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Building Our Resilient Food System: Cultivating Connections

Date:

Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 6pm – 8pm

Location:

Downtown Central Library, Faulkner Gallery, 40 E. Anapamu St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Price:

FREE

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Building Our Resilient Food System: Cultivating Connections is a free community listening and activation session that will explore the vision, progress and next steps planned for the Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan. We invite you to share what your neighborhood, business, or organization is doing, and connect with others engaged in making a secure food system for our county.

Community members will hear about the goals of the plan and learn about successes from the organizations and individuals actively pursuing these goals. Attendees, including individuals, businesses, schools, and organizations of all types, will also be encouraged to inform the process by sharing about their own regional work to create a more secure, sustainable food system. A networking session will provide time to seek out new partnerships and opportunities to support each other.

Sponsored by Community Environmental Council (CEC), Santa Barbara Foundation, Food Bank of Santa Barbara County, Santa Barbara Food Alliance, and the Santa Barbara Permaculture Network

Learn more

Download the SBC Food Action Plan (PDF).

The SANTA BARBARA COUNTY FOOD ACTION PLAN is a strategy-based community “blueprint” for an accessible, thriving, sustainable, and healthy food system. It addresses every aspect of the food system in a way that supports healthy people, a healthy economy, and a healthy environment.

What is a Food Action Plan? A food action plan is a community-driven strategic plan that assesses how we grow, distribute, consume, and dispose of food. While each community tailors the plan to their specific needs, most share two common elements: they capture the aspirations of the community around food and farming, and they identify concrete things that can be done to improve the policies, programs, and individual actions that shape how food moves from farm to plate.

What is a Food System? The food system encompasses how food moves from farms to tables. It includes farmers and the farmland on which food is grown, manufacturers and processors, distributors—from truckers to grocery stores to food banks—and all residents as consumers. It also incorporates the inputs needed and outputs generated at each step, including food waste. There are no defined geographical boundaries of our food system, but for the purposes of this plan, we localize the system to be Santa Barbara County.


5 Steps to an Abundant Future with Matt Powers

Date:

Saturday, August 12, 2017, 10am – Noon

Location:

South Coast Watershed Resource Center, Arroyo Burro Beach Park
(Hendry's Beach) 2981 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA

Price:

FREE

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I've focused my energies on translating the information I've found into forms that everyone, especially children, youth, and families, can learn, understand, and use permaculture in their daily lives.
— Matt Powers

Join us on Saturday, August 12, as we host a morning talk with ecological designer, educator, and author Matt Powers, as he shares his 5 Steps to An Abundant Future that he suggests are needed to guarantee an abundant future for humans and the planet.

Seeing Permaculture as a powerful tool, Powers wants Permaculture to become a household word, that ultimately finds its way into households and communities everywhere.

A design science that uses the patterns and systems of nature to provide sustainably and regeneratively for both humans and the environment, Permaculture solves all the insurmountable problems of our modern world. Loss of topsoil, deforestation, and pollution, can all be addressed and reversed and regeneration can be achieved, as documented in a multitude of Permaculture projects around the world.

The 5 Steps to an Abundant Future are:

  • Building Healthy Soils
  • Growing Forests
  • Restoring the Oceans & All Waters
  • Regenerating Biodiversity
  • Rewilding Human Culture

The good news is that with these 5 steps, we can begin to reverse climate change, sequester excess carbon, clean up gnarly pollution in the air, water and soil, and bring back nature—all with the whole systems thinking of Permaculture.

According to Matt, Permaculture is, in the simplest of terms, a way of seeing the world through nature's eye, a lens through which to view the world based on three ethics Earth Care, People Care, and Care of the Future. This requires constant observation and adaptation as nature is constantly changing. Permaculture is action-oriented: it provides a framework for ecological and sustainable problem solving and design. It can be applied to anything because everything is sourced in nature, its patterns and its cycles. The way cites are designed, food is grown, homes are heated and communities interact can all be redesigned using permaculture lens to be sustainable, ethical and regenerative.

Matt will also be sharing his recently published book The Permaculture Student 2 for students, teachers, families, and learners, which is designed as a year-long curriculum filled with projects, activities, and formulas combined into one easy-to-understand volume. With up-to-date information, the book provides a holistic and comprehensive exploration of the philosophy of permaculture.

Matt Powers is an educator and high school teacher with a master's degree in education. A true Renaissance man, he is also a professional musician and song writer, a plant breeder, seed saver, and gardener. He is the resident horticultural and gardening expert at the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company. He has collaborated with leading global experts on soil, mycology, ecology, permaculture design, landscape restoration, regenerative farming, and alternative energy. With his books The Permaculture Student 1 and The Permaculture Student 2, he created a curriculum for K-12 and college students all over the world, with translations available in Spanish, Polish, and Arabic with French and Italian coming soon.

Powers' own interest in Permaculture was inspired by a desire to live a better, healthier life for himself and his family, as a result of his wife's third bout with cancer. As he and his family began studying food, healthy living, and organic gardening, in this search, they ultimately discovered the positive, solutions-oriented philosophy of Permaculture.

No reservations required.

Brown bag with us! Stay around to picnic in the park following the talk. Lemonade, chips & dips provided, bring your own brown bag lunch. Children welcome.

Sponsored by Santa Barbara Permaculture Network.

Co-Sponsored by Explore Ecology, Pharmersea & AMA SeaBeauty.

More by Matt Powers

Book: The Permaculture Student 2: A Collection of Regenerative Solutions, by Matt Powers.

Article: The Permaculture Student 2: A Guidebook For The Future.

Online courses: The Permaculture Student Online and Permaculture Gardening with Matt Powers.

Podcasts: Permaculture Tonight, available on iTunes & SoundCloud.

Matt's books will be available for purchase at the event.


Tomorrow: A Permaculture Inspired film, Santa Barbara Premier

Date:

Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 7pm

Location:

Marjorie Luke Theatre, Santa Barbara, CA

Price:

$10 general; $7 seniors & students (with current ID)

Tickets:

Available at the door; or buy online (with additional fees)

More Info:

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“Without question, TOMORROW is absolutely the best and most creative film on the future of humanity and the environment”.
— Paul Hawken, author of the recently published bestseller,
Project Drawdown

The Santa Barbara premier of a film directed & produced by Cyril Dion & Mélanie Laurent. Tomorrow won the Cesar award for best documentary, has been viewed by over a million people in France. The film has been released in over 30 countries, including the U.S. in April 2017.

In 2012, French writer and activist Cyril Dion learned about a study carried out by twenty-two scientists from around the world that forecasts the extinction of multiple forms of life, and possibly a large part of humanity, by the year 2100. This news barely received any media coverage at all. Convinced that spreading catastrophic news is not effective, Dion decided to explore, along with actress and director Mélanie Laurent and a small film crew, what our world could look like if we brought together some of the best solutions to date in agriculture, energy, economics, education, and democracy. What they found was amazing, and inspired a film...

Why this film?

TODAY, we sometimes feel powerless in front of the various crises of our times.

TODAY, we know that answers lie in a wide mobilization of the human race. Over the course of a century, our dream of progress commonly called “the American Dream”, fundamentally changed the way we live and continues to inspire many developing countries. We are now aware of the setbacks and limits of such development policies. We urgently need to focus our efforts on changing our dreams before something irreversible happens to our planet.

TODAY, we need a new direction, objective... A new dream! The documentary Tomorrow sets out to showcase alternative and creative ways of viewing agriculture, economics, energy and education. It offers constructive solutions to act on a local level to make a difference on a global level. So far, no other documentary has gone down such an optimistic road...

TOMORROW is not just a film, it is the beginning of a movement seeking to encourage local communities around the world to change the way they live for the sake of our planet. Start small to grow big, and write a new story for the generations to come.

Sponsored by Marjorie Luke Theater, Community Environmental Council (CEC), Santa Barbara Sierra Club & Santa Barbara Permaculture Network

Learn more

New York Times Critic's Pick: Worried About a Sustainable Tomorrow? There's Hope. Nicole Herrington, April 19, 2017

Tomorrow: Tomorrow All Over the Globe, Solutions Already Exist. The companion book to the film, by Cyril Dion.


