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Practical Permaculture- April General Meeting

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Practical Permaculture- April General Meeting

Time: April 9, 2015 from 7pm to 9pm
Location: North Seattle Friends Church- Fellowship Hall
Street: 2415 NE 80th St- there is parking near the fellowship hall off of 25th just south of NE 80th
City/Town: Seattle, WA 98115
Website or Map: http://www.timberpress.com/bo…
Phone: 206-526-1169
Event Type: informational, meeting
Organized By: Susan Gregory
Latest Activity: Apr 9, 2015

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Event Description

Local authors and permaculturalists Dave Boehnlein and Jessi Bloom will join us to share ideas from their new book- Practical Permaculture.  We'll have our general meeting from 7-8 and Dave and Jessi will speak from 8-9. Copies of their book will be available so bring some cash or your checkbook. You're going to want to take home a copy! 

Here's what they will address in their talk:

Making Permaculture Landscapes Understandable for All: Integrating Aesthetics & Education Into All Your Designs Dave & Jessi will discuss the role of aesthetics and educational design for permaculture landscapes. With many projects, aesthetic considerations are really important. If ignored, practitioners may find that they run into problems with HOAs, neighborhood associations, local government, or unhappy neighbors. The question we intend to answer is: How can we create functional, ecological landscapes that are also appeal to mainstream aesthetics? Creating permaculture projects that educate those who interact with them is also important. If people can see why we make the choices we make in a permaculture landscape, they are more likely to be accepting and implement specific strategies at their own homes. The question we intend to answer is: How can we create landscapes that educate those who pass through? Both of these topics tie into the idea that we need to meet people where they are at if we want permaculture strategies to move from the fringe into the limelight. Aesthetics that people can recognize and education to improve understanding both help with this goal. They not only lead to more successful projects, but also to positive growth of the permaculture movement as a whole.

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Comment by Keith Mastenbrook on March 20, 2015 at 9:37am

I haven't finished reading this new book quite yet, but from what I have read so far, I have to thank Jesse and Dave for creating one of the best books on Permaculture design.  It takes on the problem of how to fully realize our thoughts and ideas about our homes and gardens, with a design process and tools that walk you through creating a site plan, developing concepts, further elaboration of construction details, and finally with phasing.  All this with the view towards really building a Permaculture vision for our lives as family and community.  Along the way there is a full menu of ideas and techniques developed by Permaculture designers that will inspire ways to broaden our resilience.

I will look forward to the authors' perspective on how addressing aesthetics can further the reach of Permaculture and sustainable design, knowing that beauty and functionality are not mutually exclusive.  In fact quite the opposite is true.

On behalf of the Permaculture Design Working Group, I would like to propose that we organize a Practical Permaculture book study group.  I recently walked through my own garden, 12 years after drawing my "plan" at a PDC at Lost Valley, and realized it needed updating.  I'd like to help others get their plans going, as well.  Together we can walk through the design process, sharing ideas, and begin building and planting anew.

And there is another thing I would ask of Jesse, Dave, and the SusNES community: What are the top 50 plants for a Permaculture garden in Seattle?  In their book they present a list of top 50 useful plants worldwide; I would like to see us create a list specifically for our unique Seattle environment, with its' mild winters and cool summers.  Please bring your ideas.

Comment by Debra Morrison on March 19, 2015 at 8:54pm

gosh, this is really exciting!! I can't wait!

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