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  • WHAT: Permaculture Design Course with Toby Hemenway
  • WHEN: The second weekend of each month from May 9, through October 11, 9AM – 5:30PM.
  • WHERE: South Seattle Community College, 6000 16 Avenue S.W. - Seattle, WA 98106-1499

Seattle Tilth is hosting Toby Hemenway in Seattle to teach a 72-hour Permaculture Design Course over six weekends May through October, 2009 at South Seattle Community College. Permaculture uses ecological principles to create sustainable human communities that have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. This certification permaculture design course offers a framework for decision-making and right livelihood, and will give you holistic tools for food, water, and energy security; building healthy communities and economies; and many other issues. This life-changing course is ideal for homeowners, gardeners, teachers, design and real estate professionals, and anyone interested in creating a sustainable future. The course is adapted to a wide variety of learning styles and is presented via lecture, images, video, group discussion, exercises, and design projects. Course graduates will receive a Permaculture Design Trainee Certificate from the Permaculture Institute (USA). The lead instructor, Toby Hemenway, is the author of /Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture/, for the last six years the best-selling permaculture book in the world.

COST: $900 for 12 full-day sessions To register visit

Sunday, May 17 - (cancelled) Permaculture For Renters with Leonard Barrett and Marisha Auerbach (Regenerative Design For the Landless Many)9 am - 4 pm, University Heights Center, Seattle, WA

Come learn strategies and hands-on techniques for creating abundance wherever you live!

  • Topics include:
    • Growing Food in Small Spaces
    • Plant Propagation
    • Growing Edible Mushrooms
    • Strategies for Paying Your Rent Through Micro-Enterprise

To find out more and register, check out

May 23rd - West Seattle Edible Garden Fair: Learn To Grow Your Own Groceries!

Time: 9:30AM – 4:00PM

Location: South Seattle Community College Landscape Horticulture Buildings, 6000 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA, 98106

Admission: FREE!!

This dynamic day is packed full of five rooms of interactive workshops, gardening demonstrations, “Ask the expert” panel discussions and educational booths all designed to teach you how to grow your own groceries right outside your door!

Our goal is to empower people with the knowledge, skills and passion to grow your own groceries! Now, more than ever, it is important that we know where our food comes from. Take control of your food safety and your family’s well being by growing your own economic stimulus plan!

Come learn from our line up of exciting speakers like Willi Galloway who will be presenting two of her most popular sessions: “Some Like It Hot - Growing heat-loving vegetables in the Pacific NW” and “Growing For Good Taste”. Jennifer Adler of Bastyr University presenting “The Magic of Preserving Foods” & “Tasty Ways to Prepare Northwest Greens.”

Other inspiring presentations and booths will feature Laila Suidan & Laura Matter from Seattle Tilth, Sue McGann - Marra Farms Coordinator, Sandy Pederson of Urban Land Army & Bucket Brigade, Michael Lockman, Ingela Wanerstrand, Steffany Neuschaefer, Carey Thornton, Suzanne Greive, Community Harvest of Southwest Seattle, LongFellow Creek Community Garden, King County Master Gardeners, King County Master Composters, Sustainable West Seattle and Sustainability Gurus - The Lazy Locavores just to name a few.

Fresh Bistro, a new restaurant by Herban Feast, will be serving delicious soups and salads mede from locally sourced, farm fresh ingredients. There will be door prizes, kids activities, cooking demonstrations and all the information you will need to start growing your own groceries! From peas and greens to chickens and goats, you’re not going to want to miss this opportunity!

Whether it is your first time growing food or you are an experienced Victory Gardener, you will find something to motivate and inspire you.

This groundbreaking event is sponsored by Community Harvest of Southwest Seattle with a grant from the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and co-sponsored by the generous folks at South Seattle Community College Landscape Horticulture Program.

