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August-October2008NewsAndEvents

News and Events - 2008

Apple Blossom time!!


CONTENTS


ARTICLES & NEWS

EVENTS

ORGANIZATION OF THE GUILD

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

WORK OPPORTUNITIES


ARTICLES


EVENTS


Several years ago, Griggs transformed his backyard in Wallingford into a "personal p-patch", where a handful of neighbors can grow organic food, compost food scraps, and share garden knowledge and resources. I was lucky enough to meet Griggs and score a plot just when I became interested in vegetable gardening. The joy and awesomeness of that experience for all involved led us to start wondering how we could encourage more of this sort of collaboration throughout the many neighborhoods of Seattle, and perhaps beyond.

We talked about the massive amount of food generated and energy saved in the famous WWII Victory Gardens, and the ironic parallels with today's global issues of climate change, natural disaster, food security, economic downturn and oil dependence. We did a bit of research and discovered some exciting new movements popping up across the country, including several "Food Not Lawns" chapters throughout California, nine prototype "Edible Estates" stretching from Austin to Baltimore, an Iowa group called Backyard Abundance, and a project in San Francisco called Victory Gardens 2007+. We believe that Seattle, with its extended growing season and amazing wealth of gardening and permaculture knowledge (Seattle Tilth rocks!), is a natural spawning ground for the movement. We aimed to create an Abundant Yards model here that could be used as a springboard for similar movements in cities and towns across the nation.

We began talking and brainstorming with many of you, and were floored by the outpouring of enthusiasm and great ideas. We put together a nice little starter website: abundantyards.org (thanks Josh!), which many people have stumbled upon and contacted us. We also observed and blogged a couple 'pilot gardens' last season, while we let the ideas percolate.

Now I feel we have gathered enough information to begin providing real support and resources for people who are interested in turning all or part of their lawn/rooftop/parking strip into a food garden. My current vision for helping a person/people do this is to organize a workparty or two for them, inviting the person's neighbors as well as AY team members and their shovels/seeds/know-how. I think it will be relatively easy to obtain donated materials from local garden supply stores, as well as donated refreshments, and perhaps AY could help people apply for small neighborhood improvement grants in certain situations as well. I believe that mentoring relationships and collaborations will naturally grow out of these workparties. I also see the involvement of local companies such as Seattle Urban Farm Co. and Cascadia Edible Landscapes as being potentially very beneficial for all.

Hope to see many of you later this week to catch up and hear more of your ideas! I'm planning to be at *Chaco Canyon Cafe* in the U-District (southwest corner of 50th and 12th Ave) on *Thurs 5-6:30pm* and *Fri 10-11:30am*. I'd love to see you there, even for a short time.


August 10-17, 2008 Permaculture Teacher Training, Orcas Island, WA

At the Bullock's Permaculture Homestead

Being excited about Permaculture is a good place to start, but pulling off a great Permaculture course in your community takes good planning, a bit of homework, and some sharing of ideas. It's a huge concept and in this course we will focus in on the conceptual framework of how to deliver Permaculture to your local communities in an organized, productive and empowering way that will get others as excited as you are about Permaculture.

Topics Include:

  • Educational Theory
  • Group Facilitation
  • Budgeting
  • Food
  • Lesson Development
  • Projects
  • Plant Acquisition
  • Learning Process
  • Team Building
  • Marketing
  • Health and Safety
  • Building local guilds
  • Fund Raising
  • Nursery Development
  • Experiential Education Cycle
  • Logistics
  • Course Site Check list
  • Resource lists/timelines
  • Hands-on skills
  • Developing Non-profits
  • Solar Hot water

Using the amazing Bullock Homestead as our classroom, we will explore three major focus areas:

  • 1. How do people learn and how can we create experiences that people

get the maximum effect from.

  • 2. How effective planning and logistics lead to improved course outcomes.
  • 3. Improving our own skill level in Permaculture concepts and hands-on

skills.

