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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: Mar 23, 2020

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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", 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 Heather K on March 10, 2011 at 1:48am
Mark your Calendar's 'Wish-List' with New Events Posted Below:


Monthly Transition Whatcom Workparty -

 Biodynamics in Actionon March 20 at Inspiration Farm – RSVP at-


Consider Hosting or Attending a community building

& Edible-Garden Roving Work Party- (And enjoy a meal together afterwards!).


Fruit Tree Grafting Clinic at Tenant Lake-


Community Garden Information Series” with Farmer Walter Haugen in Lynden


Food Forest Workshop Weekend at Wild Thyme Farm, down south in Oakville with Permaculture teacher Kelda Miller

Wild Food Rendezvous –Oregon- May 20-23 -

Summer Cherry Sampling Day with Fruit Research Foundation

 in Skagit- June 9th=

Comment by Heather K on March 6, 2011 at 7:47pm

Good News - Herbicide 'aminopyralid' will Not be used on Whatcom farmlands in 2011, reports scientists from WSU-Ag-Extension, at recent presentation.   Caution still needed when obtaining any whatcom compost this year, 2011, as traces of the herbicide may still be present in fields & commercial organic matters for another year.

More information from those herbicidal contaminated compost sessions will be posted  later on my at-large blog located at-- Remember to go there & click 'follow' if you want updated info.
Mantra of our government scientists is to “Do a bioassay”.   But my Earthcare mantra is “Know your source!”.   Since chickweed is sensitive to herbicide, if you see this edible-soil-guardian 'chickweed' growing in disturbed farmers soil, that is a good indication that aminopyralid herbicide has Not been recently used.  (Or if you don't see chickweed, it may also mean they're good with mechanical weeding & crop timing)
When a weed-scientist was asked what methods the chemical growers & dairy farmers planned to use to manage chickweed in their fields, I was told they can still use herbicides 2,4-D and Dicamba, etc, that have a shorter half-life. I learned that Skagit dairy farmers generally don't use aminopyralid because they don't have a challenge with chickweed, since they use more crop rotation on their lands. ( Whatcom dairy farmers unfortunately often only rotate between 2 crops - corn & ryegrass.).
More info & blog link at-
Healing Toxic Soils & Water -
Comment by Deanna Lloyd on March 5, 2011 at 10:54pm

Here is a wonderful opportunity to have some fun while supporting a great cause!  I'd love to see you all there!  

Fairhaven Middle School Plant Swap

Clear some space in your garden, get some new plants and help support the Fairhaven Middle School Garden in the process!  

1) Dig and divide your "extra" plants in your gardens and pot them up.  

2) Bring them to the FMS lower soccer field (west side of school) from 2:30 - 3 on Sunday, March 13th.
3) 3pm - 4pm swapping commences!  Check out all the plants that are available and then take homes your new treasures!  We'll have Master Gardeners on hand to help us identify plants and give planting advice. 

4) We're asking a minimum $1 donation per plant that you take home. This money will go to support continuing garden education at Fairhaven Middle School!  

Thanks for your support!  We look forward to seeing you on Sunday the 13th! (Check out the events page for additional details and directions)


Comment by Heather K on March 4, 2011 at 7:05pm
New Events Posted!

Weekly Roving Garden-Work-Parties with a Meal,

 begin this Sat, followed by weekly Thursday evening work parties followed by meal. Contact Jeff W if you want to host a work-party and follow up with meal for workers.



Seed-Sorting Volunteers for School-Garden Fundraiser – Wed March 16th-



Mason Bee Workshop- Sat March 12-Fairhaven

11am-3pm Caretakers House (CLSR) Center for Local Self Reliance in Fairhaven

Free, although hat will be passed.


11am - Brian Griffin of Knox Cellar Native Pollinators will speak on mason bees & their role and importance in Bellingham.

1pm-ish - Build your own mason bee boxes.

 Contact: or 738-8148. Let Jeff know if you want to assist preparing for this great community workshop.

CLSR website-


Organic Strawberry Planting Workshop at Spring Frog Farm at the Holistic Homestead


Comment by Heather K on March 2, 2011 at 2:02pm

"Home Gardeners Workshop & Discussion on Herbicide Contamination in Dairy Organic Matter:” - Tonight (Wednesday) 4pm -or- 6:30pm- presented by Ag Extension scientists.

