Sustainable Kashi Pot Luck & Permaculture Tour

sustainable KashiSunday, April 6 from 3:00pm ’til 7:00pm

Greetings friends!

Please Join us for another Permaculture themed Pot Luck this Sunday at Sustainable Kashi near Sebastian!  This Pot Luck is being held only a few days after a 12 day Permaculture Design Certification Course concludes so our friends at Sustainable Kashi will be abuzz with fresh Sustainable Gardening Wisdom! 

The afternoon will feature a talk and walk about Sustainable Kashi Permaculture projects and goals followed by another amazing Pot Luck and social gathering!

In keeping with the dietary customs of Kashi and to honor the sustainability of Permaculture, we ask that your Pot Luck contribution be a healthy vegetarian choice!  If possible please bring something that you grew yourself, was locally grown and/or you made yourself.  Also since the kitchen will be closed, we ask that we bring our own plates and utensils;  we realize this isn’t always practical so we will have some compostable options available if you can’t.  None of these are rules; simply suggestions in the Spirit of Sustainability!

Sustainable Kashi has expressed a desire to begin holding their own monthly Pot Lucks!  How about we all show up and help them start this amazing tradition that we Love so much for themselves!

Please join us at Kashi in Sebastian:
When: Sunday April 6 from 3:00pm ’til 7:00pm…
Where: Sustainable Kashi
11155 Roseland Road
Sebastian Florida 32958 (Click Here for Directions from US1)
Bring: Yourself, a friend, a vegetarian dish to share and a plate and utensils for yourself & guests  if you can…
RSVP: Please reply to markstanl@aol.com or call me directly at:
Call: Mark 772-559-9953 for any questions
Please: Share this email with your friends, The more the merrier!

If you have any healthy/sustainable arts or talents that you would like to share with a nice group of people please contact me via return email or feel free to call me and perhaps we can offer a venue for your expression…

 

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Garden Blitz Anniversary & Urban Permaculture Talk

Thanks for another Amazing Party!

Emily's Dinner Plate!

Emily’s Dinner Plate!

I want to thank all who came out despite the ominous clouds and the threatening weather forecast!  When it let loose, and boy did it let loose and we all managed to get inside and stay dry…  Though I do recall Vann coming in a bit wet…

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A Garden Harvest for the Pot Luck!

While waiting out the rain we indulged ourselves with the amazing food we had!  My garden yielded about 4lbs of fresh lettuce, chard, kale, nasturtium flowers and of course there were some of Jeff’s amazing Everglades Tomatoes!   I kept each variety separate so folks could experience the flavor of each and “toss” their own salad to taste!

The food we shared was incredible!  Larry brought the last of his Star Fruit, Kulia made her world famous pesto sauce and Karen tried out a couple of new things like one of my new favorites, vegan Potato-Leek Gratin, as well as our old favorite Spinach & Artichoke Dip (oddly, for which there are never any leftovers… LOL)!

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Lucie’s Food Forest Presentation

After we ate, like magic, the rain stopped and the wet and happy garden was ready to receive her guests!  I want to thank Lucie Burke of Florida Regenerative Landscapes who gave an excellent presentation about the “Food Forest” in my front yard!  Unfortunately, Adina Lehrman was sick and unable to be a part of our celebration but I want to give her a very special THANK YOU for being the inspiration and guiding light for the living creation that surrounds my Home…

Last but not least I want to thank our new friend Emily who took some amazing pictures and posted them on Facebook for us all to enjoy!   I also want to acknowledge and thank everyone who comes, has come or hasn’t yet and wants to as well as those who are always with us in spirit!  The Garden is always open, please feel free to come on in, set a spell, take yur shoes off…

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Adina with the Food Forest Blitz Kit! – circa 2/2013

 

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Saturday February 22, 2014 from 3:00pm ’til 7:00pm

Greetings Friends! 

Please Join us this Saturday to celebrate the anniversary of the Permaculture Blitz we held in my garden last year!

When I decided transform my yard into an edible landscape and food forest I put it out here in a NEWZletter and over 20 of you folks came out and worked under the watchful eye of Adina Lehrman of Florida Regenerative Landscapes (FRL) to help me make it so!  Together, we began the transformation of my yard from a barren Florida wild grass “lawn” to an “edible landscape garden” complete with a fledgling “Food Forest” of over a dozen young fruit trees and several highly fertile beds producing massive amounts of salad greens, potatoes, vegetables and herbs for me and my friends and neighbors!

 

This is one of my actual Lettuce Beds!

This is one of my actual Lettuce Beds!