Mornings will be spent in educational theory and group dynamics. After lunch groups will be developing a Course Design Matrix, recipe cards for new teachers to take back to their communities. And afternoons will be spent honing and developing personal skills on a 20 year Permaculture homestead. Evenings will focus on resources to help your course take shape. Our final day, to check our progress, we will be delivering a one day Permaculture workshop to a group of college students. There will be ample time for networking and sharing specifics about your intended course particulars. Students will leave with many tools to put to use as Permaculture educators.

Instructors: Michael Becker, Dave Boehnlein, Douglas Bullock, Samuel Bullock

Prerequisite: Permaculture Design Course Certificate or equivalent experience

Cost: $800 ($750 if paid-in-full by June 1st, 2008). A $250 nonrefundable deposit is required with course registration, with the remainder due on or before July 15, 2008. Note: We only accept 22 students so this course fills up fast!

Contact: Dave Boehnlein - 360-840-8483 - permaculture.dave@gmail.com

Dave Boehnlein - Education Director - Bullock's Permaculture Homestead

http://www.permacultureportal.com


Hi Folks I will be traveling through North Cascadia next week with the Underscore Orkestra, a gypsy klezmer jazz ensemble with an SVO school bus. The tour schedule is below. I am working on a book about the band, and will be available during the daytimes for social and professional fun! Last-minute workshop or slideshow, anyone? Booksigning event?

Please spread the word about the shows below, and I look forward to hearing from y'all real soon!

Best Heather heathercflores@gmail.com

  • Tour Schedule Listed Below

see www.myspace.com/underscoreorkestra for music samples and more info

aug 19 8:00P Upstage Theater Port Townsend, Washington

Aug 20 2008 5:30P Port Townsend Co-op Courtyard Venue Port Townsend, Washington

Aug 21 2008 8:00P Upstage Theater Port Townsend, Washington

Aug 22 2008 9:00P The China Clipper Lounge olympia, Washington

Aug 24 2008 6:00P Dockside Bistro Olympia, Washington

As you may or may not know, I move to Burundi, Africa in two weeks to start a farm and nursery project for a new hospital being built by Village Health Works (VHW). I will be volunteering there for one year. On Friday, August 22nd, I am hosting a fundraising concert for Village Health Works at the Museum of History and Industry. All proceeds will go towards 1) VHW’s next major construction project (a 30-bed in-patient ward) and 2) The initiation of a multi-faceted malnutrition program, supported by the farm I am starting, to fulfill the hospital’s nutritional needs. For more info about Village Health Works visit us at: www.villagehealthwork.org.

If you are free on the 22nd (less than two weeks away), I would love to have you there.

Location: 2700 24th Ave. E - Seattle

Artists: Clinton Fearon & Mark Oi (www.clintonfearon.com)

                        Emi Meyer (www.emimeyer.com) 

Doors: 7:00pm

Justin Hanseth


August 25 - September 7th, 2008 - Permaculture Design Certification Course with Adam Rawson and Marisha Auerbach - K-Jo Farm, Vashon Island, WA

Please note: This is the first listing of three possible Permaculture Design Certification Courses offered this fall. The instructors, locations, and times vary but the curriculum is the same.

Permaculture is whole system design and development for sustainable living and land use. Permaculture presents at framework for consciously designed landscapes that mimic the patterns and relationships found in nature. These systems yield an abundance of food, water, shelter, and energy for the provision of local needs.

This complete, accredited course is suitable for eveyone interested in permaculture and sustainable design including: homeowners, gardeners, farmers, business owners, students, design and development professionals. At completion, students will recieve the Permaculture Design Certificate.

Topics include:

  • Permaculture Philosophy, Ethics, and Principles
  • Concepts and Themes in Design
  • Design Methodology
  • Pattern Understanding
  • Reading the Landscape
  • Cliimatic Factors
  • Trees and their Energy Transactions
  • Water
  • Soils
  • Earthworking and Earth Resources
  • Aquaculture
  • Natural Building
  • The Humid Tropics, Drylands, and Humid Cool to Cold Climates
  • Forestry
  • The Strategies of an Alternative Global Nation
  • Perennial and Annual Gardens
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Sustainable Building
  • Restoration Ecology
  • Mycology
  • Edible Landscapng
  • Sustainable Land Use
  • Plant Propagation
  • Nutrient Cycling
  • Ethnobotany
  • Energy Conservation
  • Seed Saving
  • Bioregionalism
  • Urban Permaculture
  • Appropriate Technology
  • Local Economics
  • Food Forests & Polyculture Systems
  • Community
  • and more!