More info here:

Want to get involved as a volunteer? Does your local organization have something to offer in our booth spaces? Please contact our event coordinator, Aviva Furman, at or you can call at 206-762-0604

 Lawn-to-Garden Workparty in Tacoma

Saturday the 23rd of May, Sustainable Tacoma-Pierce will be hosting a work party to transform a yard into a food producing oasis. Tasks include building raised beds from straw + planting, mulching to form new beds, revamping current beds, and restoring a desolate compost pile. These activities will hopefully assist the transformation of a grass ridden lawn in to a food producing garden. Come and lend a hand at 19th and Cushman work will take place from 10am till 2pm, altho any amount of work is appreciated. Wear work clothes and bring water. Lunch will be provided by STP members and anyone willing to share a dish.

Address: 19th and Cushman, near downtown Tacoma Time: 10am-2pm Contact: Tom Macguire 253-278-0709

Saturday, May 23 -Urban Permaculture Workshop with Jenny Pell and Marisha Auerbach, Strategies for front and backyard food gardens

  • 12 pm - 5pm
  • 6330 5th Avenue, NE
  • Seattle, WA
  • $50

You are invited to join us for this hands-on workshop on Zone One food Production, the area of the most intensive cultivation of permaculture zones. This afternoon, we will discuss strategies for effective food production in a small space. We will install a herb spiral and keyhole bed as examples of applied patterns to enhance our fecundity in landscape.

For more information, or to register, contact Jenny Pell at (206) 949-0496

May 29th - Friday - Cassandra Robertson - Acoustic Conscious Folk - 7:00- 8:30 pm

At the Thumbnail Theater - 1211 4th Street Snohomish, WA 98290

Tickets: $10 adults, $8 children (no one turned away for lack of funds)

Cassandra Robertson, Oregon Singer/Songwriter, will be performing her Acoustic Conscious Folk at the Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater in downtown Snohomish on May 29, 2009. Cassandra is making a special trip up to Snohomish to bring her high-energy, celebratory performance to liven up the downtown, which, like too many across the country, has been affected by the changing economic times. Come out and join in for this one night of hope filled, tear jerking, exploration of life and love.

“Corvallis performer Cassandra Robertson fights with her voice and her guitar. She uses her words not as weapons, but as a rallying cry to others who, like her, have had enough. Her first album, “The Time is Now,” in 2006 brought her brand of acoustic conscious folk to a wide audience, and her new release, “Impulse to Dream,” features more of that same blend of wry observations and optimism as she envisions a different kind of world.” Gazette Times

“Robertson’s depth of serious and earnest appeal can’t be denied.” Eugene Weekly

“Her rich and unaffected singing voice can bring to mind visions of greats like Joan Baez, and her lyrical poetry reveals those who have influenced her like Holly Near, Pete Seeger and other minstrels whose names will forever be linked to the goals of peace and freedom for people worldwide.” Tacoma Weekly

Please join the Cassandra Robertson for this performance, May 29th at Tim Noah’s Thumbnail Theater.

For information and bookings and to schedule interviews, contact Cassandra at:(541) 752-1122

May 29 - 31, 2009 - Introduction to Permaculture Weekend Workshop

Where: At the Bullock's 30 year old Permaculture Homestead, Orcas Island, WA

Instructors: Douglas Bullock, Sam Bullock & Dave Boehnlein


Tour, lecture, hand-on projects, presentations, group discussion, and networking. We will cover Permaculture design theory & practice, forest gardening, perennial food systems, plant propagation, efficient water & energy systems, fertility management - beneficial plants/healthy soils, and ecological systems as a model for human communities.

Course Tuition: $200; includes delicious, mostly organic meals & materials. Camping space is provided. Payment is due upon course registration. Course is limited to 50 participants.

For more info or to register contact: Dave Boehnlein 360-840-8483


June 5 - 14

  • Village Building Convergence 9
  • Momentum: Powered by the People
  • Sponsored by the City Repair Project, Portland, OR

The Village Building Convergence 2009 (VBC9) is a 10-day event from Friday, June 5th – Sunday, June 14, 2009 in which neighborhoods activate to build shared public places that they have envisioned, designed, funded, and will maintain for themselves. VBC9 will include hands-on education in permaculture design and construction, ecological building, and public art. All projects are built through collaboration, community conversations and commitment of a neighborhood to strengthen itself. Everyone is invited to attend evening events at a central location, to participate in workshops or listen to visionaries speak about various aspects of sustainable culture.