IPC India Crowdfund Campaign Launch Event
with Charlie Mgee of the Formidable Vegetable Sound System

Date:

Sunday, May 28, 2017, 5 – 10pm

Location:

Private Ranch on the Southern California Coast, north of Goleta

Tickets:

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Price:

$20 Early Bird Tickets on sale through May 26th
$30 Regular; $50 Super Supporter

Plus:

COMMUNTY LEARNING OPPORTUNITY: Precedes Concert, 1 – 4:30pm, free with concert tickets

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Have you ever been to an International Permaculture Convergence (IPC)?

They are epic, drawing the best & brightest permaculturists from around the world to help put together visionary solutions for a better world. For more than 40 years Permaculture has been leading the way with innovative, planet and climate friendly design strategies, that are just now being fully recognized by the rest of the world as the answer to some of our most pressing problems. Held every two years in different parts of the globe, the next IPC takes place in Hyderabad India, November 2017, hosted by Aranya Agricultural Alternatives.

The Friends of the International Permaculture Convergences (FIPC) and Santa Barbara Permaculture Network are hosting a CROWDFUND campaign launch event in support of the IPC India scholarship fund on Sunday, May 28, with electro-funk, ecological electro-swing ukulele, super enthusiastic Charlie Mgee of the Formidable Vegetable Sound System band.

Visiting from Australia, Charlie is currently on tour promoting his new CD. He has been to every corner of the globe, recognizing music as one of the best tools for bringing about cultural change, and has dedicated his musical mission to composing swingin' tunes on ukulele about Permaculture, sustainability and other ecological themes. In 2015, Charlie played for the opening night of the most recent International Permaculture Convergence (IPC UK) in London, England (see video below).

Please join us for an evening of celebration, as we celebrate 20 years of Permaculture in our Southern California region, and India a 30 year Anniversary since Bill Mollison arrived to share the word of Permaculture on that continent! In addition to an evening of music, we will share information about IPC India and the exemplary work of the host organization, Aranya Agricultural Alternatives, and what others have been doing in India all through the years.

All event ticket admissions go towards the crowdfund campaign, which is specifically for scholarships for IPC delegates from around the world, who may be skill rich, but many times coming from countries and regions that are cash poor. Forty-two delegates have applied so far. Please support generously with your dollars, the life & civilization they save may be your own!

Beverages & appetizers will be offered, and a Food Cart with Indian themed food for purchase will also be available (please indicate when registering if interested in purchasing).

Charlie's new CD will be available for sale, and the newest edition of the Permaculture Magazine North America, just off the press, will be available for a special event price.

The event is invitation only, with directions provided after payment & registration. Parking is limited, please carpool!

If you aren't able to attend, may still contribute to the FIPC scholarship crowdfund campaign for delegates wanting to attend IPC India. FIPC is a USA-based, fiscally sponsored nonprofit of Inquiring Systems Inc. All donations are tax deductible.

More Fun: COMMUNTY LEARNING OPPORTUNITY: Precedes Concert 1 – 4:30pm.

For those interested in coming earlier for more time outdoors, there will be a Hands-on Experiential Learning opportunity prior to the evening music, on a ranch that has been practicing & demonstrating regenerative and carbon farming practices for over 10 years. Bring gloves, hat, wear closed toe shoes, if you'd like to participate in some projects while learning a thing or two from the best (you must have concert ticket to participate).

Learn more

IPC13 India and Aranya Agricultural Alternatives:

The story of permaculture in India, and the campaign to support both local Indian farmers (400!) by Aranya, and International delegates to attend with support of FIPC.


IPC India


Have a Listen: Infectious Charlie Mgee & Formidable Vegetable Sound System samples:

IPC UK: opening party for the International Permaculture Conference in London


Formidable Vegetable Sound System: Patterns


Trees Eat Us All: A Tribute to Bill Mollison (1928-2016) from Charlie Mgee Formidable Vegetable Sound System


The Carbon Farming Solution

A live interactive webinar with Eric Toensmeier and a panel of key community members

Date:

Sunday, April 30, 2017, 6 – 8:30pm

Location:

Fe Bland Auditorium/BC Forum, Santa Barbara City College (West Campus)
800 Block of Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA

Price:

$5; students free (with current ID)

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If every farmer in the USA practiced Carbon Farming, in less than 10 years, we would sequester ALL the CARBON that has been emitted since the Industrial Age.
— Joel Salatin, POLYFACE Farm

As the climate crisis heats up, agriculture is in the hot seat, not only as a contributor to climate change, but also as a potential solution. Eric Toensmeier has spent the last several years tracking both, and put much of what he learned in his seminal book, The Carbon Farming Solution: A Global Toolkit of Perennial Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices for Climate Change Mitigation and Food Security.

Join us for a unique live interactive webinar on the SBCC Campus as Toensmeier discusses the potential of Carbon Farming, one of the best and most doable solutions for the Climate crisis, with an audience of students, faculty and the general public.

Carbon is a naturally occurring chemical compound vital to life that provides soil its fertility and water-holding capacity, but since the industrial revolution and the advent of modern farming practices, too much carbon has been released into the atmosphere causing climate disruption.

According to Toensmeier, Carbon Farming is a suite of practices that sequester excess atmospheric carbon while producing food and other necessary goods, often with increased yields and ecosystem benefits. The event will explore the global context, but also focus on practices suited to California, including annual cropping, tree intercropping, grazing, silvopasture, perennial crops, and rainwater harvesting. Collectively, Carbon Farming practices are a critical component of climate change mitigation, an effort that requires a speedy transformation of virtually every sector of our civilization.

Eric Toensmeier is a lecturer at Yale University, a senior fellow with Project Drawdown, and the author of several books on Permaculture.

Toensmeier will be joined by a panel of Santa Barbara community members, who with a diverse audience of faculty, students and general public, will pose questions specific to our region. Hunter Francis, Director of the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Center for Sustainability, will be the panel moderator.

No reservations required. Parking is free on the West Campus on Sundays.

Sponsored by Santa Barbara Permaculture Network and the SBCC Environmental Horticulture Dept.

Co-Sponsored by the Community Environmental Council, CAFES Center for Sustainability Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara Food Alliance, Quail Springs Permaculture & Orella Ranch

Learn more

The Carbon Farming Solution: A Global Toolkit of Perennial Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices for Climate Change Mitigation and Food Security. By Eric Toensmeier, foreword by Dr. Hans Herren.

Permaculture & Climate Change Adaptation: Inspiring Ecological, Social, Economic and Cultural Responses for Resilience and Transformation. By Dr. Thomas Henfrey and Dr. Gil Penha-Lopes.

California's Grand Plan to Fight Climate Change on the Farm: California lawmakers move toward paying farmers to adopt climate-smart practices.

Restoring Global Soil Quality Is One Of The Best Things We Can Do For Climate Change: Little known climate change fact: Just the first meter of soil contains as much carbon as the entire atmosphere. And there's potential to soak up much more.

Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate: By Laura Lengnick.

COP21 Insights from the Paris Climate Conference with Albert Bates: Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 16 (radio interview).

Polyfaces film: Documentary showcasing the work of Joel Salatin and the renowned Polyface Farm in Virginia.

Santa Barbara Food Action Plan: A food action plan is a community-driven strategic plan that assesses how we grow, distribute, consume, and dispose of food. While each community tailors the plan to their specific needs, most share two common elements: they capture the aspirations of the community around food and farming, and they identify concrete things that can be done to improve the policies, programs, and individual actions that shape how food moves from farm to plate.

CalCAN: The California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN) is a statewide coalition that advances state and federal policy to realize the powerful climate solutions offered by sustainable and organic agriculture.

4 per 1000 Initiative: The aim of the Initiative is to demonstrate that agriculture, and agricultural soils in particular, can play a crucial role where food security and climate change are concerned. Based on robust scientific evidence, the Initiative therefore invites all partners to declare or to implement practical programs for carbon sequestration in soil and the types of farming methods used to promote it (e.g. agroecology, agroforestry, conservation agriculture, landscape management).


