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March2007Newsletter

Newsletter for March 2007


CONTENTS


Step It Up - National Day of Climate Action - Get out and show Congress that Americans demand 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050

ARTICLES

EVENTS

ORGANIZATION OF THE GUILD

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

WORK OPPORTUNITIES


ARTICLES


EVENTS


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 on a residential lot in Snohomish, a 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 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 3rd - Seattle Permaculture Guild Movie Night - "The Future of Food" showing.

Come join our first "Movie Night" with the viewing of "The Future of Food", followed by a desert potluck.

About the film:

"The new(2004) documentary, created by Deborah Koons Garcia, uses archival footage and interviews with farmers and agriculture experts to argue that GMO foods are jeopardizing our food safety. During the past 10 years, the film tells us, genetically engineered crops have infected our food supply and undermined cultivation methods that have been refined over thousands of years.

The Future of Food lays out a detailed case against genetically engineered crops. Exploring a gamut of issues from so-called suicide seeds to lax food-safety enforcement laws, and from the controversy over patented genes to infected cornfields,...." -excerpt from Wired News-

The schedule is to begin the film at 6pm, with a discussion and desert potluck afterwards. Because seating is limited, please RSVP to Nelda for directions.


March 3rd - 10-2pm Green elephant plant swap at Holy Cross Church in Redmond.

BARTER ONLY. some freebies. will trade for sweets!!

More info here: http://seattle.craigslist.org/est/bar/274521180.html


March 3rd&4th, 9:30 – 5:30 - Living Willow Landscape Structures - A Hands-On Weekend Workshop

Pratt Fine Arts Center, 1902 S. Main St., Seattle $180

Living willow structures are an English countryside landscape technique that can be used to create sculptural forms like domes, tunnels, fences, arches, chairs and benches. Willow is a plentiful and vigorous native plant, easily harvested and useful in ecological restoration projects. When planted and woven, it continues to grow, making a delightfully wild accent in the landscape that evokes a collaborative relationship between humans and nature.

This hands-on workshop will cover all aspects of working with living willow, including locating, harvesting, and processing the material, and all the tools and techniques needed for making domes, tunnels, and benches, while building a unique structure on the Pratt grounds. We will also discuss further possibilities for practice and research, and students will have the option of making a simple basket form to take home.

Instructor: Josho Somine has been studying and practicing the techniques of ecologically sustainable living for 10 years. He has done sculptural, natural building, and permaculture teaching work nationally and internationally, working with a wide range of sites and communities. He has a BFA in Sculpture from the California College of Arts & Crafts, and willow sticks have been his favorite medium for 5 years.

Further information at: http://pratt.org/CATALOGUE/WINTER_07/sculpture.pdf


March 10th - "Starting Seeds from Scratch" - We will cover seed selection, cool crops and heat crops, pricking out and potting up as well as how to propagate herbs by cuttings.

Marilene Richardson: Snohomish, WA - Suggested donation $35 + $10 materials fee

More info here: http://www.communitysustainable.org/our-work.html


March 12th-16th - Implementing Permaculture Principles - Wolf Camp Cooperative

This Intensive Adult Camp has no prerequisite. It runs Mon-Fri 9:00-6:00 and is also open to ages 13-17 by special acceptance and with prerequisites. $275, minus credit for previous permaculture courses you may have taken, plus $50 if beyond the March 1 registration deadline. After reviewing permaculture principles and their application to what we are doing here at the Wolf Camp Cooperative, we'll work with our farm animals qne we'll caretake the land to quicken portions into productive forest gardens of fruits and nuts; we'll cultivate vegetable and herb gardens using the Fucuoco (nono-tilling) method with the goal of feeding all campers throughout the season. Sustainble energies projects include hooking up a water mill and solar panel for power, making a bicycle powered generator , make biodiesel, and tinker with our veggie-oil powered vehicles. Scroll down or click on logistics for information such as directions, packing list, plus camping options the night before and after.