VBC will feature projects located in or adjacent to the public right of way and private projects that support community in various neighborhoods. Private site projects will be structures or systems that are built by and available to the communities concerned with that site, and hopefully available to some extent to the larger community. These will include public squares and meeting houses, community kiosks and benches, solar-powered and artistic innovations, and many other new ideas. Each project is initiated and managed by neighborhood groups with support from the VBC Placemaking Committee. The Placemaking coordinators will help neighborhoods facilitate and coordinate the outreach/public involvement process, community decision-making and design workshops, and the permit process with the City.

For more information, check out

June 7 - 22 Diana Leafe Christian is gonna be hanging out with us at for two whole weeks!

Diana is, in my opinion, the tippy top authority on intentional community. She's written the #1 and #2 books in the field, she was the editor for Communities Magazine for 14 years, and she is frequently called on to advise smoothitude for intentional communities! Diana is a on a speaking and workshop tour for the pacific northwest. She'll also be giving the keynote address at the Ninth Annual Village Building Convergence in Portland!

And Diana has given me a sack of goodies to pass on to you all! Four of her books and a ticket to one of her workshops.

Details about Diana and the goodies can be found at

Larry Korn to Speak on Natural Farming and The One-Straw Revolution

Larry Korn, editor of the English translation of Masanobu Fukuoka’s The One-Straw Revolution, will talk about his apprenticeship with the Japanese master of natural farming at the University Book Store, 4326 University Way NE, Seattle, at 7:00 PM Monday, June 22.

Korn apprenticed on Fukuoka’s farm for two years in the mid 1970s and collaborated in translating into English the Japanese farmer’s reflections on farming in harmony with nature. First published in 1978, The One-Straw Revolution had a profound impact on people around the world seeking a truly ecological approach to growing food.

Out of print for many years, the book is now regarded as one of the seminal texts of the international Permaculture movement. Because of growing interest in sustainable agriculture, the New York Review of Books recently re-published The One-Straw Revolution, with a preface by Wendell Berry and a new introduction by Frances Moore Lappé.

Fukuoka's book is a call to arms, a manifesto, and a radical rethinking of global agriculture. The book is also a personal memoir by a man whose spiritual beliefs underpinned and informed every aspect of his innovative farming system.

Equal parts farmer and philosopher, Fukuoka is recognized as a pioneer of the natural farming and Permaculture movements. Following World War II in Japan, Fukuoka returned to his family farm and, over three decades, perfected farming practices that all but eliminated the use of pesticides, fertilizer, tillage, and the wasteful effort associated with them. Fukuoka farmed actively into his eighties and died in 2008 at the age of ninety-five.

Korn has a degree in Soil Science and Plant Nutrition at UC-Berkeley and is a certified Permaculture instructor. In addition to editing The One-Straw Revolution, Korn edited the The Future Is Abundant, a Guide to Sustainable Agriculture, and he is well versed in ecological approaches to farming in our region. His June 22nd reading is free and open to the public, and copies of The One-Straw Revolution will be available for purchase and signing.

June 20th Vashon Cohousing 10421 SW Bank Rd. Vashon, WA 5:30 Pot Luck 7:00 Slides and Talk

		Contact:  Mark Musick  (206) 463-4736

June 22nd University Book Store

		4326 University Way NE
		Seattle, WA  98105
		7:00 Slides and Talk
		(206) 634-3400

June 23rd Seattle Community Event

		Theater off Jackson
			International District
		409  7th. Ave. S
		Seattle, WA
		(206) 340-1049
		Sponsored by Seattle Tilth
		Co-Sponsored by Inter*Im

