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Plant fruit trees!!

Posted on February 24th, 2017 at 9:40 am

Action: Plant more fruit trees

Why?

Many benefits come with planting trees in general. Trees are an important part of nature, mainly because they provide a much needed element to humans, oxygen. The removal of trees has been a big problem recently in the world. Since 2000 about 2 million square kilometers of trees have been cut down in the world. Any planting of any type of tree is a step forward in repopulating an important part of nature that humanity continues to remove.

Some benefits of planting fruit trees are:

  • They provide oxygen
  • Help reduce the amount of CO2 pollution in the air
  • They actually use the CO2 they absorb to help release oxygen into the air
  • They save water by slowing down water evaporation from grass and plants they provide shade for
  • Saves money by providing us with fruit instead of buying it
  • You are getting fresher and more nutritional fruit than you would get from the store because it doesn’t have to be shipped

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/fruit-trees-environment-59135.html

https://www.treepeople.org/resources/tree-benefits

How?

  1. Choose your type of fruit tree you want to plant.
  2. Pick an open sunny location, also consider how big the tree will grow to be.
  3. Make sure you use proper soil, depending on the type of fruit tree your looking to plant, some fruit trees need soil that will not retain too much water because some have shallow roots that will rot with too much continued moisture.
  4. Dig a hole twice the width of the spread of the roots, fruit tree roots grow outward so they need plenty of room.
  5. Place the tree in the hole deep enough so the roots are not above the ground level.
  6. Refill the hole with the soil.
  7. Water the area.
  8. Cover with mulch. The mulch helps protect the soil from the sun overheating it and from rain water taking the soil away.

http://www.wikihow.com/Plant-Fruit-Trees

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/fruit-trees-tolerate-moist-soil-24199.html


Farm to Table

Posted on February 19th, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Sustainable Kashi is happy to announce that we will be hosting our Farm to Table Dinner at Shirdi house on Kashi Ashram. This seasons delightful meal will feature Kashi grown veggies and wild harvested ingredients perfectly plated into a four course meal that is elegantly served with a touch of divine.
Details:
February 19, 4:30 pm
Shirdi House at Kashi Ashram
$45 per person

Please reserve your seat with the Kashi office- (772)589-1403
Remember to select vegetarian or pescatarian option. Checks can be made payable to Kashi.

Seats are limited, please have payment ready when making your RSVP to guarantee your seat. Or Register Here

Namaste


Inner landscape design principles

Posted on January 9th, 2017 at 7:08 am

Permaculture uses design principles to organize and create systems for optimization within an eco-system. We use many of these same design principle to create abundance in the nature closest to us, our inner landscape.

Here are a some examples:

1. Observe and Interact
If we all spent just 20 minutes a day observing ourselves just imagine how much more we would know about us. This can be done with meditation, or chi gong, or a good cup of coffee on the back porch. Spend time listing to you. If you don’t know what you want you are just shooting blindly. If we aim toward our goals, chances are much better of hitting the home run.

2. Catch and Store energy
When we realize that energy takes many forms and can be stored in countless ways we begin to see the value in making hay while the shines. Abundance is real but it does not necessarily occur continuously in nature. We must learn to use all we have and store the rest for when the flower is not in bloom. Having more than you need can result in waste. Using less and being more couscous of extra can result in abundance.

3. Integrate rather than segregate
We need interdependence and not independence as a species to thrive. Nobody wants to be the “sustainable” person all alone in the forest. We need each other to share the joy of abundance with. Together we are strong.

4. Obtain a yield
When we watch television, or gossip, or engage in any of the other many destructive habits we may have, we are obtaining a yield. To become aware of this yield and acknowledge that it is a choice is the first step in wanting everything you have and creating true abundance in your life.

5. Produce no waste
There is no waste in nature and there are no throw away people. We are all an important part of the whole system. When we realize that there is value in the waste (compost) we begin to turn the trash into treasure.

