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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28

Sep

2015

Help Us 2Produce a Production of Produce and more!

Author: merlinuhl
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11

Aug

2015

TREE FODDER FOR LIVESTOCK

Pollarding Trees

Author: Annie M

I've discovered a Facebook Group titled Tree Hay.  There's a good discussion on the Regarians Facebook page re: pollarding trees to feed animals.  Take a look at this YouTube video too.

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11

Dec

2014

Learn Foraging and Ancestral Skills with the Human Habitat Project

There are exiting ways to get involved in the Human Habitat Project this coming year!

I'm gearing the agenda toward providing a cutting edge bioregional education experience, through foraging, ancestral skills immersion, permaculture, resource stewardship, travel, exposure to congruent communities, and connecting with intriguing individuals. After all, my own desire to continually learn and explore was the impetus for the project. A satisfying education involves more than books and tests. The education we all want is an adventurous path to leading a rich life. The Human Habitat Project is about pursuing nature's 'good life'. This journey is made of intimate connections with life's great variety, finding lifelong friends and mentors, exploring the land, learning from the land's cultures, giving to the greater community, and finding your niche. The agenda linked outlines activities planned for the year, at the project site, and across the broader bioregion. If you'd like participate, or have ideas for integrating your own plans, please get in touch (practicalnaturalist@gmail.com).
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8

Feb

2014

Tilia Cordata (Linden species)

Large tree with edible leaves, flowers, nutlets. Good all around tree for people and livestock

Author: Annie M
Linden is a fast growing tree reaching 100 ft when full grown. Leaves are good additional green in salads. Flowers make a delicious tea. Nutlets have been compared to chocolate. Tilia Cordata (Little Leaf Linden) hardy to zone 4. This tree is a very good bee attractant. Linden honey is of high value.
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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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2

Mar

2016

Living Fences

See this website for good information about growing a living fence using willows.

Author: Annie M
http://www.westwaleswillows.co.uk/fedgeplanting.html
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21

Jul

2014

The Classic Texts Downloadable for your Agriculture Library

Wisdom from agricultural heroes

Author: Annie M

Per the website owner:

This website provides downloadable e-books about radical agriculture, natural hygiene/nature cure and self-sufficient homestead living. There are secondary collections involving social criticism and transformational psychology.

No payment is required.

The library explores the connection between agricultural methods and the health or illness of animals and humans. A study of these materials reveals how to prevent and heal disease and increase longevity, suggests how to live a more fulfilling life and reveals social forces working against that possibility.


 

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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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3

Apr

2014

Coeur d'Alene Local Food System Initiative is now the Inland NW Food Network

It's official! The former Coeur d'Alene Local Food System Initiative is now the Inland NW Food Network! The INW Food Network is comprised of individuals, nonprofits and businesses committed to building a resilient local food system in the Inland NW.



https://www.facebook.com/pages/Inland-NW-Food-Network/1438188033091592
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30

Jan

2014

CHICKENS: feed value of alternative grains

Protein, fat and amino acid values of various, common grains

Author: Annie M

This article from the University of Kentucky compares feed values and limitations of various grains.

GRAINS USED IN POULTRY DIETS

Grains are the main ingredient used in poultry diets to supply energy. A variety of different grains have been used, based primarily on the location. Corn is more commonly used most of the United States while wheat and barley are more common in Canada and parts of Europe. Sorghum is often used in the southern states as well as Africa. 

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14

Apr

2013

Green Gold - Documentary by John D. Liu

Ecosystem Restoration Projects all over the World (with Geoff Lawton)

Published on Jul 19, 2012

"It's possible to rehabilitate large-scale damaged ecosystems." Environmental film maker John D. Liu documents large-scale ecosystem restoration projects in China, Africa, South America and the Middle East, highlighting the enormous benefits to people and planet of undertaking these efforts globally."

More information:
http://eempc.org/
What If We Change social media project:
http://www.whatifwechange.org

Great 47 minute introduction to major (Permaculture-ish) ecosystem restoration projects all over the world.  Towards the end there is conversation between John Liu and Geoff Lawton. 

 

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1

Apr

2013

Website

nature climate change

Author: Redurth
Interesting new to me source I'm sharing...
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17

Feb

2013

Asclepias sp. "Milkweed"

A. speciosa, fascicularis

Author: Redurth
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14

Feb

2013

Soil Health Workshop Report

How I Was Positively Blown Away by USDA

Author: Phil

USDA's national soil health team is exhorting local wheat farmers to replace chemical fallow and till-fallow with living cover on the promise that the soil vitality achieved will increase yields, stabilize and increase farm net income, reduce inputs, and eliminate reliance on synthetic fertilizer and herbicides. Our local Spokane Conservation District sponsored one of the workshops.

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28

Jan

2013

Permaculture Zones

Definition provided by PermaWiki

Zones in permaculture design refers to a method of ensuring that elements are correctly placed. Zoning is about correct placement- positioning things in ways that are the most appropriate; Zones are numbered from 0 to 5, and can be thought of as a series of concentric rings moving out from a centre point, where human activity and need for attention is most concentrated, to where there is no need for intervention at all...
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22

Jan

2013

The Resilient Farm and Homestead

by Ben Falk of Whole Systems Design

The Resilient Farm and Homestead is a handbook for developing regenerative human habitat systems adaptive to drought, flooding, heat, power outage, price spikes, pest pressure, and the multitude of challenges brought by climate change, peak oil, food system contamination and economic decline.
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21

Jan

2013

Free Online Permaculture Course!

Crowd-funding to make it happen for all of us.

Author: Cara
Check out this video.  To help spread the principles of permaculture, The Regenerative Leadership Institute, self described as "The Nation's Sustainable Living, Leadership and Permaculture School" in Beaverton, Ore is attempting to produce a full Permaculture Design Course (PDC) and make it available free online.   Click on "Read More" below to check it out!
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11

Jan

2013

Mother Earth News - Garden Software

Expanding their Garden Gallery to share ideas with others in your area.

Mother Earth News has a Garden Planning Software Website that allows you to layout and plan your garden and what you will plant there. Now they have method of sharing your garden plan and having others in your area find it for inspiration.
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