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Spring Permaculture Design Course: What you can expect when… Taking Your PDC in Stelle

What you can expect when… Taking Your PDC in 

  These are the PDC Courses Hosted in Stelle - See our Schedule of all Trainings for Additional…

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Added by Ernest Rando on March 8, 2013 at 5:07pm — No Comments

Learn to Make A Thermal Mass Rocket Stove Sunday, April 14th – at Midwest Permaculture, Stelle, IL

Learn to Make A Thermal Mass Rocket Stove

All Day Workshop   –   Sunday, April 14th   –   at Midwest Permaculture, Stelle, IL

Price – $95 – Includes Workshop and Lunch.                                            …

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Added by Ernest Rando on March 8, 2013 at 5:02pm — No Comments

March and April Community Open Houses in Stelle, Illinois

March 16th Open House

That Spring Chicken Thing
March Open House Features "Ethics: The Basics of Raising Chickens Workshop"
 
It’s almost springtime, when chicks will arrive here and in many first-time chicken owner families throughout the country.  Join us…
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Added by Ernest Rando on March 8, 2013 at 4:58pm — No Comments

2013 Internship in Permaculture & Community - Stelle, Illinois

A Cooperative Program Between Midwest Permaculture and Center for Sustainable Community

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Just Posted – Apply Now – Accepting Qualified…

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Added by Ernest Rando on February 23, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Practicing Biodynamics: Pruning in January

The Center for Sustainable Community Permaculture Observation Journal Entry #1, January 7th, 2013: Hayden and Ernest “Practicing Biodynamics: Pruning in January”

Today Hayden and I (Ernest) practiced pruning in the orchard. According to the …

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Added by Ernest Rando on January 17, 2013 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Preserving the fall harvest, Center for Sustainable Community Canning Kitchen

Here are photos of some of the first fall harvest vegetables that we preserved in the Center for Sustainable Community Canning Kitchen. We started off the season with storing strawberry corn kernels,canning tomatoes, beets, applesauce, BBQ sauce, sweet & sour sauce, chutney, and lots of peach jam. It was the first time that Megan and I had ever canned this much food from a garden. Enjoy the photos and if your ever in the neighborhood…

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Added by Ernest Rando on December 26, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Center for Sustainable Community November Perma-Blitz

The Center for Sustainable Community November Perma-Blitz went well for our first Perma-Blitz. Our aim is to create a no-cost skill-building Permaculture Event (Perma-Blitz) each month. We also hope to be able to support some local permaculture Meetup groups around the state once a month. The organizers of the November Perma-Blitz were …

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Added by Ernest Rando on December 3, 2012 at 5:33pm — No Comments

What to do with Apples from the Backyard Orchard

We are new members of the Center for Sustainable Community, but we felt right at home helping out this fall with the apple preserving, harvesting, and orchard maintenance.

This post is a general how to preserve apples article that demonstrates how C.S.C. worked together to preserve apples this year. We have a 3-ish acre orchard (mostly apples) that is quite mature and in need of some tender loving care. We have many apple trees that could be replaced and we believe the orchard is in…

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Added by Ernest Rando on November 24, 2012 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

Aquaponics Association Workshop for Save Maumee in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Just thought I would let people know what good time I had giving an Aquaponics Workshop for the Save Maumee watershed group in Fort Wayne, Indiana; and share some of the resources I presented with everyone. We had a great time and I thoroughly enjoyed sharing how I am using Permaculture Principals and…

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Added by Ernest Rando on May 24, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Weekend Workdays @ Fresh Taste Aquaponics

So last weekend Megan and I had an awesome weekend full of activities. It started out with our usual trip to Stelle, Illinois (where we are moving to in June) where the first mission at hand was to put her new bees in their new home. 

After placing their bees in their new home we had a lovely dinner and evening with some soon to be neighbors in Stelle, followed by a wonderful sleep…

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Added by Ernest Rando on May 1, 2012 at 2:25pm — No Comments

Northwest Indiana's 2012 Earth Day Event

Earth Day 2012 to feature environmental family fun



Northwest Indiana – The Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County invites residents from Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties and beyond to become inspired, educated and entertained at the 2012 Northwest Indiana…

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Added by Ernest Rando on April 20, 2012 at 8:56am — 2 Comments

What can you grow in aquaponics?

So I have had this question several times asked to me. "Ernest, what can you grow in aquaponics?"

In this blog post I will not so much create a master list of what can grow aquaponically, but I would like to quickly discuss some key principals that helps when learning about aquaponics and doing any kind of farming or gardening.

The easy answer to the question, what can you grow in aquaponics is this…

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Added by Ernest Rando on April 19, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

A new Aquaponics group you say! What is Aquaponics anyway?

If you are at all interested in learning more about Aquaponics, feel free to check out the new Aquaculture, Aquaponics, & Hydroponics group just started here within AGI. This is an educational outreach group wanting to reach out and inform the public of the opportunities within aquaponics for Indiana and the Midwest region as a whole. Here is a very detailed introduction as to exactly what Aquaponics is, that can be found on our discussion threads …

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Added by Ernest Rando on April 10, 2012 at 2:16pm — No Comments

Easter Weekend, Hugelkultur meets container gardening

So I ran into a small problem this spring. I will be moving in June and so had to redo my plans for spring planting. I decided to do start some containers so that hopefully they will be easy or at least manageable to move in June with me. So here is what I did. 

I decided to plant in several containers, plant in a straw bale, and start some veggies in a cold frame. Not only that but I decided to…

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Added by Ernest Rando on April 9, 2012 at 12:00am — No Comments

Northwest Indiana's Earth Day Event

Just getting ready for Northwest Indiana's Earth Day Event on Apr. 21st, 2012. The Aquaponics Association will be hosting a booth and will be bringing a live and mobile Aquaponics set up. Earl Ward, Co-Chair of the North Central…

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Added by Ernest Rando on April 8, 2012 at 11:00pm — No Comments

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An open letter on Covanta

EDITOR’S NOTE: Renee takes a break from answering your questions — and offers the following:

Dear Editor, Mayor Ballard, Board of Public Works, and readers,

On Tuesday, I made brief remarks regarding the pending recycling proposal by Covanta for the City of Indianapolis. My remarks were brief because, after a [...]

Tanks a lot

Hi Renee, I just emptied a small 16.4 oz propane tank that you use with your camp stove. Can those be recycled? I’m finding very conflicting information online. Thanks!

Stacie

Howdy Camper!

You may be finding conflicting information because propane tanks are made from a very recyclable material (steel), but they can be [...]

Who wants a lid, man?

Renee,

Please update me about lids. I know that water bottles can be recycled
with lids on. What about other plastics that have a lid of a
different color? Is there anything I should know about jars that
have a metal lid? I [...]

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