5 Minutes of Inspiration, Ideas, and Action. It’s Real and It Will Get You Thinking – The AFIVES’s

If you had all the time, money, and energy in the world, what would you do?Frank Golbeck


aFIVE Permaculture Voices

Leveraging Your Network for Reducing Business Risk presented by Mark Oberle

Starting a new business can be daunting, especially when considering potential overhead and risk required. In this talk, Mark Oberle will discuss how he was able to utilize a contact from PV2 with Frank Golbeck of Golden Coast Mead to create a mutually beneficial arrangement and launch his own mead label while reducing startup cost and risk.


Helping the Competition Or Striving Together? presented by Frank Golbeck

Resilience comes from connection and interdependence. Frank Golbeck of Golden Coast Mead will talk about how helping Mark Oberle and other mead makers get their start has helped his business grow and helped the category of mead develop, lifting all participants.


Transitioning from Corporate Based to Values Based Living presented by Rob Kaiser

Following up on his appearance on The Urban Farmer – Week 21 (“Transitioning Into Farming from the Corporate World…), Rob Kaiser will be expanding on the idea of transition. Transcending the idea of becoming a farmer on account of romantic ideology, Rob will discuss knowledge and skills specific to *you* and their application towards your end goal. Combined with discussion about the focus on living a values based live vs. a life based on the traditional corporate model, this five minute talk will provide you with much food for thought on what you need to do next as you continue making your own transition to living a more designed, purposeful, and deliberate life.


Building Connections with the Yachats Farmstore presented by Nathan Bernard

The Yachats Farmstore – Building connections between local farms, our ecosystem, community.


Andrew Millison: OSU Intro To Permaculture MOOC (A Free Course)

A new phenomenon being developed by the US university systems is the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). Through his work teaching Permaculture within the Oregon State University Horticulture program, Andrew Millison was given the opportunity to develop an Introduction to Permaculture course in the MOOC format. Freely available to anyone interested, this course is slated to run three times this year with enrollment goals of thousands of students per course. Andrew will explain what a MOOC is and how it can expose and engage thousands of people in the Permaculture concept.


Joel Salatin On the Next Generation of Farmers

Joel Salatin speaks on successional farming – partnering the older generation with the next generation of farmers.


Joel Salatin on Economically and Environmentally Sustainable Farm Business

Joel Salatin speaks on running an Economically and Environmentally Sustainable Farm Business.


Matthew Abrams: A Learning Journey

Mycelium co-founder Matthew Abrams talks about his journey of leaving the status quo to finding meaning in his own life and the starting an alternative education business.


Neal Spackman: Facing Fear and Stepping into the Unknown – The Al Baydha Project

Permaculture designer Neal Spackman talks about leaving his desk job, family, and culture to go to another country, a very dry Saudi Arabia, and take on greening land on the Al Baydha Project. A not so easy decision to make up front, but in hindsight he has no regrets and wouldn’t have done it differently.


Seth D Peterson: Permaculture Kitchens I’ve Known

Permaculture Kitchens I’ve Known is about the application of permaculture design principles and strategies to ecologically minded kitchen design, local seasonal menu planning, nose to tail cookery and butchery, cooking in community and regenerative food shed design. It is a realization that food is at then nexus of our society and culture. Both agriculture and food preparation come together to create, reshape and define our physical world and thus our reality, it has been this way since the beginning. Thus, the ways we grow, cook and eat food are the vehicle to making better more regenerative systems as we reclaim traditional knowledge and combine that with appropriate technologies to create our own future. All of the world’s problems can be solved at the dinner table as we reintegrate our kitchens and our gardens.


Philippe Choiniere: Sustainable Business Through Branding and Marketing

The future of business lies in sustainability. And to be sustainable businesses must be profitable. In this talk Philippe will explore the idea of why branding and marketing are so important for the future of sustainable business.


Matt Powers: Permaculture Youth Education

Did you ever imagine what it would be like if you’d started your PDC in middle school? How would you have lived your life differently? What if everyone had that same experience? What would the world look like? That’s exactly the question Matt Powers wants to answer. He is an English and soon-to-be Permaculture teacher at a school with laptops for each student in Central Valley California. He is developing a permaculture curriculum for middle school – high school to connect students to the fledgling collegiate permaculture programs and the online permaculture community. Matt shares excerpts from his books, experiences in teaching permaculture to children and teens, & insights into the growing permaculture youth movement. Join Matt for a look at the future of Permaculture in public and home school settings.


