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Permaculture Design Applied to Whatcom County w/ Michael Pilarski Jan. 24th

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Permaculture Design Applied to Whatcom County w/ Michael Pilarski Jan. 24th

Time: January 24, 2010 from 9am to 5pm
Location: Squalicum Yacht Club
Street: 2633 S. Harbor Loop Dr.
City/Town: Bellingham, WA, 98227
Phone: 360.312.3928
Event Type: permaculture, class
Organized By: Paul Kearsley
Latest Activity: Jan 24, 2010

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Whatcom County is already a hotspot of good ideas and initiatives. This permaculture event will attempt to put them all into perspective. We will explore how trees, food production, transportation, energy, housing, ecosystem restoration, animal husbandry, economy etc are integrated into sustainable design at micro to macro levels.

Permaculture design emphasizes co-generation opportunities, closing loops, and turning wastes to resources - outputs of one part of the system becoming inputs for another part. We study interconnections and flows. Soils, communities & ecosystems get richer.

Michael has been involved in the permaculture movement since 1981 and is one of the Northwest’s leading permaculture teachers. Suitable for grass-roots activists, county planners, and concerned citizens.

$30-50 Sliding Scale
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Comment by David MacLeod on January 23, 2010 at 3:26pm
Note that the contact email for Paul Kearsley above is incorrect. The correct email address should be:

I think this is an extremely important class. Even though I don't think I will be able to attend, I encourage everyone who has the slightest interest to attend. Transition work is built on Permaculture principles, and this class will be an excellent foundation for any and all Transition work. Permaculture is not a gardening method. Permaculture is a design methodology that can be applied on any scale.

Please also check out the article by Michael Pilarski in this week's Cascadia Weekly. Again, this is what Transition work is all about. Here's a teaser:

Sustainable Whatcom, A Permaculture Approach to County and Regional Planning
By Michael Pilarski, Cascadia Weekly, 1/20/10
(large pdf download)

APPLYING PERMACULTURE design to cities, counties and regions is a fascinating topic that I always discuss at my permaculture design courses. However, when I sat down to write this article I realized I can only lay my hands on a number of case studies. Permaculture design at the regional level is still in its infancy, nonetheless I believe it holds a lot of promise for today’s crisis ridden world. This article also touches briefly on decentralized economic and governance systems.
It was written with Whatcom County in mind, but has broader relevance. This is just a taste of what permaculture is and how it is being applied around the world.

Most people, when they hear the word “permaculture,” think of food gardens, sheet mulching or backyard food forests. But permaculture is so much more than this. Permaculture is integrated system design of the natural environment (gardens, farms, forests, wild areas); the human-built environment (buildings, energy systems, transportation, waste management) as well as economic and social systems. Permaculture design is most commonly applied at the garden, homestead or farm scale, however permaculture design can be applied at any scale—to any size of property or region. In this case we will take a look at how permaculture would approach designing all of Whatcom County. This necessitates looking at things from the micro to macro level, from single yard designs, to blocks, neighborhoods, small towns, the city of Bellingham, rural settled areas, farmland, forests, foothills and whole watersheds...
Comment by christy in Bham on January 11, 2010 at 12:34pm
Help spread the word on this class, suitable for all TW members. And watch out for related article in next week's Weekly paper!

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