Recent Changes - Search:

Seattle Permaculture Guild

SPG wiki

How to do Wiki Setup

PmWiki

pmwiki.org

edit SideBar

April2007Newsletter

Newsletter for April 2007


CONTENTS


Step It Up - National Day of Climate Action - Get out and show Congress that Americans demand 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050

ARTICLES

EVENTS

ORGANIZATION OF THE GUILD

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

WORK OPPORTUNITIES


ARTICLES


EVENTS


April 14-15 - Mapping & Design: Weave observations into useful base maps and learn how permaculture design creates truly self-reliant systems. Bring as much information about your site as you can!

Held at the Wise Earth Ecological Landtrust in Maltby, WA (25 miles from Seattle)

Teachers: Heidi Bohan, Josho Somine, Albert Postema

For complete 2007 schedule and more info go here.


  • April 17th(Tues) - Fourth Annual Local Foods Dinner - Ballard High School - 6-9pm

Enjoy a night of artful cuisine and intelligent discussion about local food at the fourth annual local foods diner. Meet local family farmers and CSAs, talk with local chefs about fresh ingredients and hear about local programs helping the community find and enjoy our local bounty. Eat fabulous food prepared by top Seattle chefs using the best of our local farm harvests. more»

  • Date & Time: Tuesday, April 17th, 2007, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Location: Ballard High School - 1418 NW 65th Street [map]
  • Parking: We encourage you to carpool or use public transportation. Though street parking is a possibility, no on-site parking is available.
  • Bus: #15 stops at NW 65th St. and 15th Ave. NW

Price: $25 general, $15 Student/Limited Income/Senior - includes family-style dinner. Children under 5 are free.


April 17th - Integrating Permaculture Principles Into Your Organic Garden

  • Tuesday - 7-9pm

Learn the principles of permaculture and how to apply them in a backyard setting. Permaculture takes us beyond organic gardening and uses "systems" thinking to create efficient and abundant gardens that integrate human needs with the natural ecosystem. Its goal is to create a landscape where inputs are minimized and relationships between plants, animals and people are nurtured.

To register, go to: http://www.seattletilth.org - $25 PNA or Seattle Tilth member/ $27 non-member.


April 21st at 10:00AM - Come join us on Saturday, for our SPG potluck/workparty!

Bring your shovels, your jackets, your gloves, any other tools you feel like hauling, a nourishing contribution and your sense of community as we help Mariah reform her burms and swales into a flowing spiral...

We are some of the folks at Duwamish CoHousing Community in W. Seattle and we welcome you to come get a feel for what community life is like in our little neighborhood. We want to start a bit earlier than normal and share lunch. We have a common house ( i.e. shelter and warmth) if needed but we're holding out that the Spring sun will be shining down.

RSVP for directions to Maria at spiralmother@gmail.com


April 21st - Wild Thyme Farm Saturday workshop series - Edible landscaping and agroforestry, food forest maintenance.

  • Farm tour begins at 9 am
  • Workshops begin at 10 am - 2:30 pm
  • Food: The farm will provide a hearty mid-afternoon lunch. Potluck contributions are gratefully accepted but not necessary!
  • What to bring: gloves, weather appropriate clothing, sturdy shoes or boots, safety glasses, tools, potluck item
  • For directions, or to RSVP, contact 360-273-7117


April 22nd - HANDS-ON FERMENTATION WORKSHOP with Sandor Ellix Katz, author of Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods

10:00AM-3:00PM at the Fertile Ground Guest House, Olympia

Come experience how simple it is to make your own miso, kimchi, kefir, and other fermented delicacies. Learn about the healing qualities of live-culture ferments and their illustrious history. Be part of the fermentation revival!

$35-50 sliding scale, lunch included. Pre-registration is required, as space is limited.

For info and registration details contact Marisha via email at queenbee@herbnwisdom.com or phone 360-943-5262.

For info on Sandor, his books, and fermentation, check out http://www.wildfermentation.com.


April 29th - Sunday - "Cheese Glorious Cheese" - Learn to make delicious country-style cheeses.

Stef and Corinna Frenzl: Snohomish, WA. Suggested donation $35 + $10 materials fee

More info here: http://www.communitysustainable.org/our-work.html


May 4th-6th - Plant Propagation Workshop at Bullock's Homestead, Orcas Island

Learn how to get all the great plants you've been looking for yourself without breaking the bank. Fruit & nut trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, rootstocks, etc.

