About the Event
Lead to Life, Permaculture Action Network and Grow Where You Are Farm invite you to join us for a “Permaculture Action Day” of ecological regeneration, workshops, music and radical joy. For this occasion, Rawtools & James Brenner have reimagined and forged an arsenal of garden tools made from weapons. Folks from across Atlanta are invited to come together to work with the Earth utilizing these ceremonial tools— This event is free, and all are welcome to attend! Come by and enjoy a day of hands-on regenerative projects, music, shared food, workshops, meeting new people, and taking action as a community. at a local Black-owned and operated farm and historic black church, Providence Missionary Baptist Church!
Grow Where You Are is committed to creating local food abundance systems worldwide. The farm and center offers veganic Agro-Ecology training and life skills workshops for evolving urban dwellers into global stewards. Grow Where You Are is currently partnering with organizations, institutions and individuals to plant fruit orchards, develop farms, and assist in ecological restoration in areas where natural food is challenging to access.
This day serves as an act of service and kindness to humanity and the more-than-human world as part of the MLK 50 Forwardevents happening across Atlanta, honoring the radical vision of Dr. King 50 years after his assassination. We will work with the soil together and live a practice of reparations through supporting Black farmers.
Projects will include:
- planting trees using shovels made from melted down weapons
- mulching the gardens
- creating new compost piles to build soil
- direct seeding cover crops for Spring plantings
- planting seeds and understory plants
- transforming an empty lot into a garden for a kids’ pumpkin patch
Please gather at noon at the Providence Missionary Baptist Church, 2295 Benjamin E Mays Road, if you want to take part in the ceremonial tree plantings that will begin the day. This will also be the beginning of Lead to Life’s 50 tree plantings throughout the weekend using shovels that will be cast from melted down weapons at an alchemical ceremony in Atlanta just the night before.
After the tree planting, around 2:30pm, we’ll transition over to the Grow Where You Are farm site, which is just behind the church. Here we’ll get into the other hands-on projects for the day listed above. Around 3pm, as hands-on projects continue to be worked on, we’ll start the music and offer a series of free workshops that you can join if you’re feeling it.
Bring your friends and come prepared to learn new skills, build food-producing systems, and have a dirty, good time. This event is free and all are welcome to attend! We’ll have a simple lunch spread and water/tea available for everyone throughout the day, but please bring a potluck dish or beverage to contribute if you like! At night, we’ll light a fire to gather around and celebrate life.
It is free and open to all! Invite your people!