At our last meeting in Ferndale (about as southern as you can get and still be in Oakland County), there was a fair amount of interest in permaculture. In northern Oakland County, there is an active and organized group of permaculture enthusiasts. From Ferndale, it takes some driving, but just in case anyone is interested, I’m reproducing below a message from Dana Driscoll. As you will see, they use Meetup, and you do need a Meetup account to use the links:

Hi everyone,

Our OCPM [Oakland County Permaculture Meetup] Monthly Meetup will be next Wednesday [April 9, 2014] at 6:30 PM. We’ll be doing fermented veggies and krauts. Along with the hands-on skill share, we’ll have a potluck (bring any food, labeled), a sale table (bring things to sell if you have them and $$ to buy if you would like) and general community building and conversation. Parking is limited in Dana’s driveway, but there is lots of it out on the road. More info can be found here:

On Sunday, April 27th we are having our 100 Yarden Dash kick off event. The 100 Yarden dash is local challenge to increase the number of food producing yards and landscapes across Oakland County. We challenge you to start a garden if you don’t have one, or expand your current garden if you already do, or create edible landscaping and reduce the amount of “yard”. It’s as simple as growing some vegetables and herbs, planting fruit trees, edible shrubs, or removing your lawn to grow food. Sort-of like Victory Gardening meets the 21st century. YARDening! For this event, we’ll show examples of converted lawn spaces, make signs for our YARDens, and eat some good food. More info on the Dash can be found here:

To signup for the meetup, go here:

Our OCPM May meeting will be held at Strawbale Studio in Oxford, Mi. There will be a short tour of the property and various sustainable and natural building projects. We’ll also focus on a land restoration design discussion/charette centered on a portion of the Strawbale Studio land that was recently disturbed by a pipeline repair project carried out by Enbridge. We hope to gather ideas and strategies that can be propagated across the length of the disturbance of the pipeline that offer ecological and potentially economic yields (food, fiber, habitat, etc.) More info about this meetup is here:

Finally, our OCPM Monthly meeting for June will take place at Bittersweet Farm in Clarkston, MI. We’ll be touring bittersweet farm and learning about biointensive gardening and community food projects. Bittersweet farm produces thousands of pounds of produce for the local food banks each year–this is a wonderful site to visit. More info about this meetup can be found here:

Hope to see you at our upcoming events!
Trevor, Dana, Paul, and Mark