International Permaculture Day – Free Event ← Spiral Ridge Permaculture

International Permaculture Day – Free Event

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Spiral Ridge Permaculture


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International Permaculture Day - Free Event

International Permaculture Day – 5th Annual Free Event & Plant Sale

May 6, 2018


Permaculture is a design system for creating sustainable human environments. It is about designing households and communities that are productive, sustaining and largely self-reliant and have minimal impact on the environment.

International Permaculture Day –  A day in early May, when a range of permaculture events occur across the globe. Open homes, gardens and farms, films, educational workshops, permablitzes and a host of other activities provide an opportunity for the public to see positive permaculture projects in action, to talk personally to the people living it and experience the permaculture movement first hand.

A Permaculture Homestead Educational Tour 


jen bio 3It’s time again for International Permaculture Day!  This will be Spiral Ridge Permaculture’s 6th year hosting this event.  You can count on free talks and tours of our homestead systems.  As always we will have plants for sale after the tour.  We may have to cap the number of participants.  Last year we had over 100 folks attend!  Although this is a free event, please reserve you place!


plant sale at Spiral Ridge

Looking for more educational opportunities?
Cliff Davis of Spiral Ridge A full list of courses are available on our Event Calendar.

Who are your hosts?  We, Cliff Davis and Jennifer Albanese, have been developing an off-grid  permaculture homestead for the last 9 years, on marginal land that was previously logged.  We teach and host permaculture related courses, offer consultancy and run a permaculture market farm, Pig & Leaf.   Come on out and find out what permaculture is all about.  If you have been considering taking one of our courses, now is the opportunity to meet us as well as many of our course graduates, who will also be attending.


10:00 – Will include tour of our homestead.  We will share what has worked, what we would do differently and more.  We have a natural built off-grid home, forest garden, nursery, organic garden, many earthworks demonstrations,  animal systems and more.

1:00 – Plant Sale -I have started heirloom and open pollinated tomatoes specifically chosen for this region, many varieties of peppers, herbs, and perennial plants like yarrow, chives, comfrey and more.  More about how we grow our plants below.

Registering is easy.  Just enter your email to tell us you are coming.  This event is totally free.  If you register, but cannot attend, please let us know so we can let others in.

tomato plants

 More About Our Yearly Plant Sale

Seed, Soil and Sustainability

Seeds – We source our seeds from companies that are committed to Non-GMO policies.  Many of the varieties are open pollinated, heirlooms.  We have also included some hybrids that have excellent disease resistance in our area.

Soil – Our plants are grown in a mineral-rich custom blend of the finest all organic ingredients.  We use:

Vermicompost and castings –  Casts contains eight times as many micro-organisms as their feed!  Pathogenic bacteria are reliably killed in the worms’ gut. Worm casts also contain five times more nitrogen, seven times more phosphorus, and 11 times more potassium than ordinary soil, the main minerals needed for plant growth. Also rich in humic acids, which condition the soil, have a perfect pH balance, and contain plant growth factors similar to those found in seaweed. There’s nothing better to put in your garden!

Peat Moss – Canadian sourced from a company that restores harvested peat bogs to functioning wetlands.  We reduce our Peat Moss use by including…

Coconut Coir – Renewable resource and excellent potting medium made from coconut husks.

Perlite – prevents soil compaction

Kelp – Kelp releases nutrients slowly as they are broken down by soil microorganisms. Kelp contains over 70 vitamins and minerals beneficial to plants.

Azomite – a natural re-mineralizer for soil. It contains more than 67 trace mineral elements and every essential micro-mineral needed by plants and animals, including a wide range of rare earth elements and other minerals not included in fertilizers or animal feeds.

Lime – to neutralize acidity of peat moss.

Collodial Rock Phosphate – soft rock phosphate is insoluble in water, will not leach away, and therefore is long-lasting. Has 18% phosphorous and 15% calcium as well as trace elements.

Greensand – For Slow-release Potassium & Trace Minerals New Jersey Greensand (also known as glauconite) is an organic source of potassium (3%).

Feathermeal – an excellent long-term source of nitrogen


Bookings are closed for this event.