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.

2/22/2015

Change in Start Time: We'll Begin at 1:00PM LEARN HOW TO BUTCHER A CHICKEN

Demonstration and Hands On Practice in Butchering a Chicken.

Author: Annie M

Join us February 22nd (4th Sunday meeting) at 1:00PM for a hands on workshop.  Cara Hagar will demo how to butcher a chicken.  Anyone who wants to (and brings a chicken to butcher) will have a chance for hands on participation. The workshop will be held at the home of Pat and Andrea Johns. If you bring birds to butcher please withhold food for 24 hrs prior to butchering. It's important for the crop to empty prior to butchering. Do not withhold water. 


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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: butterflyfungipermastead@gmail.com

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Charcoal Poultry Feed

Stack those functions.

Author: Phil

Apparently, slipping charcoal to your chickens is a centuries old practice for happy chickens and better nutrient retention in the manure.

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7/12/2014 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Ramstead Ranch Hands-On Sustainable Sheep School

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

Author: Chrys Ostrander

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: http://ramsteadranch.com/on-farm-events/ 

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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10/9/2013 8:00:00 AM

WSU to Hire NE WA Livestock and Forage Extension Specialist

Meeting Scheduled to Define the Position: Your Input Will Help Shape WSU's Approach

Author: Chrys Ostrander
Meeting for stakeholders and the general public to discuss the plan and accept stakeholder input on issues and needs associated with a plan to employ a Regional Extension Specialist in Livestock and Forage Production to serve Northeastern Washington. Oct. 9.
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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Rabbits

Author: Earthchild
I think rabbits are way better than chickens, as long as they do not get loose!
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Monday, April 08, 2013

Feeding the flock from the Homestead's own resources

Author: Annie M
If you have read “Making Your Own Poultry Feeds”, a discussion of making my own feed mixes to replace commercial feeds for my flocks, you will remember my two criteria for superior poultry food: that it be live and raw . For the following discussion, let’s add a third: and produced from the homestead’s own resources.
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