 RSVP at 734-8158 Bellingham Coop.

*                  *                      *                    *                    * 

Remember to grow cover crops & make your own compost this year.

Grassroots solution options & discussion -

or Farmer Walter's Blog at-

Comment by Dov Shoneman on February 28, 2011 at 8:54pm

The past 2 Sundays I taught a class titled Foundations of Traditional Chinese Medicine. I was pleased with attendance and with everyones participation. Thank you to Transition Whatcom for co-sponsoring this event. Thank you to all who attended and to all those who expressed an interest but were unable to attend. This was an exciting topic to introduce to the Bellingham community and I believe it was well received. I look forward to sharing and learning more with you all.

May peace prevail. 

Comment by Heather K on February 21, 2011 at 10:44pm
Its Time! Early Springtime!..To plant edible seeds outside in the lowlands during Feb/March: peas, spinach, potatoes, fava beans, garlic/leeks. Plant tender greens under cold frames, & do indoor seed starts of warmer crops like tomatoes, squash, corn & more! (Know your micro habitats last frost date!).

Plan how you will grow & harvest your own compost and increase your garden's tilth & fertility!

Obtain cover crop seeds & organic mineral fertilizers to store for a year or longer.

Find a neighbor to create a neighborhood community garden with!

Nettle nourishment! First early harvest of young nettles for wild nourishment & later weeks to dry & store for next winter!

(A lengthy post below I know- and the ning site does its own funky formating to what I post)

Plant Seeds!   Sing Songs!   Share the abundance!

Comment by Heather K on February 21, 2011 at 10:41pm

Permaculture & Horticultural Lectures online Videos -plus- Edible Forest Garden Talks-


Herbicidal Contamination of our Farmlands & Waters! Enough! (And Say No to GMO!)” - Discussion & Event -   This is a local Whatcom county issue!

Solution Discussion - “Healing Toxic Soils & Waters - Mycoremediation, Compost Teas, Cover Crops...” -

Comment by Heather K on February 21, 2011 at 10:37pm
As gardeners its important we both save some basic seeds like peas, beans, grain, tomatoes, greens, and that we also purchase seeds from local seed-savers like Uprising Organics Farm, to increase the genetic diversity & regional natural selection!


Spring Garden Kick-Off Event at Public Market with Seed Sharing this Sat ! If you missed the main winter seed-savers swap on Jan 30th, be sure to come by and bring any seeds to share to add to the table: 11-2pm Sat Feb 26 -

Both Celt & Krista will have seeds to share, and Alison will bring some older seed packages from her seed-saver friend in eastern WA. And the best local heirloom seeds will be on sale, from Uprising Organics.

If you are able to volunteer with this event created by Jillian co-owner of Terra Organica at the Public Market, please get in touch with her - - Pass the word!



Scholar & Farmer Walter Haugen been active writing, planting, teaching. Learn from his writings at-


Welcome back to Dr. Richard Haard native nurseryman & wild seed-collector -


Wild Food Adventures Institute (for the Study of Edible Wild Plants & Other Foragables)- Out of county Events & talks by author John Kallas book- Wild Edible Plants

Comment by Heather K on February 21, 2011 at 10:26pm
Other Upcoming Feb-March Events! :


Wild edible presentation with Jennifer Hahn coming up this Weds Feb 23. If you miss this presentation, you can obtain her new book from the library.

Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?- Film at the Pickford March 4-10

Foundations of Traditional Chinese Medicine -Part II with Dov this coming Sunday Feb 27!


Herbicidal Contamination in Dairy Organic Matter' Event on Weds March 2nd by U of WA Ag Extension- with 3 separate times.. Remember to RSVP!

All About Pollinators & Pruning Demo in Skagit Valley at the WSU Fruit Research garden! - Sat March 5 -


Native Plant Sale- Sat March 19th -


Annual Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop - ? Sat March 26

Fairhaven Plant and Tree Sale!- Sat March 26 --

Common Threads Farm – Volunteer time every Weds on the Southside urban childrens garden ! http://transitionw


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