Resources

Here are some educational opportunities in Permaculture as well as some dear friends of Wildheart Gardens to check out.

  • 350.org – nonprofit founded by author Bill McKibben dedicated to building a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis.
  • 350 Home and Garden Challenge – nonprofit supporting individual and community action in one or more challenge areas: food, water, energy, and community.  Through this organization, citizens have replaced hundreds of turfgrass lawns with food gardens, built twenty-one greywater systems to save water, and much more.
  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle — contains resources for finding local foods, recipes, and plenty of information on food security, sustainable agriculture, and policy issues.
  • The Apios Institute — supports gardeners, farmers, and others who want to create ecosystems based on temperate climate forests.  Contains lots of examples of polyculture plantings and food forests. Founded by David Jacke.
  • The Beehive Design Collective — activist design collective creates educational posters and artwork to raise ecological and social awareness.
  • City Slicker Farms — nonprofit based in West Oakland, California that runs seven community market farms where they teach gardening skills to youth interns and the wider community.  The produce they grow is sold on a sliding scale, given away directly from the farms, or sold through local farmers’ markets.
  • The Cultural Conservancy — works to protect and restore indigenous cultures by bringing people back to their language, land, farming, and wild harvesting traditions.
  • Daily Acts – nonprofit seeking to build leadership and self-reliance through inspired action and education.  Provides a variety of services including workshops and tours, program development, and the creation to model landscapes.
  • Earth Democracy — Indian nonprofit center for biological and cultural biodiversity lead by author, activist, and scholar Vandana Shiva.
  • Ecology Center — Berkeley’s pioneering center for environment, community, and justice.  They run projects for sustainable living, including city farmer’s markets, Farm Fresh Choice, a bookstore, a library, nonprofit structure shares, and Bay Area Seed Interchange Library (BASIL).
  • Gary Nabhan — a wealth of information on place-based food and indigenous Sonora desert and Southwest slow foods stories and observations.
  • Greywater Action — teaching tools on greywater recycling, rainwater harvesting, and human waste recycling systems by a collaborative group of the prime movers and shakers on the sustainable water front.
  • Growing Hope – based in Ypsilanti, Michigan and dedicated to helping people improve their lives and communities through gardening and access to healthy food.  Operates a farmer’s market and provides general resources, technical assistance, and program coordination/partnerships for individuals and organizations.
  • Landscape Horticulture at Merritt College — In addition to a one-acre student-run food forest, the college offers related classes such as mushroom cultivation, natural building, herbs, beneficial beasts, insects, and botanical drawing.
  • Local Harvest — lists many CSAs across the United States and Canada, as well as farmers’ markets, family farms, and other sources of locally grown food.
  • Movement Generation: Justice and Ecology Project — facilitates education and social justice, including liberation permaculture and strategic retreats for youth of color.
  • New York Permaculture Exchange – a longstanding hub for affordable and accessible permaculture education and action.
  • Native Seeds/SEARCH — nonprofit seed company based in the Southwest that connects young farmers and the general public to heirloom seeds suited to low- and high-desert climates.  Their mission is to preserve and disseminate ancient seeds and their wild relatives.
  • Nourish-wellness — local bay area website navigating everything green, gardening and resilient! A fabulous resource by my former student Niambi Hill, a UCSC Farm and Garden Apprentice Graduate, please see http://www.nourish-wellness.org
  • Oakland Institute – think tank established by Anuradha Mittal and based in Oakland, California focused on land rights, sustainable food systems, international aid, and more.
  • Oaktown Native Plant Nursery — Berkeley based nursery providing annual and perennial plants native to the San Fransisco Bay Area, as well as ecological restoration and landscaping.
  • Occidental Arts and Ecology Center – Sonoma County based nonprofit offering the longest continually running Permaculture Design Course in California.  Teachers include Brock Dolman, and there are many collaborators, such as Doug Gosling’s seed-saving gardens.
  • People’s Grocery — organization dedicated to improving the health and economy of West Oakland, California.  Not only do they distribute weekly produce boxes (Grub Boxes) to needy families, but they also manage a greenhouse enterprise program and garden at California Hotel, a low-income senior housing development.
  • Permaculture Activist – the nexus of North American permaculture providing information on courses, books, events, and much more.  Its quarterly publication includes regional news, special features, and a calendar.
  • Permaculture at Merritt College — Merritt College was among the first to offer a certificate in permaculture design.
  • Phat Beets Produce – food justice collective based in North Oakland, California focused on supporting low-income families, youth and farmers of color.  Organizes a multitude of events, three farmers’ markets, a CSA box, and much more.
  • Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond – three-part book series by the guru of sustainable rain-fed gardens for dry climates, Brad Lancaster, gives plenty of inspiration and technical information.
  • Regenerative Design Institute – Bolinas, California based nonprofit offering permaculture courses and workshops.
  • Richmond Grows – seed lending library based in Richmond, California. Offers a wealth of information on seed saving and support for starting a seed lending library.
  • Seed Saver’s Exchange – nonprofit established in 1975 dedicated to preserving and sharing heirloom seeds.  They offer workshops, seeds, transplants, and free webinars.
  • Starhawk’s Tangled Web – Starhawk is a global activist and rabble rouser – an eco-pagan witch, author, filmaker, and co-facilitator of Earth Activist Training.
  • StopWaste.org – offers a a wide range of waste prevention and recycling services to residents of Alameda County to reduce waste and save money.
  • Transition Berkeley — works to build a strong community for sustainability and self-reliance.  Organizes community events including a crop, clothing, and book swaps.
  • Urban Permaculture Guild – compendium providing permaculture information, from teacher training to design certificates, with plenty of interviews, videos, and great links, thanks to Kat Steele and her amazing networking skills.
  • Urban Permaculture Institute – San Fransisco based organization offering an Urban Permaculture Design certificate course.