Hands-on experience in:

  • Seeding - scarification, mediums, etc.
  • Cuttings - hardwood, softwood, root, etc.
  • Grafting - theory, whip & tongue, cleft, etc.
  • Layering - for berries & other fruit
  • Division - root, crown, etc.
  • Course Tuition:

Cost: $180; includes delicious, mostly organic meals, camping space, & materials. Payment is due upon course registration. Course is limited to 40 participants.

Please mention you learned of this event from Katie at Seattle Permaculture Guild

Also for carpooling from Seattle, see our ridesharing page: carpool

For more info contact: Dave Boehnlein 360-840-8483 permaculture.dave@gmail.com

http://www.permacultureportal.com/courses_current.html


May 11-13 - Native Plants and Permaculture: A Gathering of Plant Enthusiasts

The Lost Valley Center has been one of Oregon's main venues for permaculture events and courses since the 1980s. The gathering's goal is to find common ground and encourage new alliances between the Native Plant and Permaculture communities in developing ecologically-integrated self-sustenance and native habitat preservation in the Pacific Northwest. Throughout the weekend, walks, talks, discussions and activities will explore the roles of native and nonnative plants in our cultivated and noncultivated landscapes. Presenters include Michael Pilarski (Friends of the Trees Society), Toby Hemenway (author, Gaia's Garden), Jude Hobbs (Agroecology Northwest), Rick Valley (Lost Valley Educational Center) and many others.


May 11-13 BASICS OF COB - 3 days Whidbey Island, WA $250

Cob is a mixture of sand, clay, soil, and straw ingredients that are readily available for little or no cost. Think of it as sculpting with clay. Walls, benches, furniture and bookshelves are just a few of the things that you can build with cob. Cob will not burn or rot and provides insulation and, more importantly, thermal mass. It’s also pleasing to the eye and comfortable to live in.

This will be a hands-on 3-day course covering the basics: site selection, materials, mixing and building techniques. Come prepared to get dirty. Workshop begins Friday at 4pm. Bring a dish to share for dinner. Lunch provided Saturday & Sunday.

to Register go to : http://naturalbuildingschool.org/workshops.html


May 12th - "Herb Vinegar and Oil Workshop" Keep a little bit of Spring with you all year. Make delicious and nutritious herbal vinegars and oils.

Marilene R. & Corinna Frenzl: Snohomish, WA - Suggested donation $35 + $10 materials fee

More info here: http://www.communitysustainable.org/our-work.html


May 18 - 27: Village Building Convergence, Portland, OR

The Village Building Convergence is part of The City Repair Project Placemaking Program, fulfilling City Repair’s mission to educate, inspire and activate local communities and develop our city and bioregion as a network of interconnected Village Centers. As villagers, we seek to combine our highest knowledge and understanding of history, contemporary conditions, social, appropriate ecological and technological innovations, and our respect for future generations.

For more info go to: http://www.cityrepair.org/wiki.php/projects/vbc7


May 19th - Saturday - "Earthen Oven Workshop" Come stomp in the mud as you learn how to construct your own earthen oven.

Marilene R. & Amy Kramer-Hawks: Snohomish, WA - Suggested donation $45

More info here: http://www.communitysustainable.org/our-work.html


May 19th - Wild Thyme Farm Saturday workshop series - Native landscape restoration for wildlife, noxious weed control.

  • Farm tour begins at 9 am
  • Workshops begin at 10 am - 2:30 pm
  • Food: The farm will provide a hearty mid-afternoon lunch. Potluck contributions are gratefully accepted but not necessary!
  • What to bring: gloves, weather appropriate clothing, sturdy shoes or boots, safety glasses, tools, potluck item
  • For directions, or to RSVP, contact 360-273-7117


May 19-20 - Edible Abundance: Use planning and species choice to create edible forest gardens and polycultures. Also learn the basics of plant propagation and maintenance, landscaping, grafting/orchards.

Held at the Wise Earth Ecological Landtrust in Maltby, WA (25 miles from Seattle)

Teachers: Kelda Miller, Heidi Bohan, Albert Postema

For complete 2007 schedule and more info go here.


