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Annual Report 2011

Annual Report 2011

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Annual Report 2011
Permacultivate is an educational non-profitorganization that facilitates the growth of regenerative, resilient human environmentsand healthy, productive communities throughpermaculture education, demonstration, andconsultation initiatives.
A Message from thePresident:
Permacultivate’s inaugural year took a lot of hard work, long hours, andextreme dedication from all who were involved, but especially from its threecore team members. From left: Brian Twyman, Outreach Director, EronLloyd, Managing Director, and Alexis Campbell, Director of Operations.
Meet the 2011 Board:
EronLloydBrianTwymanAlexisCampbellNeilBrantleyBoard President, Managing Director,Certified Permaculture Designer Board Secretary, Outreach Director Board Vice President, OperationsDirector, Certified PermacultureDesigner Urban Farmer extraordinaire,specializing in urban food security
The Permacultivate Team
SarahJacobson2011 marked the first year of operation for Permacultivate, but our efforts brought together the wealth of existing talent, experience, andideas of our founding members, formed from years of individual effortto make the City of Reading a better place to live.We hit the ground running, too, holding our first public event onlyweeks after incorporating and celebrating the call to communityservice on Martin Luther King, Jr. day. Our mission is to createregenerative and resilient human environments, and we will need asmany volunteers as possible to help in this effort.We began with an ambitious plan to produce real and visible changein the community, and identified resources that would help us have animpact. One of the first things we sought out was some land to begincultivating, a place where we could test out ideas, teach them toothers if they worked, and assemble the means necessary to spreadthem on a larger scale. We found our grounds in City Park and on
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PhD Candidate in Sociology, with afocus on urban sustainability.
 
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Our First Year 
2011 Year in Review, including Organizational Milestones, NewsCoverage, and Community Partnerships
January
 
Permacultivate wasofficially incorporated as aPennsylvania nonprofitcorporation
 
 
Held the“I Have a Seed”volunteer eventfor theMartin Luther King Day of Service in the City Park Greenhouse
March
 
Acquired a Memorandumof Understanding (MOU)with the City of Readingfor use of the City Park Greenhouse
 
Completed theASEMagnet SchoolAquaponics LearningCenter and conducted aseries of three 6th gradeassemblies on relatedecological topics
April
 
Assisted with theplantingand hanging of the pole basketsfor Penn Street
May
 
Established the ReadingRoots Urban Farm project to research anddemonstrate sustainableagriculture practices andoffer local food to thesurrounding community
June
 
Completion of first privateconsultation project – anedible front yard designincluding an herb spiral.
 
Joined the PennStreet Farmer’s Market inDowntown Reading.
July
 
Provided workshops tocommunity members onsustainable urbangardening practices andcomposting, in partnershipwith the Berks CountyConservancy.
 
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Canal Street, where thanks to strong support from the City of Reading andReading Redevelopment Authority, we acquired the space to begin our ReadingRoots Urban Farm and Learning Center.In addition to physical space, we also sought out community partners that sharedour vision for a sustainable city and were also working for lasting change. With thehelp and support of our partners, including the Berks Agricultural ResourceNetwork, Berks County Conservancy, City of Reading, Reading School District,Reading Redevelopment Authority, and more, we were able to accomplish somuch more than we could on our own, just as our founding partners recognized in joining together as Permacultivate.These accomplishments, even for our first year, are too numerous to list here. Our team and volunteers did a fantastic job, and our success is a direct result of your energy and commitment. Much of the work (like installing over ten tons of gravel)in our greenhouse operation, for example, was done in the middle of the night lastSummer as it was too hot to do anything during the day!Our first year has given us momentum to go forward beyond what any of us couldhave predicted. We look forward to expanding our services to more fully addressour mission, continuing to work with the incredible people who have supportedour efforts, and to helping to make our community one that is healthy and ready totake on the challenges of the future.
 
Highlight on Aquaponics
Permacultivate is one of the few organizationsin the region operating large-scale aquaponicssystems. A perfect closed-loop system,aquaponics combines hydroponics (growingplants in water) with aquaculture (fish breeding). The fish waste fertilizes the plants,which then send clean water back to the fish.The Permacultivate systems feature 4,000gallons of water and 10 tons of river rock!
August
 
Completion of aquaponicssystems in the City Park Greenhouse
September 
 
Lease for the Canal StreetFarm Site acquiredfromthe ReadingRedevelopment Authorityacquired.
October 
 
Held thegroundbreakingceremony for ReadingRoot’s Canal Street farmsitewith a large group of volunteers and publicofficials.
 
Completed theReadingHigh School ConservationCourtyardproject, funded by the J. C. Erlichcompany
 
Organizational
 
Affiliations
 
Berks Agricultural Resource Network (fiscal sponsor)
 
Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture
 
Sustainable Berks Business Network 
 
Eastern PA Permaculture Guild
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