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Our Next Continuing Education Meeting- Wednesday, February 19, 2020 @ 7:30 pm

Please join us on Wednesday February 19, 2020 7:30 – 9:00 pm, for our Continuing Education Meeting to be held at the Colleen Fraser Building, 300 North Ave East, Westfield,  NJ, 2nd floor.

Our guest speaker will be John Paul Learn of Mandala Farm. He will speak on Perennial Fruits and Gardens in a sustainable landscape.
Please RSVP to Tina Helmstetter at or text at 908-763-6774. You are welcome to bring a guest.
John Paul Learn is a plant breeder and the founder of a perennial edible plant nursery, Mandala Farm (  He has a background in farm to table cuisine, special events chefing and catering, Ayurveda, and holistic health.
He is a consultant and educator on the topics of food, land, agriculture, farm, and Permaculture design.

John Paul is dedicated to the intention of creating positive change for the environmental and personal individual health of communities.  He aims for social impact investment and his mantra is to operate under a triple-bottom line.  Firstly, the business must have a positive environmental footprint.  Secondly, it must provide health and well-being to all people involved.  Thirdly, it must facilitate a positive impact in financial and social equality. To this day, he strives to bring resilience, health, opportunity, and prosperity to the communities he engages.

Perennial Fruits and Gardens
Perennial fruits and gardens provide pathways to a more resilient life and environment. Do you want to grow ‘super foods’ in your own garden? Many perennial fruits, nuts, vegetables, and herbs that we can grow ourselves offer us incredible nutrient density and health benefits.  In this workshop, you will learn to successfully and easily cultivate perennial plants that can grow in our local bio-region.  Many of these foods are some of the most expensive we will find for sale. Others are not available in any stores or farmers markets anywhere.  In this engaging and practical discussion, we will learn some of the highest value, easiest grown perennial plants that will thrive in our region, review their habitats, establishment, and  care.


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