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Newsletter for Mid-August 2006



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 :


September 8th - 10th - Art of Community Northwest: Co-Opportunities for Sustainability

Possible site visits to communities in the area during the day 9/8

Where: Bastyr University in Kenmore (near Seattle) -

Why: To promote and support communities that recognize and practice sustainability

What: Interactive workshops/playshops, plenary speakers, music, art, fun live auction, networking opportunities, tables available for groups.

  • Meet People from Existing and Forming Communities: Ecovillages,

Cohousing, Egalitarian, Housing Cooperatives, Collectives

  • Build Real Community Where You Are: at home, at work, at church, in

other organizations

  • Tools You Can Use: Facilitation, Consensus, Ecological Assessments

  • Be More Sustainable: Green Building, Local Agriculture, Bio-Diesel,

Permaculture - (Kelda from the Seattle Permaculture Guild will be moderating a panel at 10:15 on Sunday "Catalyzing Community Building Activities in Neighborhoods")

For details go to :

September 8 -10th - We are holding our 2nd annual biofuels/veggie conversion course at the Bullock homestead.

Currently there is space for four cars to be converted. Participants pay for parts, we put them in.


Chris Shanks

September 9th - 10 am to 4 pm Seattle Tilth's 2006 Harvest Fair

Meridian Park in the Wallingford Neighborhood

Bring the entire family to the Harvest Fair. Shop at the Organic Farmer's Market, enjoy live Music. Learn about raising chickens in your backyard and visit the Community Village of farm, food and environmental groups to get you involved.

Activities and learning experiences in the Children's Garden include SlugWorld, Veggie Bowling, Squash Car Racing, worm bin exploration, scarecrow building, sensory tour of the children's garden, and crafts. All children and parents are invited to prepare for and join in the Harvest Parade at 12 noon to celebrate the local farms and their harvest. Learn about composting food waste in worm bins and Green Cones.

Did you Plant a Row for the Hungry? Backyard gardeners are invited to bring part of their harvest to donate to Lettuce Link, to provide fresh foods to feeding programs for the hungry. Or buy extra produce from the local farmers to donate.

Volunteers will be harvesting hundreds of pounds of apples from the trees in Meridian Park to support local food banks.

The event is free thanks to our generous sponsors:

  • Stonyfield Farm Yogurt,
  • PCC Natural Markets,
  • WE Design,
  • Northgate Chiropractic,
  • Cascade Harvest Coalition,
  • Pioneer Organics and
  • Solar Washington.

Go to for more info.

WHAT: Permaculture Clinic: Building Soil Life Using Sheet Mulch Techniques

WHEN: Saturday, September 9, 2006 from 11:00am - noon

WHERE: Seattle Tilth Demonstration Garden, 4649 Sunnyside AVE N, Seattle, WA 98103.

Sheet mulching is an easy and inexpensive way to convert a lawn to a garden and now is the time to do it! We will teach you various sheet mulching methods for different applications and demonstrate how to build a sheet mulch that will build and enhance your soil and allow you to grow an abundant vegetable garden. We will also cover how to plant vegetable starts into a newly built sheet mulched bed. This clinic is essential for anyone wanting to create new garden beds or replenish deleted soils.

COST: $10 for Tilth members, $12 for non-members, pre-registration is required. To register go to and download a registration form.

WHAT: Permaculture Clinic: Cultivating Plant Communities in Your Garden

WHEN: Saturday, September 9, 2006 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm

WHERE: Seattle Tilth Demonstration Garden, 4649 Sunnyside AVE N, Seattle, WA 98103.

This clinic will show you how to plant your fall vegetable garden using planting techniques found in nature. We will teach you how to plant your garden in a way that will maximize your harvest and add diversity and beauty to your site. Topics that will be covered include interplanting, succession planting, companion planting, polycultures and plant guilds. This class will introduce the concept of creating a food forest in your backyard and will give you the skills to start right away!

