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¤Backyardfarmtour Set for Aug 24 + 25
¤No Meeting this Month
¤New Farmer's Market Caters to Small Growers
¤Bend's Original Permaculturalist Looking for A Project
¤June Meeting at Cob Project Campus Wed the 5th
¤March Against Monsanto, Sat. May 25
¤Reminder, Agenda Items for Meeting Mon May 1st
¤East Oregon Farm Develops Livestock with Permaculture in Mind
¤Get Trees at Nativity's Saturday Garden Party/Propagation Fair
¤Permaculture Makeover Talk at Downtown Library June 17th
¤2012 Northwest Permaculture Convergence part 2 from Extraenvironmentalist
¤Beltane Garden Party and Propagation Fair at Nativity Sat Apr 27
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UDPG'ers are also involved in these groups
post by: Dale Friedkin July 12, 2013
The Backyardfarmtour, which I see as the precursor to the UDPG, is revving up for its 4th year. Yours truly is heading the effort. This year it will be open source, which means you can just download the info for free or get a tour booklet from one of several charities/groups that will be printing them up and selling them as a fundraiser. More info is at http://backyardfarmtour.com where you can also find out how to get involved.
post by: Dale Friedkin July 9, 2013
...and probably next month too. I suspect we will be rebooting this project in September. Meanwhile, do Permaculture! And get involved in the backyardfarmtour August 24th and 25th. At the very least take the tour, it is going to be free this year. Look for an announcement here and backyardfarmtour.com to be updated very soon.
post by: Dale Friedkin May 21, 2013
The original markets were simply a gathering place for a village to exchange among themselves. Anyone could find a place to lay out their wares. As society "progressed" markets became more complicated. They became controlled, rigged and precipitated the dismal field of Economics. The resurgence of Farmer's Markets have been a revolt against that and a return to our essential culture of food. Farmer's Markets still leave something to be desired though, they require fees to participate that squeeze out smaller producers thereby perpetuating the producer/consumer model.
Celebrate the Season's new Backyard Farmer's Market whittles away at that. It is designed for anybody, for instance someone with a productive little permaculture scene, to sell their surplus. To set up a table costs as little as $5. It democratizes the Market. They even provide a handy little guide to assist growers who are considering entering the marketplace for the first time ( http://celebratetheseason.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/sell-what-you-sow.png ).
How about a UDPG table?
Duane and Julie Schiedler, the owner's of Celebrate the Season, have long been innovators in Central Oregon's local food movement. When Duane's cabinet business screeched to halt and Julies job as Real Estate appraiser evaporated in the melt down of '08 they turned to their farming roots. Instead of cabinets Duane started making Chicken Coops, raised beds and greenhouses and they opened their local market. They started the Backyard Farm Tour, without which the UDPG probably never would have happened--That is where a lot of us met. They also have an awesome permaculture scene at their home in the Old Farm District.
post by: Dale Friedkin May 18, 2013
Aside from the Native Americans and early settlers maybe the first Bend OR, Permaculturalist was Tyler Pratt. Tyler designed and built the Nativity Food Forest. Tyler would probably be running the UDPG, but he went away to Portland to study Renewable Energy Engineering at the Oregon Institute of Technology. He about to enter his senior year of study and needs to do a Senior Project. He writes us:
Dear Permaculture Community,
I am writing in search of a project that may interest you. This fall 2013 I will be entering my senior year in a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Renewable Energy Engineering at Oregon Institute of Technology with an emphasis in Electrical Power Systems Design, and it has come time to find a suitable Senior Project. The project should entail designing and building a renewable energy system for a farm or community strongly rooted in humanitarian and permaculture ethics, action, and intention. A few ideas of potential projects are a mixed resource (e.g. solar, wind, micro-hydro) electrical power system for a residence, shop, or water pumping, climate controls for a greenhouse(s), existing power system optimization, or resource monitoring and data acquisition. I will be choosing a project this summer and starting it this fall with a project completion deadline of spring 2014, and am looking for interested people and organizations that may benefit from such a project so that we can team up and make it happen!
I have an extensive background in Permaculture Design and farm scale water systems development with over 10 years practicing and seven years studying and teaching around the world. Therefore, I bring an element of real life experience to the engineering realm and have an objective look at technology and its scale, appropriateness, and place. My hope is to find a project with others that share these ethics, and create a project that serves to benefit many through the good work that is done by them.
If you have a project proposal or referral I would very much appreciate hearing from you. I am located in the Portland, Oregon area, but if the proposed project was promising enough I would be willing to travel as needed in order to make it happen.
Please feel free to share this invitation widely and thanks for your time!
Renewable Energy Engineering Student
Oregon Institute of Technology
Engineering Honors Society – OIT
Living Legacy by Design
post by: Dale Friedkin May 15, 2013
post by: Dale Friedkin May 13, 2013
SATURDAY, MAY 25TH 2013 @ 10AM @ PIONEER PARK
Why do we march?
• Research studies have shown that Monsanto’s genetically-modified foods can lead to serious health
conditions such as the development of cancer tumors, infertility and birth defects.
• In the United States, the FDA, the agency tasked with ensuring foodsafety for the population, is steered
by ex-Monsanto executives, and we feel that’s a questionable conflict of interests and explains
the lack of government-lead research on the long-term effects of GMO products.