A Central Coast Bioneers Film Showcase

Featuring film clips from the 2016 National Bioneers Conference, with a focus on Ocean & Climate

Date:

Sunday, April 9, 2017, 5 – 7pm

Location:

Fe Bland Auditorium/BC Forum, Santa Barbara City College (West Campus)
800 Block of Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA

Price:

$5; students free (with current ID)

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Have you ever been to a Bioneers Conference? They are epic! For 27 years the place to be to learn about cutting edge ideas shared by Bioneers, the innovators and visionaries of our time, who look deep into the heart of nature for solutions to a better future. Held annually in San Raphael, CA, we are happy to bring a taste of the Bioneers experience home to our own communities.

As California has one of the longest coastlines in the world, the backyard for all our Central Coast communities, we focus on Ocean and Climate, and the exciting idea of a Blue Green economy, that while providing food close to home and creating sustainable livelihoods, also helps restore the health of our oceans and mitigates climate change.

Short Films:

  • Louis Masai, eco-artist, whose exquisite murals, set against the backdrop of city life, explores the eminent loss of the world's coral reefs.
  • Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org grassroots climate campaign, shares Climate update; where we are politically & scientifically, and the groundswell of global citizen engagement.
  • Janine Beynus, founder of the Biomimicry Institute; shares visionary nature-inspired innovations & 2017 Biomimicry awards.
  • Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, founder of Earth Guardians, indigenous youth, environmental activist, rapper, involved with landmark U.S. Federal Climate Lawsuit.

Feature Film:

The Least Deadly Catch: Ocean Farming in the Climate Change Era, with Bren Smith

With introductions by John Roulac of Nutiva & Daniel Marquez of Pharmersea, and updates from Community Environmental Council (CEC) about the SB County Food Action Plan.

Bren Smith, founder of GreenWave & winner of the 2015 Buckminster Fuller Challenge award, became a commercial fisherman at age 14, but witnessed the destruction of the ocean firsthand. In a quest for a better way, he pioneered a revolutionary new model of harvesting bounty from the seas. He describes his innovative, practical design and future vision for “restorative 3-D ocean farming”. It restores ecosystems, mitigates climate change, creates jobs in a blue-green economy, and ensures healthy, secure local food for communities.

Followed by a conversation with Daniel & Antoinette Marquez about their local model of the Blue Green Economy, Pharmersea, a 25 acre sea farm off the Ellwood Pier, in Goleta, CA, that provides sustainably harvested ingredients for AMA SeaBeauty skin products.

No reservations required. Enjoy special exhibitors prior to the event. Parking is free on the West Campus on Sundays.

Sponsored by Central Coast Bioneers, Santa Barbara Permaculture Network, Ecologistics, and the SBCC Environmental Horticulture Dept.

Co-Sponsored by the SB Independent, Nutiva, Community Environmental Council, Pharmersea, AMA Sea Beauty, Teeccino, Blue Sky Biochar, and the Santa Barbara Food Alliance

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Central Coast Bioneers: A local, self-organized Bioneers Resilient Communities Network group.

Bioneers: Bioneers founder Kenny Ausubel coined the term Bioneers in 1990 to describe an emerging culture. Bioneers are social and scientific innovators from all walks of life and disciplines who have peered deep into the heart of living systems to understand how nature operates, and to mimic "nature's operating instructions" to serve human ends without harming the web of life. Nature's principles kinship, cooperation, diversity, symbiosis and cycles of continuous creation absent of waste can also serve as metaphoric guideposts for organizing an equitable, compassionate and democratic society. The Bioneers radio show is aired locally every Monday at 1 pm on KCBX FM Public Radio 89.5.

Pharmersea & AMA SeaBeauty: PharmerSea is a 25-acre sea farm off the Ellwood pier at the foot of the Bacara resort, originally the brain-child of Dr. Michael Neushul. Neaushul Mariculture conducted research in conjunction with UCSB, Scripts Institute of Oceanography and NOAA, and before his death, Dr Neaushul was in the process of developing a library of over 800 seaweed clones that could help manage climate change. PharmerSea has recently launched its first consumer brand, AMA SeaBeauty, a seaweed skin care line that utilizes farm fresh seaweed extracts.

Ecologistics: Since its inception in 2010, Ecologistics has hosted five Central Coast Bioneers conferences (2010–2015) as a member of the National Bioneers Resilient Communities Network, and have ongoing environmental programs for San Luis Obispo County & the Central Coast.


Civics 101 for Climate Change

More Info:

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Civics 101

Event Description

Civics 101 for Climate Change is an ongoing series of events & workshops Santa Barbara Permaculture Network is sponsoring to help citizens understand Climate Change and its implications for our community and region. While many are aware of the problems associated with a changing and unpredictable climate, most have no idea of how to participate or help.

In the 21st century, with changes associated with climate and a growing population adding a billion or more in less than 20 years, cities will need to be adaptable and think strategically, with hopefully forward-thinking leaders.

What are other cities & countries around the world doing, can we learn from them? With this series we will share what some of the most innovative Permaculture designers and many others are offering as solutions.


9th Annual Santa Barbara Community Seed Swap

A celebration to bring seeds & people together

Date:

Sunday, January 29, 2017, 11am – 3pm (rain or shine!)

Location:

Downtown Central Library, Faulkner Gallery, 40 E. Anapamu St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Price:

FREE

More Info:

margie@sbpermaculture.org, (805) 962-2571
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Join Santa Barbara Permaculture Network as it hosts the 2017 9th Annual Santa Barbara Community Seed Swap on Sunday, January 29, from 11am-3pm, at the downtown Santa Barbara Central Library.

More than 400 people attended last year, sharing seeds and knowledge with other backyard gardeners, plant lovers, beekeepers and farmers. Come be a part of this seed-saving movement, making sure that locally adapted varieties of seed & plants are passed on to future generations. Special speakers, children activities, and live music!

Local groups will table, including the Santa Barbara Seed Saving Guild who will share valuable seed saving techniques and encourage local gardeners to grow out and harvest some of their best seeds for future gardens and seed swaps, making us a truly food secure community. Seed saving is a fun and easy way to connect to the circle of life.

  • Bring seeds, plants, cuttings, and garden knowledge to swap.
  • Don't have these? Then come get seeds. Seeds to sow, seeds to grow, seeds to harvest. Seeds to save and share next year.
  • Activities for all ages.
  • Music that will have your toes tapping.
  • Special speakers throughout the day.
  • A gathering of garden friends old and new.

A community program hosted by Santa Barbara Permaculture Network

Co-Sponsored by Island Seed & Feed, Botanical Interests, Santa Barbara Seed Savers Guild, Healing Grounds Biodynamic Nursery, and the Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market


2017 Local Real Food Hero Award

At the 9th Annual Santa Barbara Community Seed Swap, once again we will present a Local Food Hero Award. This time the honor goes to Judy Sims.

Judy Sims' contribution to local food systems starts at the very beginning, with the child!

An elementary school teacher who taught for many years at Monte Vista school, Judy used her classroom to teach children about the environment through gardens, incorporating outdoor areas into her teaching practices.

What kind of gardens? Butterfly gardens, raised bed gardens, and an exquisite half acre ethno botany garden & nature trail, that demonstrates the importance of California native plants, that fed many through the millennia before the arrival of the Spanish.

Later, along with the Common Vision school orchard program, Permaculture friends, students & other community members, Judy installed the very first Food Forest/Orchard Garden located at a Santa Barbara public school in 2005.

Judy always had programs and projects in mind, not just for her own classroom & students, but for the entire school. Judy's students began growing food from the gardens for a weekly farmers market, where parents shopped when picking up their kids after school. Eventually, with funds raised from the school farmers market, a salad bar lunch program was initiated into the school cafeteria, an award winning pilot project, that was later adopted district-wide. A worm farm project Judy and students created diverted school food lunch waste from the trash, instead converting it into rich compost for the gardens, along with other school wide recycling projects.

In time Judy Sims retired from teaching, but never from gardening. In 2009, she joined the s'Cool Garden team at Santa Barbara City College Center for Sustainability, a part of the Orfalea Foundation School Food Initiative project, as education coordinator, where over 25 local county schools were assisted in starting up and maintaining school gardens.

A longtime passionate community activist, Judy has been a key participant in many local garden organizations and projects. With typical creative drive and dynamic energy Judy helped create Trinity Gardens, Santa Barbara's newest community garden. Located on the grounds of Trinity Lutheran Church, it is a unique community garden, where individuals can rent plots, but where there is also a large communal growing area with a farm manager, growing fresh produce for food banks and other organizations who help with the needy.

