Permaculture Saskatchewan March Potluck & Meeting – Wednesday March 16, 2016

Eat, Write and Be Merry

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Wednesday March 16

6:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre – upstairs

202 Avenue C South

Have you been meaning to write your City Councillor about an issue close to your heart but keep putting it off or don’t know quite how to get started? Well procrastinate no more. We’ve come up with a few templates for letters close to our hearts which you can use to get yourself started. The topics we’ve chosen are rainwater management in the city, active transportation in the city and a long-time favourite back yard chickens in the city.

So bring a food dish to share for the potluck and a pen and paper or your laptop to write with. If you are not sure who the councillor is for your ward, we can show you where to look that up, as well as where you can submit an email to him or her online.

We will meet upstairs at the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre.

Doors open at 6:00 pm.
We’ll eat around 6:30.
We’ll clean-up and should be ready to start letter writing by 7:30.

We will go through a few tips for letter writing, do an overview of the letters, and then set right down and write a letter or two.

While we have come up with three issues that we think are important, feel free to come with other ideas.

Everyone welcome

Film Screening – Thursday February 4 & Introduction to Permaculture Workshop – Sunday, February 7, 2016

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Everyone is welcome to a free screening of the film Inhabit at the Frances Morrison Central Library – 311 – 23rd Street East in Saskatoon on Thursday February 4 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

Inhabit explores the many environmental and agricultural issues facing us today and examines solutions that are being applied using the ecological design process called permaculture. Permaculture is a design lens that uses the principles found in ecosystems to help shift our impact from destructive to regenerative. Focused mostly on the Northeastern and Midwestern regions of the United States, Inhabit provides an intimate look at permaculture peoples and practices ranging from rural, suburban, and urban landscapes.

Learn more about permaculture at a one-day Introduction to Permaculture Workshop on Sunday, February 7 at the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre – 202 Avenue C South from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

This Introduction to Permaculture Workshop is a great place to both start and deepen your knowledge of permaculture.

The day will begin at 9:00 AM and go until about 5:00 PM, with a few breaks during the day, including lunch (which is not included but there are plenty of places to go nearby and there is a small kitchen in the training facility).

As part of the training, you will have an opportunity to do some design on your own yard, so bring along rough measurements and an idea of your sun exposure and yard slope. If you do not have a yard, or like your yard as it is, you’ll be able to join up with someone else to help them with a design.

Cost is $70 for Permaculture Saskatchewan members/$80 for non-members.

Online registration will open via Picatic very soon. We will send a special email notification to those on our mailing list and post to our website and Facebook when it is ready. Questions? Email info@permasask.ca

 

Permaculture Saskatchewan December Gathering – Sunday December 6, 2015

Soilstice Potluck Brunch

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Sunday December 6

10:00 am to 12:00 noon

Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre – upstairs

202 Avenue C South

Join us as we celebrate World Soil Day, the International Year of Soils, and the upcoming Winter Solstice – all in one festive event.

– Bring some food to share.
– Take part in our compost exchange. Bring a cup of compost (or soil) from your garden (festively packaged in environmentally friendly wrapping like a bag, cloth, newspaper.
– Join in a “Soil Game” conjured up by PermaSask members Sue Lutkin and Michelle Hubbard.

Doors open at 9:30 am. We’ll eat around 10:00. After we eat we will exchange compost and play a “Soil Game.”

Everyone welcome.

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world soil dayUnder the leadership of the Kingdom of Thailand and within the framework of the “Global Soil Partnership”, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has supported the formal establishment of the World Soil Day as a global awareness raising platform. The FAO Conference, in June 2013, unanimously endorsed World Soil Day and requested official adoption at the 68th UN General Assembly.

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The 68th UN General Assembly also declared 2015 the International Year of Soils.

The win15923695-concentric-decorative-winter-mandalater solstice is an astronomical phenomenon marking the shortest day and the longest night of the year, after which the days gradually begin to lengthen.  Throughout the world and through the ages people have celebrated the return of the light at this time.   This year the Winter Solstice occurs on December 22 at 9:48 pm CST.