Contact: Laura Niemi, Seattle Tilth

June 25th King’s Book Store

		218 St. Helens Ave.
		Tacoma, WA 98402
		(253) 272-8801
		7:00 Slides and Talk
		Contact: Kelda Miller  Divine Earth Gardening Project

June 26th Olympia Community Event

		Contact:  Marisha Auerbach

June 23 - July 7

Permaculture Design Course with Marisha Auerbach, Leonard Barrett, Matt Bibeau, and Laura Dvorak

2 week intensive at Tryon Life Community Farm, Portland, OR

TLC Farm will be hosting a full 72-hour Permaculture Design Course this summer. This course will be a two-week non-residential intensive that will meet from June 23rd to July 7th, in conjunction with the Sustainable Community Immersion program. The fee for the course is $1000 - $850 sliding scale. Limited work trade may be available.

For more information about this course, please email:

or call Matt Bibeau or Laura Dvorak at 503-245-3847

For more information, check out:

Permaculture and Sustainable Human Habitats Friday, June 26 1-3pm $29 TCC Gig Harbor Campus 3993 Hunt Street Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Permaculture is the design of sustainable human habitats including food, energy, water catchment, natural buildings, etc. Learn and get excited about landscapes and lifestyles that are in harmony with the abundance of the earth. Discover many simple principles and applications and get in touch with resources to initiate sustainable change in your surroundings.

For registration: 253-460-2424 using MasterCard and Visa; also it should be live on our web by May 20th and they can register on-line

Sustainable Living in Community: Ecovillages, Transition Towns, & More

Monday, June 29th, 6:00 PM with Diana Leafe Christian

Where: Sharingwood Cohousing Community Common House, 22105 E Lost Lake Rd, Snohomish, WA 98296, Ph: 360 668 1439 (Common House emergency contact phone only)

Diana Leafe Christian, the former editor of Communities magazine, and author of "Finding Community" and "Creating a Life Together," presents an evening of international ecovillages on Monday, June 29th. This inspirational presentation will be at Sharingwood Cohousing Community in Snohomish, starting with a potluck at 6:00 p.m., slideshow at 7:00 p.m.

For more information, contact: Jocelyn Campbell,, or 206.779.3707.

Permaculture Design Course:

Eco-village Design for a changing world

Trout Lake, WA is the site of a Permaculture Design Course (PDC) offered this coming August 9-23rd The international Permaculture Certificate course is a 2-week (72- hour) curriculum encompassing whole-systems design methods for creating healthy communities of people, plants and animals. Topics covered will include: design, agriculture, plant propagation, seed-saving, natural building, water catchment, alternative energy, aquaculture, agro-forestry, eco-villages; governance; urban permaculture, alternative economic systems, and more. PDC graduates will be able to apply whole systems design skills to the home yard, neighborhood, or farm -and to understanding the scope of eco-village design.

Cost: $1300, including a copy of Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual; vegetarian food; and campsite facilities on the scenic ranch site located at the base of Mt. Adams, 30 miles north of Hood River, For more info see

Contact 206-551-8496

Presentation at King's Books: My Eco-Neighborhood.

Robyn Francis presents an inspiring case study of her village of Nimbin in Northern NSW Australia as an example of Permaculture working at a community level. Her local bioregion boasts over 40 intentional communities and the village has been at the edge of social experimentation and environmental innovation for over 30 years.

Come here how she has worked with her community to help achieve this, and see if she has suggestions for Tacoma!

Kings Bookstore 218 St. Helens Ave Monday, August 17 7pm $7 cost See you there!

