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Sustainable Homes & Garden Series - Living On An Acre

Sustainable Home & Garden Workshops provide you with skills and information needed to turn your own property into a sustainable wonderland, an environment that invites wildlife and provides food for friends, family, and neighbors. Please be prepared to pitch in to share work on homes and gardens, bringing • a food dish to share and a packet of seeds to exchange; • scissors & Paper Bags for nettle harvest; • gardening or work gloves; • hats and clothing appropriate for the weather; • waterproof or rubber boots; • your favorite field guides on herbalism, gardening, permaculture, etc.

Living on an Acre: This workshop demonstrates how we can live as sustainably as possible on 1 acre, helping to support community health by growing fruits, nuts and veggies, producing eggs and meat, enhancing wildlands through wetland and forest gardening practices, and retrofitting homes into energy efficient living and work spaces.  Itinerary includes 12:00 Permaculture Pot-Luck & Seed Exchange; 12:30 Permaculture Principle #5 – Renewable Resources; other potential  topics include Reducing the Carbon Footprint, Biochar & Carbon Sequestration, Forest Gardening & Fruit Orchard, Chickens!, Veggie Gardens, Composting System, Herb Garden & Medicinal Plants, etc.  Bring: Warm and waterproof clothing, rubber boots, and optional small potluck dish, harvesting sack, and gardening/work gloves.

Cost is By Donation to Max Davis Scholarships:

Our weekend workshops are designed for adults, but youth are also welcome to register with an enrolled parent or guardian.

• $65 Recommended Donation the first time you attend one of our Sustainable Homes & Gardens workshops;
• $60 Recommended Donation for a second friend/family member, or the second time you attend, and if you attended our Climate Class.
• $55 Recommended Donation for a third friend/family member, or the third time you attend one of our Sustainable H&G Series Workshops;
• $50 Recommended Donation for a fourth friend/family member, or the fourth time you attend a Sustainable H&G Series Workshop;
• $45 Recommended Donation if you hold a Permaculture Design Certification, for children too young to benefit from instruction, and for continuing attendances from your fifth time on.

Check/Mail Registration Option: Send with a check deposit payable to the Wolf College,[masked]th St. SW, Puyallup WA 98371 with participant name(s), phone number, email address, age of any minors, and any allergies or health restrictions we should know about.

Credit/Debit Card Registration Option: Call us at[masked] or[masked] and we will run your card over the phone.

Workshop Background

It is the Decade of Carbon here at the Conservation 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.

Permaculture Principle #5 – Renewable Resources:  We 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 goals for reducing carbon footprints, plus sequestering as much carbon as possible.

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.

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  • Linda

    Hi . Still hoping to make this class sometime soon. Saturdays are busy around the yard this spring.

    1 · April 8

  • Linda

    Any waitlist?

    February 6, 2016

    • Chris C.

      Hi Linda. We accidentally had it set to "rsvp's closed" so I just fixed that to open it up. Thanks. Btw, we will be adjusting the itinerary a bit tba next month.

      February 8, 2016

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