June 9-10 - Healthy Soils: Learn bioremediation techniques, mushrooms, composting, hugelkulture, and how to heal our soils. The Wise Earth site has been harshly managed in its pre-permaculture past; has yours been too?

Held at the Wise Earth Ecological Landtrust in Maltby, WA (25 miles from Seattle)

Teachers: Kelda Miller, Josho Somine, Albert Postema

For complete 2007 schedule and more info go here.


June 13th - Rainwater Harvesting, Catching, and Management

  • Wednesday - 7-9pm

Join Mike Broili in an in-depth discussion about rainwater harvesting systems, design and management strategies. Mike will discuss rainwater harvesting systems for flushing toilets and doing Laundry. This class includes a tour of the Phinney Centers rainwater catchment system, used for flushing toilets.

To register , go to http://www.phinneycenter.org or call 206/783-2244. $20 PNA member/ $25 non-member.


June 19th - Wild Thyme Farm Saturday workshop series - Summer garden planting, creating an herb spiral.

  • Farm tour begins at 9 am
  • Workshops begin at 10 am - 2:30 pm
  • Food: The farm will provide a hearty mid-afternoon lunch. Potluck contributions are gratefully accepted but not necessary!
  • What to bring: gloves, weather appropriate clothing, sturdy shoes or boots, safety glasses, tools, potluck item
  • For directions, or to RSVP, contact 360-273-7117


June 23rd - Saturday - Summer Solstice Celebration and Potluck and "Bread & Barter" Come with something "old" and leave with something "new". Share in music and storytelling as we gather around the bonfire.

Marilene Richardson: Snohomish, WA

More info here: http://www.communitysustainable.org/our-work.html


June 23rd - FAMILY ARCHITECTURAL MODEL-MAKING WORKSHOP

For Adults and Youth 9 and up

  • Dates: Saturday, April 14 & June 23, 2007
  • Location: Rainier Square Conference Center - Rainier Square Atrium, 1333 5th Ave, 3rd Level, Seattle WA
  • Fees: $15 per individual
  • Note: Materials and snacks provided. Bring a bag lunch!

Get a special guided viewing of SAF’s permanent Blueprints: 100+ Years of Seattle Architecture exhibit and make your own model to take home. This intergenerational workshop will pair adults and youth together to design a building and make a model. Learn about design elements such as scale, texture, pattern, and perspective, while exploring how buildings and spaces impact communities and influence the ways people live, work, and play.

Registration is limited to ten (10) family teams. Advance registration and pre-payment are required.

To register, call the SAF office at 206.667.9184. Online registration is not available at this time.


July 7-8 - Appropriate energy and housing: Get energy we need through smart use of resources: conservation, 'passive' technologies, solar/wind/hydro electricity, and homemade fuels. And the next day, the building basics of natural and/or 'green' structures; what they are and what is appropriate for your site.

Held at the Wise Earth Ecological Landtrust in Maltby, WA (25 miles from Seattle)

Teachers: Emily Heindsmann, Josho Somine, Albert Postema

For complete 2007 schedule and more info go here.


July 12-14 - BASICS OF COB - 3 days Whidbey Island, WA $250

Cob is a mixture of sand, clay, soil, and straw ingredients that are readily available for little or no cost. Think of it as sculpting with clay. Walls, benches, furniture and bookshelves are just a few of the things that you can build with cob. Cob will not burn or rot and provides insulation and, more importantly, thermal mass. It’s also pleasing to the eye and comfortable to live in.

This will be a hands-on 3-day course covering the basics: site selection, materials, mixing and building techniques. Come prepared to get dirty. Workshop begins Friday at 4pm. Bring a dish to share for dinner. Lunch provided Saturday & Sunday.

To Register go to : http://naturalbuildingschool.org/workshops.html


July 28-29 - Beneficial Animals: Learn the benefits of both domestic and wild animals on your land. Basic animal husbandry will cover bees, chickens, ducks, goats, cows, etc. Also learn about original animal inhabitants and how to reinvite them through the restoration of functional habitat.

Held at the Wise Earth Ecological Landtrust in Maltby, WA (25 miles from Seattle)

Teachers: Heidi Bohan, Kelda Miller, Albert Postema

For complete 2007 schedule and more info go here.

