Meet the Permaculture Guild
The Davis Permaculture Guild began organized their first meeting in April of 2013, and they became a partner of the Cool Davis Coalition this fall. Steve Nyholm is most enthusiastic about the group he helped to found.
The goal of permaculture is community resilience, i.e., true sustainability. “The focus is mostly on using ecologically sound design principles to produce large quantities of food with organic edible landscaping,” says Nyholm, “but we also work on soil restoration, water conservation, waste reduction, natural building, energy conservation, and other similar goals.
The guild’s first goal is to come together as community members who care about these issues. Networking and sharing ideas is extremely valuable as people are more effective working together.
Nyholm added, “Our second goal is to educate ourselves and others. We have monthly informational meetings the first Thursday of each month at 6:30pm at the Davis Food Coop, with a goal of bringing in speakers who can share knowledge.” Topics so far have included food forests, natural building, greenhouses, seed saving, bees and natural time, history of our land, edible city movement, and other economies, and Q&A about organic gardening.
The third goal naturally follows: to organize work parties and workshops to get hands-on experience as well as to improve the local landscapes. So far, the workshops include planting a food forest, making a HugelKultur water saving raised bed, appreciating the honey bee, and intro to permaculture.
The Permaculture Guild is a splendid fit with Cool Davis as it seeks to restore soil fertility, produce food, and achieve zero-waste at a community level while reducing water consumption, sewage production, and energy usage! The barrier that prevents these goals from being readily adopted is the typical human resistance to change. Steve explains it like this:
“A consumption-based community views food as something that is produced in a faraway place, processed in a faraway place, and sold to us in a shiny picture-perfect package in a store, followed up with disposing of the package and parts of the food we don’t eat… in the garbage which goes off to a faraway place.”
“A resilient community views food as something that is grown in our living spaces (at home and in public places), eaten fresh or stored in reusable containers, followed up with composting the parts of the food we don’t eat, and finally using the compost to help grow new food.”
Joining forces with Cool Davis gives the Guild an expanded outreach to engage more people. Cool Davis gains an exemplary partner who models reducing our carbon footprint in transportation, built environment, and consumption.
For more information, visit www.davispermaculture.org
A Message from Davis Climate Strike folks:
This Friday - today - we will dedicate our climate strike to Eva and her passionate defense for the rights to dignity and respect for all life. She loved all forms of dancing so we will have her colorful scarves on hand and music. Please wear a facemask and maintain 6 feet of social distance. Please join us TODAY in Eva's memory at the corner of 5th and B, 12:30-2pm.
You may have heard of Eva Dopico who left us last year around this time. She was a beloved teacher at Cesar Chavez Elementary that suffered and eventually succumbed to depression.
Eva was a bright light in our community and an ardent defender of equality and belonging for all. She worked tirelessly and joyfully to restore healthy relationships with the Earth and all her creatures.
Eva had a clever, project-based learning approach to teaching climate change to her second grade class. Each student was asked to build a solar oven with their family, which became a model to learn the science of global warming and how greenhouse gases are trapped by our planet's thickening atmosphere. From there she talked about other impacts of human-induced climate change and told the stories of youth leaders.
Eva was passionate about water and protecting marine life in the oceans from plastics and pollution. She frequently transformed into mermaid form, an experience she also shared with her young students. She was a woman of many superpowers and is dearly missed.
Eva wanted to join the climate strike and march with us in September 2018 but was unable to find a substitute teacher.
This Friday - today - we will dedicate our climate strike to Eva and her passionate defense for the rights to dignity and respect for all life.
She loved all forms of dancing so we will have her colorful scarves on hand and music. Please wear a facemask and maintain 6 feet of social distance.
Please join us in Eva's memory at the corner of 5th and B, 12:30-2pm.
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A message from Davis Climate Strike folks:
Today we dedicate our climate strike to Eva Dopico. She loved all forms of dancing so we will have her colorful scarves on hand and music. Wear a facemask and maintain 6 feet of social distance. Corner of 5th and B, 12:30-2pm. Davis
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