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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: 216
Latest Activity: Feb 23

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)

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Comment by J. C. Walker,Jr. on December 7, 2012 at 11:30am
Comment by J. C. Walker,Jr. on November 11, 2012 at 3:04pm
Comment by J. C. Walker,Jr. on November 8, 2012 at 6:10am
Comment by Sarah Robertson on November 6, 2012 at 7:59pm

Thank you for sharing Heather!  

Comment by Heather K on November 6, 2012 at 1:59pm

Beautiful -inspiring-shocking film "Chasing Ice"   One of the best films of the decade, with time-elapse scenes of ancient landscapes of glaciers & deep ice that have existed since our collective human memory- that have now melted into water & are releasing ancient air that was been frozen for millennium. 

I've been inside deep blue ice crevasses and walked ancient glaciers as a mountain climber-  this film captures both the beauty & power of a rarely seen earth landscape, and shows  the visual truth of an immense geologic climate change that is happening right now in our lifetime.

This film returns to Pickford Theater Nov 16th-Tues Nov 20th! Not to be missed!

Show time details at-

Comment by Heather K on November 6, 2012 at 1:58pm
Anyone who is truly committed to eating more local would benefit by any of Krista Romes weekly fall classes!   Learn how to store & prepare our local foods to last youfamily t through spring! Reduce winter grocery store trips. Nothing tastes better than harvest season home-cooked squash, potatoes, apples, roots, cabbage, and homemade fermented beverages that store without refrigeration!
Celt Schira will be teaching “Subsistence Gardening” November 18th . Subsistence gardening includes energy crops as well as vegetables. Learn how to grow your own food in a small area, with minimal inputs of time, water and mechanization. Class covers energy crop varieties for the maritime northwest (potatoes, corn, beans, dry peas, beans, wheat, barley), using cover crops to boost soil fertility, managing diseases and pests, and low tech methods for harvesting and processing. Register through Whatcom Folk School.).  Her events & blogs are posted at:
Beekeeper, Karen Bean, is planning on speaking next Weds Nov 14th, 2012 at our local  beekeeping club meeting.  Karen  is my local beehive mentor as she does not use toxic chemicals & she overwinters her hives.  
Although there are only a handful of members who are committed to learning non-chemical methods  of working with the honeybee species,  the knowledge shared by the long time beekeepers is still valuable – and every beekeeper has a different opinion and different way.  The club meets once a month
Comment by Heather K on November 6, 2012 at 1:57pm

Interested in volunteering to plan a January 2013 Seed Saving & Swap Event? Attend a planning tea & post your interest as comment on Heather K page We need new volunteers to take a lead in planning & set up!.

Good News! Benton County, Oregon citizens are in the process of creating a “Food Bill of Right” that would protect their ability to grow local food using their local grown heritage seeds!  Let Heather K know when you sense Lynden & Ferndale citizens are ripe for initiating an ordinance in Whatcom county.
GMO Awareness network -
Seed-saver's network at-
Buy Backup Seeds- Just in Case”   by Farmer Walter Haugen.
To receive future posts by Farmer Walter, click “Follow” at bottom of his TW discussion page-
Comment by Heather K on August 10, 2012 at 5:13pm

Summer!   Seed Workshop - Farmer Film - Farm Tour - & autumn Skillshare & barter faire:


Basic Seed Saving with Celt Aug 19 Sunday 2pm-4pm in B'ham-


The Farmer & His Horse” film at Pickford Limelight Tues Aug 21 at 6:30-


Whatcom County Farm Tour-  Sat Sept 8th 10am-5pm

Whatcom SkillShare Faire (& Barter)- Sat Sept 22nd 10am – 11pm

(with overnight camping fri & sat for presenters & volunteers).



Skillshare volunteers & presentors may email planning team: and one of our faire coordinators will respond.  (Planning meetings held most Thursday evenings).

Comment by Heather K on August 7, 2012 at 8:12pm

Natural Garden-Farmers!  Mark your calendars and join Larry Korn, Tuesday August 14th for two events.   Larry Korn is a natural farmer, permaculture educator, and editor/translato rof “One Straw Revolution” (1978),  and of  Masanobu Fukuoka's  new book “Sowing Seeds in the Desert”.  Larry now lives near Ashland, Oregon, and will join Farmer Brian for “Natural Farming Observations at Inspiration Farm” from 1-4pm Tuesday.   Event details:

Join Larry also Tues evening when he will speaks at Village Books at 7pm- .

In Masanobu Fukuoka's newest book,  Sowing Seeds in the Desert, the earth is in great peril. Our global trauma, however, can be remedied, but only when we change our methods of earth stewardship, and the very way we think about the relationship between humans and nature... This revolutionary book presents Fukuoka's plan to rehabilitate the world’s deserts and achieve global food security by using natural farming, including practical solutions for feeding a growing human population and providing a deep and renewed understanding of the relationship between human beings and nature.”

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Weekend Workshops beyond Whatcom county:

Natural Farming Weekend – San Juan Island with Larry Korn & Krista Rome – Aug 11-12th.   or


Sacred Apiculture – Biodynamic Honeybee Sanctuary with Jacqueline Freeman and Michael Thiele Aug 11-12th near Battle Ground, WA.

Comment by Chris Wolf on August 5, 2012 at 6:41pm

The Food Bank Farm could use more volunteers this summer! We grow organic vegetables for local food banks, and volunteering here is really fun, plus you learn a lot about gardening/ farming, and can take home fresh produce! If interested, contact Max Morange:


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