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Wild Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk

Posted on January 27th, 2018 at 10:00 am

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Join us on at 10:00 am on Saturday January 28th and Sunday 29th for an educational medicinal and edible plant walk around Kashi in Sebastian Florida with Andy Firk. Kashi is an 80-acre permaculture project on the Saint Sebastian River that includes several ecosystems and an abundance of wild and wonderful plants to learn.

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If you have never met Andy, you will be amazed by his knowledge and love of plants. He started the Bamboo Grove, in Arcadia, Florida which is home to over 200 heirloom fruits, 35 clumping bamboo species, medicinals, natives, a great collection of perennial vegetables and herbs, and more. Andy is an author, super plant geek and a wonderful human being.IMG_3327

We will be on the guided walk from 10am-12pm. There will also be a free tour of the Kashi temples at 3:00pm and a free tour of the permaculture project at 4:00pm.

We hope to see you in the garden!

Cost: $15

Time: 10:00am-12:00pm

Where: 11155 Roseland Road Sebastian, Florida

Contact: info@greeneducationcenter.com

321-445-1395

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Kombucha Brewing Class- Sebastian

Posted on January 13th, 2018 at 11:00 am

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Please join Daniel, owner of Living Vitalitea Kombucha, for an informative class on the basics of tea fermentation. We will discuss the benefits of brewing and drinking Kombucha tea, delve into its history and chemistry, provide a step by step demonstration on the brewing process, and advanced techniques for proper balancing and maintenance of the culture. Q&A and tastings to follow!

About Daniel:

Daniel has been brewing Kombucha since 2011. He discovered Kombucha while working as an engineer in the medical device industry. Over the next two years, Kombucha helped dramatically improve his health by detoxifying and reducing weight. He loves to share and teach the benefits of daily consumption with friends and family, and in 2013, he turned his passion into a business, founding Living Vitalitea in Orlando, FL. His Kombucha is now sold in over 40 retail locations across central Florida, including Whole Foods and Chamberlains. www.livingkombucha.com.

Starts January 13th at 3:00 pm

CLASS IS FULL!


Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of Florida

Posted on January 6th, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of Florida

Saturday January 6th, 1:00p.m.

This Class has Sold Out

Learn to identify and grow edible and medicinal mushrooms! The Edible Mushrooms of Florida workshop with Terry Meer will cover mushroom identification and feature five of the best and easiest to find and cultivate edible mushrooms. there will be hands on demonstrations on growing mushrooms in your backyard. Mushroom enthusiast Terry Meer will be sharing his experiences of foraging mushrooms and growing them at home.

Grow edible & medicinal mushrooms in your backyard today. This course will cover the basics of mushroom production. We will explore what species to grow, companion planting in your garden, mulching, current growing methods, myco-remediation, and more.

The first half of the class will be classroom learning.

The second half of the class will include hands-on mushroom production using oak logs. This easy technique will produce pounds of organic edible mushrooms in your backyard.

Class will be held at the beautiful Sustainable Kashi in Sebastian, Florida. This 80-acre permaculture project is on the St. Sebastian river and has food forest, bio-intensive garden beds, medicinal mandala garden, and permaculture nursery.

Cost $35.00

This Class has Sold out!

 

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Why eat mushrooms?

Posted on November 28th, 2017 at 8:23 pm

Why should we eat more mushrooms?

In short: nutrition, taste, and ecology.

Mushrooms, the fruits of fungi, are the most nutritious foods in nature.

– Mushrooms are the richest vegetarian sources of zinc, copper, selenium, ultra-trace minerals, vitamins B3, B5, and D, and also exceptionally high in potassium, iron, vitamins B1, B2, B6, and biotin.

– Mushrooms contain unparalleled amounts of health- and longevity-promoting substances including ergothionine, ergosterol, spermine, spermidine, glutathione, and trehalose, and have very high antioxidant potentials.

– Edible mushrooms are very low in digestive inhibitors, anti-nutrients, and toxins. Their nutrients are highly bioavailable even in their raw state.

– Raw mushrooms contain active digestive enzymes in sufficient quantities to improve our digestion of proteins, fats, starches, and even fiber, and can improve the digestability and nutritional value of other foods eaten at the same meal.

Mushrooms are the most savory (umami) foods in nature.

– Most dried mushrooms have more savory taste intensity than the same weight of pure MSG.

– Mushrooms produce the full range of aromas enjoyed by humans, including fruity, nutty, earthy, cheesy, herbal, and sweet.

– In blinded studies, substituting mushrooms for meat improves the flavor and texture of foods.

Mushrooms are the most sustainable and eco-friendly foods.

– Mushrooms can be grown on most agricultural “waste products”: straw, leaves, sawdust, hulls, and peels.

– One pound of mushrooms can be produced on 1lb of agricultural waste and less than ½ gal water, with little or no added energy. Producing one pound of beef consumes 12lb of grain, 2500 gal water, 35lb topsoil, and 1 gal of gasoline.

– Mushrooms can be grown almost anywhere on locally available materials, potentially eliminating the need for long-distance transportation.

– Mushrooms provide a valuable source of income for marginalized peoples around the world.

With so many benefits for our health, palate, and environment, why not include mushrooms in your next meal?


Inner Landscape Retreat- Bahamas

Posted on September 30th, 2017 at 8:00 am

“Permaculture is Yoga for the earth and Yoga is Permaculture for the body”- Dhyanananda

Permaculture is a design system for sustainable living. Permaculture’s foundation of principles and design concepts are universal and can be suited for any region or location. The principles of permaculture can help us reduce society’s overuse of industrially produced resources which are destroying the Earth’s ecosystems, and help us instead transition to self-reliant homesteads and lifestyles that will help heal us and our planet!

This retreat is where permaculture meets the yogic lifestyle. We will spend the weekend exploring zone-00 also called the inner-landscape using permaculture principles as our model. This inner-landscape is where manifestation starts and true abundance is created. Here is where we find the lens in which we look through to see our world. Whether you are a budding permaculturist, yogi or yogini, or just looking for a weekend of relaxation, then this weekend retreat is for you.

Every organic farmer knows they are not feeding plants; they are feeding the soil that feeds the plants. It takes about 500 years to replace 1 inch of topsoil in nature. We are losing valuable topsoil at a rate almost 40 times faster than it is being replenished. The Green Education Center is providing a 4-day workshop on soil building to help reconnect us to one of our most valuable natural recourses: the soil. This retreat will include hands-on experience taking dirt from sand to black fertile soil, designing a new garden, and implementing the design at the Sivananda Yoga retreat.

Several lodging options from private beachfront room to shared tent huts are available depending on your budget.

For more information on lodging go to the Sivananda Bahamas Website

This course is for people who want practical, hands-on experience to live a more sustainable life, connect with the nature closest to us, build a more resilient community, increase self-sufficiency in our food production and energy needs, and anyone interested in meeting human needs by turning our surroundings into fully functioning ecosystems.

Where: Sivananda Yoga Retreat, Paradise Island Bahamas

When: September 30th – October 3rd

Cost: $218 plus lodging

CLICK HERE to register


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

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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

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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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