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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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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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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May

2015

Lease Your Lawn Cooperative Farm

How It Came About, Where We Are, & What It Means To You

Author: merlinuhl


HEY YOU!!!

 

What do riding a bike, 100 acre farming and community based industry have in common?

EVERYTHING!!!

Learn how exercise will produce large volumes of local, organically grown, nutritious food while being an industry model. If you are passionate about low cost solutions that address poor health via poor nutrition, food deserts, and underserved people come be amazed by what is being done and where it is going, with a whole new look at farming as a green bio industry.

Bruce-Ruhl Design will present on LYL CoOp Farm, a decentralized bio-powered urban agribusiness in the city limits on:

Friday, May 1st at 5:30pm

 at WSU Riverpoint campus in the Student Affairs Center room 147.

Lecture title is: Lease Your Lawn Cooperative Farm: How It Came About, Where We Are, & What It Means To You. The lecture is academic in nature intending to be 35-45 minutes with a Q &A session to follow. This event is campus-wide, free, and open to the public.

Visit www.spokanelylcoopfarm.wordpress.com

 

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Nov

2014

Biochar Workshop 11:00 AM Sun 11/23 Spokane

In support of Polly Judd Park Community Garden and Food Forest

Author: Phil

Friends of Polly Judd Park (1802 W 14th St, Spokane) are moving ahead to install a combination community garden and food forest. This biochar workshop is in support of that intent. Build a fire and they will come.

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23

Jun

2014

Two Bees or not two Bees

Neonicotinoid City Ordiance

Author: Torie Foote
Help is needed now! The City of Spokane City Council will be considering a new ordinance that bans the use of Neonicotinoid

within city limits and testimony is needed (and letters and emails!!!). The chemical company is working hard to defeat it.

MONDAY 23 6pm. at City Hall

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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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26

Apr

2014

Raise Your Voice for Local Food

Earth Day 2014 is the Official Kick-off of Raise Your Fork Washington! A new organization inviting your involvement

We have an information-rich, interactive website. We’ll be providing educational programs. We’ll be involved in local foods enterprise development and youth entrepreneurship programs, home kitchens and other kitchens to process more WA-grown produce. We’ll be setting up grassroots affiliates in every WA county. We’ll be standing up for your rights to choose the foods you think are best for you. Together, we will help preserve farmland and revitalize local food systems throughout the state. Please explore our website to find out more and JOIN!



http://raiseyourforkwa.org/















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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

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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11

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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Sep

2013

Citizens Advisory Committee Food Forest Plant List

City of Spokane

Author: Phil

The Inland NW Food Forest Council is working with the City of Spokane Parks and Recreation Department to develop a food forest plant list. I post the most current version as an Excel spreadsheet on Dropbox.  To view the file CLICK HERE.  

Dropbox is a great file sharing tool.  If you install Dropbox using the following link both you and I will receive an extra 0.5GB cloud storage.  INSTALL DROPBOX.

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Sep

2013

Food Forest Speaker Jacqueline Cramer

Monday September 16, The Woman's Club, Spokane

Author: Phil
A great opportunity to hear and share Food Forest implementation experience and insights with Jacqueline Cramer from Seattle’s Beacon Hill Food Forest project. No registration. Free to attend.    
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Sep

2013

Food Forest Candidate Tour

Wednesday, September 4th

On Wednesday, September 4th, people who have been interested in Food forests within the Spokane area meet for a 4 hour tour of the following parks to see if they would be good candidates. 

Attended by:  Phiil Small, Ed Bryant, Garth Davis, Kate Burke, Cindy Deffe', Ben Peterson, Tim Kohlhauff, Marilyn Lloyd,  Michael Hagar, Cara Hagar, ........ (Who have I missed?).

Candidate Parks... Froggy Pond, Grant Park, Polly Judd Park, Peaceful Valley and Arboritum.

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