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SEPP HOLZER: Workshops and Movie Showings for Snohomish and King County

WORKSHOPS FEB 28, 2009-March 1st, 2009 Sadly, CANCELLED

MOVIE NIGHTS (Contact Marilene to host a movie night!) Three local opportunities to watch a colorful video tour of “Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture.” Holzer is known all over the world for his sustainable food growing methods and eco-systems designs. Highlights • Free—donations accepted • Followed by a permaculture discussion • Sepp Holzer will be offering workshops in Western Washington

01/23/09 Friday 7:00 PM Alderleaf Wilderness College in Monroe- Contact Jocelyn, 206-779-3707

02/04/09 Wednesday 5:30 PM Zippy’s Java Lounge 1805 Hewitt in Everett

02/10/09 Tuesday 7:00 PM Woodinville UU Church 19020 Woodinville-Duvall Road in Woodinville

SAVE THE SOUND, BUILD A RAIN GARDEN: Free workshops throughout Seattle and King County

Please join Stewardship Partners and WSU Extension for a hands-on classroom workshop on rain garden design and construction. We have several classes scheduled throughout King County and the Seattle Metro area beginning January 22nd in Bellevue.

A rain garden consists of native trees, shrubs, herbs, and grasses planted in composted-amended soils in a shallow depression and strategically placed to effectively capture rainwater and slowly infiltrate it into the ground. Rain gardens work like native forests by capturing and infiltrating stormwater from rooftops, driveways, and other hard surfaces. Rain gardens reduce localized flooding; help recharge groundwater aquifers; provide beneficial wildlife habitat; and filter oil, grease and toxic materials before they can pollute local waterways.

Workshop participants will receive a rain garden handbook and other useful materials. They will also be invited to participate in several full scale rain garden installation workshops scheduled later in the spring and summer.

Classes are from 6:30 to 8:30 PM

  • Thursday, January 22: Bellevue, Bellevue City Hall
  • Thursday, February 12: Carnation, Carnation City Hall
  • Tuesday, March 3: Renton, Renton Technical College
  • Tuesday, March 17: Downtown Seattle, Seattle Aquarium,
  • Thursday, March 26: Seattle Tilth in Wallingford
  • Thursday, April 23: South Seattle, NW Environmental Education Center

Workshops are free and registration is required. Participants will be sent site-assessment instructions in advance to help maximize their learning at the workshops. Contact Becky Abbey at Stewardship Partners to register and for more details:

Call (206) 292-9875 or email ba at and visit for more rain garden information.

Ask us about our rain garden poster.

Permaculture Design 101 Workshops

Hello Everybody. This is a notification to any and all who might be interested in a few up coming workshops. These are all happening over the next couple of weeks in the Puget Sound area, so if you're interested in learning the basics or if someone you know might be, please spread the word.

Come for an afternoon and learn the basics of this revolutionary sustainable design system. Instructors Dave Boehnlein and Paul Kearsley both works as designers and teachers at the Bullock's Permaculture Homestead on Orcas Island. We will cover what it means, where it's happening, and how to get started.

  • Please Bring a Sack Lunch.**

Dates & Locations:

  • February 21st - 10:00am - 5:30pm
  • Western Washington University, Fairhaven Room 340
  • Bellingham, WA 98225
  • $10 for WWU Students, $15 for Non-Students.
  • RSVP
  • February 22nd - 10:00am - 5:30pm
  • The ReStore
  • 2309 Meridian St.
  • Bellingham, WA 98225
  • $15 per Student
  • RSVP
  • March 1st - *10:00am - 5:30pm
  • Environmental Outreach & Stewardship Alliances Offices Suite # 220
  • 650 S. Orcas St.
  • Seattle WA 98108
  • $15-$25 Sliding Scale
  • RSVP
  • March 8th - 10:00am - 5:30 pm
  • Alderleaf Wilderness College
  • Monroe, WA
  • $25 per student
  • Register online at


  • Dave Boehnlein-

An experienced Permaculture educator and designer, Dave's special interests include agroforestry, sustainability education and developing Permaculture strategies for the tropics and cold/temperate zones. Dave has worked in Hawaii, North America and Central America and has an insatiable talent for research and detail.

