Introduction to Permaculture

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Date(s) - 03/21/2019
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Little Lakes Community Center


The four-part Ecological Sustainability Series at the Little Lakes Community Center continues with Part II, “Introduction to Permaculture,” on Thursday, March 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Patty Love, of Barefoot Permaculture, will share her in-depth knowledge and inspiring experiences on the subject. The presentation is free and open to the public. Donations will be gratefully accepted.

Permaculture is defined as, “the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient.” The term was coined in 1978 by Australian Bill Mollison. He described permaculture as “the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive systems which have diversity, stability and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of the landscape with people, providing their food, energy, shelter and other…needs in a sustainable way.”

Permaculture is a design science, rooted in natural systems that invites us to deepen our awareness, slow down the interaction process and let the feedback of the system guide our next steps. The ethics and practices can be applied to the design of any system, from a city to a lifestyle, to a garden. How can we sustain our yard? How can we create a garden that is easy to care for? How can we maintain the environment around us to best sustain its wildlife and ourselves?

A home gardener and environmental activist since her teen years, Patty Love, has been working in the field of regenerative design since 2009. Through her business, Barefoot Edible Landscape & Permaculture, and her suburban homestead, known as the Rochester Permaculture Center, Patty has taught and inspired hundreds of people to walk a little more lightly on The Earth. For the last 8 years, she has co-facilitated a Meetup group, Genesee Valley/Rochester Permaculture, which gathers for workshops, workdays, and potlucks. She currently serves as the Board Coordinator for the Permaculture Association of the Northeast. From 2013 to 2015, Patty served as volunteer Program Director for a not-for-profit initiative she founded called Lots of Food, which aimed to empower and create communities of welcoming people to joyfully grow abundant, regenerative, perennial local food systems that heal our land spaces while inspiring hope for social change and sharing pride in re-creating Rochester as “The Edible Flower City.” Lots of Food planted 11 public food forest gardens in those 2 years. Though currently on sabbatical from most social justice and community building work, Patty continues to teach, consult, and speak about the design of regenerative gardens, land spaces, businesses, and other ecosystems.

You are invited to join us for a fascinating and inspiring evening! For more information, call the Little Lakes Community Center at (585) 367-1046 and leave a message for one of our volunteers to return your call or visit