Although it’s January, it is never too early to start thinking about your garden!
We have a new class series at Valley Natural Foods focused on sustainable land use design to get you thinking about new ways to evolve your garden this year.
Our Permaculture Workshop will be held on Tuesday, January 25th and again on Tuesday, March 1st from 6-9pm at Valley Natural Foods. Anybody can attend the classes and all co-op members receive a discounted rate. The workshop is $25 for non-members and $20 for members. Call 952-891-1212 to register or stop by the customer service counter at our store.
During late January and February also join us for our FREE sustainable film series. Please call to pre-register as space is limited! Our film series will explore various environmental concepts including sustainable farming, global warming, and our nation’s use of oil, promoting greating understanding of how these issues affect everybody equally.
The workshop and film discussions are taught by experienced Permaculture designer, Dan Halsey, who has worked with the cities of Apple Valley and Burnsville and School District 196 to implement his Perpetual Harvest Community Garden designs. Dan is currently working with Valley Natural Foods to design their mandala community gardens during the spring of 2011. Read more about Dan on his blog: http://southwoodsforestgardens.blogspot.com
During this three hour workshop learn different, practical Permaculture design elements for your garden that carefully analyze ecological and biological principles using patterns and relationships in nature. The goal is to create synergy and balance between all of the elements in your garden in order to minimize waste and the demand for human labor and energy. Learn how to consciously design and maintain productive ecosystems that have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. Through the harmonious integration of landscape and people, we are better able to produce food, energy, shelter, and meet other needs—both material and non-material—in a sustainable way.
SUSTAINABLE FILM SERIES
Fridays in January & February are Movie Nights at the Co-op!
Join us to view this innovative film series while enjoying popcorn and engaging in warm conversation. Dan Halsey will introduce the films, offer insights, and encourage discussion.
Friday, January 28th, 2011 – 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
FRESH the movie celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each is focused on offering healthier, sustainable alternatives to our nation’s industrial food model.
Friday, February 4th, 2011 – 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Crude Awakening tells the story of how our civilization’s addiction to oil puts it on a collision course with geology. The film visits with the world’s top experts and concludes that our industrial society must be completely overhauled.
Friday, February 11th, 2011 – 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
An Inconvenient Truth is a passionate and inspirational look at former Vice President Al Gore’s fervent crusade to halt global warming’s deadly progress by exposing the myths and misconceptions that surround it.
Friday, February 18th, 2011 – 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Wildlife filmmaker, Rebecca Hosking investigates how to transform her family’s farm into a low energy farm without the use of fossil fuels. She discovers that nature holds the key to making this possible.