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News and Events - 2008

Apple Blossom time!!










  ---  PLANT SALE  ---

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

More Tomatoes, Squash & Cukes!!!

  • Backyard Greenhouse
  • 7939 28th Ave. SW
  • (between Holden & Thistle in West Seattle)
  • Veggies / Perennials / Herbs
  • Organically Grown

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

Several years ago, Griggs transformed his backyard in Wallingford into a "personal p-patch", where a handful of neighbors can grow organic food, compost food scraps, and share garden knowledge and resources. I was lucky enough to meet Griggs and score a plot just when I became interested in vegetable gardening. The joy and awesomeness of that experience for all involved led us to start wondering how we could encourage more of this sort of collaboration throughout the many neighborhoods of Seattle, and perhaps beyond.

We talked about the massive amount of food generated and energy saved in the famous WWII Victory Gardens, and the ironic parallels with today's global issues of climate change, natural disaster, food security, economic downturn and oil dependence. We did a bit of research and discovered some exciting new movements popping up across the country, including several "Food Not Lawns" chapters throughout California, nine prototype "Edible Estates" stretching from Austin to Baltimore, an Iowa group called Backyard Abundance, and a project in San Francisco called Victory Gardens 2007+. We believe that Seattle, with its extended growing season and amazing wealth of gardening and permaculture knowledge (Seattle Tilth rocks!), is a natural spawning ground for the movement. We aimed to create an Abundant Yards model here that could be used as a springboard for similar movements in cities and towns across the nation.

We began talking and brainstorming with many of you, and were floored by the outpouring of enthusiasm and great ideas. We put together a nice little starter website: (thanks Josh!), which many people have stumbled upon and contacted us. We also observed and blogged a couple 'pilot gardens' last season, while we let the ideas percolate.

Now I feel we have gathered enough information to begin providing real support and resources for people who are interested in turning all or part of their lawn/rooftop/parking strip into a food garden. My current vision for helping a person/people do this is to organize a workparty or two for them, inviting the person's neighbors as well as AY team members and their shovels/seeds/know-how. I think it will be relatively easy to obtain donated materials from local garden supply stores, as well as donated refreshments, and perhaps AY could help people apply for small neighborhood improvement grants in certain situations as well. I believe that mentoring relationships and collaborations will naturally grow out of these workparties. I also see the involvement of local companies such as Seattle Urban Farm Co. and Cascadia Edible Landscapes as being potentially very beneficial for all.

Hope to see many of you later this week to catch up and hear more of your ideas! I'm planning to be at *Chaco Canyon Cafe* in the U-District (southwest corner of 50th and 12th Ave) on *Thurs 5-6:30pm* and *Fri 10-11:30am*. I'd love to see you there, even for a short time.

THE BODYVERSITY: Body, Community and the Great Turning space is limited--pre-registration recommended.

In THE BODYVERSITY, we will consider body-based practices as a University--a place where we come to deepen our understanding and seek Unity in our education. Since our body is our primary link to the Earth, a variety of mindbody disciplines will inspire our work. Simple games based in movement, sound and story will be used to create community dialogue around the pivotal Earth activism of our time: "The Great Turning" of humanity towards a just and sustainable culture.

This weekend workshop will include a presentation on the fundamentals of permaculture design by Jenny Pell, morning yoga warmups with Michael Suzerris, somatic arts and discussion facilitated by Nala Walla, as well as optional ecstatic dance, hikes, beachwalks and feasting. Many of our explorations will be loosely based around the "Reconnecting Work" of Joanna Macy and other groundbreaking whole-systems theorists.

All events will take place in spectacular Fort Worden State Park, and are accessible to every-body, welcoming a spectrum of experience and physical ability levels. The only requirement is a spirit of openess and curiosity towards our ever-evolving community. Come participate in this affordable weekend full of ecology, dance, and nature!


