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This section of the Northeastern Permaculture Network Wiki is devoted to the communities of Burlington, VT working to implement, promote, and learn more about permaculture solutions for Burlington neighborhoods.

Our Mission

Burlington Permaculture unites neighbors to promote urban agriculture and reforestation, enhance neighborhoods, and strengthen the web of community resources as we look beyond sustainability towards a vibrant healthy relationship with our landscape.

Our Vision

Our vision is of a vibrant, productive Burlington in which community development promotes human interaction, food producing residential gardens and streetscapes supplant suburban lawns, and the abundance of social, educational, economic, and ecological services our community produces helps to regenerate other degraded landscapes.

"The main stakes for humanity are not hunger, poverty, sustainability, peace, healthcare, education, economy, natural resources or a host of other issues but our capability to build new social organizations that are able to provide solutions. Our main stake is Collective Intelligence." - JF Noubel

Our Meetings are at this time sporadic.

For more information or to get involved please send an email to


Raising Meat Rabbits -- September 25 & 26, 2010


The Farm at The Garden -- Food ReSkilling Series

10 am - 6pm

Do you want to become more self sustaining?
Do you want to raise more of your own food?

Come learn the noble art of raising rabbits for meat. Rabbits require little space and are perfect for city dwellers, small homesteaders and those looking to enhance their self sustainability. We raise American Chinchilla Rabbits which are a rare heritage rabbit on the American Livestock Conservancy list of breeds that are becoming extinct. These rabbits are very calm with excellent temperments, they are good mothers consistently birthing large litters. American Chinchillas are listed on the Ark of Taste for the Slow Food Movement.

You will spend the weekend learning Organic Rabbit Husbandry including:

Food & Supplements
Housing (plans for cages, nest boxes and hanging cage system included)
Health & Maintenance
Breeding & Genetics
Butchering & Culinary Preparation (with a professional USDA processor)

By the conclusion of this workshop you will have the information, supplies and confidence needed to begin your own herd of rabbits that will provide meat, fur and organic compost for you and your family for many years to come. Lunch is included with the workshop and there are a number of options to choose from:

Workshop - $100 single person, $160 per Couple

Workshop with 1 cage - $130, For Couples $190

Workshop with Breeding Pair (2) of Rabbits - $130, For Couples $190

Workshop with 1 Cage & Breeding Pair (2) of Rabbits - $150, For Couples $210

Additional Rabbits - $20 each, 3 for $50

Additional cages and cage materials may also be available please let us know if you’re interested when you register.

Overnite accommodations are also available at our Organic Farm/Retreat Center for an additional cost (substantially discounted for workshop attendees) of $50 per nite/per person -- food is included with an overnite.

The Farm at The Garden ~ Rensselaerville, NY ~ (518) 797-3373


Burlington Permaculture’s

First Annual Winter Workshop Series

This season’s workshop series includes an array of courses, slide shows, group activities and more revolving around the themes of self-reliance and sustainability. In developing the series, we aim to build connections within our community, create active, engaging educational opportunities, help spread the understanding and application of permaculture design and develop a more active, skilled community. Most workshops are held either at UVM’s ‘Greenhouse’ student living center at University Heights or the Pine St. Studios next to the Recycle North Building Materials Center. In an effort to reach as many interested individuals as possible, we are offering a sliding scale tuition schedule for all workshops (except those marked ). No interested participant will be turned away for lack of funds. If you’re interested in a course, let us know and we’ll make it happen. To register or learn more, contact Mark Krawczyk at or 999-2768. Also visit our website ( for updates and the complete course schedule. We hope to see you soon!

Each month Eat Local Vermont sponsors:
All local community dinner, Multi-generational center, 241 N. Winooski, Burlington - 2nd Thursdays of every month, primarily serving local foods, Dinner served 5:30 - 6:30. For more info, visit

Tues. 2/19 - Developing Local Economies – 7pm - UVM
Amy Kirschner and Melissa Steibert provide an overview of the philosophy, history, and current state of the local currency movement and an informative introduction to participation in the Old North End TimeBank cashless currency exchange. Amy Kirschner is the founder of Vermont Sustainable Exchange, LLC - a statewide business to business trading system launched in 2008. She was previously the Executive Director of the Burlington Currency Project. Melissa Steibert works as the director of the Burlington TimeBank.

Sat. 2/23 - Introduction to Landscape Design – 9am – 4pm - $35 - Pine Street Studios
Burlington-based landscape designer and Conway School of Landscape Design graduate Danielle Allen leads a hands-on workshop focused on the basics of landscape design, equipping participants with the skills needed to begin to develop working designs for their own property.

Sat. 3/1 - Winter Tree Identification - 2pm - Burlington meeting location TBA - Free!
Permaculture designer Mark Krawczyk leads an afternoon tree ID walk around Burlington. We will focus on native and useful trees found throughout the region, specifically looking at those identifying characteristics that are available year round (bark, buds, branches, form site conditions).

Sun. 3/2 - Weave an Adirondack-Style Pack Basket - 10am-4pm - $35 (+$35 materials) - UVM
Basket maker and dairy farmer Jody Stoddard of Craftsbury, VT teaches students how to weave an Adirondack-style pack basket using cane processed from the rattan plant.

