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May2007Newsletter

Newsletter for May 2007

In my back yard - 4/20/07 - ST


CONTENTS


ARTICLES

EVENTS

ORGANIZATION OF THE GUILD

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

WORK OPPORTUNITIES


ARTICLES


EVENTS


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 & 13th - Plant Sale - West Seattle

Sat., May 12, 9:00-4:00 / Sun., May 13, 10:00-3:00

It’s Time for Tomatoes!!!!

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

Veggies / Perennials / Herbs - Organically Grown

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


May 12-13 Saturday and Sunday Two Day Spring Plant Sale

  • Neighbor Sally’s Nursery 11th Annual Guest Growers Sale 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Join us in our charming backyard nursery to choose from a wide assortment of organically grown plants, natural herbal products, seeds and gifts. Enjoy Sally’s famous lavender lemonade and herbal cookies while you shop. Our guest growers are experienced horticulturists who love to share their expertise and knowledge.

Featured Growers:

Dragonstone Farm and Luna’s Apothecary. Lana has an extensive collection of organic and heirloom herb, vegetable and flower seeds and selected plant starts, including black nasturtiums, ornamental grasses, ornamental kale flowers, neon calendula, chocolate sweet peas and many more. Her apothecary selection includes healthy, organic and chemical-free beauty and health products. Lana Baker 206-248-3626, dragonstonefarm@comcast.net

Willapa Hills Nursery. Brent Naylor, a highly respected permaculture and native plant expert will join us again with his organically grown native trees, shrubs, bamboo and ground covers, as well as vegetables, medicinal and culinary herbs. brentn@willapabay.org

Neighbor Sally’s Nursery. Your hosts, Kathryn and Sally are committed to providing you with plants that will succeed in your garden. Choose from an extensive variety of tomato plants, unique vegetable, herb and flower starts, including ornamental sunflowers. sditzler@fhcrc.org

More info here: Neighbor Plant Sale(pdf)


May 12th - Saturday - Central Puget Sound Native Plant Sale

This annual sale of native plants staged by the Central Puget Sound Chapter is the largest and most diverse in the state. In 2006, almost 400 species were offered. Native trees and shrubs (both bareroot and potted), wildflowers, and ground covers native to western Washington will be on sale, along with afew species from the Columbia Gorge and east of the Cascades. A large selection of books will be for sale and native plant experts will be on hand to assist shoppers.

  • Sponsor - Central Puget Sound Chapter of WNPS
  • Location - Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St., Bellevue, WA
  • Time 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Notes: A map of the sale location and a list of species for sale will be posted by May 1, 2007

  • Washington Native Plant Society: Local Chapter Plant Sales
  • Contact - WNPS Office, 206-527-3210, wnps@wnps.org


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, Time TBD - Puget Sound Beekeepers Association Field Day

With the revitalization of their apiary at the North end of the UW Arboretum in Seattle, the Puget Sound Beekeepers Association will be reinstituting their popular Field Day. A balance of lecture, discussion and hive inspection will give a well rounded education on the basics of beekeeping. For more information please contact the Apiary Manager Bruce Becker at (206) 527-0226 or bsbecker@u.washington.edu

General PSBA information is available at http://www.pugetsoundbees.org


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

Marilene R. & Amy : 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


The Bradner Gardens Park Plant Sale is this Sunday, May 20, 2007 from 10 am to 1 pm. There will be heirloom tomatoes, vegetables and herbs, ornamental annuals, perennials and shrubs. Coffee and delicious home-baked pastries available while you shop. Sale proceeds benefit programs at Bradner Gardens Park. Directions to Bradner.


May 23rd - Wednesday 7-9pm - Green Landscaping - Part 2 of the "Renewal" Series

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

Presenters:

  • Elaine Somers, Beneficial Landscaping - Environmental Protection Agency

Elaine will talk about a suite of landscaping practices that yield environmental, economic, and aesthetic benefits. She will discuss an overview of what it is and why green landscaping is beneficial. Learn more at http://yosemite.epa.gov/R10/ECOCOMM.NSF/BLstartpage?OpenPage

  • Albert Postema, Earthwise Excavation

Albert brings his Erosion Control, and Landscape Success; planning for site drainage and soils before landscaping occurs. Learn more at http://www.fromthegrounddown.com/

  • David McDonald, Resource Conservation Planner- Seattle Public Utilities

The "How To" of green landscaping and Sustainable Soils: Soil Strategies for Stormwater Management, Erosion Control, and Landscape Success

Practical changes in site development and soil "best management practices" (BMP's) can save builders money, comply with new regulations, and make happier customers. Advantages to builders, customers, and the environment include: more marketable buildings; better erosion control; easier planting; healthier, more attractive landscapes that sell the next job; easier maintenance for customers with much lower water and chemical needs; and reduced stormwater runoff with better water quality. This session will cover Site and Soil BMP's now required by the Washington Department of Ecology (and soon by all local governments in western Washington), practical tips for implementing them, and examples from projects large and small around our region. Learn more at http://www.SoilsforSalmon.org .

The evening will wrap up with a roundtable discussion between the presenters and the attendees.

Where:

  • 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:

Sincerely,


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 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 19-25th - ANNUAL ADVANCED PERMACULTURE COURSE: IN TEACHING

  • 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)


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

For more information or to register,


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


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


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 farmers@oxbowfarm.org 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 http://www.fertileground.org

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



WORK OPPORTUNITIES


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.

Benefits:

  • 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 michael@we-design.net.

  • more details available during interviews.
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