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Honey Locust

Uses: nitrogen fixer, wild and domestic animal fodder. Coppicing increases amount of wood available for use.

Author: Annie M

Take a look at this tree.  It's uses include nitrogen fixation, wild and domestic animal fodder, rot resistant timber good for fence posts and furniture.  The spring flowers attract all pollinators.  Coppicing increases amount of wood available for use.  

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Good Neighbor Farms

Patrick and Andrea Johns plan for a permaculture life

Author: Annie M

We live on 1.5 acres in the Spokane Valley.  We have lived here 35 years.  For the most part we have kept the place free of toxic chemicals.  We have three 60 year old apple trees, two 60 year old sweet cherry trees, and a lovely, old plum tree.  The fruit on that tree is like honey, no bitterness under the skin.  There is also a 25 year old Black Walnut that produces a lot of nuts.  We just have to figure out how to liberate the nut meats from the outer hull.  Our rhubarb, raspberries and horseradish are well established.  All the other fruit bearing trees are 10 years old and younger.  

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February 23rd at 2:00 PM

Author: Annie M

David Liezen, who is extremely knowledgeable about apple varieties from all over the world, is teaching the grafting class.

In addition to the grafting demo, David plans to bring handout materials and share lots of contact information for growers, websites and organizations dedicated to saving heirloom apple varieties from around the world. After the workshop there will be a potluck. Drinks will be provided.

Join us and add a new skill to your permaculture tool bag.

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The Farm is moving to...a farm?!

Expanding our offerings and increasing our focus.

I thought I should post some of my thoughts on what we're going to do when we move from our Urban lot to our Farm up North. 

Here it is!


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Goat Husbandry for the Backyard and the Small Producer

Pine Meadow Farm Center

Come and receive an introduction about how to raise goats for milk, meat, fiber, weed control or simply companionship. Or, if you already have goats, come and share what you know and possibly learn new tricks. Whether you have just a small backyard or larger acreage, you could move a step closer to self-sufficiency by joining the world-wide goat rearing crowd.

Saturday, April 27th, 2013 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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A link to a blog that is all about our parcel

A link to This Happy Homestead

Author: Anonym
thishappyhomestead.comThis article points to a website that documents my family's attempt  to grow more of what we eat, develop the power that we use and be more responsible with the resources that we have.
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Failure to Yield

Evaluating the Performance of Genetically Engineered Crops

PDF provided by Sean Siemen

...a hard-nosed assessment of this expensive technology’s achievements to date gives little confidence that it will play a major role in helping the world feed itself in the foreseeable future.
This report is the first to evaluate in detail the overall, or aggregate, yield effect of GE after more than 20 years of research and 13 years of commercialization in the United States. Based on that record, we conclude that GE has done little to increase overall crop yields.

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Siemen Family Farms, Inc.

Herb and Edibles Farm in the heart of Spokane

Really, just an excuse to post pics from last year!  But seriously it's always changing around here so hopefully no view so strikes you you'll be upset by it changing. February 1st marks the beginning of a whole new season of work, planting, expanding, learning, meeting new friends, and growing more food for ourselves and the Main Market Co Op where we primarily have offered herbs but have an open door to other surpluses.  Who knew?!
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Benefit Concert and Silent Auction for Pine Meadow Farm Center

Request for Donations: Auction Items

(Entered for Chrys Ostrander) 
The Pine Meadow Farm Center is having a benefit concert and silent auction on March 8th in Spokane. We are now accepting donations of auction items. We would be very grateful if you would consider making a donation of an auction item (goods and services accepted). Items donated are tax-deductible and you will receive a receipt for each donation.

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