Yesterday Eileen and I listened to a podcast by the nature guys ( on the black rat snake.  I haven’t seen a black rat snake for probably a year.  In the afternoon I was working in my greenhouse and turned around, and there was a black rat snake in my greenhouse.  It was a little spooky, but also a wonderful coincidence.

I have a little bit of an issue with snakes, but intellectually I know they are an incredible animal, and having one in the greenhouse is actually a blessing.

I want to remind you of the workshop coming up next weekend.


Join us on Saturday June 3rd & Sunday the 4th at the Gruenhagens’ houses (744 & 748 McPherson Ave., Cincinnati, OH) as we help these two neighbors collaborate in designing their adjacent homesteads. We will integrate hands-on with classroom lecture. The hands-on will be design on paper along with design in the field. The results will be a spectrum of the Permaculture palette including annual gardens combined with edible landscaping, water management and energy efficiency.

Sponsor:  Community Earth Alliance and the Ecovillage Green Group (EGG)

Times:  9-5:30 Saturday, June 3 & Sunday, June 4, 10-4:30. Cost:  Early bird $100 for the weekend before May 26, $120 after.

For Questions:  Contact Braden at

Register at


Our plan is to have a second workshop in the fall to look at the whole of McPherson Ave. through a permaculture perspective.


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