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News and Events - 2008

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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.

November 7th - Healing Urban Sprawl and Bringing Back the Village: A Permaculture Perspective with Kelda Miller

7 pm - 9 pm Vashon Cohousing, 10421 Bank Rd, Vashon, WA

$10-$7 sliding scale

please park on Bank Rd.

This slideshow/discussion looks at urban sprawl in our bioregion and it's impacts on environmental and community health. Many solutions will be discussed: from the personal level to the planning level, mainstream solutions to more radical ones. The two-hour event is sure to inspire those working on restoring sustainable, functional communities.

For more information, contact Kelda Miller at (253) 370-9946 or

November 11th - Tuesday - Hard Cider Making and Orcharding with Gary Moulton, WSU Tree Fruit Specialist 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

From apple to glass, learn what it takes to produce a quality hand-crafted hard cider.

In colonial times, hard cider was consumed more than whiskey, wine, or beer put together. In fact, our second president, John Adams, often drank hard cider at breakfast to “soothe his stomach.” And now, just as the micro-brew revolution stirred interest in handcrafted beers, artisan cider makers are bringing forth a newfound appreciation of a well-made hard cider.

Join us Tuesday, November 11, 2008 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Ed’s Apples in Sultan and find out what it takes to grow and maintain your own cider orchard. In addition, you’ll learn the steps necessary to create a quality hard cider product, a rapidly-growing boutique small farm product niche.

WSU Tree Fruit Specialist Gary Moulton will present an in-depth overview of the topic including varietal selection, growing and harvest information, as well as an informal look at the production steps from raw fruit to finished bottle.

The cost is $55 per person and includes a box lunch. Pre-registration is required. To register, download the form at and mail with your check, or contact Karie Christensen at 425.338.2400, e-mail Ed’s Apples is located at 13420 339th Ave SE, Sultan, just off SR 2.

For more information, contact Kate Halstead, or 425.357.6024.

November 15th - Saturday - How to Grow All Your Own Produce in 2 1/2 Years: An (r)Evolution Disguised as Organic Gardening

10 am - noon, Key Center, WA

This event is a seed swap and plant exchange. We invite you to share your abundance!

$10-$7 sliding scale

In the Maritime Northwest, it is possible to grow all our own food year-round with limited time to establish a system and limited effort. As petroleum becomes more expensive, this sort of system can provide an example to support our evolution to a more sustainable society. Marisha Auerbach specializes in how to convert properties from grass to to a perennial forage system. A perennial forage system functions much like a natural ecological system, and yields year round produce with minimal work. These systems are developed to meet the needs of the inhabitants on site. Marisha provides most of her diet and income from her garden and has surplus produce and crafts to give away and trade for other supplies.

This presentation is an invitation for you to visit Marisha's garden through slides and philosophy. She will be discussing how you can work towards self-reliance in produce if you have property to work with as well as guerrilla tactics to grow more food and flowers in the greater Key Peninsula. As petroleum becomes more expensive, fruits, vegetables, and other goods will become increasingly more expensive to transport into residential areas. This workshop offers an opportunity to create cultural change through gardening.

For more information, contact Marisha Auerbach at (360) 789-0799 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.

Community Alliance for Global Justice is excited to announce that plans are shaping up for our fall Teach-in, “Confronting the Food Crisis: Cultivating Just Alternatives to the Corporate Food System.”

FRIDAY December 5, 2008, 6 – 9pm, refreshments served

Garfield Community Center, 2323 E Cherry St, Seattle 98122 - Multipurpose Room Panel & Community Dialogue: “Confronting the Food Crisis”

Confirmed speakers:

    * Lucy Jarosz, UW Geography
    * Carlos Marentes, Comite for Immigration Reform and Social Justice and Via Campesina
    * Sue McGann, Lettuce Link - a project of Solid Ground, and Marra Farm
    * Carol Thompson, Northern Arizona University

ALL DAY TEACH-IN: December 6, 2008, 9 - 5:30pm, lunch served Seattle Central Community College - 1701 Broadway, Seattle 98122 (In Science and Math building, just North of main building)

Saturday’s program will feature Hands-on workshops and panels that help us to Understand Corporate Control and Build Just Alternatives with respect to local and global food systems.

The event is free and open to the public; child-care provided on Saturday (please let us know in advance - call 206.405.4600). We could still use lots of help with planning of the teach-in! If you are interested, please email Teresa at

December 11, 2008 - Farm-to-School Workshop for Extension Agents & Agriculture Professionals Puyallup, WA

8:30 AM-4:30 PM, Allmendinger Center at WSU Puyallup Research & Extension Center, 7612 Pioneer Way E (videoconferencing available at other locations).

This workshop will provide the tools and resources for Extension educators and other agriculture professionals to facilitate successful buyer and seller relationships between farms and schools. We’ll provide information on food safety, certification and liability insurance issues for farms seeking to sell to schools. You’ll also gain resources and ideas to share with schools for teaching about the links between food, farming, health, culture and the environment.

Each participant will receive a Farm-to-School binder with reference materials, so that you can respond knowledgeably and easily to producers and school personnel seeking to implement or become involved in Farm-to-School programs.

The workshop is free, and includes a box lunch (for those attending in person in Puyallup). Pre-registration is required.

To register, please contact Maura Walsh at the WSDA Farm-to-School Program: or call 360-902-1935.

For more information contact:

  • Tricia Sexton Kovacs, Manager
  • WSDA Farm-to-School Program
  • Phone: 360-902-2029
  • Email:


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-.


From: Jason

Title: Rooms for rent at Alderleaf Wilderness College,...

Alderleaf Wilderness College ( has several rooms available for rent on campus. We're looking for eco-minded folks interested in being involved in permaculture projects on the land. We have 15 beautiful acres near Monroe, WA. The land has two homes, two cabins, a large barn/workshop, great garden-space, existing fruit trees, pastures, mature forest, and a large creek. Residents rent their own room/cabin and share kitchens, bathrooms, and other common spaces. If you have questions and are interested, please contact Kerry at 206-948-8584 or

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.


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