  • Paul Kearsley-

A young designer with a passion for art and nature, Paul has led presentations and workshops with high schools, colleges and community groups. Working independently and in collaboration with fellow designers, Paul is interested in the development of educational tools and functioning models of sustainability.

March 13th, "Pizza, Plants and Bluegrass" 3-6pm, at the Cob Oven on the UW Student Farm (Adjacent to UW Botany Greenhouses)

$3 For as much wood fired pizza as we all can make, With the local Bluegrass band "Nettle Honey"

More info about the UW Student Farm here:

Growing Food the Permaculture Way: Discussion of the Best Printed Resources and Choosing Information for Your Site

This talk will address permaculture, the design system for creating sustainable human habitats. The wealth of permaculture-related books, magazines, and movies will greatly increase the toolbox of anyone interested in self-reliance. At this talk, we'll discuss all the printed resources available and how to find the right fit for your knowledge, experience, type of projects, and inspiration. This class will be taught by Kelda Miller, a Pierce County permaculture designer, and avid reader of sustainability topics. Part of Tacoma Reads Together.

Thursday March 19, 7-8:30 King's Books 218 St. Helen's Ave Tacoma, WA 98402 $10-$5 Sliding scale, noone turned away King's Books Divine Earth Gardening Project

March 19-22 - Northwest Real Food Youth Summit: Students Mobilizing for Just & Sustainable Food, Portland, Oregon

Registration is now open! Join young people around the northwest for our region's first real food convergence!

Across the country, students at hundreds of colleges and universities are turning their attention to food systems in efforts to address campus sustainability and social responsibility. United around a platform of community-based, ecologically sound, fair, and humane principles, the Real Food Challenge is institutionalizing food change on campuses around the nation.

The Youth Summit will be an unprecedented opportunity for students across the Northwest to come together to network and create successful strategies for bringing the real food solutions to their campus and community.

The summit will be held in conjunction with the 4th Annual National Farm to Cafeteria Conference. During this year's conference students will have the opportunity to explore the challenges and opportunities that come with the success of the movement alongside community leaders, food service professionals, sustainable agriculture advocates, and other movement veterans.

This is a unique opportunity to connect with over 400 experienced conference participants, as well as join a strong network of emerging young activists and leaders. Join us for field trips, popular education, open space sessions, keynotes, games, panels, hands-on workshops, art, and shared meals.

We're looking for passionate high school and college students (or youth activists of a similar age) committed to taking the Real Food Challenge back to their campus and community. Expect to leave re-energized with a support network, new friends, leadership skills, and a serious action plan.

Space is limited so apply today!


For more information, and to register for the summit, go to:

Please direct any questions to: For more information on the Real Food Challenge see:

For information on the National Farm to Cafeteria Conference, go to:

****** PLANT SALE ******

Spring is here – Almost!!!!!

  • Backyard Greenhouse
  • 7939 28th Ave. SW
  • (between Holden & Thistle in West Seattle / zip 98126)

Cool Weather Veggies / Perennials / Herbs - Organically Grown

Sat. March 21, 9:00-4:00 / Sun., March 22, 10:00-3:00 and

Sat., March 28, 9:00-4:00 / Sun., March 29, 10:00-3:00

Bring neighbors, friends and family!—Come rain or shine!!

How to Design and Build with Local, Natural Materials

by Elliott Ridgway, Golden Home Design

See also the SPG Meetup Group

Join us for an afternoon presentation on modern natural building techniques! Today's methods are are feasible, affordable and quite easy to incorporate. Elliott Ridgway, owner of Golden Home Design, will share slides showing construction of earthen ovens (also known as cob ovens), saunas, a timber-framed temple, straw-bale homes, a straw-bale library and more. Ridgway's presentation will illustrate a wide array of the current techniques being used for less toxic and more sustainable homes and structures. Natural building can incorporate recycled and reclaimed materials along with local natural materials, to create low cost, low ecological-footprint projects.

