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SEPP HOLZER: Workshops and Movie Showings for Snohomish and King County

WORKSHOPS FEB 28, 2009-March 1st, 2009 Sadly, CANCELLED

MOVIE NIGHTS (Contact Marilene to host a movie night!) Three local opportunities to watch a colorful video tour of “Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture.” Holzer is known all over the world for his sustainable food growing methods and eco-systems designs. Highlights • Free—donations accepted • Followed by a permaculture discussion • Sepp Holzer will be offering workshops in Western Washington

01/23/09 Friday 7:00 PM Alderleaf Wilderness College in Monroe- Contact Jocelyn, 206-779-3707

02/04/09 Wednesday 5:30 PM Zippy’s Java Lounge 1805 Hewitt in Everett

02/10/09 Tuesday 7:00 PM Woodinville UU Church 19020 Woodinville-Duvall Road in Woodinville

SAVE THE SOUND, BUILD A RAIN GARDEN: Free workshops throughout Seattle and King County

Please join Stewardship Partners and WSU Extension for a hands-on classroom workshop on rain garden design and construction. We have several classes scheduled throughout King County and the Seattle Metro area beginning January 22nd in Bellevue.

A rain garden consists of native trees, shrubs, herbs, and grasses planted in composted-amended soils in a shallow depression and strategically placed to effectively capture rainwater and slowly infiltrate it into the ground. Rain gardens work like native forests by capturing and infiltrating stormwater from rooftops, driveways, and other hard surfaces. Rain gardens reduce localized flooding; help recharge groundwater aquifers; provide beneficial wildlife habitat; and filter oil, grease and toxic materials before they can pollute local waterways.

Workshop participants will receive a rain garden handbook and other useful materials. They will also be invited to participate in several full scale rain garden installation workshops scheduled later in the spring and summer.

Classes are from 6:30 to 8:30 PM

  • Thursday, January 22: Bellevue, Bellevue City Hall
  • Thursday, February 12: Carnation, Carnation City Hall
  • Tuesday, March 3: Renton, Renton Technical College
  • Tuesday, March 17: Downtown Seattle, Seattle Aquarium,
  • Thursday, March 26: Seattle Tilth in Wallingford
  • Thursday, April 23: South Seattle, NW Environmental Education Center

Workshops are free and registration is required. Participants will be sent site-assessment instructions in advance to help maximize their learning at the workshops. Contact Becky Abbey at Stewardship Partners to register and for more details:

Call (206) 292-9875 or email ba at and visit for more rain garden information.

Ask us about our rain garden poster.

Northwest Certified Forestry Invites You to Attend a Seminar & Field Tour on.

Ecological Forestry: Restoring Habitat Complexity in Managed Forests

When: January 10th, 1:00 - 5:30

Where: Northwest Trek, Eatonville, WA

Seminar Description: Forests in the Pacific Northwest are extraordinarily resilient and productive ecosystems. Careful forest management can provide robust wildlife habitat, sustained yields of many different forest products, and a wide range of ecosystem services including carbon sequestration and water quality.

 This afternoon seminar and tour will introduce forest owners to the

principles of ecological forestry as well as strategies for successful implementation on their own lands. Following an indoor presentation, participants will join several seasoned practitioners for a tour of various stands at Northwest Trek that are currently being thinned using a variety of innovative harvesting and post-harvest restoration strategies.

 This seminar and tour will provide useful information for all types of

forest owners and managers including family forests, land trusts, non-profit conservation groups, municipalities, and consulting foresters.

 Key topics will include:
  • The scientific basis for ecological forestry
  • Innovative harvesting methods, including:
  • Dispersed, grouped, and feature-based variable retention
  • Group selection
  • Variable density thinning
  • Individual tree selection
  • Tree marking protocols for harvesting
  • Snag and downed woody debris recruitment
  • Enhancing and restoring wildlife habitat
  • Regeneration strategies
  • Enhancing carbon sequestration
  • Managing forest disease
  • Post-harvest site restoration
 For more info. and to register, please see the attached flier or visit: abitat-complexity-in-managed-forests/.


I NEed SOmeone To STArt THE EVEnt TODay In SEward Park!!!

Let's just say something horrible is throwing a wrench in my (Kelda's) plans for this weekend, leave it at that...

