Earthshed Solutions' Newsletter -September 2018
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September 08, 2018
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Hello Friend!
Happy September! Fall is around the corner and we can probably all agree we are ready for some cooler weather! The prospect of rain in the future is such a wonderful thing.

In this issue you'll find information about the upcoming CPG Pre-PermaBlitz Gathering, the PermaBlitz #4 in October and more!

Our 'Permaculture in Action' article this month is all about Lasagna Beds. At PermaBlitz #3 we added the goodies to create healthy, biologically active soil in 2 - 24" raised beds. Read on to learn the how's and why's of lasagna beds!
In this Issue

September CPG Pre-PermaBlitz Gathering

October PermaBlitz #4!

CSLL 'Lettuce Get Together'

Permaculture in Action: Lasagna Beds

How to get Involved!

Support our Growth

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CPG Pre-'Blitz Gathering

'Permaculture Design Process'

Sunday, September 30th from 10am - 1pm
As an introduction to permaculture and its application to PermaBlitz #4 the Chico Permaculture Guild hosts two Pre-PermaBlitz Gatherings, the second of which is Sunday, September 30th at the Chico Library Meeting Room (1108 Sherman Ave.).

We will have 3-4 short presentations with interactive forums in between as we move through the permaculture design process as it applies to the PermaBlitz Host site. This Gathering counts toward becoming a PermaBlitz Host.
We will share the working master design for the PermaBlitz Host site and how the designers put it all together.

Learn more about what will be covered below and in our CPG Facebook group event!
  • Goals Articulation & Base Mapping
  • Site Assessment & Analysis
  • WAS Design Method (Water, Access, and Structures)
  • Zones Of Use & Sector Analysis
  • Concept Mapping
Every CPG Gathering is a Potluck and 'Share the Surplus Swap'!

• Please bring a small dish to SHARE as well as your own dishes, utensils, and cup for the POTLUCK. There are limited dishes available in the library so please remember to bring your own if you can. If you do use library dishes we ask that you wash them when you are done.
• If you have anything in SURPLUS (vegetables, home preserved food, eggs, fruit, seed, plant starts etc.) please bring it along and we’ll ‘Share the Surplus’ after the Potluck.
September CPG Gathering
PermaBlitz #4

October 20th from 9am to 4pm

The working master plan is almost finished and the Project and Activity logistics are in the works. Read on below to see what opportunities are in store for you at the upcoming PermaBlitz #4!

PermaBlitz #4 will be held at a suburban residence in Paradise, CA. The location will be provided upon RSVP confirmation. This 'Blitz open to a limited number of participants, so please be sure to RSVP as soon as possible to ensure your spot.

Projects & Activities may vary from the list below.

  • Plant out a berm with native plants and install drip irrigation
  • Prepare a food forest for later planting
  • Layout a keyhole garden bed
  • Build a pad for a rainwater collection tank, connect downspout and, if time, place the tank
  • Build 4-5 worm towers in raised beds using 4-6” pipe
  • Inoculate logs placed for erosion control w/mushroom spawn
  • Build bug hotels and lizard habitat using existing materials (rocks/wood etc.) and discuss their benefits to the garden ecosystem
  • Build a birdbath out of existing materials to increase pollinators/birds
  • Build a children's play feature out of existing materials (music wall, stepping stone hopscotch, climbing structure... TBD)
Make sure to attend the CPG Pre-'Blitz Gathering this month to stay up to speed on what's in store for the 'Blitz!

You can RSVP via Eventbrite today for $20 or wait until October 8th to RSVP for Free!
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'Lettuce Get Together'

Tuesday, September 18th from 4pm to 6pm

Every month the Chico Seed Lending Library (CSLL) hosts a 'Lettuce Get Together' work party. We host a CSLL Orientation to help new members learn how to best utilize their community seed library as well as pack up new seed varieties for members to borrow.

We keep an online inventory of seed available for check out. Here is our most recent inventory of seed available at CSLL for your gardens.

Chico Seed Lending Library (CSLL) is located within the Chico Branch of the Butte County Library (1108 Sherman Ave. Chico) and is open every day the library is open.
'Lettuce Get Together'
Lasagna Beds

Lasagna Beds

Creating soil for raised bed gardening using in-place composting techniques.

On April 14th, 2018 Earthshed Solutions held its third PermaBlitz at a rural property in Paradise. The ‘Blitz Hosts, as part of their goal for the property, wanted additional raised beds so they could increase the amount of food they produced.

Ahead of the ‘Blitz the Hosts constructed two raised beds to match existing beds on site. One method recommended to the Host, was to use resources on site to fill the 24” high beds. This style of bed is called a lasagna bed. Like the lasagna you eat, it is filled with layers, but instead of noodles, vegetable/meat sauce and cheese, it is filled with layers of brown (carbon) and green (nitrogen) organic materials.

The empty beds were first filled with wood, twigs and leaves from the owner’s property. This was the first carbon layer. Carbonaceous materials are things like: straw, cardboard, newspaper, wood chips, shredded paper, leaves, corn stalks, etc. These materials generally have a Carbon to Nitrogen (C:N) ratio of over 60:1. Examples are (all are approximate): leaves are 60:1 while certain wood chips are 500:1.

Next, came a layer of nitrogen material: bunny poo, grass clippings, fava bean plants, and coffee grounds. Not all “greens” are the color green. Some, like manures and coffee grounds, are brown or black. Other nitrogen sources are: feathers, hair/fur, actual green plant material, alfalfa, spent brewery grain, fruit and vegetable waste from the kitchen, etc. The carbon to nitrogen ratio of a green is less than 60:1. Examples are: urine, which is 1:1 while horse manure is approximately 30:1.

Water was applied between each layer to help fill any holes and wet the material. Applying water is important to ensure biological activity begins to take place in the layers.

The cycle was then repeated: brown layers approximately 3-4” thick then a green layer approximately 1” thick. The final layer on top was 12” of soil – a mix of good garden soil and mushroom compost which was then topped with straw to protect the soil until it was ready to be planted.

Lasagna Bed Sept 2018
Read the Full Blog Article -with photos- Here
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We have many opportunities for our community to get involved with us.

Interested in seed saving? Join the seed library's monthly 'Lettuce Get Together' work parties.
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If you want to learn more about permaculture attend a CPG Gathering or PermaBlitz. You can volunteer to help at a PermaBlitz and gain early access to the RSVP system. You can also be a PermaBlitz Host if you have fulfilled the prerequisites.

Volunteer with us at our events, like the Annual Seed Swap or help at one of our outreach booths such as at the Endangered Species Faire.
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Earthshed Solutions is a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving the communities living in the bio-region of Butte County, California. We are primarily an education organization helping our community grow in abundance and resilience in our ever changing climate. Earthshed Solutions’ mission is to promote ethical decision making and responsible stewardship of Earth’s resources. We teach and empower people through our programs and projects to design regenerative systems for food production, soil fertility, energy efficiency and water conservation.
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