Collaboration: St. Lawrence Land Trust

A land trust is a not-for-profit organization that works cooperatively with private landowners to protect the conservation values of their land.

The St. Lawrence Land Trust’s mission is to work with landowners to conserve the ecological, recreational, historical, and cultural values of their property, for benefit of the landowner and the community.

We work in St. Lawrence County, New York, and focus on the corridors of the six rivers whose headwaters are in the Adirondack Mountains and pass through St. Lawrence County before draining into the St. Lawrence River.  The Oswegatchie, Grasse, Raquette, and St. Regis Rivers flow through the St. Lawrence Land Trust’s focus region to the St. Lawrence River.  We believe that private property owners who are good stewards of their land are the most important force for sustainable conservation in our region.

Potential Workshop Topics for collaboration
between St. Lawrence Land Trust and Local Living Venture:

Land Stewardship 101
- to landowners
Land Trust Implications / Responsibilities for Informed Land Owners
- to RE Agents
Oasis Food Forest Tour (Permaculture) *
Tom is the Turtle guy!
Bird Language / Bird Watching and Identification
Building / Growing a Hedge Row

Foraging and Edible Flowers / Plants
Invasive Species
Leave No Trace: Hiking & Camping
Mindfulness in the North Woods
Preparing Pets for the Wilderness: Hiking, Camping, etc
Tree Planting /  Using Trees for Fencing (Silvaculture)
Tick Presentation: for Dogs, Hunters, and General Public
Wilderness Survival
Wells and Water Sources
Starting Seedlings / Transplanting
Edible Wild Plants
Nature Hikes

* Two specific Permaculture offers come from Matt Bowman, which I copy in here.  He delineated one for each organization, but either or both could be shared in this collaborative effort.

LLV proposal for a Oasis Food Forest Tour (in September/early October)
Visitors will explore function of underutilized fruits nuts and perennial vegetables in a food forest setting.  The tour of this young food forest will include plant propagation techniques, profiles of some of the north country's favorite "permaculture plants". The tour will showcase multiple mushroom production techniques and a sense of how to integrate them into an edible forest garden.  Edible forest gardens are edible ecosystems that mimic the structure and function of natural forests, while producing food and other useful products.  Get a glimpse into the planning and design that goes into creating low maintenance food producing landscapes.

St. Lawrence Land Trust tour proposal
Productive ecological buffers of dense polycultures of multi-use plants.  Fast growing buffer trees as well as production fruit, nuts, and medicinal plants.  Keith Morris of Prospect Rock Permaculture.  Tour his nine acre flood plane farm with productive riparian buffer zones (Jeffersonville, Vermont.)

Matt Bowman of Oasis Edible Landscapes is a certified teacher of permaculture and a twice certified permaculture designer who has been farming and gardening for the last seven years.  He hopes to assist in the transformation of St. Lawrence County by increasing ecological function and food production.

Background Information for your use

" B I G   L I S T "  O F  W O R K S H O P   T O P I C S

Festival and holiday-oriented events, Earth Day, Arbor Day

   Forestry, Wilderness & Primitive Skills
Bird Language / Bird Watching and Identification
Building / Growing a Hedge Row
Evergreen / Balsam / Grapevine Wreaths
Firewood - various
Foraging and Edible Flowers / Plants
Invasive Species
Leave No Trace: Hiking & Camping
Old-Fashioned Ice Cutting for Root Cellar/Refrigeration
Mindfulness in the North Woods
Making Bat Boxes
Making Bird Houses
Making Fire Without Matches
Mushrooms - Inoculating Shiitake Logs
Orchard Pruning Methods
Preparing Pets for the Wilderness: Hiking, Camping, etc.
Portable Saw Mill Demonstration & Discussion / Lumber
Tree Planting /  Using Trees for Fencing (Silvaculture)
Tick Presentation: for Dogs, Hunters, and General Public
Wilderness Survival

