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Permaculture classes start in Roseburg June 8th

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Permaculture Essentials for the Pacific NW

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.

Wednesday evenings, starting June 8th, 2015, 6:30pm-9:30pm,
@ First United Methodist Church, 1771 West Harvard, Roseburg, Oregon.
Instructor, Diana Cason, call 941-735-0452, or 541-459-3938 for questions or registration

 


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Event Cancelled – A Simple Question: The Story of STRAW, Salem free film event, April 28th @ 6:30pm

Event Cancelled – Due to illness April’s Salem free film event is cancelled.  We are very sorry for the inconvenience and hope to see you at future events.

 

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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.

Are you a teacher or environmental educator?  Are you interested in organic gardening, water saving perennial food systems, and local, sustainable agriculture?  Come to our latest film and finger food potluck and network with like minded folks.  Feel free to bring business cards or fliers about your local business, craft, service, community group, or non-profit.

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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Oregon City Free Film event, Ingredients, April 4th @ 6:30

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As American food nears a state of crisis, INGREDIENTS explores a thriving local food movement where community, food-safety, and flavor are commonplace. Traveling across the United States, from the urban food deserts of Harlem to the abundant Willamette Valley, INGREDIENTS, is a journey that reveals the people who are bringing good food back to the table, and the myriad ways we all can eat better. It empowers and sparks the joy of discovery in creating a healthier, more sustainable model for living and eating well in a world in need of balance.  67 mins.

 

Are you interested in organic gardening, water saving perennial food systems, and local, sustainable agriculture?  Come to our latest film and finger food potluck and network with like minded folks.  Feel free to bring business cards or fliers about your local business, craft, service, community group, or non-profit.
Earth Care, People Care, Fair Share: Free Film and Lecture Series
Held in Oregon City on 1st Monday of the month (2nd Monday after holidays) March – Sept

Oregon City 1st Monday events include finger food potluck & discussion
@ St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 822 Washington St., Oregon City, OR 97045

For more information email nwperma@gmail.com or call 503-449-8077

This event is made possible by support from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and private donations from people in our community. Thank you for your support!


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The Agro Rebel: Permaculture in the Salzburg Alps, Oregon City Free Film Series starts March 7th @ 6:30pm

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The Agro Rebel: Permaculture in the Salzburg Alps
How can Sepp Holzer farm fish, livestock, vegetables, herbs, and a wide variety of fruits including lemons, all high in the alps? No weeding, no watering, no annual plowing. The Agro Rebel explores the unusual, sustainable, energy and time saving farming methods developed by Austrian farmer, Sepp Holzer. 44 mins

Are you interested in organic gardening, water saving perennial food systems, and local, sustainable agriculture?  Come to our latest film and finger food potluck and network with like minded folks.  Feel free to bring business cards or fliers about your local business, craft, service, community group, or non-profit.
Earth Care, People Care, Fair Share: Free Film and Lecture Series
Held in Oregon City on 1st Monday of the month (2nd Monday after holidays) March – Sept

Oregon City 1st Monday events include finger food potluck & discussion
@ St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 822 Washington St., Oregon City, OR 97045

For more information email nwperma@gmail.com or call 503-449-8077

This event is made possible by support from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and private donations from people in our community. Thank you for your support!


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2016 Salem free film series starts February 25th! The history of fruit walls may change your gardening plans…

NWPI 2016 Salem free film series starts February 25th!

The NWPI offers a free film series in Salem, Oregon on the 4th Thursday of the month, February-October in 2016.  We are lining up films and speakers on transition towns, natural building, worms, and other permaculture topics. We are also considering repeating key films that have gotten many repeat requests. So, as we finalize the series for 2016, we’d like feedback from you. Please send an email letting us know which films you’d like to see again, and what topics interest you for future films? If you are not already on our mailing list, keep up to date on our events by sending an email with “subscribe” in the subject line to, nwperma at gmail.com.

NWPI will be offering our 36 hour, Permaculture Essentials for the Pacific NW, class again starting in September. If we have enough interest in a Saturday morning summer series, we may offer it then as well. Please contact us as soon as possible if you are interested in taking classes, as seats fill up fast. NWPI will also be offering our two 12 hour follow up classes that complete the PDC, Permaculture Solutions for Recharging Landscapes with Water and Earth, and, Permaculture Strategies for Community Building and Global Repair, 2016 dates TBD.

We were impressed with this article on the history of fruit walls and wanted to share the link with you below. Happy 2016 from NW Permaculture Institute!

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Fruit walls in Montreuil, a suburb of Paris

Fruit Walls: Urban Farming in the 1600s, by Kris De Decker

We are being told to eat local and seasonal food, either because other crops have been transported over long distances, or because they are grown in energy-intensive greenhouses. But it wasn’t always like that. From the sixteenth to the twentieth century, urban farmers grew Mediterranean fruits and vegetables as far north as England and the Netherlands, using only renewable energy.

