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N 851 Diagonal Rd., Overbrook, Kansas, US
(815) 535-7387
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Permablitz Monday 2016.09.26

Project: Wakarusa Valley Permaculture

Posted by John Lee over 7 years ago

   Here is the Facebook event posting for our second permablitz at Wakarusa Valley Permaculture.

   Wakarusa Valley Permaculture is a burgeoning homestead near Clinton Lake and Lawrence, Kansas with a working core of two individuals who need some help.  We just recently lost our construction leader to personal issues and are looking for someone to fill his spot, or someone with marked skills we're lacking elsewhere in the holistic land management practices we lump into permaculture to step forward and show us what they have to offer.  

   Our first permablitz was a success, our goal having been to complete our first chicken coop (a "chickshaw") to house the first chickens we welcomed to our farm.  This time, we have a much looser set of goals we hope to meet with everyone:

1) COMPOSTING - we have big compost dreams, including Jean Pain-style showers using excess wood from local city municipalities culling trees, but for now we just need to get a good heap going.  There is bagged, local manure assembled on site and more green manure than we know what to do with including one of my personal favorites, a boon to local farmers, Sericea lespedeza!  This plant is an unloved blessing -- we will have some informal talks about this and other prairie plants, "invasives," and pioneer plants as we work throughout the day.

2) CONSTRUCTION - there will always be somewhere to dig and plant at WVP, but we also need help conceptualizing and erecting several sheds, more chicken coops, and eventually an in-ground greenhouse.  Setting up fencing has been like patching a leaky ship mid-sea, so this is it's own task.  Most all of our materials are second-hand and projects, as a result, very DYI.  This is why we need a construction guy or gal who knows what they're doing!

3) PLANTING - some local sites have plants we've been waiting all summer to transplant, so if we have enough people come out, we'll likely have one of you drive with Jeremy or me to collect while others dig on our swale.  Any extra seeds, seedlings, suckers, and young shrubs or trees y'all might have to bring are more than welcome and appreciated.  We want WVP to develop into one of the great seed and plant sources of the region, and any diversity you can offer will go a long way!

   Advisable dress includes boots, long pants, gloves, hats, and coats on the off chance it rains.  There will be water available, but please bring your own bottle/vessel.  We tentatively plan to invite workers for a social beverage after the work day is done...  fire and music would likely be included.  I hope some of you can make it out!  Please do not block driveway -- WVP address is on Gaines Ranch, a family who enjoys coming and going as they please :)

-John Lee (815) 535-7387
 Wakarusa Valley Permaculture
 316 N. 851 Diagonal Rd.
 Lawrence, Kansas, 66047

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