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Gardens and Tonic: Intro to Permaculture: Ecological Design for Regenerative Living

September 17, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Join Ryan Rising to learn about Permaculture Design, the process of determining and implementing living systems that provide for human needs and simultaneously regenerate ecosystem health and biodiversity. This design science mimics patterns and processes found in natural systems to place humans back into a symbiotic relationship with the web of life we inhabit. As a movement of place-based projects, practitioners, and educators around the world, permaculture moves us toward a regenerative and liberatory future.

Ryan Rising is a community organizer and permaculture educator based out of the San Francisco Bay Area, and co-founder of the Permaculture Action Network. Over the last seven years the Permaculture Action Network has partnered with touring artists and large cultural events to mobilize more than 15,000 people to days of action at place-based community projects. These action day participants build regenerative systems for producing food, medicine, shelter, and renewable energy.


Ryan has been integral in co-organizing over one hundred Permaculture Action Days across the continent, bringing together hundreds of people at a time to take hands-on action building greenhouses, rainwater catchment systems, perennial gardens, and a diversity of other regenerative systems at community spaces including public food forests, urban farms, and ecovillages. Ryan co-founded the Gill Tract Community Farm, which produces and freely distributes tons of organic food annually around the Bay Area, the Omni Commons, an urban community center; and continues to work on growing the movement for a just transition through facilitation of the Thriving Resilient Communities Collaboratory, the Non-Profit Democracy Network, Rhize @ The Mushroom Farm, and a variety of other organizing projects.


Gardens and Tonic is a series of virtual webinars with horticulture professionals. Grab your favorite beverage and join Julie Jenney from the Scott Arboretum and a featured horticulture professional for plant-related topics, adventures, and stories – as well as design-focused talks on private and public gardens. Time will be set aside to answer your questions. Registration is free but required. Participants must have Zoom downloaded on their computer and be comfortable using it. The webinar link will be included in the confirmation email received after registering online.


Help keep these virtual programs free! If you would like to help fund the G&T series, we invite you to donate online or with a check for your desired amount to: the Associates of the Scott Arboretum with a note on the memo line “For virtual G&T series.” Thank you!


September 17, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Virtual Webinar