Thank you everyone who made it out! What a wonderful way to spend an early summer day! Over 80 people came together and planted more than 200 trees on Saturday! The South Michigan (SoMI) Perma-Mixer is an annual event to bring together permaculturists from across the region to share skills, knowledge and other resources.
Permi-participants installed an Agro-Forestry project on the Enbridge Pipeline that goes through the land ~ as a work project during the event ! Trees and bushes included Hazel Nut, Black Locust, Chestnut, Willow, Flowering Plum, Service Berry, and more. The plants will provide many services, such as coppicing for fences, basket, building….rot-resistant locust posts for building… fruits for humans and animals …a living shelter of willow….and abundant flowers for all those incredible POLLINATORS,
The Mixer brought together awesome souls from the region and as far as Kalamazoo….to network, teach skills, share food, and contribute to the land, and the future. Classes included a wide variety of skills and information !
Folks were also able to barter their goods: hand-carved spoons, propogated plants, etc, and share their projects, flyers, business cards. Local Economy !
Many folks went out to dinner together, some returning for a bonfire and camping….and the Agro-Forestry Workshop held the next day ! Concepts ranged from the deep history of this region … to “scales of permanence” ~ a guide to making decisions about co-creating with the land to create productive and regenerating gardens and forests. Awesome teachers, Bryan Mets, Mark Angelini, Trevor Neuman and Jared Bogdonov-Hanna lead the way.
Included was a design and planting session of a Forest Garden by the Earth Oven area with Jared and Bryan, Fruit Tree Grafting demo with Trevor and a BioChar demo with Mark ~ pictured below, plus a miscellaneous headstand emerging from the exuberance of the day.
Truly a wonderful weekend.