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Backyardfarmtour Set for Aug 24 + 25

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.

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No Meeting this Month

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.

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New Farmer's Market Caters to Small Growers

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.

The Backyard Farmer's Market starts this Saturday(May 25th) and continues through October 26th, 11am to 4pm at 61515 American Loop, Bend.

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Bend's Original Permaculturalist Looking for A Project

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!

Tyler Pratt
Renewable Energy Engineering Student
Oregon Institute of Technology
Engineering Honors Society – OIT

Living Legacy by Design

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June Meeting at Cob Project Campus Wed the 5th

post by: Dale Friedkin  May 15, 2013

  • The Cob Project Campus!  Tour included.
  • This is a Wednesday!!  Not our usual Mondays.
  • Time: 6pm
  • Food:  Grass fed beef burgers served up by the courtesy of our host along with buns by baked bakery and I am making homemade Ketchup with tomatoes I grew and mayo from my own eggs.
  • Pot luck:  Bring some food and drink!  We have got the main course covered.

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March Against Monsanto, Sat. May 25

post by: Dale Friedkin  May 13, 2013



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

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Reminder, Agenda Items for Meeting Mon May 1st

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:

  • A great opportunity for the UDPG has fallen into our lap.  I will announce it at the meeting.
  • A couple of announcements about upcoming events
  • Discussion of the Projects Work-share Program that got kicked off at the last meeting
  • May 25th there is a Nationwide protest against scum Monsanto.  The local organizer will be at the meeting to enlist us.
  • Last meeting when we shared our collective knowledge on Companion Planting was great--so says everyone!  Let's do it again.  Do you have a permaculture subject for this meeting?
If anyone else has an agenda item it may be a good idea to show up early and let it be known or email the "contact us" link at the bottom of this page.

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East Oregon Farm Develops Livestock with Permaculture in Mind

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

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Get Trees at Nativity's Saturday Garden Party/Propagation Fair

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.

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Permaculture Makeover Talk at Downtown Library June 17th

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.

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2012 Northwest Permaculture Convergence part 2 from Extraenvironmentalist

post by: Dale Friedkin  April 20, 2013

In this second Extraenvironmentalist podcast covering the 2012 Northwest Permaculture Convergence  several longer talks are presented, as opposed to part 1, which was a bunch of fragments.


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Beltane Garden Party and Propagation Fair at Nativity Sat Apr 27

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.

  • What: Beltane Celebration, Seed Exchange, and Propagation Fair.
  • Food: Lunch and Beverages
  • Music
  • Date: Sat. Apr 27
  • Time: 9am - 4pm
  • Contact: Seth Meeves, email
  • Place: Nativity Food Forest 60850 Brosterhous Rd, Bend

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