Adina and Lucie Burke also of FRL have offered to give an informal talk and share their insights on the Future of Urban Permaculture and the mission of Florida Regenerative Landscapes, perhaps it will turn into an open discussion.  And afterwards I’ll happily give garden tours and answer any questions that anyone has… 

I invite you all to come and see as well as TASTE the benefits of an Edible Landscape!  Of course my contribution to this Pot Luck will be a massive spring mix salad … all grown onsite!

Please join us in the Garden on:

When: Saturday February 22 from 3:00pm ’til 7:00pm…
Where: 244 14th Street SW, Vero Beach, Florida 32962 (Click here for directions from US1 & Oslo Road)
Bring: Yourself, a friend and a healthy dish to share. Optionally: Bring a chair, we have some but maybe not enough
RSVP: Please reply to markstanl@aol.com or call me directly at:
Call: Mark 772-559-9953 for any questions
Please: Share this email with your friends, The more the merrier!

If you have any healthy/sustainable arts or talents that you would like to share with a nice group of people please contact me via return email or feel free to call me and perhaps we can offer a venue for your expression…

 

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John P. Milton Coming to Kashi

Friday April 4, through Sunday April 6, 2014John P. Milton

Update: Dr. Doug shared this TV Trailer entitled:  “Way Of Nature - A Modern Shamanic Rite of Passage with John P. Milton”.  The video provides a glimpse of John Milton and a taste of his incredible work.  We have a rare opportunity to learn from a living Master that I’m not going to pass up and I hope to see you there!  Don’t forget that Friday Night is Open to the Public!

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John P. Milton, 75, is a pioneering ecologist, spiritual teacher, meditation master, vision quest leader and shaman.  Over the years he has guided thousands of people into the wilderness through www.sacredpassage.com.

John is also a respected Master of Qi Gong & T’ai Chi and will be teaching a Weekend Course at Kashi Ashram entitled “Healing the Split”.  In the course of this weekend participants will learn and deepen meditation practices, Qi Gong, T’ai Chi and other relaxation and spiritual cultivation techniques.

“Dr. Doug” Canterbury-Counts Ph.D. is facilitating the event and has invited us all to meet John at Kashi on Friday evening at 6:30pm!  Anyone interested should RSVP by telephone to the Kashi office 772-589-1403… Please note that while John’s lessons are free a donation to Kashi for satsang is very much appreciated.

 Click here for details about class Schedule & Accommodations! 

Hope to see ya’ll there!

 

 

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Very Cool Greenhouse and Indoor Aquaponic Systems…

Check out this awesome video:

 

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News Update from Sustainable Kashi

12 Day Permaculture Design Course

Exciting PDC Update!

The instructors this year have decided to make all day Saturday open to the public free of charge!  This is an excellent opportunity for anyone who is interested in permaculture to be part of the first day of a 12 day certification course!

The lessons are divided into three blocks:

  1. Intro to Permaculture
  2. Where we are as a planet and why we need it
  3. Ethics and Principals


The free class begins at 9:00 am & they ask folks to arrive by 8:45, Saturday March 22 to get signed in.  Please go to the main gate and follow the event signs to the studio at the back of the property.


Soo Se has invited us to join the class for a vegetarian lunch for only $10.  Please RSVP to soose@sustainablekashi.com if you plan to attend or have any additional questions.

Saturday March 22, thru Wednesday April 2, 2014

Last year several of our friends graduated from the first Permaculture Design Course (PDC) offered by Sustainable Kashi and found it to be exceptional!  In fasustainable Kashict our very own Adina Lehrman and Lucie Burke graduated and went on to use their knowledge to form Florida Regenerative Landscapes, a Florida Permaculture Company to help home & business owners create sustainable, edible landscapes.

This 12 Days of Learning How to Integrate Energy, Water, Food Production & Shelter will be lead by Marcus (Déva) Thomson, founder and lead teacher with Permaculture Miami and Richard Powell, founder of the Orlando Center for Urban Permaculture.  Both are well known and respected contributors to the Permaculture Community and should make for an incredible learning experience.

Like last year Sustainable Kashi is offering 1 & 2-day PDC intensives for $120 & $225 respectively.  The Course Syllabus has several 1 & 2-day topics that look very interesting.  Click here: http://www.sustainablekashi.com/permaculture/pdc/ for more information…

Also like last year the class is open to the public for the first half of the ENTIRE opening day free of charge!  Soo Se has invited us to join the class for a vegetarian lunch afterwards for only $10.  Please RSVP to soose@sustainablekashi.com if you plan to attend or have any additional questions.

