Speaking Engagements and Events

Miranda and I are available for lectures, workshops, consultations and in-services on a wide variety of permaculture topics.  Popular lectures are: An Introduction to Permaculture (with Power Point visuals), Composting Techniques for Everyone (demonstration), Sustainability, and The Importance of Planting Natives.  In-services for teachers can be paired with a consultation on a school garden.  Please contact for appearance fees at dianeckennedy@prodigy.net, rather than using the comments section of this blog which can be unreliable.

Upcoming Public Speaking Engagements and Events :

January 23, 2017

Garden Closed: Available for Consultations and Lectures.

Finch Frolic Garden is closed from Thanksgiving to March 1.  Miranda and I are available during this time for consultations and lectures.

Prior Speaking Engagements:

Finch Frolic Marketplace, and the Last Tours of the Year: Saturday and Sunday November 21 and 22, 2015.

January 12, 2016: Food and Your Body, free.  Speaking at the Fallbrook Women’s Club.

January 16, 2016: Lawn Replacements, free. Speaking at the Vista Library.

February 7, 2016: Sustainable Living, free. Speaking for the East County Rose Society.

Come to our annual Marketplace from 9 -2, where we sell fresh, frozen and prepared fruits and vegetables, almost all harvested at Finch Frolic.  Find goodies for your holiday table, or hostess and holiday gifts.  Or, just some very tasty and unique treats.  This year we’ll have most of the old favorites, but also be introducing new goodies.  We’ll have our last two Open Tours of the year at 10 am each day (we close the gardens from Thanksgiving to March 1).  Please RSVP to the tours at dianeckennedy@prodigy.net.  No need to RSVP to the Marketplace.  Finch Frolic Garden is located at 390 Vista del Indio, Fallbrook.  Find directions here.

Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015: 9 – 2: Workshop at Sky Mountain Permaculture.  Alden and Ann Hough will be holding a workshop at the lovely Sky Mountain Permaculture site in Escondido.  I’ll be teaching a 3-hour class and workshop on What is a Food Forest and How Do You Do It?, Hugelkultur, and the importance of planting natives.  We’ll be planting natives as part of this course on site.  There is a per person fee; more details will be forthcoming.

Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015: 10 am: Monthly OPEN TOUR. Every month we’ll have what we’re calling an Open Tour, where people who don’t have five or more for a group tour can sign up.  We take up to 15 people, and you must email for a space.  Tour begins at 10 am PROMPTLY.  Tour costs $15 per adult, ages 5-10 $5 and under 5 free of charge.  Please, no pets.  Tours last about 2 hours (they tend to run long, with questions).  RSVP at dianeckennedy@prodigy.net.

Saturday, Sept. 26, 3:00, Bates Nut Farm: Composting Techniques for Everyone. Free.  An hour demonstration on all methods of composting for people of all abilities and circumstances.  Live in an apartment? Have physical limitations?  You, too, can easily compost!  Learn how to feed your soil with kitchen scraps instead of chemical and reduce your impact on the environment.  Sponsored by San Diego Urban Homesteaders Member appreciation day.  A day’s worth of great talks.  Find out more at San Diego Urban Homesteader’s Meetup.

Monday, Sept. 28, 2:00: Rancho Bernardo Library: The Many Options for Lawn Owners in a Drought. Free. Sponsored by the Lake Hodges Native Plant Club.  Gravel and artificial turf are two of the worst choices for lawn replacement, but what are the options?  Find out healthy, simple and inexpensive options for thirsty lawns with this lecture and Powerpoint by Diane Kennedy of Finch Frolic Garden.

Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015: 10 am: Monthly OPEN TOUR. Every month we’ll have what we’re calling an Open Tour, where people who don’t have five or more for a group tour can sign up.  We take up to 15 people, and you must email for a space.  Tour begins at 10 am PROMPTLY.  Tour costs $15 per adult, ages 5-10 $5 and under 5 free of charge.  Please, no pets.  Tours last about 2 hours (they tend to run long, with questions).  RSVP at dianeckennedy@prodigy.net.

Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015: 10 am: Monthly OPEN TOUR. Every month we’ll have what we’re calling an Open Tour, where people who don’t have five or more for a group tour can sign up.  We take up to 15 people, and you must email for a space.  Tour begins at 10 am PROMPTLY.  Tour costs $15 per adult, ages 5-10 $5 and under 5 free of charge.  Please, no pets.  Tours last about 2 hours (they tend to run long, with questions).  RSVP at dianeckennedy@prodigy.net.

Sunday, August 16, 2015:CANCELED DUE TO HEAT! 10 am: Monthly OPEN TOUR. Every month we’ll have what we’re calling an Open Tour, where people who don’t have five or more for a group tour can sign up.  We take up to 15 people, and you must email for a space.  Tour begins at 10 am PROMPTLY.  Tour costs $15 per adult, ages 5-10 $5 and under 5 free of charge.  Please, no pets.  Tours last about 2 hours (they tend to run long, with questions).  RSVP at dianeckennedy@prodigy.net.

There will be no Program in the Garden for August.

Sunday, August 9, 2015: 1 – 3 pm: Permaculture and Pollinators.. A free talk, open to everyone.  Hosted by the Green Team, Miranda and Diane Kennedy will give an information-packed talk about what the real pollinators and predators in your garden are, how to recognize them, and how to attract them.  Unity Way Church, 171 Unity Way, Vista.

Sunday, July 26, 2015, Program In The Garden Series: Analyzing Property for Maximum Use: Site Evaluation Step-by-Step.  Looking for property?  Creating a landscape?  Planting a garden?  Building a house?  Diane Kennedy of Finch Frolic Garden will take you through the steps of evaluating your site for maximum effectiveness with the least labor and cost.  In permaculture, 99% of the work should be in design, and only 1% in labor, so find out how to look at property with new eyes and start designing!  Participants are encouraged to bring a Google Maps image of their property to work on.  We will, of course, offer homemade vegetarian refreshments. Cost is $25 per person, mailed ahead of time. Finch Frolic Garden is located at 390 Vista del Indio, Fallbrook. Please RSVP to dianeckennedy@prodigy.net .

Thursday, May 14, 2015, 6:30 pm, Fallbrook Library: Free lecture: The Importance of Planting Natives.  Miranda and I will show you slides and inform you about the wonders of native plants.

Saturday, April 11, 2015, 2 pm, Fallbrook Library: View Geoff Lawton’s Permaculture Soils DVD, with a Q & A afterwards.  Here’s your chance to see these remarkable, inspiring and informative videos free of charge at Fallbrook’s gorgeous library.

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 2 pm, Fallbrook Library: View Geoff Lawton’s Establishing a Food Forest DVD, with a Q & A afterwards.  Here’s your chance to see these remarkable, inspiring and informative videos free of charge at Fallbrook’s gorgeous library.

Sunday, April 19, 2015, 10 am: Monthly OPEN TOUR. Every month we’ll have what we’re calling an Open Tour, where people who don’t have five or more for a group tour can sign up.  We take up to 15 people, and you must email for a space.  Tour begins at 10 am PROMPTLY.  Tour costs $15 per adult, ages 5-10 $5 and under 5 free of charge.  Please, no pets.  Tours last about 2 hours (they tend to run long, with questions).  RSVP at dianeckennedy@prodigy.net.  This is also the date of Fallbrook’s Avocado Festival.

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 2 pm, Fallbrook Library: View Geoff Lawton’s Urban Permaculture DVD, with a Q & A afterwards.  Here’s your last chance to see this remarkable, inspiring and informative video free of charge at Fallbrook’s gorgeous library.