For info on special discount, email: Jeri

For more info on Wolf Camp Cooperative go to : http://wolfcamp.com/adult/intensives.html


March 14th - 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 http://www.phinneycenter.org or call 206/783-2244. $20 PNA member/ $25 non-member.


March 15th - Winning entries to The Recycling Foundation's 3rd annual poster competition to be showcased as an art exhibition and fundraiser.

Seattle, March 15th - Tacoma, March 22nd - Spokane, March 29th

We hope you will join The Recycling Foundation as we host three art exhibitions to showcase the winning entries from the 2007 Recycling Poster Contest. A $750 prize will be awarded to the winning artist.

Hors d'oeuvers, Wine and Art. Three of the most powerful words for a socially enhanced world!

With a suggested exhibition donation of $25, these great events will benefit The Recycling Foundation's effort to promote and fund recycling educational and research activities in Washington State; education and research about recycling and its benefits; and fostering recycled content procurement, waste reduction and reuse.

We look forward to seeing you at one of these events ...

  • Thursday, March 15, 6-9 p.m. Local Color Gallery in Pike Place Market 1606 Pike Place, Seattle
  • Thursday, March 22, 6-9 p.m. EnviroIssues in the Harmon Building 1944 Pacific Ave Suite 904,Tacoma
  • Thursday, March 29, 6-9 p.m. Thomas Hammer Roasters 210 West Pacific, Spokane

And here is a little more information on The Recycling Foundation's 3rd Annual Poster Competition:

University and college design students from around the state, submitted competition entries designed to the theme of increasing electronics recycling. Computers, televisions, VCRs, stereos, copiers, and fax machines are common electronic products. Many of these products can be reused, refurbished, or recycled. Unfortunately, electronic discards is one of the fastest growing segments of our nation's waste stream. The goal of the Electronics Recycling Poster is to educate the public about the importance of electronics recycling and to stimulate an increase in electronics recycling.

A jury panel made up of design and recycling professionals selected the winning poster, as well as 1st and 2nd runners-up. "The caliber of the art submitted is extraordinary. It was really difficult to pick a winner," said the 2006 competition judge Judy Dunn, sustainability and recycling coordinator for Washington State University.

The Recycling Foundation is pleased to make the artwork from the 2007 (as well as 2005 & 2006) poster competition available to you for further educational efforts about recycling.

We offer two levels of licensing agreements for sponsorship of events and usage of each poster:

  • Limited License Agreement - For a donation of $250, the licensee is entitled to use the artwork from one poster to reproduce one item (example item: a poster or a print ad or

a bus ad or a silk screen on a t-shirt, etc.). The licensing agreement is for a period of one year, and the number of copies of the item is not limited.

  • Full License Agreement - For a donation of $500, the licensee is entitled to use the artwork from one poster to reproduce multiple items (example items: posters + print ad

+ t-shirt + bus ad, etc.). The licensing agreement is for a period of one year, and the number of copies of the items is not limited.

To see past entries or for more info, please visit The Recycling Foundation at http://www.TheRecyclingFoundation.org

Or call Kim Ducoté at Resource Stewards, (206) 767-3031 Kim@ResourceStewards.com


March 17th - Spring Equinox Celebration and Potluck with "Bread & Barter" Come with something "old" and leave with something "new". Share in music and storytelling as we gather around the bonfire.

Stef and Corinna Frenzl: Snohomish, WA

More info here: http://www.communitysustainable.org/our-work.html


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


March 18th(sunday) - Cold Frame / Worm Bin Workshop from recyled materials- SPG monthly potluck

Build your own cold frame or worm bin, or help someone else build theirs. All recycled material provided for free. Quantity is limited, but come learn about sources of materials. Tools provided also.

  • Start time: 10am
  • Potluck lunch/spg meeting: 1pm
  • All wecome to stay later to finish projects

Location is at Steve's in the south end of Seattle. Please RSVP to Steve, for directions.


