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News and Events - 2007

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July 13 - Friday 7 to 9:30 PM at Keystone Church, 5019 Keystone Pl. N. in Wallingford

Film: BILL McKIBBEN: DEEP ECONOMY - A TALK AND CONVERSATION WITH MICHAEL POLLAN (70 min, Maria Gilardin, 2007) And a facilitated discussion with Cecile Andrews: SUSTAINABILITY AND NEW LOCALISM.

Cecile is the author of Slow Is Beautiful: New Visions of Community, Leisure and Joie de Vivre and The Circle of Simplicity: Return to the Good Life, and founder of the Phinney Ecovillage.

Bill McKibben's discussion focuses on the intersection between America's economy and American's happiness. This is a truly hopeful program, with good suggestions and insights. Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future, sets out to challenge the prevailing view of our economy. For the first time in human history, more is no longer synonymous with better - indeed, for many of us, they have become almost opposites. We must begin to think in new ways about the things we buy, the food we eat, the energy we use, and the money that pays for it all. Our purchases need not be at odds with the things we truly value. In this talk, recorded at Berkley in March 2007, he is joined on stage by colleague, Michael Pollan, author of "The Omnivore's Dilemma", and "Botany of Desire". McKibben envisions a transition to local-scale enterprise. The time has come to move beyond “growth” as the paramount economic ideal and begin pursuing prosperity in a more local direction, with cities, suburbs, and regions producing more of their own food, generating more of their own energy, and even creating more of their own culture and entertainment. More info:, and

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ..but Donations are kindly accepted).

July 12-14 - BASICS OF COB - 3 days Whidbey Island, WA $250

Cob is a mixture of sand, clay, soil, and straw ingredients that are readily available for little or no cost. Think of it as sculpting with clay. Walls, benches, furniture and bookshelves are just a few of the things that you can build with cob. Cob will not burn or rot and provides insulation and, more importantly, thermal mass. It’s also pleasing to the eye and comfortable to live in.

This will be a hands-on 3-day course covering the basics: site selection, materials, mixing and building techniques. Come prepared to get dirty. Workshop begins Friday at 4pm. Bring a dish to share for dinner. Lunch provided Saturday & Sunday.

To Register go to :

July 16th - Monday at 6:30pm - Community Fruit Tree Harvest Project Meeting.

Come participate in this years Community Fruit Tree Harvest project, organized by Solid Ground (formerly The Fremont Public Association). The first year 400lbs, last year over 3000lbs gathered by volunteers for local foodbanks. Help us exceed these numbers with the expansion of the harvest area and attend a Volunteer organizational meeting on this Monday(July 16th)(Also July 24th) evening 6:30pm at Solid Ground.

More info here:

July 16-20th - Aprovecho Stove Camp

Once again, the annual ETHOS Stove Camp will be held July 16-20 at the Aprovecho Research Center lab in Creswell, Oregon (10 miles south of Eugene.)

The Aprovecho Stove Camp is a chance for people interested and involved in the research, design, construction, and dissemination of biomass cooking stoves to come together for a hands on collaborative event. Participants will discuss, design, build, and test cook stoves in Aprovecho's laboratory. Sessions for newcomers and stove veterans will run concurrently.

For more info go here:

July 17 - Tuesday - Sister Sage Herbs - Join us for an Evening of Herbal Lotion Making!

Learn to make infused oils and healing lotions from easy to grow herbs in this hands-on class. We will begin with a brief description of the herbs we will be using, and continue into the yard to harvest them. We will prepare the herbs for drying or further processing, make infusions of previously harvested & dried herbs, and make lotions from infused oils. Students will leave with the lotions we make, fresh herb materials, infused oils & recipe cards to continue your practice at home. We will serve a light vegetarian meal at the end of the class (around 8:30). Feel free to bring your own food if you have dietary concerns.

  • When: Tuesday, July 17, 6-9pm.
  • Who: Taught by Herb Farmer Jayne Simmons & Herbalist Maria Morehead
  • Where: West Seattle – Private Home- I will email you directions.
  • How Much: $40 per person includes a light meal.
  • How: Please email to confirm your place.
  • Class is limited to 10 people

July 19-31st - PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE with Jude Hobbs and Tom Ward

For more information or to register,

July 21 - Permaculture Pancakes 8:02am!

A little something for the early birds! Get together and still have time in the rest of the day for workshops and getting your stuff done!

Organic sourdough pancakes using a sourdough starter that has been going for over 250 years! Plus organic maple syrup, organic scrambled eggs and organic coffee!