8/13: An evening presentation of "My Eco-Neighborhood" where Robyn presents an inspiring case study of her village of Nimbin in Northern NSW Australia as an example of Permaculture working at a community scale. Venue: Inspiration Farm, Bellingham, Washington. Contact: Bruce Horowitz @ 360.398.7061

8/14: A day-long workshop entitled "Eco-Social Matrix: Strategic Framework for Transition Planning". Robyn developed ESM to inform the process of neighborhood to regional strategic planning and eco-cultural mapping, sustainable settlement design and initiatives for re-localization to build resilient, self-reliant communities. The workshop presents working case studies and engages participatory processes to develop an ESM framework for your local community or bioregion. Venue: Inspiration Farm, Bellingham, Washington. Contact: Bruce Horowitz @ 360.398.7061

8/17: An evening presentation of "My Eco-Neighborhood" where Robyn presents an inspiring case study of her village of Nimbin in Northern NSW Australia as an example of Permaculture working at a community scale. Venue: Kings Books, Tacoma, Washington. Contact: Kelda Miller: 253.370.9946

8/18: An evening presentation of "My Eco-Neighborhood" where Robyn presents an inspiring case study of her village of Nimbin in Northern NSW Australia as an example of Permaculture working at a community scale. Venue: TBA, Olympia, Washington. Contact: Marisha Auerbach: 360.789.0799

8/19: A day-long workshop entitled "Cultural Ecology Inside Out: Personal to Planetary Transition". Navigating the great transition presents new opportunities and challenges on a deeply personal as well as societal level. We are effectively redefining and reinventing our culture from the inside out. As unsustainable systems collapse we have a unique opportunity to shape the new emerging culture. This workshop explores tools and perspectives to facilitate this process drawing from ancestral wisdoms, deep ecology, permaculture, eco-literacy and socio-cultural ecology. Holistic change involves practical earth stewardship and personal development, integrating simple living, self-reliance and creative responses to build resilience into our lives and communities. The workshop engages ritual, theatre, music, individual and group work, council of beings and creative processes as tools for personal and collective empowerment.Venue: Terra Commons, Olympia, Washington. Contact: Marisha Auerbach: 360.789.0799

8/20 Seattle. 7 pm. An evening presentation of “My Eco-Neighborhood” where Robyn presents and inspiring case study of her village in Nimbin in Northern NSW Australia as an example of Permaculture working at a community scale. Venue: Wedgwood Presbyterian Church. 8008 35th Ave NE. Contact: Susan 206.915.2648.

8/22: "My Eco-Neighborhood" presentation and "One Earth Footprint: Learning from Cuba's Experience" being offered as part of a day-long program at the Bullock Brothers Permaculture Homestead on Orcas Island, Washington. Contact: Dave Boehnlien: 360.840.8483

8/24: An evening presentation of "My Eco-Neighborhood" where Robyn presents an inspiring case study of her village of Nimbin in Northern NSW Australia as an example of Permaculture working at a community scale. Venue: TBA, Portland, Oregon. Contact: Leonard Barrett: 503.425.9706

"Rocket" Stoves and Mass Heaters

Get Hot in a Good Way ~ Build Beautiful Functional Earthen Art ~ Play With Fire ~ Eat, Drink, and Be Muddy!

When: August 21st-23rd, 2009

Where: Wise Earth Ecological Landtrust (WEEL) in Snohomish/Maltby, WA. Directions and address provided with course registration.

What: "Rocket Stoves" are super-efficient, wood-burning heaters. They use a fraction of the wood required by a woodstove, and provide steady, comfortable heat just where you need it. See the permies alternative energy forums for drawings, pictures, videos and discussions.

Join us for 3 days of hands-on fun! - Build and test super-efficient woodstoves with your own hands, use earth-friendly natural and recycled materials. - Play with fire like never before: make flames burn sideways and smoke disappear. - Brush up your bricklaying skills, turn mud into earthen masonry. - Explore creative heating solutions to suit your situation, local biofuels, and safety needs.

At the end of this workshop, you will have all the skills you need to build a Pocket Rocket or Rocket Mass Heater from available materials.

Recommended Reading: Rocket Mass Heaters, Super-efficient Woodstoves YOU Can Build! by Ianto Evans and Leslie Jackson. Available at, or by mail-order from Cob Cottage Company, Coquille OR.


