Education: Full Day Permaculture Workshop @ Heathcote Botanical Gardens

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Education: Full Day Permaculture Workshop @ Heathcote Botanical Gardens

There is a very good opportunity for continued learning for Permaculture enthusiasts. Permaculture Instructor Susana Lein of Salamander Farms in Berea Kentucky is coming to Heathcote Botanical Gardens to present a day long permaculture workshop. I will be assisting her. There will be a classroom presentation and then participants will be able to learn while doing in Heathcote’s No Till Organic Garden where we will set up a new garden location for a corn and bean field for spring planting.
This being a full day workshop there will be a lunch break and an lunch box option provided by S&S Takeout. Here is the press release with all the details you crave to know:

Permaculture in Practice Workshop at Heathcote!

Back by popular demand, permaculture teacher and farmer Susana Lein of Salamander Springs Farm, Berea, KY will return to teach a full day permaculture workshop Saturday, January 21, 9 am-5 pm. at Heathcote Botanical Gardens in Ft. Pierce.
St. Lucie County Master Gardener Adina Lehrman, Vegetable Garden Coordinator at Heathcote, will co-facilitate this workshop, which will include hands-on practicums at Heathcote’s organic vegetable gardens.

Learn to provide your own food and shelter using few outside resources. Susana Lein will teach practical applications of permaculture principles and methods using examples from building her productive organic farm, market business and homestead from scratch – starting with very few financial resources and no existing infrastructure. Learn how to build rich, healthy soil from infertile land without tilling, to recycle local nutrients, energy & resources, to intensively utilize space, to incorporate perennials, season extension, self-sufficient poultry, marketing and processing farm products. The workshop will also include an overview of rainwater catchment, ponds, a gravity-fed spring water system, utilizing solar energy, and natural building with local and salvaged materials.
Adina will offer South Florida specific advice for perennial food crops, local resources for soil building, keeping laying hens clean and healthy in extreme summers, and steps for moving an overly consumptive household toward sustainability.

Registrants will receive educational materials to review before the workshop to facilitate the learning process and question & answer sessions. Participants can use this course as a springboard to create a permaculture network on the Treasure Coast to continue learning by doing and sharing.

A permaculture teacher for many years, Susana Lein began homesteading in the Kentucky Appalachians in 2001 after living 8 years among the Pokomchi people of Guatemala and working in several Latin American countries. Salamander Springs Farm, near Berea, KY, produces a wide range of fresh market crops, grains & dry beans, as well as value-added products (see:; online store:). Starting at the New Alchemy Institute in the mid-1980’s, Lein has studied and taught permaculture in many countries and received her design certificate from Max Lindegger, creator of the Crystal Waters Permaculture Ecovillage in Queensland Australia. See educational slides of Salamander Springs Farm (2001-2011):
Adina Lehrman, St. Lucie County Master Gardener, natural no-till gardener, founding member of The Compost Gardener, an organic garden consulting business; author of the blog; Volunteer Coordinator for Heathcote’s no-till organic gardens, creator & presenter of Heathcote’s 9 class series: A Year In The Organic Garden.

Registration is $45 for Heathcote members and $50 for non-members. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. An optional vegetarian lunch, delivered to Heathcote by S&S Takeout, a local and sustainable Fort Pierce restaurant, for $9, must be reserved with pre-registration. To register call 772-464-4672, email, or visit Heathcote Botanical Gardens 210 Savannah Road Fort Pierce, Florida 34950.


4 Responses

  1. Sara says:

    Fascinating–wish I could be there!!

  2. A great opportunity.

  3. bicyclemamy says:

    So, where do I begin? I don’t like to write, so keep all the grammar errors I make to yourself!
    Today was my very first permaculture course. I am so exited I feel like crying for joy! It was chock full of information and the hands on practicum reference the “layer cake, no till garden” was just what I needed to start the garden at my aunt’s restaurant tomorrow.There was a guy in the class who at first I thought, “geeze already, shut up”! However, after speaking with him later, I realized it was his way of expressing exactly what I felt. It was so good to be in an environment of like minded people who are going about being Stuarts and teachers (even though the may not realize it) of the earth, that he just wanted to share, because “regular” people get tired of his excitement on this subject matter. Brother, me too!!!! Thanks Adina and Susana for sharing such an important part of your soul.


  4. Adina says:

    Thanks for your lovely message F. It was so good to meet you and the others at the workshop. I agree it is good to be in the company of so many like minded people. Good luck at your Aunt’s restaurant garden, and with your work in the community gardens and at the school. You are a light, and a beacon therefore for those who are searching.

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