At the La Huerta Historic Gardens, where hardy plants that were needed to sustain those from the early California Mission era are researched and grown on a demonstration site at the Santa Barbara Old Mission, Judy developed a docent program and is an ongoing volunteer.

Seed saving is a passion of Judy's, we are grateful for her participation every year with the Annual Santa Barbara Community Seed Swap, providing all the kids activities, and sharing seeds collected from her many garden sources. In assisting the future for children and gardens, in 2015 Judy helped create the first Growing Edible Education Symposium.

Gardeners, parents, kids, and community members salute Judy Sims, we thank her for her commitment and contribution to gardens, seed saving, and our Santa Barbara food system. She has inspired young and old and in between for many decades.

The Local Food Hero award is an international award developed by Vandana Shiva & the Navdanya Foundation to honor those involved in protecting seeds and contributing to a healthy sustainable food system. More than 70% of the world's food comes from small farms and gardens. In honoring Local Food Heroes, we are recognizing the real foundation of food security, and making a commitment to strengthen this foundation.

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Fighting Climate Change with Carbon Farming

with Darren Doherty of REGRARIANS Ltd.

Date:

Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 7:30pm - 9pm

Location:

downtown Central Library, Faulkner Gallery, 40 E. Anapamu St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Price:

The event is FREE, no reservations are required.

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If every farmer in the USA practiced Carbon Farming, in less than 10 years,
we would sequester ALL the CARBON that has been emitted since the Industrial Age
Joel Salatin, POLYFACE Farm

There's too much carbon in the atmosphere causing unruly & disturbing climate problems, but the solution isn't difficult, it's in the soil!

Carbon is a naturally occurring chemical compound vital to life, but since the industrial revolution and the advent of modern farming practices, too much carbon has been released into the atmosphere causing climate disruption. The good news is that with Carbon Farming & good soil practices, nature can do much of the remedial work for us.

Join Santa Barbara Permaculture Network on Thursday, March 10, as we host Darren Doherty of REGRARIANS Ltd, for a talk that suggests we can effectively fight climate change by improving the soil with innovative Carbon Farming techniques & strategies that restore & regenerate landscapes.

Carbon Farming is the process of sequestering carbon into healthy, biologically alive soils, using a variety of agricultural practices like no-till farming, cover crops, holistic range management & agroforestry. America's unique opportunity is it's vast landscapes of degraded agriculture & grazing lands that if restored to health would have the potential to capture billions of tons of carbon from the atmosphere annually. Farms that increase carbon in their soils also increase water retention, protect biodiversity, enhance productivity, all while combating Climate Change.

Darren Doherty is a 5th generation Australian farmer and an international expert on regenerative agriculture and permaculture design who has extensive experience across the world in project design, development, management & training. A career-long focus on the profitable & regenerative retrofit of broadacre landscapes has seen Darren Doherty acclaimed as a pioneer in this important field.

Darren Doherty & his wife Lisa Heenan have recently produced POLYFACES, a documentary showcasing the work of Joel Salatin & the renowned Polyface farm in Virginia. Darren will also be in the region teaching a sold out 10 day REGRARIAN workshop at Orella Ranch on the Gaviota Coast north of Santa Barbara.

Sponsored by Santa Barbara Permaculture Network
CIVICS 101 FOR CLIMATE CHANGE, A Community Education Series

Co-Sponsors: Community Environmental Council (CEC), Orella Ranch, & the Santa Barbara Food Alliance

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1533723326928002/

Additional Resources: (Check out all these great materials!)

Landscapes, Ecosystems, Agriculture and Food Systems (LEAF) Santa Barbara:
The LEAF Initiative was developed through a collaborative effort with community members, nonprofit organizations and donors. The initiative seeks to advance regional strategies to increase land conservation, improve ecosystem health, ensure agricultural viability and improve the local food system. https://www.sbfoundation.org/leaf

Regrarians Ltd: http://www.regrarians.org Our primary responsibility is to the regenerative enhancement of the biosphere's ecosystem processes. Our secondary responsibility is to provide the potential for people to be informed about the regenerative economy, whether it involves their work in agriculture, land management, corporate life, domestic services, manufacturing or other activities that are within the reasonable domain of humans…

“4 per 1,000” Initiative: The “4 per 1,000” Initiative wants to demonstrate that agriculture can provide practical solutions to the challenge of climate disruption, while also meeting that posed by food security through the use of farming methods that match local conditions: e.g. agroecology, agroforestry, conservation agriculture, landscape management. http://4p1000.org/understand

The California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN):
A coalition of sustainable agriculture and farmer leaders that advances agricultural solutions to climate change. Agriculture can play a unique role in responding to the climate crisis by producing renewable energy, sequestering carbon and reducing greenhouse gas emissions while securing our food system for generations to come. http://calclimateag.org

Climate Chance: A summit dedicated to concrete action is a global summit with the aim to become a regular event for all non-state actors involved in the fight against climate change. http://www.climatechance2016.com/

Articles referring to Carbon Farming:

California's Grand Plan to Fight Climate Change on the Farm California/ lawmakers move toward paying farmers to adopt climate-smart practices. http://civileats.com/2016/02/02/californias-grand-plan-to-fight-climate-change-on-the-farm-jerry-brown/

Restoring Global Soil Quality Is One Of The Best Things We Can Do For Climate Change: Little known climate change fact: Just the first meter of soil contains as much carbon as the entire atmosphere. And there's potential to soak up much more. http://www.fastcoexist.com/3052240/restoring-global-soil-quality-is-one-of-the-best-things-we-can-do-for-climate-change

Restoring Global Soil Quality Is One Of The Best Things We Can Do For Climate Change: Little known climate change fact: Just the first meter of soil contains as much carbon as the entire atmosphere. And there's potential to soak up much more. http://www.fastcoexist.com/3052240/restoring-global-soil-quality-is-one-of-the-best-things-we-can-do-for-climate-change

Permaculture RESOURCES:

Permaculture and Climate Change Adaptation Inspiring Ecological, Social, Economic and Cultural Responses for Resilience and Transformation ; by By Dr. Thomas Henfrey and Dr. Gil Penha-Lopes https://www.chelseagreen.com/permaculture-subject/permaculture-and-climate-change-adaptation

The Carbon Farming Solution A Global Toolkit of Perennial Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices for Climate Change Mitigation and Food Security By Eric Toensmeier Foreword by Dr. Hans Herren http://www.chelseagreen.com/the-carbon-farming-solution

Articles referring to Carbon Farming:

California's Grand Plan to Fight Climate Change on the Farm California/ lawmakers move toward paying farmers to adopt climate-smart practices. http://civileats.com/2016/02/02/californias-grand-plan-to-fight-climate-change-on-the-farm-jerry-brown/

Restoring Global Soil Quality Is One Of The Best Things We Can Do For Climate Change:
Little known climate change fact: Just the first meter of soil contains as much carbon as the entire atmosphere. And there's potential to soak up much more. http://www.fastcoexist.com/3052240/restoring-global-soil-quality-is-one-of-the-best-things-we-can-do-for-climate-change

Resilient Agriculture Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate, by Laura Lengnick:
http://www.newsociety.com/Books/R/Resilient-Agriculture

Radio Interview Episode 16, COP21 Insights from the Paris Climate Conference with Albert Bates:
http://realeyeshomestead.com/permaculture-realized-podcast-episode-16-cop21-insights-from-the-paris-climate-conference-with-albert-bates

POLYFACES FILM trailer: http://www.polyfaces.com
Documentary showcasing the work of Joel Salatin & the renowned Polyface Farm in Virginia.

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POLYFACES A World of Many Choices

A film by REGRARIANS showcasing Joel Salatin

Followed by Q&A with film producers Lisa Heenan & Darren Doherty

Date:

Monday, March 14, 2016 7:30-9pm

Location:

Paseo Nuevo Theaters, in the Paseo Nuevo Shopping Mall, downtown Santa Barbara, 8 West De La Guerra St (off of State St), 93101

Price:

Pre-order tickets are available on Event Brite for $10, or $15 at the door.

