Permaculture & Gardening Group
Who We Are: Residents of the Waukesha County area who enjoy gardening and learning more about how we can incorporate permaculture ideas into our landscape, gardens, homes and lifestyle.
What We Do: As a group, we seek to learn from others, share ideas and food, tour locations, host discussions and build community.
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We have the power to create change as we strive to live lightly, consume thoughtfully and garden organically!
Missed a presentation?
If you missed one of our presentations as part of our One Simple Act Virtual Series, you are in luck! Most of our presentations were recorded and are on our YouTube Channel.
Harvesting and Growing Sweet Potatoes
Permaculture in Your Landscape
Tips for Growing Tomatoes
These presentations are typically a 30 minute presentation followed by time for Q&A.
A list of community programs on Permaculture & Gardening topics that we offer can be found on the Community Programs page.
Each year the Permaculture & Gardening group hosts guest speakers and Share and Learn discussions on a variety of topics. What topics would you be most interested in attending? Click here to share your ideas!
Are you thinking about participating at a community garden, starting a community garden, want to get ideas or take a tour? Visit our Community Gardens page to view community gardens in Waukesha County.
What is Permaculture?
Permaculture is a sustainable design philosophy that emphasizes the relationship and interconnectedness of all natural things. Through permaculture design we seek to maximize the transfer of natural energy through water, living soil, trees, & seed to establish a productive environment for growing food, building and maintaining shelter, wisely using resources, and holistically living in a sustainable way.
In permaculture design, natural patterns and characteristics of nature specific to a site and location are identified, observed, and used to develop sustainable closed loop systems, which are labor and energy efficient, productive, diverse, and resilient. Incorporating permaculture principles and design into an environment is an ongoing process. As the environment grows and develops, so do the opportunities for increased synergy among functional elements and energy flows.
Principles of permaculture design are actively being applied to home and farm environments in urban, suburban and rural locations.
Characteristics of Permaculture Design
Uses observation and replication of the interconnectedness of nature and ecosystems as a model for designing small scale systems
Emphasizes replication of natural productive phenomena such as flow of water and wind, slope and edge
Uses perennial plant species as efficient stores of energy and food production
Utilizes the transfer of energy through ecosystems
Seeks to maximize the power of useful work
Values renewable resources
Values the knowledge of indigenous peoples and traditional cultures
Is about taking personal responsibility for our own existence and that of our children
Permaculture and Gardening Resources
Complete Guide to Composting - SEW-MG/DNR
Other Permaculture Organizations
Permaculture and Gardening Group Handouts and Resources
Oct 20, 2020 Growing and Harvesting Sweet Potatoes
Sept 22, 2020 The Joy of Growing Garlic
Aug 26, 2020 Permaculture in Your Landscape
Jul 21, 2020 Tips for Growing Tomatoes
Nov 15, 2018 Year Round Gardening
Apr 21, 2018 Vermaculture
Apr 12, 2018 Gardening in Small Spaces
Mar 15, 2018 Edible Landscape
Feb 28, 2018 Seed Starting For Your Garden
Nov-2013 Growing Methods for Gardeners
Presentation by Mike/Carolyn Paik and Debra Schneider
For more more related information see the handouts from the Feb 2012 Soils and Succession Planting Program listed below.
Nov-2012 Raising Chickens with Cindy Rasmussen
An Introduction to Chicken Raising Handout
Waukesha Municipalities Zoning for Raising Chickens Survey Results
Feb-2012 Soils and Succession Planting Program with Brian Gifford
Soil Ecology and Vegetable Families
Vegetable Germination and Growth Temperatures ["How to Grow More Vegetables" by John Jeavons]
Vegetable Plant Families ["How to Grow More Vegetables" by John Jeavons]
SouthEasternWisconsin Master Gardeners Vegetable Gardening Spring and Fall Planting Schedule