Upcoming Pot Luck at Kashi!

Sunday April 6 from 3:00pm ’til 7:00pm

Mark your calendars for another Permaculture Themed Pot Luck only this time we will meet at the Kashi Ashram in Roseland (near Sebastian).  This pot luck will be held just a few days after the Permaculture Design Course has completed and will feature a tour and a talk about the Permaculture projects and goals of Sustainable Kashi…

I will provide more details in our next NEWZletter so don’t touch that dial!

 

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December Holidaze Pot-Luck & Thank You’s

Holidaze Blessings & Many Thanks!

What a wonderful gift of community we created when we shared our presence with each other over the holidays!  For everyone who came, and those who wanted to but couldn’t; I am grateful!  I am also grateful for the many new people that continually join these gatherings!  Thank you all for adding your personal magic to the 2nd annual Holidaze Party in the Garden! 

Not only were we blessed with great group of people and excellent food we all enjoyed a fabulous performance by nationally known comedian/magician Steve Hart!  He was very engaging and enlisted Mike’s son Sevrin who had fun assisting him in performing the ol’ brass ring trick…  One of the funniest moments for me was when setting up for an illusion Steve said knowingly, “everyone here drinks milk, right?” and was met with a deafening silence from us non-dairy folks followed by a deafening roar of laughter!!!  LOL

The magic extended beyond the magician right into our guest list!  Once again the culinary talents in our group maintained its high standard of deliciousness and creativity from Karen’s Raw/Vegan delights through Dennis’ fresh baked bread to Niki’s famous squash soup and everything in between!  Thanks to everyone for sharing your talents with our group!

I want to add a very special thanks to Larry Zimmerman who brought a very large bag of Black Sapote’ from his garden and gave an interesting ad hoc talk about this delicious “chocolate pudding” like fruit and discussed how to know when it is ripe and how to prepare it to eat.  He also shared his famous Star Fruit Kombucha on our banquet table!

More thanks are due Florence and her friend (whose name escapes me) who left several pounds of organic potatoes and beets for us to share!  This is an edible gift that will keep on giving as I sprouted some of the leftover potatoes and they are now growing in the garden!

Last but not least I want to thank Niki Lane & Steve Burritt for sticking around and helping to clean up!  It is such a gift to have my home 90% back together when I wake up in the morning after hosting some 30-45+ guests here…  Many Thanks to you guys and to all those who have helped in the past!

Saturday December 28, 2013 from 3:00pm ‘til …

 

Season’s Greetings Friends! 

Please join us for the 2nd Annual MarkSproutsAlot Holidaze Party!  With the holidays upon us we’ve decided to hold this annual celebration on the Saturday AFTER the Daze of the Commercialized Season has ended! This way we can relax and enjoy the final 2013 Pot Luck together with the pressures of finishing our shopping lists and fulfilling related family & other social obligations safely behind us…

SteveHartThis month we have a very special guest; nationally known comedian/magician Steve Hart is taking center stage at our pot luck! Steve is also known as the “Motivational Magician” as he is also a respected Motivational Speaker/Program Leader as well as Life Coach. I’ve had the pleasure of watching Steve perform several times over the last year and I always find him & his magic engaging and entertaining! Steve will help us unwind from the Holidaze with much needed comic relief!  Learn more about Steve & his talents  at www.SteveHartSpeaks.com

Please join us, bring a friend & your favorite dish, ideally something healthy that you made to share on the smorgasbord. Also if you have a musical instrument or other talent that you would like to share with us please do! I am happy to provide garden tours and light the fire pit after it gets dark!

Please join us in the Garden on:

When: Saturday December 28, 2013 from 3:00 ’til whenever…
Where: 244 14th Street SW, Vero Beach, Florida 32962 (Click here for directions from US1 & Oslo Road)
Bring: Yourself, a friend and a healthy dish to share. Optionally: Bring a chair, we have some but maybe not enough
RSVP: Please reply to markstanl@aol.com or call me directly at:
Call: Mark 772-559-9953 for any questions
Please: Share this email with your friends, The more the merrier!

If you have any healthy/sustainable arts or talents that you would like to share with a nice group of people please contact me via return email or feel free to call me and perhaps we can offer a venue for your expression…

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November Edible Garden Tour & Pot Luck!

Thank You Larry Zimmerman!

