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.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Olla Project

... from May Permiculture Meeting at Andrea and Pat's

Author: Mike Hagar (website host)

At last months (May) meeting at Andrea and Pat's we had a great time, good company, helped Pat fence a chicken yard and Andrea provided everyone a hand made and fired Olla.  Because so few people showed up some of us got 2.  Andrea was requesting that people experiment with them as a watering tool for the INW.  We I finally got it into the ground...

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Thursday, April 03, 2014

Coeur d'Alene Local Food System Initiative is now the Inland NW Food Network

Author: Chrys Ostrander
It's official! The former Coeur d'Alene Local Food System Initiative is now the Inland NW Food Network! The INW Food Network is comprised of individuals, nonprofits and businesses committed to building a resilient local food system in the Inland NW.



https://www.facebook.com/pages/Inland-NW-Food-Network/1438188033091592
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Tuesday, April 01, 2014

New Law in Washington State Expands Farm Internship Pilot Program

Three-year pilot program to allow small farms in sixteen WA counties to take on interns, paid or unpaid.

Author: Chrys Ostrander
A new law in Washington State, Establishing a Farm Internship Program (FIP), introduced as bill SB 5123 to the Washington State legislature in 2013, was signed into law by Governor Jay Inslee on March 28, 2014.The law, which by all practical matters extends and expands a pilot program that had been in existence in Skagit and San Juan counties during 2010 and 2011, sets up a new, three-year pilot program to allow small farms in sixteen WA counties to take on interns, paid or unpaid. These interns will perform farm work, benefit from a structured educational program approved by the Washington State Dept. of Labor and Industries and administered by the farmer and receive Workers' Compensation coverage with premiums paid by the farm.
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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

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

Local Vision Investing, LLC

Author: Chrys Ostrander
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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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Three Great Upcoming Ag Workshops

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

Author: Chrys Ostrander

 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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Sunday, January 26, 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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Thursday, January 09, 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

Author: Chrys Ostrander

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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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Food Forest Design and Care for Cities and Suburbs

with Toby Hemenway

Author: Mike Hagar (website host)
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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Friday, July 19, 2013

The Pine Meadow Farm Center is Closing

Author: Chrys Ostrander
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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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Sponsors Invited!

The 2013 Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence

Author: Chrys Ostrander
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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