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Workshops/Speakers: Puyallup, Washington

May 31-June 1, 2014

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Alpacas as a Sustainable Farming Alternative
Barbara Banks - Apple Country Alpacas
Living with alpacas as a sustainable farming alternative has become one of the more interesting and creative ways to use small to large pastureland acreage. Alpacas wear a fabulous renewable product on their backs and are happy to share it with us on a yearly basis. Come and learn the tangible value of these gentle and ancient creatures of the earth.

The Right Tools Mean Less Work
Garden bed prep, weeding and irrigation can all be easier if you have the best hand tools and learn how to use them. This session will demonstrate several styles of broadforks, hoes and rakes that are guaranteed to make your gardening chores easier.

Why Choosing Organic May Be More Important Than Heirlooms vs. Hybrids
Cheryl Long, Shelley Stonebrook and Thaddeus Christian - MOTHER EARTH NEWS
A great garden starts with great seeds. Learn the pros and cons of different kinds of seeds, and discover the advantages of seeds bred for organic systems. You’ll learn when hybrids are a good choice, and why some heirloom seeds may not perform as well as they should. Presented by MOTHER EARTH NEWS Editors Cheryl Long and Shelley Stonebrook.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Easy Peasy Edibles
Jessi Bloom - Timber Press
Have you wanted to grow your own food but found it is too much work and takes too much of your time? Join award-winning landscape designer Jessi Bloom as she talks about a permaculture design concept that employs design strategies from nature. It allows you to grow easy peasy edibles that are low-maintenance, resilient and sustainable. Plant once and enjoy the harvest from your edible landscape for years. Bloom will cover basic food forest design and go over some of her favorite low-maintenance edibles.

Growing Dry Beans and Grains in Your Backyard
Krista Rome - Backyard Beans & Grains
Growing grains and beans may be the most important thing one can learn in the quest to eat more locally. Enhance your pantry and your life by learning the basics of growing your own storable staple crops. Krista Rome will discuss variety selection, planting, maintenance, harvest, threshing, storage and cooking methods. This class is intended for gardeners of all levels, with an emphasis on low-tech methods and hand tools. An optional instruction manual and locally adapted seeds will be available for purchase for those who are ready to get rolling.

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.

Potent Plantings to Lure Primo Pollinators
Robin Haglund - Garden Mentors®
Whether you garden in containers on a balcony or on a larger plot of land, adding plants for pollinators not only helps the environment and promotes better edible harvests, it also ensures your garden is filled with beautiful flowers and fantastic fragrance day and night. Plus, pollinators – from bees to butterflies to birds and even bats – provide nonstop outdoor entertainment. And, they may even help with pest control and pruning! For those who want to maximize their fruit and vegetable harvests, luring beneficial fauna is key to your success. Join award-winning garden designer, honeybee hive host, and pioneering garden coach Robin Haglund to learn how to develop a gorgeous garden with year-round interest plants that pollinators simply can’t resist.

Shut the Greenhouse Door!
Robin Haglund - Garden Mentors®
One of the biggest challenges to Pacific Northwest gardeners is our long, chilly, wet spring that often lasts well into summer. In this DIY-focused session, learn how employing season-extending tools and structures makes it easy to warm things up so you can cultivate all sorts of plants successfully – edibles and otherwise. Garden Mentors®’ Robin Haglund will provide her firsthand accounts plus a hands-on opportunity to explore many choices available — from single-plant cloches to small urban greenhouses (and everything in between.) Whether you prefer to recycle used plastics, construct a movable DIY tunnel house, build a cold frame, or just want to learn more about designing a smart urban farm that incorporates these elements, this session is for you!

A Garden of Herbs
Sue Goetz - Creative Gardener
Let your five senses guide you through your garden: Herbs can be grown for fragrance, culinary uses, healing and more. Get to know the top 10 favorite herbs as well as the many ways to grow and employ them. Sue Goetz will have show-and-tell ideas and tips for harvesting and preserving, as well as culinary and craft ideas, all using aromatic herbs. Also included: Goetz’s recipes that use “any” herb, and recipes that personalize crafting, care and culinary items.

Herb Gardens in Pots
Sue Goetz - Creative Gardener
Learn about container designs using an herbal theme. From a pasta sauce garden to an aromatherapy theme, get the layouts for beautiful, bountiful herb gardens in containers. Receive tips and tactics for planting, maintaining and designing potted herb gardens. Handouts will include recipes on how to use the herbs you grow!

Agriculture, Horticulture, Permaculture: How a society based on gardens rather than farms offers a sustainable future
Toby Hemenway - Center for Pattern Literacy
It's no secret that our society has become unsustainable. Modern agriculture, industry and finance all extract more than they give back, and the Earth is starting to show the strain. How did we get into this mess? And, more important, what can we do to help our culture get back on track? The ecological design approach known as permaculture offers powerful tools for the design of regenerative, fair ways to provide food, energy, livelihood, and other needs while letting humans share the planet with the rest of nature. This presentation will give you insight into why our culture has become fundamentally unsustainable, and offers ecologically based solutions that can help create a just and sustainable society. This is the sequel to Hemenway's popular talk, "How Permaculture Can Save Humanity and the Planet, but not Civilization."

Wayne Burleson
Gardening for Life Made Easy
Wayne Burleson - Gardening for Life
Learn how to take the work out of backyard gardening with no digging, tilling or fertilizing (and less watering). Demonstrations will be presented using cardboard, fast compost making, deep mulching and shotgun seeding. Plus, come and meet secret garden workers.

Wayne Burleson
No Land, No Problem: 'Meals on wheels'
Wayne Burleson - Gardening for Life
Learn how to grow healthy food that makes you healthy! Cultivate portable gardens by recycling rubbish into the best food-growing super soils in the world. With the advice in this demonstration, you can create change you can taste, producing fresh super-foods grown in super soils.

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