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2 Hour Delay: Cincinnati Regional Permaculture Convergence

  • Dan Beard Scout Shop 10078 Reading Rd. Cincinnati, OH. 45241 United States (map)

We will be hosting our Second Biennial Permaculture Convergence for the Cincinnati Region to bring our growing community of practitioners together to share and learn from each other. We are excited to share that our keynote speaker will be Amy Stross, Author of the Amazon Best Seller, The Suburban Microfarm and publisher and author of She is also a CPI PDC Graduate from 2009. We will also have guest speakers that are currently being identified including John Hemmerle) (CPI PDC ‘09 of Our Land Organics, Linda Mathews (CPI PDC ‘16), Owner of Millennium Energy and Executive Director of the Lincoln Heights Comprehensive Redevelopment Corporation and many other local practitioners pioneering the way towards a sustainable Region in and around Cincinnati. We will also have a Silent Auction to support our fundraising efforts for CPI. There will be local food served and lots of knowledge to be gleaned throughout the day. 


  • 11-11:30am - Check in

  • 9:30-10:30 - Regional Leaders Speaking on various Permaculture subjects (Bio’s Below):

    • Alan Wight PhD of the Giving Trees Project: He will be sharing about the Food Mapping of Cincinnati and the various Giving Trees orchard installations around the City of Cincinnati. The Giving Trees Project has been accelerating the work of installing public forage gardens around the city, working with diverse partners. The Food Mapping project has been documenting not only those food forests but also existing perennial food sources around the city. It is pioneering a new vision for the city.

    • John Hemmerle Won’t be able to join us next Saturday, so we’ll be looking for another great speaker like John to fill in. We’ll keep everyone posted.

    • Braden Trauth, the Executive Director and co-founder of CPI will be teaching an Introduction to Permaculture Design. He will teach you what it is, why its important and how you can apply it to your yard, home, farm or community project.

  • 10:30-10:45 - Break

  • 10:45 - 11:45 - Regional leaders Speakers on Various Permaculture subjects (Bio’s Below).

    • Chris Smyth, former Sustainability Director of Price Hill Will. Chris has been building a variety of small scale orchards throughout Cincinnati for the past 6 years. From home scale, to community scale, to working with the Port Authority of Cincinnati on larger scale projects. Learn about all aspects of growing fruit in dynamic, integrated systems. Regardless of your situation, there is a way to grow ecologically integrated, healthful fruit in this bioregion! We will move quickly through practical methods of implementation, some theory and design considerations, and leave open space for questions. (CPI PDC '10)

    • Linda Matthews, the Executive Director of the Lincoln Heights Comprehensive Development Corporation. She will be sharing about her work with UC’s School of Planning to develop a Comprehensive Equitable Redevelopment Plan for Lincoln Heights that incorporates Permaculture as a foundation for its strategy. Elements of it have already been implemented. (CPI PDC ‘16)

    • Lisa Helm, Dayton Urban Grown: Lisa will be speaking about the Compost Tea and the varied uses of it. Compost tea, built upon the science of soil microbiology, is been proving to be a long hidden modern miracle of plant management across the board. Whether in your garden, farm or lawn, it has many varied uses and Lisa will be teaching you how to make it and use it. (CPI PDC ‘13)

  • 12:00-1:00 - Local Lunch provided by our own Ande Schewe of Wake the Farm Up! and Jeff & Sandra Ashba of the Organic Farm at Bear Creek.

    • Please bring your own bowl, small plate and utensils if possible to reduce waste. Some utensils will be provided as back up.

  • 1:00-2:00 - Break Out Session on bringing permaculture into our lives, focusing on various subjects and facilitated by local practitioners

    • Urban Focus

    • Rural Focus

  • 2:00-2:15 - Break

  • 2:15-3:45 - Keynote: Join best-selling local author Amy Stross (The Suburban Micro-Farm, 2018 distributed by Chelsea Green Publishing) and graduate of Cincinnati Permaculture Institute’s PDC, in this conversation about designing for the future by meeting the suburbs where they are.

    •  Bringing Resilience to the Suburbs: Planting Seeds for the Future

      More than half of all Americans now live in the suburbs and more than half of the world population lives in cities. Meanwhile, sprawl and development are gobbling up farmland and woodlands at an incredible rate. It seems desperately necessary to redesign the places where we live to meet more of our needs with the resources we have available to us. But how do we inspire participation from the residents who live here? How can we, as permaculture designers, provide solutions that are helpful and actionable?

    • Amy Stross is a permaculture gardener, writer, educator, and author of The Suburban Micro-Farm (winner of the Gold Nonfiction Book Award (2018) and an Amazon Top 10 Urban Gardening Book). She specializes in ecologically regenerative and productive home landscapes. 