Tues. 3/4 and 4/1 - Starting Your Own Business – 9am-12pm - $35
Richard Munkelwitz of the Vermont Small Business Development Center leads a half-day overview of the process of starting and maintaining a small business. This workshop is designed for individuals who are thinking about going into business and need assistance with the procedures involved and government regulations regarding starting a business in Vermont. Topics discussed include the feasibility of starting a business, legal requirements, financing issues, management and risk assessments and general business planning. This workshop is the first step in the VtSBDC in-take process. It is appropriate for those individuals who are not yet in business and are interested in general information and writing a business plan. To register, visit the Vermont Small Business Development Center website (

Wed. 3/5 – Energy Efficiency for Your Home – 6:30pm – Free! - Pine St.
John Lincoln of Burlington Electric leads a presentation and discussion on home scale strategies to reduce energy consumption.

Wed. 3/12 - Farmer's Talk and Potluck -6pm - Efficiency Vermont
Bring a dish featuring at least one local food item to share. Come hear about our community farmers: Shelburne Farms cheddar and Shelburne Vineyards. Effficiency Vermont is at 255 S. Champlain Street in Burlington.
E-mail us at for more specific directions.

Sun. 3/16 – Introduction to Forest Gardening - 9am – 5pm - $40 - UVM
Permaculture designers Keith Morris (Prospect Rock Permaculture) and Mark Krawczyk (Keyline Vermont) lead a day-long introduction to the concepts, design and maintenance of forest gardens – integrated gardens modeled on the structure of natural forests that incorporate fruiting trees, shrubs and vegetables, fertility providing plants, medicinals, beneficial insect habitat and more. Forest gardens can be as simple or complex as you like and are well suited to compact urban lots.

Wed. 3/19 & 3/26 – Home Scale Mushroom Production – 7pm - $60/night $100/both - UVM
David Demarest, founder of Green Mountain Mycosystems leads. David has 7 years of specialty mushroom cultivation experience. Part 1 of this two-part series is a demonstration and comparison of indoor and outdoor mushroom cultivation techniques and basic mushroom lab techniques, specifically focusing on the cultivation of shiitake, Portobello and oyster mushrooms. Part 2 focuses on ID, sustainable harvest practices, health benefits and preparation methods of native Vermont edible and medicinal mushrooms. Participants can enroll in one or both sessions.

Mid-March - Maple Syrup Farm Tour - Details TBA
Ben Dana of Arethusa Farm and UVMs Proctor Maple Research Center leads a tour of a working sugarbush, looking at tree tapping and collection systems as well as syrup to sap conversion.

Sat. 3/22 – Natural Building for the Northeast - 9am – 4pm - $50 - UVM
Local natural builders Jacob Racusin and Mark Krawczyk of Seven Generations Natural Builders ( discuss design strategies, principles and materials suited to creating natural buildings appropriate to our challenging climate here in the northeast. The course consists of lecture, slide presentations, discussions and hands-on design work.

Wed. 4/2 - Biodynamic Rhythms - 7pm - UVM
Keith Morris of Prospect Rock Permaculture shares his knowledge and awareness of this fascinating subject.

Wed. 4/9 - Alternative Beekeeping - 7pm - UVM
Led by Keith Morris of Prospect Rock Permaculture

Sat/Sun 4/19-20 – Intro to Green Woodworking - $150 - Pine Street Studios
This hands-on weekend course covers the tools and techniques used in ‘green’ or traditional woodworking. We will discuss the structure and properties of native hardwoods, gain experience working with them and build a make a shaving horse to take home – an indespensible foot operated vice. Class size limited to 5. The course is led by Mark Krawczyk of RivenWoodCrafts.

Sat/Sun 4/26-27 - Make a Ladderback Stool Using Green Wood $150+materials - Pine St
This course is a natural extension of the introduction to green woodworking. Beginning with a raw hardwood log, students split out rough parts, shape them with hand tools, assemble a ladderback chair frame and weave a shaker tape seat. Class size limited to 5. Mark Krawczyk of RivenWoodCrafts leads.

Wed. 4/30 - Fermentation Facilitation - 7pm - Location TBA - Free!
Organic farmer and fermentation enthusiast Ben Dana provides an overview of the history, health benefits, and process of creating fermented foods and drinks. Ben declares that fermentation is easy and fun - and he’s happy to share his skills and enthusiasm

Wed. 4/23 - Rain Gardens and Stormwater Management - 7pm - Location TBA Mike Blazewicz of Round River Design shares solutions for productively dealing with excess stormwater on urban and suburban lots. Rain gardens biologically treat water before it’s discharged into our rivers and lakes, using this excess, nutrient-rich water to grow vibrant, productive gardens.

Thurs. nights - May 8th - June 12th. Practical Herbalism - 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm. - Burlington, VT; Local Natural Areas, Parks, Intervale, etc. - Early Registration Discount - $125. before 4/15/08, $155. after

This 6-Week Field Training Program, led by Melanie Putz Brotz, RD provides 15 hours or hands-on experience.
Activities include 3 days of field identification, sustainable and ethical harvesting, wild food tasting, herbal first-aid, tincture making, drying and storing, identification of non-native and invasive species and their culinary and medicinal uses, students creating their own sets of Plant Cards, and more. Students who complete the training will receive a Field
Practicum Certificate.Phone: 864-9572 email:

Melanie Putz Brotz, RD is a registered dietitian and community herbalist with 15 years of experience as a field guide for herbal studies in Vermont. Melanie is an avid wild foods enthusiast, and thoroughly enjoys sharing her plant knowledge with others.

For more information or to register for a course, contact Mark Krawczyk at or 999-2768

Community Resources:

Burlington Tree Walks (Maps and Guide)
UVM Campus Tree Map
UVM plant walks (maps and online images)