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Latest News from Lost Cat Farm!

Get the latest news from Lost Cat Farm, an 18-acre family-friendly permaculture learning and teaching farm in Kerhonkson, NY. A Green Phoenix Permaculture Member Project since 2013.

December 20, 2013
Weather is a major part of our lives here on Lost Cat Farm. It interrupts our routines not unlike problems that arise in the community and other complications of life. All of these obstacles are gifts that wake us from our calm and strengthen our relationship to the unpredictable nature of this region and the role we play.
I am now looking at a foot of slowly melting snow, water dripping from the roof and an occasional goat peering out from their barn shelter in conflicted boredom. Three of these goats are six months old and have never seen snow.
The snow changed everything in terms of the animals’ willingness to break through to the last remaining edible grass. This worried me, because it means we will have to feed them more hay. Our hayed pastures are like most of the dairy pastures around here, that haven’t been grazed by animals in 30 years. As a result, they are over-grown with thickets of honeysuckle, black raspberry and multi-flora rose. I know that our goats love all of these plants when they are in leaf. Will they be willing to forage these thickets this winter? Can we feed them while they help us manage our overgrown pastures?
Yesterday, our goats finally got bored enough to trudge through a foot of snow to munch the branches of multi-flora rose. They especially liked the hips at the top. We will keep you posted as to how good a job they do in their eating.
Wilton & Joan   
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Dear friends,

We are very pleased to announce, after a long hiatus and moving to a beautiful new site, that we are once again hosting inspiring and empowering permaculture workshops and courses!

Please forward this announcement to friends who might be interested in our upcoming Permaculture Design Course in the Hudson Valley. We are excited about this course and are ready to welcome new students.


Joan and Wilton

Permaculture Design Certificate Course
Lost Cat Farm - Kerhonkson, New York
Permaculture is a tool for holistic design for a regenerative future. We offer our students an experience in learning together and connecting to our earth and ecosystems. This course is for professional designers who want to go beyond green, young people who want a way to design hope, farmers who want to build soil every year, and concerned citizens who want to know solutions to the ecological problems we are facing as a world.
Topics Include:
Regenerative Livelihoods
Holistic Design Process
Water Harvesting and Management
Renewable Energy
Alternative Waste Systems
Community Living
Climate Change
Sustainable Agriculture
Natural Building
Forest Gardening
Jan 18,19,20 (3 days)
Feb 15,16,17 (3 days)
Mar 15,16 (2 days)
Apr 5,6 (2 days)
May 3,4 (2 days)
Lead teacher Tama Jackson is a thoughtful designer and mentor who  encourages  participation in living systems, so that humans reclaim their role as conscious keystone species in our global ecosystem. Tama spent two years becoming a professional permaculture designer in the Regenerative Design & Nature Awareness Program with Penny Livingston Stark in Bolinas, CA. Tama has been an organizer for eco-social and regenerative agriculture events including the 2012 Carbon Farming Course and the 2011 Northeast Permaculture Convergence and others. Tama currently practices permaculture as a designer, naturalist, and soil biologist with NY's well respected design firm AppleSeed Permaculture LLC.
Guest Teachers Include: Dave Jacke, Andrew Faust, Mark Krawczyk, Kay McGrenaghan Cafasso and Ethan Roland
For registration: Joan and Wilton 845.626.2161 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
For more information: Tama Jackson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Hosted by Joan and Wilton at Lost Cat Farm 161 Cherrytown Rd. Kerhonkson, NY
Cost of Tuition: Sliding Scale $600-$1,200
This cost covers tuition for the 5 weekends, the use of Lost Cat Farm, breakfasts, and allows us to bring in the premier permaculture teachers and designers in the North East to you. Offering a sliding scale allows us to cover the running expenses and make it affordable to people with less income. Any amount paid over the minimum (tax deductible), makes it possible for people with less income to participate. We strive to make scholarships available so please inquire if necessary.
Cost of Food and Accommodations: Breakfasts are provided. Other meals are organized potluck, to help reduce expenses and enjoy great feasts. We consider special food needs. Accommodations are separate and will cost approximately $312 total in local venues.
This course is made possible through generous donations. If you would like to contribute to a scholarship fund or otherwise support this course to be more accessible and affordable for all, you can make a tax-deductible donation here
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