Sunday, April 26, 2015: Program in the Garden Series: Fun With Worms and Microbes! 2 – 4 pm. Discover the world of the unseen! Sit in the shade at beautiful Finch Frolic Garden and enjoy a talk and demonstration with microbiologist Dr. Bob Lloyd of PuraVida Aquatics http://www.puravidaaquatic.com/. He’ll introduce you to the importance of soil microbes, water organisms, compost worms, and so much more! Using slides, videos, specimens and a microscope Dr. Lloyd will teach you a new way to look at healthy soil and water, and how to have both without chemicals. Each attendee will receive a sample either of compost worms or aquatic beneficials. We will, of course, offer homemade vegetarian refreshments. Cost is $25 per person, mailed ahead of time. Finch Frolic Garden is located at 390 Vista del Indio, Fallbrook. Please RSVP to dianeckennedy@prodigy.net . More information can be found at www.vegetariat.com. You’ll love what you learn!

November 22nd and 23rd: Open Tours and Finch Frolic Marketplace.  We will have our last Open Tours of the year at 10 am both Saturday and Sunday the weekend before Thanksgiving.  Tours last two hours and are intensive Introduction to Permaculture show-and-tell walks through the garden.  Tours cost $10 per person.  Please RSVP to dianeckennedy@prodigy.net.  We also will be having our annual Finch Frolic Marketplace from 9 am to 3 pm each of those days.  We will be selling produce, seeds, plants and homemade goods grown and cooked here at Finch Frolic. This is a great chance to do some Christmas shopping!  Finch Frolic is located at 390 Vista del Indio, Fallbrook.

LECTURE IN THE GARDEN!  Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014: Microbiology for the Layman: A Permaculturalist’s Explanation of How Life Works What makes up the microbial life in compost, in ponds and in our bodies? This lecture by microbiologist Dr. Robert Lloyd will provide you with a basic understanding of [background in] how microbes work and what they do.  Fascinating and comprehensible for the layman, this talk is essential for those who want to understand more about how life works, in or out of the garden and pond.

Please bring soil, water, or any sample you would like to examine under a microscope!

Dr. Lloyd is owner of PuraVida Aquatic, maintaining chemical-free ponds and aquariums and converting swimming pools to chemical-free, naturally balanced ecosystems that you can swim in.

This lecture will take place on Saturday, October 11, 4 PM – 6 PM, at beautiful Finch Frolic Garden in Fallbrook.  Light homemade refreshments will be served.  The fee for the lecture is $20.  Please RSVP to dianeckennedy@prodigy.net.

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2014, 10:30: Drought Tolerant Plants.  Fallbrook Golf Course restaurant.  Miranda and I will be giving a talk with a Powerpoint on native and drought-tolerant plants for the Retired Teacher’s Association meeting.

Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, 1-4:30: Stagecoach Sunday,  Palomares House – 1815 S. Stage Coach Lane, Fallbrook.  We’ll have our own booth and, along with microbiologist Robert Lloyd, will have information about many things permaculture!  Please stop by!

Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 :The Best Ways to Save Water: 11:00 AM at Be Ready Inc 2921 Oceanside Blvd, Oceanside, CA. In coordination with National Preparedness Month, San Diego Urban Homesteaders and Be Ready invite you to a day of educational speakers, live demonstrations, and onsite examples.  More information about other speakers can be found here.  The talks are free.

Sunday, Sept. 21 and Thursday, Sept. 25: Open Tours of Finch Frolic Garden.  If you don’t have the minimum of 5 people to attend a tour, you can sign up for one of our Open Tours.  The tours are two hours long and often a little longer with questions.  They are intensive show-and-tell Introduction to Permaculture talks.  Tours cost $10/person.  Please RSVP to dianeckennedy@prodigy.net.  Finch Frolic is located at 390 Vista del Indio, Fallbrook, CA

Thursday, July 31: The Secret Lives of Native Plants: 6:00 pm at the Elfin Forest Interpretive Center (8833 Harmony Grove Road, Escondido 92029) .  Free admission.  A lecture, photos and plants: what is really going on between native plants that we aren’t aware of, and why we should be planting lots and lots of natives! Miranda Kennedy will also show photos of native insects and what they do for you.

