Past Events

Saying Grace: Food, Justice and Sustainability Conference February 2011
Sarah had the great honor of presenting a workshop at this two day conference of religion and the liberal arts held at Piedmont College. Keynote speakers were theologians Barbara Brown Taylor and Norman Wirzba. Sarah’s workshop was entitled Life on the Edges: Permaculture Design and Intentional Christian Community. She focused on the scriptural basis for creation care and community living, and challenged workshop attendees to find simple ways to incorporate permaculture design principles in daily life.

Permaculture Design Course September 2010
Wayne Weisman of The Permaculture Project LLC came to teach this 12-day course. Intense lectures and hands-on learning inspired another group of budding permaculturists. Koinonia community member Amanda Moore earned her design certificate, and students completed a design for our blueberry patch and grape vineyards. Wayne’s wife Fran kept everyone well fed.

Intro to Permaculture May 2010
Sarah and Brendan co-taught their first intro course as an afternoon session with attendees of the AFSC Youth Convergence. This 3-hour session gave an overview of the permaculture principles, followed by a walking tour of Koinonia’s existing permaculture systems.

Permaculture Design Course February 2010
Chuck Marsh and Patricia Allison returned to teach another 12-day course. Sarah earned her design certificate this time around, along with 18 other passionate students. Two of the student designs have been fleshed out and are currently being put into action: the Reconciliation House project and the design for the whole farm. Highlights of the course included a hilarious no-talent show and delicious food prepared by Beth Trigg and Tim Saunders.

Wild Edibles Workshop May 2009
Bob Burns, along with Brendan and our friend  Sanders Thornburgh, hosted a weekend workshop on wild edible foods. Students learned about the high nutritional value of wild foods, received information on medicinal uses for plants, and had the opportunity to forage the ingredients for their meals. Sanders even caught a rattlesnake near the beginning of class, which was featured as the main dish at lunch the next day!

Permaculture Design Course February 2009
Brendan was a student in Koinonia’s first PDC, taught right here at the farm by Chuck Marsh and Patricia Allison from Earthaven Ecovillage. 31 students spent 12 days in intensive study of permaculture design ethics and principles, completing designs for sites around Koinonia’s campus. There was also plenty of opportunity for fellowship over shared meals in the dining hall, with lots of singing and laughter.

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