2013 Financial Permaculture Workshop

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

Circular economy could bring 70 percent cut in carbon emissions by 2030

“This new report considers a number of policy options and investments that would help advance a circular economy and benefit the climate and job market.” Read the full article.

What is a circular economy? It’s recycling on a global scale… output from one industry powers another, reusing valuable materials that are currently being thrown away as more is extracted. Find out more here.



Your Money or Your Life is a great resource for building a better relationship with money

yourmoneyoryourlifeThere are many books about money out there, how to make it, how to save it, and how to spend it wisely. One of the best is Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin. Her approach to money is more about mentality, scarcity vs. abundance, than numbers and gimmicks. She eloquently describes the traps that people get caught in thinking about money. She explains how you can adjust your thinking from worrying about not having enough to intentionally deciding how your time and energy is invested in meeting your needs an desires. This is an essential skill to have to be financially sustainable. This book is a game changer for many. There is also an audio version that is equally amazing. Building a better relationship with money is a core component of Financial Permaculture. Learn more about this book and Vicki Robin’s new book about eating sustainably at her website vickirobin.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.


eric tonesmeier

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

Mario Yanez

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!