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Sustainable Homes & Gardens Workshop plus Potluck: Climate, Carbon, BioDiesel...

  • Jan 20, 2013 · 12:00 PM
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12:00 Permaculture Pot-Luck & Seed Exchange: New participants and workshop alumni are invited to join permaculture design graduates with a dish to share in our library of nature books and self-sufficiency guides. In addition, we encourage you to bring at least one seed pack and exchange some seeds with others during the lunch hour.

1:00 Permaculture Principle #5 – Renewable Resources: During this hour, we will overview permaculture and its principles, then focus on #5 which states that we “use and value renewable resources and services” meaning that we “make the best use of nature’s abundance to reduce our consumptive behavior and dependence on non-renewable resources.” This won’t just be a discussion though, it will be a planning session for each person to create 2013 goals for reducing carbon footprints, plus sequestering as much carbon as possible.

2:00 Reducing the Carbon Footprint – Energy Conservation & Making Biodiesel: During this hour, we will tour the Wolf College home office and do an energy audit, taking inventory of the progress we have made in comparison to when the house was constructed in 1901, and of the renovation improvements that lie ahead. The we will head into our shop garage to make biodiesel for our car!

3:00 Carbon Sequestration – Successful Tree Planting, Biochar Storage & More: During the final hour of the workshop, we will tour our new carbon sequestration tree circle and our new forest garden fruit orchard, then learn to plant a tree to ensure that it will sequester the most carbon, including how to “biochar” it at the end of its lifespan.

4:00 Questions: Throughout the workshop, we encourage questions, plus suggestions on future topics you’d like to learn or practice in this workshop series, with answers from experienced permaculturists in attendance, Chris offering experience from a childhood in nature and 20 years of professional experience, and Kim drawing from her historical connection to this land and her Wildlife Science degree as well as Permaculture Design Training.

Contribution Levels:

• $25 the first time you attend (less if you have a PDC - see below)
• $20 for a second friend/family member, or the second time you attend
• $15 for a third friend/family member, or the third time you attend
• $10 per additional friend/family member, or the fourth time you attend
• $5 if you hold a Permaculture Design Certification, for children too young to benefit from instruction, and for continuing attendance after the fifth time.

To register, rsvp here or call us at[masked] with a credit card.

Please Bring:

• If you attend the noon potluck, bring a food dish to share and at least one packet of seeds to exchange.
• Scissors & Paper Bags in case you want to harvest something.
• Gardening or work gloves.
• Hats and clothing appropriate for the weather.
• Waterproof or rubber boots.
• Your favorite field guides on herbalism, gardening, permaculture, etc.

Future Sustainable Sunday Dates:

It is the Year of Carbon here at the Wolf College as we focus on addressing climate change at the local level. Our goals are to 1) reduce personal carbon emissions by renovating our houses for energy conservation, plus changing our transportation means and habits; 2) sequestering as much carbon out of the atmosphere as possible by planting trees that take the greatest amount of carbon out of the atmosphere as possible, plus jumping on the anti-coal-train movement to help the northwest put a plug in coal consumption; and 3) educating the greatest number of friends, family and community members as possible about climate change, carbon footprint reduction, and carbon sequestration.

• March 17, 2013
• May 19, 2013
• October 20, 2013

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  • Chris C.

    Thanks for all the great exchange of info everyone. How did I manage to avoid knowing about the mercury/toxicity levels of CFL bulbs? The next big thing is LED which is coming down in price: http://seattletimes.com/html/businesstechnology/2020190627_lightbulbsxml.html?cmpid=2628 and hopefully LEDs don't have mercury etc. - they are run by mini computer chips apparently.

    January 23, 2013

  • bonnie p.

    I loved hearing everyone's ideas, plans, progress, and challenges. I spend many wonderful hours alone in the garden and in the dirt---but I still need all these good folks!
    The Meetup was GREAT!

    1 · January 21, 2013

  • polly b.

    I really enjoy Chris and Kims' classes/meetings. There was such a wealth of knowledge at this meeting group today. I always learn so much, and enjoy being with likeminded people.

    January 20, 2013

  • Theresa E.

    We have a lot going on that week, so I will put this on my calendar for March 17th. Thank you for the offering!

    January 2, 2013

    • Chris C.

      Hi Theresa. Our business permit for our home office changed so that we can't have outdoor activities until we upgrade to a Conditional Use Permit, so we won't be able to run the Sustainable Homes & Gardens Workshop here at Blue Skye Farm for at least a year. If the March workshop happens, it'll be run by another person at their house. If you have time tomorrow, stop by Polly's house for the workshop - I think a bit closer to where you live as well?

      January 19, 2013

    • Theresa E.

      Thank you for the suggestion. Without seeds and a dish for the potluck, I am not prepared to go.

      January 19, 2013

  • Chris Chisholm changed the location for this Meetup

    January 19, 2013

  • Chris Chisholm changed the location for this Meetup

    January 18, 2013

  • Kelda L.

    Perhaps I'm just coming in spirit, but I for sure wanted this notice to go out to the Meetup. I do want to see your latest though, and I Do love permaculture potlucks ;)

    January 2, 2013

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