New patterns are emerging in the work we do here at Great Basin Permaculture. Starting in fall 2016, Marissa Gates and I (Jessica Penrod) have started Wild Things Nature School for families in the Las Vegas Valley. We started it to fill a need. Our need of raising little children, wanting to spend more time exploring our beautiful desert, and finding other families that want to do the same. I believe this has been the most successful project Great Basin Permaculture has put together. We have a group of founding families that have been there from the start and are willing to support us as we grow. Each season we find new families and discover how much bigger our neighborhood can feel. In the coming year, we will be working on establishing an educational co-op starting with preschool aged children. We will begin with a “site analysis” by surveying our families and beyond about their educational and childcare needs. If you or someone you know would be interested, visit our website at www.wildthingsnatureschool.org and contact Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lucky Season Seed Library started the year off with a “Drive-Thru Wedding” themed open house. Available for check out were 10 seeds from the flowers suit along with information about native pollinators and how to welcome them into to your garden. This was an exciting event for us because we were able to share our specially designed playing cards. They are complete with planting and harvesting information. We now have playing cards for each seed and offer face cards for completing small tasks like submitting a recipe, sharing a picture, or telling a seed story. This year we will be focusing on pollinators and will offer speakers or DIY workshops at each open house. Our next open house will feature seeds from the fruit suit and guest speaker, Doyle Wayman, from the Southern Nevada Milkweed Project, on March 20 from 5:30-7:30 at Green Valley Library.
Last year, we received a grant from the LUSH Charity Pot fund. I am grateful to LUSH for believing in our vision and to the volunteers that spent many hours writing the grant proposal. This grant is helping us fund the Lucky Season Seed Library programs and has also given us the opportunity to purchase our own hammermill. We have always had a secret (or maybe not-so) love for mesquite trees. There is a time of year in Southern Nevada where food falls from the sky and is laying around ready to eat. This year, we will be prepared with the tools to harvest that bounty and share with our neighbors. If you too are a fan of free food and would like to harvest or mill mesquite pods with us this year, be sure to find us on Facebook and follow us.
Here’s to a new year, new end and new beginning!