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Something jogged my memory on this just now.  Glad to see you are all romping in the dampness gleefully.

I'm going to bow out for now as I simply don't have time to date these days.

Yeeee haaaw~

Join us at the Love Tribe Rumpus in Seattle Saturday night~~


cool - it worked.  Yep, i got an e-mail to the permaculture list.
I would probably post if I could remember to log on enough... that's what I like about Crackbook or facebook in that it sends a reminder to my g-mail accout that someone has responded to a post.    Oooh, cool just found more toys here - thanks paul.

In any case, a singles forum is an interesting experiment since greensingles seems quite sparsely populated and it's always fun to see how diversity grows entertainingly on the edge.
6 Weekends: April 3/4, 10/11, 24/25, May 15/16, 22/23 & June 5/6
Daily hours: 10am-5pm

Emet Degirmenci, Kelda Miller

Guest speakers:
Michael Pilarski, Larry Korn, Jenny Pell, Deston Denniston, Mark Musick, Marisha Auerbach & Dan Bentler + some Vashon experts.

The course uses a variety of educational venues and formats- including lectures, discussions, demonstrations, team design work, hands-on activities, presentations by permaculture experts, and tours of local gardens/farms.

The curriculum demonstrates how human beings integrate ethically, holistically, and dynamically into natural ecosystems which are continuously evolving. Some of these topics include:

* permaculture philosophy, ethics, principles
* reading the landscape & recognizing patterns
* catching, storing, and using rainwater & graywater
* bioremediation & soil building
* healthy home, natural building & retrofitting
* disaster preparedness
* how to integrate small and big animals
* renewable energy & appropriate technologies
* climate justice, transportation and sustainability
* local food production & food sovereignty
* sustainable local economics
* inclusiveness, social sustainability, community building & dealing with conflicts
* rural & urban applications of permaculture

Also, we encourage you to join us for a trip to Portland’s Village Building Convergence at the end of May. This date is not included in the course but is optional. The Convergence has many hands-on projects that will help you to apply the concepts that you are learning.

Vashon Cohousing, 10421 SW Bank Rd #20 Vashon, WA 98070
( which is located next to an organic collective farm. At this venue we have an opportunity to implement projects in a community environment.

$ 800 covers tuition for the full course, course manual & DVD, lunch, site visits, and afternoon teas.

Although we are giving first priority to people who will complete the whole course, we are open to arrangements for families members/partners/friends to attend when the primary participant can not. We will ask that they review previous subjects prior to coming to class. But these people can not gain a certificate at this time. However when we offer the course next year, they may complete the requirements. Or just enjoy implementing what they have leaned at their own project.

In order to get a Permaculture Design Certificate, we expect students to arrive on time and participate in class, make up any class time that they miss (perhaps by being tutored by a friend who attends), do readings and homework, and complete a final permaculture design project.

Cancellations up to 2 weeks before the course begins will be refunded, excluding a $100 processing fee. No refunds are given after that date.

Registration ends March 20, 2010.

More info:
Resources such as preparation tips, lodging info, teacher bios, curriculum outline, and refund policy are available on request.

Registration/Contact: (206)463-0729 or email: koru.ora (@)
Also visit us for a downloadable flyer and other info at
10 years ago
Join us Monday evening, October 26th at Steve's in the Boulevard Park neighborhood of S. Seattle/Burien for a mini fermentation fest and potluck.

Other questions?

in bubbles~~
11 years ago
While my ultimate plan is to naturally build a home from what's available, I'm still searching for community/land to put down roots.  In the mean time, I'm considering purchasing a yurt.  I like that I can move it from place to place or store it if needed.

Does anyone have any words of wisdom or leads on a quality structure that might be for sale or experience with a good vendor?

Dreaming of shelter~
12 years ago
I'm not sure if this is a "solution" or just one less step or maybe more....

Something my grandparents did and now I do is bury my compost vs. using a worm bin (as much as possible).  I dig down 6 inches or so, dump and chop in dirt while covering. the "natives" go for it and don't get overwhelmed in the worm bins I've worked so hard at building over the last year. 

It may be too much to ask for from your housemates (mine have trouble even putting things in a compost bucket as well)  but I am enriching the soil right away and getting to spend more time outside (where I love to be anyway).  I am grateful to a sister community member for reminding me of this method and am curious if anyone else has tried it.....

