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Newsletter for June 2007

First strawberry of the season in my garden - ST










June 2 - Bullock Brother's Tour - Orcas Is.

Come join some folks from Seattle Permaculture Guild and Duwamish Co housing as we embark on a 3-hour tour of the Bullocks Farm on Orcas Island at 1:00pm on Saturday, June 2nd, 2007. If our tiny ship got lost, THIS is the place I'd adore to land ....

  • TOUR

For starters, they offer guided tours of the property. The tour usually lasts about three hours and they charge $15.00 for adults, $12.00 for students, and kids under 13 are free. They ask for a ten-person or $150 minimum. Overnight camping and hands-on participatory work projects are possible options. They require payment two weeks in advance (now) so I am sending my own money to front at least 10 people's tour.


The Bullocks ask $10/adult for camping and ask that folks pitch in $5/person to our intern food kitty for meals. Make sure you let me know ahead of time the total number of people who will be staying overnight so I can let their interns know. Kevin, Steve and I are planning to stay overnight. Join us if you can!

  • Carpooling, of course, is encouraged and there will be a ferry ride

(or two for those who have to come back and live in the city for a while longer) so plan financially.

  • Please RSVP with funds by Friday, June 1st to

Thanks! - Maria Morehead

June 7, 7pm-9pm "Introduction to Permaculture: Design for Sustainable Human Habitats" Graham-Kapowsin High School Auditorium. , $10. From solar panels to 'food forests', greywater systems to wildlife habitat, permaculture teaches how to live on the earth with a decreased ecological footprint. Pierce County focused. More at

June 9 - Permaculture Pancakes 8:00am!

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.

We have pH testing equipment. Bring a soil sample and we'll test your soil while you wait!

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

June 13th - Rainwater Harvesting, Catching, and Management

  • Wednesday - 7-9pm

Join Mike Broili in an in-depth discussion about rainwater harvesting systems, design and management strategies. Mike will discuss rainwater harvesting systems for flushing toilets and doing Laundry. This class includes a tour of the Phinney Centers rainwater catchment system, used for flushing toilets.

To register , go to or call 206/783-2244. $20 PNA member/ $25 non-member.

June 16th - 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

June 18th 7:00 p.m.

Phinney Greenwood Climate Change Action Now(PG CCAN)



by Cecile Andrews & Jamie Claussen


St. John's Lutheran Church (55th and Phinney)

There's a new movement emerging around the country: localization, a turn back to our neighborhood communities. And this is significant, because as Robert Putnman, author of Bowling Alone, says, the culture in which people talk to each other over their back fences is the culture in which people vote. Join the Phinney Greenwood Climate Change Action Now to see how this truly grass roots movement helps combat global warming. Come and learn about our developing "Buy Local" campaign.


  • Instructors: Jude Hobbs and Tom Ward
  • Location: Aprovecho Research Institute Cottage Grove, Oregon
  • Description: Empower yourself to advocate sustainable living and

design! In this dynamic, interactive and fun course learn powerful teaching techniques to communicate whole systems education and Permaculture principles in a wide variety of settings. Jude and Tom have a combined experience of over 40 years of teaching and in the design field. Their commitment to encouraging diverse learning styles helps build upon your unique strengths and talents. They model various teaching and learning styles including lecture, discussions, lesson planning, module building and group presentations. These provide the essential learning experiences for this course. Each participant will be offering several presentations which provides essential hands-on experience. This is a Certificate Course offered by the Cascadia Permaculture Institute.

  • Tuition: $650-$725 (includes course materials, 3 organic meals a

day & camping)


For Adults and Youth 9 and up

  • Dates: Saturday, April 14 & June 23, 2007
  • Location: Rainier Square Conference Center - Rainier Square Atrium, 1333 5th Ave, 3rd Level, Seattle WA
  • Fees: $15 per individual
  • Note: Materials and snacks provided. Bring a bag lunch!

Get a special guided viewing of SAF’s permanent Blueprints: 100+ Years of Seattle Architecture exhibit and make your own model to take home. This intergenerational workshop will pair adults and youth together to design a building and make a model. Learn about design elements such as scale, texture, pattern, and perspective, while exploring how buildings and spaces impact communities and influence the ways people live, work, and play.

Registration is limited to ten (10) family teams. Advance registration and pre-payment are required.

To register, call the SAF office at 206.667.9184. Online registration is not available at this time.

June 27th - 7-9pm - Deconstruction: Alternatives to Demolition - Part 3 of the "Renewal" Series

The following event is part of the NW EcoBuilding's 2007 Educational Series:

The Deconstruction topic is broken down into 4 parts, Design, Relocation, Deconstruction and Construction. This approach creates a dialogue about the huge need for building materials and how the public at large can change a large section of the building industry. Come out for a great discussion with some innovative professionals as we learn about Alternatives to Demolition.


Designing for Disassembly

  • Kinley Diller - King County - Design for Disassembly Manual
  • House Relocation - Jeff McCord @ Nickel Bros. House Moving

Jeff will talk about "whole house recycling" using a House Move on Phinney Ridge as the Case Study. Come see Jeff and Home Owner Frank Michael Rebhan talk about their experience.

Sustaining Deconstruction

  • Marty Brennan - Restore

RE Store, a local non profit, is actively, and deconstructing buildings for reuse and recycling in Seattle. Long-term viability, though, requires an industry-wide shift away from a ‘landfill model of demolition’ to a ‘reuse model of deconstruction’. Through local partnerships with the city, county, contractors, non profits and property owners, RE Store is helping to reshape building codes, demo permits, and material selection choices. RE Store will report on current regulatory and industry trends that promise to sustain deconstruction services and products, locally, well into the future.

Using Salvage Materials in the Construction process

  • Jon Alexander - Sunshine Construction

Jon will talk about the following items:

  • Steps to using salvaged materials
  • Where to find salvage materials
  • Criteria for selecting materials for reuse
  • Codes, regulations & safety issues
  • Commonly used salvaged materials

We will follow up the evening with a roundtable discussion about the future of the alternatives to Demolition.


  • Phinney Neighborhood Association
  • Lower Brick Building - Basement(Follow the signs)
  • 6532 Phinney Ave N

Cost: Free for NW Ecobuilding Guild members - $5 Donation for Non-Members

Contact: Justin Fogle -

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 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 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.

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 :


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-.


5/31/07 - Hi, Shaina and I have recently landed in Seattle (the plan is for at least through September) and are looking for projects, meetups, resources, and, most immediately, shelter. We are a community minded (but self reliant), activist (but mellow), emotionally honest (but low drama), simple living (but fiscally stable), mixed gender (but queer friendly) couple accustomed to living in community. If there is an inexpensive, permaculture-garden-earth-friendly place to stay with like-minded folks until mid September, all's the better.

Please call Shaina and Ming at 510 333 2202 or rkmlai AT

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:


Landscape Crew and Crew Leader Positions:

WEdesign is a 5 star Envirostars certified, eco-friendly, full service landscape design-installation company. Our busy firm has an immediate need for full-time landscape installation Crew AND Crew Lead members.


  • Paid holidays
  • Paid sick leave
  • Cell phone subsidy
  • Medical plan
  • Bonus plan
  • Potential for four day work weeks

Come share your passion for the environment while developing your landscaping skills. Previous experience preferred. We pay higher than most for committed, efficient and hard working folks!

Crew Leaders must have previous crew experience, and crew lead experience is preferred. Both positions require reliable transportation to job sites throughout King County, a valid WA state drivers license and a clean driving record.

Please email resume to

  • more details available during interviews.
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