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    • Thu, July 24, 2014
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Tempe Transportation Center Don Cassano Community Room 200 E. 5th St., Tempe, AZ 85281

    Instructor: Ryan Wood


    Have you ever watched shower and laundry water go down the drain, rainwater flood the streets, and thought "can I use this to water my landscape?" Yes, you can!
    Join Ryan Wood from Watershed Management Group to discover water harvesting from design to implementation. You will learn:

    • the basics of water harvesting,
    • the different strategies for creating an integrated water harvesting system,
    • and what is required to maintain a residential water harvesting system


    About the Instructor:

    Ryan Wood shares with you his extensive knowledge in water harvesting and permaculture design along with his skills and enthusiasm for creating sustainable livelihoods. As a Program Manager for Watershed Management Group, Ryan applies his talents while educating the public through hands-on workshops, presentations, consultations, and integrated design services.

    Watershed Management Group (WMG) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, whose mission is to develop community-based solutions to ensure the long-term prosperity of people and health of the environment. WMG provides people with the knowledge, skills, and resources for sustainable livelihoods.

    How to Register: Use our new registration system which will allow you to pay online or will email you an invoice you can bring with you. Questions? email classes@vpaaz.org.


    Class fee:
    $15 for one person or ATTEND WITH A FRIEND: 2 people for $25. Fee is payable online or at the door (cash or check only. Make checks out to  Valley Permaculture Alliance.). 


    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 on Saturdays so long as you do not misplace your parking ticket!! 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, July 26, 2014
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 1345 W. McKinley Phoenix AZ 85007 (Seeds for Autism Studio Space)
    • 3

    Make Your Own Rain Barrel Workshop

    Celebrate the monsoon rains by making your own rain barrel from a re-purposed 55-gallon barrel through VPA’s hands-on instructional workshop.

    About 8 inches of rain falls in the Phoenix metro area annually and every inch of rain on a 1,000 square foot roof area yields 600 gallons of water! Why not capture that gift from the skies so you can put more of it to work in your garden? In this hands-on workshop, participants will start by learning how a rain barrel plays a role in an overall water harvesting plan. Everyone will then be guided in converting a food-grade, re-purposed 55 gallon plastic drum into a water harvester with a tap and overflow. 
 Barrel, all materials and instruction sheet will be provided for a materials fee of $60.

    Please note: RSVP in advance is REQUIRED for this event. Attendance is limited to 10 participants.


    Instructor: Chip Satterlund

    Please note: RSVP in advance is REQUIRED for this event. Attendance is limited to 10 participants.
    Total cost of class is $80.
    Please contact our office should you like to pay the VPA portion of the class by credit card.

    Class Breakdown:
    $20 fee is payable with cash or check made out to Valley Permaculture Alliance.

    $60 materials fee is payable with cash or check made out to Chip Satterlund.

    • Sat, August 02, 2014
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Tempe Transportation Center - Side B, Don Cassano Community Room


    Native Plants

    Instructor: Vynnie McDaniels

    Gardening in the southwest can be challenging. It's a wonder that much of anything grows here, with our unique climate, soil conditions, wild critters, and extreme hot and cold seasons. But our natives sure do love it!


    This class will explore the plethora of native and native-adapted plants that thrive here in the Valley of the Sun, and how summer can be the ideal time for planting. Vynnie the Gardener will highlight some cactus and succulent species as well as a number of sun-loving bloomers. These wonders can add dramatic texture, subtle fragrance, and fanciful color. And in combination with containers, you'll see how they can make a striking additions to any space to produce 'year-round' garden of interest.

    If you're growing veggies, natives are a must! Vynnie will share how natives will help you produce the best edible bounty from season to season. Learn how easy and rewarding native plants can be in your gardenscape.

    Participants will receive a list of Vynnie's top plants for gardening in the southwest, info on benefits of natives and a great local resources.Learn how to utilize native plants to change the Phoenix landscape for the good of both humans and wildlife!


    Class price:

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

    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 107, 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: 
    Vynnie McDaniels has been gardening in the Phoenix area for over 15 years, teaching organic gardening and wholistic living. Some of his handy work has graced the pages of Phoenix Home & Garden, Popular Mechanics, and Dwell magazines. He’s been on various local television programs, and in spring 2008 he was featured on Sundance Channel’s ‘Big Ideas for a Small Planet’. Applying permaculture concepts and xeriscape principles, Vynnie enjoys creating edible naturescapes that attract a plethora of wildlife (and a few humans too). He teaches workshops throughout the year with a host of local business, affiliations, and communities.


    About the location:

    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 on Saturdays so long as you do not misplace your parking ticket!! 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, August 07, 2014
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • VPA Office - 5151 N 19th Ave, Ste 200 - Phoenix, AZ 85015
    • 15

    Work Party! With free Pizza!


    Come help VPA prep for our Shade Tree events this Fall by coming into the office for a couple hours, stuffing educational packets, and mingling with like-minded folks.