Tuesday, July 22: Sustainable Living: 6:00 pm at the Vista branch of the San Diego County Library (700 Eucalyptus Ave., Vista, CA  92084). Free admission.  I’ll give all kinds of tips on how to make easy sustainable living choices, even if you don’t garden!

Permaculture Lectures in the Garden!

Saturday, June 7: Introduction to Permaculture and Finch Frolic Tour: We’ll take you through the main precepts of permaculture and how it can be applied not only to your garden, but to yourself and your community.  Then we’ll tour Finch Frolic Garden and show rain catchments, swales, plant guilds, polyculture, living buildings and so much more.

Saturday, June 14: Your Workers in the Soil and Earthworks: Learn the best methods for storing water in the soil and how to replace all your chemicals with actively aerated compost tea and compost.

Saturday, June 21: Aquaculture: You can have a natural pond – even in a tub!  How natural ponds work, which plants clean water and which are good to eat.  Even if you don’t want a pond, you’ll learn exciting information about bioremediation and riparian habitat.

Saturday, June 28: Wildlife in your Garden: What are all those bugs and critters and what they are doing in your yard?  We’ll discuss how to live with wildlife and the best ways to attract beneficial species.

(Speakers: Diane Kennedy, Jacob Hatch and Miranda Kennedy)

 May 10, 2014: Sustainable Gardening, with Mission Resource Conservation District at Fallbrook Library, 9:30-11.

Feb. 15, 2014: In-service: Planting a School Garden with Permaculture, Anne Sullivan School, Wildomar

Jan. 21, 2014: What is Permaculture, for Fallbrook Rotary, Fallbrook Library

Nov. 16, 2013: In-Service for Director/Mentor Program, Wild Roots School, Temecula, How To Make A School Garden

Nov. 9 – 10, 2013: San Diego Permaculture Convergence, The Importance of Planting Natives

Oct. 29, 2013: Composting for Everyone, Fallbrook Garden Club, Fallbrook Community Center

Oct. 27, 2013: Introduction to Permaculture, Fallbrook Library

Sept., 2013: Yoga and Lunch with Wade Into Fitness, at Finch Frolic Garden

March, 2013: San Diego Permaculture Convergence, Importance of Planting Natives

Aug. 10, 2013: Enjoy Yoga in the Garden, with MELT, Fallbrook, at Finch Frolic Garden

July 27, 2013: Soil Alchemy: Turning Dirt Into Gold, Southwest Boulder, Fallbrook

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 thoughts on “Speaking Engagements and Events

  1. Diane,

    I’m sorry for the late RSVP. Presently, I have a husband who is in advance stage of Atzheimer disease. I have very small space of time to work with and, I’m having a not so easy time with staying on top of things that are not related to him. Nevertheless, I don’t want to cause disruptions in the way you have things working for you.
    Please, let me know. I will accommodate.

    Esther.

  2. Hi Marsha! Unfortunately I don’t know of any permaculture realtors in the area. It would be wonderful if there was one. I can certainly consult with you as to what to look for, and I can recommend Gaia’s Garden by Toby Hemenway as a good basic permaculture book that would also help. Our Finch Frolic Garden Monthly Lecture In the Garden for July (July 26) will be Basic Permaculture Design: How to Evaluate Your Property, if you’re interested. Please email me with any questions at dianeckennedy@prodigy.net. Summer is a good time to look at property in SD because you’ll see it at its worst. Diane

  3. Hi- I’ve been to our tour 2 times. We are starting to look for a place in Fallbrook/Temecula or whereever to do a permaculture place, etc. Wondering if you happen to know any realtors who are aware of what kind of place to look for? Or perhaps, we should consult with someone (you?) as to what elements we need to be looking for in a new house/property. Thanks for any info.

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