2013 Financial Permaculture Workshop

January 21-25, 2013 Miami Dade College Homestead Campus www.financialpermaculture.com

The Plant in Chicago Houses Integrated Food Enterprises

The Plant in Chicago has re-purposed a 93,500 square foot industrial building into an incubator for sustainable food production businesses. It houses demonstration farms, education facilities, and 125 good jobs for the community. They are exemplifying the principles of Financial Permaculture by cycling energy and resources between businesses, stacking functions, and creating financial intimacy among a group of business owners and the community. Their business model combines a Non-Profit and a For-Profit to provide flexibility in raising funds, accounting for profits, and sharing resources. In many ways, this is a great example of a Regenerative Enterprise. Visit their website to see their Current Tenents, Classes and Workshops, and Events.

Join Earth Learning for an Edible Forest Garden Design Intensive with Eric Toensmeier in Central Florida March 21-26

Edible forest gardens produce delicious food while imitating natural forest ecosystems. Trees, shrubs, herbs, vines, groundcovers and fungi can combine to form healthy edible ecosystems. Design and plant selection help provide fertility, control of weeds and pests, and more.


How can you design an edible garden that works like a healthy ecosystem? Learn simple guidelines, based on real experience, for designing mixed-species polycultures of useful perennials. Small-group design exercises will give you the tools to create productive harvests and positive relationships between plants in your forest garden.


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Click on Eric’s pic to see a video summary of the course descriptio

Eric Toensmeier has studied and practiced permaculture since 1990. He has spent much of his adult life exploring edible and useful plants of the world and their use in perennial agroecosystems.  Eric’s recent work is to promote perennial farming systems as a multipurpose carbon-sequestering strategy.

There is still time to join us, but you have to register soon! Click for full course description and registration information.

See you in Central Florida.

LiFE Summit is this week – come and help build sustainable, resilient food systems in person or online

LAST Call and only a few spots left

Do your part to help build a secure future for South Florida’s food system in just a few easy steps:

  1. Check out the three ways to participate in the 2014 Local Food Enterprise Summit – in person or online by clicking on the link above.
  2. Help us spread the word and keep in touch – tweet #2014FPC to share updates on #localFOOD – we’ll be live tweeting throughout the LiFE Summit.
  3. Register for the full three day design intensive, to attend the keynote sessions or to tune in to the keynotes online:  www.financialpermaculture.com


Looking forward to meeting and tweeting #2014FPC!

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Did you miss it? It’s not too late – #2014FPC starts next week! Click for podcast Q & A on the upcoming Local Food Enterprise Summit in Miami

Listen in live as Earth Learning Director, Mario Yanez, briefs Transitions Sarasota on the LiFE Summit

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Mario Yanez, Earth Learning Director, Permaculture Designer & Farmer

This Thursday morning, Earth Learning‘s Director, Mario Yanez, will be doing a live interview with Transitions Sarasota on WSLR 96.5 FM in Sarasota.  Listen in as they discuss details that are emerging in preparation for the 2014 Local Food Enterprise Summit.  Including what financial permaculture can offer in our efforts to model sustainability, resilience and steps that everyone can take toward solving some of the big questions we face when it comes to food access.

Please call in and add your voice to the discussion if you have questions or comments. The live web radio broadcast will be aired Thursday, May 15 from 9-10 am EDT at Truly Sustainable Sarasota on WSLR 96.5. The studio line for on-air calls is (941) 954-8636.

For more information, schedule and registration information for the Local Food Enterprise (LiFE) Summit, visit www.financialpermaculture.com.  Hurry, advance registration will soon be closed!

Come to the 3-day design intensive Local Food Enterprise Summit May 31 – June 2

The Design Process

Participants from around North America are will gather in Miami for the LiFE Summit, a  dynamic, intensive, collaborative design process. 
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Beautiful sun through the tree lined boulevard of Coral Way outside Earth Learning’s office at the Center for Social Change

Three applicants from prospective local food entrepreneurs who wish to have their local food enterprises be part of the design process were chosen from three distinct business categories:

  • Local Food Distribution,
  • Local Food Retail/Food Establishment,
  • Urban Farm Operation

On Day 1, we will hear from our design clients and our Business Content Provider, Haile Johnston, then we will jump straight into the design process by forming a design team comprised of leaders and participants that will interview the client entrepreneurs. The design team will have a Permaculture designer/practitioner, a documenter, and a business content provider.

On Day 2, Earth Learning and the Financial Permaculture Institute are presenting two of our impressive speakers:

  • Judy Wicks, local food entrepreneur extraordinaire, founder of White Dog Café, speaker and mentor working to build a more compassionate, environmentally sustainable and locally based economy, and
  • Eric Toensmeier, edible and useful plant explorer, author of several seminal works, promoter of carbon sequestration via perennial farming systems

By Day 3, the team will have emerged with designs and recommendations for the client enterprises. Elizabeth U and Wesley Roe will consult with clients on financing strategies for the design recommendations.

Get the schedule details and register online at www.financialpermaculture.com.



Respect your Mother! And come learn how to design earth-friendly businesses this month at the Local Food Enterprise Summit!

Time is running out to reserve your space at the 2014 Local Food Enterprise Summit this month in Miami. This one of a kind three day design intensive will get you up and running with the tools to start up or scale up your own entrepreneurial business using the principles of permaculture – which look at using the patterns and cycles of Mother Nature as an asset and a framework for creating sustainable, local economic systems.

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We will be designing business models for three local food businesses that are already succeeding and seeking to expand in South Florida, while gaining insights and learning experiences from national leaders in financing strategies that regenerate Mother Earth’s resources while building our wealth for the the long term.  Adaptive, resilient and diverse.

Whether you are a seasoned agriculturalist, entrepreneur, investor, inventor, student or visionary, we hope you will join us for this amazing opportunity to work together to design a collaborative pathway to our shared future.


Please help us spread the word, and register at www.financialpermaculture.com.


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