Every month Stone Soupers gather together to do something awesome as an educational outreach day. We've visited an earthship, attended a permaculture conference, toured the Bullitt Center, kayaked to pull trash out of the Puget Sound, and most recently, went for a hike on the Gold Creek Trail near Snoqualmie Pass.
It was great to have the whole family there and to be able to share our collective knowledge of native vegetation, fungi, interesting animal facts, and to catch up with each other outside of the usual work day. Here's a look at our family outing.
We had a full house for the mushroom class Finding and Foraging Edible Fungi at the Beacon Food Forest. The weather held out and we had a great time navigating the wonders of the edible understory. Here are a few pics from the day. We can't wait to partner with Beacon Food Forest on our next class. Stay tuned, there will be more offerings soon!
Talk about a cute little front yard. These clients were looking to maximize their garden space, while adding interest through the use of arbors. We do so love to build arbors. The arbor running along the side of the house is actually an arborduct. It houses the pipes running from the gutters of the home into the raingarden, which will filter the roof runoff before heading into the Puget Sound.
The second arbor is simply to provide a bit of architectural interest to the front yard while mimicking the shape of the windows on the house, and providing a bit of screening from the neighbors.
For both arbors, we used the same stain as the garage door, which ties the look of the house and the garden together nicely. Soon we will be returning to finish out the pathways leading up to the house, and from the house to the garage.
A raingarden is a fantastic addition to a landscape, and can be customized to fit your needs, your wants, and your budget. Whether you want a small streambed, shallow pool, or a simple swale, these features will reduce toxic roof runoff into the side sewer and help protect our valuable Puget Sound.
I wanted to invite you all to join me at the Beacon Food Forest for my upcoming class on Finding and Foraging Edible Fungi, but it has already sold out!
Beacon Food Forest
15th Ave S and South Dakota Street, Seattle
Saturday, May 14, 2016
10 am - 12:30pm
Just in case.... http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2546491
Presenter Jake Harris is an enthusiastic mushroom ambassador, and loves sharing the joys of finding and eating fruiting fungus. In this 2.5 hour course we will talk for a bit about mushroom ID, how to start mushrooms at home, and how to find safe edible mushrooms in the pacific NW.
For the workshop part of the course we will get our hands dirty learning about how to identify chanterelles, hedgehogs, morels, boletus and many more, and learn how to grown your own tasty wine cap, oysters, shiitakes, lions mane, shaggy mane mushrooms. We will explore mycellial networks at Beacon Food Forest, and share some time hearing about facts, habitats, uses and recipes.
Regardless, if you haven't checked out the awesomeness that is the Beacon Food Forest Permaculture Project, go and take a look. It is a wonderful, edible space where you can stroll through and eat organic fruits, veggies, and herbs. What's not to love?!
They also have volunteer opportunities, so grab your gloves, roll up your sleeves, and lend a hand!
This is how Stone Soup Gardens rolls - check out our blog for current, upcoming, and past projects, events, and other super cool stuff worth mentioning.