NW Permaculture Convergence
Clark County Fairgrounds
17402 NE Delfel Rd
Ridgefield, WA 98642
September 22 - 24th
"Greywater: 101" with Patrick Loderhose
Saturday, Sept 30th, 10:45 am
Greywater, water from sinks, showers, and washing machines, is a great source of irrigation and can greatly reduce your outdoor water use. Greywater systems are especially important in times of drought. Come learn about popular greywater systems, design considerations, water saving potential, costs, regulations, health and safety, soaps and products, and how to choose a system that is a good match for your home and landscape.
"Building Bridges With City Infrastructure" with Jake Harris
Saturday, Sept 30th, 2 pm
Stone Soup Gardens is a whole systems permaculture-based design and build company in Seattle. We work with community and city collaborators creating awesome Urban Farms, and Stormwater Management systems. Join us as we share our experiences working with Alley Cat Acres and the Department of Transportation on turning a city designated street into a food bank farm, collaborating with World Relief and the City of Kent on turning 2 acres of parking lot into a community farm for refugees that will filter rain runoff, and our ongoing work with Seattle Public Utilities Rain Wise Program installing edible rain gardens and cisterns aiding in cleaning our watershed. Owner Jake Harris is looking forward to sharing a conversation about our successes and challenges in creating public permaculture connections.
For more information, or to register for the day: http://northwestpermaculture.org/
Food Brings a Sense of Community
The Nature Conservancy recently did a piece on our design work at Paradise Parking Plots at Kent Hillside Church in Kent, WA. We couldn't be happier! It is such an amazing project, and so many amazing people are involved in making it happen.
"The day to day uncertainty of being a refugee and immigrant can feel more manageable through the visceral feeling of smelling and tasting familiar food. By creating this community garden, Hillside Church and World Relief Seattle are giving refugees and immigrants a renewed sense of belonging."
Read all about it here:
To find out more about Paradise Parking Plots, follow their Facebook Page:
Our own Stone Soup Crew went to help with the depave project - check out our recap of the events of the day here: www.stonesoupgardens.com/blog/depave-party
Thank you to all of our friends, our clients, our families, and everyone else who showed up this weekend to partake in our awesome pizza party. We had such a great time seeing everyone, connecting, and watching all of our friends, our neighbors, and all of their kids, ducks, and dogs have a fantastic time as well. It can't get any better than that.
We also had a pretty great reunion for our Stone Soup Gardens crew, too. Thanks for being our
clients, working on our crew, and being great supportive friends. We couldn't do it without you!
A simple herring-bone pattern on this backyard patio makes a wonderful addition to the space, and adds color and character to what used to be a plot of grass. As with many northwest home owners, dealing with water most of the year can create a bit of a mucky situation, particularly when you add kids to the mix!
This client wanted to create an additional space for the family to hang out, extending from their existing deck to the back of the yard. They also wanted a better solution for the stairway leading up to the backyard, so that it wasn't simply a cascading waterfall into their foundation during the winter months. The brick paver patio provides a nice surface, while allowing water to naturally drain into the gravel channels along the sides. The bricks will also be a lush color in the winter when wet, which is nice for those rainy grey days.
We installed a permeable set of stairs which will allow the water to drain naturally through gravel, rather than running down or around the stairs. This design provides support and stability for the stairs, as well helping keep the water from the foundation on the shady side of the house. All in all, a lovely project that will last and last.
Coming up Next Week...
GRiP: Raindrops and Roof Crops - Roof Top Urban Farms and GSI
Thursday, Sept 21st, 2 - 4 pm
On top of the Mercer Street Parking Garage
Tour the Up Garden with Designer Nicole Kistler. The Up Garden is Seattle’s Premier rooftop P-Patch, and this is a great chance to hear about its design, implementation and benefits to rain water management. Attendees are invited to come with questions and ideas to share about expanding the adoption of roof cropping as a tool for green infrastructure development.
This GrIP meeting will be taking place outside, rain, shine or ashen snowstorm. GrIP steering committee members will provide canopies and some seating for the initial networking time and presentation prior to touring the garden, but please come dressed for the weather and ready to walk the roof top garden.
About our speaker:
NICOLE KISTLER creates works that reimagine place and bring people together in community. She has 14 years of experience managing large-scale public arts, arts planning, public involvement and landscape design projects with work shown nationally. She has a passion for creative collaboration and leadership on projects like the award-winning UpGarden, the nation’s first community rooftop garden, and 2015 arts festival Duwamish Revealed that featured nearly 100 artists. As the City of Seattle’s first Urban Agriculture Artist-in-Residence, she recently installed a series of story-based cast iron sculptures for the Beacon Food Forest. By creating frameworks through which individual stories and perspectives can be shared she hopes to build a larger narrative about love and life.
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.