Preperations for this years 2014 Seed and Plant exchange have begun.

Hi Folks,

This Tuesday the 7th of January 5:30pm at CCAT. We will be having our monthly meeting.
Because we are only a few months away from our yearly Seed and Plant Exchange we will be having meetings at-least twice a month. Our meetings for the next few month will be primarily focusing on the Seed Exchange

This months second meeting will be Wednesday the 15th of January also 5:30 at CCAT.

If you can’t make the fist one come to the second one and find out how you can help make this years Seed Exchange amazing. We need all the help we can get.

In these times of uncertain climate change it becomes even more important that we as a community come together to share seed genetics and create as much food security as we can.

Hope to see you there.

Pray for rain.

~Levon & the Guild

Seed Freedom Party!

In solidarity with seed savers worldwide, the Seed Freedom Forghtnight of Action begins on Oct. 2 (Gandhi’s birthday) to Oct. 16th (World Food Day). Seed saving and food sovereignty events are taking place all over the world during the fortnight, and Humboldt is joining the action. You are invited to bring a dish to share and your seeds to clean, or help clean the seeds of the community! Seed stock and seed cleaning supplies will be provided by Flying Blue Dog Nursery, Garden Bliss, The Humboldt Permaculture

 Guild, Seeds For Life a Living Seed Bank, High Tide Permaculture and more. Everyone will go home with free seed! For more info on the global action visit: seedfreedom.in@Potluck | Seed Cleaning Demos | Seed Cleaning Stations
Seed Cleaning Screen Making | Cover Crop Seed Bomb Making Seed Packaging | FREE! |Come celebrate the season’s seed harvest! Take home seeds and help package seed for seed swapping stations around town, Seeds For Life a Living Seed Bank, and for the Humboldt Permaculture Guild’s up-coming15th Annual Free Seed and Plant Exchange on March 30th @Arcata Community Center.

Seed and Plant Exchange Workshop and Band Schedule

We have over 15 free workshops and activities happening at this year’s seed and plant exchange. These include:

  • Backyard plant breeding
  • Seed saving
  • Humboldt varieties
  • Intro to permaculture,
  • Faces of seed
  • Patterns to details (forest agroecology)
  • Native plants in permaculture
  • Seed starting
  • Fruit tree grafting
  • Window gardens
  • Permaculture for kids
  • Herbology for kids
  • Polyculture
  • Worm composting
  • Grass Fed Petting Zoo
  • and Seed Cleaning

We also have four bands playing:

  • Jim Silva
  • Jan Bramlett
  • Trillium
  • Our Weight in Gold

Check out our workshop and band listing for more details

Workshops Schedule (excel format)

Workshop Schedule (pdf format)

Klamath Knot Permaculture Design Course March-Oct 2012

An extended Permaculture Design Certification Course that will teach you how to transform human habitats into diverse, resilient, self-sustaining systems. This course will draw on a wide array of sites and instructors, from the Northcoast to the interior Klamath River, meeting one weekend a month and offering an in-depth learning experience through the seasons. Upon completion participants will receive a Permaculture Design Certificate and the skills and tools to make positive change within their communities.

This extended course is for aspiring or experienced gardeners, farmers, community organizers, land planners, builders and any active, engaged citizen seeking positive change. Instructors combine lecture, reading and hands-on activities based on an 19-year Permaculture site and the surrounding Klamath River watershed. Topics include zone and sector analysis, observation as the basis for design, keyline design of swales and ponds, organic gardening and farming, orchard management, plant propagation, animal husbandry, soil management, ethnobotany, pest management, natural building techniques, community process, watershed restoration, fire and fuels management and more. Upon completion participants will receive a Certificate of Permaculture Design.

We are excited to offer this extended Permaculture Design Course that provides an affordable and in depth alternative to a residential 2-week intensive format. Spring weekend sessions will be held at Sandy Bar Ranch, a 20 year established Permaculture site, and daily sessions will be hosted during the Summer and Fall at various sites in the Arcata/ Eureka area of the California North Coast. The array of sites and geographic locales will reflect the biodiversity and complexity of the Klamath Knot, while the extended schedule will encompass the seasons.

Course Schedule
Residential Weekend Sessions at Sandy Bar Ranch: March 15-18, Thursday to Sunday, April 13-15, Friday to Sunday, May (exact dates TBA), Friday to Sunday
Northcoast Sessions will be held on the second Saturday of each month, July through October, host sites to be announced: July 7, August 11, September 8, October 13

Costs and Registration
Full Course Fee: $900.00 (includes lodging/partial meals for residential sessions, site and instructor fees for coastal sessions, and course materials)
Early Registration Discount: $800.00 ($100 discount for those registration before or by February 15th, 2012)

Contact us for more information or to register.

13th Annual Seed and Plant Exchange on Sunday, March 27

Farmers and gardeners! Get ready for spring by swapping rare and locally grown seeds, starts, and plants at Humboldt Permaculture Guild’s 13th Annual Seed and Plant Exchange! Learn and be inspired at a workshop, hear live music, enjoy hot food, and take part in a raffle of great local goods.

The 13th annual Seed and Plant Exchange will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 27 at the Manila Community Center.

Workshops include:
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Seed and Circumstance – Susan Ornelas, mayor of Arcata
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Seed Saving 101 – Jared Zystro, Organic Seed Alliance
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Organic Seed Production Techniques and Tips – Don Tipping, Siskiyou Seeds
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. What is Permaculture? – Mark DuPont, Sandy Bar Ranch
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Gardener/Farmer Roundtable – Jessica Bittner, former market farmer

Music includes:
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Jan Bramlett – Her bluesy voice sweeps through lyrical melodies.
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Morgan, Mo, & Todd – Original acoustic folk songs.
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Wet Fez – An upbeat mix of folky, old time, jazzy bluegrass.
2:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m. Kindred Spirits – Raucous fast bluegrass, contemplative ballads, and far out jams.

George Stevens of Synergy Seeds will demonstrate seed cleaning techniques throughout the day. Come hungry and enjoy a salad, soup and polenta for sale to benefit the Manila Teenship Resource Center. This event is free and all are welcome.

The Manila Community Center is located at 1611 Peninsula Dr, Manila, CA.

For more information or to set up carpooling, contact Jared Zystro at (608) 957-4829 or jared@seedalliance.org.