• Recently, the U.S. Congress and president collectively passed the “Monsanto Protection Act” that,
among other things, bans courts from halting the sale of Monsanto’s genetically-modified seeds.
• Organic and small farmers suffer losses while Monsanto continues to forge its monopoly over the world’s food supply, including exclusive patenting rights over seeds and genetic makeup.
• Monsanto's GMO seeds are harmful to the environment.
Our Solutions for Central Oregon
- Voting with your dollar by buying Organic & Local and boycotting Monsanto-owned companies that use
GMOs in their products.
- Labeling of GMOs so that consumers can make those informed decisions easier.
- Support Organic Local Farming!!!
Rally, March & Organic Non-GMO Potluck @Pioneer Park, after the March March Against Monsanto Bend
**FREE shirts will be made on site for Rally between 10 & 11am, bring a used/new plain white shirt**
For More Info. or to Volunteer: Tel: 541-279-8844
post by: Dale Friedkin May 3, 2013
Hope to see everybody at our Meeting at Locavore on Monday! Details here. I am coming in there loaded with agenda items as follows:
post by: Dale Friedkin May 1, 2013
Industrial Agriculture has bred farm animals into genetic monstrosities. Bigger, faster and fatter are not the qualities that fit in with Permaculture. Animals that fit in with their surroundings, do. Pigs for instance...well their name is also an adjective. Pigs will tear apart everything down to the roots and have traditionally been used to clear land for monoculture farms. The Iron Goose Farm in La Grande raises Kunekune pigs that are small, docile, respect fences and do not destroy trees. They are happy to graze on grass, mostly do not root and are ideal for Permaculture.
The Iron Goose Farm is also helping to revive the Dominique Chicken. The Dominique Chicken was the most dominant Chicken in Colonial times into the 1800's but grew out of favor as larger meat birds and egg layers were developed. The Dominique Chickens take care of themselves and thrived in the days before store bought feeds and Chicken Coops were ever developed.
Maybe we should bring these breeds to the Upper Deschutes region. I'm interested, anyone else?
More info at http://www.kunepigs.com
post by: Dale Friedkin April 24, 2013
Thanks to our friend Tyler Pratt, fruit trees via the Friends of Trees will be available at Saturday's Beltane Garden Party and Propagation Fair at Nativity. Get the Apple, Pear and Plum trees while they are available! A donation of $5/tree is suggested to help support Friends of Trees. BRING A POT and SOME SOIL or at least a plastic or burlap bag, spray it with water, and plant it immediately when you get home.
post by: Dale Friedkin April 22, 2013
The UDPG's own Debbie Goodwin to lecture at local libraries!
GIVE YOUR LANDSCAPE A SUSTAINABLE, PERMACULTURE MAKEOVER part of the Deschutes Library Summer Reading Program Series, 6:00 pm, Monday, June 17, 2013 at the Downtown Bend Library and at 6:00 pm, Monday, July 3, 2013 at the Redmond Library.
Turn a labor- and resource-intensive landscape into a beautiful and bountiful place with relatively little work, harvesting the fruits (and vegetables) of your labor simply by working with nature instead of trying to manipulate it. This concept is called permaculture meaning “permanent agriculture” coined by Bill Mollison, an Australian ecologist and his student David Holmgren. Permaculture uses the inherent qualities of plants, animals, and the natural environment, combined with human needs to produce a self-reliant, life-supporting system using the smallest practical area.
bio: Debbie Goodwin is a permaculture and garden designer. She received her Bachelor's degree in Architecture and Landscape Architecture from OSU and has a Masters of Landscape Architecture from North Carolina State University. She has been a licensed landscape architect both in Oregon and Washington. Debbie was the Urban Designer and Landscape Architect for the City of Spokane, Washington for 14 years and then went on to establish her own design firm, Human Nature Design. She has taught landscape architecture at WSU and horticulture at Spokane Community College. In addition to her training and experience as a landscape architect, Debbie is a natural builder apprentice with experience in cob and cob/strawbale building and a certified permaculture designer. Debbie currently works for Heart Springs Design and Nursery in Bend, Oregon.
Also--Debbie's home will be on the Crooked River Ranch Mariposa Lily Garden Club Tour, Saturday, June 22nd from 10-3 (six home gardens are on the tour). The initial stop for the tour is at the Crooked River Ranch Fire Station where tour maps and information will be distributed.
post by: Dale Friedkin April 20, 2013
post by: Seth Meeves April 19, 2013
We are kicking it off right with a Beltane Celebration, Seed Exchange, and Propagation Fair. Come on down and see our work from the previous week and enjoy live music, a free lunch and free beverages. We have booths available for free to any one interested. It is a day of full of networking, discussion and tours of the site, spreading information and reaching out to the public.
Food donations are being accepted ( that leg of elk that has been vacuum sealed in your freezer for the last year) we could use pot luck style dishes or ingredients for a buffet style meal, what ever you have access to. Contact Seth or Gordon with donation items.
We have bands scheduled but if you play music feel free to bring your instrument/band. We are open to random jam sessions as part of the experience.
If you have anything you would like to table (retail business, political/environmental campaign, information, or demonstration) we provide space free of charge. Contact Seth to set something up.details: