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    • Sat, April 26, 2014
    • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 7525 E Grayhawk Dr Scottsdale 85255
    • Sat, April 26, 2014
    • 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
    • Tempe Transportation Center - Side B, Don Cassano Community Room
    • 9

    Instructor: Kaesha Neil 

    Concerned about that long list of unpronounceables on that lotion container at the drugstore? Do you want to have greater control of what products you consume? Do you want to buy less and spend less? Do you just want a fun and crafty project to make for yourself or give as a gift? This class will cover how to make a basic lotion and how to modify the recipe for multiple applications.  At the end of this workshop, you will be able to take a sample home with you, scented or unscented (Instructor will provide a variety of fragrances and give you info on other scent options). You will also learn enough about the lotion-making process to modify the basic recipe to create sunscreen, herbal lotions with medicinal properties, or make a great-smelling gift!


    The lotion created in class uses plant-based oil and beeswax. The instructor will share a recipe for lotion using no animal products.

    Class price includes a $2 materials fee.


    About the Instructor:
    Kaesha Neil is an urban ecologist and teacher with a B.S. in Biology and Ph.D. in Plant Biology. She continually strives for greater self-sufficiency in her urban homestead and maintains a home orchard, vegetable garden and pasture. In addition to extending her harvest through food preservation methods, she explores textile methods and other DIY pursuits. In addition to teaching at the college level, Kaesha has been one of VPA's PDC instructors.


    Class price:

    1 Adult $15 prepaid/$18 at the door
    Attend with a Friend: 2 Adults $25 prepaid or $30 at the door.

    Children ages 14 and under are free. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

    How to Pay in Advance:

    After you register for this class, you will be directed to a page that will allow you to pay online. The online option will direct you to PayPal. If you would prefer to pay via credit card, select the "check out as a guest" option from that page. Other options:  pay over the phone: 602-535-4635 ext 105, or pay by check via mail or in person. If you have any questions, please call or email us.


    About the location:

    The Tempe Transportation Center is located at 200 E. Fifth Street (big glass building on the north side of street across from Forest Ave) at the base of A-Mountain near ASU, right at the 5th and Stadium stop for the light trail. Map: http://goo.gl/maps/Q71Oi 

    The class will be on the second floor in the Don Cassano Community Room. Take the elevator to the second floor and the room is right there. 


    Parking is available directly across 5th Street in a covered garage. It's free after 6pm! Or be green and take the light rail. 

    Not only is this event conveniently located right next to the Stadium stop  of the light rail, it's convenient to the many shops and restaurants in downtown Tempe. Arrive early or stay late and enjoy what the area has to offer.

    This building is also conveniently located near ASU. Did you know the entire Tempe campus is an arboretum? Click here for maps and more info: 
    https://cfo.asu.edu/fdm-arboretum to turn the whole day into a green exploration!


    VPA Ambassador Categories: 


    • Sat, May 03, 2014
    • South Mountain Community College, 7050 S 24th St, Phoenix, AZ 85042
    • Tue, May 06, 2014
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • VPA Office (5151 N 19th Ave. Ste. 200 Phoenix, AZ 85015)

    Volunteering is the essence of permaculture!


    ...by returning your surplus time and energy, you can help others to better care for Earth and care for people!

    Volunteers have been the heart and soul of VPA since its inception and continue to be instrumental in all we do, from stuffing packets to conducting marketing for Tour de Coops, and from sorting seeds to operating the Mesquite Hammer Mill. And there is lots to be done.

    I invite you all to come, share, and partake in the possibilities that volunteering with us can bring:
    • Learn or develop a new skill
    • Be a part of your community
    • Engage in new interests & hobbies
    • Meet new & like-minded people
    • Experience a powerful sense of achievement
    • Boost your career options
    This event is perfect for you if you're a newcomer to VPA or Volunteering, or if you feel like you're a seasoned professional but are looking for where your skills overlap with our organizational needs. 

    Questions? Feel free to email Kate, VPA Volunteer Manager.
    • Thu, May 08, 2014
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Phoenix Center for the Arts 1202 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

    Instructor: Rachel Bess

    Would you like delicious fresh eggs every day from your very own chickens? Rachel will show you how easy it is to keep laying hens in your backyard year round, even in the city!

    Chickens make great pets, efficient bug and weed eaters and excellent soil tillers, not to mention that they provide us with wonderful fresh eggs! Learn everything you want to know about how to raise chickens in your backyard. It's easy, fun and very rewarding!


    Class price:

    1 Adult $15 prepaid/$18 at the door
    Attend with a Friend: 2 Adults $25 prepaid or $30 at the door.

    Children ages 14 and under are free. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

    After you register for this class, you will receive an invoice. There will be a link in the invoice so you can pay in advance via PayPal. Other options:  pay over the phone: 602-535-4635 ext 105, or pay by check via mail or in person. If you have any questions, please call or email


    Payments at the door may be made via cash or check.


    About the location:

    Phoenix Center for the Arts is a new class location for VPA and we think you're going to like it! PCA is conveniently located near the I-10. It is a short walk from Roosevelt Row and on the southeast side of Margaret T. Hance Park. There is plenty of free parking.The parking lot and the entrance are on the north side of the building.   Map: http://goo.gl/maps/A2vAK 


    • Sat, May 10, 2014
    • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Skysong, 1475 N Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85257
    • Sat, May 10, 2014
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Wilson St. Community Garden; 1013 S Wilson St Tempe Az 85281 (10th St. and Wilson)
    • 15

    Instructor: Diane Nickle, the Garden Guru

     
    This class is an opportunity for kids and the grown-ups who love them to play in the dirt together while getting a basic understanding of some important growing stuff like what makes a good soil for plants and what kind of water, light, and drainage a plant needs to be healthy. You will also learn how to collect and save seeds from your plant to start new plants later!

    We will be using wonderful marigolds for this workshop. Did you know that there are different types of marigolds? Some are edible. Some are good for keeping bugs out of your garden. All of them are beautiful!

    For this class you will need:

    A team of at least one grown-up and one kid

    A sneaker to plant in (grown-up sized sneakers preferred)

    Remember to:

    Dress for the weather and for working outdoors

    Bring drinking water

    Unfortunately, there are NO BATHROOMS at Wilson Street Community Garden so please be prepared for that!


    Class price:

    1 Adult and Kid Team $15 prepaid/$18 at the door
    Price includes $3 materials fee for one shoe garden
    Please purchase additional $3 materials fees for each additional shoe garden you would like to make.

    Limit 3 kids per each team.  


    After you register for this class, you will receive an invoice. There will be a link in the invoice so you can pay in advance via PayPal. Other options:  pay over the phone: 602-535-4635 ext 105, or pay by check via mail or in person. If you have any questions, please call or email


    Payments at the door may be made via cash or check.

    The class will be held outdoors in the Wilson Street Community Garden.  Bring water and dress appropriately for the weather and walking on dirt/uneven surfaces. Bathroom facilities are not available.


    VPA Ambassador Categories: Land, Extra

    • Sat, May 17, 2014
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Private Residence; 3111 E. Dahlia Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85032
    • 14

    Instructor: Kari Spencer
    Curious about raising backyard dairy goats? Here’s your chance to get up-close with the Nigerian mini dairy goats of The Micro Farm Project and learn the basics of keeping a small herd of your own. The attendees will have lots of opportunities for hands-on time with Kari's friendly goats!

     

    Topics covered:

    - Choosing the perfect goats (best breeds and how/where to purchase)

    - Housing and fencing

    - Feeding

    - Basic medical care & hoof trimming (demonstration)

    - Common goat challenges

    -Breeding, freshening and kidding

    - All about the milk, and milking demonstration (this is your opportunity to give it a try!)

    -Sanitation; managing and leveraging goat waste

    - Financial considerations (initial investment and ongoing costs)

    - Livestock permitting and association registration

    -What to do with the milk (besides drinking it, of course!)

     

    The content of the class will be geared toward the needs of the participants, so bring your questions!

    This will be an outdoor class on unpaved surfaces. Please dress for the weather and bring water. 

    About the Instructor:
    Kari Spencer is a Master Gardener who operates The Micro Farm with her family. She teaches in the Urban Farming department at South West Institute for Healing Arts and is a graduate of the Master Farmer Program through the Maricopa County Cooperative Extension.


    About the Location: 
    The Micro Farm Project is a beautiful place where veggies, fruit, and herbs grow and small livestock animals provide fun and food. A tiny farm on an urban lot, The Micro Farm Project is the Spencer family's ongoing experiment in becoming as self-sufficient as possible, naturally and sustainably. The property sits on less than 1/3 of an acre, yet it is home to 5 gardens (including a front-yard vegetable garden,) chickens, Coturnix quail, heritage turkeys, dairy goats, a pet rabbit and even some sheep! 


    Class price:

    1 Adult $15 prepaid/$18 at the door
    Attend with a Friend: 2 Adults $25 prepaid or $30 at the door.

    Children ages 14 and under are free. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

    How to Pay in Advance:

    After you register for this class, you will be directed to a page that will allow you to pay online. The online option will direct you to PayPal. If you would prefer to pay via credit card, select the "check out as a guest" option from that page. Other options:  pay over the phone: 602-535-4635 ext 105, or pay by check via mail or in person. If you have any questions, please call or email us.

