CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS
Our current offerings are listed under classes.
Philly Earth is just getting started. Our future offerings will fall under two categories: appropriate technology classes, and permaculture workshops.
What are Appropriate Technologies?
Appropriate Technologies are just what they sound like – better, cleaner, more “appropriate” technologies for our Earth. They are small scale, energy efficient, labor intensive, environmentally sound, easily maintainable ways to decrease our reliance on fossil fuels. These include more energy-efficient methods of cooking, collecting water, and even preserving our food!
Philly Earth will be offering the following Appropriate Technology classes in The Village’s Appropriate Technology Lab:
- Solar Food Dehydration- Want to save that snack for later? Learn to preserve your foods using only the power of the sun.
- Rocket Stove Construction– Modern stoves use up a lot fossil fuels. Learn to make small, clean and efficient outdoor cooking stoves from recycled tin cans.
- Pedal Power Blending – Ever wonder if you could harness the energy you exert while exercising and use it to powering something else? Come learn how to convert an old exercise bike into a pedal power blender.
- Rainwater Collecting Systems- Why pay for water when you don’t have to? Learn to reduce your water usage by capturing rainwater off your roof and using it to water your own landscape.
- Solar Oven Cooking– Not all ovens have to run on electricity or natural gas. Learn how to use the sun’s energy to bake your favorite cakes and pies.
- Parabolic Cooking- Have you ever used a magnifying glass to burn a leaf? Learn how to turn an old satellite dish into a solar-powered cooker.
What is Permaculture?
Permaculture (permanent agriculture) has been around since the 1970s. Its goal? To create ecologically sound, productive landscapes with the diversity, stability and resilience of natural ecosystems. It’s a way of offering basic human necessities like food, water and shelter using patterns already found in nature. It’s the thought process behind when and where we decide to make organic farms, to recycle, or to compost our waste. Permaculture has the same core ethics as Philly Earth. These are:
1.) Care of the Earth. This means caring for all living and non-living things, be they plant, animal, soil or water.
2.) Care of People. This means caring for each other, so our basic needs for food, shelter, education, employment and human contact are met.
3.) Fair Share. This means contributing surplus time, money and energy to achieve the first two ethics.
Permaculture creates biodiversity, yields an abundance of resources, and results in an ecologically balanced closed-loop system that can provide its own energy and process its own waste.
Philly Earth will be offering the following Permaculture classes:
- Vermiculture- Explore the amazing world of worms, and learn how to turn your vegetable scraps and junk mail into valuable fertilizer for your plants.
- Composting and Soil Mechanics- Next to water, soil is the most important resource we need to survive. Learn how to make your own fertile soil.
- Companion Planting- Just like us, plants enjoy the company of good friends. Learn how to grow plants together which will benefit one another.
- Square Foot Gardening- Did you know that you can grow 16 carrots in one square foot of soil? Learn how to grow more food in less space than you ever imagined was possible.
- Vertical Gardening- Like most city dwellers, you probably have limited space to grow food. Don’t fret! Learn techniques to take advantage of the space that you have.