COST: $10 for Tilth members, $12 for non-members, pre-registration is required. To register go to and download a registration form.

September 10th - Visioning Potluck 1 year anniversary party!

It's hard to believe one full year has gone by since we started coming together as Visioning Potlucks. So many blessings and changes have happened since conception. The major thing we have taken from these events is the power of visioning! It's so amazing to be a part of that creative process and then see it actually unfold into fiscal reality.

Through the process of Visioning Potlucks DenCity Research was birthed. This is a core group of people dedicated to bringing these visions to life. The name DenCity is a play on words that focuses on bringing back the safety and warmth of local neighborhoods while encouraging densification and revitalizing the greater urban community. Check out for more information, as well as updates on events and locations of upcoming potlucks.

To celebrate the year anniversary we are holding a birthday party/potluck on Sunday September 10th 6-9pm at the House of Peas in Greenlake.

Address: House of Peas by Greenlake. 1130 N. 81st St, zip is 98103, one block east of Aurora, house has plenty of bushes and large tomato plants in front so if you are lost feel free to call(206.406.5523).

Come celebrate our first year with us, immediately following the closing ceremony at Art of Community.

Anyone interested in community of any kind is encouraged to attend the Art of Community event, September 8-10th at Bastyr University. Check out for more information. DenCity Research will be presenting a visioning salon on Saturday the 9th 10-11:30am. This will be a group Imagining process to vision then step into the future as though it already exists. This is a powerful tool to making our dreams a reality.

If you would like to attend Art of Community and would like to help out or are unable to afford the price of admission contact Morgan about volunteering.

Visioning a brighter future together,

DenCity Research 206.406.5523

Visioning Potlucks every 2nd Sunday of the month, locations change monthly check the website for up to date information.

September 15th-30th - Permaculture Design Course - At the EcoVillage in Port Townsend, WA Instructors: Jenny Pell, Larry Santoyo, Chuck Estin, & many local guests

This course will focus on building practical design and hands-on skills for immediate application in your home, neighborhood, and community. We will examine in-depth strategies for local self-reliance, community development, and thriving local economies.

Join us in the beautiful Pacific Northwest for a 14-day intensive!

  • Permaculture design principles and methodologies
  • Reading landscapes, mapping, and site analysis
  • Patterns in nature
  • Plant propagation and seed saving
  • Indigenous cultivation, traditions, and practices
  • Perennial polycultures and food forests
  • Alternative technologies
  • Water catchment, pond building, and aquaculture
  • Whole systems theory and Ecoliteracy
  • Herbs and medicinal plants
  • Integrated animal systems
  • Passive and active solar designs
  • Natural building, Ecovillage design, and more...

Cost: $1,000 to $600 sliding scale---discounted price includes worktrade. Includes delicious vegetarian meals made from local and farm-fresh foods

Deadline to apply: September 1, 2006. $250 non-refundable deposit required.

For complete details and to register please contact Jenny Pell: or (206) 949-0496

Tel: (360) 385-1991 Cell: (206) 949-0496


September 17, 2006 noonish

First Annual - Gaia’s Paradise Harvest Garden Party

Potluck (vegetarian-friendly). Share your harvest! No alcohol please. Eating begins at 1:00. Bring your kids and partner! (No pets please)

21605 111th Ave. SW - Vashon 98070 - 206-463-0882

Gaia’s Paradise (no sign as of yet) is a newly created and ongoing Permaculture project located in Paradise Valley in the center of Vashon Island. It is a wonderful healing and peaceful place, with peaceful neighbors and energy alike. Please come for a short respite from the workaday bustle, or stay until dark, if you like. Hopefully you will leave refreshed as if you’ve had a brief vacation! I look forward to sharing my home and friends with you. Please RSVP so I can plan accordingly.

