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Study Group Meeting

Published on Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Study Group Meeting

Waxing Moon - Friday, October 11, 2013

Event date: 10/11/2013 4:00 PM - 8:00 AM Export event

Share what we learned at the Convergence
Regular Spokane Permaculture Study Group meeting (Waxing Moon).

6:00 PM to 7:30 PM, Friday, 10/11/2013

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 down the hall and keep going until you can't go any further.

Agenda: 

  • 5:45 PM doors open
  • 6:00 PM - Introduction to Permaculture for first timers: by Phil Small or by you if you are so moved - 10 minutes
  • Food forest update: by Phil Small - 16 minutes. 
    -  Inland Northwest Food Forest Council mission - 1 minute
    -  Progress on the food forest plant list (handouts will be available) - 5 minutes
    -  City of Spokane food forest candidate sites.- 5 minutes
    Spokane Edible Tree Project - 5 minutes
  • Introductions (will hold off until it feels like everyone has arrived)
  • Recap of September activities - share what we learned, what inspired us the most. 
    - Toby Hemenway, author Gaia's Garden, Food Forest Workshop - the MAC - Spokane - Sept 13
    - 2013 Inland NW Permaculture Convergence at MiVoden Retreat Center - Hayden Lake - Sept 13 - 15
    - Jacqueline Cramer, co-founder Beacon Food Forest, Discussion - Woman's Club - Spokane- Sept 16
  • Future of the Study Group - Phil Small is taking a breather, opportunity for a change.
  • 7:20 - End of formal meeting. A chance to meet new folks before travelers need to leave to catch the #90 at 7:42 to head west. 
  • 8:00 - Outside.

Upcoming 2013 study group meeting dates:

  • Saturday October 26 - meet earlier in the day, visit someone's place?
  • Saturday November 9 - meet earlier in the day.
  • Monday November 25
  • Monday December 9
  • Christmas Day December 25 - No Meeting

 

 

The Waxing Phase of the Moon

We alternate our study group meetings between waning and waxing phases of the Moon. The impetus behind this is to free our members to attend to their fixed commitments (ev 2nd Tues and such), but also in celebration of the natural cycles we observe in our gardens, lunar cycle being one. Since the Moon's gravity influences ocean tides, it is thought that gravity tugs and pushes at the water in plants and soil. The rise and fall of moonlight also has influence in the garden. Lunar gardeners say these combine to impact seed germination, root vs top growth emphasis, 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 seeds should be planted during the waxing period leading to a full Moon because moisture in the ground becomes most available to plants during the full moon. During both waxing weeks, increasing moonlight stimulates the production of foliage.
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