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Earth Gardens: Edible-Medicinal-Wild Habitats (Permaculture Network)

Network-People Caring for the Earth, Sharing Knowledge, Creating Work-Exchanges & Event, Learning from the Earth, Studying Ecology, Bio-Dynamics, Indigenous Wisdom, Organic, Sustainable, & Permaculture methods & applying

Location: Cascadia Bioregion - Bellingham & Beyond
Members: 218
Latest Activity: Jul 10

Welcome Earth Garden Friends! . .New members enjoy listening in & reading our current discussions & comments.

Together we are working towards Ecological Restoration 

 and Local Nourishment In Our Community & Homes.

 -  * Creating Edible Forest Gardens  * -

 All are Invited to be a Community Volunteer at many of the home-garden work-groups & work-parties.

 

Earth Gardens...Network: People Caring for the Earth, Sharing Knowledge, Creating Work-Exchanges & Events; Learning from the Earth, Studying Ecology, Bio-Dynamics, Indigenous Wisdom, Organic, Sustainable, & Permaculture methods & applying this to our local communities. 

 

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All are invited to receive an excellent locally relevant email
called "Garden E-News
", that is compiled & created with volunteer time by Shannon Maris.   Each email contains a current list of the many local garden activities & work-parties that our local community creates.   Pass on your event or info to her & request it be included in her next email.

  -  See You in the Garden or Around the Fire Circle! . . . . . . (HK 12/13/10)

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Comment by J. C. Walker,Jr. on March 25, 2014 at 7:05am
Comment by Heather K on January 27, 2014 at 3:19pm

Local seed-savers continue to support the free exchange of genetic resources for all peoples. We look forward to co-creating more seed swaps and create library-bank locations for our "Salish Seed Coop" to store & share heirloom open-pollinated seeds, reclaiming our knowledge to grow our own nourishment.

Our community seed loving & sharing spirit is abundant!  We had a great 6th annual seed swap, thanks to many folks who volunteered their time both before the swap with planning, and during the swap with set-up & clean-up.

Benefits of Saving Open Pollinated Heirloom Seeds-

http://transitionwhatcom.ning.com/profiles/blogs/benefits-of-saving...

Salish Seed Coop network is working towards obtaining seed processing equipment, and initiating local library-banks where seeds can be stored and loaned.

Brian K at Inspiration Farm is helping us, and has an email list for future classses & events: http://www.inspirationfarm.com/newif/welcome.html

Transition seed savers network also communicate on this website at; http://transitionwhatcom.ning.com/group/seedsavers

Seeds in the hands of common people is something we believe should never change.” -Brian & Crystine at Uprising Seeds & Organic Farm http://uprisingorganics.com/about-us/info_1.html

 

Comment by Heather K on November 26, 2013 at 5:31pm

"Putting Seeds Into the Hands of the People".

Winter Community Seed Swap - 6th Annual (Seed Sunday).

January 26, 2014 - Bellingham at The Majestic Hall!

TIME: Yet-To-Be-Determined: Expect Mid-afternoon for public, and Early-afternoon for volunteers & seed-savers.

RSVP your interest  & see details at http://transitionwhatcom.ning.com/events/community-seed-swap-2014-6...

 “To volunteer on a SB project, email Sara Charette at volunteer@sustainablebellingham.org , or contact Heather K.

More volunteers welcomed to be Seed Hosts at each seed table,

and to assist with planning & promoting.

Comment by Heather K on April 22, 2013 at 6:28pm

"How many ways can we kneel down and touch the earth..

.How many ways can we see beauty..." 

 

"Care for the earth's thin layer of soil & the microorganism within.  

Each garden-farm site is different....Everyone has an opinion.  

There is more than one way to feed the soil life.   

Add chemical-free organic matter to your compost and feed the soil!"  - Heather K

Soil Test Labs & Resources for Soil Nourishement - http://transitionwhatcom.ning.com/profiles/blogs/soil-testing-resou...     “ Many garden-farmers are adding soil amendments in March & April, before planting..

I'll list some soil labs below that do testing.

At times it can be worth your time - energy  to obtain a soil test. 

You can obtain a rough idea of how balanced/unbalanced your soil is in its acidity, macronutrients (N-P-K) and also in its trace elements.    The more deeply nourishing & balanced our soils are, the more nourishing our edibles are...”  continue reading at: http://transitionwhatcom.ning.com/profiles/blogs/soil-testing-resou...   