    How to Pay at the Door:

    You may pay at the door via cash or check.

    • Mon, May 19, 2014
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Asbury United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 1601 W Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85015
    • 18

    Instructor: Pam Perry 

    The vegetable garden isn't just a sleepy little patch of green. It's a wild and vital place filled with birth and death, growth and decline, victory and defeat! Join lifelong gardener and garden lover Pam Perry on an educational journey that will inspire you to be more adventurous, successful and joyful in your own gardening pursuits.


    Class price:

    1 Adult $15 prepaid/$18 at the door
    Attend with a Friend: 2 Adults $25 prepaid or $30 at the door.

    Children ages 14 and under are free. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

    After you register for this class, you will receive an invoice. There will be a link in the invoice so you can pay in advance via PayPal. Other options:  pay over the phone: 602-535-4635 ext 100 or ext 105, or pay by check via mail or in person. If you have any questions, please call or email


    Payments at the door may be made via cash or check.


    About the Instructor: Pam Perry grew up gardening in Vermont, and  is a graduate of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Vermont. She is a certified Cooperative Extension Master Gardener in three states, including ours. She was a grower and design consultant at a Colorado nursery where her focus was in herbaceous perennials. In California, Pam was the grower for Morningsun Herb Farm.  Moving to Phoenix, for several years she was  the garden designer for  a 4 diamond resort.  Pam is current president of the Arizona Herb Association and  has actively participated in care of the demonstration gardens at  Maricopa County Cooperative Extension office. 


    About the location:

    The Tempe Transportation Center is located at 200 E. Fifth Street (big glass building on the north side of street across from Forest Ave) at the base of A-Mountain near ASU, right at the 5th and Stadium stop for the light trail. Map: http://goo.gl/maps/Q71Oi 

    The class will be on the second floor in the Don Cassano Community Room. Take the elevator to the second floor and the room is right there. 


    Parking is available directly across 5th Street in a covered garage. It's free after 6pm! Or be green and take the light rail. 

    Not only is this event conveniently located right next to the Stadium stop  of the light rail, it's convenient to the many shops and restaurants in downtown Tempe. Arrive early or stay late and enjoy what the area has to offer.

    This building is also conveniently located near ASU. Did you know the entire Tempe campus is an arboretum? Click here for maps and more info: 
    https://cfo.asu.edu/fdm-arboretum to turn the whole day into a green exploration!




    • Thu, May 22, 2014
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Tempe Transportation Center - Side A, Don Cassano Community Room
    • 18

    Instructor: Pam Perry 

    Beans are great plants in desert gardens and landscapes for so very many reasons. We can find varieties to plant and harvest
    any season in a vegetable garden.  This class will cover not only varieties but the unique adaptations of bean plants which enhance success in our gardening adventures!

    A great example of "stacking functions" and sustainability, some members of the bean tribe can serve many purposes:  shade, attractive and edible landscaping for desert adapted gardens, and a source of food and habitat in native and wildlife supporting gardens. And, of course, beans are tasty and nutritious human food a
    ll seasons of the year.  Come explore why beans are great plants for all desert gardens; review the seasonality and diversity of bean crops in vegetable gardens, and learn which ones are good alternatives for our landscapes.


    Class price:

    1 Adult $15 prepaid/$18 at the door
    Attend with a Friend: 2 Adults $25 prepaid or $30 at the door.

    Children ages 14 and under are free. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

    After you register for this class, you will receive an invoice. There will be a link in the invoice so you can pay in advance via PayPal. Other options:  pay over the phone: 602-535-4635 ext 100 or ext 105, or pay by check via mail or in person. If you have any questions, please call or email


    Payments at the door may be made via cash or check.


    About the Instructor: Pam Perry grew up gardening in Vermont, and  is a graduate of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Vermont. She is a certified Cooperative Extension Master Gardener in three states, including ours. She was a grower and design consultant at a Colorado nursery where her focus was in herbaceous perennials. In California, Pam was the grower for Morningsun Herb Farm.  Moving to Phoenix, for several years she was  the garden designer for  a 4 diamond resort.  Pam is current president of the Arizona Herb Association and  has actively participated in care of the demonstration gardens at  Maricopa County Cooperative Extension office. 


