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June Meeting

Practice Design Principles - Systems & Elements Connections...Brainstorming Session?

Event date: 6/22/2014 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM Export event

To start, please accept my apology (Sean) for forgetting my password to the permaculture website and taking about a week to figure it out...I cleaned my system's cache and for whatever reason just couldn't get my act together for logging in with my correct username AND password.

In keeping with the design process of permaculture we thought it would be good to do something a little more cerebral this time and explore a planning piece of permaculture.  We also thought it held the most potential for fun other than obtaining the yield (and eating it!).  So, we are thinking Elements Web Connections and Random Assembly to help brainstorm some interconnectedness on our site.  I will have Systems Cards, Elements Cards, and Prepositions/Conjunctions for the Random Assembly piece and if someone has a lot of differently colored yarn - 5 colors - for the Web Connections part I would much appreciate  it's use. The idea is to use individuals to represent elements and the yarn to draw connections which we can do at a table together.  If no one has that we'll do it with paper and markers so let me know if you have the yarn. Either way is sure to give some interesting connections for us!

 We have never done either of these design activities as our previous location was essentially all treated as Zone 1 or 2 and I could keep it all in my head or just sort of "feel" how I wanted things.  Not so much now - there's too much space to feel and only so much time to experience it.   Also, since a lot of us are not doing a complete rebuild of a site and are instead modifying an existing one, it made sense that we are all having to think about how to work with what we have and how to make that combination of elements work for us. 

Last, I was hoping to take pictures of our finished products and the exercise itself as much as is practical so come pretty (if that's important for you), feel free to use your own camera/phone, and write legibly enough to be deciphered - we have professional code breakers on call in case of handwriting emergencies.

And of course there will be food - Shannon will make a big pot of vegetarian soup and gluten loaded bread, leaded coffee, well water, and maybe even hard cider for testing by One Tree.  Please feel free to bring whatever additional tasty's and libations you desire and wish to share and we'll complete our practice with the usual informational and social mastication session.

Directions - head North on 395 past Deer Park (1.5 miles-ish), Left on Spotted Road, and Left on Enoch right after the log house on Spotted, continue through the driveway all the way to the party barn or house. 509-276-7636 if you get lost or you're first and unsure. ;-)

We're really looking forward to seeing you ALL there!

Sean and Shannon @ Siemen Family Farms

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A Wedding and Event Center North of Deer Park, Wa with plans for a commercially viable Permaculture demonstration farm.

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3 comments on article "June Meeting"


Mike Hagar (website host)

6/20/2014 10:20 AM

Hi Sean and Shannon! I am looking forward to seeing you and the rest of the group on Sunday and doing the design exercise. I am still a little bit confused about the yarn. Could you clarify? Should we buy a skein of yarn or is that necessary?

See you soon.




6/21/2014 8:53 PM

Hi, all!

Unfortunately we will miss this fun June meeting. We've got out-of-town visitors until Monday. See you in July at our place! (Details to follow.)


Annie M

6/21/2014 11:12 PM

I've got lots of yarn. I'll bring 5 colors. This exercise sounds fun.

We'll see you tomorrow.

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