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News and Events - 2008









January 12th - Saturday - 7pm Recycling Water the Greywater Guerrillas' Way

please contact Susanne (206-949-0343; for directions

Information flyer here:

I am organizing a Greywater Installation Workshop with the Greywater Guerillas ( from Montana. I am seeking to connect with local people who have experience with or interest in greywater reuse or rainwater harvesting. The Workshop is being planned for May 2008 as a 3 day workshop with a different project at a different site each day. The Greywater Guerillas are planning to come to Seattle for host site evaluation January 12th, 2008.

If you are interested in

  • providing a host site for the May 2008 Greywater Installation workshop
  • hosting a talk by the Greywater Guerillas on a water conservation topic for January or May
  • supporting the organizing of this project in any other way
  • helping me get connected with what is happening in this area locally
  • being on the mailing list for participating in talks/workshops

then please contact Susanne ( (please note underscore in e-mail address)


January 20th - Sunday - "The Gleaners and I" Movie/potluck

  • Where: Steve's house at 12009-26th Ave So, Seattle
  • When: 11am - 2pm
  • Please RSVP to Steve at
  • Phone 206-650-0760

January 23rd - 7-9pm wednesday at Phinney Neighborhood Center Community Hall

  • Living buildings, living communities and the Forest Stewardship Council with

Thor Peterson - Cascadia GBC

As a statement on the comprehensiveness, transparency and rigor of the FSC’s certification program, the Cascadia Region Green Building Council has publicly endorsed FSC as the referenced standard for responsible forestry. Learn from Thor Peterson, Research Director for Cascadia, how FSC is referenced in the Living Building Challenge (Cascadia’s green building standard) as the gold standard for responsible industry.

  • NNRG the Future of Forestry with

Patricia C. Southard and Mike Broili

This presentation will provide an overview of how Community Based Forestry can achieve a Three legged stool balance in the Pacific Northwest Region. For over 15 years Northwest Natural Resource Group (NNRG) has been leading efforts to make ecological forestry a paying proposition in the Pacific Northwest . Through the dedication of our board, staff, members and numerous partners, we can finally say that day has arrived. Our Northwest Certified Forestry program provides a broad suite of economic, educational and informational benefits to the green building industry and small forest landowners in Washington and Oregon . Whether you're a forest landowner, architect, builder or a wood products user this presentation will help you understand the link between the green building market transformation and how FSC can also be used as tool for ecosystem services.

Northwest Ecobuilding Guild

January 28th - 5-7pm

The guru of pastured poultry has a speaking engagement in Puyallup this next Monday. Joel Salatin runs Polyface Farm, and was featured in the recent book 'the Omnivore's Dilemma' by Michael Pollan. He has written many books on his very observation-based ecology-minded animal husbandry and refers to himself as a 'Christian-libertarian-environmentalist-lunatic farmer'. Should be a good time. Puyallup High School. Mon. 28 5-7pm. At the Pierce Conservation District's Annual Meeting. RSVP. Also at UW-T earlier that day.

February 16th & 17th - An evening presentation and a day workshop with internationally renown Permaculturist Toby Hemenway

  • Saturday Presentation Feb. 16th, 7:30 - $10 admission

“How Permaculture can save humanity and the planet - but not civilization”

  • Sunday Workshop Feb. 17th, 9:30-1:00 - $30 admission

“Retro-fitting the suburbs: Permaculture food production & plant guilds”

Both events at

  • Bainbridge Commons (see promotional poster(pdf) -HERE-
  • 402 Brien Dr.- 1 block south of Town & Country Grocery - a walk from the


Contact: Chuck Estin 842-4280 or 551-8496 -

We are fortunate to have Toby Hemenway, author of one of the most accessible permaculture books, come to Bainbridge for an evening presentation and half-day workshop on February 16th and 17th.

The events are co-sponsored by the Bainbridge Permaculture Guild, Bios Design, and Sustainable Bainbridge.

We are charging admission to pay Toby's speaking fees. We are hoping that we can get a good turnout to cover those costs, but more because we feel Toby is such an inspiring and knowledgeable person to share with us how we can create a more sustainable community, and nurture our own health and that of our planet by growing more of our own food in the most efficient ways possible.

We are holding both the Saturday evening presentation and the Sunday half-day workshop at the Bainbridge Commons. Folks from Seattle are invited, as well - the location being ideal for walk-on ferry travelers.

Please share this announcement with your friends and networks - people who might be considering becoming more of a "locovore", starting by growing some of their own food.

Please RSVP to me to give me an idea of how many people are planning on attending the evening presentation and the workshop. Toby will be covering entirely different material for the two events, so folks are encouraged to attend both, if they are able to commit the time. I believe it will be well worth the time and money.



February 16th - March 2, 2008 - Permaculture Design Course - Sahale Retreat Center, NW of Olympia


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 are 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)

  • 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-.


Sharing house and future food forest in West Seattle

Room with private bath, $550, utilities included – West Seattle (5-10 min walk to the water or to the Alaska/California junction)

Looking for sustainability-minded person to rent bright room (9’x11.5’), overlooking backyard, with adjacent private, full bathroom in house in West Seattle. Utilities and DSL (wireless) included, washer and dryer in basement. Share kitchen, dining room and large, private backyard with mother, teenage son and 2 cats.

We are in the process of converting our yard into a food forest, getting chickens, irrigating with greywater, collecting rain water and taking other steps to decrease our environmental footprints. Being interested in participating in this process would be great, willingness to participate in certain practices that come along with it (i.e. composting, using biocompatible soaps, water conservation etc) is necessary. We are looking for someone who is willing to keep noise levels low and shared spaces fairly neat.

If you are interested, please e-mail me and we can set up a time to talk. Please be prepared to allow credit and background check and provide references before signing rental agreement (month-to-month).

Susanne -

Hi, my name is Alex Epstein and i am the VP of the permaculture club at the University of Puget Sound. We are pretty much brand new but have big aspirations. I noticed your site and knowing the nature of guilds felt that it would do us good to get in contact with you folk. Right now we have a grant application in at the University, which we feel very hopeful about, asking for the resources to convert an empty lot on campus to a permaculture and native plant garden. We would have somewhat limited resources but one of our hopes was to hire a permaculture expert who knows the puget sound land and could help us plan the garden. If you know of anyone who might be up to the task we would be very grateful. Any suggestions or ideas or comments would appreciated as well. contact:

Hi. My name is Justin.

I have a whole bunch of tree seeds; paw paws, ginkgos, stone fruits, nuts, etc. I usually grow them in pots in a green house for the first season, then break 'em up and transplant them. I have pots, but I am looking for:

1) Greenhouse space 2) Bed space

Along with the "pots in a greenhouse" tech, I'd like to tuck some seeds in a bed someplace, and see what my success rate is. I've done pretty well outside in the past; want to try different soil types, top dresses, depths, amendments, etc.

I dun run out uh space! Know of any space I could use/lease/contribute to? I'd be happy to donate some fruit trees, teach propagation techniques, do some small-scale design, contribute to current projects etc. in return. I would want the greenhouse space through Spring, and the bed space through Fall.

Justin Hanseth 206.849.1980

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

What's the difference between a smelly old outhouse and a Composting Toilet?

Interested in Composting Toilets? Workshop location and materials available for July or Aug workshop if anyone with expertise or a special sort of passion wants to see one built in NE Seattle. I got the some books from the library, anyone have any recent info or been involved in building one locally? Contact Lacia 206-356-7768 or email preferred LLB101@excitecom with "composting toilet" in the subject so the junk mail filters don't get you.

Greetings! 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

And here for calendar of events:


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