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August2007Newsletter

News and Events - 2007

Breakfast fruit from park and garden (gathered 8/1/07) - ST


CONTENTS


ARTICLES & NEWS

EVENTS

ORGANIZATION OF THE GUILD

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

WORK OPPORTUNITIES


ARTICLES


EVENTS


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 20th - Monday 7pm - Welcome Friends and Neighbors of Sustainable West Seattle:

Hi....I hope you are all enjoying summer, the weather, exercise, fresh food, and long days. Please join us for a General Meeting at Camp Long (5200 35th Avenue SW) on August 20. Meeting starts at 7:00pm sharp. Primarily, we are planning an activity that will determine a mission statement and general goals for Sustainabile West Seattle. In addition, we will share news of a recent sucessful fundraiser, there will be brief reports from our action groups and our steering committee, we will discuss grant opportunities, there will be some volunteer opportunities, and there will be 45-60 minutes for action groups to meet.

If you cannot make it, please visit our website at http://www.sustainablewestseattle.org for updates on our progress.

Hope to see you there!

Bill Reiswig 768-8463


August 21st - Tuesday - 6-9pm - Natural Remedies for Menopausal Symptoms

This will include herbs to use as well as dietary and lifestyle changes that may be hlepful during this time of change. Herbalist Kathy Abaskal will be teaching this class in West Seattle. This class is not limited to women or women with symptoms. We will provide a light meal to enjoy during the later part of the class. If you have dietary restrictions or need to eat on a schedule, please feel free to bring your own food and/or beverages.

Also, Midwife and Herbalist Terry Simmons (my sister) will be in Seattle to teach several intensives about using herbs and flower essences during pregnancy and birth, as well as post partum and general family helath. She will be in town the last week of September (27th - 31st). If you are interested or know anyone who is, please spread the word.

I have been experiencing difficulty with my email, so if you want to sign up for these classes please email me at jayne@sistersageherbs.com., and call me as well at 206-898-2101.

I will be having a tour of the farm sometime in September, so please check the website (http://www.sistersageherbs.com ) to find out more.

Thank you and I hope you are having a wonderful Summer.

Jayne Simmons - Sister Sage Herbs - 206-898-2101


August 22 - Wednesday - Climate Change Despair & Empowerment Road Show - Part 1

Kelly Tudhope and Pat Rasmussen of the Rainforest Information Centre of Australia (http://www.climate.net.au) are touring the West Coast with this inspiring Road Show. They will address our role in a "climate changed" world and empower us with a renewed sense of commitment to the actions required to address global warming.

This multi-media presentation aims to catalyze, invigorate and support a dynamic and strong climate change movement address the hopelessness, apathy and despair that many people feel and provide tools to transform these feelings into empowerment and effective action unveil the false and "business as usual" solutions being touted by the major political parties such as nuclear energy and "clean" coal raise awareness and inspire political action towards the real solutions and provide resources for the many things we can all do to turn the situation around.


August 23 - Thursday - Climate Change Despair & Empowerment Workshop Part 2

This workshop is offered as a follow up and deepening of the previous evening’s Road Show. In the peace and beauty offered by nature in our urban oasis, Woodland Park, we will gently explore our deeply felt emotions in response to conditions of our time; experience the power of our connection with the vast web of life and our authority to act on its behalf; and support one another in our work for the healing of our world. Workshop activities are inspired by The Work that Reconnects, a form of group work pioneered by Joanna Macy in the 1970s. It has helped thousands around the globe find insight, solidarity and courage to act in the face of the deep challenges to our planetary future (http://www.joannamacy.net). Great Turning Northwest members Paula Hendrick, Edith Kusnic, and Ann Scheerer will facilitate this workshop.

  • When: Thursday, August 23, 2007, 9:30am-4:30pm
  • Where: Woodland Park Shelter #7
  • Cost: $20
  • (lunch not included in workshop cost; provided at an additional fee)
  • Register: by August 20 at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/18652


August 25th

Wild Edibles Walk at Washington Park Arboretum

Meet at 6 p.m. at the Washington Park Arboretum Visitor's Center. More information can be found in this discussion thread - including the planning for future events!

