4th Annual Spring Planting festival | March 24 - April 1, 2012


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March, 2012

QuickLinks: Saturday, March 24 | Sunday, March 25 | Monday, March 26 | Tuesday, March 27 | Wednesday, March 28 | Thursday, March 29 | Friday, March 30 | Saturday, March 31 | Sunday, April 1

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Opening Festival Concert "Guitars & Beyond"
Featuring Anthony Mazella, William Eaton, and Fitzhugh Jenkins
7:30 pm

This concert is a special event to kick-off the 4th Annual Spring Planting Festival and a week of activities, workshops, speakers and concerts throughout the Verde Valley and Sedona. Richard Sidy, President of Gardens for Humanity, and Ruth Hartung, Vice President and festival founder will introduce the event at Old Town Center for the Arts, and outline the week's schedule of activities

Visionary guitarists William Eaton, Anthony Mazzella, and Fitzhugh Jenkins will present "Guitars and Beyond" at Old Town Center for the Arts. The concert will feature music for acoustic, electric, and synthesizer guitars, as well as their one-of-a-kind 18 string electric harp guitars. You can also expect a few surprises for this "one night only" appearance.

Time: Saturday, March 24, 7:30pm
Location
: Old Town Center for the Arts, 5th and Main, Cottonwood Map>
Cost: $15 advance, $18 door, $20 reserved
Online tickets are available at ShowTix4U.
Tickets at the local outlets are available 2 weeks before the event.

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Planting Your Vegetable Garden with Beth Ellen Zang
2-4pm

This is a how-to-workshop that will help you get your garden started this year whether you are growing in containers, 10x10 garden or your whole backyard.  Follow a step by step plan  that begins with selecting your seeds, amending the soil, choosing your watering system and then planting.

Beth Ellen has been a year-round organic gardener for over 40 years and has sold her herbs and produce to local health food stores.

Limited to 20 people
Time: Sunday, March 25, 2-4pm    
Location: Directions given with Registration.
Cost: $10 SOLD OUT - this workshop will be offered again on March 31 Click here >

Spring Planting Festival Keynote: CREATING URBAN FARMS
Speaker: Greg Peterson
7:30pm

Greg Peterson is a green living and sustainability innovator who is well-known regionally for the creation of the Urban Farm, a real world environmental showcase home in the heart of Phoenix featuring an entirely edible landscape, including over 70 fruit trees, rainwater and greywater harvesting, three solar applications, and extensive use of reclaimed and recycled building materials. For the past 35 years he has explored the intricacies of our local food system. Through his innovative educational model he has inspired thousands of people to jump in and create their own urban farms.

He has been a contributing writer for Phoenix Magazine for two years and for Edible Phoenix for three years. He a primary writer and host for the pilot television show Smart Spaces: Inside & Out.

Join him as he shares his model for Six Steps to a Healthy Food System, making the connection back to our food. There are simple things that we can all do virtually every day that improves the health of our local food system.

Time: Sunday, March 25, 7:30pm
Location
: St John Vianney Church, 180 Soldiers Pass, Sedona Map>
Cost: $20 Door

$15 Advanced Tickets

$10 Students or Low-income

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Monday, March 26, 2012

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Introduction to Permaculture & Dryland Edible Landscaping with Chris Anderson and Karen Taylor
9am-4pm

Permaculture is an ethical design system for creating thriving, life-enhancing human settlements.

In this one-day introduction workshop, you will learn about the principles of Permaculture; conduct a site analysis; follow water and energy patterns in the landscape; “plant water” by creating rainwater-harvesting earthworks; and plant a guild of mutually supportive edible and useful plants that thrive in passive water-harvesting landscapes.

This is a hands-on workshop: bring work clothes, gloves, and shovels.

Limited to 20 people
Time: Monday, March 26, 9am-4pm
Location
: Directions given upon registration.
Cost: $25

Foraging for Wild Food with Patty West and Susie Smith
Morning Session 10:30-Noon
Afternoon Session 1:00-2:30pm

Join ethno botanists Patty West and Susie Smith for a field trip to learn the edible and not-so-edible plants in your local food-shed. We will touch, sniff, and taste our way through the botanical world along Oak Creek in the Chavez Pass area and learn practical tools to identify what we see.

Limited to 15 people per Session
Time: Monday, March 26,
Morning Session 10:30-noon /Afternoon Session 1:00-2:30pm
Location: Carpool from Parking Lot at 7 Centers Yoga Arts, 2115 Mountain Road, Sedona Map>
Cost: $10

Morning Session

Afternoon Session

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Tuesday, March 27

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Vajrayogini Yoga with Ruth Hartung
8:30-10am

From the lineage of Tibetan yoga, this practice brings the Earth energy into the body through flowing movements reminiscent of Tai Chi. For those of any level of yogic experience, from beginner to advanced.

