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30

Jan

2014

Three Great Upcoming Ag Workshops

Art of Butchery - Making Your Small Farm Profitable - Pasture and Livestock Management

 Art of Butchery (not sponsored by the Pentagon)
Feb. 15 9am - 1pm, Spokane Community College

Making Your Small Farm Profitable
March 8, 9am - 3pm, WSU Extension, 222 N. Havana, Spokane

Pasture and Livestock Management
March 22, 9am - 3pm, WSU Extension, 222 N. Havana, Spokane
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30

Jan

2014

ALTERNATIVE ANIMAL FEED

See the attached link re: poplar and willow used as fodder

Author: Annie M
If you are interested in producing animal feed on your farm consider planting poplar and willow like they do in New Zealand. Linden and mulberry leaves also work well as high protein animal fodder. All these tree varieties grow well in the Inland Northwest.
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26

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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22

Jan

2014

ON-LINE PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSES

A List Compiled by Michael Pilarski

Skeeter has put together a list of some of the on-line Permaculture Design Courses out there. They certainly have their place. Take a real-life, face to face PDC if you can. Regardless, get your hands dirty. As Skeeter says "You cannot become skilled at permaculture by sitting in an armchair." Have a look.

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9

Jan

2014

Final Report-- University of Idaho Sustainability Center Livestock Processing Project

increasing livestock production and processing for local and regional markets in northern Idaho and eastern Washington

Starting in 2011, the University of Idaho Sustainability Center partnered with local livestock processors and producers and UI faculty and students to research the economic development potential of increasing livestock production and processing for local and regional markets in northern Idaho and eastern Washington.  We explored the viability of different USDA-inspected processing options by examining economic feasibility, environmental impacts, consumer demand, producer capacity and willingness to participate, and processing capacity. 

We are wrapping up this research project and want to share our findings with you.
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6

Jan

2014

Two Important Pieces of News from the Inland Northwest Permaculture Guild

About 2014 Permaculture Convergences in Our Region

North American Permaculture Convergence

1) North American Permaculture Convergence Being Planned for 2014 - Your Input is Requested

2) 2014 Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence: Two Possibilities


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18

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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24

Oct

2013

Common Camas

Edible native bulb, resembling onion, sweet in flavor. It is obtainable at Plants of the Wild in Tekoa, WA

Author: Annie M
Camas root was used extensively by indigenous tribes as a steady source of starch in their diets. Info found on USDA Plant Database.
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27

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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10

Sep

2013

Schedule of Workshops and Events at INW Permaculture Convergence

Sept. 13 - 15. www.inlandnorthwestpermaculture.com

Below is the schedule or workshops, roundtables, and film festival. It will also be on the Inland Northwest Permaculture Guild website.
 
The INPC is a unique opportunity for all of us who dream of a more sustainable and resilient future to come together from diverse backgrounds and habitats to share, explore and practice strategies to build the capacity and interconnection of our initiatives and to further empower our common visions becoming a reality.
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