresh or dry into the fire and what smells heavenly to you, will send bugs packing!

Even if you don’t have a firepit, then you can still create bug-repelling smoke. Making your own citronella candles is easy and inexpensive if you use recycled materials. See how to make these Citronella CANdles here:

Sage for campfires

There are plenty more mosquito-repelling plants that you can add to your landscape. See them on my eBay blog:


Raw Collard Green Salad

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Inspired by a FarmDaddy Customer

FarmDaddy Raw Collard Green Salad 1
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1 bunch collard greens, washed

1/2 cup olive oil

1 small red onion, thinly sliced

1 cup raw apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup raw sugar – or to taste

Salt & pepper to taste

1 cup walnuts

1 cup cranberries

1/2 cup feta cheese

1/2 cup mandarin oranges, drained



Remove ribs and stems from collards. Dry collards and stack on top of one another. Roll collards into a cigar shape. Slice very thin using a serrated knife. Place into large bowl. Add olive oil to collards, work thoroughly into greens with hands or a wooden spoon.

Thinly slice red onions using  a “v-slicer” or mandoline for best results. Mix apple cider vinegar and sugar together. Mix until sugar granules are dissolved.  Add salt and pepper to taste. Place red onions into apple cider vinaigrette and allow to marinate for at least 10 minutes.

Add red onions/apple cider vinaigrette into the collards greens along with walnuts, cranberries, feta cheese. Gently combine ingredients.  Top with mandarin oranges and serve.




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I don’t know if you’ve noticed yet, but we love The Minimalist Baker! We were looking up cookies for a Christmas baking extravaganza, and came across this recipe for Peanut Butter & Jelly Thumbprints. We cooked them up, and they were so good, we ate them all before we were able to hand any out. I suppose we should make some more to share.


  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup soft vegan butter (earth balance)
  • 1 flax egg (1 tbsp flax meal and 2.5 tbsp water)
  • 10 tbsp jam of your choice (we used raspberry)


Preheat oven to 350. Prepare flax egg, set aside. Beat peanut butter and earth balance together until they are light and fluffy. Then add flax egg and brown sugar, stir. Add graham cracker crumbs and stir to combine, then add flour a little at a time until the dough is firm, not crumbly. Scoop dough into one tbsp amounts, and roll into balls. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Next, flatten the balls gently with the bottom of a glass and use your thumb to make an indentation in the middle. Bake for 8 minutes, remove from oven. The indentations should’ve puffed up, so press them back down a little and put back in the oven to brown a little more, about 2-3 minutes until they are golden brown. If they over bake, they will be too crunchy. Let them rest on the pans for a few minutes, then transfer to wire racks. Once cooled, heat jam until warm and pourable in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Spoon small amounts of the jam into the middle of each cookie. Sprinkle with a few more graham cracker crumbs and serve!

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Herb Day At Dandelion Cafe May 7, 2016

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Dandelion Communitea Cafe & The Florida School of Holistic Living Presents

Herb Day May 7th from 11am- 5pm at the Dandelion Cafe:

Orlando’s Organic & Vegetarian Friendly Gathering Place

618 N Thornton Ave • Orlando FL 32803 • 407-362-1864

Herb Day at Dandelion

  • Free Workshops
  • Cooking Demo
  • Plant and tea sale
  • Weed walk
  • Activities for kids

Herb Day At Dandelion Cafe Facebook Event Page

Enjoying the little things in life

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Little things in Orlando

Little things in life

Little Doors on Trees in Orlando where is 1- 13?


It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important. Arthur Conan Doyle



I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things… I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind. Leo Buscaglia

Paying attention

Little doors can be found by paying attention

My view is that life is too short. I’m not being melodramatic or anything, but when your mother dies in your arms – just you and her, and it’s one o’clock in the morning, and you’re waiting for her to exhale – you just think, life’s too bloody short to argue about the little things. Saffron Aldridge

I don’t have to take a trip around the world or be on a yacht in the Mediterranean to have happiness. I can find it in the little things, like looking out into my backyard and seeing deer in the fields. Queen LatifahI 

Bugs everywhere

Wooden Bear sculpture in a tree

I found that if you take a few minutes out of your day to look around and find a few special little things in life— it is amazing how quickly all the big problems you thought you had all of the sudden seem smaller. Nanette Gregory

FarmDaddy Self Watering Growing System

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We have been up to FarmDaddy in the Sanford area to learn more about this growing system and what makes it different from many of the other systems out there.

FarmDaddy How It Works

One of the most ingenious features of the FarmDaddy is the simplicity of how the garden container is watered.  The unit requires NO electricity, attaches to a common garden hose (or rain barrel) and is self-regulating . The garden container provides each plant the precise amount of water it needs at the exact time it needs it. Each self watering container maintains optimal plant hydration 24/7 which maximizes plant growth potential. One box can be daisy chained to up to 600 boxes. Due to the bypass in each box, only the boxes that need water receive hydration. Other so called watering box systems still need the user to physically add water at regular intervals.

The FarmDaddy garden container provides accelerated growth and increased productivity for growing fresh organic food or flowers.

Collards at the FarmDaddy testing facility

Here is a video for you to watch to learn more:




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makes one jar

This tasty, chunky spread goes great on toast, waffles, pancakes, banana bread, oatmeal, ice cream, yogurt… just about anything!


  • 1 mango, finely diced
  • ½ tbsp coconut oil
  • dash ground allspice
  • ¼ tsp powdered ginger
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup brown or coconut sugar
  • ¼ cup white sugar


Simmer mango in a small pot over medium/low heat with coconut oil, spices, and vanilla – stir. Let cook for a couple minutes, then add sugars. Let this cook until desired consistency, which is thick and syrupy. Stir occasionally, cook approximately 45 minutes. The bubbles will get larger when it is close to done. After it is finished, remove from heat, let sit until cool. Then, either serve or refrigerate.