Spotlight on Local Projects

Here are a few of the Public and Private Permaculture projects that are in progress in the Spokane area.  We will highlight any project that may inspire and inform other neighbors that they can and should get started now.

 

12

Jan

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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Apr

2015

April Large Rural Project Meeting

Get together on Sunday 4/26 @ 2pm

Author: Annie M
At our last meeting we discussed a tour of Greentree Naturals  (the 1st organic farm in the Sandpoint area, I believe) for our April meeting.
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Feb

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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May

2014

New Farmers' Co-Op Kick-Off Dinner

Free Kick-Off Dinner

Author: Cara

Please join us on May 3rd for a catered dinner, as we officially kick-off the newly formed cooperative growers association.   Over the past 6 months a group of local farmers and ranchers have been working together to form a cooperative association supporting local food production and sales.   Small producer?   This is the place for you! 

Please see the attached pdf fliers for additional information and the number to call to RSVP for the dinner (required).  We'd love to see you there.

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Feb

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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21

Jul

2014

The Classic Texts Downloadable for your Agriculture Library

Wisdom from agricultural heroes

Author: Annie M

Per the website owner:

This website provides downloadable e-books about radical agriculture, natural hygiene/nature cure and self-sufficient homestead living. There are secondary collections involving social criticism and transformational psychology.

No payment is required.

The library explores the connection between agricultural methods and the health or illness of animals and humans. A study of these materials reveals how to prevent and heal disease and increase longevity, suggests how to live a more fulfilling life and reveals social forces working against that possibility.


 

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May

2014

May Permaculture Meeting

Large acreage study group

Author: Annie M

 

The May meeting will be held Sunday the 18th (which is one week earlier than our normally scheduled meeting).  We need some help planting raspberries.  If time and weather permit we'll also be laying black plastic to sterilize some soil.

We'll be passing out some ollas I'm making.  Here's a YouTube link describing the use of ollas as a water saving tool.  The ollas I'm making are made of terra cotta clay and are made on the potter's wheel.  No glue is used. (see you tube link).

Please bring something to share at our monthly potluck.  We'll provide beverages.

Join us May 18th at our home: 12621 E Valleyway, Spokane Valley Wa 99216

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May

2014

Monthly Permaculture Meeting for May 2014

At the home of Pat and Andrea Johns

Author: Annie M

The May meeting will be held 5/18 (which is 1 week earlier than the normally scheduled meeting).  We have a couple projects to work on (weather and time permitting).

 

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Apr

2014

Biochar conversations

Author: Torie Foote
A free event is happening in Suncrest - a conversation about Biochar! See you there?
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Apr

2014

April Permaculture Study Group Gathering

Designing for Water

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Mar

2014

Monthly Work & Share Party- March 23rd

Author: Torie Foote

Sunday, March 23rd is our Monthly hands on experience at the Footehill's Farm. We will start somewhere around 2pm. and go to about 6pm.

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Mar

2014

Honey Locust

Uses: nitrogen fixer, wild and domestic animal fodder. Coppicing increases amount of wood available for use.

Author: Annie M

Take a look at this tree.  It's uses include nitrogen fixation, wild and domestic animal fodder, rot resistant timber good for fence posts and furniture.  The spring flowers attract all pollinators.  Coppicing increases amount of wood available for use.  

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Feb

2014

TREE GRAFTING WORKSHOP

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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12

Aug

2013

The Farm is moving to...a farm?!

Expanding our offerings and increasing our focus.

I thought I should post some of my thoughts on what we're going to do when we move from our Urban lot to our Farm up North. 

Here it is!




 

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Apr

2013

Goat Husbandry for the Backyard and the Small Producer

Pine Meadow Farm Center

Come and receive an introduction about how to raise goats for milk, meat, fiber, weed control or simply companionship. Or, if you already have goats, come and share what you know and possibly learn new tricks. Whether you have just a small backyard or larger acreage, you could move a step closer to self-sufficiency by joining the world-wide goat rearing crowd.

Saturday, April 27th, 2013 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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5

Mar

2013

A link to a blog that is all about our parcel

A link to This Happy Homestead

Author: Anonym
thishappyhomestead.comThis article points to a website that documents my family's attempt  to grow more of what we eat, develop the power that we use and be more responsible with the resources that we have.
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6

Feb

2013

Failure to Yield

Evaluating the Performance of Genetically Engineered Crops

PDF provided by Sean Siemen

...a hard-nosed assessment of this expensive technology’s achievements to date gives little confidence that it will play a major role in helping the world feed itself in the foreseeable future.
This report is the first to evaluate in detail the overall, or aggregate, yield effect of GE after more than 20 years of research and 13 years of commercialization in the United States. Based on that record, we conclude that GE has done little to increase overall crop yields.

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4

Feb

2013

Siemen Family Farms, Inc.

Herb and Edibles Farm in the heart of Spokane

Really, just an excuse to post pics from last year!  But seriously it's always changing around here so hopefully no view so strikes you you'll be upset by it changing. February 1st marks the beginning of a whole new season of work, planting, expanding, learning, meeting new friends, and growing more food for ourselves and the Main Market Co Op where we primarily have offered herbs but have an open door to other surpluses.  Who knew?!
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Mar

2013

Benefit Concert and Silent Auction for Pine Meadow Farm Center

Request for Donations: Auction Items

(Entered for Chrys Ostrander) 
The Pine Meadow Farm Center is having a benefit concert and silent auction on March 8th in Spokane. We are now accepting donations of auction items. We would be very grateful if you would consider making a donation of an auction item (goods and services accepted). Items donated are tax-deductible and you will receive a receipt for each donation.

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