2014 Northwest Permaculture Convergence Converges with the Amazing Whatcom Skillshare Faire!

On Saturday August 23 and Sunday August 24, The 2014 Northwest Permaculture Convergence will be hosted by the Whatcom Skill Share Faire at beautiful Hovander Park, 5 miles northwest of Bellingham. The NWPCC will erect a tent hosting permaculture presentations all weekend and its annual meeting on Sunday morning.

The SSF hosts an incredible array of skill shares, including: Aquaponic Gardening, Beekeeping, Tool-making, Spinning & Combing Wool, Electric Car Conversion, Keeping Goats, Turning Charcoal into Biochar, Raising Rabbits, Making Tempeh, Homeopathic Survival Skills, Small Scale Seed & Grain Processing Equipment. And the list is growing daily! (See http://whatcomskillsharefaire.org/2014-schedule  for updates!)

The Faire also features great local entertainment, including music by Hot Damn Scandal, Chivalry Timbers, and spoken word by Matthew Brouwer and Swill Kanim, as well as a contra dance! Camping is available on-site.

Take advantage of the online Ticket discount and find info about vending, presenting (still room for more!) or volunteering at http://whatcomskillsharefaire.org/registration

A special meal plan is available to NWPCC participants. The package includes the following four meals, served at Skillshare Faire Volunteer Kitchen: Lunch and Dinner on Saturday (August 23) and Breakfast and Lunch on Sunday (August 24), and also includes organic tea and coffee on both days.
The Skillshare Faire Kitchen is renowned for providing delicious, hearty, GMO-free meals made with ingredients sourced from local farmers and food producers. A salmon dinner will be featured on Saturday night! Gluten Free options will be available.
To sign up for the meal plan, participants must mail a check for $35 made out to 'The Sun Kitchen' by August 15 to: The Sun Kitchen, 201 Carolina Street, # 202,
Bellingham, WA 98225

or paypal $36.25 to thesunkitchen@gmail.com

(For those who just want to sign up for the Saturday night Salmon Dinner, please mail $15 or paypal $15.50). Meal plan participants can pick up their meal tickets at the gate to the festival.

So come on out and take advantage of this opportunity to skill-up, network and celebrate the bounty of summer!

Announcing an opportunity not to be missed at Inspiration Farm

In conjunction with the Whatcom Sill Share Faire and the NorthWest Permaculture Convergence, Inspiration Farm would like to announce a two day bonus event. 
Plan to stay a little longer and take it all in!

Monday August 25th

Treat yourself to an extended Inspiration Farm tour tailored to Permaculture veterans and newcomers alike. 
Witness the advanced earthworks that allow nutrient and water to be passively harvested supporting the whole farm. 
Walk amongst the food forest and experience the secessional evolution. 
Check out the animal rotational systems in place and see the progress that working animals within the landscape can achieve.
Share in the evening pot luck, social event. Bring a dish, your instruments, and Tel-A-Vision around the fire.

All day is available for a suggested $10 donation (no one will be excluded for lack of funds) 
Camping is available for those wanting to attend Tuesdays workshops.

Tuesday Aug 26th Preregistration Required $50 each workshop or $125 for the whole day event. Choose from three of the six subjects. Inspiration Farm will host a series of mini workshops. Schedule subject to change.

AM sessions you can choose from: 10-12-am
-Reading the landscape, surveying and earthworks - Brian Kerkvliet
-Processing and cooking with Beans and Grains - Krista Rome
-Bio-char creation, inoculation, and use - Larry Williams

Lunch 12-1pm

PM sessions you can choose from: Session A 1-3-pm
-Establishing a food forest nursery - Brian Kerkvliet
-Crafting with wild medicinals from your landscape. - Suki Aufhauser
-WATER: gray water, storage water, and water in the landscape. - Bruce Horowitz

Session B  3-5-pm
-Micro remediation, Establishing your fungal friends in the landscape - Alex Winsted
-An Introduction to PatternDynamics™ - David McLoud
-SOIL: Soul! Working with natural systems to build soil, composts and compost teas - Brian Kerkvliet

To register call 360-398-7061

Inspiration Farm
619 E. Laurel Rd Bellingham, Wa. 98226
Ph 360-398-7061
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North American Permaculture Convergence: An epic opportunity!

August 29, 30, 31, 2014

Harmony Park, Clark’s Grove, Minnesota
Old and young. Experienced and novice.
The NAPC is a historic moment.
It marks the cusp of a new era, the turning of the wheel, the passing of the guard.
Be a part of this historic event.
This is a meeting of the minds.  This is a gathering of the experts.
This very first North American Permaculture Convergence offers a special opportunity to meet up to 1,000 permaculture movers and shakers from across North America to share our successes and strategize how to create a permaculture future. Permaculture pioneers, authors, teachers, organizers, consultants, visionaries and farmers getting together to talk story and build symbiotic relationships. The NAPC offers the permaculture movement an opportunity to build a more cohesive movement. It offers us a chance to discuss curriculum, certification, organizations, mentoring, etc. Vast amounts of information will be exchanged via workshops, presentations, hands-on activities, roundtables, exposition and many other modalities.
There are a number of levels of participation:
The core group currently comprises 8 people.  Michael Pilarski, Montana; Monica Ibacache, New York; Koreen Brennan, Florida; Bill Busse, Minnesota; Adam Brock, Colorado; Rashid Gilanpour, California; Mario Yanez, Florida; and Sarah Ashley Baxendell, New York.
Paid staff/coordinators.  These are people who take on major responsibilities for specific facets of the event. There are 22 positions at this time, some of which will be co-managed by two people. Unfilled positions will be advertised within the next month.
Action Teams. There are currently 13 Action Teams listed on the NAPC website which people can now join. More teams will be created as we go along.  There is no limit on how many people can be involved in the Action Teams.  All of the Action Teams will be facilitated by a staff person or core group member.
Bioregional reps and advisors. We would like one or more people from each bioregion to do outreach in their bioregion and give us feedback.
Work Trade. NAPC is offering 25 full work trades and 50 half worktrades to people who need financial help to attend.  There is now a place on the website where people can apply for work trade.
Sponsorships. There are varying levels of sponsorships and corresponding benefits.
Permaculture Exposition. The NAPC Exposition will feature a wide array of permaculture organizations, businesses, services and products. Exposition participants can sell books, T-shirts and products. Organizations and companies can promote their causes and services.
Convergence participants. We are anticipating 1,000 permaculturists from around North America to attend. We are keeping admission costs low to enable wide participation. $133 is the early bird price till June 1.  Some scholarships will be available. There will be tours, field trips and special trainings both before and after the NAPC.
Please visit the NAPC website for more information.  Some areas of the website are not functional yet and some need tweaking.  Please bear with us as we move forward.  There is lots to do and we didn’t want to wait any longer to get the show on the road. 
PLEASE JOIN US!   northamericanpermaculture.org


The Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence, Sept. 11 - 14, Tumtum, WA

One-upThe Inland Northwest Permaculture Guild’s
2014 Convergence:
“Back to the Roots”
Four days!
Sept. 11, 12, 13, and 14.

Presenters and Workshops

Register Now!

>>> Apply as a Presenter and/or Trading Circle Booth <<<

This year, we are trying a more “Do-It-Yourself” approach to organizing our annual gathering. The richness of our collective experience will be enhanced by the active participation of attendees who share their talents and gifts with the group.

Contact us: zone1@inlandnorthwestpermaculture.com

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