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Fri, December 18, 1:00pm – 2:30pm - West Duwamish Greenbelt Guided Eco-hike (Every third Friday from 1-2:30pm)

Join us for a free public guided hike in the West Duwamish Greenbelt, Seattle’s largest remaining forest. We will explore the hidden treasures of this amazing natural wonder, and hear about the history and the future of the forest from Nancy Whitlock, Executive Director of the Nature Consortium (and forest expert) Difficulty: mild. Dress for the weather, and wear appropriate footwear (some parts of the trail are muddy) Extreme rain cancels. Be ready for inspiration! Granola bars provided, please bring your own water bottle. Call 206- 923-0853 or email to reserve your spot and to learn where we will be meeting. RSVP today!

Sat, December 19, 10am – 2pm - West Duwamish Green Belt, Seattle WA 98106

Nature Consortium hosts volunteer work parties year round several times per week. Currently we are working Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10am-2pm in the West Duwamish Greenbelt located in West Seattle. Each work party begins with a short informal forest ecology workshop. During the fall and winter we remove invasive species, mulch, and plant native plants and trees in the Seattle's largest remaining forest! Other seasons are devoted to maintenance and monitoring. Performing artists "play in the woods" during many of our work parties, and include singers, instrumentalists, and dancers. Please RSVP if you will be attending. Tools, gloves and refreshments will be provided. Wear waterproof footwear and weather appropriate clothing. Bring a full water bottle. We will have water available for refills. Email or call Marisa Ordonia, to RSVP for work parties or for more info. 206-923-0853 or ** NO WORK PARTIES FROM DEC 24- JAN 2 ** Please email: or call 206-923-0853 to verify location Profiles? The Nature Consortium's Urban Forest Restoration Project is committed to long-term stewardship and restoration of the West Duwamish Greenbelt, the largest remaining contiguous forest within Seattle city limits. Our main restoration goal is reintroducing the conifer species to the greenbelt. We also focus on invasive plant removal, site maintenance and environmental education.

Event: Permaculture Design Course
Date: February 12 - 28, 2010
Location: Sahale Learning Center, near Belfair, Washington (southern Puget Sound)

A two-week, residential, intensive course for the Maritime Pacific Northwest and beyond.

The course will teach permaculture design principles and a methodology which can be applied to any environment, rural or urban. If you are interested in increasing food production and local resilience in your community and bioregion, this course is for you. Strategies for local food security, energy conservation, sustainability and restoring the health of native ecosystems are synthesized. Through lecture, slide shows, discussion, observation, field trips and hands-on activities, permaculture design students will develop the practical skills and knowledge necessary to design and implement sustainable systems that are in harmony with the natural world. We will cover hundreds of crops which can provide family needs or cash income. The course will focus on the Maritime Northwest but the principles can be applied to any region.

Course instructors are Larry Korn, Marisha Auerbach, and Laura Sweany. The course fee is $800 plus $450 - $195, depending on accommodations for room and board; please visit for more information and registration.

Just 20 minutes from Belfair, Washington, Sahale is an easy drive from Seattle, Tacoma, Portland and the Olympic Peninsula.

Contact: Laura Sweany, 206-369-7590.


Announcing Tacoma's first Permaculture Design Course!

Feb-Sept 2010. Come learn practical tools for garden, home, and communities! Permaculture is a design system of self-reliant skills for sustainable human habitat. Participants will learn to model from nature and organize by realistic priorities. Taught by a handful of local permaculture designers and sustainable-skills experts.

  • Perennial Gardens
  • Food Forests
  • Water Stewardship
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Primitive Skills
  • Appropriate Tech
  • Natural Building
  • Sustainable City Design
  • Localized Economies,
  • and much more

Come join the growing movement of Permaculture enthusiasts who are creating abundant green spaces throughout Tacoma. Participants of this course will receive a Permaculture Design Certificate.

When: One weekend a month Feb-Sept, including Friday night presentations.

Where: Kings' Books and Tacoma Waldorf School, plus many other sites around Tacoma

Cost: $800-$650, includes over 90 hours of classtime, catered lunches, course handbook, field trips, etc

See Tacoma PDC flyer

For more info and to register, contact Patricia Menzies 253-565-2599 or

Course details at

April 3 - June 13th : Vashon Permaculture Design Course - Weekends with: Emet Degirmenci & Kelda Miller

Re-design Your Life, Envision the World! Create solutions for ecological and social change!

Learn permaculture philosophy and design, and how to understand nature's patterns, assess landscapes, create sustainable food systems,steward our forests, choose appropriate technologies, restore soils and watersheds, integrate animals, build eco-shelters, make low-impact urban lifestyles, design for catastrophe, encourage local economics, re-localize, and build community. More info here:

See Vashon PDC flyer here


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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.

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




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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