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January2007Newsletter

Hello Seattle Permaculture Guild!

Newsletter for Mid-January 2007

[Now is a good time to practice that cob building with SNOW!!]


CONTENTS


ARTICLES

EVENTS

ORGANIZATION OF THE GUILD

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

WORK OPPORTUNITIES


ARTICLES


EVENTS


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 15th

Hey everyone, Martin Luther King and the Global Warming Movement! What can we learn from the civil rights movement, a movement that was spectacularly successful and a movement that gave birth to so many other movements?

One might say that the fight against global warming is the ultimate movement, since if we lose in this, we lose everything. Join your community and Phinney/Greenwood CCAN (Climate Change Action Now) in exploring this exciting topic: next Monday, Jan. 15, 7 p.m. at St. John's United Church on 55th and Phinney across from the Zoo west entrance.

Also don't forget Santoros' Subversive Salon at 7:30 p.m. this coming Wed., Jan. 10, at Santoro's Books across from Ken's Market on Greenwood near 72nd. More info here: http://www.phinneyecovillage.net/Calendar/santorosalon011007

Happy 2007!

Paul Andrews


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.


January 20th - Wild Thyme Farm Saturday workshop series - Riparian agroforestry, hedgerows, weed control, live staking

  • Farm tour begins at 9 am
  • Workshops begin at 10 am - 2:30 pm
  • Food: The farm will provide a hearty mid-afternoon lunch. Potluck contributions are gratefully accepted but not necessary!
  • What to bring: gloves, weather appropriate clothing, sturdy shoes or boots, safety glasses, tools, potluck item
  • For directions, or to RSVP, contact 360-273-7117


Full workshop Brochure HERE.


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

What: Share your woodworking skills and help us build a Coldframe for starting plants, 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 how to make your own Coldframe before spring comes.

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


Feb 10 (Sat), 9:30 AM - Noon. Biodiesel Basics. South Seattle Community CollegeBioLyle's

For those interested in learning how to make biodiesel from used restaurant oil. You will learn the chemistry and tricks of making quality biodiesel by making small batches and experimenting with different vegetable oils, catalysts, and pH indicators. We will also cover washing, quality control, sources of supplies and equipment, methanol recovery, disposal of wastes, and reactor design, with an emphasis on the "Appleseed" reactor made from an electric water heater- which will be demonstrated in class! Other topics to be covered will include: myths and facts about biodiesel, cold weather issues, local availability, and what's going on locally and nationally with the movement. Whether you just want to learn more so you can decide whether or not to use biodiesel, or you want to make your own brew, this class will help you get underway.

After the class, students will be invited to visit a small-scale home biodiesel processor.

Registration and more info at http://biolyle.com


February 17th - Wild Thyme Farm Saturday workshop series - Pruning, grafting, soil amendments, afternoon special: twig art for the garden

  • Farm tour begins at 9 am
  • Workshops begin at 10 am - 2:30 pm
  • Food: The farm will provide a hearty mid-afternoon lunch. Potluck contributions are gratefully accepted but not necessary!
  • What to bring: gloves, weather appropriate clothing, sturdy shoes or boots, safety glasses, tools, potluck item
  • For directions, or to RSVP, contact 360-273-7117


Biodynamic Composting Workshops with Barbara Scott,M.Sc.

  • Feb. 17-18 Friendly Haven Rise Farm - 35 min. north of Portland in Hockinson, WA
  • Feb. 24-25 Summer Winds Farm - 35 min. east of Seattle in Snoqualmie, WA

The single most important thing to know about gardening is how to make good compost. The longer we garden, the more we understand that the answer to most garden questions is living compost. Good, lively compost ...

  • Provides living organisms to nourish the soil
  • Brings light and air into tight soil
  • Multiplies nutrients in plant usable form
  • Holds moisture at appropriate levels
  • Supports worms and microlife by the billions
  • Adds character and tilth

Soil fertility is the key to serving future generations and is the foundation of any farm or garden. With a sufficient supply of good compost, the gardener is prepared to co-create with the spirit world a wonderful garden. To understand plant life we must expand our view to include all that affects plant growth. Biodynamics recognizes the basic principles at work in nature and uses these principles to bring about balance and healing. Based on the work of Rudolf Steiner, it integrates precise observation of natural phenomena, clear thinking and knowledge of the spirit. This workshop gives you the foundation you need to balance your soil and grow plants that have the life forces needed to create free human beings.

For more info, see pdf image here: http://www.seattlepermacultureguild/BDCompost.pdf


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


Weekend Property Design Workshop - Permaculture for the Suburbs

  • March 2nd - Friday night public slide show 7-9pm
  • March 3rd & 4th - Workshop
  • 728 Mill Ave.
  • Snohomish 98290

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 suburban section: 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, this workshop takes place within the Duwamish Cohousing Community 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.

  • Local Contact: Donna Ray (360)-862-1505 email: donnalray1@netzero.net
  • 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 Permaculture education.


March 17th - Wild Thyme Farm Saturday workshop series - Gardening in the Spring - Planting, mulching, soil fertility

  • Farm tour begins at 9 am
  • Workshops begin at 10 am - 2:30 pm
  • Food: The farm will provide a hearty mid-afternoon lunch. Potluck contributions are gratefully accepted but not necessary!
  • What to bring: gloves, weather appropriate clothing, sturdy shoes or boots, safety glasses, tools, potluck item
  • For directions, or to RSVP, contact 360-273-7117


April 21st - Wild Thyme Farm Saturday workshop series - Edible landscaping and agroforestry, food forest maintenance.

  • Farm tour begins at 9 am
  • Workshops begin at 10 am - 2:30 pm
  • Food: The farm will provide a hearty mid-afternoon lunch. Potluck contributions are gratefully accepted but not necessary!
  • What to bring: gloves, weather appropriate clothing, sturdy shoes or boots, safety glasses, tools, potluck item
  • For directions, or to RSVP, contact 360-273-7117


May 19th - Wild Thyme Farm Saturday workshop series - Native landscape restoration for wildlife, noxious weed control.

  • Farm tour begins at 9 am
  • Workshops begin at 10 am - 2:30 pm
  • Food: The farm will provide a hearty mid-afternoon lunch. Potluck contributions are gratefully accepted but not necessary!
  • What to bring: gloves, weather appropriate clothing, sturdy shoes or boots, safety glasses, tools, potluck item
  • For directions, or to RSVP, contact 360-273-7117


June 19th - Wild Thyme Farm Saturday workshop series - Summer garden planting, creating an herb spiral.

  • Farm tour begins at 9 am
  • Workshops begin at 10 am - 2:30 pm
  • Food: The farm will provide a hearty mid-afternoon lunch. Potluck contributions are gratefully accepted but not necessary!
  • What to bring: gloves, weather appropriate clothing, sturdy shoes or boots, safety glasses, tools, potluck item
  • For directions, or to RSVP, contact 360-273-7117


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

(anyone can post on this wiki, password is 'spgedit')

  • 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-.


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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