Friday, June 30, 2006

Create synergy in the community

Express Staff Writer

Molly Strong (in hat) and Starr Weekes build a spiral garden at a permaculture workshop. Photo by Sam Garcia

Weave together the elements of climate, flora, fauna, water, soil and human needs, and you'll arrive at something called "permaculture."

Hosting an introductory class on "Permaculture Design" Friday evening are Sam Garcia of the Environmental Resource Center, Bill McDorman from the Seed Trust Inc., and John Cassia of the Golden Door Gallery in Ketchum.

The theory is that by employing and understanding each of the above-mentioned aspects, one can intricately create connected and productive communities that are socially aware, ecologically sustainable and economically viable.

By building healthy human habitats and food production systems, land use and community building can become more harmonious. The focus then is on the relationships created among those elements.

Sounds lovely, doesn't it?

Permaculture is a way of life, Garcia says. Along with Cassia, she introduces permaculture design and ethics as well as techniques for designing and building a complete home ecosystem, restorative agriculture and natural building.

Former Wood River Valley resident McDorman discusses strategies for creating community-wide sustainability through his expertise on heirloom seed saving and creating interesting food hybrids in arid growing climates. He currently runs his project from his home in Cornville, Ariz.

For more information, contact Garcia at the ERC, 726-4333 or

Permaculture: An Introduction to Design

Friday, June 30, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., The Sawtooth Botanical Garden, Free.

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