Permablitz at Funny Farm

Sat, 03/14/2015 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
Sun, 03/15/2015 -
9:00am to 5:00pm



At this Permablitz we will be working primarily in zones 1 and 2 on this 5.6 acre property.

Weekly Workdays at the Whole Life Learning Center

Fri, 10/24/2014 -
9:00am to 4:00pm
Fri, 10/31/2014 -
9:00am to 4:00pm
Fri, 11/07/2014 -
9:00am to 4:00pm
Fri, 11/14/2014 -
9:00am to 4:00pm
Fri, 11/21/2014 -
9:00am to 4:00pm
Fri, 11/28/2014 -
9:00am to 4:00pm
Fri, 12/05/2014 -
9:00am to 4:00pm
Fri, 12/12/2014 -
9:00am to 4:00pm
Fri, 12/19/2014 -
9:00am to 4:00pm

Forage Legumes for Texas

Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center at Overton

Proceedings: Adjusting to High Fuel and Fertilizer Prices 

Research Center Technical Report No. 2008-01 - Forage Legumes for Texas (PDF)


Gives an overview of forage legume species, which are divided into annuals, perennials and biennials, and each of these categories is further divided into cool- and warm-season forages. 


Dynamic Accumulators of Nutrients for Composting - Oregon Biodynamic Group

This is an online table of Dynamic Accumulators of Nutrients for Composting published by the 

Oregon Biodynamic Group

. The chart provides the Common Name, Botanical Name and the elements Na, I, Fl, B, Si, S, N, Mg, Ca, K, P, Mn, Fe, Cu, and CO. You may download a printable version.


If you go to the Appendices page, you'l find links to pages on

Coyote Creek Permablitz

Sat, 09/13/2014 -
9:00am to 4:00pm
Sun, 09/14/2014 -
9:00am to 4:00pm

It's getting to be that time of the year again when the permablitzes (our perennial food garden installations) begin. I'm really excited about our first blitz of the season being at Coyote Creek Farm where I have had the honor of helping to build two of the barns that house the hammer mill and pellet mil, a cow barn, and a couple of the houses used by staff.

This permablitz is also going to be our largest permablitz to date with the earthworks being done by Ken Tuck and his equipment operators Joe and Jessy. The equipment is scheduled to arrive next week at the farm.

Movie time! Food Forests 101

Sun, 08/17/2014 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm

What is a food forest, and what does it look like in our backyard? Our neighborhood? Our community? What role do our feathered friends play in this perennial food system?

Bring a finger food snack to share and join us for a summer food movie and discussion at the Sustainable Food Center headquarters. We'll be watching excerpts from the Establishing a Food Forest with Geoff Lawton dvd (with permission for public viewing granted from the Permaculture Research Institute and EcoFilms Australia).

Perm the park

Sat, 08/09/2014 -
9:00am to 1:00pm

A major goal for ape99 is to transform the abandoned section of city park that we're adjacent to here in east Austin.

We've had a few meetups to work on it from time to time but nothing consistent.

SO...going to try something new and in line with the permaculture directive of 'small and consistent changes"

We'll be stacking functions by hands-on exploration permaculture while creating a sustainable food forest. The best way to learn permaculture is by doing, not reading.

Discover your Own Local Austin

Sat, 04/05/2014 -
10:00am to 12:00pm

Its week two of The Ultimate Scavenger Hunt for the Sustainable Egg.  Where can you find chickens and chicks, coops and feed, and garden supplies to grow food in your own backyard? What are successful zone 8 foods you can grow in the city?  Continue your hunt for the sustainable egg at one of our favorite local chicken connections, and find everything you need to grow your own local Austin. 

Sustainable Austin - Helping Things Grow in Your Own Back Yard

Sat, 04/12/2014 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm

The hunt for sustainable food continues in week III of The Ultimate Scavenger Hunt for the Sustainable Egg. Are you ready to start growing food in your backyard?  Learn about zero waste, compost, and community gardens.

Join Heather-Nicole Hoffman of Compost Coalition, and the librarians at Windsor Park Branch.  Learn how to turn compost into food, and make Austin's zero waste goals happen, with a little help from you and your chickens.   Reduce waste and improve your soils, your food and your home. 


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