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Sunday April 22th - Berry and small fruit workshop,  Earth Day  9:30 a.m. -4:00 p.m., at Montford Rec center Fruit Orchard, Asheville.

So you want to grow some food?.... and you love fruit?...and want something pretty? Hmmm... A vegetable garden is a little too much maintenance and you cant quite squeeze a fruit tree into your yard.... Whoa, the world of small fruits and berries is waiting for you! This workshop brings together the nuts and bolts experience of a berry grower and the vision of a veteran, edible landscape permaculturist for a hands on experience including classroom style teaching in combination with outdoor practical application. We will learn about varieties, site selection, soil prep, pest/disease management and pollination, maintenance of individual plants as well as designing a comprehensive edible hedge planting for landscaping and eating, as well as wildlife and ornamental asthetics. If you have an affinity for nutritious, sweet,  juicy treats, love beautiful plants and birds than this workshop is for you.

Bring: some gloves, boots, lunch and  a notebook as we will be preparing beds and planting our words.

Walter Harrill: is the sixth generation owner of Imladris farm in Fairview. He runs 7 acres  of mixed berries commercially.

Chuck Marsh: is a certified Permaculture teacher & practitioner, and is proprieter of Useful Plant nursery and consulting.

 All profits from this workshop will be put towards the fruit trees at Montford rec center, The Edible park,

and the proliferation of  fruit trees in schools and other public lands.

Cost:   Payment by April 7th- $25.00    After April 7th- $35.00    under 18- $15.00    dogs-free

Make check payable to: Quality Forward and send to: Bill Whipple 111 Grovewood Rd, Asheville, NC 28804 

For Questions or directions, contact Bill:713-2424 /

This workshop supported by: Asheville city parks and recreation, Quality Forward, Bountiful Cities Project



July 14 – 29, 2007 - Earth Activist Training at Earthaven –With Starhawk and Patricia Allison
Learn how to create the world you want to live in!
EAT combines a full permaculture certification class with earth-based spirituality and practical political know how. 

Permaculture principles and ethics.


Making spiritual connections with real elements—a “Magic ” class w/ Starhawk


Nature awareness; humans’ role as nature at work


Solutions! urban gardens organic farming natural building bioremediation greywater systems


ecoforestry soilbuilding watershed restoration


Consensus process community building facilitation and conflict resolution


Planning for big changes: peak oil and global warming


Creating ritual Weaving magic into action


Movement building strategy direct action  media


Breaking the spell of fear rage grief and frustration


Ways to renew personal energy and find hope for our world.  

Course Fee: TBA
Email: <> or call (530) 994-3370

Gathering Participants, their businesses, projects, etc.

Arthur Morgan School, 60 AMS Circle, Burnsville, NC 28714, (828) 675-4262, email:

Carolina Morning, meditation cushions and much more.

Permaculture Gathering TEE Shirts! Rhea Ormond, Burnsville, NC, (828) 682-1630 or

Falls Creek Trout Farms, 337 Old Roan Mountain Rd., Bakersville, NC 28705

North Carolina Ginseng & Goldenseal Company, Robert Eidus, 300 Indigo Bunting Lane, Marshall, NC, 28753, (828) 649-3536, email:

Ecosystem Reforestation, a non-profit cooperative dedicated to reforesting the Earth, John Godwin, 1812 First Ave. SE, #114, Moultrie, GA 31768. (229) 460-7458

Traveler's Rest Massage Therapy, Elaine Bearden, 20 South Poinsett Highway, Travelers Rest, SC 29690, (864) 630-6448

Susana's Organics, Salamander Springs Farm, PO Box 354 Berea, KY 40403, (859) 893-3360

Kleiwerks, Founding Director & Program Coordinator Janell Kapoor gave a great slide show at the gathering. The website is great too! For general information email:

Central GA Permaculture Initiative, Bob Burns and Jill Crabtree, email

Diva Dyes  Hand dyed clothing, jewelry,etc. Sooze-Anne Richmond, Melbourne, Fla. 321-724-8302, email

Sapien ~ Fuz Sanderson and his didgeridoo are to be heard on this album!

Frank Cook, the 'plant walk' guy, Has a new website, complete with journal of his travels and book reading list! He sends out a newsletter to keep interested folks up on where he is in his world travels. You can join the newsletter and email him at

Joe Dofflemyer can cook great vegetarian meals (he did most of the cooking at the gathering, and is skilled at organizing and cooking for as many as 300 people!) You can contact him at 

Gaia Healing Center, in Mount Airy, Maryland, is stewarded by Gene McMahon M.Ac. and Marianne Rothschild M.D., who have a healing practice with 18 acres that serve as a retreat and workshop space.

Michael Whitmire, "Permaculture Networking" 


Links to some of our favorite sites

The link to the Elisabet Sahtouris film is, then search for Elisabet Sahtouris,
or just click here on (This is the place to order the "Power of Community, How Cuba Survived Peak Oil" DVD)