Laura Allen: Greywater – The Forgotten Resource

Greywater is the most plentiful and abundant source of irrigation water we have. For those of us in dry climates, its the most sustainable option- thought often forgotten. Learn how you can install simple and affordable greywater systems that will efficiently irrigate your bountiful, productive, landscape.


Joseph Simcox: Cannibals, Kings, Charlatans, and “us”

Thinking about food, ruling with it and destroying it. The next 25-50 “us” years will be critically important to the future of food. You can be on the wave of an amazing era of domestication by turning to the wilds for inspiration. A whirlwind tour of the history of food then, now and “tomorrow”.


John Rife: Nurturing Community. How to support and synergize a community of practice.

Do you feel like you are the only one who cares? The only one who sees the important work that needs to be done? If you find yourself venturing into seldom-explored areas of thought and practice, chance are good you can relate. The truth is, however, that there are others like you, like us, eager to connect with like-minded folks and you may need to be the catalyst to make it happen. There is an art and science to cultivating a community and in this talk John will discuss his favorite strategies for fostering your own constituency.


Jordan Marr: Adding Value to Your Farm’s Produce with Home Delivery

Many veggie and fruit growers are quick to write off home delivery as inefficient without considering the value it can add to their farm produce. For small-scale farmers whose customer base is urban, a well-structured CSA with home delivery can be more profitable and efficient than selling at the farmers’ market, and more appealing than drop-off points. In this short talk, veggie grower Jordan Marr will discuss the operation of his home-delivered CSA, and how to structure such a program to maximize the benefits to your farm.


Jen Mendez: CEED of Change: Integrating Permaculture Methodology with Passions to Re-Design Children’s Education

Permaculture is a framework that can be integrated into any interest and passion. It helps us use and value patterns from a sophisticated long-term, systems-thinking approach to solve problems. Through it we can re-invent and re-design what it means to learn, educate, and be educated. Putting in a swale or planting a tree alone is not going to be a long-term solution to our problems. To have a long-term impact we need a culture that understands, values, and utilizes the ethical design science principles of permaculture. We must bring permaculture thinking mainstream and make it a thriving movement that shapes this world. This must occur both locally and globally. To accomplish this we must get our youngest problem solvers, our children, to use the permaculture methodology to start asking and finding answers to problems.


Grant Curry: The United States’ Greatest Permaculture Challenge?

The United States Greatest Permaculture Challenge?

There are enormous challenges and contrasting opportunities inherent on Indian Reservations today. One one hand you have sovereign nations inside the US which are in a state more depleted than most third world nations but, on the other hand, they have opportunity to lead in a way they never have before.

Permaculture abundance in the setting of a typical reservation can be so dramatic because of the endemic scarcity. In particular, The Navajo Nation could be the most dramatic demonstration in the US of what is possible with Permaculture.. The fact that the Navajo Nation is the largest reservation in the US and also happens to be the largest brown spot on the map of the US should give anyone who really believes in Permaculture an insatiable desire to show its restorative powers.

If Geoff Lawton can turn heads with 10 acres in Jordon what could the attendees of PV2 do with 17 million acres in the middle of our country? Can Permaculture afford not to take a serious look at such projects? Come spend 5 minutes listening to a challenge that may engage you in the most restorative project our nation has ever seen.


Gloria Flora: Simple and Affordable Biochar Production

Nature’s been using biochar to replenish soil carbon for millennia.  Taking our cue from her, we’ll unravel what biochar is and how it works to build long-term soil health.  We’ll explore techniques of making your own biochar simply and affordably regardless of where you live.


Frank Golbeck: Bottling Sunshine – Making a Livelihood Out of Sharing the Magic of Quality Mead and Crafting a Comeback for the Bees.

What if you had all the time, money and energy in the world? What would you do? Frank’s wife asked him that question 5 years ago, and he realized he needed to get out of the Navy, make mead and share it with people. Hear how connecting with his passion to do good for people and planet through mead making has inspired a ton of personal growth and now a successful business that is shifting paradigms in the markets it serves.


Catherine Bukowski: Scaled-Up Permaculture – Food Forests for Communities

Community food forests are rapidly emerging as part of a new trend in the local food movement to promote food literacy and build community. This talk will discuss what community food forests are and the motivations that are propelling their establishment in urban areas across the United States. The social dimensions of partnerships and management processes that can help them succeed will be highlighted along with who some of the key players typically are. These projects are an example of how permaculture can be scaled-up to the community level – find out about the many reasons they are important.


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  1. Hello. What is the name of the japonese method of making biochar? I can’t understand when Gloria Flora says it in her talk. Thank you.

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