March 21st - Wed 5:45PM-7:45PM - Homestead Community Land Trust ADVANTAGE orientation class


Sat., March 24, 9:00-4:00 / Sun., March 25, 10:00-3:00

Spring is here!!!!*** PLANT SALE ***

Backyard Greenhouse

  • 7939 28th Ave. SW
  • (between Holden & Thistle in West Seattle)

Organically Grown:

  • Veggies
  • Perennials
  • Herbs

Bring your friends and family!—Come rain or shine!!


March 24th - Biodiesel Homebrew Workshop

  • Saturday 9:30am-2:30pm

An introduction to biodiesel with hands-on experience for those interested in making biodiesel from waste restaurant oil. Learn the chemistry and tricks of making quality biodiesel by making small batches and experimenting with different vegetable oils, catalysts, and pH indicators. Various reactor designs are presented, followed by a visit to a nearby home reactor. Instructor Lyle Rudensy makes his own fuel. For more info on the class go to http://www.biolyle.com

To register , go to http://www.phinneycenter.org or call 206/783-2244. $60 PNA member/ $65 non-member


March 24-25 - Introduction to Permaculture: ethics, principles, and current applications in the Puget Sound bioregion.

Held at the Wise Earth Ecological Landtrust in Maltby, WA (25 miles from Seattle)

Learn the important language of sustainable-design-thinking and the beginning steps for it's applicationin your life.

Teachers: Josho Somine, Kelda Miller, Albert Postema

For complete 2007 schedule and more info go here.


April 14-15 - Mapping & Design: Weave observations into useful base maps and learn how permaculture design creates truly self-reliant systems. Bring as much information about your site as you can!

Held at the Wise Earth Ecological Landtrust in Maltby, WA (25 miles from Seattle)

Teachers: Heidi Bohan, Josho Somine, Albert Postema

For complete 2007 schedule and more info go here.


  • April 17th(Tues) - Fourth Annual Local Foods Dinner - Ballard High School - 6-9pm

Enjoy a night of artful cuisine and intelligent discussion about local food at the fourth annual local foods diner. Meet local family farmers and CSAs, talk with local chefs about fresh ingredients and hear about local programs helping the community find and enjoy our local bounty. Eat fabulous food prepared by top Seattle chefs using the best of our local farm harvests. more»

  • Date & Time: Tuesday, April 17th, 2007, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Location: Ballard High School - 1418 NW 65th Street [map]
  • Parking: We encourage you to carpool or use public transportation. Though street parking is a possibility, no on-site parking is available.
  • Bus: #15 stops at NW 65th St. and 15th Ave. NW

Price: $25 general, $15 Student/Limited Income/Senior - includes family-style dinner. Children under 5 are free.


April 17th - Integrating Permaculture Principles Into Your Organic Garden

  • Tuesday - 7-9pm

Learn the principles of permaculture and how to apply them in a backyard setting. Permaculture takes us beyond organic gardening and uses "systems" thinking to create efficient and abundant gardens that integrate human needs with the natural ecosystem. Its goal is to create a landscape where inputs are minimized and relationships between plants, animals and people are nurtured.

To register, go to: http://www.seattletilth.org - $25 PNA or Seattle Tilth member/ $27 non-member.


April 21st at 10:00AM - Come join us on Saturday, for our SPG potluck/workparty!

Bring your shovels, your jackets, your gloves, any other tools you feel like hauling, a nourishing contribution and your sense of community as we help Mariah reform her burms and swales into a flowing spiral...

We are some of the folks at Duwamish CoHousing Community in W. Seattle and we welcome you to come get a feel for what community life is like in our little neighborhood. We want to start a bit earlier than normal and share lunch. We have a common house ( i.e. shelter and warmth) if needed but we're holding out that the Spring sun will be shining down.

RSVP for directions to Maria at spiralmother@gmail.com


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


April 22nd - HANDS-ON FERMENTATION WORKSHOP with Sandor Ellix Katz, author of Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods

10:00AM-3:00PM at the Fertile Ground Guest House, Olympia

Come experience how simple it is to make your own miso, kimchi, kefir, and other fermented delicacies. Learn about the healing qualities of live-culture ferments and their illustrious history. Be part of the fermentation revival!

