The Kansas Permaculture Collaborative is group of mid-west permaculture enthusiasts and practitioners in the Kansas river valley bioregion. It is a project of the Sustainability Action Network, Inc. KPC is directed by Steve Moring, who manages two broad acre permaculture training sites and teaches training courses.
The Kansas Permaculture Collaborative of Kansas was founded by Steve Moring in 2008. This organization later became a project of the Sustainability Action Network, Inc. a non-profit corporation dedicated to raising awareness and action to mitigate the adverse effects of energy depletion, global climate change and population growth on our local economy and community. The KPC mission is to foster a community of farmers and urban gardeners whose focus is the development of ecologically sustainable agriculture practices, production of healthy food, conservation of energy, education and the sharing of skills and labor, and creation of community self-reliance.
To these ends Steve began giving lectures on the principles of permaculture in 2001. He has also worked as a part-time farmer and consultant providing land management services. Steve has studied permaculture since 1994 after his introduction to the topic at a Bioneers conference in California. After completion of a PDC course in 2008, he began teaching a lecture series in permaculture design. Having over 25 year experience in teaching technical workshops in the biotech industry and college level courses in science, Steve embarked on teaching his first PDC course in February 2010. In preparation for sponsoring PDC courses, he and other members of the Sustainability Action Network established the Kansas Permaculture Institute to set guidelines and core curriculum for teaching their courses in Kansas.
In 2010 Steve and two collaborating farmers were awarded the first USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) grants to establish permaculture training sites for ecological food production in the North Central Region of the United States (http://mysare.sare.org/mySARE/ProjectReport.aspx?do=viewProj&pn=FNC09-793).
The project is in its second year with its 2011 PDC course taught by Steve Moring, and other training workshops taught by Warren Brush (Quail Springs Permaculture Center) and Charles NovoGradac (Chestnut Charlie's Organic Tree Crops, Lawrence, KS). We have established two broad-acre forest garden projects at Vajra Farm (http://www.vajrafarm.com) and Prairie Lovesong Farm (see the KPC website for details, http://www.kawpermaculture.org/projects/).
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