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.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Permaculture Property Checklist

Next in the Geoff Lawton Video Series

Author: Mike Hagar (website host)


Geoff here again. 

My brand new free video "Permaculture Property Checklist" is now LIVE and ready for you to view:

It tackles secrets to design - in all climates - that are extremely beneficial, for people who already own land and for people looking to buy.  And - this is something I've never released before - I'm including a 12 page pdf, "Permaculture Designer" that reviews all the key points, and includes a detailed checklist.  Just download that from my home page.

(You should be taken straight to the next video, but you *might* not be, if that's the case just enter the email you signed up with - the one I'm emailing you on now - in the form and click "Get Instant Access" and you will be able to login right away. If you have any problems please let us know via live chat.)

Warm Regards,


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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Perennial Paradise

What If We Change video with Geoff Lawton

Author: Mike Hagar (website host)

All around the world people are asking what they can do to help to heal the earth. The permaculture movement is showing what individuals can do to bring health and happiness into their lives and at the same time restore the Earth’s natural ecosystem function. In “Perennial Paradise” Geoff Lawton shows some of the many simple but practical work being used and taught at the Permaculture Research Institute’s Zaytuna Farm in Australia.

“What if we Change” is very happy that through this collaboration with the Permaculture Research Institute we can share this film on the website and in the broadcast series in Africa, China, the U.S.A. and beyond.

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Green Gold - Documentary by John D. Liu

Ecosystem Restoration Projects all over the World (with Geoff Lawton)

Author: Mike Hagar (website host)
Published on Jul 19, 2012

"It's possible to rehabilitate large-scale damaged ecosystems." Environmental film maker John D. Liu documents large-scale ecosystem restoration projects in China, Africa, South America and the Middle East, highlighting the enormous benefits to people and planet of undertaking these efforts globally."

More information:
What If We Change social media project:

Great 47 minute introduction to major (Permaculture-ish) ecosystem restoration projects all over the world.  Towards the end there is conversation between John Liu and Geoff Lawton. 


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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Permaculture at the City Planning Level

Transforming Urban Environments for a Peak Oil Future - A Vision Plan for the City of San Buenaventura, CA

Author: Mike Hagar (website host)

Wow!  This is the best example of a city wide vision of transforming it's entire city to a more sustainable Post-Peak Oil Future.  The report and appendixes are nearly 300 pages with many pictures and diagrams that show the transformation of a city to a Permamaculture Community.  This not only demonstrates that cities and local governments recognize the problems approaching us but are also putting the effort forward to solve (or mitigate) them.

Inspiring...  I wish it was Spokane...  maybe it will reach the planners in our town...  soon.

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Barrels & Bites for Spokane Public Market

Help me build a basket!

Author: Torie Foote
The main fundraiser for the Spokane Public Market is coming up and needs auction items. Does anyone want to help me build a Permaculture basket? This is a good way to spread the word and help them raise needed funds.
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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Redesigning Civilization – with Permaculture

by Toby Hemenway March 8, 2013

Author: Mike Hagar (website host)
Modern agriculture, industry and finance all extract more than they give back, and the Earth is starting to show the strain. How did we get in this mess and what can we do to help our culture get back on track? The ecological design approach known as permaculture offers powerful tools for the design of regenerative, fair ways to provide food, energy, livelihood, and other needs while letting humans share the planet with the rest of nature. This presentation will give you insight into why our culture has become fundamentally unsustainable, and offers ecologically based solutions that can help create a just and sustainable society. This is the sequel to Toby’s popular talk, "How Permaculture Can Save Humanity and The Planet, but not Civilization."
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Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Holistic Management

TED Talk with Allan Savory

Author: Mike Hagar (website host)
WOW!  Recently Maurice Robinette gave a talk about "Holistic Management" at the Spokane Permaculture Study Group.  It was very interesting but after watching this TED Talk video from the originator of the concept (Allan Savory),  I realize I just didn't get the BIG PICTURE.  Very worth while video with global implications.  Thanks for the introduction Maurice :).
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Monday, March 04, 2013

Example of Creating a Community Food Forest

Author: Mike Hagar (website host)
Erik Ohlsen (  takes you on a tour of an edible oasis he created on a 1/3 acre asphalt lot, encouraging you to think about sustainable living for small-town and suburban life. In the face of drought, fire, peak oil, energy depletion, soil depletion and more, what can you do to live a more eco-friendly life?

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