Workshops/Speakers: Puyallup, Washington

May 31-June 1, 2014

Workshop speakers are listed alphabetically by speaker’s first name. To narrow your search, click on the categories listed on the left.

Grow a Sustainable Diet
Cindy Conner - New Society Publishers
Cindy Conner combines her experience with GROW BIOINTENSIVE® Sustainable Mini-farming with what she’s learned through study and practice in organic gardening, soil building and nutrition since her first garden in 1974. Learn how she has put it all together in a way that works for her and get valuable tips for growing your own sustainable diet. Her book Grow a Sustainable Diet: Planning and Growing to Feed Ourselves and the Earth is new in 2014.

Bioshelters: Design and Management of Solar Greenhouses
Darrell Frey - New Society Publishers
This workshop presents a detailed study of several bioshelters, or ecologically managed solar greenhouses. These include the original bioshelter, the New Alchemy Ark, Solviva Bioshelter, and the bioshelter at Three Sisters Farm. Both design and management for year-round crop production will be discussed. The bioshelter at Three Sisters Farm, in Northwest Pennsylvania includes greenhouse beds, a poultry room, potting room, packing kitchen, storage areas and compost facilities.

Permaculture: Design for regeneration
Darrell Frey - New Society Publishers
This presentation will provide an overview of Permaculture Design principles and practices through a study of Three Sisters Farm and several other projects. Three Sisters Farm is a 5-acre market garden. Since 1989, they have been marketing produce and hosting educational programs from their bioshelter and gardens. The farm strives to promote biodiversity and conserve energy and resources, caring for the earth while producing a range of farm products.

Herbs, Plain and Fancy: A talk and tasting
Ira Wallace - Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
Come and enjoy an assortment of sweet and savory herbal delights, then learn how to grow them in your garden, use them in your kitchen, save their seeds, and increase your self-sufficiency.

Year-Round Bounty for the Home Garden
Ira Wallace - Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
Crisp winter salads, rainbow carrots, fresh kimchi, and sweet braised greens are just a few of the fresh-from-the-garden delights awaiting food gardeners in the Southeast in winter. This workshop covers practical information for planning, planting and producing a garden all year where summer heat is more of an issue than winter lows. Learn techniques for using shade in summer and starting fall seedlings in the dog days of summer, as well as planning and planting enough in your fall garden for harvesting until spring.

Seed Starting Simplified
Ira Wallace - Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
Learn tips and timing for starting vegetable and herb seeds indoors, transplanting, growing on, and hardening off the young plants. Learn time tables for planting vegetables direct from seed and how you can extend your season with repeat or periodic plantings.

Growing Great Garlic and Perennial Onions
Ira Wallace - Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
Learn about heirloom garlic and perennial onion varieties from planting to cultivation and harvesting at home. This workshop covers soil preparation, weed control, disease prevention, harvesting, curing, and storage requirements for adding these culinary essentials to your garden.

How to Grow Tasty, Nutrient-Dense Fruits and Vegetables
Larry Bailey - Clean Food Farm
"Why is it that only 10% of organically produced fruits and vegetables have more vitamins and minerals than their conventional counterparts? Workshop participants will learn practical techniques they can use in gardens and farms to build better soil to grow nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables that taste better (and are better for you). Learn how to use soil test results to remedy nutrient, microbial and mineral deficiencies found in many Western Washington soils. Also learn how soil health and nutrient content of produce are linked. If you have produce gardening or farming experience, this workshop will help improve your ability to grow tastier, healthier produce.

Front Yard Farming and Composting: Easy-Edible Perennials in Yard Debris
Nancy Chase - Shambala Permaculture Farm & Nursery
Learn how to re-purpose woody yard debris in garden beds, instead of tending compost piles, for dramatically successful food landscapes small and large scale. Self watering and fertilizing concepts are proven effective, come enjoy the anecdotes from Shambala Farm experiences having evolving perennial food forests on Camano Island, combined with annual produce production applying no till practices. Convert lawns to food with us!

Ancient Grains/Gluten Free Bread Options: Why Me, Why Now?
Nancy Chase - Shambala Permaculture Farm & Nursery
Shambala Bakery has designed a minimally milled, ancient grain bread and pastry line that is made from mostly organic, and entirely non-GMO, gluten-free and vegan ingredients. Nancy Chase will explain how she evolved this unique product, and why there’s a need now for diversified diets. Eating responsibly grown and processed grains is important to avoid disease and create wellness, and you will learn the hows and whys of ingredient options trending in an overprocessed, genetically modified food culture.

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