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2011 Workshops

Building Resilient Communities

All workshops are $25-$60 sliding scale unless otherwise marked, no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Space is limited. Please register at least one week in advance by emailing montview AT pedalpeople.COM or call 413-825-6795 x306

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GARDENING 101, May 1 st, 1-4 pm

Want to have your own garden but don't know where to start? In this workshop we will cover ever ything you need to know to get going. We will cover soil testing, site preparation, planting schedules, weed and pest management and more. With Molly Merrett

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In this experiential workshop, we'll explore our interconnectedness with each other and the earth, at a time in which our very survival, as a species and as a planet, seems to hang in the balance. Come and learn powerful skills, processes, and tools for healing the land and ourselves, that address issues such as histories of stolen land and toxic exposure. We will participate in exercises that help us to experience our responses to our present situation and empower us to move forward in healing and restoring our world. With Dori Midnight

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Earth Art Action, July 30th, 10-12:30

Body- and earth-centered art practices bring us into community with one another, and the circle of other living things. Working within the sacred container of the natural world, we allow ourselves to be inspired by the elements that surround us: earth, air, water and fire. Bringing our attention and intention to the elements informs the art of living and helps us create vivid installations, performances and creative expressions. This workshop is a great way to create living rituals with groups of people and to deepen our connection with the natural world. With Rachel Kaplan

Urban Homesteading Design Lab, July 30th, 1:30-4

Eager to start homesteading in your urban or suburban lot? Wondering how to fit anything into the small space you have? How to begin? This workshop is an opportunity to learn about the different elements that make up an urban homestead and how to put them together in whatever space you have. Ask questions about the limitations and opportunities of both your land and your lifestyle, and start putting ...the design elements together. This workshop will offer some basics in permaculture design, as well as some common sense how-to projects for the urban homestead. This workshop is experiential--come with your questions and ideas and expect to experiment with a variety of homesteading options. With Rachel Kaplan

Sign up for both and receive a discount $40-$100 for both

PERMACULTURE FUNDAMENTALS, August 13th, at the NOFA summer conference and Semptember 8th at Earthdance

Permaculture is the use of ecology as the basis for designing integrated systems of food production, housing, appropriate technology and community development. It offers a holistic approach to increasing ecological health while growing social equality. Using slide based lecture/story telling and games we will lay out the ethics, principles, stragedies and techniques of Permaculture design. You will walk away with a framework for understanding the connections between social and ecological health and a process for designing solutions. We will look at examples of this work being done locally, nationally and internationally. With Lisa DePiano

HERBAL MEDICINE MAKING FOR COMMUNITY RESILIENCY, Sunday, Semptember 18 th,1-4 $5 materials fee

In this afternoon workshop we'll focus on plant identification, hands-on herbal medicine-making, and guidelines for wild-crafting, harvesting and drying your own herbs. After an herb walk around Montview Farm, we'll explore the process for creating truly "localvore" medicine- herbal mead and herbal ghee (clarified butter). Using all, truly local ingredients, together we'll create some powerful medicine that we can use to contribute to the health of ourselves and communities! Participants will all leave with an herbal product made together in class! There is an additional $5 materials fee for this workshop. With Jade Alicandro Mace

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LISA DEPIANO is a certified Permaculture designer/teacher and co-founder of the Montview Neighborhood farm, a human-powered farm and edible forest garden in the Connecticut River Valley. She has a Master?s degree in Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts and loves working with people to create the world they would like to live in. She also enjoys local history, community radio, playing contra dance mandolin and riding with the worker-owned, bicycle-powered hauling ser vice, Pedal People.

JADE ALICANDRO-MACE is a Community Herbalist grounded in the Wise Woman Tradition of Herbal Medicine. She has completed numerous herbal training programs at schools throughout the New England Bio-Region, including the Nor theast School of Botanical Medicine, Blazing Star Herb School, Clearpath School of Herbal Studies, and the Gaia School of Healing, and holds a B.S. in Plant Biology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Jade truly believes that herbal medicine is the people?s medicine, and that this knowledge belongs to ever yone. Teaching the healing proper ties of the plants growing right here in our own backyards, fields and forests is one of her greatest passions. She is based in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts and offers herbal consultations, perennial garden suppor t, and seasonal herb walks and workshops. For more information contact her at Milk and Honey Herbs.

MOLLY MERRETT is the primary grower at the Montview Neighborhood Farm and has been farming for over a decade. She graduated from Hampshire College with a degree in sustainable agriculture and is a collective owner of Valley Green Feast.

DORI MIDNIGHT is an ordained interfaith minister and intuitive counselor who has come from a long line of tough ladies who healed people in their kitchens. She believes that healing is an "of the people, for the people" practice and works to keep healing accessible, affordable and full of magic. She teaches magic and folk & community herbalism to kids and adults, creates rituals and ceremonies, and provides intuitive counseling and healing for individuals. Dori maintains a practice and teaches workshops in San Francisco, but as of May 2010 makes her home in the woods of Western Massachusetts

RACHEL KAPLAN is the author, with K Ruby Blume, of the recently released Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living, an urban permaculture how-to and why-to. She works in Sonoma Couny as a somatic psychotherapist, educator, and social justice activist. She is an amateur herbalist, self-taught greywater guerilla, and DIY local foodie. Her background is as a performing artist with a strong lineage in the contemplative movement practices. She brings her permaculture training and her life with the earth into the healing work she does with people. http://urban-homesteading.org/