More Info:

More Info: margie@sbpermaculture.org, 805-962-2571
Event facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/179961695712271/

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On the renowned POLYFACE farm in Virginia a different kind of farming is taking place with Joel Salatin, a farmer who wants us to rekindle our relationship with food.

Please join Santa Barbara Permaculture Network on Monday, March 14, at the Paseo Nuevo Theater for the Santa Barbara premiere of POLYFACES, a documentary film about Joel Salatin and the renowned Polyface farm in Virginia that has been demonstrating some of the best regenerative & sustainable agriculture practices for over 40 years.

In 1961, William and Lucille Salatin moved their young family to Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, purchasing the most worn-out, eroded, abused farm in the area. Using nature as a pattern, they began the healing and innovation that now supports three generations.

Disregarding conventional wisdom, the Salatins planted trees, built huge compost piles, dug ponds, moved cows daily with portable electric fencing, and invented portable sheltering systems to produce all their animals on perennial prairie polycultures.

In time son Joel Salatin took the helm, teaching and authoring books on all that was learned at Polyface through the years. Eventually the farm became a major demonstration site with hundreds of people visiting annually, sharing knowledge on how to produce food without harmful chemicals, while respecting animals in their care, and ultimately returning the farm to a healthy ecosystem.

A Heinz Award winner, Joel Salatin was called the ‘most innovative farmer in the world' by Time Magazine. He was featured in both the Oscar-nominated film Food Inc., and Michael Pollan's best selling book, The Omnivore's Dilemma. Joel Salatin is an inspiration to many thousands of farmers around the world.

The film's producer Lisa Heenan shared directing duties with daughter Isabella Doherty, chronicling the farm over four years of changing seasons. The film was produced by REGRARIANS Ltd., an Australian nonprofit established with partner Darren Doherty to provide resources for those who want to regenerate depleted landscapes.

Darren Doherty is one of the world's leading regenerative agriculture specialists, who has long advocated for the repair of broadacre landscapes as one of the solutions for climate change by sequestering carbon in biologically alive soils, and will be in Santa Barbara for a sold out workshop he will be teaching on the Gaviota Coast. Both Lisa Heenan & Darren Doherty will be in attendance at the Santa Barbara film premiere. Welcome to EditPad.org - your online plain text editor. Enter or paste your text here. To download and save it, click on the button below.

Event Co-Sponsors: Santa Barbara Permaculture Network, SB Independent, Community Environmental Council (CEC), Cultivate Events, LoaTree, Casitas Valley Farm, Quail Springs, Island Seed & Feed, Orella Ranch, permEzone, Sustainable World Radio, & the Santa Barbara Food Alliance

SPECIAL PRE-FILM EVENT!: A very special farm-to-table dinner at Barbareno Restaurant with Film Director Lisa Heenan, Mon March 14, 5-7pm, seating limited, $50/pp, reservations: (805) 963-9591

More Resources:

POLYFACES FILM trailer:

Polyfaces – Early in the Morning from RegrariansMedia on Vimeo.

POLYFACES FILM longer trailer:

Polyfaces English from RegrariansMedia on Vimeo.

POLYFACES FILM website:
http://www.polyfaces.com

Polyface Farms website
http://www.polyfacefarms.com/

"...regenerating soil is what will save the world..." HARVEY WEINSTEIN, Weinstein Company

"...an important contribution to the American food movement..." MICHAEL POLLAN, The Omnivores Dilemma

"...the best way to help us eat (and live) a whole lot better..." NEW YORK TIMES

"...Watch it. Get inspired..." ALEX JAMIESON, Super Size Me

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Reporting from the Paris Climate Conference What does COP21 mean for Santa Barbara & California?

with Ethan Stewart of the Santa Barbara Independent

peace at eiffel tower

While much still to be done, let's take a moment to Celebrate!

Date:

Thursday, January 28, 2016 6:30-8:30pm

Location:

Antioch University Community Hall, 602 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 9310

Price:

Free. No reservations are required.

More Info:

More Info: margie@sbpermaculture.org, 805-962-2571


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I am not actually in Paris as a journalist, I am here as a human being ~ Ethan Stewart

Did you follow the Climate Talks in Paris, wonder what they meant to you and your community?

Please join Santa Barbara Permaculture Network on Thursday, January 28, for an evening with Ethan Stewart of the Santa Barbara Independent, as he shares his experiences attending & reporting on the 2015 Climate Conference in Paris (COP21).

Doing a particularly insightful job covering the Climate talks, Ethan gave a day by day account of all that took place, both at official gatherings and the myriad sidebar gatherings and meetings with NGOs, activists, and concerned citizens from around the world.

What was it like to be at this historic gathering of delegates & negotiators from 195 countries with widely varying agendas while needing to unanimously adopt an agreement that will profoundly affect all of our futures?

What was the process, who inspired, who disappointed, did he come away with euphoria or despair? And ultimately, what are the implications of the Paris Agreement for our city, county and state?

The goal of COP21 was to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius. And for the first time in more than 20 years of UN negotiations, although not legally binding, global consensus was reached.

Unlike past conferences, this time cities and local governments were identified as key problem solvers, with more than 400 mayors from around the world attending the Climate Summit for Local Leaders. As the world's eighth largest economy, California has the potential for emerging as a leader for global climate change solutions, with innovative clean technologies for the 21st century that are not only good for the planet, but also job creators and profitable for business.

Come learn more from all Ethan Stewart experienced and join the conversation with a panel of key community members from backgrounds in local government, business, education, faith based organizations, activists and students, exploring what it might be like to transition from a century of an economy based on fossil fuels, to a restoration economy where our energy needs are supplied largely with renewables. What part will we all play?

Ethan Stewart has been on staff at the Santa Barbara Independent since 2004. Currently Editor-at-Large for the Independent, Stewart has been its primary environmental reporter for much of the past decade. A lifelong lover of the great outdoors, Stewart's work has been honored by both state and national organizations for excellence in everything from "Investigative Journalism" and "Sports Writing" to "Environmental Reporting" and "Best Writing" in California in 2014 from the California Newspaper Publishers Association.

A Public Forum Hosted by Santa Barbara Permaculture Network
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1661720367421950/
Co-Sponsors: Santa Barbara Independent, Loa Tree, Antioch University, & the Community Environmental Council (CEC)

Additional Resources:

The Paris Project
Independent reporter Ethan Stewart & photographer Kodiak Greenwood in Paris, covering the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21). Here you'll find their daily dispatches and analysis of the historic summit http://www.independent.com/news/COP21/

The Open Letter of Gratitude to All by Christiana Figueres; Executive Secretary UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) http://newsroom.unfccc.int/unfccc-newsroom/an-open-letter-of-gratitude/

ADOPTION OF THE PARIS AGREEMENT Proposal by Laurent Fabius President of COP21 Draft decision -/COP.21 http://unfccc.int/resource/docs/2015/cop21/eng/l09.pdf

Community Environmental Council
Pioneers real life solutions in areas with the biggest impact on climate change – most notably energy, transportation and food systems. http://www.cecsb.org

Cities Prove to Be Vital Voice at Paris Climate Talks by Laura Turner Seidel http://ecowatch.com/2016/01/09/cities-paris-climate-talks/

The activities of cities alone account for more than 70 percent of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions. Roughly 54 percent of the world's 7.3 billion people currently live in cities and by 2050, that number is expected to rise to around 70 percent of the world's population. If the world is to avoid catastrophic climate change, we need our cities to continue to lead by developing and implementing concrete initiatives that improve the health, well-being and economic opportunities of citizens.

