Earth Justice Now!: Building Intersectional Community Spaces
UW Kane Hall - Seattle
1:30 pm, Room 220 - Access and Equity
Tahmina Martelly, World Relief Fund
Kyla Rynard, Alleycat Acres
Jake Harris, Stone Soup Gardens (moderator)
Join Kyla Rudnik of Alleycat Acres, Tahmina Martelly of World Relief Seattle and Jake Harris of Stone Soup Gardens to learn about two community development projects focused on Social Justice and Food Access.
Wetmore Community Farm:
Wetmore Ave was a dead end S-DOT street covered in knotweed that Alleycat Acres opened up and developed into a community farm and food forest. Wetmore Community Farm now is a food hub of an elementary school, the food bank, low income senior housing and a neighborhood in the rapidly changing Rainier Valley.
Paradise Parking Plots:
A recently de-paved church parking lot in Kent is being transformed by World Relief Seattle into a habitat space, a GSI demonstration site and a welcoming community farm for over 50 refugee families.
Both projects had ribbon cuttings this year, and both projects are taking a whole systems approach to their development.
When: Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 7 - 8:30 pm
Where: 21 Acres Center, 13701 Northeast 171st Street, Woodinville, WA 98072
Permaculture Woodinville is hosting a Who’s Who in Hügelkultur where working landscape and permaculture professionals (including our own Jake Harris!) will offer homeowners insight on how to incorporate hügelkultur into landscape design. Interested individuals are welcome to come learn about Hügelkultur, the European art of mound building, that provides;
*long term source of plant nutrients
*creation of healthy soil
*more surface area for plants
*water retention in the soil
*use of recyclable material from your property
***Prior to the panel of experts discussion at 7pm Permaculture Woodinville will give a walking tour of the ongoing Hugelkultur projects at 21 Acres. The tour will start at 6pm.***
We are offering FREE CLASSES at CHOMP!!
August 18 - 10am - 6 pm
CHOMP! is a new kind of County Fair. Join us August 18 at King County's Marymoor Park for a day of local food, live music, green living workshops, and activities for the whole family. Meet and interact with local farmers, community organizations, chefs and musicians in a family-friendly, completely free celebration of what makes King County great!
CLASS #1: Delicious Rain Garden Plants – 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Learn From Stone Soup Gardens Permaculture Designer, Marco Downs about how to incorporate delicious and beautiful plants into rain gardens at your home or community space. Our plant palette focuses on how to fulfill our clients’ needs with edible, native and wildlife habitat plants. We will talk through our favorites in those categories and provide space for questions about how best to work rain gardens into your plan. Great class for homeowners, contractors and designers who are looking to expand their palette.
CLASS #2: Greywater 101 with Patrick Loderhose - 12:45 – 1:45 PM
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 from Patrick, who is a level 3 California trained greywater installer and designer. He'll teach you about 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.
A great big thank you to City People's Garden Store for hosting Jake Harris to talk about Raingarden plants and stormwater infrastructure in January! We had a few photos from the event that we wanted to share. Check our Education page for more great upcoming opportunities to connect and learn about plants!
Saturday, January 27, 2018, 10 - 11 am
City People's Garden Store, 2939 E Madison Street, Seattle
Free - but you must RSVP!
Learn From Edible Rain Garden Pioneer Jake Harris about how to incorporate delicious and Beautiful plants into Green Stormwater infrastructure at your home or community space. Our Plant Pallet focuses on how to fulfill our clients’ needs with Edible, Native and Wildlife Habitat plants. We will talk through our favorites in those categories and provide space for questions about how best to work Rain Gardens into your plan. This is a great class for Homeowners, Contractors and Designers who are looking to expand their pallet.
Jake Harris founded Stone Soup Gardens and has been installing Rain Gardens and Cisterns with Seattle's Rainwise Program since the program began in 2010. He is excited to share this class with the City People’s Community.
A Rainwise Contractor Fair will happen after this event from 11 - 1 pm. Join us for more information!
This event is free. Would you like to attend? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
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/
FREE Rainwise 101 Workshop
Thursday, October 20, 6 - 7:30 pm
Columbia Branch Library, 4721 Rainier Ave S
Learn about how rain gardens and cisterns help manage storm water, hear from delighted RainWise homeowners, including our client, Sheri Richardson, and get inspired by slides of their raingardens, meet trained RainWise contractors who can offer a free consultation, learn about big rebates from SPU and King County (up to 100% of the total cost), and get set to take the next step. Interested?