    About the location:

    The Tempe Transportation Center is located at 200 E. Fifth Street (big glass building on the north side of street across from Forest Ave) at the base of A-Mountain near ASU, right at the 5th and Stadium stop for the light trail. Map: http://goo.gl/maps/Q71Oi 

    The class will be on the second floor in the Don Cassano Community Room. Take the elevator to the second floor and the room is right there. 


    Parking is available directly across 5th Street in a covered garage. It's free after 6pm! Or be green and take the light rail. 

    Not only is this event conveniently located right next to the Stadium stop  of the light rail, it's convenient to the many shops and restaurants in downtown Tempe. Arrive early or stay late and enjoy what the area has to offer.

    This building is also conveniently located near ASU. Did you know the entire Tempe campus is an arboretum? Click here for maps and more info: 
    https://cfo.asu.edu/fdm-arboretum to turn the whole day into a green exploration!




    • Sat, May 31, 2014
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Tempe Transportation Center - Side B, Don Cassano Community Room
    • 21

    Instructor: Sheri Schmeckpeper

     
    Water gardens in the desert? Plants grown without soil? How is this possible?  It's aquaponics! In this class you'll explore what it takes to create and maintain an aquaponics system in your own backyard:

    • The different types and components of AP systems
    • The various media used to support plants
    • Fish options
    • The process of nitrification
    • The challenges of maintaining an AP system in the Valley

    Discover the the benefits of growing a thriving, sustainable aquaponics system.


    Class price:

    1 Adult $15 prepaid/$18 at the door
    Attend with a Friend: 2 Adults $25 prepaid or $30 at the door.

    Children ages 14 and under are free. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

    After you register for this class, you will receive an invoice. There will be a link in the invoice so you can pay in advance via PayPal. Other options:  pay over the phone: 602-535-4635 ext 105, or pay by check via mail or in person. If you have any questions, please call or email


    Payments at the door may be made via cash or check.

    About the location:

    The Tempe Transportation Center is located at 200 E. Fifth Street (big glass building on the north side of street across from Forest Ave) at the base of A-Mountain near ASU, right at the 5th and Stadium stop for the light trail. Map: http://goo.gl/maps/Q71Oi 

    The class will be on the second floor in the Don Cassano Community Room. Take the elevator to the second floor and the room is right there. 


    Parking is available directly across 5th Street in a covered garage. It's free after 6pm! Or be green and take the light rail. 

    Not only is this event conveniently located right next to the Stadium stop  of the light rail, it's convenient to the many shops and restaurants in downtown Tempe. Arrive early or stay late and enjoy what the area has to offer.

    This building is also conveniently located near ASU. Did you know the entire Tempe campus is an arboretum? Click here for maps and more info: 
    https://cfo.asu.edu/fdm-arboretum to turn the whole day into a green exploration!




    • Sat, June 21, 2014
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Tempe Transportation Center - Side B, Don Cassano Community Room
    • 18

    Instructor: Kaesha Neil 

    NEW DATE: THIS CLASS HAS BEEN MOVED TO JUNE 21

    Continuing an exploration into 
    traditional food preservation methods, this class will cover dehydration (but with the help of some newfangled machines) and salt.  When the produce in your garden or your CSA box is more than you can use right away, it's helpful to know a few preservation tricks like the ones covered in this class. Kaesha
     will cover basic preservation methods including leathers, stock, preserved lemons, cured olives and more, plus lots of ideas on how to use these food items--don't let pizza with sun-dried tomatoes be the full extent of your repertoire!


    About the Instructor:
    Kaesha Neil is an urban ecologist and teacher with a B.S. in Biology and Ph.D. in Plant Biology. She continually strives for greater self-sufficiency in her urban homestead and maintains a home orchard, vegetable garden and pasture. In addition to extending her harvest through food preservation methods, she explores textile methods and other DIY pursuits. In addition to teaching at the college level, Kaesha has been one of VPA's PDC instructors.


    Class price:

    1 Adult $15 prepaid/$18 at the door
    Attend with a Friend: 2 Adults $25 prepaid or $30 at the door.

    Children ages 14 and under are free. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

    How to Pay in Advance:

    After you register for this class, you will be directed to a page that will allow you to pay online. The online option will direct you to PayPal. If you would prefer to pay via credit card, select the "check out as a guest" option from that page. Other options:  pay over the phone: 602-535-4635 ext 105, or pay by check via mail or in person. If you have any questions, please call or email us.


    About the location:

    The Tempe Transportation Center is located at 200 E. Fifth Street (big glass building on the north side of street across from Forest Ave) at the base of A-Mountain near ASU, right at the 5th and Stadium stop for the light trail. Map: http://goo.gl/maps/Q71Oi 

    The class will be on the second floor in the Don Cassano Community Room. Take the elevator to the second floor and the room is right there. 