Permaculture RESOURCES:

Permaculture and Climate Change Adaptation Inspiring Ecological, Social, Economic and Cultural Responses for Resilience and Transformation by By Dr. Thomas Henfrey and Dr. Gil Penha-Lopes https://www.chelseagreen.com/permaculture-subject/permaculture-and-climate-change-adaptation

The Carbon Farming Solution
A Global Toolkit of Perennial Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices for Climate Change Mitigation and Food Security By Eric Toensmeier Foreword by Dr. Hans Herren http://www.chelseagreen.com/the-carbon-farming-solution

Videos:

The Paris Climate Negotiations Explained; by Grist online magazine (explained succinctly & with humor) (4min):

Call to Earth - A Message from the World's Astronauts to COP21: (6 min)

Main Talk: (approx. time 90 min)
Public Forum: Reporting from the Paris Climate Talks with Journalist Ethan Stewart of the Santa Barbara Independent What does COP21 mean for Santa Barbara & California?:

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8th Annual Santa Barbara Community Seed Swap

A celebration to bring seeds & people together

Date:

Sunday, January 31, 2016 11-3pm

Location:

downtown Santa Barbara Public Library, Faulkner Gallery, 40 E. Anapamu St, 93101

Price:

Free

More Info:

For more information, (805) 962-2571


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8th Annual Santa Barbara Community Seed Swap

Septimo Anual Santa Barbara Intercambio de Semillas del Comunitario

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Join Santa Barbara Permaculture Network as it hosts the 8th Annual Santa Barbara Community Seed Swap on Sunday, January 31, from 11am-3pm, at the downtown Santa Barbara Central Library, Faulkner Gallery.

More than 400 people attended last year, sharing seeds and knowledge with other backyard gardeners, plant lovers, beekeepers and farmers. Come be a part of this seed saving movement, making sure that locally adapted varieties of seed & plants are passed on to future generations. Special speakers, free seeds, children activities & live music!

Local groups will table, including the Santa Barbara Seed Saving Guild who will share valuable seed saving techniques and encourage local gardeners to grow out and harvest some of their best seeds for future gardens and seed swaps, making us a truly food secure community. Seed saving is a fun and easy way to connect to the circle of life.

Bring seeds, plants, cuttings, and garden knowledge to swap.

Don't have these
Then come get seeds.
Seeds to sow.
Seeds to grow.
Seeds to harvest.
Seeds to save and share next year.
Activities for all ages
Music that will have your toes tapping

Special Speakers throughout the day
A gathering of garden friends old and new.

A community program hosted by the Santa Barbara Permaculture Network Non-profit

SB Seed Swap Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/groups/632203483488117/

Santa Barbara Annual Community Seed Swap on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/632203483488117/

Octavo Anual Santa Barbara Intercambio de Semillas del Comunitario Domingo, 31 de enero, 2016 11 AM - 3 PM, Gratis FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/groups/632203483488117/

Real Food Hero Award for 2016

Once again we will be honoring a local "Real Food Hero" at the Santa Barbara Community Seed Swap.

This year the award goes to Oscar Carmona of Healing Grounds Nursery, a passionate local food advocate connecting people to the land & their food for over 30 years. Creating innovative programs encouraging people to grow their own healthy food while using beneficial practices good for the planet, Oscar teaches in both institutional settings & backyards.

From 1991 to 2004 Oscar was the Director of Garden Programs for the Community Environmental Council (CEC) in Santa Barbara, CA where he managed the City of Santa Barbara's community gardens and CEC's Urban Farm. He started CEC's Green Schools Gardening Program, Farming Fun Summer Camp, the Santa Barbara Youth Gardening Coalition, taught Green Gardener's Sustainable Practices courses, and served as the President of the Santa Barbara Horticultural Consortium.

One of the first certified organic nurseries on the Central Coast, Healing Grounds Nursery grows Biodynamic vegetable and herb seedlings. Beginning as a horticultural therapy program for the Transitions Mental Health Association, the nursery now sells seedlings both wholesale & to the public at the Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Markets. A key member of the Santa Barbara Seed Saving Guild, Oscar saves seed stock for the Santa Barbara Food Bank and other community groups; while participating in local seed exchanges and teaching seed saving workshops. http://healinggroundsnursery.com/

How to help, exhibit, volunteer:

Because the Seed Swap keeps growing, this year we would like to be both inside and outside at the downtown Santa Barbara Central Library.

Always inside because of chance of rain (yes please!), but this year would like to have additional space outside for children's activities & music, and to be more visible to the public.

As always we could a little help from the community to pay for the library facility and associated costs. The cost to use the Faulkner Gallery indoor space is $400, for the outdoor space, an additional $200. All tax deductible donations large or small welcome!

If you'd like to support this great community event, checks can be made out to SB Permaculture Network (suggested, $20, $50, $100): Mailing address, P.O. Box 92156, Santa Barbara, CA 93190, or go online to pay by credit card or PayPal: www.sbpermaculture.org

We will also be offering exhibit table spaces for $10, for those with plant & seed related exhibits. Volunteers also welcome. Please contact Margie if interested: margie@sbpermaculture.org

Many thanks for being a part of this great community event, please share the date with your friends & neighbors -

Seed saving is a fun and easy way to connect to the circle of life...

More Info:

Websites about Seed Saving:

Seed Savers Exchange:
www.seedsavers.org

Heirloom Seed Exchange:
www.heirloomseedswap.com

Seed Savers:
www.seedsavers.net

Seed Matters:
www.seedmatters.org

Organic Seed Alliance:
http://www.seedalliance.org/

Safe Seed Pledge & Initiative & list of Seed Companies who have taken the Safe Seed Pledge:
http://www.councilforresponsiblegenetics.org/viewpage.aspx?pageid=261

Rare Vegetable Seed Consortium:
http://www.growrareseeds.com/

Native Seeds/SEARCH Search:
www.nativeseeds.org

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Santa Barbara Permaculture Network & The Community Environmental Council present:

A Conversation with Paul Relis & Pico Iyer
A Benefit for the Community Environmental Council 45th Anniversary

Date:

Monday, October 12, 6:30 - 8:30pm

Location:

Lobero Theater, 33 E Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Price:

Tickets $30, $20 & $10, (all ticket sales donated to the Community Environmental Council)

Lobero Ticket Information:
https://www.lobero.com/events/cec-pico-iyerpaul-relis/
or call the Lobero Ticket office: 805.9630761

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Two creative minds honor the Community Environmental Council's 45th Anniversary with a conversational journey exploring the past & future of the environmental movement, including a discussion of Paul Relis' recently published book, Out of the Wasteland - Stories from the Environmental Frontier.

Paul Relis is the founding executive director of the Community Environmental Council, who at the young age of twenty three, following the disastrous oil spill in the Santa Barbara Channel in 1969, helped launch an organization whose impact is still being felt locally & globally today. Pico Iyer, global traveler & sometime Santa Barbara resident, is an internationally acclaimed author & journalist with more than ten best selling books, whose global citizen perspective helps us understand the world we live in.

Join us for a thought provoking evening as Paul & Pico, personal good friends, lead us with infectious abandon into a lively conversation about what the future might hold, as we contemplate our environmental destiny in our Santa Barbara home town and on the planet.

A book signing reception follows the talk.

A Community Event Sponsored by
Santa Barbara Permaculture Network & the Community Environmental Council


Paul Relis Bio:

Paul became the founding executive director of the Community Environmental Council (CEC) after the oil spill in the Santa Barbara Channel in 1969. Paul then became an executive with the state EPA, and lectured for nearly two decades on Environmental Studies at his alma mater, UCSB. Paul feels his current work with CR&R Inc, a company developing a 30 million dollar Anaerobic Digester at a facility in Perris, CA, opening in three months with a carbon free, ultra low emissions biofuels created from organic waste, is the exciting culmination of all his work, fulfilling a dream of making our community and state less reliant on oil for energy.
CR&R http://www.crrwasteservices.com/about/about_main.htm

http://www.paulrelis.com/work/

 

Bio: Pico Iyer

Pico Iyer is a celebrated author, journalist, and regular TED Talk lecturer (with multi million-views). Born in England to parents from India and educated at Eton, Oxford, and Harvard, Iyer writes frequently on globalism for Harper's, on culture & politics for The New York Times, on literature for The New York Review of Books, and on many topics for a wide range of magazines including TIME Magazine, National Geographic, and Tricycle:The Buddhist Review. His numerous books include, Video Night in Kathmandu, Cuba and the Night, The Global Soul, and his most recent book, The Man Within My Head. Having travelled almost everywhere­from Easter Island to Ethiopia to North Korea to Bolivia­ Iyer's lectures captivate audiences with stories about community and culture, and the ways in which technology and movement impact our sense of belonging. http://www.prhspeakers.com/speaker/pico-iyer

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Santa Barbara Permaculture Network & Orella Ranch Present:

INHABIT Film Screening & Discussion

Date:

Wed, Sept 2, 2015 - 6:30 - 8:30pm

Location:

downtown Santa Barbara Central Library, Faulkner Gallery,40 E. Anapamu St, 93101

Price:

donations gladly accepted

More Info:

No reservations are required. More info: margie@sbpermaculture.org, 805-962-2571.

