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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Cultural Series Culminates With Permaculture Speaker May 4

class=""MsoNormal"">SALISBURY, MD---With fuel prices on the rise, Patricia Allison of North Carolina’s Earthaven Ecovillage is reaching more and more people with her call for a sustainable, low-energy-use society.

class=""MsoNormal"">Allison speaks on the principles of permaculture, a design system emulating natural patterns 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, in the Great Hall of Holloway Hall as part of SU’s “One Earth, Many Disciplines” spring cultural events series. Topics include maximizing food production with small-scale intensive growing and alternative energy sources.

class=""MsoNormal"">Allison has promoted sustainability in society for more than 20 years, practicing and teaching organic gardening, child-raising, off-grid living, grassroots politics and consensus decision-making. In 1990 she combined her theories on deep ecology with permaculture. She has taught permaculture and consensus decision making throughout the United States and Mexico. A mother and grandmother, she hopes these practices will help preserve the environment for the next generations.

class=""MsoNormal"">In addition to her appearance at SU, Allison speaks at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Salisbury 11 a.m. Sunday, May 1, on “Sustainability as a Spiritual Path.” A vegan potluck lunch follows from noon-1:45 p.m. She then conducts the hands-on permaculture workshop “We Are the Change: Local Solutions to Global Problems.” Admission is free and the public is invited. For more information on Allison’s SU appearance, call 410-543-6271 or visit the SU Web site at For more information on her activities at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship visit "

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