    Parking is available directly across 5th Street in a covered garage. It's free after 6pm! Or be green and take the light rail. 

    Not only is this event conveniently located right next to the Stadium stop  of the light rail, it's convenient to the many shops and restaurants in downtown Tempe. Arrive early or stay late and enjoy what the area has to offer.

    This building is also conveniently located near ASU. Did you know the entire Tempe campus is an arboretum? Click here for maps and more info: 
    https://cfo.asu.edu/fdm-arboretum to turn the whole day into a green exploration!


    VPA Ambassador Categories: 


    • Sat, November 08, 2014
    • Phoenix Metro Area
    ABOUT TOUR de COOPS
    Known as the Valley’s “most unique home tour,” Tour de Coops is a self-guided tour that celebrates the most unique and funky chicken coops in the Valley of the Sun. Each year, the tour hosts over 1,000 green-minded patrons who visit over 25 coops Valley-wide. Patrons can share coop design tips, chicken keeping secrets, and discuss other sustainable practices with members of the community who are already keeping chickens in their backyards.  This year the Tour will be held on Saturday, November 8th, 2014.

    WHY SPONSOR TOUR de COOPS?
    Tour de Coops is bigger than simply keeping backyard chickens. Our goal is inspire members of our community to live more sustainably through education, discussion, and camaraderie.

    Tour de Coops and the VPA will expose your business to the most eco-minded members of our community who are brand loyal, influential, educated, and yearn to support local business. As a participant in Tour de Coops, your organization will get to show off what you’re doing to become more sustainable. With your help, we can expand the community’s knowledge of urban chicken keeping, permaculture, and sustainability. And, we’ll have a good time doing it!

    CONTACT US
    If you have any questions or would like to brainstorm an idea outside of our standard sponsorship opportunities, you’re welcome to contact us. We will gladly work with you to identify a package that meets your organization’s needs.  You can reach us at (602) 535-4635.

    For a graphic representation of sponsorship opportunities please click here.

    Per the printing deadline, all logo files must be submitted electronically by 9/30/14 to guarantee full benefits of sponsorship.

    Thank you to our Current Sponsors!
    Resolve Sustainable Solutions

Past events

Thu, April 17, 2014 Raising Backyard Domestic QUAIL!
Sat, April 12, 2014 Building an Urbanite Spiral Garden
Thu, April 10, 2014 Your Spring and Summer Herb Garden
Sat, March 29, 2014 Intro to Urban Aquaponic Gardening
Sat, March 29, 2014 Intro to Fermented Foods
Sat, March 29, 2014 Beyond the Bin: Soil Building, Composting Larger Scale
Thu, March 27, 2014 Container Gardening: Farming the Urban Way!
Fri, March 21, 2014 PrepperFest AZ
Tue, March 18, 2014 Shade Tree Prep Party
Thu, March 13, 2014 Drip Irrigation for Your Garden
Sat, March 01, 2014 Free Tour of Rare Fruit Growers Orchard and Co-Op
Sat, February 22, 2014 Composting 101--Hands On
Wed, February 19, 2014 Companion Planting
Mon, February 17, 2014 Community Event: Carbon Nation film screening
Sat, February 08, 2014 Desert Vegetable Gardening--Spring Edition
Thu, February 06, 2014 Honey Bees, Beekeeping & Honey
Sat, February 01, 2014 How to Prune Young Fruit Trees
Sat, February 01, 2014 Insects: The Good the Bad and the Ugly
Wed, January 29, 2014 Starting Plants from Seed
Wed, January 22, 2014 Wine Making Using Any Fruit
Sat, January 18, 2014 Desert Vegetable Gardening--Spring Edition
Thu, January 16, 2014 Water Harvesting: Design to Implementation
Thu, January 09, 2014 CANCELLED Five Steps to a Lighter Footprint: Things You Can Do to Live a More Sustainable Life
Sun, December 15, 2013 Home Tour--Micro Farm Project
Sun, December 08, 2013 Build Your Own Rain Barrel
Sat, December 07, 2013 Building an Urbanite Spiral Garden
Wed, December 04, 2013 Raising Chickens in Your Backyard
Thu, November 21, 2013 Growing Culinary Herbs
Mon, November 18, 2013 Growing the Perfect Tomato in Arizona
Sat, November 16, 2013 Tour de Coops
Thu, November 14, 2013 Growing Pomegranates that Flourish in Phoenix
Sat, November 09, 2013 Planting an edible Fall Garden
Sat, November 02, 2013 Building an Urbanite Spiral Garden
 
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