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Location: N.W. Washington
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Greetings from Skagit County,

My Wife and I are knee deep into Geoff Lawton's "Permaculture Design Course". Has anybody done a parody of him yet?

We are determined to create a sustainable system that will not only provide our food security, but have abundance to share. Feels good just to think about it.

Problem: We are currently renting a small acreage, cant really touch the land.

Solution: Create a residual income stream that not only affords us our own small acreage, but also "infects minds with Permaculture-P.W." I think he said that.

It's nice to see a community of so many good, sharing people. We hope to be a partner in this community and do all we can to get people involved.

Let's transform the earth together!

Chad and Allison S.
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Location: Western Washington
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Welcome to permies, Chad and Allison. Are you down in the valley or up in the foothills? Either way soaking rains in the cool season are the main issues to be weary of. Flooding and slide potential are forces which should be taken into account when selecting land and your strategy to improve it. I look forward to discussing regionally appropriate tactics for perennial local food systems and wise energy use. Anything on your mind demanding exploration? Start a thread! I'm no expert, but I have been producing food in this region for a good while now at a variety of scales, and 'permaculture' has been a primary area of interest for me. There are a ton of really experienced people here who seem to love to pile onto a good thread! Good to hear there are more infected brains roaming about in western Washington.
cd shahan
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Hi Landon,

We are north of Sedro-Woolley, just above the in-stream rule boundary. Which is another thing to consider in this region.

What's on my mind lately is The Birch Tree. After watching the documentary "Happy People", our interest was perked. I experimented with extracting Birch Bark oil, I wanted to test against Mosquitos but we really had a lack of them this summer. Which I have been told was the driest summer that many people could remember.

(pictures) I have some Birch Polypore- Fomes Fomentarius(i think) on site.

Would really like to find Inonotus obliquus - Chaga . I believe it grows on Yellow Birch.

We are looking for a copy of Pemaculture: "A designers manual" and the other titles from Bill Mollison.

Thanks for the welcome,
Chad and Allison

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I think Fomes Fomentarius
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Location: Longbranch, WA
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Welcome to the Salish Sea.
I live in the middle of what is called Puget Sound. The Salish people used to portage across the Key Peninsula here rather than paddle all the way around.
I have some trees along my driveway that come up from the roots; I think they may be aspens. I cut three each yer for firewood. This year I did not get them out of the field before it flooded and they have sprouted some fungus like yours but quite small yet, 3/4 to 1 1/2 inch.
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