Can our impact on the planet be a positive instead of negative one?

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Join us for an evening of Permaculture inspiration at the Santa Barbara Premiere of INHABIT, a feature length documentary introducing permaculture.

The award winning documentary INHABIT - A Permaculture Perspective showcases permaculture projects and the way they regenerate our world. 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 science based on the observation and replication of patterns and relationships found in nature; it is an approach to designing sustainable systems of agriculture, community, economics, politics, and more. INHABIT looks at practices in rural, suburban, and urban environments to explore the breadth of response to local and global challenges - from issues of food, water, and medicine, to governance, economy, and culture. It is an attempt to illuminate certain societal and planetary ails through the lens of on-ground, Earth-based solutions.

*On hand for the evening will be Guner Tautrim from Orella Ranch where Keyline design & other permaculture strategies have been incorporated into their landscape with positive results. Orella Ranch will host an upcoming 3 day workshop with Mark Shepard, author of Restoration Agriculture, whose work and farm is featured in the INHABIT film.

have all of the benefits of natural, perennial ecosystems and create agricultural systems that imitate nature in form and function while still providing for our food, building, fuel and many other needs ­ in your own backyard, farm or ranch

Sponsored by:
Santa Barbara Permaculture Network
& Orella Ranch

www.sbpermaculture.org

More Info:
Santa Barbara Permaculture Network Event Page:
for INHABIT film event: www.facebook.com/events/127721097568292/

INHABIT: A Permaculture Perspective Official Trailer:

INHABIT: A Permaculture Perspective from Costa on Vimeo.

For info about Mark Shepard Restoration Agriculture Workshop at Orella Ranch-
please go to Friends of Orella Ranch facebook: www.facebook.com/events/113762295636201/
Spend Friday October 30, 31st and Nov. 1st with Mark Shepard on the Orella Ranch, Gaviota Coast Santa Barbara County.
Family owned and operated for the last 149 years this coastal ranch will serve as the backdrop for learning the ins and outs of Mark Shepard's Restoration Agriculture practices. Camping and food included on site.
$475 Early bird (first 10 sign ups) then $550
website: http://restorationagricultureworkshop.weebly.com

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Santa Barbara Permaculture Network Presents

Award-Winning Documentary Film

Rebels with a Cause

How a Battle Over Land Changed the California Landscape Forever

Date:

Thursday, May 28, 2015 6:30-8:30pm

Location:

downtown Santa Barbara Central Library, Faulkner Gallery,40 E. Anapamu St, 93101

Price:

Free

More Info:

No reservations are required. More info: margie@sbpermaculture.org, 805-962-2571.

they were unpaid & they were crazy. they were...

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In the first half of the 20th century, California's population increased by 600% and by the 1950's development was consuming coastal open space and farmland to housing development & shopping malls in a way that seemed to have no limits.

A stunningly beautiful film narrated by Frances McDormand, Rebels With A Cause is the tale about the dreamers and schemers and activists who - despite reversals, diversions and disappointments - persist in their mission for more than twenty years and foster a national movement beginning in California to preserve open space that ultimately grew into a legacy of National Seashores, National Parks and National Recreation Areas around the nation.

It's the story of garden clubs, ranchers, farmers conservationists, politicians, widows and volunteers, all of whom worked their way through compromise and negotiation with the American public coming up as the winner.

It's a struggle that crosses party lines, unites seemingly antagonistic foes, falters and is nearly extinguished many times along the way, but ultimately is victorious. Beautiful cinematic footage, clever animation, moving interviews and a very compelling story are woven together in story that is especially meaningful for our times.

Award winning filmmakers Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto of Kelly+Yamamoto Productions capture breathtaking natural landscapes while chronicling the story of an unusual group of individuals who make monumental change to help preserve a landscape for future generations.

Santa Barbara Permaculture Network invites community members, leaders, educators, students, and all who care about land preservation to attend and join the discussion about preservation of not only open space, but also agricultural lands in trust, urban community landtrusts, and how future generations can participate in preserving our own beautiful and unique landscape.

Hosted by: Santa Barbara Permaculture Network & Santa Barbara Food Alliance 

More Info:

Watch the Trailer: http://rebelsdocumentary.org/trailer/

Information on Film and Filmmakers http://rebelsdocumentary.org

Rebels With A Cause onSB Permaculture Network Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/686558494804829/

Santa Barbara Food Alliance Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sbfoodalliance

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12th International Permaculture Convergence

A journey to London, 2015

In September 2015 up to a thousand people from over fifty countries will be converging on London for a unique global gathering of people passionate about permaculture and those exploring its relevance to our pressing challenges. It's going to be an amazing month that draws on our movement's growth. The IPCs were started as a way of growing the network, sharing knowledge and celebrating achievements.

With no formal international body, IPCs have been one of the few opportunities to have discussions in person about strategy, educational standards, research, developments in practice, and regional / global development. They have also been a way to highlight best practice in specific environments, and to increase permaculture in the host country – especially in the early days. At the 10th IPC in Jordan it was agreed to have the 12th IPC in Britain.

IPCUK will bring together leading experts and practitioners from around the world.

We have everything we need to create a sustainable world and future. Together we will create a vision of a near future society that is caring, sustainable and fair, and explore how we can collectively design strategies and pathways to make it happen.

A two day Conference takes place September 8 & 9th for the public and permaculture community, followed by the 5 day (Sept 10-16) International Permaculture Convergence (IPC), the biennial global gathering of over 500 expert permaculture designers and practitioners (Permaculture Design Course required to attend).

  • Conference, https://www.ipcuk.events/conference 8-9 September 2015, The Light, Euston Road, London. Designing the World We Want - two days packed with presentations, workshops, academic papers, exhibitions, music, and art..
  • Convergence, https://www.ipcuk.events/convergence 10-16 September 2015, Gilwell Park, Essex. Designing the network we want - for people from around the world using permaculture in their everyday lives and communities.
  • Edge events, https://www.ipcuk.events/edge throughout the UK and Europe. From tours and courses, to talks and more.

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International Permaculture Convergences

https://ipcuk.events/aboutIPCs

'IPC' stands for International Permaculture Convergence, it is a gathering of practitioners of permaculture from around the world, people who are working with nature to design a better world. IPCs started back in 1984 in Australia, and is the key global meeting point for the international permaculture network. It is fully self-financed, so donations https://www.ipcuk.events/donate and sponsorships if your business is interested in sponsoring any part of the conference or convergence.  
https://www.ipcuk.events/sponsors/becomeasponsor are greatly appreciated!


History of IPCs

IPC1 Rowlands, New South Wales, Australia, 1984

IPC2 Breitenbush Hot Springs & Olympia in the NW of the USA, 1986

IPC3 Christchurch, New Zealand, 1988

IPC4 Nepal, 1991

IPC5 Copenhagen, Denmark and Gerlesborg, Sweden, 1993

IPC6 Perth, Australia, 1996

IPC7 Croatia organized in cooperation with Danish Association/European Permaculture Institute, 2005

IPC8 Brasil, Permacultura America Latina, 2007

IPC9 Malawi, 2009

IPC10 Jordan, 2011

IPC11 Cuba, 2013


Upcoming:

IPC12 UK 2015 https://ipcuk.events/

IPC13 India 2017 https://ipcuk.events/ipc-india-2017

Friends of International Permaculture Convergences (FIPC)

A sponsorship project of Inquiring Systems:
http://www.inquiringsystems.org/portfolio/friends-international-permaculture-convergence/

The Friends of the International Permaculture Convergence (FIPC) nonprofit is an organization working in conjunction with the International Permaculture Convergence Coordinating Committee to support the conveners of the individual International Permaculture Convergence (IPC) event held around the globe every two years.

FIPC's specific mission is to augment the funds needed for convening the bi-annual IPC event, with a special focus on scholarship funding for delegates traveling from all parts of the world to attend. Ongoing support for the IPC website with its valuable archives is also a part of the FIPC mission.