With expert guests, tours of local sustainable projects, homes and farms, and hands-on application on a working farm Course tuition is $1200, includes meals and camping on-site.

For information and registration, call (206) 697-0159


Weekend Permaculture Design Certification Course - Vashon Co-Housing, Vashon Island, WA

Please note: This is the second listing of three possible Permaculture Design Certification Courses offered this fall. The instructors, locations, and times vary but the curriculum is the same.

  • September 19 - 21
  • September 26 - 28
  • October 10 - 12
  • October 24 - 26
  • November 7 - 9
  • November 21 - 23

Friday Evenings: 7 - 9 pm - Saturdays: 10 am - 5 pm - Sundays: 10 am - 5 pm

Facilitated by Marisha Auerbach, Dana Schuerholz, Adam Rawson, Kelda Miller, and friends

The objective of this course is to provide a comprehensive overview of sustainable futures, based on permaculture philosophy, techniques, and strategies that one could incorporate into their everyday life, or enhance their career. This course will provide diverse hands-on experience. The intention is to facilitate a systems approach to thinking about different issues, encouraging care for the earth and its inhabitants as a diverse community. This course will meet two weekends per month. There will be suggested readings and we will visit and network with others using permaculture principles in their lives and careers.

Topics include:

  • Permaculture Philosophy, Ethics, and Principles
  • Concepts and Themes in Design
  • Design Methodology
  • Pattern Understanding
  • Reading the Landscape
  • Cliimatic Factors
  • Trees and their Energy Transactions
  • Water
  • Soils
  • Earthworking and Earth Resources
  • Aquaculture
  • Natural Building
  • The Humid Tropics, Drylands, and Humid Cool to Cold Climates
  • Forestry
  • The Strategies of an Alternative Global Nation
  • Perennial and Annual Gardens
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Sustainable Building
  • Restoration Ecology
  • Mycology
  • Edible Landscapng
  • Sustainable Land Use
  • Plant Propagation
  • Nutrient Cycling
  • Ethnobotany
  • Energy Conservation
  • Seed Saving
  • Bioregionalism
  • Urban Permaculture
  • Appropriate Technology
  • Local Economics
  • Food Forests & Polyculture Systems
  • Community
  • and more!

The tuition for this course is $900 - $700, sliding scale. We are open to work/trade possibilities.

For more information, or to register, contact: Marisha Auerbach (360) 943-5262 or queenbee@herbnwisdom.com

To learn more: check out our websites: http://www.herbnwisdom.com or http://www.vashoncohousing.org


Come and experience A permaculture advanced certificate course and plastering workshop in southern oregon. Facilitated by Tom Ward and Rob Van Arsdale Seven days Friday October 3rd through Thursday October. 9th 2008

Cost: Seven day advanced PC certificate $700 - $750 (sliding scale). Includes: Three day natural building intensive Oct 3rd- Oct 5th $400-$450

An advanced certificate is available for Permaculture Design Course graduates who complete the week. Others can have the certificate held until they have a PCDC certificate. Open to all who have a working knowledge of Permaculture. Tom Ward will discuss and illustrate Regenerative Forestry through topics including Co-evolution and human managed forests, Understory opportunities, Reading the forest, Complexity and metastability, Wildlife and landscape cycles and more…. We will do hands on with willow rods, fir poles and charcoal.

Anyone is welcome to attend the first weekend of plastering and natural building. The Natural building component of the course is focused on site preparation, adobe floor creation, hands on plastering and finishing techniques and restoration work as we will be working on Tom’s forestry research station.

