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


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: 212
Latest Activity: Jan 4

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. 


Info/Resources for New & Seasoned Member, please review this Discussion:


To Create a New Discussion: Post your questions & info as a Discussion when multi comments/dialogue are needed to help reduce our email traffic from chatty comments.

View All our Current & Past Discussions & Resource lists:

 Scroll down & click blue "View All" button just below & to right of  Discussion section.

((To receive email updates within a specific Discussion within our group, go to that Discussion page, and click the "Flollow" link.)

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)

Comment Wall


You need to be a member of Earth Gardens: Edible-Medicinal-Wild Habitats (Permaculture Network) to add comments!

Comment by Heather K on September 8, 2015 at 11:22am
Next Monday Evening! Toby Hemenway - a gifted permaculturist, educator, and writer will be coming to our area on his book tour! See you there!
Comment by Heather K on December 19, 2014 at 1:28am

-7th Annual COMMUNITY SEED SWAP & Fundraiser!  Sunday January 25, 2015!-

" Growing Seeds of Nourishment & Medicine ".

Volunteers Welcomed!  Let us know if you want to help.
Doors Open to Public:  2:30-5 pm.

Swap & Fundraiser by Donation.

Who Should Attend:
    - Seed-savers & People Donating heirloom seeds, or edible tubers or seed-potatoes (Label your envelopes with plant strain & date).

    - People without seeds welcomed- who commit to plant seeds, share their garden's abundance & learn to save seeds.

Seed Guidelines: Take only a few seeds & Swap your seeds with other - Take only seeds you plan to plant & Share harvest with community.

Become a Guardian of  Organic Heirloom & Open-Pollinated Seeds by saving seeds and purchasing fresh garden seeds from local seed-saver businesses!

 This is a Pure Safe-Seed Event!  (GMO-free)

Volunteers & Seed-Savers arrive early for set-up before public. (setup 1pm)

Seed-Grower Donations & Sponsors being accepted Dec & Jan before swap- Contact Heather K

SWAP MISSION: " Honoring Biodiversity of Seeds for Food & Medicine! "

 (Volunteer Position open to accept emails & schedule volunteers who will distribute seeds & monitor seed tables.  Post your interest on TW event page, or contact Heather K, Atul, Alison,  or Jeff W at Sustainable Bellingham.

Event is Co-Sponsored by:
 "Sustainable Bellingham" &  "Center for Local Self Reliance" & "Transition Whatcom".




This years Seed Donors Include: Baker Creek Heirloom rare seeds, Irish Eyes Seeds, Uprising Organic Seeds,  Salish Seed Savers Coop,  Center for Local Self-Reliance!  

More donations & sponsors expected! 

Light refreshments will be served from local food sponsors.  (thanks Suki!).

RSVP on event page.  Updates will be posted on TW event page & faceboo & Sustainable Bellingham - and-  Center for Local Self Reliance websites.

Plant Seeds !  Celebrate Community!  Sing Songs!

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-

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:

Transition seed savers network also communicate on this website at;

Seeds in the hands of common people is something we believe should never change.” -Brian & Crystine at Uprising Seeds & Organic Farm


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

 “To volunteer on a SB project, email Sara Charette at , 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 -     “ 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:   

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:   

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:


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

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

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!  Multiple recorded webinars from basic seed-saving & seed-storage to more advanced seed saving. 

Highly recommended for beginners & intermediate.


Organic Seed Alliance printable publications!

Especially see "A Seed Saving Guide for Farmers & Gardeners"


'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)


Benefits of Saving Open Pollinated Heirloom Seeds

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

Film: “Farm for the Future

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!


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