$35-50 sliding scale, lunch included. Pre-registration is required, as space is limited.

For info and registration details contact Marisha via email at queenbee@herbnwisdom.com or phone 360-943-5262.

For info on Sandor, his books, and fermentation, check out http://www.wildfermentation.com.


April 29th - Sunday - "Cheese Glorious Cheese" - Learn to make delicious country-style cheeses.

Stef and Corinna Frenzl: Snohomish, WA. Suggested donation $35 + $10 materials fee

More info here: http://www.communitysustainable.org/our-work.html


May 4th-6th - Plant Propagation Workshop at Bullock's Homestead, Orcas Island

Learn how to get all the great plants you've been looking for yourself without breaking the bank. Fruit & nut trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, rootstocks, etc.

Hands-on experience in:

  • Seeding - scarification, mediums, etc.
  • Cuttings - hardwood, softwood, root, etc.
  • Grafting - theory, whip & tongue, cleft, etc.
  • Layering - for berries & other fruit
  • Division - root, crown, etc.
  • Course Tuition:

Cost: $180; includes delicious, mostly organic meals, camping space, & materials. Payment is due upon course registration. Course is limited to 40 participants.

Please mention you learned of this event from Katie at Seattle Permaculture Guild

Also for carpooling from Seattle, see our ridesharing page: carpool

For more info contact: Dave Boehnlein 360-840-8483 permaculture.dave@gmail.com

http://www.permacultureportal.com/courses_current.html


May 11-13 - Native Plants and Permaculture: A Gathering of Plant Enthusiasts

The Lost Valley Center has been one of Oregon's main venues for permaculture events and courses since the 1980s. The gathering's goal is to find common ground and encourage new alliances between the Native Plant and Permaculture communities in developing ecologically-integrated self-sustenance and native habitat preservation in the Pacific Northwest. Throughout the weekend, walks, talks, discussions and activities will explore the roles of native and nonnative plants in our cultivated and noncultivated landscapes. Presenters include Michael Pilarski (Friends of the Trees Society), Toby Hemenway (author, Gaia's Garden), Jude Hobbs (Agroecology Northwest), Rick Valley (Lost Valley Educational Center) and many others.


May 11-13 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 : http://naturalbuildingschool.org/workshops.html


May 12th - "Herb Vinegar and Oil Workshop" Keep a little bit of Spring with you all year. Make delicious and nutritious herbal vinegars and oils.

Marilene R. & Corinna Frenzl: Snohomish, WA - Suggested donation $35 + $10 materials fee

More info here: http://www.communitysustainable.org/our-work.html


May 18 - 27: Village Building Convergence, Portland, OR

The Village Building Convergence is part of The City Repair Project Placemaking Program, fulfilling City Repair’s mission to educate, inspire and activate local communities and develop our city and bioregion as a network of interconnected Village Centers. As villagers, we seek to combine our highest knowledge and understanding of history, contemporary conditions, social, appropriate ecological and technological innovations, and our respect for future generations.

For more info go to: http://www.cityrepair.org/wiki.php/projects/vbc7


May 19th - Saturday - "Earthen Oven Workshop" Come stomp in the mud as you learn how to construct your own earthen oven.

Marilene R. & Amy Kramer-Hawks: Snohomish, WA - Suggested donation $45

More info here: http://www.communitysustainable.org/our-work.html


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


May 19-20 - Edible Abundance: Use planning and species choice to create edible forest gardens and polycultures. Also learn the basics of plant propagation and maintenance, landscaping, grafting/orchards.

Held at the Wise Earth Ecological Landtrust in Maltby, WA (25 miles from Seattle)

Teachers: Kelda Miller, Heidi Bohan, Albert Postema

For complete 2007 schedule and more info go here.


June 9-10 - Healthy Soils: Learn bioremediation techniques, mushrooms, composting, hugelkulture, and how to heal our soils. The Wise Earth site has been harshly managed in its pre-permaculture past; has yours been too?

