Dec
7
6:00 PM18:00

Permaculture in our daily lives

Join long time permaculture practitioner Jeff Adams to learn about the essentials of permaculture including the origins, philosophical foundation, ethics and principles. Following a brief overview presentation we will discuss how permaculture goes beyond gardening to relate to our daily lives.

This is event is hosted by Moonflower Community Coop in Moab, UT and is free and open to all. Please RSVP to outreach@moonflower.coop

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Apr
23
9:00 AM09:00

Theory in Action: earthworks and planting

Join local Moab Permaculture designers and educators Claire Core (USU Extension Sustainability), Jeremy Lynch (In Transition Permaculture), and Jeff Adams (Terrasophia LLC) for a series of experiential workshops supporting the creation of a demonstration garden at the new WabiSabi location.

To coincide with Earth Day in Moab (4/22), this hands-on workshop will put the outcomes of the community site assessment workshop into action as we install a permaculture garden. Guided hands-on activities will include water harvesting features, proper planting techniques, and strategies for building healthy soils. Prior attendance at the Site Assessment workshop is not required.

This event is free and open to all ages. Registration is required.

Space is limited to 15 participants, so register early!

For more information and registration, email jeffrey@terrasophia.com

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Apr
2
9:00 AM09:00

Community Design Session

Using the new WabiSabi site as our classroom, participants will learn about and apply the Observation & Assessment process of regenerative design and systems thinking to a portion of the landscape. Topics will include an introduction to permaculture design, reading the landscape, simple mapping techniques, water harvesting principles, and more!

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Dec
4
3:00 PM15:00

World Soil Day

A Collaboration between Utah State University, US Geological Survey, and Terrasophia LLC, held at USU Moab, room R

Activities will include:

- Presentations from Soil Scientists and Land Managers

- Free screening of Dirt! The Movie

- Hands- on soil activities

For More information contact Travis at tnauman (AT) usgs (dot) gov

U.N. Designated International Year of Soils

World Soil Day celebrates the importance of soil as a critical component of the natural system and as a vital contributor to the human commonwealth through its contribution to food, water and energy security and as a migrator of biodiversity loss and climate change. It is celebrated particularly by the global community of 60 000 soil scientists charged with responsibility of generating and communicating soil knowledge for the common good. This event is to increase public awareness of soil and its contribution to humanity and the environment

 

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Oct
24
9:00 AM09:00

Watershed Friendly Landscaping

The Bee Inspired Garden (BIG) initiative is partnering with the Aarchway Inn and Terrasophia Designs to host two free events this fall. BIG is a collaborative community garden organization that encourages the use of water-wise, pollinator friendly, and perennial edible landscaping.

There will be a two-part educational workshop series on the topics of rainwater harvesting and pollinator friendly landscaping. The first workshop will be an introduction to rainwater harvesting in landscapes with a hands-on portion where you’ll learn the basics behind site selection for greatest harvesting potential and the types of site grading or “earthworks” that you can use to slow, spread and sink the rainwater into your land, creating a thriving garden ecosystem.

In the second part of the series, the focus is on watershed friendly landscaping. This workshop will focus on how to select plants appropriate for our climate and the specific site you’re working with, how to effectively plant a new perennial garden, and then apply what was learned by planting and mulching a portion of the new Bee Inspired Garden at the Aarchway Inn.

We’ll be addressing the topics of Moab’s watershed, permaculture design, rainwater harvesting principles, native and naturalized plantings, perennials, and more through conversation and hands-on application.

Harvesting Rainwater Techniques with Jeff Adams of TerraSophia Designs at the Aarchway Inn’s West Pavilion. Monday September 21st 5:30-8 p.m.

Watershed Friendly Landscaping with Members of the Bee Inspired Garden initiative at the Aarchway Inn’s West Pavilion. Saturday October 24, 9 a.m.-noon.

Both workshops are free. Enjoy the workshops as a complementary series or as a stand-alone class.