  • May 2/3/4
  • Fri 7-9pm permaculture and bodyversity introduction
  • Sat 10-11 am yoga • 11am-12pm lunch
			• 12-4pm bodyversity and discussions
  • Sun 8:30-9:45am yoga • 10-11:30 ecstatic dance (optional/$9)
			• 12:30-4 bodyversity and discussions


  • Madrona Mindbody Institute
  • Fort Worden State Park
  • Port Townsend, WA


  • $75 for Olympic Peninsula Residents
  • $125 non-residents
  • NO ONE TURNED AWAY - please contact us if you have special financial circumstances.

NOTE: FRIDAY NIGHT introduction is open to the public. $10 Admission

REGISTRATION: send $35 deposit along with name, address, email address and phone # to: *Madrona Mindbody Institute (MMI)

  • 200 Battery Way, Bldg. 310
  • Port Townsend, WA 98368
  • 360.344.4475
  • http//

please contact MMI with questions and suggestions for accomodations.

May 14th - Wednesday - Local Food Year-Round: Simple Methods for Preserving Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

  • Start Time: 6:30 pm End Time: 8:30 pm
  • Location: Third Place Commons Stage
  • Description

It's not too early to start thinking about preserving food for next winter! Think now about options for food preservation so you can plan your garden for year-round eating. Come learn some safe, simple techniques for saving the flavors of summer to enjoy in the dark season of root vegetables! This class focuses on jam and jelly making, fruit canning and dehydrating fruits and vegetables. Preserving your own food saves money and provides delicious, satisfying tastes to bring back memories of summer bounty.

  • Contact: Mark Phillips

Email: Phone: 206-388-7284

  • Location Details

Third Place Commons Stage 17171 Bothell Way NE Lake Forest Park WA 98155 USA

  • Location Phone: 206-366-3333
  • Directions

In Lake Forest Park Towne Centre at Bothell Way NE & Ballinger Way NE.


June 11th - 23rd - Permaculture Design Course - Bellingham

Learn how to design sustainable human settlements with Permaculture, an interdisciplinary science that combines biology and ecology with architecture, landscape design, and organic agriculture. Students will learn how to create permaculture designs that can be applied to everything from backyards, to farms, to houses and cities. Featuring experienced Permaculture instructors such as Marisha Auerbach, Kelda Miller, Michael Pillarski, David Sansone, David Zhang, Bruce Horowitz, and many others.

The cost for this course is $750 if paid in full by May 25th. Includes delicious organic meals, beautiful places to camp, over 100 hours of education, and a Permaculture Design certificate.

Spaces are filling up. Register soon!

For more information please visit

or contact

Beginning June 14th &15th - 72 Hour Permaculture Design Course - One weekend a month for 6 months

Announcing the 2008 Seattle Permaculture Design Course With Toby Hemenway and guests such as Larry Santoyo and the Bullock Brothers

This exciting 72 hour course will be held in an accessable format of one weekend a month from June through November. The class will be happening at the Environmental Learning Center at Carkeek Park. We will be doing all hands on aspects of the course at Piper's Creek Orchard in Carkeek Park.

Seattle Permaculture Design Course Curriculum

  • June 14: Course overview, site orientations, permaculture ethics and principles
  • June 15: Design process and methods, patterning in design
  • July 12: Water: cycles, catchment, harvesting, and use.
  • July 13: Ponds, swales, aquaculture, greywater and waste systems. Mapping.
  • August 9: Soil ecology and restoration; composting, mulch, cover crops.
  • August 10: Permaculture gardens and plant guilds; animals
  • September 13: Trees, agroforestry, and orchards
  • September 14: House design, natural building, site selection
  • October 11: Ecovillages, communities, and economics
  • October 12: Sunday: Green business, eco-urbanism, networks
  • November 8: Appropriate technology: solar, wind, water, wood
  • November 9: Design project completion and presentation; talent show

Class will run from 9:00-5:00 on Saturdays and 9:30-5:00 on Sundays.

