Saturday, October 17, 2009

Nevada City Benefit Dinner and Music

North Columbia Schoolhouse ~ Friday October 23

6pm: 4-Course Organic Dinner -menu below- RSVP (includes music) - $60
8pm: Music Youssoupha and Mystic Rhythms - $20

Please join us in celebrating and supporting Fruit Tree Tour 2010. It is only due to the support of the Nevada City community that each year over 10,000 students from low-income schools across California transform their schoolyards into abundant orchards. Let us come together once again to make it possible to send veggie bus loads of inspiration to communities in need.

Our dear friends Leo and Holly have put together an epic organic 4 course meal featuring some seasonal fruits. Hope to see you there.

• Grilled Fig w/ Chevre and a Balsamic Reduction
• Butternut, Celery Root, and Pink Lady Bisque w/ Ginger and Carmelized Onion Cream Swirl
• Polenta Stack w/ Herbed Canellini Beans, Roasted Chanterelles, and White Wine Braised Greens, topped with a Saffron Cream Sauce, Syrah Reduction, and Pomegranate Arils
• Pear Upside Down Cake w/ Caramel and lavender Whipped Cream

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musical career began in his home of Senegal, West Africa, where he trained as a Kora player at the National Music Conservatory of Senegal. Since his arrival on the international music circuit, Youssoupha has recorded and performed, with artists such as India Arie, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Midnite, and Matisyahu. He will be performing with his trio, Mystic Rhythms a unique and powerful combination of drum, bass and Kora, jazz, rock, and world music.


Vital Landscaping is a family owned and operated landscape company in Northern California. The owners have lived in Nevada County with their 2 sons for almost 15 years and wholeheartedly believe in organic living. Now their goal is to bring their knowledge of organics and sustainable farming to not only the local community but worldwide.

is a company built on the knowledge that the population of soil micro-organisms in your soil are what defines your crops health and yield. Biodiversity carries products that create an abundant and diverse soil food web.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Thank You MA Center!

The residents of the MA Center made tremendous sacrifice to make the "World Leaders in Sustainability" course series possible. Thank you!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Permaculture Design Intensive with Darren Doherty

Permaculture Design Intensive with Darren Doherty

October 2-4 ~ Castro Valley, CA 

Common Vision is hosting Darren Doherty in from Australia to teach an upper division 3-day intensive at the M.A. Center.  One of the world's foremost permaculture designers, Darren has created sustainable, regenerative designs for over 1200 farms and properties across 4 continents.  He will teach how to:
      ~ Hydrate hillsides
          ~ Grow multi-use forests
               ~ Direct rainwater through orchards and pastures
                    ~ Design and install  Keyline Design Systems
                        ~  Sequester millions of tons of carbon in soil

Darren Doherty (Australia) is hands-down one of the the world's master of large-acre permaculture design.  Darren has worked for the last 20 years to transform farms, ranches, and open space into abundant timber, food, and beauty producing ecosystems.  His work is testament to the truth in the permaculture principle: "Yield is only limited by the imagination of the designer."  Darren has co-taught with Bill Mollison & David Holmgren (the co-originators of Permaculture) and with Pro "Earth Surgeon" Geoff Lawton. 

The 3-Day Intensive:

Darren's work has had a tremendous impact on not just reducing but actually reversing carbon footprints for farms and ranches!  Over the course of 3-days Darren will bring participants through a step-by-step analysis and design process focused on:

  • Food forestry meets market orchard
  • Laying out hillside orchards using keyline design and ploughing
  • Discussing real-time on-site Permaculture consultancy strategies
  • Lush, tree-lined pasture systems for free ranged livestock
  • Connecting creeks, gullies, and rainwater catchment across the landscape
  • Designing low-tech water systems for broad acreage 

Common Vision Benefit Events

See below for details on each event.