      Her own former 0.10-acre micro-farm was a thriving example, including berry bushes, fruit trees, herbs, flowers, vegetable gardens, and water management systems. Amy’s current adventure is transforming a 3-acre property into a micro-farm with her husband and mischievous farm cat. She reaches hundreds of thousands of people with her adventures in small-scale permaculture gardening on her popular website,

  • 3:45 - 4:00 - Break

  • 4:00 - 5:30 - FREE & Open to the Public: A Showing of ‘The Permaculture Orchard’:

    • Come and see a free showing of the film, The Permaculture Orchard, at the end of the day of our Bioregional Permaculture Convergence. This film with great music and graphics makes what could be a mundane topic into a very enjoyable, educational and inspirational film. You'll be inspired to start planning and planting your own orchard this spring. It goes through the step by step of designing and building a commercial Permaculture Orchard but can very easily be adapted to your own backyard. They lay out very simple ways to design natural resilience, founded in Permaculture's natural principles to go beyond organic. By the end of it you will have an in depth knowledge from plant selection, placement for easy harvest and the know how to plant and maintain your own orchard.
      After the Film we will have a 30 minute Q&A with local Permaculture practitioners so you'll be ready to start designing for the coming cold months and be ready to plant by spring.

  • 5:30 - 6:00 - Film Q&A with Local Permaculturists

Public Transit to the Convergence: Metro Bus 43 and get off when it turns off of Reading Rd. on to Columbia. Walk 1.4 Miles north on Reading Rd. and Daniel Beard Center will be on your right. Here’s a link for the 43

Speaker Bios:

John Hemmerle: John unfortunately won’t be able to join us for the Rescheduled date and so we are looking to find another great speaker to fill in for him. We will keep everyone posted.

Alan Wight: R. Alan Wight, PhD, is on faculty at The Christ College of Nursing & Health Sciences. He runs their Service Learning Program and leads the Mt. Auburn Gardens Initiative. Alan also works with the University of Cincinnati, as their School and Community Food Forest Liaison, and teaches Fruit and Nut Production for Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.  Alan is passionate about raising our collective food consciousness, by creating neighborhood Food Maps and planting out Food Forests. His recent publications include: A Cincinnati Farming and Food HistoryA Critical Pedagogy of Agriculture, and Ecology, Energy, and Alternative Agriculture: A New Synthesis.  Alan’s dissertationexamines the types of learning and education that occur within Community Supported Agriculture Programs.  Email:

Lisa Helm: Lisa Helm is the founder of Garden Station art park and community garden, which reflected her interest in permaculture, green construction and outsider art. Garden Station involved over 300 community organizations and businesses and over 3000 volunteers in its creation between 2008 and 2016, when the city government chose to evict Garden Station to make way for future development in spite of 4000 signatures on a petition to keep it.

Since 2008 Lisa has helped form a Dayton Urban Farmer’s group, “Dayton Urban Grown”; organized local Parking Day events, a Sustainable Living Workshop series of over 60 free classes/year, and an Earth Day festival that attracted as many as 5000 attendees. She has also been a speaker for gardening and planning conferences and sustainable living events at the state and national level.

Lisa holds a Master of Music degree from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and freelanced and taught for over ten years in several colleges and universities as well as art magnet schools. She is Permaculture Design Certified, a Master Organic Gardener, has taken classes in natural building at Blue Rock Station and urban farming with Will Allen, Jean-Martin Fortier, Singing Frogs Farm, Lean Farm and Neversink Farm; and is a graduate of Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance Seed School.

In 2013 Lisa and her partner, George, opened “Dayton Urban Green”, a sustainable living shop at the public market to provide supplies for the workshop series and eco-friendly options for everyday items.

Currently Lisa is completing construction on Dayton Urban Grown Incubator/Training Farm and writing curriculum for training small scale, regenerative year-round vegetable producers.

Linda Matthews: Linda Matthews is CEO of The Millennium Group II, LLC a Cincinnati based African American female owned minority business enterprise (SBE, MBE & SEMS, SECTION 3) specializing in project management, energy efficiency consulting, sustainability training, community engagement, Health Care Data collection, and green workforce development.   Linda created the company to connect, inspire, and create change through projects which utilize permaculture and green infrastructure, harness renewable energy sources, solve urban climate change issues and create opportunities for training candidates in green technologies and assisting them in developing sustainable careers. An important role for Linda and The Millennium Groupll is a translator to assist larger corporations and government organizations in developing and implementing realistic and meaningful green sustainable projects in urban neighborhoods.

  Linda has always been an entrepreneur and a connector of people, ideas, and opportunities.  She is a graduate of Xavier University. She is an experienced Sustainability Planner & Developer and Financing consultant, business owner and a community leader.  Linda is a Trustee for the Mill Creek Alliance and is a member of the Environmental Advisory Council for the City of Cincinnati, and Executive Director for Lincoln Heights CDC.   2018 "People Voice" award from the Ohio Environmental Council, Columbus, Ohio.  

Chris Smyth: Chris finished his PDC in 2010 in Cincinnati and received his Teaching Certificate in 2014 with Peter Bane and Sandy Cruz. An urban community developer, he currently is the Director of Sustainability at Price Hill Will. Chris lives in the Sankofa House, a homestead dedicated to remembering what it is to be human and is implementing a variety of resilience projects with his neighbors, including community gardens, food forests, fig farms and a commons coppice project.

