Chelsea autumn gardening lecture will feature nature-friendly techniques for gardens, farms of all size

Chiwara LogoNathan Ayers, sustainability expert and founder of Michigan-based Chiwara Permaculture Research & Education L3C, will showcase perennial agriculture techniques at the Chelsea Area Garden Club’s autumn gardening lecture 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 9 in the McKune Room, Chelsea District Library, 221 S. Main St. The public is invited.

The Chelsea District Library is cosponsoring the talk titled “Permaculture: Solutions for Food, Water, Energy and Climate.” Permaculture design provides tools and principles to create regenerative, resilient homes and communities while healing ecosystems and restoring biodiversity. It is based on a philosophy that calls for working with—rather than against—nature.

Born and raised in Ann Arbor, Ayers’ background is in renewable energy systems and education. He seeks to introduce nature-based systems to K-12 students and the public. Founding adviser to the University of Michigan Permaculture Design Team, Ayers is helping the state of Michigan make the transition to small-scale, community-based solutions for food, energy, water, building, transportation and waste.

Each autumn, the garden club sponsors a public lecture to promote gardening in the Chelsea area. To register, call the library at 734-475-8732 Ext. 219, go online at and click on the Calendar tab, or stop by the library information desk.

About the Chelsea Area Garden Club

Founded in October 1997 with 12 charter members, Chelsea Area Garden Club was originally affiliated with the Federated Garden Clubs of Michigan. The Chelsea Area Garden Club currently has over 50 members from Chelsea, Michigan and the surrounding communities.

The mission of Chelsea Area Garden Club is to:

  • stimulate the love of gardening,
  • encourage and assist in community beautification,
  • promote environmentally responsible horticultural practices and
  • encourage all forms of conservation through education and demonstration