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Sustainable Homes & Gardens Workshop – Living on an Acre

Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 10:30-5:30 in Puyallup WA

Sustainable Home & Garden Workshops provide you with skills and information needed to turn your own property into a sustainable wonderland, an environment that invites wildlife and provides food for friends, family, and neighbors. Please be prepared to pitch in to share work on homes and gardens, bringing • a food dish to share and a packet of seeds to exchange; • scissors & Paper Bags for nettle harvest; • gardening or work gloves; • hats and clothing appropriate for the weather; • waterproof or rubber boots; • your favorite field guides on herbalism, gardening, permaculture, etc.

Living on an Acre: This workshop demonstrates how we can live as sustainably as possible on 1 acre, helping to support community health by growing fruits, nuts and veggies, producing eggs and meat, enhancing wildlands through wetland and forest gardening practices, and retrofitting homes into energy efficient living and work spaces.  Itinerary includes 10:30 Permaculture Principles; 11:00 Permaculture Design & Zones; 11:30 Property Design Tour including Composting System, Herb Garden & Medicinal Plants; 12:00 Permaculture Pot-Luck & Seed Exchange; 1:00 Pruning Fruit Trees; 2:00 Planting the Forest Garden; 3:00 Fall Greenhouse Gardening, Putting the Veggie Garden to Sleep; 4:00 Chickens! 5:00 Reducing the Carbon Footprint – Biochar & Carbon Sequestration.

Cost is By Donation to Max Davis Scholarships:

Organically raised chickens foraging on grass at Blue Skye Farm.

Organically raised chickens foraging on grass at Blue Skye Farm.

$45 recommended, or $40 for a second friend/family member, $35 for a third friend/family member, $30 for a fourth friend/family member, $25 per additional friend/family member.

Our weekend workshops are designed for adults, but youth are also welcome to register with an enrolled parent or guardian. To register:

Credit/Debit Card Registration Option: Just call us at 425-248-0253 and we will take your registration securely over the phone.

Check/Mail Registration Option: Send with a check donation payable to the Wolf College, 1026 14th St. SW, Puyallup WA 98371 with participant name(s), phone number, email address, age of any minors, and any allergies or health restrictions we should know about.

Or Use PayPal to register via secure online donation with a credit/debit card or via direct withdrawal from your bank account. Just sign into paypal.com and “send money” to our email address.

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Refund Policy: Standard deposits ($75 for day programs, $175 for overnight programs) are not refundable unless we don’t accept your application. If you cancel for any reason, you may receive a full credit good through the following calendar year on appropriate and available programs listed on our schedule, although an additional deposit may be required to secure your spot in the future program. If a program you sign up for is canceled and not rescheduled at a time you can attend, you may receive a full refund except in case of natural (weather, geologic, etc) disasters, government shutdowns, conflicts or curfews, or other unforeseen emergencies making it impossible for staff and/or attendees to reach or use program locations, in which case all payments made will be held by us without expiration date for your future use in appropriate/available programs of your choice. No refund, nor credit, is given if a participant is asked to leave a program for inappropriateness as determined by our kids, youth and adult agreements for participation.

Preparation & Background:

Upon registration, we will email you driving directions and packing list. Although we have extra of the following items, do try to bring rubber boots and dish gloves for cattail harvesting, leather gloves and scissors for nettle harvesting, and clippers for willow harvesting. Also, please prepare as you normally would for a hike, including lunch, water bottle, 10 essentials, etc. and dress for the weather! Join us today and at any of our Weekend Workshops on themes of survival, wildlife and ethnobotany, and please contact us for carpooling information.

chicken-medicinal-herbs-lavenderIt is the Decade of Carbon here at the Conservation College as we focus on addressing climate change at the local level. Our goals are to 1) reduce personal carbon emissions by renovating our houses for energy conservation, plus changing our transportation means and habits; 2) sequestering as much carbon out of the atmosphere as possible by planting trees that take the greatest amount of carbon out of the atmosphere as possible, plus jumping on the anti-coal-train movement to help the northwest put a plug in coal consumption; and 3) educating the greatest number of friends, family and community members as possible about climate change, carbon footprint reduction, and carbon sequestration.

1) plant trees designed to sequester carbon out of the atmosphere, 2) plant fruit trees, berries and vegetables to provide our community with food, and 3) plant wetlands to mitigate pollution from rainwater runoff.

9:00 Weed grasses from Blue Skye Bioswale rain garden.
9:00 Prep carbon sequestration tree planting sites.
10:00 Plant Liriodentron tulipifera in carbon sequestration circle.
11:00 Plant Acer saccharinum in carbon sequestration circle.
12:00 Complimentary lunch for morning volunteers.
1:00 Plant douglas fir, grand fir, western hemlock, shore pine, sub-alpine fir and other large-growing native conifers on north side of property for carbon sequestration and habitat enhancement.
10:00 Cover road berm with burlap bags for future pollution mitigation planting.
11:00 Transplant rushes and sedges into the Blue Skye Bioswale.
12:00 Seed Exchange & Lunch with Volunteers
1:00 Plant fruit trees and berries: plum, apple, pear, apricot, elder, grape, blueberry, raspberry, gooseberry, thimbleberry, huckleberry, cranberry, salmonberry, plus salal and an oregon grape.
1:00 Hand till herb garden to enhance perennials.
2:00 Plant annual culinary and medicinal herbs.
3:00 Hand till veggie garden to raise soil temperatures.
4:00 Plant spring greens.
5:00 Seed Exchange & Dinner with Volunteers

Questions: Throughout the workshop, we encourage questions, plus suggestions on future topics you’d like to learn or practice in this workshop series, with answers from experienced permaculturists in attendance, Chris offering experience from a childhood in nature and 20 years of professional experience, and Kim drawing from her historical connection to this land and her Wildlife Science degree as well as Permaculture Design Training.