    We have 9 more Workshops and Tree Distribution Events from now until the end of the calendar year, and we have lots of prep-work to do in the office in order to get ready.

    This work is much more fun with other people, so that's why we're hosting a Shade Tree Prep Party!!! We'll have music, pizza (the good stuff from Z Pizza), permies, and permie-wannabes alike to engage in good conversation. 

    Join us for as long as you can - we can use your help! See you then!
    • Sat, August 09, 2014
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Glendale Public Library


    The VPA Seed Library aims to increase biodiversity of locally adapted seeds in the Valley of the Sun by providing open pollinated heirloom seeds, encouraging people to garden, and sharing knowledge of seed saving and permaculture.


    On the second Saturday of each month, volunteers bring the Seed Library out to the foyer of the Glendale Main Public Library – bringing the library to you! 


    Come and select up to 3 packets of free seeds, and then once you harvest seeds you can return them to us as well. 


    Saturday, August 9

    12:00pm – 3:00pm


    Glendale Public Library

    5959 W Brown St

    Glendale, AZ 85302


    Registration not required. The VPA Seed Library is open during all regular business hours at the VPA Office. Learn more by visiting vpaseeds.org 

    • Wed, August 27, 2014
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • VPA Office (5151 N 19th Ave. Ste. 200 Phoenix, AZ 85015)
    • 18

    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.
    • Sat, September 13, 2014
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Glendale Public Library


    The VPA Seed Library aims to increase biodiversity of locally adapted seeds in the Valley of the Sun by providing open pollinated heirloom seeds, encouraging people to garden, and sharing knowledge of seed saving and permaculture.


    On the second Saturday of each month, volunteers bring the Seed Library out to the foyer of the Glendale Main Public Library – bringing the library to you! 


    Come and select up to 3 packets of free seeds, and then once you harvest seeds you can return them to us as well. 


    Saturday, September 13

    12:00pm – 3:00pm


    Glendale Public Library

    5959 W Brown St

    Glendale, AZ 85302


    Registration not required. The VPA Seed Library is open during all regular business hours at the VPA Office. Learn more by visiting vpaseeds.org 

    • Sat, September 20, 2014
    • 1 East Continental Dr Tempe, AZ 85281
    This is the first SRP Tree Distribution Event following the hot summer months (Jun-Aug) break.
    • Wed, October 01, 2014
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • VPA Office (5151 N 19th Ave. Ste. 200 Phoenix, AZ 85015)
    • 18

    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.
    • 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.

    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

Sat, July 19, 2014 Complete Composting
Thu, July 17, 2014 Drip Irrigation CANCELLED
Sun, July 13, 2014 FREE Mesquite Pod & Saguaro Fruit Harvest Event
Sat, July 12, 2014 VPA Seed Library travels to Glendale
Sat, July 12, 2014 FREE Carob Pod Harvest & Storage Education Event
Sat, July 12, 2014 SRP Chandler-Gilbert Community College (Williams Campus) Shade Tree Workshop
Thu, July 10, 2014 Get to Know VPA - Volunteer Orientation
Sat, June 28, 2014 Edible Desert Potluck & Recipe Swap
Sat, June 21, 2014 Preserving Foods: Dehydration and Salt
Sat, June 21, 2014 Preserving Foods: Canning
Wed, June 11, 2014 Wine Making Using Any Fruit
Wed, June 11, 2014 Get to Know VPA - Volunteer Orientation
Tue, June 10, 2014 Intro to Edible Landscaping for Desert Gardens
Sat, June 07, 2014 SRP Desert Botanical Garden Shade Tree Workshop
Sat, May 31, 2014 Intro to Urban Aquaponic Gardening
Sat, May 24, 2014 Free Tour of The Orchard Learning Center
Thu, May 22, 2014 Cool Beans for a Hot Desert
Mon, May 19, 2014 The Exuberant Vegetable Garden
Sat, May 17, 2014 Lotion How-To: Make Your Own Beauty Basic
Sat, May 17, 2014 The Goat Experience (Intro to Goats)
Sat, May 17, 2014 APS Communiversity Shade Tree Workshop
Wed, May 14, 2014 Intro to Edible Landscaping for Desert Gardens
Sat, May 10, 2014 APS Skysong Tree Distribution Event
Thu, May 08, 2014 Raising Chickens in Your Backyard
Tue, May 06, 2014 Get to Know VPA - Volunteer Orientation
Sat, May 03, 2014 SRP South Mountain Community College Shade Tree Workshop
Sat, April 26, 2014 APS Grayhawk Elementary Tree Distribution Event
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 Water Harvesting: Design to Implementation
Sat, January 18, 2014 Desert Vegetable Gardening--Spring Edition
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

Valley Permaculture Alliance

5151 N 19th Ave, Ste 200

Phoenix, AZ 85015

(602) 535-4635

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