The Austin Permaculture Guild is an organization of Permaculture Basics, Fundamentals, and Design Course graduates, interested prospects, and other friends of food, sustainability, and the environment. Our area is mainly Central Texas but we have students, grads, and friends in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and beyond.
Permaculture aims and principles stress: growing food where people are, building/re-building soil, and creating a regenerative culture - both plant/animal and human. We add and stress the emphasis on: local, organic food,; smaller and local farms, growers, businesses; local/renewable resources; reducing consumption and increasing re-cycling and helping Nature restore its natural cycles of birth, use, and decay; and, the importance of local community and commerce.
The APG maintains a web site, thanks to Jenny Nazak and a Yahoo Group, AustinPerm@yahoogroups.com to encourage communication on the subjects above and to post events, projects, and classes. Marla Camp of Edible Austin, was one of 10 speakers at APG's free Winter Series of [10weekly] Talks - 3 sessions were devoted to local food and farmers.
We sponsor several Permaculture courses per year, that stress food, plants, gardening, soil/water and feature visits to and from local farmers - for example, the last class visited Alexander Family Farm (pastured poultry, lamb, beef), Hands-of-the-Earth CSA, Johnson's Backyard Farm CSA, and V. Gani's home food forest and garden. In 2007, we co-sponsored a field day at the Ross Family Farm, famous for grass-fed beef and re-building soil with compost teas.
The above can be summarized by the Permaculture directive: "Grow food where people are."
Austin Permaculture Guild promotes local, community, and individual sustainability and sef-reliance in food, renewable resources, and business/commerce.
Permaculture is a powerful set of design principles for living more sustainability, within local resources, cooperating with Nature's designs, realizing joy and abundance in the process.
See website for current classes: 2-day Basics, 7-day Fundamentals, 10-day Design - also free Intro Sessions to groups/org's. and Winter Series of Talks
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