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.