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This year we're doing a 2 week intensive Permaculture Design Course at Feral Farm. We will cover 72 hours of permaculture curriculum along with over 10 hours of primitives skills.

Topics covered include agro-ecology, site assessment, design methodology, utilizing natural patterns, forest gardening, mushroom propagation, water catchment and greywater systems, natural building and shelter construction, emergency preparedness, sustainable economics and local currency, medicinal plants, indigenous land management, tracking and wilderness awareness, fire making, and much more.

Our course is held at Feral Farm, located in the beautiful Sauk River valley, just outside of Rockport, WA. Instructors include David Zhang, Laura Donahue, Heidi Bohan, Michael Pilarski, Matt van Boven and other special guests.

The course costs $800, and includes food and a place to camp for 2 weeks. To provide students with an intimate learning experience, we're limiting the course to 16 participants. Register now to reserve a spot!

For More information, call (360) 223-5767 or send an email to

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July 16th. Jenny Pell with Permaculture Now! will be presenting on Natural Building, Edible Forest Gardens, and Urban Permaculture, drawn from her experiences locally and internationally. Her slideshow informs, inspires, and motivates people to make changes that help move us towards a sustainable future.

Kings Bookstore, 218 St. Helens Ave, Tacoma 7-9pm, $10-$5 sliding scale This is part of the Friday lectures series from Tacoma Permaculture Design Course

8/11 "Alternative to Local Currency" with Francis Ayley, Tacoma

Are you short of cash? Always struggling to cover the basic bills? Never seem to reach a point where money is not a worry? The present bank-issued money system is not working for the common good of the people or the environment. It is driving a destructive economy and rewarding antisocial behavior. Come find out more about what is wrong with traditional money and discover what you can do to take back your economic power. Francis Ayley has spent the last 37 years exploring the alternatives to the destructive mainstream money system and will be sharing these alternatives in his presentation.

King's Books August 11 (Wednesday) at 7pm 218 St. Helens Ave 253-272-8801 Cost is a sliding scale $10 - $5, Life Dollars happily accepted. For more info about Fourth Corner go to This is part of the Friday lectures series from Tacoma Permaculture Design Course

8/20 "Inspiration from Portland's City Repair" with Matt Bibeau

The City Repair Project was born from the desire for urban dwellers to transform their environment, turning street intersections into community spaces, and spawning a nation-wide movement in beautifully inspiring ‘placemaking’. Come learn about City Repair’s amazing story and on-going projects. Matt Bibeau will share about City Repair and also the story of his home, Tryon Life Community Farm in Portland. TLC Farm won attention for teaming urban farmers, natural builders, and community networks up against corporate development, and winning.

King's Books August 20 (Friday) at 7pm 218 St. Helens Ave 253-272-8801 Cost is a sliding scale $10 - $5 For more info about City Repair ( and Tryon Life Community Farm ( This is part of the Friday lectures series from Tacoma Permaculture Design Course

2010 Northwest Permaculture Convergence

Presented by Washington State Permaculture

This is our third annual event, to be held September 17-19 at South Seattle Community College, Seattle, WA

This year we will be having our convergence in the heart of the city; on the 87 acre campus of South Seattle Community College.

Camping will be available at nearby Camp Long, and we will be arranging home stays for those who need other arrangements. Transportation will be easy to arrange – come by train, plane, bus, carpool or boat – just don’t miss the best permaculture family party and networking opportunity of the year!

Register for the 2010 Northwest Permaculture Convergence here.

For more info go to: 2010 Northwest Permaculture Convergence.


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just set a date and post it here! (or if you're confused about posting, send the info to the email above) We're busy folks who sometimes forget to meet regularly, so we only meet when someone volunteers their place for a get-together. PS. We'll work for free! Host a workparty about something interesting, with a potluck afterwards. We'll come!

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  • 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-.


My name is Rocky Burns, and my brother and I own 96.82 acres of land by Harrah Washington. My brother Rodney Burns, my friend Bill Gelenaw and I, are starting a non-profit 501(c)(3), halfway house/drug rehabilitation center out at that location. If you cut and paste the following link, it will bring you to it on the yakima county GIS page.

