LSNA Monthly Meeting
Tuesday March 9th, 2010, 7pm
Washington Square Highrise 2501 E Street
The following five topics and speakers will be presenting brief introductions and then be available for questions. Bring your gardening questions and they will bring answers. Spring is just around the corner!
Permaculture: Gary Koch lives in the Birchwood neighborhood on a .4 acre property and developing it according to permacultural principles. He attended the permaculture class in 2006 given on Orcas Island by the Bullock brothers. He is interested in neighborhood self suffiency in most staples, but also interdependence based on barter among like-minded groups and individuals.
Community First! Gardens: Becky Curtis, Program Coordinator, will discuss this program. WSU and The Mary Redman Foundation are collaborating to form Community First! Gardens. These gardens will provide opportunities for neighbors to work side-by-side tending their individual garden plots, while building a sense of self-reliance as they learn to grow their own food. Besides making nutritious, locally-grown food available to more people, these neighborhood gardens will provide an environment in which a strong sense of community can flourish.
Composting & Garden in clay: Elsa King is a Master Composter, a WSU Extension program. She describes herself as “I am one of those people who dug up my lawn (miserable clay fill) and planted a (incredibly productive!) food garden right by the sidewalk. So I can certainly speak to the issues of improving miserable soil, dealing with deer, and just doing it. As a master composter I have many tips for the backyard gardener.”
Backyard Habitat: Ronalee Kincaid is an active gardener and has training at a Habitat Steward with the National Wildlife Federation and has completed the Backyard Habitat Mentor training. She will share ways to attract wildlife to your yard by providing four basic elements of food, water, shelter and a place to raise young.
Bellingham Urban Garden Syndicate: Chris Elder will share information about BUGS and their projects. BUGS is dedicated to assisting with the design, implementation, and ongoing maintenance of the urban food revolution. The groups mission statement is “To promote, sustain, and advocate for urban agriculture in Bellingham through education, garden support, community action, and making local healthy food accessible.”