Contact: Jocelyn Campbell,


  • Contact an SPG Facilitator:

at seattlepermacultureguild at gmail dot com

  • Sign Up For Newsletter (Once a month email with SPG highlights,and link to this page):


  • How to host a meeting or potluck, and how to meet other folks at the permaculture guild:

just set a date and post it here! (or if you're confused about posting, send the info to the email above) We're busy folks who sometimes forget to meet regularly, so we only meet when someone volunteers their place for a get-together. PS. We'll work for free! Host a workparty about something interesting, with a potluck afterwards. We'll come!

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  • 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-.


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


We would like to post an invitation to our local permie world about our latest project(s) at Gaia's Paradise, Vashon -- and see if we can garner some interest in joining us. Currently, we are needing to move brush, buck wood, haul and stack, as well as fell a few more trees.

    We may even consider Hugelkultur with all the leftover slash from fallen trees!

1. What would be really cool is to know what sizes to save for mushroom farming, then get those suckers hauled off to the side somewhere (total shade?).(Order mushrooms when it's warmer, right?) 2. Then what else would be cool is to save the good tree crotches of various lengths for rustic furniture legs.... and just think of all the furniture possibilities for the artist with the right 'eye' for what (s)he needed! There's a LOT of wood coming down! 3. Then the orchard needs to be deer-fenced. 4. Measuring the space for accurate sketching plans to scale...using the 3 point method used in class. 5. Possible using the triangle tool for marking contour lines. 6. Chipping the slash (if we can find a small chipper to rent/borrow and buy that we can haul up there). OR Hugelkultur! 7. A design discussion about orchard tree placement, perhaps swales? 8. Preparing the tree planting sites--- and dig up the trees and plant them! 9. Use the chips for paths, possibly. 10. THEN there's the design needed for our front yard where the orchard tree nursery WAS..... and installation! Food Forest Garden!!! 11. Oh yea....let's remember the water source issues too...perhaps dig out the pond a bit more... do some more filtration experiments? Perhaps a constructed wetland?

There are lots of things a person could choose from. They could choose the focus of their choice and we could give them the timeline. Timline! Oh Yea! We must create a timeline for all this stuff.

Well.... the items pertinent to getting the orchard planted by March are NUMBER ONE! Trees are falling right NOW (into the orchard, too!) in preparation for this. When they get all cleaned up and out, then we can plant trees and deer-fence the orchard. Other items can come later.

John and Linda would like to get a work party together SOON! How about 2/7-8 and 2/14,15,16?

Call Linda at 206-963-1058 to RSVP

Great Outreach - Combine Closer To Home Movie and Permaculture Site Tours

Heres a Great Idea for reaching out to the public. Planning is in the early stages for ten showings of Closer To Home movie in early may in the Seattle area, [with other showings elsewhere in the Puget Sound]. We would love to combine the movie with permaculture site tour follow ups a week or two later.

The film is in production, will feature interviews with eco culture change pioneers and visits to several notable permaculture locations in and near Eugene, Oregon. The film will touch on voluntary simplicity, property conversion, neighborhoods, economics, local food and faith communities. We are currently making contacts in Seattle with organizations that would like to host a showing in early May. Perhaps the SPG would like to host a showing. We are in touch with Scallops and other Seattle green organizations. Please contact me if you would like to help host a showing, publicity/media, organize a local PC tour,,,,

All the film showings and site tours can be part of a single schedule and all organizations hosting the film showings and tours can promote all the other film showings and the site tours. A multiplier effect.

Having tours of best available permaculture sites as follow up to the film will make the movie far more effective. Screen to reality will generate a lot of interest for new people to take permaculture type action. Tours can include gardens, co-ops, property conversions, solar, concrete removal, neighborhood collaborations, creative downsizing, reclaim automobile space,truly green businesses,,,, places that show what the future can look like,,,,,

Please contact me if you would like to be a part of an expansive, creative and ambitious public outreach project. Our website several clips from interviews, or call jan at 541 686 6761 or thanks much! Jan also, check to be featured in the film

Fall Sunrise ---

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