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News and Events - 2007

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September 9th

Wild Edibles Walk at Seward Park

Meet at 2 p.m. in front of the Seward Park Art Studio, which is on the left near the entrance to the park. More information can be found in this discussion thread - including the planning for future events!

This is an informal group. Past gatherings have been 12 to 25 people. We're trying to get together every three weeks or so and see different areas in different stages of "edibility" :).

September 15th&16th - PLANT SALE - Now is the perfect time for planting!!!

Backyard Greenhouse

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

Organically Grown

  • Veggies
  • Perennials
  • Herbs

Sat., Sept 15th, 9:00-4:00 / Sun., Sept. 16 , 10:00-3:00

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

September 19th - 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.

September 23rd(Sunday) - PLANT SALVAGE DAY! in the city of Newcastle

Lunch will be provided.

Join us to volunteer for a fun and rewarding day. Your contribution of excavating and replanting native plants will help restore the wetland buffer and habitat of the site. While you volunteer, you will learn about which plants are native to our area, how they contribute to their environment, as well as which ones are edible and medicinal. You will hear about the vision for this exciting new green community in Newcastle, and have the opportunity to salvage plants to take home. You are welcome to join us for the morning, afternoon or both salvage sessions.


  • 9:00-10:00 a.m. – Project introduction, nature walk & site tour
  • 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Morning salvage
  • 12:30-1:00 p.m. - Lunch
  • 1:00-1:30 - p.m. - Nature walk and site tour
  • 1:00-3:30 p.m. - Afternoon salvage

Location: 8018 Coal Creek Parkway SE, Newcastle, 98059

The site is on the west of Coal Creek Parkway across from Lake Boren. Take I-405 heading south on Coal Creek Parkway, make a U turn at 135th. The entrance is at the Land Use sign on the right. The site is located on a bus line and a bike lane. For bus information:

About the Project: The Trails at Newcastle will offer the best in modern northwest architecture, green home design, permaculture, and community living. The project, which consists of 32 cottage-style homes, will sit between views of Lake Boren and a wetland nature preserve abundant with native plants and wildlife. Designed by Johnston Architects, the single-family cottages will be solar ready, 4-5 Star Built Green, and Energy Star certified. The energy efficient homes will provide homeowners with significant energy cost saving. The community will share a common house, organic garden, rain gardens, and restorative landscaping. More information is available on our website.

Bring: Volunteers should dress comfortably for the weather with good shoes that can get dirty and wet. Bring plenty of drinking water, tools if you have them, as well as your own pots and potting soil if you want to salvage plants to take home. We will have some extra tools available.

Recommended tools: Please put your name on your tools! Gloves, shovels (flat & round), wheel barrows, rain barrel, dolly

Sample List of Native Plants

Young Trees:

  • Big Leaf Maple
  • Red Alder
  • Black Cottonwood


  • Vine Maple
  • Salmonberry
  • Nootka Rose
  • Red Huckleberry
  • Indian Plum
  • Trailing Blackberry
  • Blackcap Raspberry
  • Red Elderberry

Ground Plants:

  • Sword Fern
  • Lady Fern
  • Fringecup
  • Siberian Miner’s Lettuce
  • Bleeding Hearts
  • Common Horsetails
  • Large Leaved Avens
  • Stinging Nettle
  • (Possibly trillium, false-lily-of-the-valley and piggyback plants.)

We will provide a hand out with more information about the edible and medicinal parts and qualities of these plants.

For more information, please call 206.283.8181 or visit

September 29th - Saturday, 9:30-2:30pm - BioLyle's Biodiesel Worksho by Lyle Rudensey

$65 - To register, call 206/783-2244 or email

An introduction to biodiesel with hands-on experience for those interested in making biodiesel from waste restaurant oil. Learn the chemistry and tricks of making quality biodiesel by making small batches and experimenting with different vegetable oils, catalysts, and pH indicators. Various reactor designs are presented, followed by a visit to a nearby home reactor. Instructor makes his own fuel.

October 3rd - Wednesday, 7-9pm - INTEGRATED WATER MANAGEMENT FOR LANDSCAPES by Michael Broili, Living System Design

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

Michael Broili will discuss best soil management practices,rain and bog garden design including plant selection and a variety of geo-technical solutions which help create productive and sustainable gardens and landscapes and manage on site drainage problems.

October 13th(Sat), noon - 7pm & October 14(Sun), 10am - 5pm - Puget Sound Mycological Society - 44th Annual Exhibit

Our Wild Mushroom Exhibit is one of the largest and most complete in the United States. Over 200 varieties of wild mushrooms will be displayed, identified, and classified as edible, poisonous, or valueless as food.

Visitors are welcome to bring in mushrooms from your garden or walks for our experts to identify. Be sure to collect the entire mushroom, including underground parts.