VOLUNTEER IS NEEDED TO: 1) make a cardboard sign that says 'SKillshare HERE'

That's it. From there i think the rest of it can self-organize. IT IS NOT CANCELLED. SELF-ORGANIZE!!! SELF-ORGANIZE!!

Primitive Skills and Permaculture

Meet-up and Skillshare

Seward Park, Seattle

January 17th, Saturday 10am-2pm

Free event, donations happily accepted.

Primitive skills (prehistoric handicrafts and pre-industrial technology), meets Permaculture (design for sustainable human habitats) and yields an abundant event full of things to learn. Wildcrafting, growing food, shelter/tools, appropriate technologies, etc. What skills can you share? What would you like to learn?

Bring materials, kids, snacks for lunch, and interest.

We're posting the latest on who's sharing which projects on another wiki page OR on the online forum What projects would you like to see? Which of your skills should your bring? Share your thoughts.

PERMACULTURE (Sepp Holzer) MOVIE NIGHT at Alderleaf Wilderness College in Monroe, WA

Alderleaf Wilderness College hosts its first permaculture movie night on Friday, January 23, at 7:00 p.m. Featured is a colorful video tour of Sepp Holzer's amazing eco-systems at his farm, the "Kramerterhof," in the Austrian alps, followed by an open discussion on permaculture. Two DVDs will be shown, "Sepp Holzer's Permaculture" and "The Secrets of Eden," demonstrating over 40 years of self-sustaining abundance at an altitude of about 5,000 feet. According to permaculture enthusiasts, these sustainable farming methods can be applied in any climate, by anyone, on any scale. Sepp Holzer makes a rare visit to the United States in February and March of this year and will be providing lectures and workshops throughout Western Washington. Learn more about permaculture, Sepp and his Washington visit at Alderleaf's movie night. Light refreshments will be provided to fuel the permaculture discussions! Free; donations accepted.

The movies will be shown in the college classroom on Alderleaf's 15 acre farm and campus located at 18715 299th Avenue SE, Monroe, WA, 98272. Alderleaf Wilderness College offers innovative wilderness survival, tracking, and nature programs, including a state-licensed Certificate in Environmental Education & Ecology. As part of Alderleaf's focus on nature skills for environmental conservation and sustainable living, permaculture design principles are being incorporated on Alderleaf's property. For more information on Alderleaf, see Discuss this event at the Permies Forum. For more information about the movie night, contact Jocelyn Campbell, 206.779.3707 or

Reply by email if you can post flyers, and I'll send you the pdf. :) kelda

Are you worried about money or food for you or your community?

You're invited to: "Uncertain Future: A community discussion about our money, our neighborhoods, and our ability to feed ourselves"

Puyallup Public Library, Free Thursday, Jan. 29 6:30-8:30pm Childcare, ASL available, Se Habla Espanol

Randy Hynek, Sumner City Council Bill Franklin & Shana Peterson, Puyallup Food Bank Carolyn Hartt, Permaculture enthusiast Carrie Little & Cheryl Ouellette, Local Farmers Viki Sonntag, EcoPraxis: Healthy Community Economies Elders, speak about the Depression & What they See Now You, All your ideas!

Hosted by Sustainable Puyallup 253-370-9946 Please contact for further info, or if you'd like to volunteer

Also, to read the article written for this event, click here

Over 100 classes will be offered at the Country Living Expo and Cattlemen’s Winterschool, which will again be held at Stanwood High School, January 31, 2009 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.. Classes on raising beef, milking sheep, fruit tree maintenance, fibers, organic farming, parasites, forest maintenance, home food preservation & cheese making, honey bees, cider making, weaving, spinning, home & garden drip irrigation systems, equine lameness, buying used farm equipment, tractors, plus many more will be available. We have an incredible tract of Horse classes to cover lameness diagnosis & treatment, purchasing a new horse, nutrition & carbohydrate needs as well as breeding soundness of mares. We have gone to great lengths to have entire tracts of educational classes on Equine, Beef, Sheep, Swine, Poultry, Goats, Fiber, Dairy and Pasture Management.

The Trade Show will be available all day with major industry suppliers & room for Small Farm Vendors to come for free*. Register early - classes fill on first come basis. Registration cost is $45 and includes the famous catered, smoked prime rib lunch by Pat Cairus of Del Fox Meats. The first 225 youth (students) to register attend for free thanks to the generous support of Northwest Farm Credit Service (200 students), the Snohomish County Farm Bureau (25). To register online or download brochures go to: .

