Plus, what does Winter Park's traffic problem mean for Austin's Coffee and other local biz?
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Starts Monday (this is perfect for spring break)

🌱 Getting down to the roots of permaculture

Plus, what does Winter Park's traffic problem mean for Austin's Coffee and other local biz? 

There is always so much happening in Orlando that it’ll make your head spin. 

Aren’t you glad you have this newsletter to keep you in check and informed? I know I’m happy to be here in your inbox, so I’m starting things off with a gift (of sorts) today.

Here’s a roundup from Orlando Sentinel about the free-ish events happening around town this weekend. And it starts with tonight’s screening of the film “Women in Motion”, a documentary that “tells the story of how ‘Star Trek’ actress Nichelle Nichols sparked NASA’s program of recruiting women and people of color in the 1970s and ’80s.” You can watch for free (but RSVP!) on the lawn of the Dr. Phillips Center at 7 p.m. 

There’s also this pay-what-you-can virtual living room concert series by Opera del Sol happening tonight at 7 p.m. This week’s guest is John Cavazos, a former Walt Disney World performer. 

Keep reading to learn about this week’s big story on the importance of permaculture, how you can help save Austin’s Coffee, and where to sign up for an unforgettable omakase experience.

The City Beautiful has become the City Creative when it comes to outdoor events thanks in part to our beautiful weather. (📸: @drphillipsctr) | Wanna see your photo here? Tag either #pulptown or @pulptown on Instagram to be featured as our IG of the Day! 

What Orlando is talking about

🍣 Soseki, the 10-seat intimate omakase experience from Chef Denni Cha and Chef Mike Collantes of Taglish fame, is hosting a preview of its spring menu this weekend. It’s currently operating as a pop-up in the Edible Education Experience building and garden in College Park, and you can still secure a seat at Friday and Sunday’s events. (Soseki on Instagram)

☕️ Local coffee haunt Austin’s Coffee is potentially on the chopping block. And longtime supporters are none too happy about it. The City of Winter Park is evaluating whether or not to buy the building and surrounding structures to add a dedicated turn lane and reduce congestion on Fairbanks Avenue. Residents and business owners are at odds about the whole ordeal. One customer even started a Save Austin’s Coffee Instagram page sharing ways to “join the fight.” (Orlando Weekly

💉 Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday that COVID-19 vaccines will be available to more Floridians after folks 55 and older have had a shot to get their, erm, shots. The remark comes amid accusations that the state’s vaccination campaign has been shaped by political motivations and favoritism. DeSantis did not share a timetable for the expansion, and the age eligibility drops to 60 years-old on Monday. (Orlando Sentinel)

  • Related: DeSantis also signed an executive order Wednesday banning any county or municipality from fining people or businesses that violate coronavirus safety regulations. The order applies to any fines imposed dating back to March 1, 2020. (WKMG)

Let’s talk permaculture, Orlando 

I recently got an email from Eliot Kersgaard regarding an upcoming event that he thought would be of interest to Pulptown readers. Well, it was also of interest to me — who wouldn’t be excited to learn about permaculture, aka, living off the land and in alignment with nature?

I did some legwork for you and asked all the right questions (🤞I hope) — down below, you’ll hear from Caitlin Fogarty, Jeff Trapani and Eliot about the Orlando Permaculture community and an upcoming course that’ll teach you the fundamentals. 

Pulptown: First things first, what is permaculture? 

Eliot: Permaculture is a method of looking to the natural world as a guide when designing our lives, communities, and environments. It involves careful observation of ecological processes to learn how we can create relationships that are more regenerative and in alignment with the Earth, with a strong emphasis on the fundamental life support systems of food, water and energy. Permaculture designers are commonly involved with projects such as urban homesteads, large-scale farms, and social enterprises.

Why did Orlando Permaculture start?

Jeff: Orlando Permaculture started in 2014 with a group of friends sharing knowledge on growing food, exchanging recipes, and learning about topics such as rain collection, alternative cooking technologies, and other ways to become sustainable through connecting with nature. Eventually, our group grew so large that we decided to meet at a central location — Audubon Community Church. 

Why should we care about learning permaculture? 

Eliot: Everyone in the permaculture community has arrived via a different path. In general, people are inspired to learn about permaculture because they are frustrated with the extractive, exploitative and divisive systems that seem to dominate human society today and they wish to discover new ways of relating to one another and the world around them. 

What is the goal of this upcoming course you originally reached out about?

Eliot: This course, Practical Permaculture Fundamentals, is designed to train a new cohort of permaculture thinkers to bring the principles and practices of permaculture into their lives and communities. It provides an in-depth look into the permaculture design thinking process and gives you the tools you need to begin designing and implementing permaculture projects at your own home or within your community.