Contact rob@earthenaccents.com or tomward@mind.net


October 17 - 19 - Seattle Bioneers Conference - Washington State Convention and Trade Center - 800 Convention Place, Seattle, WA

9:30 am - 5:30 pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

The Northwest Environmental Education Council is pleased to announce their second year of support for the Seattle Bioneers Conference!

Now in it's 19th year, Bioneers brings together some of the world's most renowned and innovative people to present their ideas and experiences. They speak to a well educated, interested, and progressive audience willing to discuss solutions to current environmental and social justice issues.

This conference features a live satellite downlink of the Bioneers Conference in San Rafael, CA for each of the morning plenary sessions. Visit http://www.nweec.org/seattlebioneers/ for the list of 2008 plenary speakers.

We are currently accepting applications for speakers, sponsors, and presenters. Follow the above links to see where you can best fit in to this awesome event!

Please visit the Bioneers website at http://bioneers.org for more information about the Bioneers Conference and our partnership.


November 26 - December 9: Winter Permaculture Design Course, Lost Valley Education Center, Dexter, OR with Jude Hobbs, Rick Valley, and Marisha Auerbach

(See the June 16th-Aug 8th course for further information. )

Please note: This course is a Permaculture Design Course and does not include the Ecovillage and Community Curriculum offered in the longer Summer Program.


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.

  • We are 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 guild¡¦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
  • 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


Hi, my name is Alex Epstein and i am the VP of the permaculture club at the University of Puget Sound. We are pretty much brand new but have big aspirations. I noticed your site and knowing the nature of guilds felt that it would do us good to get in contact with you folk. Right now we have a grant application in at the University, which we feel very hopeful about, asking for the resources to convert an empty lot on campus to a permaculture and native plant garden. We would have somewhat limited resources but one of our hopes was to hire a permaculture expert who knows the puget sound land and could help us plan the garden. If you know of anyone who might be up to the task we would be very grateful. Any suggestions or ideas or comments would appreciated as well. contact: aepstein365@gmail.com


Hi. My name is Justin.

I have a whole bunch of tree seeds; paw paws, ginkgos, stone fruits, nuts, etc. I usually grow them in pots in a green house for the first season, then break 'em up and transplant them. I have pots, but I am looking for:

1) Greenhouse space 2) Bed space

Along with the "pots in a greenhouse" tech, I'd like to tuck some seeds in a bed someplace, and see what my success rate is. I've done pretty well outside in the past; want to try different soil types, top dresses, depths, amendments, etc.

I dun run out uh space! Know of any space I could use/lease/contribute to? I'd be happy to donate some fruit trees, teach propagation techniques, do some small-scale design, contribute to current projects etc. in return. I would want the greenhouse space through Spring, and the bed space through Fall.

Justin Hanseth 206.849.1980


Want to buy land for an eco-agriculture community? by Michael Pilarski(09/10/07)

In my search for land to live on, one possible avenue is for me to link up with other people and purchase land. If you are interested in purchasing land for a small farming community devoted to research and education, get in touch. I am researching possibilities in Okanogan County. friendsofthetrees@yahoo.com


Hey there all, For those interested in the guerrilla gardening project, we have 3 beds completed along the Burke Gilman next to I-5, there are 2 vegetable beds and 1 herb bed (the Tea garden) but room for many more.

I also want to let you know that we have gotten web space for the guerrilla gardening project, which we have been calling the U-Farm. The site is http://www.U-Farm.org and so far we have a forum up and working. We are going to have regular updates of what has been going on, as well as scheduling for work parties, watering and other topics. To join the forum click the 'register' link at the top right and follow the directions. So please feel free to start discussions, and advertise work parties.

Hope to hear from everyone soon, -Josh


What's the difference between a smelly old outhouse and a Composting Toilet?

Interested in Composting Toilets? Workshop location and materials available for July or Aug workshop if anyone with expertise or a special sort of passion wants to see one built in NE Seattle. I got the some books from the library, anyone have any recent info or been involved in building one locally? Contact Lacia 206-356-7768 or email preferred LLB101@excitecom with "composting toilet" in the subject so the junk mail filters don't get you.




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