Held at the Wise Earth Ecological Landtrust in Maltby, WA (25 miles from Seattle)

Teachers: Kelda Miller, Josho Somine, Albert Postema

For complete 2007 schedule and more info go here.


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 http://www.phinneycenter.org or call 206/783-2244. $20 PNA member/ $25 non-member.


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


June 23rd - Saturday - Summer Solstice Celebration and Potluck and "Bread & Barter" Come with something "old" and leave with something "new". Share in music and storytelling as we gather around the bonfire.

Marilene Richardson: Snohomish, WA

More info here: http://www.communitysustainable.org/our-work.html


June 23rd - FAMILY ARCHITECTURAL MODEL-MAKING WORKSHOP

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.


July 7-8 - Appropriate energy and housing: Get energy we need through smart use of resources: conservation, 'passive' technologies, solar/wind/hydro electricity, and homemade fuels. And the next day, the building basics of natural and/or 'green' structures; what they are and what is appropriate for your site.

Held at the Wise Earth Ecological Landtrust in Maltby, WA (25 miles from Seattle)

Teachers: Emily Heindsmann, Josho Somine, Albert Postema

For complete 2007 schedule and more info go here.


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 : http://naturalbuildingschool.org/workshops.html


July 28-29 - Beneficial Animals: Learn the benefits of both domestic and wild animals on your land. Basic animal husbandry will cover bees, chickens, ducks, goats, cows, etc. Also learn about original animal inhabitants and how to reinvite them through the restoration of functional habitat.

Held at the Wise Earth Ecological Landtrust in Maltby, WA (25 miles from Seattle)

Teachers: Heidi Bohan, Kelda Miller, Albert Postema

For complete 2007 schedule and more info go here.

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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 : http://naturalbuildingschool.org/workshops.html


August 11-12 - Living in the Forest: Permaculture in the Puget Sound. Learn wildcrafting, ethnobotany, agroforestry, and traditional land-use management techniques. Ecological restoration with the Permaculture touch.

Held at the Wise Earth Ecological Landtrust in Maltby, WA (25 miles from Seattle)

Teachers: Heidi Bohan, Kelda Miller, Albert Postema

For complete 2007 schedule and more info go here.


September 8-9 - Water and Clean Watersheds: Saving and using water on your site through swales, catchments, and potable filtrations. Also, learn the technologies that sustainably manage stormwater, greywater, and blackwater.

Held at the Wise Earth Ecological Landtrust in Maltby, WA (25 miles from Seattle)

Teachers: Kelda Miller, Josho Somine, Albert Postema

For complete 2007 schedule and more info go here.


September 29-30 Community Design: City repair, social justice, landtrusts, ecovillages, halting urban sprawl, and rewilding the whole bioregion. Also, exciting alternatives to destructive economics systems.

Held at the Wise Earth Ecological Landtrust in Maltby, WA (25 miles from Seattle)

Teachers: Kelda Miller, Emily Heindsmann, Albert Postema, Josho Somine

For complete 2007 schedule and more info go here.


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 Marisha Auerbach

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 http://www.fertileground.org

And here for calendar of events: http://www.fertileground.org/community/calendar.html



WORK OPPORTUNITIES


Job Openning: Community Garden Coordinator (DON-702326)

  • Status* Regular / Part Time
  • Shift* Not Applicable
  • Filing Dates* Sun, Feb 18, 2007 - Sun, Mar 4, 2007
  • Openings* 1 Opening
  • Salary* $22.01 to $25.62 an hour (DOE)
  • Department* Neighborhoods
  • Location* Seattle Municipal Tower and various P-Patch Gardens

For complete description go to: http://www.seattle.gov/personnel/employment/view.asp?j=DON-702326


Washington Toxics Coalition (WTC)is seeking an enthusiastic, creative, and self-motivated Development Associate to help us grow our organization. This is a full-time position whose primary responsibilities include: coordinating membership activities, working on our annual fundraising dinner and auction, providing administrative support for development activities, and acting as our database manager. The Development Associate reports to the Development Director. Application deadline March 27th.

For more info go here: http://www.watoxics.org/about/job-dev-associate


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