Registration website: http://www.sustainableballard.org/register
The Northwest Permaculture Convergence (NWPCC) is an inclusive annual weekend-long event that alternates between Oregon and Washington State. The Convergence brings together a remarkable diversity of people, all with creative approaches for designing living environments, and economic and culture systems that thrive within ecologically sustainable limits.
This year, Stone Soup Gardens, along with ten of our awesome crew members, stormed the Annual NW Permaculture Convergence by land and by Puget Sound! Stone Soup Gardens was a sponsor of this years event, which allowed us to take full advantage of the weekend's offerings, while enjoying a bit of rainy northwest weather at beautiful Fort Flagler State Park.
We arrived on Friday, set up camp, and then went to hear mycologist guru, Paul Stamets, speak about his recent experience helping to solve bee colony collapse disorder. Fascinating work, check out his TED talk HERE, and buy and grow your own mushrooms from his company Fungi Perfecti!
The next morning, Pandora Thomas gave a riveting talk on the importance of promoting cross-cultural dialogue and education around permaculture design within diverse communities. It was an uplifting and invigorating talk, and highlighted that permaculture is more than just designing sustainable living environments, that you must also consider and empower the social, economic, and cultural systems within those communities, in order for the system to thrive.
There were an astounding number of speakers and events throughout Saturday and Sunday, including our very own Patrick Loderhose with a discussion on Greywater Systems, and Jake Harris, who spoke on Actualizing Abundance: Growing a Career in Permaculture. It was a great way for our crew to interact and gain knowledge in order to benefit themselves on their own paths, as well as fueling the greater knowledge base of Stone Soup Gardens.
To round out the weekend, our own Joe Barrett volunteered to be on the NW Permaculture board, along with longtime board member (and our awesome designer), Jacqueline Cramer. Joe will help plan next year's permaculture convergence in Oregon. Way to go, Joe!
If you are interested in learning more about the Northwest Permaculture Convergence, check out the website for a full listing of this year's speakers and events, as well as all of the opportunities available to help out this awesome organization.
We are embracing the digital age here at Stone Soup Gardens with our mighty new Instagram Account. Come on over and follow us and see what we are up to. Photos from life, love, landscaping, hardscaping, permaculture, events, and more!
Rainier Beach Neighborhood Garden Tour
Saturday, June 11, 2016
11 am - 2 pm FREE
We begin at the northeast corner of 66th and Ryan (10138 66th Ave S)
Put on your walking shoes and get ready to visit a variety of gardens in a walkable area focused toward the southern part of the neighborhood. Stone Soup Gardens has a featured garden with cisterns and a raingarden, don't miss this gem! A reception with music and snacks will follow. For more information, visit the Upper Rainier Beach Garden Tour Website or Facebook Page.
Sustainable Ballard Edible Garden Tour
Saturday, June 25, 2016
10 am - 3 pm $10/Adult at the event
Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave NW
Our goal is to educate and inspire folks to grow food by giving examples of creative uses of parking strips, containers, raised beds, bee houses, chicken coops, goats, fruit trees, berries and more! Meet the gardeners and ask questions. The tour includes more than a dozen gardens to explore within walking distance of the Ballard Community Center, including a lovely edible raingarden installed by Stone Soup Gardens. For more information visit the Sustainable Ballard Website.
Seattle Tilth Chicken Coop and Urban Farm Tour
Saturday, July 16, 2016
10 am - 4 pm
Throughout Seattle - Purchase Tickets Here!
Stone Soup Gardens will be hosting again this year at one of our favorite events! Come and visit to see our fabulous coop, our lovely birds, and our continuously changing landscape. We'll feature hugelculture beds, edible landscaping, a cistern, arborduct, and a laundry greywater system. It is a great time to glean great ideas from creative neighbors who are incorporating animals and gardens into their home landscapes! In this self-guided tour, you will see simple chicken coops built in an afternoon and elaborate finely-crafted coops that took weeks of planning and building. For more information, visit the Seattle Tilth Website, and check out the feature about Stone Soup Gardens at last year's coop tour HERE.
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