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Newsletter for Mid-September 2006



Peak Food by Michael Pilarski


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Peak Food by Michael Pilarski

By now, most of us have heard of "peak oil". Few people as yet are using the term "peak food". If world oil production has peaked and begun the downward decline, what about world food production? I asked myself this question in early July. Upon researching this question my preliminary conclusion is that world food production peaked in 2004.

A lot more details can be found in my recent Peak Food article at :


September 15th-30th - Permaculture Design Course - At the EcoVillage in Port Townsend, WA Instructors: Jenny Pell, Larry Santoyo, Chuck Estin, & many local guests

This course will focus on building practical design and hands-on skills for immediate application in your home, neighborhood, and community. We will examine in-depth strategies for local self-reliance, community development, and thriving local economies.

Join us in the beautiful Pacific Northwest for a 14-day intensive!

  • Permaculture design principles and methodologies
  • Reading landscapes, mapping, and site analysis
  • Patterns in nature
  • Plant propagation and seed saving
  • Indigenous cultivation, traditions, and practices
  • Perennial polycultures and food forests
  • Alternative technologies
  • Water catchment, pond building, and aquaculture
  • Whole systems theory and Ecoliteracy
  • Herbs and medicinal plants
  • Integrated animal systems
  • Passive and active solar designs
  • Natural building, Ecovillage design, and more...

Cost: $1,000 to $600 sliding scale---discounted price includes worktrade. Includes delicious vegetarian meals made from local and farm-fresh foods

Deadline to apply: September 1, 2006. $250 non-refundable deposit required.

For complete details and to register please contact Jenny Pell: or (206) 949-0496

Tel: (360) 385-1991 Cell: (206) 949-0496


September 17, 2006 noonish

First Annual - Gaia’s Paradise Harvest Garden Party

Potluck (vegetarian-friendly). Share your harvest! No alcohol please. Eating begins at 1:00. Bring your kids and partner! (No pets please)

21605 111th Ave. SW - Vashon 98070 - 206-463-0882 -

Gaia’s Paradise (no sign as of yet) is a newly created and ongoing Permaculture project located in Paradise Valley in the center of Vashon Island. It is a wonderful healing and peaceful place, with peaceful neighbors and energy alike. Please come for a short respite from the workaday bustle, or stay until dark, if you like. Hopefully you will leave refreshed as if you’ve had a brief vacation! I look forward to sharing my home and friends with you. Please RSVP so I can plan accordingly.

Permaculture: The aim of permaculture is to create ecologically sound, economically prosperous human communities. It is guided by a set of ethical principles — care for the earth, care for people, and sharing the surplus. The interconnections created by a sound permaculture design are what turn a collection of unrelated parts into a functioning system, whether it’s a community, a family, or an ecosystem. [Gaia’s Garden, Toby Hemenway]

You are invited to witness the progress of this maiden first year. To view an online photo diary go to Meet the permaculture practitioners and see for yourself what they have created. Ask them questions and learn more about sustainable living from their perspective. See and feel why I love it here! This is also a Housewarming so please bless my homestead with your presence, not your presents (unless you have extra garden plants to share).

Things to Bring:

  • Your own lawn chairs or blankets
  • Musical instruments, voice
  • Harvest potluck (from your garden?)

Badminton, picnicking and hobnobbing. Meet new friends and old.

Parking: Please park on the street and walk in.

Directions: Ferry leaves Fauntleroy at 11:45am. Arriving 15-30 minutes early is recommended. After exiting the ferry, continue on Vashon Hwy for about 8 miles. You will drive through the town of Vashon (1st stoplight). Turn Right at the third stoplight (204th St). Sound Foods restaurant will be on your left. Continue west past the Jesus barn and follow the hard left turn. You are now on 111th Ave. SW. Drive approx. ½ mile more (pass K-Jo Farm on the left) to 216th St. Park your car anywhere along the street.

My shared driveway is directly west of 216th. Walk past the first big house and turn right toward my cabin. Welcome!

Monday September 18th - a dynamite Phinney/Greenwood Neighbors meeting on global warming will take place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in St. John Lutheran Church at 55th & Phinney. We have a panel of three speakers representing Cascadia Bicycle Club, Feet First and Transportation Now. Transportation Now was featured on the cover of "Real Change " recently and is billed as the only "organization whose sole mission is to bring a balanced transportation system to Washington." We will have an opportunity to learn about the transportaton initatives that will be put before the voters this Fall as well as other alternatives to the car in preparation for car free day on September 21st.

On Thursday Sept 21st, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. will be a great new Study Circle on David Korten's new book, The Great Turning, Thursdays, kicking off a series of discussions thru Oct. 26th. Led by Cecile Andrews and held at Trinity United Methodist Church on 65th at 23rd in Ballard. Contact Cecile for more information: 783 1152 or

Just south of Pt. Townsend, Indian Island Naval Weapons Depot is the major west coast port used to ship arms to Iraq and the rest of the Third World. Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu recently called the arms trade "the modern successor to the slave trade". A broad coalition of peace and justice activists will be gathering Sat, Sept. 23 to shut down Indian Island. Please come!

  • 11:00- Peace Fair at H.J. Carroll Park
  • 1:30- 3 1/2 mi. march to Indian Is.
  • 3:00- Nonviolent resistance at the gates of Indian Is.
  • 5:00- Concert with David Rovics and Big Whoop
  • Where: on Hwy 19, between Chimacum and Pt. Townsend (40 mi. from Kingston Ferry Dock)
  • Carpooling/Rides: call Carrie, 206 963-4873.
  • Tabling: to reserve a table at the Peace Fair contact:
  • To Volunteer or for nonviolence training (required for civil disobedience):
  • More Information at

Fred Miller - President - Peace Action of WA - 206 789-6863 -

Saturday, October 7th 10am-4:30pm, 2006 Harvest Celebration Farm Tour

Experience King County's Farm Fresh Flavor!