Time: Tuesday, March 27, 8:30-10am
Location
: 7 Centers Yoga Arts, 2115 Mountain Road, Sedona Map>
Donation

Square Foot Gardening, Vermicomposting with Red Wiggler Worms, and Traditional Composting
Merle Herrick/ Richard Sidy/Roger Kreml
March 27, 10 am−noon

Learn how to build soil fertility and crop diversity through a morning of learning and gardening at the St. John Vianney Community Garden as well as and how to increase yields without artificial fertilizers or pesticides.

Master gardener composting expert Merle Herrick will demonstrate how to create "black gold" through worm and traditional composting. Roger Kreml and Richard Sidy will share how the community garden has developed and how square-foot gardening has increased crop yields and diversity in small-scale garden plots. Join the gardeners of St. John Vianney in preparing their plots for the new season!

Time: Tuesday, March 27, 10am-noon
Location
: St John Vianney Community Garden, 180 Soldiers Pass, Sedona Map>
Free

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Wednesday, March 28

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The Art of Herbal Preparations with Feather Jones
March 28, 9-11am

Learn how easy it is to make delicious tasting herbal remedies that even your kids will love — including medicinal teas and take home an anti-allergy elixir sample using local plants including Yerba Santa and Echinacea.

Feather Jones has been a practicing Clinical Herbalist, ethical wildcrafter and medicine maker since 1982. She holds a certificate from the Santa Fe College of Natural Medicine as Clinical Herbalist and has a part time practice. Feather is now Adjunct Professor of Botanical Medicine at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine.

Limited to 20 people
Time: Wednesday, March 28, 9-11:30am
Location: 7 Centers Yoga Arts, 2115 Mountain Road, Sedona Map>
Cost: $15, includes cordial.

"Greening Your Home"
Presented by Sustainable Arizona 
7pm  

This panel presentation will help you develop your own action plan for "greening your home." You'll be able to interact with experts to learn ways to save on energy and water, reduce your wastes and create a lush, southwestern landscape. Our panel will include:

By the close of this session, you will have an action plan that you can use whether you are planning a renovation, building a new home, or simply hoping to improve the environmental performance of your home while enhancing your comfort and reducing your cost of living.

Time: Wednesday, March 28, 7pm
Location
: 7 Centers Yoga Arts, 2115 Mountain Road, Sedona Map>
Free

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Thursday March 29

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5 Elements Yoga with Aromatherapy with Ruth Hartung
9-10:30am

This class is a playful series of yoga postures, visualization and music reflecting the 5 elements with meditations using essential oils with Ruth Hartung.

Time: Thursday, March 29, 9-10:30am
Location
: 7 Centers Yoga Arts, 2115 Mountain Road, Sedona Map>
Donation

Cooking with Local & Native Food with Mira Murphy
10:30

Create a meal based on the local food available and on how to utilize harvest from your garden (grinding flour, using fresh herbs) in delicious ways.

Enjoy lunch with all the participants afterwards.

Mira Murphy is the Ayurvedic Chef at 7 Centers, cooking for all the yoga trainings for the past four years and is passionate about local food, herbs and food as medicine.

Limited to 18 people
Time: Thursday, March 29, 10:30am
Location: 7 Centers Yoga Arts, 2115 Mountain Road, Sedona Map>
Cost: $15 includes lunch SOLD OUT

Maintaining Landscapes without Roundup or other Herbicides with Paul Gazda
1-2 pm

Come and learn how you can avoid the hazards that herbicides present to humans and other living things by using non-toxic alternatives to keep landscapes looking great.

Paul Gazda will share what he has discovered in his personal experience and as leader of the Sustainable Landscape Maintenance project at Northern Arizona University.

Time: Thursday, March 29, 1-2pm
Location
: Sedona Creative Life, 333 Schnebley Hill Road, Sedona Map>
Free

Southwest Plant Walk with Phyllis Hogan
2:30-4:30pm

Spend the afternoon identifying traditional southwest medicine on the trails with herbalist Phyllis Hogan and learn scientific, Hopi, and Navajo names for plants and their medicinal uses.

Limited to 18 people
Time: Thursday, March 29, 2:30-4:30pm
Location: Sedona Creative Life, 333 Schnebley Hill Road, Sedona, Karmapa Garden Map>
Cost: $15 SOLD OUT - We recommend The Art of Herbal Preparations with Feather Jones, March 28, 9-11am

Search for the Sacred -
Celebrating the Earth through the Arts
7pm

A presentation of a multi-media collaboration of poets, painters and musicians including video and dance performance inspired by the "Search for the Sacred."

The program will feature many local artisits including Adele Seronde, Gabrielle Young, Luminous One, Marcia Tanner, Mary Heyborne, Christopher Lane and Gary Every. Introduced by Canyon Moon Director Mary Guaraldi and Jim Bishop.

Time: Thursday, March 29, 7pm
Location
: Canyon Moon Theatre Map>
Cost: $15, Tickets available at Canyon Moon Theater or at their ticket outlets. >

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Friday, March 30

See Today's Locavore Menu Presented by Dahl and DiLuca

The Art of Distilling Essential Oils
with Max and Clare Licher
Plant Gathering 9-11 am; Oil Extraction 2-4 pm

This day gives an experiential connection from gathering the plant to extracting the oil with an opportunity to experience 23 other native botanicals oils that Max and Clare have already distilled for PhiBee Aromatics.

