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Whitworth University Presents: Dr. Elaine Ingham

Living Soils, the Soil Food Web, and Compost Tea

Author: Cara
Lecture followed by Q&A session

Location: Robinson Teaching Theater, Room 107 in Weyerhaeuser Hall at Whitworth University (see attached pdf file)

Cost: FREE! 

BE SURE to RSVP to to ensure there is adequate seating. 

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August meeting of the Rural Large Property Group

At Mike & Cara's - Please see the full article in the Forum

Author: Cara

Geez, who’s hosting the permaculture meeting for our group this month? What, it’s us? Uh oh!!!

Seriously now, we, the Hagars, are happy to host the meeting this month and we sincerely apologize for the late notice. Hopefully since we regularly meet on the 4th Sunday of the month, you've all just been waiting to see where its happening! In celebration of the growing year winding down, we’d like to start it a wee bit later in the day and make it a dinner barbeque. We’ll supply the burgers and fixings, and you supply a side dish or dessert, and BYOB.

It’s too hot in the afternoon to make you work, so instead we’ve got several topics we’d like to tour at our place before we eat. They include:

◾4 small food forests, in various stages of growth
◾A new water collection system in its initial building phase, with 3 x 865 gallon tanks
◾Lessons learned in the food garden (those damned stink bugs!) 

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Come to the Inland Northwest Permaculture Guild's 2014 Convergence

Tumtum, WA Sept. 11 - 14. Pay what you can afford. No one turned away for lack of funds.

We are very pleased to announce:

The Inland Northwest Permaculture Guild's
2014 Convergence:
"Back to the Roots"

at the beautiful
Heartsong Retreat Center

7034 Hwy 291, Tumtum, WA
(between mile markers 24 and 25)

Four days! Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 11, 12, 13, and 14.
Contact us:


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New Old Time Chautauqua Performance

Message to Spokane-area Permies from Skeeter

Head’s up! You are all invited to attend the New Old Time Chautauqua performance in Spokane on August 3rd, Sunday at 7:00 pm at the Big Crosby Theatre, 901 W. Sprague Ave.  This is the 33rd year that this traveling Chatuaqua has been touring the Rural Pacific Northwest.  The Chautauqua is an entertainment extravaganza with comedy, music and vaudeville.  I highly recommend the show. The Chautauqua troupe is currently in Hot Springs, Montana to put on a show.  I’ve enjoyed every Chautauqua show I have been at.  Love,  Skeeter.


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Update on 2014 Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence Planning

Comments, suggestions and volunteers sought.

Here's an update on where we are planning for the 2014 Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence. Whether we will actually hold this gathering has NOT been finalized.

I posted this update on the INPG Convergence Organizers' Listserve but we haven't heard back from anyone other than a couple of folks who said they'd be interested in attending. So, I'm expanding the outreach seeking comments, suggestions and volunteers from the Spokane Permaculture community.

Thanks to Gabe's hard work, here's what it looks like at this time

Dates: Sept. 11, 12, 13, 14

Location: Heartsong Retreat Center, Tum Tum, WA (Gabe confirmed with them that this venue is available and the folks there would welcome us)

Cost to INPG: A percentage (yet to be determined) of the profits.

Cost to attendees: To be determined. Work trade specifics also.

Event size: Up to 120 people.

We realize there is not much time, basically 2 months, to put together a gathering. Maybe folks feel like that's not enough time, but Gabe and I agreed that if we hear from just one or two people who are willing to really roll up their sleeves and help with the organizing, we'll keep on working to put on this year's gathering at Heartsong.

Read the full article for more details.

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Ramstead Ranch Hands-On Sustainable Sheep School

July 12 in Ione WA (80 mi. north of Spokane)

Guest instructor, Melissa Lines from SkyLines Farm in northern Idaho, will teach this popular event. It covers all the aspects of raising happy, healthy sheep by organic and sustainable methods. Topics include: Management principles & practices for maintaining happy healthy sheep; Feeds & feeding; Minerals for optimal health; Dealing with parasites; Managing rams; Housing & facilities; Rotational Grazing principles and practices; Fencing options; Working with Livestock Guardian Dogs (LGDs); Farm walk to see it all in action...and much more.

See website for full details: 

This daylong workshop is designed specifically for beginning small-scale sheep farmers, whether you're just considering raising sheep or have already started your flock. During this workshop you'll get up close and personal with Ramstead Ranch's 42 happy, healthy ewes and their lambs, and you'll go home with a wealth of ideas, inspiration, and a model for your own successful sustainable sheep operation!

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Two Bees or not two Bees

Neonicotinoid City Ordiance

Author: Torie Foote
Help is needed now! The City of Spokane City Council will be considering a new ordinance that bans the use of Neonicotinoid

within city limits and testimony is needed (and letters and emails!!!). The chemical company is working hard to defeat it.

MONDAY 23 6pm. at City Hall

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June Meeting

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

We get to host our next group meeting at Siemen Family Farms (aka Mont Lamm Events/Belgians) off 395 just North of Deer Park. We'll be taking a look at practicing design by working with systems and elements.  What does that mean? I have a lot of elements, a few systems, and A LOT of yields to be achieved and I need help thinking about them.  I figure my brain is one element among all of ours and I could really use the fresh eyes on the ground to help me think about the space use and yields for NOW and the FUTURE.
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Work Party at Tolstoy Farm

Saturday, June 14th (all day) and Sunday the 15th (8am 'til 12:30 potluck lunch)

Come out and help restore the creek, check out a beautiful organic farm and intentional community, and get out of the city for the weekend!

Camping is totally an option... There is also plenty of floor in my house to crash on.

In Laura's words:
Bring stuff for a potluck lunch, and bring gloves, loppers, pruning saws. Anyone wanting green willow, dogwood or alder for craft projects or the like, this is a great chance as we have to cut it anyway.There will also be wild rose, mock orange (not true mock orange) and clematis, nettles, comfrey, and other possibly prickly stuff.. so wear protective clothes. Our goal will be to open up the creek channel about 10 feet high and 10 feet wide so that both the water will have a clear channel to flow and carry debris away and so that when the mini excavator comes it can get through without having to rip plants and shrubs out.

We very much appreciate any time and energy you can offer to help out with this.

Please RSVP to 509-725-0317 for info and directions. If a bunch of folks are coming from Spokane, we may try to connect you for carpooling as it's green! and we have limited parking, so we will need spread out the parking in several areas if there's lots of cars.

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May Permaculture Meeting

Large acreage study group

Author: Annie M


The May meeting will be held Sunday the 18th (which is one week earlier than our normally scheduled meeting).  We need some help planting raspberries.  If time and weather permit we'll also be laying black plastic to sterilize some soil.

We'll be passing out some ollas I'm making.  Here's a YouTube link describing the use of ollas as a water saving tool.  The ollas I'm making are made of terra cotta clay and are made on the potter's wheel.  No glue is used. (see you tube link).

Please bring something to share at our monthly potluck.  We'll provide beverages.

Join us May 18th at our home: 12621 E Valleyway, Spokane Valley Wa 99216

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