Will this course keep me from going to the grocery store and out of the produce aisle? 

Eliot: This course will empower you with many of the skills and social resources you need to reduce your reliance on external inputs such as grocery stores. Of course, only you have the power to keep you from going to the grocery store if that is your goal. 

The deadline to sign up for this course is Monday, March 15. 

Wanna get involved but not ready to commit? OP meets once a month. Sign up for their newsletter to learn more or follow along on Facebook and Instagram. You can also join the very active Facebook group, which is a great place to start meeting others in the community and have your questions answered.

Read more from Eliot, Caitlin, and Jeff by heading to our extended interview here. We’re talking about whether permaculture saves you money, why Orlando is a good environment for this global movement, and whether you can go part-way in and just do semi-culture. 

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🖼 Explore American Artists in the Southwest Exhibit

Discover the people, places and landscapes of the Southwest at the Mennello Museum of American Art! The new exhibits, American Artists in the Southwest and American Paintings and Drawings from the Melanson Holt Collection showcase masterful artists, who lived and created in Taos and Santa Fe, working in lithography, etching, aquatint, woodblock and screenprint. The collection features over 30 artists, including Indigenous artists Harrison Begay and Pop Chalee. They revealed the awe-inspiring desert light, remote lands and extraordinary way of life in the changing American Southwest.

Explore the new exhibits now – April 11

🏆 It could’ve been you 

You might've passed this view while out for a bike ride through Mills 50. (📸: @pulptown)

This week, members got to participate in a game of I Spy that tests readers’ knowledge of the city. We asked where they could find the discreet mural above. And three of the members got it right, winning a free ad in an upcoming newsletter. Shout out to Jody M., Nick B., and Kelly L. for really knowing their Orlando.

If you like trivia, games, curated weekend itineraries, job postings, and the likes, then perhaps you’ll consider joining our Pulptown+ membership program today. It costs $8 a month (or $80 a year). 🙌 It also tells me that hey, you like our work. You really like our work. And that’s something I can really get behind. 


🍿 Pack a picnic and watch "Back to the Future" on the big screen outdoors (Winter Park)

🍿 Learn about how "Star Trek" actress Nichelle Nichols pioneered the NASA recruiting program to hire people of color and the space agency’s first female astronauts (Downtown)

🎶 Don't miss this week's Front Porch Series at The Plaza Live featuring local rockabilly band, Oak Hill Drifters (Milk District)

🗳️ Get ready to have some civil discourse, Orlando, with Banks Helfrich and the Winter Park Library Symposium (Winter Park)


☮️ Sign up for this yoga laughter class, heavy on the laughter, light on the yoga (Online)

🛍 Shop local makers outdoor at this night pop-up market happening at Persimmon Hollow (Lake Eola Park)

🎟 Take it back to the early 90s for this rendition of the feel-good musical comedy, "Sister Act" now through Sunday (Sanford)


🥕 Buy your local produce and shop local vendors at the weekly farmers market (Winter Park)

🌱 Shop local plants directly from the growers at this plant sale happening at Leu Gardens through Sunday (Audubon Park)

🌱 Mosey over to the Henao Center for an all-day outdoor vegan fest (College Park)

💫 Take a virtual tour of the Northern Lights courtesy of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Planetarium (Online)

🍝 Learn to make fresh pasta and wash it down with a few local brews by Orlando Brewing (SODO)

🎵 Take a journey from the Southern region of Spain to the New World with Don Soledad on guitar and John Olearchick on piano (Orlando/Online)

🎶 Don't miss the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra presenting "John Williams: Big Screen Blockbusters" (Winter Park))


☮️ Prep for the week ahead with an outdoor yoga class in the sculpture garden of the Mennello (Loch Haven Park)

🧘 Join instructor, Taylor Nelms, and get ready to breathe, sweat, stretch, and savasana in this power flow yoga class (Downtown)

🎶 Check out Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra's free Spring Pops concert in Central Park, entitled "Masters of the Movies" (Winter Park)


🗣 Celebrate Women's History Month with the kids as they learn about the legendary, first Black female pilot, Bessie Coleman (Online)

One more thing

If you're not on a priority list and you're looking to get the COVID-19 vaccine, Walmart might be the answer you've been looking for. Some of the local stores have incorporated a waste avoidance list that allows folks to join a waiting list to get any vaccines that are leftover at the end of the day that would otherwise be thrown out. Unfortunately, the Walmart on South Orange is by online appointment only as is the Walmart on Deep Lake Road in Oviedo.

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