Semi-potluck-ish: If you have something organic to bring, that's great! Maybe some homemade jam? An interesting syrup? Juice? Fresh fruit from your garden? A favorite tea? Yes! But bringing something is not required. The goal is to bring permies together - the food is just for fun.

1130 n 81st st, seattle - about three blocks north of green lake. Lots of street parking.

July 25th - Wednesday from 7-9pm - Potluck in the Park!

Join us for an evening potluck in the park!

Bring friends and family, and some food or beverage to share, plus eating utensils, cup and plate.

Mix it up with other like-minded people and meet those special 'behind-the-scenes' people who support your volunteer activities. No agenda, just food, fun, and friendly folks!

  • Location: Linden Orchards Park at N 67th and Linden Ave N

We hope to see folks from:

Northwest EcoBuilding Guild, City Repair Seattle, Seattle Permaculture Guild, Phinney Ecovillage, Sustainable Ballard, 14th Avenue NW Visioning Project, Urban Sparks, Crown Hill Neighbors, NW Biodiesel Network, and other green, slow, and sustainably minded groups.

July 26th - thursday evening - Culture Change and Permaculture Presentation At the Phinney Neighborhood Center

Join us in the Community Room at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Av N for an uplifting presentation by Eugene Culture Change and Permaculture advocate, Jan Spencer. Doors open at 6 30 for mix and mingle, program begins at 7. Admission 0- $5.

Jan will weave together aspects of economics, urban land use, US foreign policy, global trends, Permaculture and human potential in a unique analysis that concludes unprecedented eco logical culture change is highly recommended.

The presentation will show how many assets and allies of culture change already exist, some of them closer than we might think. Spencer will explain the term culture of cohesion and how re inventing the urban landscape can be a catalyst for helping to bring about that culture of cohesion. For more information, visit

Antioch University Seattle - Center for Creative Change - Open House

Thursday, July 26, 2007, 6 to 8 p.m., AUS campus, room 100

Help create a just, sustainable, and meaningful future!

Join us for a conversation about how the Center’s programs can help you become an effective change agent in communities, organizations and groups. Building on Antioch’s 150 year tradition of educating for social justice, the Center equips students to effect positive change for social and economic equity, environmental sustainability, and organizational resilience.

Learn about our masters’ degrees in Environment & Community, Whole Systems Design, Strategic Communication, Organizational Psychology and Management, as well as our Graduate Certificate options.

Faculty and students will describe the programs and answer questions. Light refreshments will be provided.

Antioch University is located at 2326 Sixth Avenue in Belltown, between Bell and Battery, near the Pink Elephant Car Wash.

For further information, please contact:

  • Wendy L. Olsen, M.A., Admissions Advisor
  • Center for Creative Change
  • 206-268-4208
  • 1-888-268-4477 ext. 5208
  • Antioch University Seattle
  • 2326 Sixth Avenue
  • Seattle, WA 98121

Also,some courses of particular interest to Permaculturists

August 3-5 PLASTER - 3 days Whidbey Island, WA $250

This workshop will explore the versatility and application of earthen plasters. We will be doing interior and exterior plasters, window and door detail work, bah relief, and fresco applications. This is your chance to get really muddy and learn plastering techniques that you can use with your own building projects. We will be plastering over a number of different materials, including light straw clay, earth bags, and wood. Workshop begins Friday at 4pm. Bring a dish to share for dinner. Lunch provided Saturday & Sunday.

To Register go to :

August 26th - Sunday Cob Oven Plastering Party and SPG potluck

Come help put a plaster skin on a cob pizza oven at Lavendar Lane Preschool( More details coming soon.


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-.


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.

Permaculture farm property for sale:

A 4.95 acre parcel in Duvall with a well, an approved septic design, and power plan. It has been permitted through the CAO for a single family residence. Approximately 2.5-3 acres are cleared, ideal for a home site with a wonderful view of the Olympics. The rest of the land is in native vegetation, with big Hemlocks, firs and Cedars. It is very peaceful and quiet, yet only 3 miles off Kelly Road (a main artery of Duvall).

This is an exceptional piece of land for sale. It is ideal for a market or hobby farmer/orchardist, with 25 fruit trees, blueberries, gooseberries, and approximately 200' of sturdy trellises with grapes, all well established and producing. Optimum growing conditions for fruit trees and grapes west of the Cascades: up off the valley floor on a southwest facing slope, good soil, good drainage, heightened heat units. There are two ponds above the orchard and vineyard for gravitational irrigation, fed by a small stream. There is a well-built paddock for livestock. The entire piece is set up perfectly for permacultural practices, and would be a very productive homestead or market farm.

ASKING $235,000. Please contact Sarah and Luke via email or call 206.819.5312 if you are interested in seeing the property. Gohere for pictures.

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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