The name is P.I..E which stands for Permaculture Integrated Environment. The reason I am writing you and every other like minded individual is for some advice as to the layout of our land. If you would like to give us any advice into placement of plants/animals that would be awesome, and I welcome any and all to come out and get hands on if you wanted. The land is virgin, completely untouched, and in the middle of the Yakima Indian Reservation, unspoiled by industry for miles.

The goal is to have the residents live completely off the grid, no waste at all, producing everything that is needed themselves. This is a mighty challenge, and I ask your help. Some ideas that we have come up with as to the structures on the site are: 1.A “dorm” made of used shipping containers. (This will be the initial intake of new clients) 2.Housing made of earthships 3.Housing/Buildings made of sandbags (earthbags perhaps calearth) 4.Some structures out of tire bales 5.Any other types of structures made from reusable materials.

We performed a primitive soil test, and it came out about 30% clay 70% sand, and we made a rammed earth wall 16ft long, 4ft tall, 2 ft wide, and it worked out awesome. My dream is to also use the site as a informational place that people from anywhere can come and see alternate ways of living without causing more harm, a smaller footprint.

If you would like to start a workshop out here, I am open to anything, as long as it is in the spirit of bringing the land toward a self sustaining environment. Please note that in the beginning it will be a hardship out there, for it is truly wild, there are wild horses, coyotes, owls, snakes and millions of grass hoppers out there, all that will make the transformation more difficult. Please write me back with any input you might have, and thank you for your time.

       Rocky Burns


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.




APRIL 22 TO JUNE 1 time period. Okanogan Valley, North-central Washington. A huge biodiversity of plant material needs to be planted.

ANYONE WANT TO HELP! Short-term or potentially long-term.

I’ll pay your travel expenses and a small stipend. There are two sleeping areas and a common kitchen. If there are more than two helpers at a time then some people will have to bring a tent.

April 25, Friends of the Trees is hosting the Okanogan County Plant & Seed Exchange in Tonasket. A good day to get plant material to plant back at your home.

May 3, Sunday I am teaching a workshop on “GROWING MEDICINAL HERBS” At my farm in Tonasket. Any helpers here at the time can participate in the workshop. We would waive the $25 fee.

I have several other farmer friends in the area who are looking for interns for the growing season. Vegetable growers and also two livestock places. An Okanogan WWOOF may be developing, so keep us in mind when the conversation turns to farm internships.

Prior farm skills, permaculture networking, wildcrafting and other useful skills are appreciated.

Email if you are interested and send your phone number. Even better if you call.

Michael Skeeter Pilarski


Great Outreach - Combine Closer To Home Movie and Permaculture Site Tours

Heres a Great Idea for reaching out to the public. Planning is in the early stages for ten showings of Closer To Home movie in early may in the Seattle area, [with other showings elsewhere in the Puget Sound]. We would love to combine the movie with permaculture site tour follow ups a week or two later.

The film is in production, will feature interviews with eco culture change pioneers and visits to several notable permaculture locations in and near Eugene, Oregon. The film will touch on voluntary simplicity, property conversion, neighborhoods, economics, local food and faith communities. We are currently making contacts in Seattle with organizations that would like to host a showing in early May. Perhaps the SPG would like to host a showing. We are in touch with Scallops and other Seattle green organizations. Please contact me if you would like to help host a showing, publicity/media, organize a local PC tour,,,,

All the film showings and site tours can be part of a single schedule and all organizations hosting the film showings and tours can promote all the other film showings and the site tours. A multiplier effect.

Having tours of best available permaculture sites as follow up to the film will make the movie far more effective. Screen to reality will generate a lot of interest for new people to take permaculture type action. Tours can include gardens, co-ops, property conversions, solar, concrete removal, neighborhood collaborations, creative downsizing, reclaim automobile space,truly green businesses,,,, places that show what the future can look like,,,,,

Please contact me if you would like to be a part of an expansive, creative and ambitious public outreach project. Our website several clips from interviews, or call jan at 541 686 6761 or thanks much! Jan also, check to be featured in the film

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