The Potential of Permaculture Common Orchards & Regenerative Farms


From 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

Permaculture holds great promise and potential as one of the main solutions to a more resilient and ecologically sustainable human–Earth relationship.  As a design science, permaculture can help us transition our cities, suburbs, farms and forests to capture and store greenhouse gasses, while generating energy, food, and ecological services. Join us for part 2 of The Potential of Permaculture, moderated by Alan Wight, as we dive into the revolution already underway in our region.

In Common Orchards & Regenerative Farms, meet two permaculture practitioners, Chris Smyth and Doug Crouch, as they explain the Common Orchards Project and take us on a tour of a new chestnut farm, and a regenerative agriculture education center called Treasure Lake. Participants will learn how permaculture is applied to a wide variety of settings, from vacant city lots to forest management, to agricultural restoration projects. Registration Required.


Alan Wight, Ph.D., is on faculty at The Christ College of Nursing. He runs their Service Learning Program and leads the Mt. Auburn Gardens Initiative & Collaborative. Alan also works with the University of Cincinnati, as their School and Community Food Forest Liaison, and teaches Fruit and Nut Production for Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. His current project, Edible City: An Art Atlas, explores Cincinnati's foodshed, past, present, and future.


Doug Crouch is trained as a permaculture designer and fish and wildlife manager. He has extensive experience with landscape planning and food production systems. This regenerative design and implementation work spans the globe. He now lives on third generation land in Northern Kentucky, stewarding and educating at Treasure Lake Forest and Farm.


Chris Smyth is a regenerative designer. After studying and practicing permaculture for 11 years he now teaches and practices his craft in Cincinnati through consulting with individuals and organizations. Most of his efforts goes toward implementing permaculture orchards on vacant land as the Director of the Common Orchard Project.