Braden Trauth: A student of the originators of Permaculture, Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, Braden has gone on to study with many other leaders in the field. He has been teaching and consulting with this knowledge since 2007 and has taught at places as varied as Universities, the Earthship Academy, Haitian Farmers and the Haitian Ministry of Agriculture on behalf of USAID. He is currently the Executive Director of the Cincinnati Permaculture Institute where he runs Growing Value Nursery and teaches Permaculture Design Certification Courses. He is also an Adjunct Professor at University of Cincinnati’s College of DAAP in their Horticulture Program, Industrial Design & Master’s of Design programs and at Xavier University in the Land, Farming & Community Degree.

Silent Auction list:

The Silent Auction will go on all day and wrap up right before the movie at 4pm. You will be able to place a bid on items throughout the day. Feel free to message me or email (preferable) at if you have any questions. Anyways, Here's the run down:

  • 1 Ticket to the Musical "Hamilton" for March 10, 7pm at the Aronoff Center in Cincinnati. The seat is on the 1st Balcony on the right side, 8th row back - Opening Bid: $125 (face value!)

  • 79 Back Issues of the "Permaculture Activist" Magazine (only missing 34 issues for the full back issue collection), the world's oldest Permaculture Magazine, now called Permaculture Design Magazine. The issues go from August, 1992 - November 2017. Build your library and learn from 25 years of Permaculture research and experience. $395 value - Opening Bid: $25

  • Learn how to cook vegetarian with Annalee - Our Board member, Annalee, has offered her services to help you gain confidence and get organized in the kitchen prepare fresh, whole, non-meat foods in your kitchen. She will help you plan you meal for the week based on your diet, shop, cook and prepare 3 meals and create and maintain a compost pile. Retail Value: What's your health worth? Opening Bid: $20

  • 1 Sureflo submersible pump - 24 V- DC, 4 Amp, 1 GPM @100PSI max (230ft.) - Model 9325-043-101 - This pump is for direct power from a solar panel and great for pumping any rain tank or cistern, especially if you are off the grid. It is over $1000 retail price(Donated from Real Goods, Solar Living) Opening Bid $200 

  • 10' Extendable Fruit Picker by Angelo B- $15 retail value Opening Bid - $7

  • Phocos CML 152 Solar Charge Controller - This Charge Controller is critical to tell the charging status of the batteries with your solar system. It also has an audible warning when they are under charged and prevents overcharging, both things will shorten the life of solar batteries. (Donated from Real Goods, Solar Living) $65 value - Opening Bid $5

  • Trellis: 60" x 18" Black Wire Frame with arched top - 2 of them $15 value each- Opening Bid $5 ea.

  • 10" Pine Cone shaped Candle - Gold glitter finish - a perfect addition to any mantle. Retail Value $20 - Opening Bid: $5

  • 8 Back Issues of the "Permaculture Activist" Magazine March '06- Nov. '16 $40 value Opening Bid: $3

  • 6 Back Issues of the "Permaculture Activist" Magazine Sept. '13- Nov. '16 $30 value Opening Bid $2

  • 3 Back Issues of the "Permaculture Activist" Magazine Jan '14 - Jan '15 (4 bundles) $15 value Opening Bid $1 ea.

  • Gardening Gloves - Angelo B. Green Color $5 retail value - Opening Bid $1

  • Sharpening Stove Carborundum brand for scythes and other cutting tools $10 retail value - Opening Bid $1

We hope you find something in here that will help you further your permaculture journey, entertain you or beautify your home while helping us further permaculture in our community.

Cost: $65

  • includes local lunch provided by local farms

  • After January 6th Ticket price increases to $65 & no Lunch included

To Register for a Regular Ticket Please visit:

Scholarship Requests: If you can’t afford a ticket but feel you will gain a lot from attending the please email with “Convergence Scholarship” in the heading. Please submit no later than January 6th to be considered.

Membership Tickets: Discounted Membership Tickets (15% off) are for purchase below if you have a 2018 or 2019 CPI Membership (to learn more about membership, please visit our Membership Page). The Local Lunch is included.

  • $46.75 before January 6th

  • $55 after January 6th (no lunch included)

Student Tickets: Discounted student tickets are for purchase below. The Local Lunch is included.

  • $40 before January 6th

  • $50 after January 6th (no lunch included)

  • A valid student ID must be presented at check in on the 12th. If not then you will be charged the full amount

Boy Scouts are Free to the program, Lunch costs $10. Please email to purchase as lunch

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Student Permaculture Convergence Ticket

We are glad to offer students a $15 discount on our 2019 Convergence Ticket. This ticket includes a local lunch and all activities on Saturday, January 12th from 9:15am-6pm. It includes the local lunch. After January 6th it increases to $50 & no local lunch included.

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Membership Ticket

2019 Propagator Membership or Higher Level Ticket comes with 15% discount. It includes the local lunch. After January 6th it increases to $59 and no local lunch included.

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