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Newsletter for Early October 2006



Shelter That Sustains by Becky Kemery

Peak Food by Michael Pilarski


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Peak Food by Michael Pilarski

By now, most of us have heard of "peak oil". Few people as yet are using the term "peak food". If world oil production has peaked and begun the downward decline, what about world food production? I asked myself this question in early July. Upon researching this question my preliminary conclusion is that world food production peaked in 2004.

A lot more details can be found in my recent Peak Food article at :


Saturday, October 7th 10am-4:30pm, 2006 Harvest Celebration Farm Tour

Experience King County's Farm Fresh Flavor!

In celebrating our local food system, farms from north to south King County and Vashon Island invite you to visit and experience King County's Farm-Fresh flavor for the day! Watch local 'Chefs in the Field' perform cooking demonstrations, buy fresh produce and pumpkins, talk to farmers and walk their fields, enjoy a family hay ride, run through a corn maze and eat produce fresh off the field! Round up your family and friends, and come on out to celebrate fall harvest on the farm.

For more information:

from Solar Washington President:

On Saturday October 7, 2006, thousands of solar-powered homes and businesses across the United States will open their doors and invite the public in for a look. It’s all part of the upcoming American Solar Energy Society’s (ASES) National Solar Tour. Interest in affordable, easy to add solar power is on the rise as fossil fuel prices continue to skyrocket, and the threat to our environment or burning fossil fuels becomes irrefutable.

This annual tour invites consumers to see for themselves how solar can be affordable, comfortable, and practical. This year's tour will feature Green Buildings including solar electric, passive, hot water, and energy efficiency technologies installed in homes and buildings that exhibit net metering and off grid systems and ones utilizing resource conservation measures. Some sites will also feature alternative fueled and electric vehicles.

Solar Washington, the Washington state chapter of ASES, is organizing sites statewide and can be found at Over 100 solar powered buildings will be open for public tours on Saturday October 7 from 10am to 4pm. Washington joins 43 states and the District of Columbia in showcasing solar-power options during the 11th annual National Solar Tour.

Media tours of solar powered buildings can be arranged prior to the National Solar Tour. For information please contact Pamela Burton at 206-706-1931

October 9th

Friends of Seattle Tilth,

Join us for the Tilth Tractor Pull: A Square Dance Benefit for Seattle Tilth Monday, October 9, 7:30 pm doors open, 8 pm concert starts Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle, Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door, available from Seattle Tilth and

Grab your partner, or your fellow Tilth member and head for Ballard's popular Tractor Tavern for a concert and square dance benefiting Seattle Tilth. This event is Seattle Tilth's major Fall fundraiser and also the kick-off for the Tractor's square dance series. Opening the show is WB Reid and Bonnie Zahnow. The Tallboys old time string band heads the bill with Tony Mates calling the dances. Raffles will feature dinner for two at Seattle's favorite restaurants! Be the first to strut your stuff, or just come along to listen, watch the fun and help make bucks for Seattle Tilth, the organization that has taught thousands of us city folk to build the soil, grow heirloom tomatoes and keep chickens. Be there or be square -- dancing that is!

October 13-14th

Please join us in the upcoming 2006 Washington State Odyssey Days, a major alternative energy/sustainable living educational event on October 13-14, 2006 from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM at Shoreline Community College (SCC), co-hosted by Puget Sound Clean Cities Coalition.

This local two-day Odyssey event – part of an international biennial event in 59+ cities across the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Germany – is geared to empower the public to understand the role of climate change and the importance and urgency of choosing cleaner energy, conservation, and emerging technologies to reduce fossil fuel energy use and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Odyssey Days will present the latest in seminars, exhibits and innovation in three areas:

  • Global Warming & You: Your Actions DO Count!
  • Alternative Fuels & Energy Security
  • Sustainable Development & Clean Technology

To learn more about the international Odyssey events, please visit the national website at To view the local Odyssey Days event agenda with keynote speakers, three tracks of workshop topics on sustainable practices for business and home, and advanced transportation options, see

Warm regards,

Madhuri R. Hosford
Advanced Automotive Program Coordinator
2006 Washington State Odyssey Days - "Driving Toward the EverGreener State"
October 13 - 14, 2006\\ Shoreline Community College
206.478.6621 mobile

October 13 - 15 near Tonasket, WA. - Okanogan barter faire


I would like to extend the invitation for you all to join us at permaculture camp at the Okanogan barter faire

We have been granted a great space for all of us to camp together and share about sustainable culture in the forms of workshops, roundtable discussions, skillshares, etc. all are invited to attend and/or present we are invited to show up as early as wednesday the 11th to set up our camp. in exchange for this space, we will be volunteering with parking on friday and possibly saturday. the shift is pretty minimal - about 2-3 hrs. please let me know if you plan on attending.

i will be passing on a list of friends to willcall so we can easily be directed to camp together....

there is booth space available as well... hope you can join us...