More ideas added later on making your own complete organic soil supplement fertilizers.

Comment by Heather K on April 22, 2013 at 6:26pm

SB Roving Garden Party each Tuesday evening.   Tues April 23rd is  at an edible forest-garden pollinator sanctuary: http://transitionwhatcom.ning.com/events/sb-roving-garden-party-tue...   

Attending a tuesday roving garden party is a way to put your hands working in the heart of your community....A great blend of work, community & meal sharing!

 

Biodynamic locally grown food from Inspiration Farm's Community Supported Agriculture) & Buying Club: http://transitionwhatcom.ning.com/forum/topics/biodynamic-csa-share...

 

Benefits Of Saving Open-Pollinated & Heirloom Seeds – Summary blog:

http://transitionwhatcom.ning.com/profiles/blogs/benefits-of-saving-open-pollinated-heirloom-seeds-summary

Food Security & Problem with Genetically-Modified Seeds – Video:

http://transitionwhatcom.ning.com/video/food-security-problem-with-genetically-modified-seeds

Comment by J. C. Walker,Jr. on March 20, 2013 at 10:00pm
Comment by Heather K on March 19, 2013 at 2:45pm

Seed Saver Webinars!  http://www.seedsavers.org/Education/Webinar-Archive/#seed_collection  Multiple recorded webinars from basic seed-saving & seed-storage to more advanced seed saving. 

Highly recommended for beginners & intermediate.

 

Organic Seed Alliance printable publications! http://www.seedalliance.org/Publications/

Especially see "A Seed Saving Guide for Farmers & Gardeners" http://www.seedalliance.org/Publications/publication-download-forms/download-form-1/

 

'Fundamentals of On-Farm Plant Breeding' workshop March 20th 2013 with Dr. John Navazio (Organic Seed Alliance Senior Scientist and Washington State University Seed Extension Specialist) http://snohomish.wsu.edu/ag/workshops/PlantBreeding2013.htm

 

Benefits of Saving Open Pollinated Heirloom Seedshttp://transitionwhatcom.ning.com/profiles/blogs/benefits-of-saving...

Comment by Heather K on March 11, 2013 at 3:02pm

Film: “Farm for the Futurehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixx1c3RSw_8

covers garden-farming & forest-farming without dependence on fossil fuels, and preserving the soil & biodiversity.  European prospective.   Worth considering for a future Real Food Film Festival, and a TW film at the Pickford.

 

May our community grow more garden-farmers who are reducing oil-based fuels in their farming methods.  May we support the increase of human power, and focus on ecological stability that results  from biodiversity on our wildlands & farmlands.

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Thank you all who brought their saved seeds to our annual Community Seed-Swap, and who volunteered their time & resources!

http://transitionwhatcom.ning.com/events/community-seed-swap-2013

Comment by Paul Kuepfer on February 5, 2013 at 11:26pm

Watch this poignant and beautiful call to action: mushrooms can save the world.

Comment by Heather K on January 23, 2013 at 2:00am

Benefits of Saving Open-Pollinated & Heirloom Seeds.

Open-pollinated plant varieties make seeds that will grow into a plant of the same variety.  By planting these saveable varieties, we help preserve our horticultural heritage & its diversity.

Some seeds have been grown, selected, & preserved by farmers/gardeners since ancient times.  These seeds were selected for exceptional flavor, nutrition, and for extended harvest season. Biodiversity strengthens our ecosystem. The ability to feed ourselves strengthens our freedom to live our democracy,

and maintain our inherent right to self-governance.

Hybrid seeds, on the other hand, grow into plants which, while they are usable plants in themselves,

will not produce seed of the same varietyhybrids do not 'breed true'.

The gardener who plants hybrid varieties, will have to buy seed every year, and seed production is concentrated in the hands of a few companies, often owned by petro-chemical corporations.  Many seeds for sale in stores are hybrids, bred to produce under agri-business conditions. (Biotech is about ownership.. the illusion of “owning” the seeds).

Good resource book: “Seed to Seed” by Suzanne Ashworth for a guide on saving vegetable seeds.

Small farmers are a threat to the consolidation of absolute power.” - Farmer Eliot Coleman

Continued or follow blog post:

http://transitionwhatcom.ning.com/profiles/blogs/benefits-of-saving-open-pollinated-heirloom-seeds-summary

 

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