Clare and Max Licher have distilled over 50 species of locally wildcrafted trees and shrubs, and locally grown herbs. Together they have visited Southern France twice, to study different methods of distillation area. Clare is also an artist, and is currently working on illustrations for a book on essential oils.

Limited to 20 people
Time: Friday, March 30
Plant Gathering 9-11 am; Oil Extraction 2-4 pm
Location: Art studio
Cost: $15

Public Forum: Local Food: The Human Connection
Moderated by Sandy Boyce
7pm

Did you know it was illegal for you to buy fresh milk from your local farmer? It's also illegal for you to buy homemade pickles from your neighbor and goat cheese from the lady down the road who has her own goats and makes artisan cheese.

State and federal regulations, fees, inspections, licensing, and processing requirements of farm-to-consumer sales are shutting down artisan food producers, making wholesome, traditional foods unavailable. In the words of Joel Salatin, sustainable farm spokesman, "Folks, this ain't normal."

A group of local food activists are presenting a Local Food Proclamation of Sedona that declares our community's support of small family farms, sustainable agriculture practices and the right of citizens to produce and consume the foods of their choice.

Join us as we premiere a short documentary on Verde Valley Local Foods, have a panel of growers, offer local artisan foods and have the Local Food Proclamation of Sedona available for you to sign. For more information: http://foodfreedomsedona.eventbrite.com

Time: Friday, March 30, 7pm
Location
: 7 Centers Yoga Arts, 2115 Mountain Road, Sedona Map>
Cost: Free Space is limited so reserve your tickets here.

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Saturday, March 31

Backyard Beekeeping with Patrick Pynes
10am-2pm

In this presentation and hands-on workshop, participants will learn about how to establish a colony of honeybees in a backyard Kenya top bar hive, and how to care for the colony during the first few months of its life. We will learn about the fundamental skills and practices of backyard beekeeping, using the simple yet profound top bar hive.

Yes, you can do it yourself; it may be up to backyard beekeepers to keep the honeybee alive and thriving, avoiding industrialized extinction.

Limited to 25 people
Time: Saturday, March 31, 10am-2pm
Location
: The orchard at Garland's Lodge in Oak Creek Canyon Map>
Cost: $20 - Bring a sack lunch. SOLD OUT

Planting Your Vegetable Garden with Beth Ellen Zang
11am-1pm

This is a how-to-workshop that will help you get your garden started whether you are growing in containers, 10x10 garden, or your whole backyard. Follow a step-by-step plan that begins with selecting your seeds, amending the soil, choosing your watering system, and finally planting.

Beth Ellen has been a year-round organic gardener for over 40 years and has sold her herbs and produce to local health food stores.

Limited to 20 people
Time: Saturday, March 31, 11am-1pm
Location: Directions given with Registration.
Cost: $10

Saturnin Ba with Arizona Dunun Ensemble teach
West African Dance for Planting
2-4pm Free

Come and learn traditional West African dance that celebrates planting.

Master dancer Saturnin Ba from the Ivory Coast will share with us the joyful traditional dance Temate. Temate is a celebration dance of the Wobe ethnic group which is performed at the time of the rice harvest. It is a dance telling the story of cultivating the rice fields, from seeding, sowing, and growth to harvest.

This will be an open-air celebration. Join us for a family friendly activity that is fun for all ages.

Time: Saturday, March 31, 2pm-4pm
Location: Posse Ground Park - Multi-use Field Map>
Free

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Sunday, April 1

The Backyard Gardeners Expo
2-6pm

The final day of the Spring Planting Festival, hosted by the Verde Thumbs Garden Club, is a series of lectures to answer real life garden questions for successful backyard gardening including:

Verde Valley Green Thumbs sponsor this forum on "Backyard Gardening." Speakers, vendors, and master gardeners share their knowledge about all you want to know about starting a garden.

Time: Sunday, April 1, 2-6pm
Location
: Old Town Center for the Arts at 5th Street and Main in Cottonwood Map>
Free


To register by mail, send a check, and we will reserve places for you. With your check, please indicate

— the date,
name of the workshop, plus
names of the attendees.

Send your registration check to:

Gardens for Humanity - Attn: SPF Registration
P.O. Box 1202
Sedona, AZ 86339

Note: Since space is limited in some workshops,
we will notify you if the workshop is full,
and we will reimburse your payment.

 

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Maps of Venues

Old Town Center for the Arts, 5th and Main, Cottonwood

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St. John Vianney Church, 180 Soldiers Pass, Sedona

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7 Centers Yoga Arts,
2115 Mountain Road, Sedona

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Sedona Creative Life,
333 Schnebley Hill Road, Karmapa Garden

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Canyon Moon Theater
6601 State Route 179 # A6, Sedona, AZ

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Garland's Oak Creek Lodge
North State Route 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336

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