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Digester Opportunities in Humboldt County

Presented by Juliette Bohn, JPB Consulting
Sunday, July 16 at 4pm
Freshwater Community Hall,  49 Grange Rd, Eureka, CA 95503

The Humboldt Permaculture Guild invites the community to a presentation by local waste diversion specialist Juliette Bohn focused on the benefits of the anaerobic digestion process as a tool for organic waste utilization, current California policy, and the synergies that can be achieved through strategic location of digesters at various sites within Humboldt County.  This free event will be hosted by the Freshwater Community Guild and will be held at the Freshwater Community Hall on Grange Rd.

Juliette Bohn is a project development consultant who helps businesses, individuals, and local governments improve their environmental performance in authentic, measurable ways with a focus on clean energy and organic waste utilization. Juliette’s interest in anaerobic digestion began while working on her master’s thesis titled “Food Waste Diversion and Utilization in Humboldt County,” which focused on strategies to convert food waste into useful products. Juliette went on to lead a U.S. EPA-funded pilot project to learn how to best establish a food waste diversion program in a variety of commercial settings. Juliette holds a M.S. degree in Environmental Systems from Humboldt State University, and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic.

We hope to see you there.  And don’t forget to mark your calendars for the rest of the Humboldt Permaculture Guild’s 2017 summer event series:

  • Sunday, July 16 at 4 pm: “Digester Opportunities in Humboldt County” with Juliette Bohn from JPB Consulting
  • Sunday, August 13 at 10 am: “Saving the Seeds of Life” with Cindy Annotto from Rock-n-Rose
  • Sunday, September 17 at 4 pm: “Way of Life Mini Farm Tour” with Shane Keller from Eco-Village Partners

March Events


 Don’t miss the great events coming up this month!

Hands-On Grafting Workshop
When: Saturday, March 18th, 10 am – Noon
Where: Bayside (RSVP for more information)
Join us for this interactive look at grafting new and existing fruit trees in Bayside.  Attendees will get introductory instruction on whip and bark grafting techniques with hands-on grafting opportunities. Space is limited and RSVP is required. Visit the Facebook event page for more information, and contact Marlon at to reserve your space.

19th Annual Seed & Plant Exchange
When: Saturday, March 25th, 11 am – 4 pm
Where: Arcata Community Center
Farmers and gardeners are invited to get ready for spring by swapping locally grown and locally appropriate seeds, starts, and plants! As always, bring seeds or plants to share if you have them, but you can take home seeds and plants no matter what you bring. Or you can just come for the live music, free workshops taught by local experts, and a locally sourced lunch. For more information, visit the Facebook event page. And don’t forget that a big free event like this requires lots of volunteers – sign up to help here. See you there!

We’d love to see you at one of our planning meetings, too:

Seed Exchange Planning Meeting
When: Tuesday, March 7th, 5:30 pm
Where: HSU’s Campus Center for Appropriate Technology
Join us as we plan for our biggest annual event – the Seed & Plant Exchange!

Final Seed Exchange Planning Meeting
When: Tuesday, March 21st, 5:30 pm
Where: HSU’s Campus Center for Appropriate Technology
Just a few days before the big event, we’ll be having out last meeting to go over final details and sign up volunteers to help at the event itself. Even if you haven’t been involved in planning the event so far, we’d love for you to show up, find out what’s going on, and sign up to help! If you can’t make it to the meeting, you can sign up to volunteer here.

October Permaculture Soiree


Want to meet local folks interested in permaculture and find out what the Humboldt Permaculture Guild is up to?

Then join us next Tuesday (October 4th) at 5:30 pm at CCAT for an informal gathering of Guild members and supporters!

  • Tour the gardens at CCAT (HSU’s Campus Center for Appropriate Technology)
  • Find out about plans for the 2017 Fruit Tree & Scion Exchange and Seed & Plant Exchange
  • Learn how you can get more involved in the Guild
  • Free snacks and drinks provided

We hope to see you there!

Also: we have opportunities now for you to help put on next year’s events!

  • Event Coordinator Assistant for Scion Exchange or Seed Exchange
  • Raffle Coordinator for Seed Exchange
  • Booth Coordinator for Seed Exchange
  • Seed Donation Coordinator for Seed Exchange
  • Media Coordinator for Seed Exchange
  • Workshop Coordinator for Seed Exchange

If any of these roles sound interesting, talk to a Guild member about it on Tuesday or send us a message letting us know what role you’re interested in, why, and any relevant experience you have.

The 17th Annual Seed and Plant Exchange March 28th


Seeds, Plants, Workshops, Food, Raffle, Music and more.
Start your starts, clean your seeds. It’s that time of year again where we celebrate, share, and swap seeds and plants. Bring the whole family stay for lunch and dance to some great local music. FREE


Here is the schedule for the free work shops taught by great local teachers.

11 a.m. – Seed Saving – Jared Zystro

12 p.m. – Fruit Tree Grafting – Mark Dupont

1 p.m. – Watershed Conscious Property – Dan Mar

2 p.m. – Crop Planning for Maximum Harvest – Eddie Tanner

Calling all volunteers for the 17th annual Seed and Plant Exchange

This event is a run by all volunteers. With over a thousand people attending last year we need all the help we can get. The importance of food security and access to healthy low cost food is more important than ever. Help make this event possible by signing up for a volunteer slot on our Google doc or e-mailing us with your availability. Below is a link to the Google doc volunteer sign in sheet.

Thanks from all of us at the Permaculture Guild


The Humboldt Permaculture Guild has confirmed plans for Humboldt County’s second annual Fruit Tree and Scion Exchange.  The event will be held on Sat. 31st at the Bayside Grange in Arcata from 11am to 2pm.  This event follows the same spirit of our annual Seed and Plant Exchange but focuses on the exchange of perennial fruit tree propagation material.  Because this material is collected in winter while trees are dormant, we are hosting this separate event.  Both experienced fruit growers as well as the general public are invited to share quality scion wood and talk about growing fruit in Humboldt County.  With the diversity of microclimates in our area, the Scion Exchange is meant to educate the community on which varieties do best in our unique region.  For those who are already growing plenty of fruit, we invite you to share scion wood from your best producers or exotic cultivars.  For those who have established trees that don’t produce good fruit, we invite you to come collect scion wood from our event that you can later graft to your existing tree.  And for those who are still planning/planting phase, we invite you to come chose your cultivar, which we can show you to graft onto new rootstock, which you can take home with you.  We will have grafting demonstrations by local experts as well as a few varieties of rootstock available.  Since  the fresh fruit is mostly gone, we invite you to bring fruit of any preparation (sauce, butter, juice, dried, etc.) to share the flavors of our cultivars.  Photos are handy as well.  Hope you can make it.  For more info call Marlon Gil at (707) 672-3102.


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