Classes will fill up – so sign up early. Please pass this email on to folks you know who would be interested.

Free Movie Showings of Sepp Holzer's amazing Austrian site: the Krameterhof!! For more info on all these showings, contact Kelda 253-370-9946,

2/6 Friday. Antique Sandwich Company 5-7pm

      5102 N. Pearl St, Tacoma WA 98407  253-702-4069

2/7 Saturday. Buono Coffee 6-8pm

                                  Wilkenson WA 98396  360-829-1237  

2/11 Wednesday Beyond the Bridge Cafe 6-8pm

     13624 Valley Ave E. Sumner, WA 98390  253-863-0556

2/12 Thursday Commencement Bay Coffee 4-6pm

           2354 Jefferson Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402  253-274-1173

2/13 Friday Eatonville Library 6-8pm

       205 Center St. West, Eatonville WA 

2/15 Graham Library 6-8pm

        9202 224th St E, Graham WA 98338 253-847-4030  

Local Foods Potluck

When: Saturday February 7th, 6pm

Where: Katie’s House -- call 206-547-9634 or email "cedar at riseup dot net" for location and directions

This is the hardest time of year to eat local; the last fall’s harvest is dwindling, and it’s not yet time for spring greens. So this is your challenge, should you choose to accept it: Make a dish featuring local ingredients, and bring it to the Local Foods Potluck at Katie’s house.

Maybe you have blackberries you froze in August that would make a great crisp, or you spotted those Dungeness carrots at PCC. Maybe you have a great cabbage dish; or some mushrooms you gathered. Or some eggs for a quiche. Or apples for a waldorf salad. Whatever it is, bring it on down!

If you used a recipe, bring it a long so the rest of us can take home more great ideas for cooking local in the winter.

PERMACULTURE (Sepp Holzer) MOVIE NIGHT at WUUC in Woodinville, WA

Community movie night featuring “Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture” on Tuesday, February 10, at 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) at Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church (directions).

Free admission, with donations accepted for WUUC's social justice programs, light refreshments provided, followed by a fantastic chance for Q & A and permaculture discussion! WUUC is hosting this movie as part of its process in becoming a certified Green Sanctuary.

Limited parking due to Tent City 4 in about half the parking lot. Carpooling is encouraged (of course) and there is additional parking available next door (to the west) at the Church of the Latter Day Saints.

After movie discussion panel:

    * Albert Postema - Earthwise Excavation and Wise Earth Ecological Landtrust
    * Marilene Richardson - SongCroft School and Garden Design
    * Paul Wheaton - and

Discuss this event at the Permies Forum. To find out more, contact Jocelyn Campbell, 206.779.3707 or

Permaculture Design 101 Workshops

Hello Everybody. This is a notification to any and all who might be interested in a few up coming workshops. These are all happening over the next couple of weeks in the Puget Sound area, so if you're interested in learning the basics or if someone you know might be, please spread the word.

Come for an afternoon and learn the basics of this revolutionary sustainable design system. Instructors Dave Boehnlein and Paul Kearsley both works as designers and teachers at the Bullock's Permaculture Homestead on Orcas Island. We will cover what it means, where it's happening, and how to get started.

  • Please Bring a Sack Lunch.**

Dates & Locations:

  • February 21st - 10:00am - 5:30pm
  • Western Washington University, Fairhaven Room 340
  • Bellingham, WA 98225
  • $10 for WWU Students, $15 for Non-Students.
  • RSVP
  • February 22nd - 10:00am - 5:30pm
  • The ReStore
  • 2309 Meridian St.
  • Bellingham, WA 98225
  • $15 per Student
  • RSVP
  • March 1st - *10:00am - 5:30pm
  • Environmental Outreach & Stewardship Alliances Offices Suite # 220
  • 650 S. Orcas St.
  • Seattle WA 98108
  • $15-$25 Sliding Scale
  • RSVP
  • March 8th - 10:00am - 5:30 pm
  • Alderleaf Wilderness College
  • Monroe, WA
  • $25 per student
  • Register online at


  • Dave Boehnlein-

An experienced Permaculture educator and designer, Dave's special interests include agroforestry, sustainability education and developing Permaculture strategies for the tropics and cold/temperate zones. Dave has worked in Hawaii, North America and Central America and has an insatiable talent for research and detail.

