Permaculture, Water Conservation Expert to Speak During Santa Fe Carbon Economy Series

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Water harvesting and conservation in arid lands is the theme of the second weekend of events during the six-month Carbon Economy Series – talks and workshops concentrating on water conservation, local food, biomass and regenerative agriculture. All lectures and workshops teach practices that can help create jobs while sequestering carbon.

Eco-author and permaculture designer Nate Downey, will speak on “Water, Our Most Precious Resource” at 7 PM on Friday, July 22, in Santa Fe. The talk is in Room 216, West Wing, Santa Fe Community College, and admission is $10.

This is the second weekend of events during the six-month Carbon Economy Series – talks and workshops concentrating on water conservation, local food, biomass and regenerative agriculture. All lectures and workshops teach practices that can help create jobs while sequestering carbon.

Downey will also offer a full day workshop, “Pattern Applications for Water Harvesting on Arid Lands” on Saturday, July 23, from 9:30-4:30 in Room 815 at SFCC. Cost is $175.

On Sunday, Whole farm planning consultant, and Director of Permaculture Research Institute USA, Owen Hablutzel will also offer a workshop, “Keyline Design for Whole Earth Fertility”, an agricultural method that has great promise for arid areas like the Southwest. Hablutzel’s workshop will be held Sunday July 24th, from 9:30-4:30 in Room 815 at SFCC. Cost is $175.

Santa Fe resident Nate Downey is the author of the new and highly acclaimed book, Harvest the Rain: How to Enrich Your Life by Seeing Every Storm as a Resource (Sunstone Press, 2010).

For a dozen years, Nate has written a popular monthly column called "Permaculture in Practice" for The Santa Fe New Mexican’s award-winning “Real Estate Guide.” A frequent guest on public radio and a perennial presenter at green events, Nate is a seasoned teacher, speaker, writer, and businessman. He is a licensed irrigator and drainage-control specialist.

Soon after graduating from St. John's College in 1991, he started Santa Fe Permaculture, Inc., with his wife Melissa McDonald.

For more details, please see http://www.carboneconomyseries.com/workshops/

The weekend’s events, part of the Carbon Economy Series, are intended to help people think in terms of a “blue revolution” where people are far more aware of how water sources are endangered and how they can be preserved.

Without water, nothing can live. But the supply of fresh drinking water on the earth is finite. Humans are pulling more and more water from limited resources – much of it for industry.

The proposed Chemistry and Metallurgy Replacement Resource at Los Alamos National Lab, in New Mexico, is expected to use 32 acre-feet per year, to name just one example.

In many other cases, aquifers are being pumped dry, surface water is not safe to drink and storm water is piped out via cement waterways to the ocean, sweeping with it man-made petrochemicals and bacteria into the ocean. This leaves behind a parched land that demands more pumping from aquifers and rivers at great expense.

In order to increase the efficiency and productivity of our designed landscapes and the built environment, permaculture uses natural patterns. Branches funnel and spread energy. Spirals hold and release the forces of nature. Webs trap nutrients while they let even the most intense winds pass through them. Humans can mimic these patterns when they harvest water on and in the land.

About Carbon Economy Series: Carbon Economy Series is a New Mexico non-profit operating under the auspices of Zero Poverty for Latin America, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations to the Carbon Economy Series are tax-deductible. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Becoming a part of our sponsorship team can give you, your organization and/or your company great exposure to dynamic trend setters in the area of ecology, alternative economy, music, arts, healthy organic food, permaculture and sustainable design.
Media Contact: Iginia Boccalandro, President. (818) 913-2877 iginia(at)carboneconomyseries(dot)com

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