Winter Farming Lecture Series & Permaculture Certificate Course

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 The Accokeek Foundation and ECO City Farms Co-Present:

Flourishing Winter Crops

Flourishing Winter Crops

Winter Farming Lecture Series
January – February 2013

Join us for a journey through winter farming with some of our areas most skilled farmers! Our Winter Farming Lecture Series will be held on four Saturdays.

Dates:

  • January 12 – Accokeek Foundation’s Ecosystem Farm – Accokeek, Maryland
  • January 26 – Even’ Star Organic Farm – Lexington Park, Maryland
  • February 2 – ECO City Farms – Edmonston, Maryland
  • February 23 – Tree and Leaf Farm – Unionville, VA

Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Farm Tour with focus on Winter Farming Techniques

Cost: $20 per event or $60 for series

Registration is required, register for the whole series or individual visits.  To register and for more information, visit http://accokeekfoundation.org/winter-farming-lecture-series-accokeek-foundations-ecosystem-farm/

Farm Locations:

  • Accokeek Foundation’s Ecosystem Farm – 3400 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek, MD 20616
    Accokeek Foundation’s Ecosytem Farm is a certified organic diversified vegetable operation which markets through a CSA, winter farmstand. Additionally we have been doing farmer training through season long apprenticeships for almost twenty years. The winter farming model here is a demonstration of first a farmers first year winter farming and can be especially applicable to those first starting out winter farming.
  • Even ‘Star Organic Farm – 48322 Far Cry Road Lexington Park, MD 20653
    The Washington D.C. region’s premier 12-months-of-harvest CSA. Even ‘Star is a highly diverse certified organic farm, growing over 120 varieties of vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers for bouquets. The winter CSA foods include superb frost-sweetened greens for salads and for cooking, herbs, turnips, radishes, and sweet potatoes. The spring and summer CSA crops include heirloom tomatoes,cucumbers, potatoes, sweet potatoes, eggplant, squash, sweet onions, fresh herbs, peppers, melons, figs, etc. Even ‘Star can also be found at two farmers’ markets in Chevy Chase and Lexington Park for great diverse organic foods!
  • ECO City Farms - 4913 Crittenden Street, Edmonston, Maryland 20781
    ECO City Farms is also demonstrating that local food production doesn’t have to end when the major farmer markets do. With its solar high tunnels, low tunnels, and experiments in compost heat, it provides produce 12 months of the year through its CSA and Riverdale Farmers Market.
  • Tree and Leaf Farm – 14744 Tatum Road Unionville, VA 22567
    Tree and Leaf Farm is a 50-acre farm cultivating 10 acres of vegetables, herbs and flowers located in Unionville Virginia. We practice sustainable farming using, ridge-till, no-till, and living mulch systems, focusing on pro-biotic soil dynamics through use of Effective Micro-organisms, composting, legume cover crops, crop rotation and companion planting, No pesticides, herbicides, fungicides are used. Tree and Leaf Farm is a four season farm attending farmers markets year round in Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia as well as wholesaling to restaurants and to a large CSA.

 

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Permaculture Design Certificate Course with Wayne Weiseman
March 23-30, 2013

We invite our food and farming community to come together for this unique permaculture course geared towards building our collective capacity as well as our interrelationships in the DC/MD/VA region. The goal is to strengthen skills that can help us to be more effective in creating more sustainable farms and food system. The Permaculture Design course is an internationally recognized 72-hour course of study where participants will learn about sustainable food production, renewable energy, water harvesting, natural building, earthworks, and animal husbandry, as well as biodynamics–all geared to provide the skills to practice permaculture on any scale, from a city lot to a suburban yard or country homestead.

This course is rewarding and challenging for anyone from beginners to those with years of experience in sustainability, horticulture or environmental stewardship. Participants will gain a deepened understanding and appreciation for the environment and sustainability; be able to forge a path to a career in sustainable food production; or to prepare for a post-carbon world. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will also earn their Permaculture Design Certificate. The last day of the course will have a particular focus on Biodynamics.

Members of the food and farming community are strongly encouraged to participate in this unique course with at least two delegates from a farm or organization to ensure knowledge share at their sites. The course will be taught at the Accokeek Foundation, with pre-scheduled visits to ECO City Farm.

Course Highlights

  • Comprehensive, holistic training presented by Wayne Weiseman, director of The Permaculture Project and certified by movement founder Bill Mollison
  • Permaculture principles related to sustainable living systems, food production, home design, eco-construction, energy conservation and generation, forest gardening, etc.
  • Dig in with a hands-on, design-build project on-site related to rain-water harvesting, irrigation, aquaculture and pond ecosystems
  • Animal husbandry, including pastured poultry systems and sheep and cattle grazing using Holistic Management
  • Edible forest gardening including mushroom cultivation and medicinal herbs

About the Instructor

Wayne Weiseman is certified by The Permaculture Institute of Australia as an instructor of the Permaculture Design Certificate Course. He is also certified by the American Institute of Architecture and the American Society of Landscape Architects to teach continuing education in Permaculture. He has worked as a builder and contractor, herbalist, renewable energy expert and farmer for 25 years. For many years he managed a land-based, self-reliant community project combining organic crop/food production, ecologically built shelter and renewable energy. Learn more about Wayne Weiseman and his work at www.permacultureproject.com.

Course Application and Costs

Course Cost: $250 per participant (includes meals)

In an effort to make this course accessible to all, serving our food and farming community, the course will cost $250 per participant. To apply to participate, complete and submit the course application no later than March 15. Applications will be reviewed and, if approved, participants will receive a reservation confirmation with payment instructions. Payment is due by March 15, 2013. Space is limited and anticipated to fill quickly; interested participants are encouraged to submit an application as soon as possible to ensure space is reserved.

Participation requirements include a signed agreement to participate fully in the course, to complete the course in its entirety, and to continue the learning process by attending two follow up networking events, continuing to build our momentum collectively.

For questions and more information please contact Molly Meehan or call 301-283-2113.

Translation service are available, please contact us to coordinate. Traducción al español está disponible, si necesita estos servicios por favor díganosdurante el registro. Pongase en contacto con Molly Meehan en mmeehan@accokeek.org o 301-283-2113 ext 32.