Preserving Culture and Engaging Community Through Sustainability Education and Development

Dakota Prayer Ride and Water Walk

You can view the journey on Facebook:

W.A.T.E.R = We All Take Environmental Responsibility

The walk was started in 2017 to help heal both multigenerational trauma and the waters that have been poisoned by oil leaks and other contaminants. The Rosebud Continuum supports the Dakota Prayer Ride and Water Walk in honor of women and children from historical trauma - past & present. Through this journey we embrace all lives lost. You can donate financially through PayPal:

Helena LaBatte

The Rosebud Continuum is organizing a monthly Resilient Community Market Event

Please contact us if you would be interested in being a vendor/exhibitor at our market.

(813) 419-0997 |

22843 Hale Rd. Land O' Lakes, FL 34639


Join us on the Second Sunday Night of every month for a Rosebud Resilient Community Experience featuring an Open Market, Live Music, Art, Food & Good Friends. Hosted by the Ecotone Community of Tampa Bay.

No Market Event for December

Have a Merry Christmas

22843 HALE ROAD, Land O' Lakes, FL 34639

Interested in being a vendor/exhibitor? Complete the Market Vendor Agreement and send it in an email to:

No Market Event for December, but let us know if you are able to assist us in developing our market event for 2019.

Fall 2018 Open House

October 20, 2018

8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

22843 Hale Rd. Land O' Lakes, FL 34639

Meet Frederica Helmiere | Aug 8, 2018

10:00 a.m. at the Rosebud Continuum

The Global Healing CC, a member of the Blue Community Consortium invites you to meet Frederica Helmiere, Multi-Regional Coordinator for the United Religions Initiative

This is an opportunity to learn about global initiatives for peace, justice, and sustainability and how you can participate.

If you haven’t yet visited the Rosebud Continnuum it is an opportunity to become acquainted with our work as well.

Frederica has spent the past fifteen years studying and working at the intersection of religion, social justice, and ecology in the US and abroad, seeking to empower people and organizations to work more effectively for social change and peace. Most recently this work has taken the form of teaching and designing courses for undergraduate and graduate students on religion, power and privilege, and global concerns of social and environmental justice at the University of Washington and Seattle University. Frederica holds two masters degrees from a joint-degree program between the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the Yale Divinity School, and a BA from Dartmouth College in Religion & Environmental studies. She served as an environmental education volunteer with the Peace Corps in the Philippines, and has lived or traveled in 35 countries. Frederica lives in Seattle where she enjoys backpacking, reading fiction, and introducing her two daughters to the wonders of the natural world.

Rosebud is located at: 22843 Hale Rd. Land O' Lakes FL 34639

Hope you can join us.

Research center seeks sustainability in Land O’ Lakes

ALICE HERDEN | Special to the Times

Beekeeper Dale Hayberg demostrates how honey is collected from the frames during the Rosebud Continuum open house. ALICE HERDEN | Special to the Times Beekeeper Dale Hayberg demostrates how honey is collected from the frames during the Rosebud Continuum open house. ALICE HERDEN | Special to the Times

Jerry Comellas, Director of Sustainability Education, shows visitors tools used for the hydroponic systems during the Rosebud Continuum open house. ALICE HERDEN | Special to the Times

Craig Huegel worked on the Bishop property to remove invasive plants to create a Florida native plant trail and wildflower meadow at the Rosebud Continuum research center. ALICE HERDEN | Special to the Times

Dr. Thomas Culhane, who teaches at the Patel College of Global Sustainability at the University of South Florida, discusses Solar CITIES biodigester projects during the Rosebud Continuum open house in Land O' Lakes. ALICE HERDEN | Special to the Times

Maryann Bishop, founder ofr the Rosebud Continuum on her family's property in Land O' Lakes..

C.T. Bowen

Pasco Times columnist

Published: May 11, 2018Updated: May 21, 2018 at 01:17 PM

LAND O’ LAKES — You’re never alone at the corner of Hale Road and Collier Parkway.

There are honeybees, snakes, alligators, spiders and other insects. Some goats and chickens, too. The signs on the property announce their presence and a few suggestions.

"Please respect them and they will respect you.’’

Respecting the environment is the goal at this site, known as the Rosebud Continuum. It is a sustainability education and research center that has a working relationship with the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Global Sustainability at the University of South Florida and with other non-profits. But its physical location is the heart of Land O’Lakes, on 15 acres owned by the Bishop family, the project’s founders.

