Derek Downey, a certified permaculture designer and resident of Village Homes, will give an introductory talk on permaculture and the Village Homes design from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Village Homes Community Center, 2661 Portage Bay Ave. East.
Bill Mollison, the founder of permaculture, says, “Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labor; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system.”
Downey will cover the basics of permaculture design and techniques; provide a summary of the Village Homes development, including natural drainage and passive solar design; and share opportunities for learning and applying permaculture design to the Davis area.
He is working with a team of folks in Davis to turn water-guzzling lawns into “food forests” that save water, feed bees and other pollinators, build the soil and recycle rain and grey water.
A donation of $5 to $10 is suggested.