“What if the paradigm transforms from either/or to that and more?” asked Kelli, who identifies as a migratory pollinator doing work in regional economic development. Kelli presented on the first night of the SE Permaculture Convergence, discuss her work with ecological art, intertwining aesthetics with habitat creation for pollinators. Brian Lacy added to the presentation, illuminating different contexts of why pollinators are declining, such as hybridized plants that don’t produce nectar and nerve agents applied to nursery plants. Besides the struggles, Brian shared creative ways to support bees, as well as the complexity of the situation in that there are different species that visit different flowers at different parts of the year.
Friday, March 20 a couple dozen folk gathered together to listen, share, dine, and dream about permaculture and supporting pollinators. After Brian and Kelli’s presentation, participants shared classes they’d like to teach the next day (today) and this is the schedule list:
PRI Room Main space Sanctuary Outdoor kitchen
2 pm Permaculture and City Policy (1 hr) Permaculture and Economic Culture
3 pm Passive House Design and Annual Geothermal Solar (1.5)
4 pm Placemaking for Healthy Communities (4:30 to 5 pm) Facilitator Improvisation Start at 4:30 – onward Hotels for Insects!
5 pm Placemaking strategies for post-disater areas