Everything is here in abundance if you are willing to see it. We can look inwardly and set the intention to plant a more positive seed within our lives sending out a vine of kindness to everyone around you.

We hope you can join us for our three day Inner Landscape course with yoga, great food, permaculture, and an abundance of beauty.
Namaste

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Composting Workshop Sustainable Kashi

Posted on November 12th, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Terry Meer will lead this hands-on workshop in how to build and harvest a compost pile. Composting is the process of turning organic matter like vegetable scraps and leaves into rich stable organic matter. Divert organic waste from the landfill while using your yard clippings and kitchen scraps to make your own fertilizer. There will also be a sessions on using mushrooms in your compost, vermicasting (worm composting), and compost tea.

 

Participants will get a bag of live compost to take home to inoculate your own compost pile.

 

November 12th 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $15:00

Where: 11155 Rosalind Road Sebastian Florida 32958

Register Now!!

 


Zones of Permaculture- New Zealand

Posted on July 23rd, 2016 at 9:00 am
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Zones of Permaculture
The Green Education Center is going to New Zealand! We will be doing a two-day workshop on community building and creating abundance in your life?
Waiora Gardens is situated near Kohukohu in the Hokianga, Northland of New Zealand. It is a place to attract people who seek healthy lifestyle alternatives, direction and clarity and general well being.
This paradise retreat is the perfect location to demonstrate permaculture and innerlandscape design. This workshop contains a mixture of theory and hands-on exercises that will prepare you with the fundamentals of permaculture.
This course will provide you with methods and theories and strategies to create abundance in your life, have a positive impact on the environment, boost food productivity, and reducing energy dependence and costs at home.
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Course Topics:
Permaculture ethics
Basic Design principles
Inner landscapes
Zones and sectors
Design process overview, mini design exercise
Forest gardens and polycultures
Organic garden hands-on and seed starting
Water Harvesting
Soil Building and Composting
How can you use Permaculture practically in your life, home, garden, land or community
Address:
1354 Paponga Road
RD 1
Kohukohu
Northland 
0491
New ZealandTelephone: (09) 4055548
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Permaculture Design Certification Course and Yoga Retreat-Bahamas

Posted on June 29th, 2016 at 8:30 am

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We humans have amazing potential! Unfortunately, we often use this potential for destructive purposes. Let’s learn instead how to take this potential to not only heal the Earth but create a world so abundant that it easily provides for all people and all creatures for all time.

Welcome to the world of permaculture.

Your presence is requested to aid humanity in its great returning to living close to the Earth and one another again. On your journey you will learn how to see the world through both the eyes of indigenous ancient cultures and the natural sciences alike. You will learn once again the language of Nature, the language of her patterns… the language of life. In this comprehensive course you will receive your internationally-recognizedpermaculture design certification and thereby also the key to this world of positive action.

Permaculture, hailing from the words permanent and culture, is an ecological design science which mimics Nature’s patterns and systems of balance. Whether you desire a simple garden or a large food system sufficient for a large community, whether you desire to build a beautiful home out of natural or local resources or want to renovate an existing home, whether you desire to simply use less energy or want to be completely off the grid, permaculture will pave the way and give you the tools necessary to accomplish your dreams. Amongst many other topics we will cover:

Organic gardening (and beyond)
Natural building (Cob, Bamboo, etc.)
Nature’s patterns
Greywater systems
Rainwater use
Ayurveda and the Inner Landscape
Zones and sectors
Many methods of composting
Elements of design
Principles and Ethics
Food Forestry
Natural Energy
Animal Husbandry
Nutrient Flow
Social Permaculture and Socio-Economics
Soils and soil building
and much more

Most important you learn how to weave all of these elements together into one design. Together you will create designs that will be given to the Sivananda Bahamas Ashram. Throughout the course you will be guided by two experienced permaculture designers and teachers (see below) as well as local teachers.

