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.

 

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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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Feb

2015

Group Tree Purchase?

I'd like to guage the interest level

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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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Apr

2014

Creating Productive Food Forest Ecosystems

Techniques for Urban, Small, and Large Acreage Sites

Author: AshleyH

Join Andrew Schreiber, Lindsay Hagamen and Ashley Harris of the Windward Community for a weekend of exploration of the design, application and evolution of permaculture ecosystems to provide food, fuel, forage, and construction materials for homes and homesteads of all scales. HANDS-ON CONSTRUCTION of a hugelkultur bed/swale as part of the development of an intensive zone-1 community woodland garden.

Click here for more information about the event!

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May

2015

Growing Edible/ Medicinal Mushrooms

Author: Heidiopolis

Hey everyone,

I am brand new to Spokane, and to the Spokane Permaculture site. Im happy to have found it :] I have been interested in growing edible/ medicinal mushrooms for a few years now. I just moved to Spokane this past winter, and do not have a lot of connections here yet. I am looking for free/ cheap sources of substrate, particularly hard wood chips, sawdust, and logs (oak, beech, alder, maple, etc) and straw of any kind (wheat, oat, rye, etc). I am also interested in connecting with other folks who are into mycology, whether it be foraging, cultivation, mycoremediation, etc.

Please respond if this is of any interest to you, and let me know what kind of connections/ resources you have!

Hope everyone's having an awesome spring :]

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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

Spokane Lease Your Lawn Cooperative Farm

Permie designers, job seekers and urban property owners needed!

Author: merlinuhl

Would you like to grow the citys food and do your part to solve the climate, economic, and environmental problems? See what kind of oppertunities Spokane LYL Coop Farm has for you! 

http://spokanelylcoopfarm.wordpress.com/

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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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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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Apr

2014

Fresh Start Community Garden Spring Work Day

Come get your hands dirty at our garden!

Author: Omar Akkari
WHAT KIND OF WORK:  Spreading mulch, adding compost to beds, raking leaves, turning the compost piles, and general site cleanup.

WHAT TO BRING: Lunch, water bottle, gloves, shovels, large and trash bags. Some snacks and drinks will be provided.

Garden Location: 11202 E. Mission Ave. Just south of Valley Mission Park behind the parking lot on the south side of mission.

Parking: If the parking lot south of Mission is closed, please park in the Splashdown Pool Parking Lot. Then walk through the gate on the east side of the parking lot south of Mission.
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Mar

2014

Supporting City Council members ordinance for Market Gardens & small livestock

Author: Torie Foote

This is a good initiative on Market Gardens and Small animal livestock for urban areas, so I hope you will join in!
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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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Jan

2014

Spokane Urban Agriculture Planning Meeting

Sat. January 11 - 2pm - Spokane Public Library Downtown Branch

The next meeting of this Urban Agriculture group will be on Saturday, January 11th, 2014 at 2pm at the Spokane Public Library, Downtown Branch and will be geared towards discussing the creation of a phasing plan.

Anyone interested in participating is welcome to attend. You may contact Omar at oajakkari@gmail.com.
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Jun

2013

Crown Street Community Plot

Starting a garden and permaculture gathering site in NW Spokane. A product of The Oak Tree org.

Author: Joestradamus
This project was initiated by The Oak Tree organization to address food desert concerns in Spokane; for the community to learn, showcase, and glean gardening and permaculture concepts. Ideas and resources are welcome. We are still in the beginning stages, and work according to available resources. Contibutions are welcome!
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Apr

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

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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Apr

2013

The Green House

West central co-housing gardening/ animal keeping/education experiment

Author: Redurth
Summer of 2012 these 2 city lots were purchased with a vision.

6 housemates and a dog this Spring are planting the seeds along with youth around the area.

I, Adam Brown, pruned up a cherry in the front and planted some gifted Comfrey, from a member at the last meeting, underneath. I also pruned up some original? Lilacs and Honeysuckle that may have been planted in the mid 20th century. My friend Beth Mort helped me start up some compost. My friend Ed Bryant stopped by and gave me some pointers and my buddy Dan Dengler removed one of the 9 Silver maples in order to allow some more Sun on the empty lot where the future greenhouse may be and also to provide lumber for the future dining table.
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