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Out first Official Project! Minnetrista Cultural Center

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The Minnetrista Cultural Center in Muncie, IN has asked our group to redesign two existing apple tree orchards to be more sustainable.

Minnetrista Cultural Center has an expansive lawns surrounded in a variety of gardens. On the land there is a small mature apple orchard with 10 trees, as weall as a yonger orchard consisting of 30, more disease resistant trees.

Minnetrista's goals are to build the orchard to be more organic and sustainable using Permaculture Design Principles, for the purpose of attracting more ocmmunity members to the center. They want to eventually connect an access path from the gardens and orchards to the existing Greenway biycle path to attract more visitors. The main goal is to promote social infrastructure, which is a fantastic way to promote permaculture and sustainability design!

~The group is currently surveying the site, taking soil samples, observing wildlife, and discussing plant and land care with Minnetrista's head Horticulturist.

~Minnetrista has a steady supply of compost, but the group is also going to contribute several compost recipes to increase biomass diversity.

~The next stage is to plan earthworks and water harvesting

~We are also going over possible guild designs for both orchards


While I have a solid understanding of basic Permaculture Design Principles, and there is one group member with a PDC, we would be extrememly grateful if more experienced Designers would assist us, even if only for consulting.

Anyone interested should contact me; OR visit the group's facebook page; OR contact the group coordinator, Katlyn Faye Lichtsinn.


My Contact Info:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 1-260-452-4716


Facebook Page


Faye Lichtsinn - Group Coordinater Contact Info:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 1-260-271-3896

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