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Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh, Free Film and Potluck in Salem, April 27th @ 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.

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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Rebecca’s Wild Farm: A Farm for the Future, Free Film, Potluck, and Free Seed Event in Salem, March 23rd @ 6:30pm

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Rising fuel prices are a wake up call for filmmaker, Rebecca Hosking, as she investigates how to turn her family’s farm in Devon into a low energy farm for the future. Going beyond mere alarm raising to present practical, ingenious solutions from pioneering farmers and gardeners, Rebecca shows that nature holds some surprising keys to abundance, and hope for the future of farming. Film 50 minutes.

After the film browse through a selection of free vegetable, herb, and flower seeds, donated by Silverton Grange.

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.

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 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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Salem Free Film, Talk, & Potluck, “Food For Change: The Story of Cooperatives in America,” followed by talk with Jason Codner, Board President of the Silverton Food Co-op, Sept 22nd @ 6:30pm

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Food co-ops are a force for dynamic social and economic change. Using interviews, rare archival footage, and commentary, Food For Change is the first film to examine the important historical role played by food co-ops, their pioneering quest for organic foods, and their current efforts to create regional food systems. 82 mins.

After the film Jason Codner, Board President of the Silverton Food Co-op, will speak and take questions. “Cooperatives have a long history of providing their communities with access to healthy, sustainably-grown food. They do this by putting community over profit and operating by a set of values and principles that encourage equity, democracy, honesty and openness. Silverton Food Co-op is striving to be such a store. We are a grocery store that is owned by the community. Find out more at silvertonfood.coop!”

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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


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

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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


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Salem Free Film Event, Abundance on a Dry Land: Water Crisis or Run-off Crisis? Harvesting Solutions, August 25th @ 6:30pm

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Abundance on a Dry Land: Water Crisis or Run-off Crisis?  Harvesting Solutions

 

In California and other regions affected by drought, agriculture is suffering from a lack of water and farms are being abandoned at an alarming rate. Fortunately, some people have developed solutions to capture the rains that DO fall. In many dry regions around the world, land restoration helps water penetrate healthy soils and in turn increase crop yields.

Even in dry areas, water which typically might run off, can be harvested and stored in tanks, ponds and swales. By using swale systems, gabions, biodiversity, mulching, pioneer trees, animals both wild and domestic, check dams, fruit forests, keyline plows, compost teas and many other methods, it is possible to turn the soil into a large sponge, and design new productive landscapes.

Abundance on a Dry Land explores the work of Erik Ohlsen, Geoff Lawton and other growers, permaculture designers and educators, showing how intentional design can benefit both humans and nature.  52 mins.

 

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