Permaculture: The aim of permaculture is to create ecologically sound, economically prosperous human communities. It is guided by a set of ethical principles — care for the earth, care for people, and sharing the surplus. The interconnections created by a sound permaculture design are what turn a collection of unrelated parts into a functioning system, whether it’s a community, a family, or an ecosystem. [Gaia’s Garden, Toby Hemenway]

You are invited to witness the progress of this maiden first year. To view an online photo diary go to Meet the permaculture practitioners and see for yourself what they have created. Ask them questions and learn more about sustainable living from their perspective. See and feel why I love it here! This is also a Housewarming so please bless my homestead with your presence, not your presents (unless you have extra garden plants to share).

Things to Bring:

  • Your own lawn chairs or blankets
  • Musical instruments, voice
  • Harvest potluck (from your garden?)

Badminton, picnicking and hobnobbing. Meet new friends and old.

Parking: Please park on the street and walk in.

Directions: Ferry leaves Fauntleroy at 11:45am. Arriving 15-30 minutes early is recommended. After exiting the ferry, continue on Vashon Hwy for about 8 miles. You will drive through the town of Vashon (1st stoplight). Turn Right at the third stoplight (204th St). Sound Foods restaurant will be on your left. Continue west past the Jesus barn and follow the hard left turn. You are now on 111th Ave. SW. Drive approx. ½ mile more (pass K-Jo Farm on the left) to 216th St. Park your car anywhere along the street.

My shared driveway is directly west of 216th. Walk past the first big house and turn right toward my cabin. Welcome!

October 4-22 - Wise Earth Deep Ecological Permaculture Design Course:

$580 if registered before 9/22, more expensive after

Join us for 2-plus weeks in Permaculture immersion on the Wise Earth Ecological Landtrust outside Woodinville, WA. Learn permaculture design and techniques with many great hands-on projects: edible and useful plants, hugelkulture, ponds and swales, chickens, natural building, greywater, etc. We will also be travelling to and setting up a Permaculture demonstration camp at the Okanogan Family Barterfaire. Teachers are Marisha Auerbach, Kelda Miller, Albert Postema and many great guest instructors including Michael Pilarski, Sam Bullock, Heidi Bohan. Registration info: Tami at 360-668-2452 or

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


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.


  • 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)


From Seattle Tilth:

The Seattle Tilth Harvest Fair is coming on September 9th from 10am to 4pm and it is going to be a fantastic event this year! Many hands are needed to make it all happen and volunteering is a great way to contribute to Seattle Tilth, have fun meeting like-minded people, and feel great about your efforts. Let us know your preferred shift and time slot by sending an email to with "Harvest Fair Volunteer!" in the subject line or call our Volunteer Line 206-633-5045 x 1. A full schedule of volunteer needs is available at Thank you for helping Tilth host this wonderful community event - we couldn't do it without you!

  • Volunteer for the 2nd Annual Community Fruit Tree Harvest!

Rather than letting backyard fruit fall and rot on the ground, residents in Wallingford, Fremont, Phinney, and the University District neighborhoods can donate their surplus fruit to those who need it most - to our local food banks and meal programs.

For its second year, the Community Fruit Tree Harvest, a partnership between Lettuce Link of the Fremont Public Association and Seattle Tilth, will organize volunteers to glean healthy fruit from neighborhood trees and deliver it to local meal programs.

Meet new people, eat fruit, learn about fruit trees, and fight hunger! Come join our efforts to connect nutritious, organically grown produce to low-income individuals and families in Seattle neighborhoods.

How can you get involved and fight hunger?

Volunteer to pick fruit! To sign up, call Lettuce Link at 206.694.6754. Volunteer commitments are 2 hour shifts, August to October, Tuesday evenings and/or Saturday mornings. Visit our website at:

Donate fruit from your fruit trees! To register, call the Natural Lawn & Garden Hotline at 206-633-0224 or email Tree owners will be asked a series of questions, followed by a possible visit to determine if the fruit is healthy enough for donation and accessible. If it is, volunteers will come out to do the leg -- and ladder -- work.


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

All this and more at Check out our wiki and post permaculture info (see May events newsletter for details).

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