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7th Annual Santa Barbara Community Seed Swap

A celebration to bring seeds & people together

Date:

Sunday, January 25, 2015 11-3pm

Location:

downtown Santa Barbara Public Library, Faulkner Gallery, 40 E. Anapamu St, 93101

Price:

Free

More Info:

For more information, (805) 962-2571


Posters

7th Annual Santa Barbara Community Seed Swap

Septimo Anual Santa Barbara Intercambio de Semillas del Comunitario

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Event Description

Join Santa Barbara Permaculture Network as it hosts the 7th Annual Santa Barbara Community Seed Swap on Sunday, January 25, from 11am-3pm, at the downtown Santa Barbara Central Library, Faulkner Gallery.

More than 400 people attended last year, sharing seeds and knowledge with other backyard gardeners, plant lovers, beekeepers and farmers. Come be a part of this seed saving movement, making sure that locally adapted varieties of seed & plants are passed on to future generations. Special speakers, children activities & live music!

Local groups will table, including the Santa Barbara Seed Saving Guild who will share valuable seed saving techniques and encourage local gardeners to grow out and harvest some of their best seeds for future gardens and seed swaps, making us a truly food secure community. Seed saving is a fun and easy way to connect to the circle of life.

Bring seeds, plants, cuttings, and garden knowledge to swap.

Don't have these
Then come get seeds.
Seeds to sow.
Seeds to grow.
Seeds to harvest.
Seeds to save and share next year.
Activities for all ages
Music that will have your toes tapping

Special Speakers throughout the day
A gathering of garden friends old and new.

A community program hosted by the Santa Barbara Permaculture Network Non-profit

Co-sponsors: Island Seed & Feed, Santa Barbara Seed Saving Guild, & the Santa Barbara Food Alliance

Santa Barbara Annual Community Seed Swap on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/632203483488117/

Séptimo Anual Santa Barbara Intercambio de Semillas del Comunitario Domingo, 25 de enero, 2015 11 AM - 3 PM, Gratis FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/events/894141133952761/

Real Food Hero Award for 2015

Once again will be honoring a local "Real Food Hero" at the Seed Swap. This year the award goes to Matt Buckmaster of Island Seed & Feed. Bringing seeds and people together for more than 25 years, Matt is committed to being the organic & sustainability hub for our region by providing the highest quality seeds & plants and other garden and farm supplies, specializing in propagating organic heirlooms seeds onsite. Matt has been a major supporter of the Santa Barbara Annual Seed Swap since it's beginning days. Island Seed & Feed: http://islandseed.com/

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Dynamic Governance Empowering People & Organizations

Introductory Public Talk
with John Buck & Manfred Friedrich

Date:

Friday, January 9, 2015 7-9pm

Location:

Santa Barbara County Public Health Building, 300 North San Antonio Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93110

Price:

$5-10 Sliding Scale. No reservations required.

More Info:

Lesley Weinstock: lesleyweinstock@yahoo.comhttps://www.facebook.com/events/369751236538965/.

Phone: 805-212-0052


Posters

Dynamic Governance Empowering People & Organizations

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Event Description

Learn how businesses & organizations around the world are "thinking smarter in circles"

Dynamic Governance (aka Sociocracy) is an elegantly simple, innovative new method of governing that creates more inclusive and efficient organizations, while creating better human relationships.

Join long time Dynamic Governance pioneers and experts John Buck and Manfred Friedrich for an introductory talk on Friday, January 9, as they share the ideas and concepts of Dynamic Governance as a way to empower and bring out the best in people working together for a common purpose.

First developed and honed in the Netherlands, Dynamic Governance has spread around the world and is currently used by several thousand organizations with inspiring results. Working in a wide range of settings including families, volunteer groups, community organizations, non-profits, government agencies, schools and universities, small businesses and large corporations, Dynamic Governance rewires the decision-making process to mine the intelligence and creativity that already exist in organizations.

Structured around self-organizing circles that make policy decisions and assign tasks and responsibilities through various group processes that engage the perspectives, skills, sympathies, and inspirations of all the members of a group, Dynamic Governance then strategically connects these individual circles to a wider interlinked organizational network.

John Buck co-authored We the People: Consenting to a Deeper Democracy, a book about a new, more inclusive way of governing ourselves using Dynamic Governance; and is the Division Director of The Sociocracy Group in the Netherlands, consulting with businesses, nonprofits, and collaboration councils around the world.

Manfred Friedrich is entrepreneur, organization builder, and mediator who uses Dynamic Governance to support organizations whose intentions are to foster collaboration, equality, personal growth, transparency and better decisions.


Hosted by: Interplay & Santa Barbara Permaculture Network www.sbpermaculture.org

Endorsers:Earth First Construction, Sweetwater Collaborative, Sama Group Santa Barbara, Center for Nonviolent Communication.



A two day Dynamic Governance workshop takes place on Jan 10th & 11th, see below for details.

More Info:

Workshop Details:

Workshop dates, January 10th & 11th, 2015

Empowering People and Organizations Dynamic Governance: A Weekend Workshop with world class presenters, John Buck, Manfred Friedrich & John Schinnerer

Cost: Early bird discount before January 1: $175-285 sliding scale Full price: $210-$335 sliding scale Scholarships and work trades available.

Registration:

http://www.governancealive.com/register/

More info: Lesley Weinstock: lesleyweinstock@yahoo.com, 805-212-0052

Workshop Event Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/805181679544551/

Learn more:

Dynamic Governance (Sociocracy):

http://sociocracyconsulting.com/resources

Youtube: Intro to Dynamic Governance (Sociocracy)

WORKSHOP DETAILS:

Empowering People and Organizations Dynamic Governance: A Weekend Workshop with John Buck, Manfred Friedrich & John Schinnerer.

Saturday, January 10, 10am-6pm Sunday, January 11, 10am-5pm

Workshop Location:

Santa Barbara County Public Health Building, 300 North San Antonio Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93110.

Start the New Year by setting aside time to empower yourself and your relationships. Learn how organizations and businesses around the world are “thinking smarter with circles.”

Dynamic Governance (aka Sociocracy) is an elegantly simple, innovative change from conventional business methods. We encourage you to bring several people from your organization. Bring your actual work issues. Learn tools to get things done!

In the workshop you will:

:: Use collaborative decision-making, not consensus or win/lose voting.
:: Experience how everyone can have a real voice in decision-making.
:: Design power structures that foster creativity, reduce tension and prevent burnout.
:: Learn to have fewer, shorter, meetings, heighten productivity and increase commitment
:: Engage and empower both paid staff and volunteers.

Cost:

Early bird discount before January 1: $175-285 sliding scale Full price: $210-$335 sliding scale

Scholarships and work trades available. For more info, call or email Lesley Weinstock: lesleyweinstock@yahoo.com, 805-212-0052 - Workshop Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/805181679544551/

Payment: To register please go to: http://www.governancealive.com/register/ Scroll down to find the Santa Barbara workshop.

Your fee includes:

:: Optional teleconference 12:00pm, Tuesday, January 6 with a trainer to identify your needs.
:: Support groups, advice and coaching after the workshop.
:: Snacks, drinks and lunch Saturday and Sunday.

World Class Presenters:

John Buck: co-author of We the People: Consenting to a Deeper Democracy, Division Director, The Sociocracy Group, Netherlands. Consults with businesses, nonprofits, and collaboration Councils.

Manfred Friedrich: entrepreneur, organization builder, and mediator, offers Sociocracy to support conscious organizations longing to foster collaboration, equality, personal growth, transparency and better decisions.

John Schinnerer: MA Whole Systems Design, develops cultural and ecological systems for clients. His innovative, collaborative methods invite transparency, equivalence and enhance effectiveness and integrity.

Stories from around the world about dynamic governance:

:: The School of Media, Culture, and Design: star performer at Woodbury University, Burbank, CA.
:: The Appalachian Foodshed Project, a three-state system of Collaboration Councils with hundreds of volunteers, agencies, and businesses, is solving hunger and food desert challenges.
::The Permaculture Association of Scotland has adopted dynamic governance (sociocracy) as its governance system because it aligns with permaculture principles.

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