News and Articles

4

Mar

2014

Micro-Loans for Farms, and Food Related Businesses Local to Spokane

Local Vision Investing, LLC

You might be a farmer, a food producer, a supplier.  Perhaps you grow apples, and make cider. Maybe you raise worms, sell worm castings and make great composted soil. Perhaps you raise bees and make honey, or bread, or goat cheese. Whatever is your role in local food production, Local Vision Investing will consider your application for a micro-loan.



http://www.localspokane.com/local-vision-investing/
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30

Jan

2014

Three Great Upcoming Ag Workshops

Art of Butchery - Making Your Small Farm Profitable - Pasture and Livestock Management

 Art of Butchery (not sponsored by the Pentagon)
Feb. 15 9am - 1pm, Spokane Community College

Making Your Small Farm Profitable
March 8, 9am - 3pm, WSU Extension, 222 N. Havana, Spokane

Pasture and Livestock Management
March 22, 9am - 3pm, WSU Extension, 222 N. Havana, Spokane
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26

Jan

2014

Grape Prunings for Propagation

Sharing the surplus

Author: Ed Bryant

I will have grape prunings suitable for brown wood propagation available in February. Varieties include Reliance, Himrod, Interlaken, Canadice, and Glenora; these are all seedless table grapes. All are zone 5 except Glenora, which is zone 6. A bundle of ten will be $2.00 and I will be accepting orders through February 21st. 

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9

Jan

2014

Final Report-- University of Idaho Sustainability Center Livestock Processing Project

increasing livestock production and processing for local and regional markets in northern Idaho and eastern Washington

Starting in 2011, the University of Idaho Sustainability Center partnered with local livestock processors and producers and UI faculty and students to research the economic development potential of increasing livestock production and processing for local and regional markets in northern Idaho and eastern Washington.  We explored the viability of different USDA-inspected processing options by examining economic feasibility, environmental impacts, consumer demand, producer capacity and willingness to participate, and processing capacity. 

We are wrapping up this research project and want to share our findings with you.
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18

Dec

2013

Food Forest Design and Care for Cities and Suburbs

with Toby Hemenway

Food forests, or edible forest gardens, are life-filled places that not only provide food for people, but habitat for wildlife, carbon sequestering, biodiversity, natural soil building, beauty and tranquility, and a host of other benefits. This workshop covers the basics of designing, planting, and maintaining a many-layered woodland garden of fruit and nut trees, perennial and annual vegetables, and flowers. In this class Toby gives you both the theory behind food forests and a wealth of practical information, including which plants to use, where to start, and what to expect as your food forest grows.
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19

Jul

2013

The Pine Meadow Farm Center is Closing

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the impending closure of Pine Meadow Farm Center. We will be officially closing our doors on August 31st.
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14

Jul

2013

Sponsors Invited!

The 2013 Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence

If you would like to join a vibrant and growing community of Convergence Sponsors, please visit the Inland Northwest Permaculture Guild's website. There you can find out the benefits of becoming a Convergence Sponsor (besides the warm, fuzzy feeling you will have) and you can also donate your sponsorship funds, from $150 to $750, on-line.
http://inlandnorthwestpermaculture.com/become-a-sponsor
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14

Jun

2013

6 Core Permaculture Techniques - Producing Food Sustainably and Naturally

by Jack Spirko of SurvivalPodcast

Published on Apr 29, 2013

This is a very good 2 hour video on the essentials of Permaculture.   No fluff here.  Good explanations on:

6 Core Permaculture Techniques

Forest Gardening / Food Forest Establishment
Creating and Using Seed Mixtures
Lawn to Pasture Conversion
Zone Planning and Implementation
Mob Grazing / Small Livestock Paddock Shift Systems
Developing Regionally Adapted Seed Strains
Contour Based Wood Core Beds

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16

May

2013

GMO labeling of food

I-522 - Protect Your Right To Know (what's in your food)!

Author: Cara

Yes on 522

Click "Read More" find out how you can help with this critical issue!!!

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14

Apr

2013

Crisis of Civilization

by Dr. Nafeez Mosadeqq Ahmed

"The Crisis of Civilization is a remix documentary feature film investigating how global crises like ecological disaster, financial meltdown, dwindling oil reserves, terrorism and food shortages are converging symptoms of a single, failed global system."

This is a BRILLIANT synthesis by Dr. Ahmed on how we need to look at the converging crisis' of climate change, peak oil, food scarcity, the endless growth paradim and civilization as a single interelated process.  He is one of the most clear thinkers and communicators I have ever heard.   Well worth watching and sharing.  Did I mention that the use of old TV footage is hillarious and insightful.

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