It is based on the original certificate course developed by Bill Mollison and David Homgren. The course meets all requirements for certification. Participants that attend all sessions of this class and complete the final design project will receive a Certificate of Permaculture Design.

  • Complete course fee - $800.

To register, send a non-refundable check for $250 to:

  • Faith Van De Putte
  • 3518 Fremont Ave. N. #591
  • Seattle, WA 98103

If you have any more questions please ask.

Course Poster(1.4MB PDF)

August 10-17, 2008 Permaculture Teacher Training, Orcas Island, WA

At the Bullock's Permaculture Homestead

Being excited about Permaculture is a good place to start, but pulling off a great Permaculture course in your community takes good planning, a bit of homework, and some sharing of ideas. It's a huge concept and in this course we will focus in on the conceptual framework of how to deliver Permaculture to your local communities in an organized, productive and empowering way that will get others as excited as you are about Permaculture.

Topics Include:

  • Educational Theory
  • Group Facilitation
  • Budgeting
  • Food
  • Lesson Development
  • Projects
  • Plant Acquisition
  • Learning Process
  • Team Building
  • Marketing
  • Health and Safety
  • Building local guilds
  • Fund Raising
  • Nursery Development
  • Experiential Education Cycle
  • Logistics
  • Course Site Check list
  • Resource lists/timelines
  • Hands-on skills
  • Developing Non-profits
  • Solar Hot water

Using the amazing Bullock Homestead as our classroom, we will explore three major focus areas:

  • 1. How do people learn and how can we create experiences that people

get the maximum effect from.

  • 2. How effective planning and logistics lead to improved course outcomes.
  • 3. Improving our own skill level in Permaculture concepts and hands-on


Mornings will be spent in educational theory and group dynamics. After lunch groups will be developing a Course Design Matrix, recipe cards for new teachers to take back to their communities. And afternoons will be spent honing and developing personal skills on a 20 year Permaculture homestead. Evenings will focus on resources to help your course take shape. Our final day, to check our progress, we will be delivering a one day Permaculture workshop to a group of college students. There will be ample time for networking and sharing specifics about your intended course particulars. Students will leave with many tools to put to use as Permaculture educators.

Instructors: Michael Becker, Dave Boehnlein, Douglas Bullock, Samuel Bullock

Prerequisite: Permaculture Design Course Certificate or equivalent experience

Cost: $800 ($750 if paid-in-full by June 1st, 2008). A $250 nonrefundable deposit is required with course registration, with the remainder due on or before July 15, 2008. Note: We only accept 22 students so this course fills up fast!

Contact: Dave Boehnlein - 360-840-8483 -

Dave Boehnlein - Education Director - Bullock's Permaculture Homestead

8th Annual Advanced Permaculture Course in Teaching with Jude Hobbs & Tom Ward June 5-11, 2008

Empower yourself to advocate for sustainable living and design! In this dynamic, interactive, and fun course, learn powerful teaching techniques that communicate whole systems education and Permaculture principles for a wide variety of settings.

This Teacher Training unfolds like a design methodology and supports the Permaculture Design Course Curriculum by modeling various teaching techniques. We believe each course or workshop to be taught, needs to address unique local conditions. Each participant will offer several presentations, providing essential hands-on practice.

Jude and Tom have a combined experience of over 40 years of teaching and design. Their commitment to encouraging diverse learning and teaching styles guides the participants to develop, with confidence, their unique strengths and talents.

This course is certified by the Cascadia Permaculture Institute.