Wood Splitting for Women

Woods Work with a Horse
/ Oxen

     Earth Friendly / Appropriate Technology
Backyard and/or Dorm-based Food Waste Composting
Community Building
Composting: Basic Indoors, Worms, and Large Scale
Dorm / Frat / Theme House Energy Efficiency
Grass Energy for Fuel
Manure the Natural Fertilizer
On-Demand Water Heaters
Pellet Boiler Demo
Rain Barrels and Passive Water
Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling: Basics and Beyond
Rocket Stoves
Small Scale Solar Hot Water Heating
Thermal Window Shades
Wells and Water Sources
Wood Heat Boiler Systems
Yurt Building Weekend

Simple Living Skills / "DIY"
Ark Meeting - Informal Gathering of Homesteaders
Basic Off-grid Living
Make Non-Toxic Household Cleaning Products
Simple Living Skills - in general
Social Media for Dummies
Starting a Greenhouse Business
Starting a CSA

Traditional Skills / Crafts
Fence Building
Flavor and Fragrance Making With Herbs
Home Schooling
Ice Cutting for Root Cellar Storage Party
Knitting / Fiber Arts
Living in an Off the Grid Cabin / Living With Less, Enjoying More
Natural Cleaning
Pack Baskets: Make and Take
Paper Making
Portable Sawmill

Gardening / Farming / Landscape
All About Garlic
Container / Patio / Window Sill Gardens
CSA’s and Farmer Markets
Beginners Basic Veggie Garden
Cover Crops
Deer-Resistant Plants
Growing Grains
Harvesting and Drying Flowers, Herbs, Perennials, Beds, etc.
Organic Farming vs. Certified Organic Farming - What’s the Difference
Scything Grass & Making Hay Shocks
Season Extension / Cold Frames, Tunnels, Greenhouses
Seed Bank (part of
NCN Botanical Garden!)
Seed Starting / Saving
Seed Swap
Starting Seedlings / Transplanting
Using Mulches


Baking with Whole Grains (& Recipe Conversion)
Beer, Wine, Hard Cider and Mead Making
Bread Making Butter / Yogurt Making

Candy Making
Canning, Freezing, and Drying Fruits & Veg
Chicken: processing of poultry
Cider / Juicing Fruits / Storage (freezing/canning)
Cooking Grass Raised Meats
Cooking on a Wood Cook Stove
Cooking with Outdoor Fire
Constructing / Storing Food in a Root Cellar or Facsimile
Edible Wild Plants
Fermentation:  Various Foods & Beverages
Food Self-Sufficiency  
Making Jams / Jellies
Maple Sugaring
Making Lard
Nutritious / Delicious Seasonal Cooking Seminars
Pressure Canning Poultry / Meat
Raw Milk
Sourdough Starter & Vinegar Mother Making
Sprouting Grains / Legumes
Sprouting Micro-Greens for a Healthy Winter Diet
Tofu / Tempeh Making
Vegan Eating
Vegetarian Eating

Vinegar Making
Whole Foods

Animal Husbandry / Grooming and Hoof Care
Beekeeping 101 (various topics)
Beekeeping Discussion Group
Birthing Piglets and Lambs
Building a Chicken Coop
Chicken & Turkeys for Meat
Chicken Raising Techniques - Caring for Baby Chicks/Layers/Broilers
Draft Animals
Driving / Working with Horses / Riding for Fun
Heritage Breed Livestock
Natural Animal Care: Recipes for Feed, Naturopathic Care
Working Dogs/Border Collies

The Alexander Technique
Herbal Medicines
Natural Birth / Child-Rearing
Green Death / Burial
Yoga / Meditation

Biking for Transportation
Bicycle Maintenance

      Children's Workshops
Cooking for Kids: Solo and Parental Workshops
Nature Hikes
Patio / Window Sill Gardens
Paper Making
“Sprouts” Summit for K-12 Nutrition and Fitness Fun!

Doing “IT” on a Shoestring
Ecological Options at the End of Life
Emergency Preparedness
Marketing Your Goods - Advertising / Creating an Attractive Display / Customer Service / Sales
Sustainable Jobs in the North Country
Using Less Energy
Working with Students
Working With & for the Good of Your Community

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