RESCHEDULED: Intro to permaculture set by Allegany County Cooperative Extension

soil and trowel
Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

RESCHEDULED: The new date is Saturday, Aug. 11. 

Learn more about permaculture and see how a local person has put these concepts into practice during an Intro to Permaculture Walk and Talk for homeowners, gardeners and farmers from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 28 NEW DATE: Saturday, Aug. 11 at the farm of Fred Beckhorn, 195 Irish Hill Rd. (intersection of Lyons Rd.), Rexville.

The event is being held by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Allegany County Horticulture Program.

The program will be hosted by permaculture specialist Fred Beckhorn, a graduate and certificate holder from Ben Falk’s Whole Systems Design course and a permaculture farmer since 2014.

Participants will be led on a tour of his farm to learn about the concepts behind permaculture, design options for an appropriately sized system (for you), and the way to incorporate permaculture concepts into your design.

Topics are:

  • Core tenets of permaculture. Permaculture design emphasizes patterns of landscape, function and species assemblies. It determines where these elements should be placed so they can provide maximum benefit to the local environment. Beckhorn will explain and demonstrate how these concepts work together. He will untie the concepts of care for the earth and care for the people. 
  • Principles of design. This concept covers site analysis and assessment, design concept development, detailed design, and implementation & evaluation.
  • Additional topics that are important to be experienced through this walk and talk– and not just read about– are the concepts of soil building and rainwater harvesting.  Beckhorn will explain his approach to these important permaculture theories and show participants how these concepts have been built into his overall system.

This tour will require considerable walking. Please be prepared with appropriate footwear, long pants, water and a hat.

The fee is $20 per person and free for high school students.

Pre-registration is required. You may register by contacting Laura Hunsberger at or 585-268-7644, ext.17.

Payment is required in advance. There are no refunds, but substitutions are happily accepted.

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