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Transition Town workshop to discuss permaculture

 Posted: 1:05 PM June 11, 2009

Transition Town Ashland is presenting a "Permaculture for Transition" Workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, at Peace House, 543 S. Mountain Ave.

Permaculture is the design of human habitation patterns to mimic the resiliency and complexity of eco-systems, according to workshop instructor Tom Ward.

Although the population of the upper Bear Creek drainage, which includes Ashland, exceeds the potential food production carrying capacity, Ward said food and medicine can still be grown in yards, neighborhood community gardens and at other locations.

The workshop will explore how permaculture principles can help in the transition to a way of life in balance with nature. It will address strategies to create resilient communities that use less energy and produce fewer greenhouse gases.

Topics will include the ecological constraints and opportunities of the upper Bear Creek basin and the permaculture roots of the international Transition Town movement.

Ward, an ethno-botanist, eco-forester and permaculture designer and instructor, specializes in the Southern Oregon and Northern California region. He is presently advising local farms on ecological design and is developing a social forestry project in the Little Applegate Valley to demonstrate natural building, use of materials from wildfire fuels reduction work, wood crafting, wildlife enhancement and desert forest water management.

Preregistration tuition for the workshop is $15 for students and $25 for others and includes a vegetarian lunch. Registration at the door is $30.

For more information or to register, contact Melanie Mindlin at 482-7909 or

Transition Town Ashland is the local affiliate of the international movement, which seeks to form resilient communities to address climate change, oil shortages and global economic instability.

Formed in 2008, Transition Town Ashland offers an introductory session on the movement on the first Thursday of each month at Peace House and holds a public action planning meeting every third Thursday in the Gresham Room of the Ashland Public Library. For more information, visit

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