Contact Dr. Ros Brain roslynn.brain@usu.edu or Claire Core claire.e.core@gmail.com for more information.

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Sep
21
5:30 PM17:30

Rainwater Harvesting Techniques

The Bee Inspired Garden (BIG) initiative is partnering with the Aarchway Inn and Terrasophia Designs to host two free events this fall. BIG is a collaborative community garden organization that encourages the use of water-wise, pollinator friendly, and perennial edible landscaping.

There will be a two-part educational workshop series on the topics of rainwater harvesting and pollinator friendly landscaping. The first workshop will be an introduction to rainwater harvesting in landscapes with a hands-on portion where you’ll learn the basics behind site selection for greatest harvesting potential and the types of site grading or “earthworks” that you can use to slow, spread and sink the rainwater into your land, creating a thriving garden ecosystem.

In the second part of the series, the focus is on watershed friendly landscaping. This workshop will focus on how to select plants appropriate for our climate and the specific site you’re working with, how to effectively plant a new perennial garden, and then apply what was learned by planting and mulching a portion of the new Bee Inspired Garden at the Aarchway Inn.

We’ll be addressing the topics of Moab’s watershed, permaculture design, rainwater harvesting principles, native and naturalized plantings, perennials, and more through conversation and hands-on application.

Rainwater Harvesting Techniques with Jeff Adams of TerraSophia Designs at the Aarchway Inn’s West Pavilion. Monday September 21st 5:30-8 p.m.

Watershed Friendly Landscaping with Members of the Bee Inspired Garden initiative at the Aarchway Inn’s West Pavilion. Saturday October 24, 9 a.m.-noon.

Both workshops are free. Enjoy the workshops as a complementary series or as a stand-alone class.

Contact Dr. Ros Brain roslynn.brain@usu.edu or Claire Core claire.e.core@gmail.com for more information.

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Sep
10
to Sep 12

Introduction to Permaculture: Principles and Practices

Join Dr. Roslynn Brain and permaculture designer Jeff Adams of Terrasophia LLC (www.terrasophia.com) for an experiential course and public workshop to explore foundational concepts of Permaculture Design. A common theme throughout the course will be expanding this lens for systems thinking and integrative design to all facets of life and society. Using the campus as a learning laboratory, we will practice observation and site assessment techniques to cultivate a strong sense of place from which to develop design strategies for achieving our goals. The course and public workshop will culminate in a hands-on project transforming a campus space into a permaculture-designated demonstration site. USU Students, please register on banner under ENVS 4950/6900: Special Topics, Introduction to Permaculture Design – Principles and Practice. 

For more information, visit https://extensionsustainability.usu.edu/permaculture-workshops/

Click here to Register

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Feb
14
10:00 AM10:00

Back Yard Tree Farm and Rainwater Harvesting

The pinon and juniper trees have responded well to the fall rains and the woodchip berms. We’ll thin out some thickets and the fire-ladders under the older trees.  We will get hands on learning about trees and share, learn and eat well while doing this work

We’ll begin with an educational program with George Duda, teacher extraordinaire, backing up Jim Brooks and Krista Bonafontine. They will all be available for questions afterwards while others work and talk:

                10:00  AM  Forest health, tree thinning and pruning    Krista Bonafontine

                10:30 AM   Chainsaw and chipper safety                  Jim Brooks

                10:45 AM   Rainwater harvesting with woodchip berms        Christian

                11:00 AM    Rev up those engines!

                  1:00 PM   Delicious potluck

                  2:00 PM   Finish up

Jim will have his big Vermeer chipper here. We’ll use the chips to create woodchip paths down this steep site. Ideally we’ll have about two people pulling branches up to the chipper for each person with a chain saw and 2-3 people loading the chipper. I hope there are enough people so we can take stand around some, learn from each other and share ideas.

