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Study Group Meeting

Published on Thursday, October 24, 2013

Study Group Meeting

Waning Moon - Saturday October 26, 2013

Event date: 10/26/2013 4:00 PM - 8:00 AM Export event

Regular Spokane Permaculture Study Group meeting (Waning Moon).

6:00 PM to 7:30 PM, Saturday, 10/26/2013

Spokane Conservation District, 210 N Havana St  Spokane, WA 99202

If this is your first time: We park by and enter using the door on the West side facing Havana (not the main door), find the stairs, go up and follow the hall. Go towards the light.


  • 5:45 PM - Doors open.
  • 6:00 PM - Introduction to Permaculture.
  • 6:15 PM - Primitive Skills. by Patrick Farneman ( 
  • 6:45 PM - Introductions. 
  • 7:00 PM - Exchange ideas. Discuss plans for a February-ish seed swap, and planning future study group meetings.
  • 7:20 PM - Folks start to leave. Can catch the #90 at 7:42 to head to downtown.
  • 8:00 PM - Doors close.


Upcoming 2013 study group meeting dates:

  • Saturday November 9 - afternoon - Siemen Family Farm, in Clayton.
  • Monday November 25 - evening meeting
  • Monday December 9 - evening meeting
  • Christmas December 25 - No Meeting


The Waning Phase of the Moon

We alternate our study group meetings between waning and waxing phases of the Moon. The impetus behind this is to avoid conflicts with other regular meeting commitments, but also in celebration of the natural cycles we observe in our gardens, lunar cycles being one. Since the moon's gravity influences ocean tides, it is thought that gravity pulls and pushes at the water in plants and soil. Lunar gardeners say this ebb and flow has an impact on seed germination, floral development and fruit production. While science has yet to validate a lunar effect, the tradition is strong, and it is fun to to think about.

Lunar gardeners say that bulbs, perennials and underground vegetables, such as carrots and potatoes, should be planted during the first seven days of a waning moon because these plants need to have their root system become well established. The second week of the moon's decreasing light is considered the best time for controlling insects, pruning, watering and harvesting.

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Siemen Family Farms, Inc.

11/6/2013 4:21 PM

We had a great meeting! We also got a bit side tracked off the agenda - first, our presenter was not in attendance and second we had a small group. But, being the Permaculture Geniuses we are, we used the resources at hand and had a completely different discussion!

1) We decided that Patrick Farneman from Primitive Skills would be a great presenter and had a lot of connections, particularly North of Spokane, we could all benefit from. Shannon will see what we can do about bringing him in very soon. Also, there was the idea posited that the low attendance might have been due to a lack of interest in what he could have presented. If you have any thoughts to add on that front it would be helpful to know so we don't invite someone we don't all really want to hear from. ;-)

2) The Seed Swap was a success last year in connecting folks and allowing others to unload seeds they wouldn't otherwise have been able to plant. It was decided that February 22nd at the Spokane Farmer's Market was the date and place again. We also decided that some might appreciate a series of 15 minute mini-forums on seed related issues would make the experience a more complete one. So, if you have some experience - good, bad, or otherwise - and can limit yourself to 15 minutes or less to present and field questions please contact Shannon to get your name down so we can start working a schedule. Also, if you have seed wants, seed surplus, etc. we want to include you in the seed swap. Again, you'll want to contact Shannon to get those plans underway. 509-389-3666.

3) The next Permaculture Study Group will be at Siemen Family Farms on November 9th at 2pm to 5...ish and socially geared rather than "study" oriented. There wil still be an agenda but there WILL BE food. Speaking of food...bring something fun to share! I believe the Foote's mentioned they had burger and dogs???? I will be making a big pot of soup and homemade bread to go with it.

4) We formed the beginnings of a vehicle to get our nearly certified Permaculture Practitioners finished so they can start doing it for "real". With that the 26-ers (Phil's idea) was formed. If you'd like more information on that front, we'll be discussing it at the Nov 9th meeting.

5) Siemen Family Farms is located at 7501 W Enoch road, 99110. Head North on 395, 1.5 miles past Deer Park take a Left on Spotted Road, Left on Enoch, and then park in the driveway along the horse barn. If you go right on Enoch you will eventually meet our neighbors who will tell you to go back the way you came until you run into a red cinder block shop which happens to be ours. Please don't actually run into the shop - veer right and park next to the other cars who went Left when orginally told to. Of coarse, if you follow your GPS, you will end up in the neighbors field at which point we may just all have to laugh a long time at you before we help you out!

That about covers both the notes and the next meeting information! The only thing left is a HUGE apology for not getting these notes out to all of you much sooner and I truly hope the tongue in cheek has made the wait worth it and has garnered me some good will for the next time when I will do better. :-)




11/6/2013 7:31 PM

Looking forward to Study Group Saturday 11/9 from 2PM - 5 PM-ish at Siemen Family Farms. Rosemary can't make it, so I would very much appreciate a passenger to keep me company.


Mike Hagar (website host)

11/7/2013 11:21 AM

Cara and I would be happy to provide rides for 2-3 people.

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