  • Ernie Wisner is a builder, mariner, forest-fire fighter, and veteran instructor with Cob Cottage Company, TrackersNW, and Portland's Village Building Convergence.
  • Erica Wisner is a freelance writer, artist, and science educator who has worked with OMSI, Cascadia Wild, and The City Repair Project.
    • As a team we entertain the brain, satisfy the senses, get your body moving, and foster creativity, understanding, and confidence;

Fees: $195.00 if registered by August 2nd, $225.00 after; $10.00 discount for WEEL residents or past WEEL workshop participants.

Contact: Jocelyn Campbell,, or 206.779.3707.

Gardens Everywhere Bike Parade

Come join us for a day of clothing optional revelry through some of the funnest locations in North Seattle. We'll be biking from gardens to markets to painted intersections and more. Learn neighborhood gardening tips and locations, and of course we'll assist in any important projects we see along the way. Celebrate gardens in Seattle! Join the fun!

Sat, 29 Aug 2009 Start location at Om Culture 3514 Bagley Ave N. just North of Gas Works Park Meetup @ 11 AM (volunteers setup before), leaving @ 1 PM

Contact: Daniel Johnson 206-369-2661, Kelda Miller 253-370-9946,

More about location: OmCulture is a new multiuse yoga studio, dance, and music space in Wallingford. Check there for many great events to come.


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  • 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-.


My name is Rocky Burns, and my brother and I own 96.82 acres of land by Harrah Washington. My brother Rodney Burns, my friend Bill Gelenaw and I, are starting a non-profit 501(c)(3), halfway house/drug rehabilitation center out at that location. If you cut and paste the following link, it will bring you to it on the yakima county GIS page.

The name is P.I..E which stands for Permaculture Integrated Environment. The reason I am writing you and every other like minded individual is for some advice as to the layout of our land. If you would like to give us any advice into placement of plants/animals that would be awesome, and I welcome any and all to come out and get hands on if you wanted. The land is virgin, completely untouched, and in the middle of the Yakima Indian Reservation, unspoiled by industry for miles.

The goal is to have the residents live completely off the grid, no waste at all, producing everything that is needed themselves. This is a mighty challenge, and I ask your help. Some ideas that we have come up with as to the structures on the site are: 1.A “dorm” made of used shipping containers. (This will be the initial intake of new clients) 2.Housing made of earthships 3.Housing/Buildings made of sandbags (earthbags perhaps calearth) 4.Some structures out of tire bales 5.Any other types of structures made from reusable materials.

We performed a primitive soil test, and it came out about 30% clay 70% sand, and we made a rammed earth wall 16ft long, 4ft tall, 2 ft wide, and it worked out awesome. My dream is to also use the site as a informational place that people from anywhere can come and see alternate ways of living without causing more harm, a smaller footprint.

If you would like to start a workshop out here, I am open to anything, as long as it is in the spirit of bringing the land toward a self sustaining environment. Please note that in the beginning it will be a hardship out there, for it is truly wild, there are wild horses, coyotes, owls, snakes and millions of grass hoppers out there, all that will make the transformation more difficult. Please write me back with any input you might have, and thank you for your time.

       Rocky Burns


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




APRIL 22 TO JUNE 1 time period. Okanogan Valley, North-central Washington. A huge biodiversity of plant material needs to be planted.

ANYONE WANT TO HELP! Short-term or potentially long-term.

I’ll pay your travel expenses and a small stipend. There are two sleeping areas and a common kitchen. If there are more than two helpers at a time then some people will have to bring a tent.

April 25, Friends of the Trees is hosting the Okanogan County Plant & Seed Exchange in Tonasket. A good day to get plant material to plant back at your home.

May 3, Sunday I am teaching a workshop on “GROWING MEDICINAL HERBS” At my farm in Tonasket. Any helpers here at the time can participate in the workshop. We would waive the $25 fee.

I have several other farmer friends in the area who are looking for interns for the growing season. Vegetable growers and also two livestock places. An Okanogan WWOOF may be developing, so keep us in mind when the conversation turns to farm internships.

Prior farm skills, permaculture networking, wildcrafting and other useful skills are appreciated.

Email if you are interested and send your phone number. Even better if you call.

Michael Skeeter Pilarski


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

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