DIRECTIONS  We will NOT be meeting at my place at #24. We’ll be meeting at #3 Steeplechase and parking there. Take I-40 east from Albuquerque to Exit 187 (the only exit in Edgewood). Go south and cross the south frontage road (Old #66), go up Edgewood #7 about ½ mile and take a right onto Moriarty Road (now paved). At the stop sign turn left up Duke Road, take the first right onto West Willard and take the next right onto Steeplechase Drive and turn right into #3

We hope to make this a fun outdoor occasion where we get something done (thanks!), learn something, and enjoy each other eating good food.

For more information: Christian Meuli Cell (505) 331-0245; <mpermadr@msn.com>

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Nov
17
to Nov 18

ARCSA National Conference

Jeffrey will presenting as part of a panel on Community Education in Rainwater Harvesting.

More information and registration can be found on the ARCSA website

From the Conference Website:

"The American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded in 1994 to promote rainwater catchment systems in the United States. Our memberships consist of professionals working in city, state, and federal government, academia, manufacturers and suppliers of rainwater harvesting equipment, consultants, and other interested individuals. Membership is not limited to the United States, and we encourage all rainwater harvesting practitioners and enthusiasts to join our organization.

This year our Conference will focus on the challenges that the United States water supply faces and how Rainwater Harvesting can provide economically and environmentally viable solutions. ARCSA’s Celebrity Key Note Speaker and notable educators and professionals will discuss fragile water supplies, impacts on water supplies by drought and flooding, four steps to a clean tank, and other topics such as myths about rainwater harvesting systems. We will also discuss the latest on legislative actions, codes and standards, rainwater guidelines, and stormwater guidelines. A conference wrap-up will include a panel and attendee discussion on how rainwater catchment in the U.S. can help provide solutions to U.S. water challenges.

This year promises to be another exciting conference as we continue our relationship with the Irrigation Association (IA) and provide attendees both ARCSA's educational rainwater sessions and IA's educational irrigation sessions as well as access to the irrigation/rainwater/pond exhibition."

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Oct
4
8:30 AM08:30

Designing and Building Water Wise and Wildlife Landscapes

Join Jeff Adams, owner of Terrasophia LLC, Lindsay Alsup, MLA and Wildlife Biologist, and Katie Hartman, owner of Simply Abide Landscapes and Architecture, for an interactive and experiential day focused on watershed friendly landscaping and wildlife habitat gardens. The day is divided into two sessions that can be taken individually or together.

AM Session: 8:30am-12:00pm. Activities include site assessment, case studies, applying wildlife landscaping design principles, water wise, pollinator, and wildlife native plant selection.

PM Session: 1:00pm-5:00pm. Hands-on demonstration project: on-site water management and wildlife landscape installation.

More information and registration is available here

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Oct
2
6:00 PM18:00

Introduction to Water Wise and Wildlife Landscaping

Join Jeff Adams, owner of Terrasophia LLC, Lindsay Alsup, MLA and Wildlife Biologist, and Katie Hartman, owner of Simply Abide Landscapes and Architecture, for a informative and interactive Q&A presentation covering principles, practical strategies and design process for: on-site water management, water wise landscaping, and wildlife and pollinator habitat creation. Lecture and presentation at MK Nature Center, 600 S. Walnut St, Boise, ID

More information and registration is available here

 

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Sep
15
to Sep 21

Watershed Management Group - Water Harvesting Design Certification Course

Facilitated by Brad Lancaster, Catlow Shipek, and Jeff Adams

The WMG Water Harvesting Design Certification program is a hands-on training course that provides certification in water harvesting system design and implementation.  Our program provides the highest quality and greatest depth of training in integrative water harvesting offered in the nation. Detailed course information can be found here. A list of Certified Practictioners can be found here.

Register by July 18 for a discount!

Registration and more information available on the Watershed Management Group website

Course will be held in various locations TBD, Albuquerque, NM

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Sep
5
to Sep 6

UNM Watershed Field Studies

This interactive field trip will include practical approaches to watershed assessment, overview of roof water harvesting systems, and tour of a range of watershed restoration and agro-ecology practices at Owl Peak Farm and El Ojito Ranch in La Madera, NM.

