Sustainable Home & Gardens Workshop – Living on an Acre

Saturday, June 20, 2020 from 10:30-4:30 in Puyallup WA

Our Sustainable Home & Gardens Workshop provides 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.

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.


10:30 Permaculture Principles.
11:00 Permaculture Design Zones of Blue Skye Farm.
11:30 Property Design Tour including Zone 1 Appropriate Technologies of the Home; Zone 2 Herb Garden & Medicinal Plants; Zone 3 Composting System; Zone 4 Bioswale Rain Garden; Zone 5 North Side Forest & Wetlands;
12:30 Lunch Pot-Luck & Seed Exchange.
1:00 Pruning the Orchard, Bioswale & Forest Garden.
2:00 Greenhouse, Garden Transplanting and what’s better to grow in pots.
3:00 Herbal and Critter Forage for Healthy Chickens
4:00 Reducing the Carbon Footprint – Biochar & Carbon Sequestration.
5:00 Participant Choice & Review.
5:30 Questions & Closure

Cost & Registration

Organically raised chickens foraging on grass at Blue Skye Farm.
Organically raised chickens foraging on grass at Blue Skye Farm.

$75 general, or $65 per additional friend/family member registering together.

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 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 payment with a credit/debit card or via direct withdrawal from your bank account. Just sign into and “send money” to our email address.

Email us to be put on our our list for this program in the future. We always keep your information absolutely private, and will never share it.

Refund Policy: Standard deposits ($100 for day programs, $200 for overnight programs) are not refundable unless we don’t accept your application. If you cancel in advance of the program start time 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. 

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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 thick gardening gloves, as well as food for the day.

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.

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.