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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Mar

2014

Radical Homemaking: What Permaculture Looks Like in Jacona, New Mexico

Permaculture experts and radical homemakers Scott and Arina Pittman live a bounteously full lifeā€”on their own terms.

Author: Cara

This is a really great example of living the permaculture lifestyle!

Arina Pittman’s life moves in circles with the grand repeating rhythm of the seasons. From a satellite photo you can actually see the pattern etched lightly on the earth in her round vegetable garden. Inside those nested wheels of time and tilled land, she lives her life.

With her husband, Scott Pittman, and their 5-year-old son, Sasha, close at hand, Arina intensively gardens an acre or so in the high desert community of Jacona, New Mexico, near Santa Fe. She and Scott produce much of what they eat while maintaining—even improving—the ecological balance of the land.

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Jan

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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Dec

2013

Food Forest Design and Care for Cities and Suburbs

with Toby Hemenway

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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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 Meeting Minutes

Education Subcommittee of the Spokane City Urban Forestry CAC

Author: Phil

Food Forest Meeting Minutes August 22, 2013

  • Plant list
  • Candidate sites
  • Scholarships for Food Forest Workshop
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Aug

2013

Wind...

The first in a small series of articles dealing with specific challenges or benefits that we are addressing on our larger farm. I will eventually cover Wind, Sun, Water, Traffic, and Rolling Out from Zone 1 when everything is already put down for you (Retrofit).

This first article is about Wind - both a challenge and an asset. Wind is also an issue that we have not really had to deal with on the Urban lot but will be unavoidable on the bigger plot.
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28

Aug

2013

KREM2 aired our Event Center/Farm!

If you follow the link there's a brief article and they actually used the word "permaculture". ;-)

KREM2 came out and did an interview on what we were doing with moving our farm and opening Mont Lamm Events - 1.5 hours of interview crammed into 1.5 minutes. It's as good as it gets. ;-)
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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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Jul

2013

The Pine Meadow Farm Center is Closing

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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Jul

2013

Pine Meadow Farm Center

Children's Garden Work Party, hosted by Main Market

Author: Anonym

Hi INW Permaculture Community,

Want to help out a great local farm and our community's kids?! Want to come and share your deep, sheet mulch saavy and get the Children's Garden ready for a year of action in 2014?! Come to Pine Meadow Farm Center on Saturday, July 20th, from 9AM-Noon for a morning of fun and sheet mulching, hosted by Main Market and PMFC. 

All Are Welcome!

Blessings,

Bryan and Everyone at PMFC

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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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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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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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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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Jan

2013

Polyculture Garden Bed Size - a Design Exercise

at Hagarville Food Forest

Update 8/4/2013:   I have moved forward with my design plan and thought I would add a picture of what the bed sizes look like fully populated :).

Original Post:

I am trying to develop a strategic project plan for my garden beds this year and would like some feedback and advice before I commit. While I know that making errors is all part of learning I also know that we can learn by other’s experience (and errors). In General we want feedback on how wide to design and construct our polyculture based annual garden beds with wide paths planted with living mulch plants for chop and drop.

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Jan

2013

Spokane Oasis Market Garden Brief

Presented by Bruce-Ruhl Design

Author: merlinuhl
A short brief of the vision known as the Spokane Oasis Market Garden. A 54,000+sq ft Sustainable Garden-scape to be implemented on the roof of the Spokane Public Market, downtown Spokane on 2nd and Browne.
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Jan

2013

Garden in Old Spokane

Author: Phil
It was sweet while it lasted. Three years back we told our next door neighbors we were installing raised beds in our front yard.
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Jan

2013

Hagarville Permaculture Food Forest Project

Permaculture Food Forest Project - Year 1

Author: Mike
The Hagarville Food Forest Project is being conceptualized and built by Mike and Cara Hagar, who moved onto a 2.4 acre property in Mead in February of 2012.  The property was 1 acre of alfalfa and 1.4 acres of lawn.  It is our intention to augment our food supply as much as we can by using Permaculture Principles.  We are using Landscape Design software to plan and visualize and plan our multi year project.  After 1 year we have made better progress than we thought we would, due to the help of many in our community.
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