Current Happenings...

Free Grafting Demonstration, Seed and Plant Exchange, March 28, noon.  Mark DuPont will show how to top work fruit trees at the Humboldt Permaculture Guild's 17th Annual Free Seed and Plant Exchange.  Learn how to add speveral varieties of fruit to one tree and take home some scionwood to gtraft on your own.  

Fundamentals of Permaculture Workshop, April 30 - May 3, with Mark DuPont, Dan Mar & Blythe Reis.  

Rafting - Wood Fired Pizza Weekends, May 15-17 & 22-24  Come spend a weekend in our cabins, raft the Klamath River, learn about the Klamath Bioregion, and enjoy some pizza from our wood-fired oven!

Introduction to Natural Building, May 29-31.  Learn how to sculpt beautiful structures from local materials. This introductory course provides an overview on the theory and practice of building with natural materials, including straw bale, cob, chip and slip, light straw clay, earth bags, earthen floors and timber frame.  Come ready to expand your mind and dirty your hands!

Dealing With Drought - Times Standard interviewed Mark DuPont and Dan Mar for a two part series on Permaculture Drought Strategies.  

The Mid Klamath Community Foodsheds Program has a new website with over 60 pages of information, charts, calendars and links on growing food in the Klamath Trinity region.  

Klamath Knot Permaculture on the Airwaves - Check out Mark DuPont and Dan Mar's interview on Permaculture Drought Strategies with Dan Ehresman on the Econews Report.

Food Forests - Check out our new pages on Creating a Food Forest, a step by step process from planning to planting.



Klamath Knot Permaculture

Permaculture is the design and creation of human habitat that mimics the complexity and resiliency of natural systems.  The Klamath Knot is a uniquely diverse bioregion encompassing Northwestern California and Southwestern Oregon, defined by the Klamath River, the Klamath-Siskiyou Mountains, and the Coast of Northern California and Southern Oregon. One of the most biologically complex temperate bioregions on the planet, it includes the coastal fog belt, hot interior canyons, and the most diverse conifer forests on the planet.   Klamath Knot Permaculture is an affiliation of Permaculture  practitioners, based at Sandy Bar Ranch on the Klamath River, and the north coast of Northern California, working to create resilent homes and communities by restoring watersheds and developing alternative technologies that reduce our carbon footprint. We sponsor ongoing events in Permaculture topics, including Permacuture Design Certification, natural building, sustainable farming, site analysis and design, water systems, mycoremediation and more.  

Permaculture Design Team

Time for Pruning & Grafting


Here is the handout from Mark DuPont's Grafting Demonstration/ Workshop. 

Principles of Grafting and Budding - If you want the full scoop on grafting, the why as well as the how, then this chapter on grafting, posted by UC Davis, is a good, comprehensive overview of grafting principles and techniques.

Grafting and Propagating Fruit Trees - This pamphlet by Penn State boils it down to the basics of how to graft using a variety of techniques. ( Good photos, but most professional grafters use a different hold on the knife).

Grafting Fruit Trees - This is a useful Power Point presentation by Lloyd Collet of Oregon State University - nice photos of the step-by step processes involved in a variety of grafts.


Pruning Manual by Dan Lurie, Filoli Gardens Newsletter - This is the best pruning manual we've seen. Divided into three sections - Principles of Tree Growth, Training Young Trees, and Pruning Mature Trees, published in The Sundial, a newsletter of Filoli Gardens.

Pruning to Restore an Old, Neglected Apple Tree, by R. L. Stebbins and J. Olsen, Oregon State Univertity - This completes the manual above by showing how to restore an old tree that has not been pruned for years; (hint: it takes a few years). Follow this simpe, concise guide for good results.