Earthshed Solutions is a 501(c)(3) charitable and educational public benefit organization serving the bio-region of Butte County in California.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is Earthshed Solutions (ES)? Earthshed Solutions is a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2015 by members of the Chico Permaculture Guild (CPG). ES is primarily an educational organization helping our community grow in its abundance and resilience in our ever changing climate.
What does Earthshed Solutions do? We teach and empower people through our programs and projects to design regenerative systems for food production, soil fertility, energy efficiency and water conservation.
What does ‘EARTHSHED’ mean? ‘Earthshed‘ is a new word the founding board of directors created and is defined as, “The transitional moment in time when humans embrace their responsibility as stewards of Earth’s resources and work together to create a more resilient future.”
What programs and projects does ES have currently?
Seed Ball Project: making and selling seed balls at local events and stores like Chico Natural Foods and Floral Native Nursery.
What is the Chico Permaculture Guild (CPG)? The CPG was started in 2009 by permaculture design course graduates and is still operating today as an education program of ES. It is a group that meets bi-monthly to network and learn about permaculture. There are educational topics discussed at each Gathering as well as a potluck and share the surplus swap. The topics are all permaculture based such as permaculture design, water harvesting, forest gardening, soil food web, and more.
What is a PermaBlitz?
- FREE events that are open to the public, where you learn new skills, share food, get some exercise and have fun
- Implement permaculture systems in private yards, schools, public spaces and anywhere else that can be turned into a water conserving food oasis
- Design intern program for PDC graduates
What is the Chico Seed Lending Library and how do I join or get seeds? The Chico Seed Lending Library is volunteer run seed library located within the Chico Branch of the Butte County Library. It’s a collection of seeds made available to public free of charge and operated much like a book library –you borrow seed, grow out the seed, harvest seed from healthy plants and bring your surplus seed back to the seed library. The goal is to educate people about seed saving, gardening, permaculture, and current topics and issues in agriculture. To become a member you need to be a California library card-holder (which is free) and fill out the two page form located at the seed library area. The library is open the same hours as the Chico Branch library. We have ‘Lettuce Get Together’ work parties the second Tuesday of every month from 4:00 to 6:00 pm where we package up new seed for members to borrow and discuss seasonal gardening and seed saving topics.
How can I become involved with Earthshed Solutions? There are several ways to become involved: attend or volunteer to help with CPG Gatherings, attend or volunteer at the HOWs (Hands On Workshops) or PermaBlitzes, attend or volunteer with Chico Seed Lending Library (CSLL) at the monthly ‘Lettuce Get Together’, become a committee member, volunteer to help with fundraising events, or become a board member. If you have graduated from a Permaculture Design Course you can become a PermaBlitz design intern -a great way to hone your skills! Feel free to contact us anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org!