To passing motorists, the most visible identifier might be the teepee facing Hale Road. But the Rosebud Continuum, which began about two years ago, includes three bio-digesters to turn food waste into energy and fertilizer, a greenhouse filled with hydroponics, beehives, a classroom and a nature trail meandering through a meadow of 200 varieties of native plants and wildflowers.

The project was host to a community open house on May 12, part of a planned outreach to make the center more available to the public for classes, farmers’ markets, even lake-side weddings or other special events.

The idea is "to change the mindset of how we treat nature and how we do things to be sustainable,’’ said Jerry Comellas, the site’s educational director.

School kids already are part of the process. About 20 environmental science students from the Academy of the Lakes High School come every other week as part of their curriculum. Blake High School students visit on weekends to earn extra credit.

Maryann Bishop recounted the continuum’s genesis, spurred by a visit from staff from the Southwest Florida Water Management District. They were trying to locate a particular invasive plant and thought they had spotted it from the air on the Bishop property.

They didn’t find that plant, but they told Bishop they found a huge Brazilian pepper and recommended she have it removed.

"How do I know what’s good and what’s invasive?’’ she said. "And then I thought how nice it would be to pool our knowledge and help everyone understand, and that’s how it started.’’

She talked with the Florida Native Plant Society and that brought the involvement of Dr. Craig Huegel, an environmental landscape consultant and teacher at St. Petersburg College, and Lisa Boing, a Pinellas County master gardener and board member of the Florida Botanical Gardens. They combined to turn the west side of the property into the nature trail, removing and documenting 22 invasive species.

Maryann’s husband is Sonny Bishop, owner of Bishop Construction Co., and for eight seasons, a professional football player in the former American Football League. He provided plenty of muscle to turn the jungle into the lake-side serenity attracting butterflies, bees and birds.

The project takes its moniker from the Native American heritage of Sonny Bishop and his children. A Lakota Sioux born in South Dakota, Bishop named the center for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

The land across the driveway, toward the northeast side of the site, is under the purview of Dr. Thomas Culhane, a professor of environmental sustainability and justice at the Patel College for Global Sustainability at USF.

He, students and volunteer researchers there built three bio-digesters, turning food waste into bio-gas to produce electricity, cook food and for other uses. A Beef O’Brady’s restaurant provides a half-barrel of food waste — paper and plastic aren’t included — each week as the energy source. The bio-digester can turn a full barrel of food waste into enough bio-gas to cook for 20 to 30 hours or run a generator for eight to 10 hours, Culhane said.

"You can do everything with bio-gas that you can do with natural gas,’’ he said.

The continuum still needs volunteers and donations. Its website is Last week, a restaurateur approached Maryann Bishop about producing farm-to-table food supplies. She was glad to hear it, because that is one of the challenges ahead for the Rosebud Continuum, a non-profit agency.

"If it’s going to be sustainable,’’ said Maryann Bishop, "it has to be sustainable economically, too.’’

Reach C.T. Bowen at or (813) 435-7306. Follow @CTBowen2

What's with the Public Notice Sign?

Find out in the recent edition of Rosebud News

Invasive Plant Removal

June 9, 2018 | 9:00 AM Come check out our Wildflower Meadow and Join us for Invasive Plant Removal.

Bring some sunscreen, insect repellent and gardening gloves.

Aquaponics Workshop

Saturday June 2, 2018

Join us this Saturday for the third of our 4 class Reslient Community Series -- "Amazing Aquaponics". Come learn about how you can make your own Aquaponics CHOP And CHIFT PIST System with Bell Siphons for Flood and Drain and J-Siphons and NFT and Deep Water Culture and more!

Taking your RV off Grid - a Rosebud resilient community workshop

Instructor: Dr. T. H. Culhane

Saturday, May 26, 2018 from 10 AM - 1 PM

22843 Hale Rd, Land O Lakes, FL 34639

Another Rosebud Resilient Community Workshop premiering this coming Saturday, this one on preparing your RV or tiny house to go off grid. For that matter, the information can be used for any house (considering that a stationary house or apartment can really be considered an "RV without wheels" -- the basic principles are the same!). Come learn the DIY way to get through a period of power outages and shortages on gas and propane from people who live it every day!

Register by email to

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Intro to Biogas Class - Saturday, May 19, 2018

Intro to Biogas Workshop | Saturday, May 19, 2018

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Course Fee: $20

22843 Hale Road, Land O Lakes, FL 34638

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Take a peek at some of our sustainability projects in Land O Lakes, Florida


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