The ongoing success of Town & Country's community garden (and others like it) and the increasing number of farmers' markets are evidence of an interest in small-scale, sustainable agriculture, as opposed to large-scale monoculture. Permaculture, a movement that arose in the 1970s and defies simple definition, is a fascinating approach to this subject. A branch of ecological design and ecological engineering, it models natural ecosystems and focuses on the relationships created among elements by the way they are placed together; the whole becoming greater than the sum of its parts.
Come hear Deanna English speak on permaculture in the August edition of the Green Speaker Series. Deanna received her Permaculture Design Certificate in 2010 from Midwest Permaculture. She also holds an MS in Environmental Education from Antioch University in Keene, New Hampshire.
Deanna developed her passion for mindful living during her childhood summers spent on farms in North Carolina. The opportunity to spend time harvesting food, caring for livestock and exploring the natural world helped to foster a growing awareness of the connection to place. Those early experiences have served to direct her life, which led her to begin practicing permaculture in 2008 at her suburban home in St. Louis and in other lifestyle choices.
The talk is free and open to the public. The Green Speaker Series is sponsored by Town & Country's Green Team Commission.
Re-usable grocery bags will be given away.