In celebrating our local food system, farms from north to south King County and Vashon Island invite you to visit and experience King County's Farm-Fresh flavor for the day! Watch local 'Chefs in the Field' perform cooking demonstrations, buy fresh produce and pumpkins, talk to farmers and walk their fields, enjoy a family hay ride, run through a corn maze and eat produce fresh off the field! Round up your family and friends, and come on out to celebrate fall harvest on the farm.

For more information:

from Solar Washington President:

On Saturday October 7, 2006, thousands of solar-powered homes and businesses across the United States will open their doors and invite the public in for a look. It’s all part of the upcoming American Solar Energy Society’s (ASES) National Solar Tour. Interest in affordable, easy to add solar power is on the rise as fossil fuel prices continue to skyrocket, and the threat to our environment or burning fossil fuels becomes irrefutable.

This annual tour invites consumers to see for themselves how solar can be affordable, comfortable, and practical. This year's tour will feature Green Buildings including solar electric, passive, hot water, and energy efficiency technologies installed in homes and buildings that exhibit net metering and off grid systems and ones utilizing resource conservation measures. Some sites will also feature alternative fueled and electric vehicles.

Solar Washington, the Washington state chapter of ASES, is organizing sites statewide and can be found at Over 100 solar powered buildings will be open for public tours on Saturday October 7 from 10am to 4pm. Washington joins 43 states and the District of Columbia in showcasing solar-power options during the 11th annual National Solar Tour.

Media tours of solar powered buildings can be arranged prior to the National Solar Tour. For information please contact Pamela Burton at 206-706-1931

October 13 - 15 near Tonasket, WA. - Okanogan barter faire


I would like to extend the invitation for you all to join us at permaculture camp at the Okanogan barter faire

We have been granted a great space for all of us to camp together and share about sustainable culture in the forms of workshops, roundtable discussions, skillshares, etc. all are invited to attend and/or present we are invited to show up as early as wednesday the 11th to set up our camp. in exchange for this space, we will be volunteering with parking on friday and possibly saturday. the shift is pretty minimal - about 2-3 hrs. please let me know if you plan on attending.

i will be passing on a list of friends to willcall so we can easily be directed to camp together....

there is booth space available as well... hope you can join us...

On Monday, October 16 our Global Warming meeting will feature a discussion on "More Time, Less Carbon: Slowing Down for Low Carbon Living." We'll talk about how slowing down can contribute to the fight against global warming as well as contribute to the general well being of people and the planet. In particular, we'll talk about what our group slogan "Warm Hearts for a Cooler Planet" can mean in our work.

When: Monday October 16th, 7:30

Where: St. John's United Church on 55th and Phinney across from the Zoo west entrance.

call Cecile Andrews for more info: 783 1152


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’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 and join the tribe.


The Seattle Permaculture Guild is looking for a volunteer to work with Nova High School students. Perhaps one of us lives on First Hill and would love this project? What is needed is someone to facilitate permaculture-oriented projects in their garden, as well as share skills with the students. Kelda will be able to help with the first hands-on (tidying up unfinished hands-on projects) and introduce permaculture to the students, but someone else will be needed to continue, perhaps on a monthly basis. If interested, please contact Kelda at 324-3632.

  • 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)


The Seattle Permaculture Guild is looking for a volunteer to work with Nova High School students. Perhaps one of us lives on First Hill and would love this project? What is needed is someone to facilitate permacutlure-oriented projects in their garden, as well as share skills with the students. Kelda will be able to help with the first hands-on (tidying up unfinished hands-on projects) and introduce permaculture to the students, but someone else will be needed to continue, perhaps on a monthly basis. If interested, please contact Kelda at 324-3632.


  • Volunteer for the 2nd Annual Community Fruit Tree Harvest!

Rather than letting backyard fruit fall and rot on the ground, residents in Wallingford, Fremont, Phinney, and the University District neighborhoods can donate their surplus fruit to those who need it most - to our local food banks and meal programs.

For its second year, the Community Fruit Tree Harvest, a partnership between Lettuce Link of the Fremont Public Association and Seattle Tilth, will organize volunteers to glean healthy fruit from neighborhood trees and deliver it to local meal programs.

Meet new people, eat fruit, learn about fruit trees, and fight hunger! Come join our efforts to connect nutritious, organically grown produce to low-income individuals and families in Seattle neighborhoods.

How can you get involved and fight hunger?

Volunteer to pick fruit! To sign up, call Lettuce Link at 206.694.6754. Volunteer commitments are 2 hour shifts, August to October, Tuesday evenings and/or Saturday mornings. Visit our website at:

Donate fruit from your fruit trees! To register, call the Natural Lawn & Garden Hotline at 206-633-0224 or email Tree owners will be asked a series of questions, followed by a possible visit to determine if the fruit is healthy enough for donation and accessible. If it is, volunteers will come out to do the leg -- and ladder -- work.


Laborer needed full or part-time to help implement a Permaculture design on a homestead in Redmond. Basic construction and planting skills a plus, as well as driver's license and truck (although not necessary). Contact Tom at 425-868-8128

From Maria on 9/19/06: Local Bamboo Garden Work - A friend of a friend is selling her nursery business in Redmond and liquidating. She needs some temporary help on the weekends from now until Thanksgiving. If you are interested, please contact Jeannine Florance at 206-898-1552.

All this and more at Check out our wiki and post permaculture info (see May events newsletter for details).

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