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December2006Newsletter

Hello Seattle Permaculture Guild!

Newsletter for Mid-December 2006


CONTENTS


ARTICLES

EVENTS

ORGANIZATION OF THE GUILD

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

WORK OPPORTUNITIES


ARTICLES


EVENTS



Saturday Dec 16th - Wild Thyme Farm Saturday workshop series - Berry Orchard establishment and maintenance.

  • farm tour with John at 9am
  • workshop 10am -2:30pm
  • potluck lunch 2:30pm with a hearty vegetarian soup and salad from the farm's gardens
  • email strnka@juno.com for RSVP/directions or call 360-273-7117

Berry Orchard establishment and maintenance.


December 30th (Saturday) - Seattle Permaculture Guild December Potluck

What: Potluck and SPG Meeting.

Where: Maria's at Duwamish Cohousing - West Seattle

When: Saturday - 4:00pm promptly for short grounds tour then potluck/meeting.

Who: All members of the SPG that want to become more involved and shape the future of the guild.

Why: You want to stay active even in the winter.

What to bring: Potluck dish(preferably vegetarian), a plate and spork, and your ideas for the SPG's future.

Please RSVP to: Maria for directions.


January 1st

Green Lake Vigil to Commemorate Deaths in Iraq

The number of US military deaths in Iraq has just reached 3000. To mark this sad moment, and to mourn the loss of hundreds of thousands of people killed in Iraq since the US invasion (far more than a million since the war started in 1991), please join us in a candle light vigil at 6:30-8:00 pm, Monday, Jan. 1st, on the south shore of Green Lake ( Green Lake Way and N 64th st).

Even on New Years? Especially on New Years. For the people of Iraq, and for our troops--most of both groups want the US to withdraw its forces. And, of course, for ourselves and our community, to help turn America to a foreign policy of real security through international cooperation and human rights.

Because the date of this vigil was unknown until now, we need your help to get the word out to people. Please forward this email, mention the vigil to friends, and invite a neighbor.

The vigil is sponsored by Peace Action of WA, Military Families Speak Out, Veterans for Peace Ch. 92, AFSC, FOR, and the SNOW Coalition.

In addition to the vigil at Green Lake, there will also be a Die-In at Westlake Park, 4-5pm.

yours in peace,

Fred Miller, President, Peace Action of WA, 206 789-6863, freefred@drizzle.com


Fri, Jan 5: Blueprint for a Bikeable City with co-host Sierra Club Seattle Group

911 Media Arts Center and Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Network present: GREEN FILM SERIES - Every First Friday of the Month, 7:30pm


January 16th, 7-9pm Pragmatic Consensus Panel - By DenCity Research

What does consensus mean? How does it work? What are its benefits and pitfalls? Is it for you? This is a forum with local experts on the subject of consensus - a decision making process as experienced in many of today’s communities and organizations. For more information go to http://www.dencityresearch.com. Doors open at 6:30pm.


Full workshop Brochure HERE.


January 27th(2007) - Seattle Permaculture Guild January Potluck/Skillsharing

What: Share your woodworking skills and help us build a Duck House and Habitat, Lunch Potluck, and SPG Meeting.

Where: 14084 22nd Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125. Ben and Deborah's 0.15 acre suburban lot.

When: Saturday, January the 27th. 10:00am Work Party, 12:30pm Lunch Potluck leading into SPG meeting.

Who: All members of the SPG that want to become more involved and shape the future of the guild

Why: You want to stay active even in the winter. Also, you want to learn about keeping ducks in the city.

What to bring: A pair of working gloves, something for lunch (preferably vegetarian), a plate and spork, and your ideas for the SPG's future.

Please RSVP to: Ben Shryock

Call: 206-367-0504 if you have any questions


Fri, Feb 2: Sustainability through Reinvention and Re-evaluating with co-host SCAN TV

911 Media Arts Center and Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Network present: GREEN FILM SERIES - Every First Friday of the Month, 7:30pm


February 25th - Sunday - Seattle Permaculture Guild February Potluck/Skillsharing

What: Potluck and SPG Meeting.

Where: Steve's - 12009 26th Ave so, Seattle

When: Sunday (to be announced later)

Who: All members of the SPG that want to become more involved and shape the future of the guild.

Why: You want to stay active even in the winter.

What to bring: Potluck dish(preferably vegetarian), a plate and spork, and your ideas for the SPG's future.

Please RSVP to: Steve


Fri, Mar 2: Reducing our Ecological Footprint with co-host Sierra Club Seattle Group

911 Media Arts Center and Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Network present: GREEN FILM SERIES - Every First Friday of the Month, 7:30pm


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’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 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)


OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS


  • From Brent Naylor

Host a weekend Permaculture Workshop with tutors: Huckleberry Leonard and Brent Naylor

'DESIGN YOUR OWN ORGANIC PROPERTY' - Permaculture for the Suburbs

This workshop is for people with small suburban properties who want to work in harmony with nature to produce an abundance of food in a functional environment of beauty. Through an interactive and hands-on approach, participants will learn how to integrate the following into the small space of a typical sub/urban lot: organic vegetable gardens, herbs and flowers, orchard, physical structures, children's play spaces, small animal systems, water features and small wilderness areas.

Using a 'Permaculture' approach to landscape design, the workshop takes place within the home of the family whose property we utilize as our learning ground, culminating in an integrated design and practical activities on their land. The workshop includes observation skills, site analysis, holistic goal setting, permaculture design principles and practical organic growing techniques.

The workshop generally begins with a public Slideshow Presentation: 'Small Space: Big Harvest: an introduction to Suburban Permaculture' followed by two full days of Property Design Workshop. It is necessary to attend both days.

The hosts do most of the publicity/recruiting and registration. We (the teachers) provide the flyers, instructional materials and of course, the instruction. The hosts receive a free permaculture design for their property and the experience and learning from the workshop. The fees range between $150 and $200 on a sliding scale. The classes are 2 days, Sat. and Sun with a slide show on Fri evening. The Friday evening slide show is open to non-participants on a donation basis. The participants will usually be from the local area and will stay at their own homes. Meals are usually pot luck. The workshop hours are usually 9am to 4 or 5 pm each day. The weekends available right now are: Jan. 5, 6 & 7; Jan. 12, 13 &14; Jan. 19, 20 & 21; Feb. 9, 10 & 11; Mar. 2, 3 & 4; and Mar. 9, 10 & 11.

Regional Contact: Brent Naylor: brentn@willapabay.org or (360) 942-3409 - 981 State St, Raymond WA 98577

TUTORS: Huckleberry Leonard & Brent Naylor

Both are highly accomplished in functional, landscape design & installation and participatory-style Peramculture education. For Huckleberry's background, visit: http://www.greenworld-earthcare.org For Brent's background, brentn@willapabay.org Phone (360) 942-3409

CONTACT INFORMATION

Other Comments: This is a concept developed and successfully implemented by Robina McCurdy in New Zealand. These workshops are a bridge between the one or two hour "introduction to Permaculture" lecture and the 80 hour Permaculture design course. They provide a means to learn and implement a permaculture design for a modest outlay of time and money.


  • From Marisha Auerbach

Greetings!

The wind and rain of autumn are upon us and 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

Go here also for HerbNWisdom Events.


WORK OPPORTUNITIES


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