The Second Annual Permaculture Yard Tour was a Success! 

Over 100 people came, had a good time, and learned a lot.  Many thanks to our hosts and assistants.  Here are some photos from the tour:


Video of Yard Tour





“Gaias Guardians is currently reviewing “Gaia’s Garden” by Toby Hemenway, which is a very popular primer on permaculture for the home gardener.  Many of our members have implemented the principles outlined in the book, and have provided comments and photos for the meetings. The October 2013 meeting covered “Chapter 5, Catching, Conserving and Using Water”.  Diane Willis shared slides of her professionally installed rain barrel system. Also see Water Catchment on right sidebar for Andy Karpinski’s rain barrel system. The July 11th 2013 meeting covered Chapter 2, “A Gardener’s Ecology”.  Sharon and Neil, two of our original members, shared slides of how they created a mature food forest out of a bare mulched yard in 3 years.  
                                                      Diane’s Rain Barrel Presentation
Diane Willis also shared 2 shade maps that she made for her yard during the parts of the year with the longest and shortest days with instructions on how to do it.
                                                            How to Do a Shade Map
Our December 12 meeting will cover Chapter 7, “Bringing in the Bees, Birds and Other Helpful Animals”.



“Permaculture is a design system for creating sustainable human environments.” It offers positive solutions using ecology as the basis of organizing systems of food production, housing, technology, economics, community and other human endeavors.

Gaia’s Guardians is a group of diverse and dynamic men, women and children brought together by our desire to acknowledge and honor sustainable food production and permaculture solutions. We are located on the Gulf coast of Florida in St. Petersburg. Through education, action, and community we work to empower ourselves and strengthen our communities. We gladly welcome the opportunity to share our knowledge, resources and community with you.


“Permaculture is a design system for creating sustainable human environments. The word itself is a contraction not only of permanent agriculture, but also of permanent culture, as cultures cannot survive for long without a sustainable agricultural base and land use ethic. On one level, permaculture deals with plants, animals, buildings, and infrastructures (water, energy, communications). However, permaculture is not about these elements themselves, but rather about the relationships we can create between them by the way we place them in the landscape.”

(From Introduction to Permaculture 2nd edition, by Bill Mollison and Reny Mia Slay, 2004, Tagari Press, Tazmania   Continued….)



                     Regular Meetings:   2nd Thursday, 4th Tuesday of every month

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Volunteer Opportunities

–Faith House  Garden  302 15th St. N., St. Petersburg

    Every Sunday and Wednesday from 8:30am until noon

Special Events





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John Gower March 25, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Great layout, easy to understand, it’s got a fresh clean feel to it. Bravo!


Renne Proulx March 25, 2012 at 10:27 pm

Congrats on your informative and cool new site!
Looking forward to coming to a Gaia’s Guardians meeting.


Renne Proulx


Tina Levy May 11, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Beautiful website! I’ve posted a link to it from our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/stpetelocallygrown. Your group is helping to build the urban farming community we aspire to be part of. Thank you all!


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