We warmly invite you to join us on this journey!

The Ashram is giving us a special price for tent sites with organic meals included! Pricing options will be posted very soon. Cost of course does not include airfare to and from Nassau, Bahamas.

For more information contact Richard (Dhyānānanda) at:
330-235-9422

Teacher Bios:
Richard G. Powell (Dhyānānanda)
Richard has enjoyed a deep connection with nature his whole life. In addition to being a certified permaculture designer, he has lived and practiced permaculture in sub-tropical, temperate and arid climates. While living in Florida he ran a community permaculture site known locally as “The Homestead”, he has worked and lived on organic farms in Europe, worked with an international aid organization (www.saleminternational.org), studied elements of horticultural design in Japan, Bamboo architecture in Colombia, South America, and cob/earthen building in Kentucky, USA. In between he has visited sites ranging from individuals’ back yards to Sepp Holzer’s property in Austria. He loves sharing permaculture!
www.permaculture.guru

Terry Meer (Hanuman)
Terry plants seeds of change in the community around him. He was born and raised on a sailboat where he quickly learned the limits of our valuable natural resources. He has studied alternative energy and permaculture in Hawaii, Costa Rica, and Panama and has studied to teach permaculture with Dave Jacke, Eric Toensmeier, John Jeavons, and many others. Terry was integral in the building of The Econ Farm in Orlando, Florida, and is founder of The Green Education Center. In addition to consultations and many other permaculture related events and talks, Terry teaches several Permaculture Design Courses each year.
www.greeneducationcenter.com

For more information Click Here

How to make Compost Tea

Posted on April 18th, 2016 at 10:23 am

As an organic gardener, I am always looking for ways to add fertility to my garden. One of the fastest and most effective methods I have found is the addition of compost tea. What is compost tea? Compost tea is an aerobic water solution that increases microbe population found in compost along with other ingredients. Compost tea makes the benefits of compost go farther. What’s more, when sprayed on the leaves, compost tea helps suppress foliar diseases, increases the amount of nutrients available to the plant, and speeds the breakdown of toxins. Using compost tea has even been shown to increase the nutritional quality and improve the flavor of vegetables. If you’ve been applying compost to your soil only in the traditional way, you’re missing out on a whole host of benefits.

 

What you will need:

You will need good compost. I use a mix of worm castings and compost from a pile. This gives me a good bacterial and fungal microbe balance.

Air pump (like in a fish tank).

Water- preferably rainwater. If you use city water let is sit for a day to evaporate chlorine.

Unsulphured molasses.

 

How to make compost tea:

First, add your air pump to the bucket. The more thoroughly it aerates the entire container, the better.

Fill the bucket with water.

Next add your ingredients: the compost and molasses.

Let the compost tea brew for about 24 hours.

The next day, check your compost tea. It should smell nice. If it smells unpleasant, start over. Sometimes teas will have a slightly unpleasant smell. This is okay to use, but not ideal. Ideally teas will smell fresh and earthy.

Strain out the compost and immediately apply your tea to the garden, on both the soil and over the entire plant.

 

Here is a simple recipe to add to your garden: (5 gallon bucket)

4 gallon recipe:

1/2 pound compost from a pile

1/2 pound fresh worm castings

4 tablespoons unsulphured molasses

optional:

1.5 ounces humic acid

1 ounce liquid kelp meal

 

We make our compost tea in 250 gallon batches. I would not recommend doing this unless you have a lot of garden space as you can not store compost tea.

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Happy gardening and make sure you check out our classes and events here!


How to make free biochar

Posted on March 29th, 2016 at 12:20 pm

 

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Biochar is produced when plant matter (leaves, trunks, roots), manure, or other organic material is heated in a zero- or low-oxygen environment. The carbon the organic material had previously absorbed via photosynthesis is thus captured in solid form; the resulting biochar can take the shape of sticks, pellets, or dust. When added to your garden soil this creates millions of “homes” for micro-organisms that help create a healthy soil web. This post will explain how to create and use free biochar in your backyard garden in just 10 easy steps. This article is just for reference and we are not responsible for any damage or injury caused by fire or accidents during the production of bio-char.