This program is only open students enrolled in University of New Mexico Community and Regional Planning course 416/516 Natural History of Watersheds: A Field Approach, with Dr. William Fleming.

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Aug
30
9:30 AM09:30

Practical Rain Gardens - Hands-on Demonstration Project

Facilitated by Jeff Adams Principal, Terrasophia Ecological Design and Consultation in collaboration with EarthDance Farm

Practical strategies to make best use of rainwater in the landscape will be applied following an ecological design, or permaculture, perspective. Safely welcoming water into your landscape helps nurture your plants and the surrounding communities. Creating spaces for water running off roofs, driveways and other impervious surfaces to slow down, spread out, and soak into vegetated landscape features can be a cost-effective way to protect water quality, mitigate stormwater and water supply impacts, and grow multi-functional plants using less drinking water for irrigaiton

During this hands-on workshop we will create a functionally integrated and aesthetic rainwater harvesting landscape at the Earth Dance headquarters, highlighting multi-functional, climate appropriate plants, and healthy soils. Working together to accomplish a common goal helps build community and a sense of empowerment for what a small group working collectively can accomplish. Participants will leave with the tools and experience to begin their own rainwater harvesting landscape projects.

Location: 223 S. Dade Ave, Ferguson, MO 63135

More information and registration available through EarthDance Farm

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Aug
28
9:00 AM09:00

Designing Rainwater Harvesting Landscapes

Facilitated by Jeff Adams Principal, Terrasophia Ecological Design and Consultationin collaboration with EarthDance Farms

Integrated Rainwater Harvesting follows a site specific approach to understanding the conditions and goals of a particular project site and developing appropriate water harvesting strategies using active systems (tanks or barrels), passive systems (rain gardens, swales, etc), or a combination of both to effectively use on-site rainfall as a resource. This training includes a brief overview of core concepts, technical considerations, and applications for active and passive rainwater harvesting systems, including a detailed case scenario for practicing core calculations for sizing components and developing a water budget. Field based site assessment and design charette activities provide an opportunity to immediately apply class content in a real situation.  Additional resources are discussed for continued learning and reference

Location: EarthDance Farm, 223 S. Dade Ave, Ferguson, MO 63135

More information and registration available through EarthDance

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Aug
27
6:00 PM18:00

Introduction to Water Harvesting

Presented by Jeff Adams, Principal, Terrasophia Ecological Design and Consultation in collaboration with EarthDance Farm

Interested in exploring the opportunities for water harvesting and stormwater management on your property or as an extension of your professional services or community programming? During this interactive presentation you will discover the fundamentals of residential scale water harvesting, including techniques to mitigate stormwater runoff issues, decrease the use of drinking quality water for outdoor irrigation needs, and provide a supplemental water source. Techniques discussed will include water harvesting landscape features such as rain gardens and swales and storage options including tanks and barrels. Basic calculations will be covered for determining how much water you can potentially harvest. Examples of water harvesting projects and programs from around the country will be highlighted.

More information and registration available from EarthDance farm

Location: EarthWays Center of Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO area

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Aug
23
1:00 PM13:00

Introduction to Water Harvesting

Presented by Jeff Adams, Principal, Terrasophia Ecological Design and Consultation

Interested in exploring the opportunities for water harvesting and stormwater management on your property or as an extension of your professional services or community programming? During this interactive presentation you will discover the fundamentals of residential scale water harvesting, including techniques to mitigate stormwater runoff issues, decrease the use of drinking quality water for outdoor irrigation needs, and provide a supplemental water source. Techniques discussed will include water harvesting landscape features such as rain gardens and swales and storage options including tanks and barrels. Basic calculations will be covered for determining how much water you can potentially harvest. Examples of water harvesting projects and programs from around the country will be highlighted.

Please RSVP to watershedmgnm@earthfutures.us or by calling 505-433-8273

Cost of Training: $FREE

Location: Albuquerque Open Space Visitors Center, 6500 Coors Blvd, NW, Albuquerque, NM

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