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The First Millimeter: Healing the Earth, Free Film in Salem, April 10th @ 6:30pm


The First Millimeter: Healing the Earth

This documentary explores a solution to global warming; an answer that saves money, our food supply and our children’s lives.This story is about hope and using tools, already in place, to heal what we all depend on to survive: the topsoil of the Earth. The film is about one solution: carbon sequestration in grasslands worldwide. As we learn of the possibilities, children from around the globe help us understand how important the issue is to everyone’s future. “Healing the Earth” holds a critical part of the answer to one of the world’s most formidable problems. The results are shown to be vast, long lasting and life changing for the individuals involved, for their communities and for the world. And the answer is right under our feet.

If you are interested in restoration agriculture, sustainable gardening, and local solutions:

Come join our latest free film to meet other like minded folk and learn more.

NW Permaculture Institute Free Film and Lecture Series.

Held in Salem every 2nd Wednesday at 6:30 pm

At Salem Friend’s Meeting House, 490 19th Street NE (19th and Breyman)

For more information: 971-218-4772 or dianedalychavez@gmail.com

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Fresh, Free Film in Salem Wednesday July 11th @ 6:30pm


Will Allen – Growing Power


“Our current industrial method of food production is increasingly viewed as an unsustainable system, destructive to the environment and public health. But what is the alternative?

Fresh profiles the farmers, thinkers, and business people across the nation who are at the forefront of re-inventing food production in America. With a strong commitment to sustainability, they are changing how farms are run, how the land is cared for, and how food is distributed. Their success demonstrates that a new paradigm based on sustainable practices can be profitable and a model for our food system, if people choose to support it.

Fresh opens with a short summary of the problems and consequences of industrialized food production, then focuses primarily on the individuals who are creating new approaches to address environmental, health, and economic challenges throughout the food chain.

Joel Salatin is a world-famous sustainable farmer and entrepreneur who, by observing nature, devised a rotational grazing system for his animals that heals the land while making his operations many times more profitable than his conventional farming neighbors.

Will Allen, a former pro basketball player and recipient of a Macarthur “Genius Award”, is now one of the most influential leaders of the urban farming movement. He teaches people in the inner city the value of healthy food and how to grow their own.

David Ball saw his family-run supermarket and a once-thriving local farming community dying with the rise of Walmart and other big chains. So he reinvented his business, partnering with area farmers to sell locally-grown food at an affordable price. His plan has brought the local economy back to life.

Fresh also features a farmer in Iowa who illustrates the struggles family farmers face, a hog farmer in Missouri who stopped using antibiotics on his pigs, and commentary by noted food expert and author Michael Pollan.”  Film 70 mins.


Interested in restoration agriculture, sustainable gardening, and local solutions? Come join our latest free film to meet other like minded folk and learn more.

NW Permaculture Institute Free Film and Lecture Series
Held in Salem every 2nd Wednesday @ 6:30 pm
At Salem Friend’s Meeting House, 490 19th Street NE (19th at Breyman)
For more information: 971-218-4772, or dianedalychavez@gmail.com.

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2 Day Introduction to Permaculture @ GeerCrest Farm, Oct 14th & 15th


A 2-day Introduction to Permaculture course designed to give participants a solid understanding of how to apply permaculture ethics, principles, strategies and techniques in their lives and communities.    

Register here and reserve your spot today!

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Event Canceled – Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh, Free Film and Potluck in Salem, May 25th @ 6:30pm


Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh

How can we learn future solutions from an ancient culture?  Ladakh is a place of few resources and extreme climate, yet for more than a thousand years it has been home to a thriving culture.  Frugality, cooperation, and knowledge of the local environment enabled Ladakhis not only to survive, but to prosper.  Then came modernization with pollution, inflation, unemployment and greed.  How did they reverse the destruction?  Ladakh teaches us about the root causes of environmental, social and psychological problems, and provides valuable guidelines for our own future. Film 60 minutes.

Free raffle tickets to all attendees (one per person) for a copy of the book, “Ancient Futures,” by Helena Norberg-Hodge.  Must be present to win.

Interested in restoration agriculture, sustainable gardening, and local solutions?  Come join our latest free film and potluck to meet other like minded folk and learn more.

We also have a selection of free seeds left over from our March film event.  Come early and help yourself to flower, herb, and vegetable seeds.  Thank you to Silverton Grange!

NW Permaculture Institute Free Film and Lecture Series
Held in Salem every 4th Thursday @ 6:30pm (except November and December)

Salem 4th Thursday events include potluck & discussion
@ Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem, 5090 Center Street. NE, Salem
For more information: 503-449-8077

This event is made possible by support from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem, LifeSource Natural Foods, Silverton Grange, Straub Environmental Center and private donations from people in our community.  Thank you for your support!

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Salem October 27th film event cancelled, film for January selected, The Permaculture Orchard

We are very sorry that due to unforeseen circumstances our October 27th film and potluck in Salem is cancelled.  Since we do not hold films on the 4th Thursdays that fall on holidays in November and December, our next film and potluck will be on January 26th, 2017.  We are pleased to present an excellent and educational film called, The Permaculture Orchard.

Happy Holidays and we look forward to seeing you in January!

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Registration has begun! Permaculture classes starting in Salem Sept 10th…


Permaculture Essentials for the Pacific NW, 36 hour class

Build resilience, save money and energy, save water, and feed your family or community.
Come join our latest classes!

12 classes – $15 each (If all classes are paid in advance, course discounted to $160)

Permaculture is “Earth Care, People Care, and Return of Surplus,” combining traditional and innovative methods that are sustainable and energy saving, enriching to the soil and all life. Design a system to feed your family, or complete additional short classes to earn your certificate and work as a consultant.

Permaculture Essentials for the Pacific NW covers permaculture history and ethics and goes into depth on the core concepts for creating sustainable systems by observing connections and capturing energy. Explore the energy transactions of trees, the roles of fungi, and the many functions of living soil. Learn pH, mineral availability, and enriching your soil with worm beds, weeds as repair tools, and compost fixing strategies. Study landscape effects on climate and temperate climate design for your home and landscape from kitchen gardens to main crops and food forests. This course prepares you to design a sustainable system for your yard or small farm in the Pacific NW.

Saturdays, starting September 10th, 2016, 10am-1pm,
@ Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem, 5090 Center St. NE, Salem, Oregon.
Instructor, L. June, email nwperma at gmail dot com, or call 503-449-8077 for questions or registration