Step 1. Find a good place to make a big fire. I suggest having a nonflammable border and a water source near in case of run-a-way sparks.

Step 2. Dig a 3 foot by 3 foot hole in the ground.

Step 3. Place a metal pipe (air hole) in the ground at least 1 foot away from the fire pit. This will supply air to the bottom of the fire.

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Step 4. Build a fire using large logs. I usually start with 8 inch or larger pieces of oak. Let this burn for 2-3 hours.

 

 

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Step 5. After the large logs have started to coal, add a layer of smaller logs to the fire. I use 2-3 inch oak branches for this step. Let these burn for 20-30 minutes.

 

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Step 6. Cover with a thick layer of compost and wait a day or two. It needs to be thick enough to not burn thru the compost.  You want to make sure the entire fire is smothered. Make sure to cover the air hole as well. There should be no oxygen getting to the fire at this point. Do not step on the compost layer as it may be HOT.

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Step 7. After the fire has cooled, dig out the pit. It should look like this.

 

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Step 8. Collect the pieces of biochar. They should look like this and easily crumble.

 

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Step 9. Make sure you charge the biochar. If you do not “charge” the biochar it may actually leech the nutrients from your garden. I charge mine with urine or worm tea. Let it sit for at least 24 hours.

 

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Step 10. Mix and add to your garden. I usually use 8 parts compost, 4 parts manure, and 1 part biochar in a 20×4 garden bed once per year.

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Thank you for reading and I wish you much success in your garden.

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Pest and Disease in the Organic Garden

Posted on November 21st, 2015 at 11:00 am

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Did you know that a healthy soil web is the best way to deter pest in your garden? Come to Sustainable Kashi on November 21 and learn how to manage Florida’s most common pest and plant disease. Learn how to use beneficial pest, competitive bacteria, and companion planting to minimize these pesky bugs effects in your backyard. We will also discuss alternatives to using chemicals in dealing with common Florida garden pest.

Sustainable Kashi is located at 11155 Rosalind Road in Sebastian, Florida. This 80-acre organic permaculture site is a perfect setting to demonstrate the most effective and least harmful strategies for keeping your garden eco-system in balance.

Cost: $15

Register Here!

 

 

 

 


Permaculture Design Course 2016 in Sebastian, Florida announced!

Posted on October 30th, 2015 at 11:34 am

2016~Time to Disconnect or Reconnect? Taking a Permaculture Design Course gives you the chance to do both.

April 26th, 2016 will be the start of our 4th Annual PDC Retreat at Sustainable Kashi, in Sebastian FL . Take time to immerse yourself in 10 days of nature, education and fun! Meet like- minded friends that are interested in learning about the benefits of Permaculture in their lives. A permaculture retreat is a wonderful way to connect with nature while disconnecting from everyday life in order to bring yourself back in balance. Classes will be structured in a way that allows time to walk Kashi’s lush sub-tropical paths lined with palmettos, pines and oak. There will be time to kayak the Sebastian River and partake in daily yoga classes. Time to read and study Permaculture on 80 beautiful acres after intensive class room sessions diving deep into most of the key aspects of Permaculture. With Plenty of time to get your hands dirty in one of our many organic gardens. Time to chat with fellow classmates at Rudra’s Kitchen; eating the most amazing and healthy vegetarian food you’ve ever tasted. Time to sit beneath the stars at the evening’s campfire or outside your tent listening to the night owls. If this all sounds wonderful to you, maybe it’s time to join us on this year’s Permaculture Design Course Retreat. Maybe you can also find peace in the time you give yourself to Disconnect and Reconnect.

Click Here for more information!

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