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

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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

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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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A Simple Question: The Story of STRAW, Salem free film event, February 23rd @ 6:30pm

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A Simple Question: The Story of STRAW

STRAW (Students and Teachers Restoring a Watershed) is a national model for involving students in hands-on, place-based environmental education. The films explores this innovative program that brings together students of all ages, their teachers, community groups and local land-owners to undertake habitat restoration and preserve endangered species. Narrated by Peter Coyote and featuring author Richard Louv, 36 minutes.

After the film Patty Parks-Wasserman and Kelly Hogan from the Institute of Permaculture Education for Children will speak about their work and take questions.

Earth Care, People Care, Fair Share: 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 email nwperma@gmail.com or call 503-449-8077

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


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Salem Free Film Event, The Permaculture Orchard: Beyond Organic, January 26 @ 6:30pm

 

Learn how to set up your own permaculture orchard at any scale. Recognizing the limitations of the organic model as a substitute to conventional fruit growing, we propose a more holistic, regenerative approach based on permaculture principles. Based on 20 years of applied theory and trial and error, biologist and educator Stefan Sobkowiak shares his experience transforming a conventional apple orchard into an abundance of biodiversity that virtually takes care of itself. The concepts, techniques and tips presented in this film will help you with your own project, whether it is just a few fruit trees in your urban backyard, or a full-scale multi-acre commercial orchard. 115 minutes.

Film includes:

  • creating habitat for birds / pollinators
  • natural pest control techniques
  • the trio system / plant combinations
  • the shrub + herbaceous layers
  • seed planting of annuals
  • planting fruit trees / drainage considerations
  • tree training vs. pruning
  • grafting / overgrafting
  • starting your own trees vs. buying trees
  • mulch options with a focus on plastic mulch and why/how
  • drip irrigation
  • the importance of cultivar selection
  • the grocery aisle concept
  • spraying / fungi control
  • tree protection
  • frost protection

 

Earth Care, People Care, Fair Share: 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 email nwperma@gmail.com or call 503-449-8077

 

This event is made possible by support from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem, Life Source Natural Foods, 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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Let’s talk about water… Inviting you to the Salem Water Fair, May 23rd from noon to 3pm! Film, speakers, activites, and free drawing!

I want to talk to the Governor about drought. About how the situation in California looms before us after Oregon’s meager winter. How chemical agriculture kills the life in soils until the the topsoil no longer acts as a living sponge to slowly replenish ground waters.

I want to talk to the Governor about rainfall. As much as 75% of the rainfall in an area comes from transpiration from trees. We need to plant trees – everywhere. Better they be food trees to doubly address the issues of community hunger.

I want to talk to the Governor about bottled water, and the shady wisdom of handing over our little share of the fraction of a percent of drinkable ground water left on earth to corporate profits, destabilizing the livability of this region for future generations.

I want to talk to the Governor about children, about the necessity of inspiring in our youth a love of the land, and the water here in Oregon, so they will step up to respect and protect resources in the future.

Inviting Governor Brown, all teachers, and all Oregon children to the Salem Water Fair, May 23rd.

Lichen June, Director

NW Permaculture Institute

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