Getting Buggy with it

The Permaculture Research Institute Cold Climate is offering a fantastic seminar series on Gardening with Insects. The Permaculture Research Institute-Cold Climate began as the Permaculture Collaborative in 2003 and has transformed from a community organization to a nonprofit group, offering unique educational and outreach programs and events.

Details for the Insect gardening seminar this fall are as follows:

Event Date:

9 Sep 2009 7:00pm23 Sep 2009 9:00pm

Insect Management in Gardens and Edible Landscapes
Presented by Entomologist Neil Cunningham, MDA

Production Assistants: Daniel Halsey and Julianne Love

Register online for this 3-part lecture series and save over 33%!  Or attend 1 or 2 of the lectures and pay at the door.

When and Where : All lectures are 7-9pm in the Auditorium (Room #150) on the main floor of MCAD (MN College of Art and Design), 2501 Stevens Avenue, Minneapolis

Wednesday, September 9
A bit of biology, a bit of ecology, basic overview of biocontrols.

  • Insect characteristics and life cycles
  • Plants we love and the pests that eat them
  • Species identification and stages of management
  • Common insect pests in local gardens

Wednesday, September 16
Specifics of solving pest problems using predator/parasitic wasp complexes and/or multispecies releases of predatory mites; the process of ordering bio-agents from biocontrol suppliers; and how alternative pesticides like insecticidal soaps, hort oils, and kaolin clays work physically on insects – in contrast to synthetic pesticides that function as nerve toxins.

  • Natural pesticides, soaps, and clays
  • Beneficial insect predators and parasites
    • Multi-species release and biocontrols
    • Seasonal management techniques
    • Sources for beneficial insects

Wednesday, September 23
A long-term view of biological control : the importance of creating habitat, and how plant diversity enables the insect diversity needed for natural control of pest populations.

  • Fall and Spring garden prep for insect management
  • Building habitat for beneficial insects
    • Using plant diversity for insect diversity
    • Attracting beneficial insects with Insectory Islands
    • Building an Insectory Island and insect habitat

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