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Larry Zimmerman for opening his Home and Garden to our November Pot Luck. Larry gave us an insightful tour & enthusiastically participated in the resulting Q&A about his extremely successful and productive Urban Fruit Forest!  I’m amazed at how this property blends in so well with the HOA neighbor’s ornamental landscapes while producing delicious fruit rewards…

We all got to sample Dragon Fruit, Pomegranate and an amazing Starfruit Kombucha from his garden despite this being a slow time for ripe fruit availability!

Larry, thank you again for hosting this and sharing your extensive knowledge & passion for cultivating rare fruit and urban gardening with our group!  And thanks again to all of you who have come, do come or will come to one of our Community Pot Lucks!  I am grateful to you all!

Originally Posted on November 13, 2013

Pot Luck Sunday November 17 from 3 to 6:30pm!

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Photo Courtesy of the Miami Rare Fruit Council International

We have a very special event planned this month in our friend Larry Zimmerman’s Urban Fruit Forest!   Many of you may know Larry from his Pot Luck visits bearing exotic fruits like Barbados Cherries & Dragon Fruit that he grew himself!  What is very interesting about Larry’s garden is that it is in an HOA community and he has managed to maintain the deed restricted yard while replacing nearly every ornamental plant on his property with a fruit bearing tree!  A delicious inspiration to anyone and especially for those who also live under HOA rules…

Larry belongs to four area Rare Fruit Councils and is a master at growing beautiful fruit!  He has graciously opened his home and garden to our gathering and is planning to offer a tour of this amazing property.  I’m sure that the Pot Luck conversation will be very interesting to anyone who wishes to learn more about growing their own fruit trees!

Parking: Larry asks  that we parallel park along street to the north & east or park perpendicular to street in the empty lot just south of his home and of course if you have any physical challenges feel free to park in the driveway.  See ya’ll there!

Please join us this Sunday (November 17) from 3 until 6:30pm and bring your favorite healthy Pot Luck Dish:

When: Sunday, November 17, 2013 from 3:00 – 6:30pm
Where: 535 35th Ave SW, Vero Beach, Florida 32968 (Click here for directions from US1 & Oslo Road)
Bring: Yourself, a friend and a healthy dish to share. Optionally: Bring a chair, we have some but maybe not enough
RSVP: Please reply to markstanl@aol.com or call me directly at:
Call: Mark 772-559-9953 or Larry 772-226-0557 for any questions
Please: Share this email with your friends, The more the merrier!

The 2nd Annual Holidaze Party is right around the corner….  Stay tuned for more information!

If you have any healthy/sustainable arts or talents that you would like to share with a nice group of people please contact me via return email or feel free to call me and perhaps we can offer a venue for your expression…

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Thank You for the Best Birthday Party Ever!

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P.S. Special thanks to Steve for bringing the Fro Gro

I want to thank everyone who came and everyone who wanted to but couldn’t come to help me celebrate my 52nd Birthday!   I have to say that without a doubt it was the best 52nd Birthday Party I’ve ever had and I was

totally surprised!  The day was full; perfect weather, OUTSTANDING FOOD!, and a day full of magic and fun with my dear friends!

I Love You All!

Mark

 

 

 

 Originally Published on September 17, 2013:

September Surprise Birthday & Pot Luck

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Saturday September 21 from 3 to 8pm

This month’s Pot Luck is going to be a little different than most.  First of all it is going to be a surprise birthday party and secondly we are not going to have a guest speaker per se … We never know, that just might just be the surprise of this birthday!  We may indeed live in the ‘opposite world’ as the guests will be the surprised party at this gathering!

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I asked that the presents you bring be your favorite Pot Luck dish and/or a talent that you wish to share with the community.  I have need of nothing for I am immensely blessed materially with my home and garden & spiritually with so many beautiful friends & family members that YOUR presence here Saturday is the gift that I desire above all else!

 

Please come & join us; help create this Surprise Birthday Party in our community and let’s see what blessings the Universe has in store for us all!

Please join us at my Home/Garden on:

When: Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 3:00 – 8:00pm
Where: 244 14th Street SW, Vero Beach, Florida 32962 (Click here for directions from US1 & Oslo Road)
Bring: Yourself, a friend and a healthy dish to share. Optionally: Bring a chair, we have some but maybe not enough
RSVP: Please reply to markstanl@aol.com or call me directly at:
Call: Mark 772-559-9953 for any questions
Please: Share this email with your friends, The more the merrier!

Stay tuned for more information!

If you have any healthy/sustainable arts or talents that you would like to share with a nice group of people please contact me via return email or feel free to call me and perhaps we can offer a venue for your expression…

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August LOVJuice/Peak Thank Yous!

Thank You LOVJuice/Peak Health Speakers & Guests!