Exhibits will include something for all of the senses: A feel and smell display can be experienced after the slide show lecture and finished off by a delicious tasting of mushrooms prepared by some of Seattle's finest chefs. There are photography displays as well as a great selection of items for sale like mushroom field guides, cookbooks, t-shirts, and scientific materials for the serious mycologist. Visitors can discover facts about PSMS and obtain information about classes, field trips and other opportunities.

For more info, go here:

The Center for Urban Horticulture, Univ. Washington

  • 3501 NE 41 Street (Mary Gates Drive)
  • Seattle, WA 98195.

October 13-14(Sat&Sun) - Fall Ecology and Harvest: An Intergenerational Exploration at Lost Valley Educational Center, 81868 Lost Valley Lane, Dexter, OR 97431 (541) 937-2567 x116, nature AT

Cosponsored by Lost Valley Nature Center and NextGEN (the youth branch of the Global Ecovillage Network), this event will focus on fall ecology, indigenous tradition, and the harvest season here in the western Cascade foothills. We’ll explore what is happening on the land at this time of year, and how we humans can harvest the bounty from our gardens, farms, orchards, and from the wild. We’ll learn about the ways of the Kalapuya who preceded us here, as well as sustainable food growing and preservation, resource stewardship, ecological restoration, and traditional seasonal celebrations. We’ll bring together people ages 12 through 112 to explore how we can learn from one another and pass ecological wisdom and insights back and forth between generations. We’ll also learn about school gardens, mushrooms, lichens, and mosses, building community, ecovillages, and more.


  • Esther Stutzman (Kalapuyan storyteller)
  • Bill Burwell (Kalapuya researcher)
  • Jude Hobbs (Permaculture teacher and designer, Agroecology Northwest)
  • Jerry Hall (ethnobotanist, Lane Community College)
  • Jen Anonia (Food for Lane County Gardens Program Manager)
  • Heiko Koester (Permacultural landscaper, Eugene Permaculture Guild)
  • Sharon Blick (former director, School Garden Project)
  • Rick Valley (Lost Valley land steward, Permaculture teacher and designer)
  • Alison Rosenblatt (NextGEN--Global Ecovillage Network)
  • Tammy Davis (mycophile, Lost Valley Educational Center)
  • Tobias Policha (ethnobotanist, Institute of Contemporary Ethnobotany)
  • Sarah Kleeger and Andrew Still (Seed Ambassadors Project)
  • Dave Kofranek (lichenologist)
  • Dharmika Henschel (ethnobotanist/musician)
  • and more.

Early conference registration fee (until Sept. 15), including four organic vegetarian meals, is $95 for students ages 12 and above, $125 for non-students. Regular fees are $105 for students, $135 for non-students. We are offering a $10 discount/rebate from your registration fee for each paying registrant who first heard about the event through you, or who cites you as his or her primary influence in considering attending. Overnight lodging is also available. A limited number of work-trade opportunities and scholarships are available; please inquire or see website for application.


Lost Valley Nature Center

  • Lost Valley Educational Center’s 87 acres include oak savanna, natural meadow, stream and riparian areas, ponds, extensive forest lands in various states of maturity, gardens and orchards. Our diverse habitats and several miles of nature trails offer unique environmental education opportunities. Lost Valley Nature Center sponsors walks and public events (like May’s Native Plants and Permaculture Gathering) to help nature-lovers learn from the land and from one another.


  • NextGEN is a global network organized by young adults concerned with issues of sustainability. We hope to inspire you with examples of viable and positive choices for the future. We offer opportunities for action through conferences, educational workshops, and direct experience in communities. Our international support network develops connections among activists and encourages resource sharing.

October 16th - Tuesday, 7-9:30pm - SOLAR ENERGY FOR YOUR HOME by Chris Herman, Winter Sun Design

$30 - To register, call 206/783-2244 or email

Interested in solar energy? It's being utilized effectively all over our rainy region. Learn about the different types, costs, efficiencies and feasibilities. Instructor is a certified professional building designer and owns Winter Sun Design, specializing in designing "green" solar homes, remodels, additions and photovoltaic (solar electric) systems.

October 20th - Saturday, 10am-12noon - BUILDING COMMUNITY IN YOUR OWN NEIGHBORHOOD by Cecile Andrews, Phinney EcoVillage & Cheryl Klotz, City Repair Seattle

FREE - To register, call 206/783-2244 or email

A new movement is sweeping the country: the "localization" movement. People are concerned about their lack of community as well as how our car culture lifestyle is causing global warming. Find out how local economies, grassroots democracy, and plain old neighborliness affect people's happiness and the well-being of the planet. Discover how you can get involved in exciting and fun ways! or

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.

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-.


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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