Peace Action of WA presents

Peace in the Neighborhood, Peace in the World

A gathering to meet your neighbors, explore nonviolent social change and join a neighborhood peace group:

Saturday, October 14th, noon-5pm, at Keystone Congregational Church, 5019 Keystone Pl. N.

We don't need to march on the White House to make peace. We don't need celebrities. Your neighbors are just the right people to build a powerful voice for peace. We're forming local peace groups in North Seattle, helping people meet neighbors, set an agenda, and coordinate with other neighborhood groups to make a difference locally and in the world. Learn what other local groups are doing and share strategies for peace far beyond the elections.

Free and open to everyone in N. Seattle. If you can't attend, send us your contact information, including residential address. We'll put you in touch with the appropriate group. Folk from other areas: contact us, we're organizing statewide.

Fred Miller - President
Peace Action of WA - 206 789-6863

On Monday, October 16 our Global Warming meeting will feature a discussion on "More Time, Less Carbon: Slowing Down for Low Carbon Living." We'll talk about how slowing down can contribute to the fight against global warming as well as contribute to the general well being of people and the planet. In particular, we'll talk about what our group slogan "Warm Hearts for a Cooler Planet" can mean in our work.

When: Monday October 16th, 7:30

Where: St. John's United Church on 55th and Phinney across from the Zoo west entrance.

call Cecile Andrews for more info: 783 1152

Sat. Oct 28th, 10am-Noon

Permaculture Design Charrette at the Space Needle

Before the Halloween parties begin, please come join us for a Seattle Permaculture Guild meetup at the top of the Space Needle. We will be REDESIGNING THE CITY (!) so please bring lots of markers/crayons/big pieces of paper. If you aren't familiar with design methodology, get ready to learn, and if you Are familiar, get ready to teach. This will also be a Kelda-going-away party/meeting. Although she'll be close (in Puyallup) where will the SPC Guild go from here? If you've been thinking about getting more involved, this winter would be a great time and there are many diverse projects to work on.

Cost is $12 (group rate) for the elevator ride (email to RSVP/ get in on group rate. Funds may be available if the cost is pricey for you)

Okay people, Here's the deal..........Sunday, October 29th, 5:00, we will be having a party at our house to celebrate our lovely cob oven (thank you to all who helped with the creation of it) and our massive tomato harvest :-)

Spelt based pizza crust will be provided, as well as marinara sauce and dairy based cheese.....bring your favorite toppings, or raw food fun, and we will have a good time chatting, and playing around with baking things.

Please RSVP to, and I will know how much dough and drink to provide. YEAH! Come one come all, Good wishes to all, Amy


Non tribe members can send event info to 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 and join the tribe.


The Seattle Permaculture Guild is looking for a volunteer to work with Nova High School students. Perhaps one of us lives on First Hill and would love this project? What is needed is someone to facilitate permaculture-oriented projects in their garden, as well as share skills with the students. Kelda will be able to help with the first hands-on (tidying up unfinished hands-on projects) and introduce permaculture to the students, but someone else will be needed to continue, perhaps on a monthly basis. If interested, please contact Kelda at 324-3632.

  • 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)


The Seattle Permaculture Guild is looking for a volunteer to work with Nova High School students. Perhaps one of us lives on First Hill and would love this project? What is needed is someone to facilitate permacutlure-oriented projects in their garden, as well as share skills with the students. Kelda will be able to help with the first hands-on (tidying up unfinished hands-on projects) and introduce permaculture to the students, but someone else will be needed to continue, perhaps on a monthly basis. If interested, please contact Kelda at 324-3632.



Laborer needed full or part-time to help implement a Permaculture design on a homestead in Redmond. Basic construction and planting skills a plus, as well as driver's license and truck (although not necessary). Contact Tom at 425-868-8128

From Maria on 9/19/06: Local Bamboo Garden Work - A friend of a friend is selling her nursery business in Redmond and liquidating. She needs some temporary help on the weekends from now until Thanksgiving. If you are interested, please contact Jeannine Florance at 206-898-1552.

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