These crops were grown surrounded by massive “fruit walls”, which stored the heat from the sun and released it at night, creating a microclimate that could increase the temperature by more than 10°C (18°F).

Later, greenhouses built against the fruit walls further improved yields from solar energy alone. It was only at the very end of the nineteenth century that the greenhouse turned into a fully glazed and artificially heated building where heat is lost almost instantaneously — the complete opposite of the technology it evolved from….
To read more, visit lowtechmagazine.com

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An English fruit wall. Wikipedia Commons


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NWPI Community Connections Holiday Potluck, Salem, Tuesday December 1st @ 6:30pm

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Join us for our community networking holiday potluck!

Meet other people interested in sustainability, creating resilient communities, supporting local business, community groups and nonprofits working towards positive change. We welcome everyone attending to bring business cards or fliers to share. Individuals, businesses, and non profits can sign up for a 5 min time slot to speak to attendees about your local business, or the work you do to help our communities with non-profits, community gardens, etc. Contact 503-449-8077, or nwperma@gmail.com, to be added to the speaker list as space will be limited. Let’s share a festive meal, meet folks who may share your interests and goals, build sustainable community, and support local business and non profits.

Where will it be held?  Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem, 5090 Center Street NE, Salem, on the corner of Center and Cordon.  Call 503-449-8077 with questions.

Happy Holidays!

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Power Paths, Free Film & Potluck in Salem Oct 22nd @ 6:30

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How can America truly end its dependence on fossil fuels and transition to green power?
Power Paths is an inspiring documentary about how Native American communities across the West are leading the transition to alternative energy sources. Ten percent of America’s energy comes from Native American lands, including a third of the U.S. coal deposits and hydroelectric dams that feed the grid. These coal mines and plants brought jobs to the region, but they also brought pollution, cancer and environmental destruction. Power Paths chronicles the efforts of several tribes as they fight to end the harmful use of coal and work to bring clean, renewable energy projects into their communities, including wind and solar power. As Power Paths reveals, many Native American tribes are not waiting for the government to act. Instead, they are actively seeking investors and a way to control their own energy and sell the rest to the power companies. As the nation at large struggles to disengage itself from the chains of a fossil-fuel-based economy, Power Paths signals cause for hope that an alternative is not somewhere in the future, but possible right now.
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: 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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Save money, energy, and water growing healthy food at home, new permaculture class starts September 28th @ 6:30

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Design your own lower maintenance garden and reap the benefits for years to come

Permaculture Essentials for the Pacific NW
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.

Let’s build resilience, save money and energy, save water, and feed our communities now.
Come join one of our latest classes!

Monday evenings, starting September 28th, 2015, 6:30pm-9:30pm,
@ Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem, 5090 Center St NE, Salem.
Instructor, L. June, call 503-449-8077 for questions or registration

Presented by the NW Permaculture Institute. Our instructors and staff studied permaculture with world renowned permaculture designer & instructor, Geoff Lawton, of PRI, Australia, and his students. We offer classes at low rates, as well as free film and lecture series to further educate our students and the community. NWPI works with homeless and low income families to provide education to those who would otherwise be unable to take a permaculture course. Scholarships are available on a limited basis for those with financial need. Contact us for information on applying, or on donating to our scholarship fund, or to support our free film and lecture series, nwpermacultureinstitute.org


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Gardens of Destiny, Free Film and Potluck in Salem August 27th @ 6:30pm

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Gardens of Destiny
A documentary about food security, the importance of living seed banks, genetic diversity, and local solutions to surviving climate change

Has North America taken too many risks with its agriculture? In Gardens of Destiny we meet Dan Jason, an organic gardener on Salt Spring Island, on the Canadian west coast. Jason is the head of the Seed and Plant Sanctuary for Canada, a network of gardeners from around the world working to preserve as much plant diversity as possible. This film explores Dan’s garden and seed world and investigates with several sustainable development specialists such issues as genetic engineering, terminator seeds and the pitfalls of industrial agriculture in North America. Film 63 minutes.

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: 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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Rebecca’s Wild Farm: A Farm for the Future, Free Film and Potluck in Salem, June 25th @ 6:30pm

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Concerned about Oregon’s drought and the future of farming?

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. Film 50 minutes.

After the film, Lichen June, Director of the NW Permaculture Institute, will speak and take questions about how permaculture saves energy, money, and time while growing nutrient dense food, dropping your water usage, reducing heating and cooling bills, and benefiting the environment around us rather than decreasing fertility and life in the landscape. Learn about the content taught in the local NW Permaculture Institute class, “Permaculture Essentials for the Pacific NW,” and how you can use that information to benefit your land and living space, or go on to become a permaculture designer.

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: 503-449-8077