This is an informal group. Past gatherings have been 12 to 25 people. We're trying to get together every three weeks or so and see different areas in different stages of "edibility" :).


August 26th - Sunday Cob Oven Sculpting Party and SPG potluck(for those not able to make it Sunday - a Saturday(25th) Party can happen with enough interest)

Come help turn this beaver house of an oven into a magical fairy and gnome home decorated with twigs, beach glass, shells, mosaic and other natural and recycled materials. At Lavendar Lane Preschool(http://www.lavenderlane.org/)

Time:

  • 9am - Start stomping cob
  • noon - Pizza Potluck - Bring favorite topping to share - pizza dough provided.
  • 1-3pm - fun in the mud continued

What to bring: Trowels, favorite sculpting tools, gloves, mosaic donations.

RSVP Annika for directions.


September 9th

Wild Edibles Walk at Seward Park

Meet at 2 p.m. in front of the Seward Park Art Studio, which is on the left near the entrance to the park. More information can be found in this discussion thread - including the planning for future events!

This is an informal group. Past gatherings have been 12 to 25 people. We're trying to get together every three weeks or so and see different areas in different stages of "edibility" :).


September 19th - Wednesday 7-9pm - RAINWATER HARVESTING, CATCHMENT & MANAGEMENT by Michael Broili, Living System Design

$25 - - To register, call 206/783-2244 or email pna@phinneycenter.org

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. http://www.harvestrain.net


September 29th - Saturday, 9:30-2:30pm - BioLyle's Biodiesel Worksho by Lyle Rudensey

$65 - To register, call 206/783-2244 or email pna@phinneycenter.org

An introduction to biodiesel with hands-on experience for those interested in making biodiesel from waste restaurant oil. Learn the chemistry and tricks of making quality biodiesel by making small batches and experimenting with different vegetable oils, catalysts, and pH indicators. Various reactor designs are presented, followed by a visit to a nearby home reactor. Instructor makes his own fuel. http://www.biolyle.com


October 3rd - Wednesday, 7-9pm - INTEGRATED WATER MANAGEMENT FOR LANDSCAPES by Michael Broili, Living System Design

$25 - - To register, call 206/783-2244 or email pna@phinneycenter.org

Michael Broili will discuss best soil management practices,rain and bog garden design including plant selection and a variety of geo-technical solutions which help create productive and sustainable gardens and landscapes and manage on site drainage problems. http://www.harvestrain.net


October 16th - Tuesday, 7-9:30pm - SOLAR ENERGY FOR YOUR HOME by Chris Herman, Winter Sun Design

$30 - To register, call 206/783-2244 or email pna@phinneycenter.org

Interested in solar energy? It's being utilized effectively all over our rainy region. Learn about the different types, costs, efficiencies and feasibilities. Instructor is a certified professional building designer and owns Winter Sun Design, specializing in designing "green" solar homes, remodels, additions and photovoltaic (solar electric) systems. http://www.wintersundesign.com


October 20th - Saturday, 10am-12noon - BUILDING COMMUNITY IN YOUR OWN NEIGHBORHOOD by Cecile Andrews, Phinney EcoVillage & Cheryl Klotz, City Repair Seattle

FREE - To register, call 206/783-2244 or email pna@phinneycenter.org

A new movement is sweeping the country: the "localization" movement. People are concerned about their lack of community as well as how our car culture lifestyle is causing global warming. Find out how local economies, grassroots democracy, and plain old neighborliness affect people's happiness and the well-being of the planet. Discover how you can get involved in exciting and fun ways! www.cityrepair.info or http://www.phinneyecovillage.net


Dcember 12th - Wednesday 7-9pm - RAINWATER HARVESTING, CATCHMENT & MANAGEMENT by Michael Broili, Living System Design

$25 - - To register, call 206/783-2244 or email pna@phinneycenter.org

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. http://www.harvestrain.net


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


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.


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


Yard work in permaculture garden. Due to 1st trimester doldrums, wanted knowledgeable gardeners to help with weeding, mulching, harvesting, watering, etc... Rate negotiable based on experience. Contact Amy at 206-767-0976.

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