Author Archives: Keiko Sono

Switching to Google Group

We had a productive meeting last night. The minutes will be posted soon, but the most urgent news is that we will abandon the email list and shift to Google Group, to allow for more accurate, democratic, and robust communication. Invitation to our Google Group has been sent to everyone on our email list. The group is searchable and open to public (individual member’s information is not visible). Anyone who wants to join can do so by visiting Woodstock Permaculture Google Group, and clicking on “Apply for group membership.”


Nepeta, Anemone, Foxglove, and More

I have following perennial plants to divide and share:

  • Nepeta fassennii “Six Hills Giant”: Catmint. This is a bee magnet. Great for dry, sunny spot. Silvery foliage and lavender flowers. Give it a lot of room. 36″ w x 30″ h.
  • Anemone unknown species: Charming white flowers. Great ground cover for moist spots. Spreads very easily so be careful where you put them. 12–16″ h.
  • Digitalis ambigua grandiflora: Yellow Foxglove. Dependable garden and cutting flower. I love seeing bees crawl into these flowers.
  • Anemone tomentosa “Robustissima”:  Wind Flower, Japanese Anemone, or Grape Leaf Anemone. Graceful flowers. Could be invasive. 36″w x 36″h.
  • Aruncus dioicus: Goat’s Beard. Good background plant. Attracts beneficial insects. 36″w x 48″h.

They are all flowering right now, so after they finish, I can cut down the stems and divide the plants for anyone who wants them.


Perennial Foxglove

Anemone with a species peony

Nepeta “Six Hill’s Giant”

Anemone robustissima


Goat’s Beard

Meeting at the Library, 5/31

We have a meetup tomorrow at the Woodstock Library from 6:30 to 8:30. There has been some confusion in our communication because there are now two mailing lists, one of which is partial. At our meeting tomorrow, we will find a solution to this problem once and for all.


1. Marls, who has been successfully leading a Yahoo group for Woodstock community garden will share her knowledge and experience with this type of group communication. Most likely we will try again to get Google group going (very similar to Yahoo group), since this type of group emailing is the most efficient and effective means of group communication.

2. We will discuss the direction and organization of Woodstock Permaculture. To help the group identify itself, I put together a questionnaire for everyone (see attachment—I included both PDF and Word files). Could you please fill it out and bring it to the meeting if you are coming, and if not, please email it back to me at your convenience.

3. I will show the very basic steps to publish a post to our blog. Blog is not a good way for a casual, interactive communication among a group, but it is a great way to share information, photos, experience, etc. If you enjoy writing and have something you want to share with the world, it is a perfect vehicle. If you have a laptop, tablet, or even smartphone, please bring it to the meeting. The library has WIFI so it’s a perfect place for this skill share.

Note: It is important that those who cannot make it to the meeting are not left out. We need someone to take minutes at each meeting. Can we take turns on this task?

Woodstock Permaculture Questionnaire in PDF

Woodstock Permaculture Questionnaire in Word

Next Meetup: May 31 at Woodstock Library

Mark the calendar: details will be posted soon.

Skill-share, Nectarie Plants, and Rain Garden

I’d like to invite the Woodstock Permaculture Group to my house on Thursday June 14th at 5pm
it is the 2nd Thursday in June. We’re having a skill-sharing session for a hands-on soil-building
activity & information on flowers/plants that attract bee’s and insects presented by Mila Funk.
I am also building a rain garden with Mila, we’ll discuss as well.

This evening is an event organized by the Woodstock Transition Group & also falls into
the interest of our Permaculture Group. I hope everybody can join us.
Please pass along…everybody is welcome:)

Since it is dinner time — we’ll have a potluck & our grill will be available as well.

Also Next Tuesday May 22, 2012 at 10pm til ?
The Department of Environmental Conservation – Hudson Estuary Trees for Tribs
program is coming to our house to plant over 100 tree’s on the banks of the
Sawkill Creek behind our house.
We are looking for volunteers to help us plant.
Even if you are not available in the morning ~ we’ll be working all day.
~ bring your shovel … we’ll have some on-site as well.

At the house of Jennifer & Adolfo
email Jennifer at jzackin[at]yahoo[dot]com for address

Jennifer Zackin

International Permaculture Day

May 6th is International Permaculture Day! To celebrate, Chelsea Green Publishing is having a 35% off sale on selected books. Thanks to Marls for sending me this info.

Transition Town May Mixer

All the Woodstock Transition meetings I’ve been to have been informative and inspiring. Tomorrow they are having a party to meet and greet and network. Not to be missed!


To those who thought they couldn’t make it to our last meetup,  no need to despair: there was a mix-up in the scheduling, and the actual meetup is this coming Thursday, April 26! Everything else stays the same. Hope to see you then!

Revised Date for the Meetup

Next Meetup

Date: Thursday, April 19

Time: 7pm

Place: Judy Kerman’s home (email “info [at] flickbookstudio [dot] com” for address)

The agenda is:
plan for the year—make a list of desired projects and topics
discuss the blog and do some preliminary group training. If you have a laptop with wifi, please bring it so as many people as possible can be hands-on (I have 3 computers here, plus an iPad).
I visited Cuba March 10-17, and visited an urban organic farm/garden within the limits of Havana. I will show and discuss some pictures of the place. We might want to keep in touch with this group – maybe a sister cities concept? The manager says they use some permaculture concepts, but he would appreciate receiving literature about permaculture in Spanish. Books can be sent through the Center for Cuban Studies; I can also send him PDFs online. He has email but no access to the internet (this is the case for most Cubans). Perhaps Wolf can suggest useful materials?
I’d like to talk a little about my plans for my property. We could walk around a little and look at the site. I’d appreciate suggestions for things to do, things to plant. I can talk a little about the UCC course I am taking, taught by Kay Cafasso.
This is probably too much. Please chime in – what would you most like to do this time, and what can we postpone?

Anyone so inclined can bring a little nibble to share. I can provide coffee, tea, club soda.


A Town of Eden

This wonderful article came from Hallie. Our project for Woodstock?

Carrots in the car park. Radishes on the roundabout. The deliciously eccentric story of the town growing ALL its own vegetables

(Click on the image to go to the article)

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