  • Paul Kearsley-

A young designer with a passion for art and nature, Paul has led presentations and workshops with high schools, colleges and community groups. Working independently and in collaboration with fellow designers, Paul is interested in the development of educational tools and functioning models of sustainability.

March 13th, "Pizza, Plants and Bluegrass" 3-6, at the Cob Oven on the UW Farm (Adjacent to UW Botany Greenhouses)

$3 For as much wood fired pizza as we all can make, With the local Bluegrass band "Nettle Honey"

March 19-22 - Northwest Real Food Youth Summit: Students Mobilizing for Just & Sustainable Food, Portland, Oregon

Registration is now open! Join young people around the northwest for our region's first real food convergence!

Across the country, students at hundreds of colleges and universities are turning their attention to food systems in efforts to address campus sustainability and social responsibility. United around a platform of community-based, ecologically sound, fair, and humane principles, the Real Food Challenge is institutionalizing food change on campuses around the nation.

The Youth Summit will be an unprecedented opportunity for students across the Northwest to come together to network and create successful strategies for bringing the real food solutions to their campus and community.

The summit will be held in conjunction with the 4th Annual National Farm to Cafeteria Conference. During this year's conference students will have the opportunity to explore the challenges and opportunities that come with the success of the movement alongside community leaders, food service professionals, sustainable agriculture advocates, and other movement veterans.

This is a unique opportunity to connect with over 400 experienced conference participants, as well as join a strong network of emerging young activists and leaders. Join us for field trips, popular education, open space sessions, keynotes, games, panels, hands-on workshops, art, and shared meals.

We're looking for passionate high school and college students (or youth activists of a similar age) committed to taking the Real Food Challenge back to their campus and community. Expect to leave re-energized with a support network, new friends, leadership skills, and a serious action plan.

Space is limited so apply today!


For more information, and to register for the summit, go to:

Please direct any questions to: For more information on the Real Food Challenge see:

For information on the National Farm to Cafeteria Conference, go to:


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  • How to host a meeting or potluck, and how to meet other folks at the permaculture guild:

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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  • More events needed. Please organize one and send updates to
  • 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-.


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:

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.

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 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


We would like to post an invitation to our local permie world about our latest project(s) at Gaia's Paradise, Vashon -- and see if we can garner some interest in joining us. Currently, we are needing to move brush, buck wood, haul and stack, as well as fell a few more trees.

    We may even consider Hugelkultur with all the leftover slash from fallen trees!

1. What would be really cool is to know what sizes to save for mushroom farming, then get those suckers hauled off to the side somewhere (total shade?).(Order mushrooms when it's warmer, right?) 2. Then what else would be cool is to save the good tree crotches of various lengths for rustic furniture legs.... and just think of all the furniture possibilities for the artist with the right 'eye' for what (s)he needed! There's a LOT of wood coming down! 3. Then the orchard needs to be deer-fenced. 4. Measuring the space for accurate sketching plans to scale...using the 3 point method used in class. 5. Possible using the triangle tool for marking contour lines. 6. Chipping the slash (if we can find a small chipper to rent/borrow and buy that we can haul up there). OR Hugelkultur! 7. A design discussion about orchard tree placement, perhaps swales? 8. Preparing the tree planting sites--- and dig up the trees and plant them! 9. Use the chips for paths, possibly. 10. THEN there's the design needed for our front yard where the orchard tree nursery WAS..... and installation! Food Forest Garden!!! 11. Oh yea....let's remember the water source issues too...perhaps dig out the pond a bit more... do some more filtration experiments? Perhaps a constructed wetland?

There are lots of things a person could choose from. They could choose the focus of their choice and we could give them the timeline. Timline! Oh Yea! We must create a timeline for all this stuff.

Well.... the items pertinent to getting the orchard planted by March are NUMBER ONE! Trees are falling right NOW (into the orchard, too!) in preparation for this. When they get all cleaned up and out, then we can plant trees and deer-fence the orchard. Other items can come later.

John and Linda would like to get a work party together SOON! How about 2/7-8 and 2/14,15,16?

Call Linda at 206-963-1058 to RSVP

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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