[[#ancientearth3]


August 3-5 PLASTER - 3 days Whidbey Island, WA $250

This workshop will explore the versatility and application of earthen plasters. We will be doing interior and exterior plasters, window and door detail work, bah relief, and fresco applications. This is your chance to get really muddy and learn plastering techniques that you can use with your own building projects. We will be plastering over a number of different materials, including light straw clay, earth bags, and wood. Workshop begins Friday at 4pm. Bring a dish to share for dinner. Lunch provided Saturday & Sunday.

To Register go to : http://naturalbuildingschool.org/workshops.html


August 11-12 - Living in the Forest: Permaculture in the Puget Sound. Learn wildcrafting, ethnobotany, agroforestry, and traditional land-use management techniques. Ecological restoration with the Permaculture touch.

Held at the Wise Earth Ecological Landtrust in Maltby, WA (25 miles from Seattle)

Teachers: Heidi Bohan, Kelda Miller, Albert Postema

For complete 2007 schedule and more info go here.


September 8-9 - Water and Clean Watersheds: Saving and using water on your site through swales, catchments, and potable filtrations. Also, learn the technologies that sustainably manage stormwater, greywater, and blackwater.

Held at the Wise Earth Ecological Landtrust in Maltby, WA (25 miles from Seattle)

Teachers: Kelda Miller, Josho Somine, Albert Postema

For complete 2007 schedule and more info go here.


September 29-30 Community Design: City repair, social justice, landtrusts, ecovillages, halting urban sprawl, and rewilding the whole bioregion. Also, exciting alternatives to destructive economics systems.

Held at the Wise Earth Ecological Landtrust in Maltby, WA (25 miles from Seattle)

Teachers: Kelda Miller, Emily Heindsmann, Albert Postema, Josho Somine

For complete 2007 schedule and more info go here.


ORGANIZATION OF THE GUILD


Non tribe members can send event info to seattlepermacultureguild@gmail.com. This info will be compiled by a rotating volunteer twice a month and posted to the permaculture website, the tribe, and emailed to the guild list. If you've planned an event, and didn't make the newsletter, take advantage of tribe and post your event there.

  • Weˇ¦re going to aim for meeting once a month for folks interested in making sure the guild is running smoothly. Please come!
  • Organization of events and volunteers will be headed by whoever cares about the specific task the most! If you have an event idea, etc. consider organizing it. If not, perhaps post it on the guildˇ¦s wiki and someone else might pick it up.
  • For members who like networking online, want to check on last minute events, or post last minute stuff, etc.

check out the Seattle Permaculture Guild at http://tribes.tribe.net/seattlepermacultureguild and join the tribe.


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES


  • More events needed. Please organize one and send updates to seattlepermacultureguild@gmail.com.
  • Collect info on PC sites around town
  • Write/share articles on any topic related to permaculture

(anyone can post on this wiki, password is 'spgedit')

  • Create display for tabling at events
  • Staff table at upcoming events (eg Fremont Solstice Parade)

  • Volunteer(s) needed to work with Sustainable Seattle on their 'Regional Sustainability Information Commons'. Seattle has needed a project like this for a long time! Help bring some permaculture knowledge to the table! This project will gather "indicator" data from around the Greater Seattle, and Puget Sound area in a website, so sustainability indicators can be held in a framework, and for users, be it citizens, students, business and policy makers, to understand not only indicators and associated sustainability goals, but the relationships of different indicators to one another. For more information visit here or contact Gary Lichtenstein at -gary at sustainableseattle dot org-.


OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS


Greetings! I have been nestling into my new location in Olympia, Fertile Ground Guesthouse and Community Center.

This beautiful example of urban permaculture is on a double lot in downtown Olympia, directly behind the Timberland Library.

We are available to host many events, including pizza parties for local non-profits using our cob oven.

Fertile Ground will be the location for many upcoming events in the future. We have diverse facilities here at Fertile Ground, including a great kitchen for classes, musical instruments, and a studio/classroom space with projection possibilities. Please contact me if you are interested in using our space for your event as well.

Check out our website at http://www.fertileground.org

And here for calendar of events: http://www.fertileground.org/community/calendar.html



WORK OPPORTUNITIES


Edit - History - Print - Recent Changes - Search
Page last modified on April 16, 2007, at 07:16 PM