12 years ago
Thanks for the post - just reading now in December...

I can't think of a more luscious, sensuous fruit (in a non-tropical climate) than figs.  We have one too and it's like discovering a jewel every time a fat juicy one dangles, beckoning me.
12 years ago
I found this article fascinating. 

Now I'm wondering what you've experienced with GMOs in your life...


A northern Indiana stream.
New Study Shows Genetically Engineered Corn Could Pollute Aquatic

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- A study by an Indiana University environmental
science professor and several colleagues suggests a widely planted
variety of genetically engineered corn has the potential to harm aquatic
ecosystems. The study is being published this week by the journal
Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences.

Researchers, including Todd V. Royer, an assistant professor in the IU
School of Public and Environmental Affairs, established that pollen and
other plant parts containing toxins from genetically engineered Bt corn
are washing into streams near cornfields.

They also conducted laboratory trials that found consumption of Bt corn
byproducts produced increased mortality and reduced growth in
caddisflies, aquatic insects that are related to the pests targeted by
the toxin in Bt corn.

Caddisflies, Royer said, "are a food resource for higher organisms like
fish and amphibians. And, if our goal is to have healthy, functioning
ecosystems, we need to protect all the parts. Water resources are
something we depend on greatly."

Other principal investigators for the study, titled "Toxins in
transgenic crop byproducts may affect headwater stream ecosystems," were
Emma Rosi-Marshall of Loyola University Chicago, Jennifer Tank of the
University of Notre Dame and Matt Whiles of Southern Illinois
University. It was funded by the National Science Foundation.

Bt corn is engineered to include a gene from the micro-organism Bacillus
thuringiensis, which produces a toxin that protects the crop from pests,
in particular the European corn borer. It was licensed for use in 1996
and quickly gained popularity. In 2006, around 35 percent of corn
acreage planted in the U.S. was genetically modified, the study says,
citing U.S. Department of Agriculture data.

Before licensing Bt corn, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
conducted trials to test its impact on water biota. But it used Daphnia,
a crustacean commonly used for toxicity tests, and not insects that are
more closely related to the target pests, Royer said.

Royer emphasized that, if there are unintended consequences of planting
genetically engineered crops, farmers shouldn't be held responsible. In
a competitive agricultural economy, producers have to use the best
technologies they can get.

"Every new technology comes with some benefits and some risks," he said.
"I think probably the risks associated with widespread planting of Bt
corn were not fully assessed."

There was a public flap over the growing use of Bt corn in 1999, when a
report indicated it might harm monarch butterflies. But studies
coordinated by the government's Agriculture Research Service and
published in PNAS concluded there was not a significant threat to
monarchs. Around that time, Royer said, he and his colleagues wondered
whether the toxin from Bt corn was getting into streams near cornfields;
and, if so, whether it could have an impact on aquatic insects.

Their research, conducted in 2005 and 2006 in an intensely farmed region
of northern Indiana, measured inputs of Bt corn pollen and corn
byproducts (e.g., leaves and cobs) in 12 headwater streams, using litter
traps to collect the materials. They also found corn pollen in the guts
of certain caddisflies, showing they were feeding on corn pollen.

In laboratory trials, the researchers found caddisflies that were fed
leaves from Bt corn had growth rates that were less than half those of
caddisflies fed non-Bt corn litter. They also found that a different
type of caddisfly had significantly increased mortality rates when
exposed to Bt corn pollen at concentrations between two and three times
the maximum found in the test sites.

Royer said there was considerable variation in the amount of corn pollen
and byproducts found at study locations. And there is likely also to be
significant geographical variation; farmers in Iowa and Illinois, for
example, are planting more Bt corn than those in Indiana. The level of
Bt corn pollen associated with increased mortality in caddisflies, he
said, "could potentially represent conditions in streams of the western
Corn Belt."

Once published, the paper will be available at Reporters can obtain a
copy of this article prior to its publication by contacting the PNAS
News Office at 202-334-1310 or Reporters registered
with PNAS's EurekaAlert can obtain the article through that service.
12 years ago
Any idea how long (time-wise) the walk will be?

13 years ago