Committed to supporting community actions to build local sustainable private and community gardens using Permaculture principles tailored for the Spokane Area.  It is open to all members to share information on Events, Plant Profiles, Articles and links to other websites.  In addition we hope to provide forums and events for professional Farmers, not-for profit and government organizations interested in learning about and integrating sustainable Permaculture design principles in our area. Permaculture is not just about sustainable gardening... it is about sustainable living.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Chestnut Cultivation

Increase nutrition in your food forest using chestnut trees.

Author: Annie M

Take look at this website for detailed info re: cultivation of chestnut trees.  The article includes site selection, planting instructions for direct seeding or starting seedlings in pots, maintenance of your orchard, deer control strategies, pest and pathogen info, fertilization and watering requirements.  They also list some other websites for further information. 

Here's a You Tube video. It covers food value, timber value, feed value for livestock, medicinal uses.

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6/7/2014 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Permaculture 101: An Introduction for Beginners

Presented by Permaculturist Gabriel Gaul in Hayden Lake, ID

Author: Chrys Ostrander

For more info, call 509-690-1184

or email:

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Saturday, February 08, 2014

Tilia Cordata (Linden species)

Large tree with edible leaves, flowers, nutlets. Good all around tree for people and livestock

Author: Annie M
Linden is a fast growing tree reaching 100 ft when full grown. Leaves are good additional green in salads. Flowers make a delicious tea. Nutlets have been compared to chocolate. Tilia Cordata (Little Leaf Linden) hardy to zone 4. This tree is a very good bee attractant. Linden honey is of high value.
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Thursday, January 30, 2014

CHICKENS: feed value of alternative grains

Protein, fat and amino acid values of various, common grains

Author: Annie M

This article from the University of Kentucky compares feed values and limitations of various grains.


Grains are the main ingredient used in poultry diets to supply energy. A variety of different grains have been used, based primarily on the location. Corn is more commonly used most of the United States while wheat and barley are more common in Canada and parts of Europe. Sorghum is often used in the southern states as well as Africa. 

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2/23/2014 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM


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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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Common Camas

Edible native bulb, resembling onion, sweet in flavor. It is obtainable at Plants of the Wild in Tekoa, WA

Author: Annie M
Camas root was used extensively by indigenous tribes as a steady source of starch in their diets. Info found on USDA Plant Database.
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Cornelian Cherry or European Cornel (Cornus mas)

Ecological niche similar to red-osier dogwood

Author: Phil

And Earth, untroubled,

Unharmed by hoe or plowshare, brought forth all

That men had need for, and those men were happy

Gathering berries from the mountainsides,

Cornel cherries, or blackcaps, and edible acorns.



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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Hardy Bamboo

Phyllostachys Atrovaginata, "Incense Bambo"

Author: Kamori
Profile of Phyllostachys Atrovaginata, a cold-hardy, running bamboo with edible shoots and large, sturdy canes for multiple uses.
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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Cooking Greens

Perennial Vegetables

Author: Earthchild
The first perennial food sources in the spring are SHOOTS. [See article of Apr 6th]  The next to emerge are the GREENS.  The earliest COOKIN' GREENS are probably watercress and dandelions, with the next being stinging nettles.  I love wild plants!  If I have missed your favorite cooking green, please leave a comment!
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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Deer Resistant Flowers

Author: Earthchild
Over the past five years, I have tried to pretty up my husband's rural driveway.  In the beginning, all I did was make a garden for the dear  deer, LOL.  Last year, I discovered that they do not eat blue flowers or colored yarrow.  They will leave most of the plants in this list alone, but be sure to save seeds, and watch in the fall and the spring because the fawns will yank up, taste, and spit out anything that is green, such as Iris. 
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