Mark Your Calenders: March

Courtesy of aussiegall via Flickr

Spring is near...and the countdown is on! And who can blame us for anticipating it after this past winter? Sure, we'll miss sledding down Queen Anne Avenue or Denny Way, but now we can finally trade in our parkas and snow shovels for our windbreakers and garden tools. Can it get any better than that?

From green festivals to gardening workshops, these upcoming spring events are sure to help drag you out of hibernation and get you into the full swing of spring.

Permaculture Design 101 Workshop
Sunday, March 1st. 10:00am – 5:30pm.
Environmental Outreach & Stewardship Alliances Offices Suite # 220, 650 S. Orcas St.
Seattle, WA

Spend a Sunday afternoon with instructors Dave Boehnlein and Paul Kearsley as they cover the basics of this sustainable design system. You'll cover what "permaculture" means, where it's happening and how to get it started. Both instructors work as designers and teachers at the Bullock's Permaculture Homestead on Orcas Island. It is advised to please bring your own sack lunch for this event.

RSVP required: through email.
$15-25, sliding scale.

Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations
Monday, March 2, 2009, 7:30 – 9pm
Downstairs at Town Hall 1119 Eighth Avenue, Seattle, WA

David Montgomery is a MacArthur "Genius" Award Winner and University of Washington professor of geomorphology whose research has made fundamental contributions to the understanding of how soils and rivers have shaped civilizations, past and present. His new book, Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations, a compelling mix of history, archaeology, and geology, makes a persuasive argument that soil is humanity’s most essential natural resource. Presented as part of the Seattle Science Lectures, with Pacific Science Center and University Book Store.

Tickets: $5, available online.

Matt Flannery: Microcredit
Thursday, March 5, 2009, 7 – 9pm
Great Hall at Town Hall 1119 Eighth Avenue, Seattle, WA

Matt Flannery is the CEO and Co-Founder of, a peer-to-peer microcredit site. Flannery has been featured on Oprah, written about by Bill Clinton (Giving), and lauded as one of CNN’s heroes. He will talk about microcredit as a means of poverty eradication, how technology can help facilitate development, and how Kiva’s peer-to-peer microcredit site enables individuals to make small loans to microentrepreneurs around the world. Presented by
(Read an interview with Kiva co-founder Jessica Flannery in the Worldchanging archive.)

$10, general admission
$5 reduced for students (w/ id) & seniors, available online.

Native Plant Salvage
Saturday, March 7, 9am -12pm (Salvage site) & 1pm - 4pm (Dunthie Hill Park)
Salvage site: SE 238th St. Maple Valley, WA
Native plant holding facility: 27101 SE Duthie Hill Rd. Issaquah, WA.

Join hands with fellow volunteers digging up native plants and trees from this site that is scheduled for development. Afterwards, also join in potting the salvaged plants so they can recuperate before going to King County habitat restoration sites.

As Worldchanging Seattle blogger Jen Power recently wrote:"Some of my favorite winter memories are of the King County Native Plant Salvage: waking up early, bundling myself in thermals, and braving the icy woods in search of native plants to save from bulldozing and send off to new homes in restoration projects around King County. At the end of the morning, I was always rewarded with muddy boots, a sense of accomplishment, and some native plants I could bring home for my own garden."

Sustainable Saturdays at 21 Acres Farm
Saturday, March 7 2009. 21 Acres, 13701 NE 171st Street, Woodinville, WA 98072
The Sustainable Saturday Series at 21 Acres presents an opportunity to the community to learn and participate in a variety of activities showcasing and demonstrating sustainable agriculture and environmental stewardship. This free series of Sustainable Saturdays, to be held the first Saturday of every month through November.

Farm and garden demonstrations and volunteer work projects are planned between 10 a.m. and noon, along with an official Farm Tour at 11 a.m. Volunteer tasks could include brush clearing, trail maintenance, light building maintenance and general garden tasks. Participate in a farm task, walk the trails, chat with a Community Gardener or just meander through the wildlife corridor. Find out what’s growing in your community when you visit 21 Acres.

If you miss out this month with this event, don't worry - educational programs and classes will continue to be added to the Sustainable Saturday Series each month.

Sustainable Path: Climate Change and Water

Wednesday, March 25, 2009, 5:30 – 7pm
Downstairs at Town Hall; 1119 Eighth Avenue, Seattle, WA

Second of Sustainable Path's 3-Part-Series Featuring Philip Mote and Steve Malloch.
With our varied landscape and abundance of water sources, Washington is likely to feel the effects of climate change even more profoundly than other places. Already we’re seeing signs of what the future could hold: too much water at some times, and not enough at others. Washington State Climatologist Philip Mote and Steve Malloch of the National Wildlife Federation will lead a seminar to address how we – as a community and as individuals – can respond to the prospect of more flooding, drought, wildfires and other potential climate-change catastrophes. They will analyze our current situation and put forward solutions concerning growth, development, climate and community as well as personal lifestyle changes that can reduce our carbon – and water – footprints.

$10 Advance Reservations (available online until the day prior to the event)
$15 Admission at the Door (cash or check preferred)
$5 Student Price at the door with current student I.D.

Green Festival
Saturday, March 28 10am - 7pm & Sunday, March 29 11am - 6pm
Washington State Convention & Trade Center, 800 Convention Place Seattle, WA

Two days of all things green! Over 125 renowned authors, leaders & educators, 350 eco-friendly businesses in a unique marketplace, workshops, green films, kids’ activities, live music and organic, vegetarian cuisine will all be part of this year's Green Festival.

Featured speakers this year include John Perkins, Malkia Cyril, David C. Korten, Laura Flanders and Worldchanging's very own Alex Steffen.

$15 general admission
$10 reduced entry for: students with ID, seniors over 62, bike riders with a ticket from the Green Festival Bike valet, bus riders with a transfer ticket or bus pass or union members.
FREE if you are under 18, a member of Green America / Global Exchange or if you volunteer.

Image credit: flickr/aussiegall.


This link is to a BBC program about the future of farming in the UK after peak oil, addressing peak oil, permaculture, naturally sustainable pastures (that can be grazed all year) and forest gardens in a very accessible way.

BBC 2 A Farm For The Future

It is available to view for 23 days from the date of this post

Posted by: Laurence Green on February 22, 2009 12:39 AM