Spring Permaculture Summit

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Join us for the Spring Permaculture Summit, where you can learn from the food forest designer community and gain valuable wisdom to help prepare for your own growing endeavors.

Spring is still here, and as a gift to yourself, your family, and your friends, you can offer them a package for resiliency and sovereignty on their land. Food forests embody the harmonious coexistence of humans and nature. They represent a shift in agriculture, where biodiversity flourishes and sustainability can be achieved. The Spring Permaculture Summit aims to be a fertile ground for innovation, where traditional wisdom intersects with modern technology.

You can purchase the complete Spring Permaculture Summit Package here and gain exclusive insights into growing your own food, achieving self-sustainability, and much more. The Spring Permaculture Package includes:

  • 9 Expert Video Presentations including:
    • Cultivating a Permaculture Career by Alex Popp
    • Permaculture Frameworks by Annette Argabright
    • Growing Edible Gardens in Tropical Front Beach Ecosystems by Eléonore Todini
    • Managing the Food Forest by Filippo Ceschi
    • Designing With Microclimates by Calin Radulescu
    • Gardens Companions by Lesley Brodbeck
    • Spring Transitions in Cold Climates by Henry Hayes
    • Orchard Gardens by Doug Crouch
    • Structural Permaculture Patterns by Matt Monger
  • 9 BONUS Presentation Slides (PDF) of the topics that have been discussed during the summit.
  • 9 BONUS Presentation Summaries (PDF) with links to the websites of the speakers so you can connect with them directly.
You'll also be able to connect personally with our design team members by getting their email in the conference videos.

In this summit our permaculture experts empower you on the journey of growing your own food and becoming a steward of your land. We will cover topics including cultivating abundant food systems, spring preparations, natural structures, electroculture, and more, across global bioregions.

At Food Forest Abundance, our expert permaculturists have a very diverse and knowledgeable team of designers and installers who love to talk and share about food forests, permaculture, and creating resilience for ourselves and our communities. BrightU is thrilled to share the amazing knowledge in this summit and we hope to inspire you on this journey of growing your own food, connecting to your ecosystem, creating community resiliency, sufficiency, and freedom in your own system.

Here’s what’s waiting for you in the presentations:
Day 1: Cultivating a Permaculture Career featuring Alex Popp

This presentation starts with a high-level overview of permaculture, food forests, and Food Forest Abundance, followed by one man's story of discovering permaculture then manifesting a career in the field. The journey covers many topics that hope to inspire the audience including:
  • How to discover one's purpose.
  • How can you effectively cultivate community?
  • How do you start reaching for your dreams?

Day 2: Permaculture Frameworks featuring Anette Argabright

This session is about the foundation of permaculture methodology. We look at a few of the principles and discuss how they are applied in ways not usually thought of. The ethics and principles can be applied by anyone. You will learn about:
  • The frameworks of permaculture ethics and principles in design.
  • Overview of what the ethics are and how they are applied.
  • Permaculture principles and how they help guide us in telling the design story of the land and the people who live there.

Day 3: Growing an edible garden in a tropical, beach-front ecosystem featuring Eléonore Todini

Tropical beachfront ecosystems are an extreme environment that requires more strategy and thought to grow an edible garden. This presentation is about learning to create a protected environment to grow edible perennials and annuals. Watch as Eléonore Todini talks about the different layers, plants, and strategies to apply. Here are the other topics she'll cover:
  • Applying permaculture principles in subtropical and intertropical regions.
  • Strategies to grow an annual garden in this unique ecosystem.
  • Changes in climate and extreme weather call for different strategies.

Day 4: Managing the Food Forest featuring Filippo Ceschi

This episode covers tips, good practices, and technical advice to be implemented in the Food Forest during Spring time. These include: Focus on Planting, Pruning & Training, and Managing the Biomass. And, you will learn:
  • How to properly plant a tree.
  • The basics of how to train a young tree for structure and form.
  • How to organize the biomass in order to maximize the benefits, improve soil, and increase produce production.

Day 5: Identifying and developing micro-climates featuring Calin Radulescu

Watch as Calin Radulescu discusses how to navigate the many variations of conditions and influences within the microclimate. We reflect, analyze, and share knowledge that you do not want to miss. This presentation aims to show:
  • Examples of working with existing climates and how to leverage them effectively.
  • The key to everything: Observe and Interact.
  • The design methodology (base maps, zone maps, sector maps).

Day 6: Garden Companions featuring Lesley Brodbeck

This presentation features Lesley Brodbeck as she provides an overview of companion planting. It goes deep into the planning for a successful garden using the principles of companion planting to eliminate the need for synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides. You will learn:
  • What is companion planting and what are the benefits for the ecosystem?
  • Companion planting strategies for your annual vegetable garden.
  • Several garden planting schemes for common annual vegetables.

Day 7: Spring Transitions in Cold Climates featuring Henry Hayes

In this presentation, we cover how you can spend your time prepping for spring throughout the winter. Getting through the winter can be tough as a gardener but there are many ways to stay connected to Mother Nature's abundance. Henry Hayes will discuss:
  • How to stay connected with nature during its coldest months.
  • Simple solutions that anyone can do from home to ready your garden for spring.
  • Things you should and shouldn’t do when preparing your garden.

Day 8: Orchard Gardens: A Food Forest and Alley Cropping Hybrid, Permaculture Style featuring Doug Crouch

This presentation features Dough Crouch as he details scaling food forests up into different food-producing/nursery stock using a rectilinear pattern rather than a classical curvilinear shape of a food forest. This episode aims to inspire others to use the buffering of food forest lines with annuals to produce more food. You get to view firsthand Crouch’s:
  • Design drawings to help with layout, spacing, and how to scale up and down.
  • His personal garden, which is 1.7 acres in size.
  • Secrets of a successful food forest.

Day 9: Permaculture Structured Patterns Segment featuring Matt Monger

This presentation features Matt Monger as he talks about his observations and experience using the connections between the Human Body, Human Habitat & Human Home. This episode offers insights that will help you make life-changing decisions about building a home or a structure.

  • Review different types of human habitat structures.
  • Discuss how the human body compares to the human house.
  • Explore the benefits of different house structures.

Permaculture and the Regeneration movement have many tools to empower you on this journey and as permaculture designers and installers, our presenters are deeply immersed in this ecosystem and want to share all they have learned with you.

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