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Eat Local for Thanksgiving Day

As Thanksgiving approaches, many of us are growing hungry just thinking about that delicious once-a-year ritual, and looking forward to time with family and friends and savoring the best flavors of the season.

This year, make a pledge to include at least one locally-grown ingredient on your Thanksgiving table and in one easy fell swoop you will:

Support your local farms

  • Take a bite out of climate change by reducing greenhouse gases from fuel used to transport food from far away
  • Strengthen your local food system so that it's good for people, our environment and our local economy
  • Learn more about what local foods are available and where, download holiday recipes and take the pledge at:

Please pass this message along to friends, family and neighbors and post to your lists!!

Sign up today and you could be eligible to win a local heritage turkey or other fabulous prizes!!

The Eat Local for Thanksgiving campaign was conceived and initiated by King County, the Cascade Harvest Coalition, the Acting Food Policy Council of Seattle-King County, Good Food Strategies LLC, and many others, and has been made possible through the generous support of Seattle's Department of Neighborhoods Climate Protection Fund, King County's Agriculture Programs, Farming & the Environment and the Washington State Department of Agriculture.


November 3rd(Sat) & December 1st(Sat) - Native Plant Salvage

Help Salvage Native Plants! To download event .pdf with maps, go to

Dig in with other volunteers digging up trees and shrubs from this site scheduled for development. In the afternoon, we’ll be potting up the salvaged plants so they can recuperate before going to King County habitat restoration sites. Once replanted, these native plants will help reduce erosion, shade streams and provide habitat. Special thanks to Quadrant and PacTrust for providing the salvage sites.

When: Saturdays, November 3 and December 1, 2007


  • 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. salvage at site,
  • 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. potting at Holding Facility

Where: Redmond Ridge near Redmond

Directions: For both dates, from I-405, I-5 or Hwy 520: Drive Eastbound 520 through Redmond and continue north onto Avondale Road. Turn right (east) onto Novelty Hill Road.

November 3rd Turn right (south) on to Eastridge DR. NE. Watch for signs directing you to the site.

December 1st Turn right (south) on to Redmond Ridge Dr. NE. After you cross NE Alder Crest Dr. Watch for signs directing you to the site on the left.


A parent or guardian must accompany volunteers under 16 years old.

Dress for the weather and be prepared to get dirty. Sturdy shoes or boots are recommended. We’ll provide gloves, tools and light refreshments.

Not a morning person? Volunteers also needed at our Native Plant Holding Facility from 12:30 until 4:00 to help pot up the salvaged plants. Directions to the Native Plant Holding Facility:

From I-5 or I-405, take I-90 east to Highland Drive exit (exit 18) in Issaquah. Stay left on the off ramp to continue onto Highland Dr. Drive through several lights. Turn right onto Issaquah–Fall City Road. Just past Endeavor Elementary School, stay straight onto Duthie Hill Road. The holding facility is in Duthie Hill Park (on the right) 27101 Duthie Hill Road.

Please call Greg Rabourn at 206-296-1923 or email if you plan to participate.

November 9th - Friday - Second work party at the Meadowbrook Edible Arboretum

You are all invited to a second work party at the Meadowbrook Edible Arboretum on Friday, November 9th. We'll be meeting from noon till 3 or 4 pm.

Thanks to all of you who helped last time! We really accomplished a lot. Perhaps we'll be able to see some of Arthur's "before" and "after" pictures. It was really a drastic difference. I hope this second work party will allow us to finish clearing out the invasive plants, including the roots of the blackberries we cut back.

Once again, the Seattle parks department has been kind enough to provide us with tools and a city gardener will be there to help us get started. All you need to bring is a long-sleeved shirt to protect yourself from blackberry scrapes. I will also try to bring some goodies to encourage us along the way.

The Meadowbrook Arboretum is located at NE 105th St. and 32nd Ave. NE in Seattle.

If you have any questions, please e-mail me at Please invite anyone you know who might be interested in helping. I hope we can get as many people as last time.

Melanie (206) 371-7944

  • November 11th - Sunday 11am-2pm - Seattle Permaculture Guild Potluck and PC Design Brainstorm

This months property of focus will be at Danielle's. Come help brianstorm a permaculture(PC) design for Danielle's new home. A new worm bin will be started. This will be a great opportunity to network with others working with PC and our resource sharing web page will also be a topic of discussion.

Potluck: 1pm - RSVP Danielle at [] for directions.

November 17 - Saturday - 7-10:30pm - WINTER CELEBRATION POTLUCK!



  • Phinney Neighborhood Center
  • 6532 Phinney Ave N in Seattle

Please join us to celebrate the wonderful things that are happening in the world of the NW EcoBuilding Guild along with our friends from the following wonderful groups:

                   *BALLE  Seattle
                  *Solar Washington
                  *Phinney Ecovillage
                 *City Repair Seattle
                 *Sustainable Ballard
                 *NW Biodiesel Network
               *Sustainable West Seattle
              *Seattle Permaculture Guild

WHAT TO BRING??? Glad you asked!

        *Last name begins with/Please bring

                *A-H           Appetizers
                *I-P           Main Dish
                *Q-Z           Dessert

Please bring serving utensils for your dish, and your favorite beverages. We'll provide plates, eating utensils and cups! ***

Questions?Ideas? Got a line on a hot door prize donation? Please Contact Brian Allen at (206) 973-7374 or

  • November 18th - Sunday 11am-2pm - Seattle Permaculture Guild Potluck and PC Design Brainstorm

For those not able to make it last week:

We will continue with this months property of focus at Danielle's. Come help brianstorm a permaculture(PC) design for Danielle's new home. This will be a great opportunity to continue to network with others working with PC and our resource sharing web page will also be a topic of discussion.

Potluck: 1pm - RSVP Danielle at [] for directions.

November 30th. Free CCEJ showing of 'Drumbeat for Mother Earth' Hosted by Bethany United Church of Christ November 30th - doors open at 6:30, film starts at 7:00pm Bethany UCC 6230 Beacon Avenue South "Drumbeat for Mother Earth" explores how persistent toxic chemicals contaminate the traditional food web, violate treaty rights, travel long distances, and are passed from one generation to the next during pregnancy causing cancer, learning disabilities, and other serious health problems. Invited speaker Shelly Vendiola (CCEJ/IEN) after the film This event is FREE, for more info call (425)276-1266 x1033

December 12th - Wednesday 7-9pm - RAINWATER HARVESTING, CATCHMENT & MANAGEMENT by Michael Broili, Living System Design

$25 - - To register, call 206/783-2244 or email

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.

December 16th - Sunday - 11am-2pm - Movie - "The Power of Community"

Come see how Permaculture helped Cuba thru their "Special Period", coping with their own peak oil crisis! It will be at Danielle's at 8548 2nd Ave NE. Please RSVP to Danielle Blair [].

February 16th - March 2, 2008 - Permaculture Design Course - Sahale Retreat Center, NW of Olympia


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:


Yard work in permaculture garden. Due to 1st trimester doldrums, wanted knowledgeable gardeners to help with weeding, mulching, harvesting, watering, etc... Rate negotiable based on experience. Contact Amy at 206-767-0976.

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