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Last Month’s Pot Luck was held at the LOVJuice Bar & Peak Health & Fitness Studio in downtown Vero Beach!  I want to thank everyone who came to this amazing event!  We had over 40 guests, five fascinating speakers and an amazing smorgasbord of food and delicious LOVJuice for our Pot Luck!

The LOVJuice Bar and Peak Health & Fitness Studio is a brand new business in Vero Beach that is promoting a healthy lifestyle on so many levels; Nutrition, Fitness & Sustainability:peak logo

  • Nutrition:  LOVJuice not only offers delicious fresh, unpasteurized juices but has an ever increasing menu of healthy Organic Vegan Foods as well as being a local supplier of Hero Pops!
  • Fitness: Peak Health & Fitness Studios has many personal & group training options available from Pilates, through Gravity & Gyrotonics ™ and so much more!
  • Sustainability:
    • Florida Regenerative Landscapes is currently developing a Permaculture “Food Forest” on the property by using “no till” soil building techniques, planting of dozens of fruit trees and creating amazingly rich grow beds for annual vegetables making this the first commercial edible landscape in Vero Beach Florida!
    • Funky Buddha Aquaponics has created what I like to call an Aquaponic gazebo that combines aquaculture (fish farming) and hydroponics (growing plants without soil) into a sustainable growing system that is both compact and efficient!

FloridaRegenerativeLogoTrnsprntV2As speakers representing each of the facets of healthy living I would like to personally thank Gina Allen for sharing her awesome dream for LOVJuice’s role in developing a healthy community, Edie Monaghan for giving us her insights into the Fitness opportunities available at Peak, Adina Lehrman & Lucie Burke for sharing the incredible edible gardening vision of Florida Regenerative Landscapes with our group and Patrick Small for his engaging discussion and Q&A on the emerging Aquaponic technologies!

Thank you all as well for taking your time and offering personal tours of your respective projects during the social part of this incredible gathering!

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Local Eagle Scout Takes a Stand for Gardening

Please read and share this important story written by the father of a local High School Senior who is really making a difference in our community…  Anyone who knows me knows that I am very passionate about gardening, food security and the right to grow our own food to ensure that security!

This young man’s garden not only grows food and benefits local disadvantaged people, it also creates a beautiful space in his neighborhood (see the pics below)!  Why on Earth would anyone object to all of these benefits?

Please join us at 9:30am Tuesday August 20, 2013 at the City Council Meeting Downtown Vero Beach to support this young man:

Letter from Dr. Glenn Tremml, MD about his son’s philanthropy:

“If you support: gardening, not-for-profit organizations who help our disadvantaged, or the rights of property owners to use their land within reason, then please support Will by passing this on to those who support such causes…

My wife, Emily Tremml, purchased an empty lot across from our home for investment purposes. My son Will, a rising senior a St. Edward’s School and Eagle Scout, had the idea to grow organic produce and donate it to the those in need. He organized a group of friends to help him in this endeavor. He formed “Intercostal Farms-Feeding the Hungry” as on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/240797866055204/

We are very proud of him for doing this all on his own. Several deliveries of organic produce have already been delivered to the Vero Beach Homeless Family Shelter

An anonymous person named “Joe”, with an Osceola county phone number, filed complaint with the City of Vero Beach. We learned that indeed no use is permitted in residentially zoned areas that are not specifically permitted (golf courses, churches, etc.). Rather than abandoning the cause, Will researched the many community benefits of neighborhood gardens and the many other municipalities that already permit such land use in residential neighborhoods.

Will met with the City Planner, Tim McGarry. The hope was to obtain a “special conditional use permit” for such a clearly positive use of land, but this is not possible. Therefore, Will is going before Vero Beach City Council to propose an additional Conditional Land Use Ordinance for residentially zoned areas for gardening. If you support: gardening, not-for-profit organizations who help our disadvantaged, or the rights of property owners to use their land within reason, then please support Will by passing this on to those who support such causes, contact Vero Beach City Council members, or by attending the City Council Meeting August 20 at 9:30 AM in person. We have support from adjacent property owners and with the addition of community support; hope that this will be an easy and positive addition to our City’s Ordinances.

Which would you rather have in your neighborhood? See attached photo’s of Will’s garden currently (left), not currently covered by City Ordinance, or vacant lot three properties to the south of us, in complete compliance (right)?

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me: Glenn Tremml, MD  772-643-6500 (cell or text) missemm@aol.com or Will Tremml, rising Senior St. Edward’s School, Eagle Scout wtremml@gmail.com 772-643-6750

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