Course Topics Include:

Philosophy and Ethics of Instruction Teaching Systems, Principles and Patterns Planning, Marketing, and Economics Adult Learning Styles Organizing Curriculum and Resources Integrating Gender Balance Teaching Space Logistics Team Teaching Presentations and Facilitators Roles Time Management Exercises and Media Aids Interns and Apprentices Evaluations and Feedback Keeping Up The Spirit

Jude Hobbs is a horticulturist, Permaculture designer, and co-founder of Cascadia Permaculture Institute. Since 1982, she has provided whole system design solutions for urban and rural settings. Jude has taught Permaculture workshops and courses, in the private and public sectors, developing curricula that encompass diverse learning styles. She is the author of the OSU Bulletin: A Guide to Multi-Functional Hedgerows. Jude tends a diverse 7.5 acre site in Cottage Grove Oregon. Tom Ward is an ethno-botanist, eco-forester and Permaculture designer. He has extensive multi-cultural experience in the USA and overseas. He is the author of Greenward Ho: An Ecological Approach to Sustainable Health. Tom has developed curricula for permaculture courses at Laney College and D-Q University in California. He has taught Permaculture Design Courses for 18 years and is based in Ashland, Oregon.

Tuition: $675-750 (includes course materials, organic meals, & camping) Prerequisite: Permaculture Design Course Certificate or experience in Permaculture Location: Wolf Gulch Farm, Little Applegate River, Southern Oregon

For more information visit: or to register, contact: Denise at 541-688-1442

June 16 - August 8, 2008: Ecovillage and Permaculture Certification Program, Lost Valley Education Center, Dexter, OR

Integrating Sustainability for the Land, the Built Environment, and for Human Communities on the Village Scale and Beyond....

Learn solutions to environmental and social problems that you can implement in your own life, in your local community, and on larger scales. Develop skills that will help you foster communities that are more ecologically regenerative, socially cooperative, and personally satisfying.

"Creating a new culture of living peacefully with each other and the planet is our number one need." --Hildur Jackson

  • Permaculture Design Certification

The 2 week Permaculture Design Course provides a holistic overview of the concepts and practices of permaculture. Topics include: • organic gardening • forest gardening • natural building • eco-forestry • appropriate technology • renewable energy • social sustainability • urban applications •

  • Ecovillage and Permaculture Design

Through personalized instruction and hands on application, the Ecovillage and Permaculture Design Course immerses participants in the theoretical, physical, and social aspects of ecovillages, community living, and permaculture. It includes a 72-hr Permaculture Design Course and provides a deeper exploration of the standard permaculture curriculum. You will also have the opportunity to explore subjects that are not usually covered in other permaculture design courses, such as: • intentional community operations • ecovillage design • personal growth • interpersonal dynamics • health and well-being • integral_perspective • simple living skills • earth-based crafts •

The longer time frame of the Ecovillage and Permaculture program also allows for more experiential education through extended hands-on activities and the profound experience of living in community. You will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills with an incredible team of experienced residential instructors and nationally known guest instructors. Our courses are led by some of the most experienced permaculture teachers in the United States.

We can help students at most colleges receive course or internship credit for this program. for more information, contact (541) 937-3351 or

November 26 - December 9: Winter Permaculture Design Course, Lost Valley Education Center, Dexter, OR with Jude Hobbs, Rick Valley, and Marisha Auerbach

(See the June 16th-Aug 8th course for further information. )

Please note: This course is a Permaculture Design Course and does not include the Ecovillage and Community Curriculum offered in the longer Summer Program.


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-.


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:


Posted 3/26/08:

Internship Opportunity for straw bale and natural plasters, Summer 2008 on Lopez Island in Washington.

Lopez Community Land Trust (LCLT) is building eleven affordable homes as part of a sustainable building project. We are seeking a limited number of interns to lead straw bale and plaster teams. Our staff will train the interns in straw bale and plaster techniques, who in turn will lead and train others on site. Interns must be motivated, physically capable of working on a construction site, and be willing to work with and train others. Experience with natural building methods is not necessary.

Internships require a minimum six-week commitment & four days per week on site. They receive $100 per week stipend for food and expenses. Housing and/or tenting are available, and may require a day of labor in exchange.

For more information, see or contact LCLT at 360-468-3723 or

Thank you, and please call if you have any questions!

  • Jan Scilipoti, Assistant Director
  • Lopez Community Land Trust
  • PO Box 25
  • Lopez Island, WA 98261
  • 360-468-3723
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