I lived in Kennewick from 1978 to 1987. Those were my first years of trying to garden. Moved to the Oregon coast and then took a permaculture design course in 1994. Nice weather for tomatoes, corn , etc.
My Dad lives in Kennewick and it would be interesting to meet some permaculture folks next time I'm in town. I live in Sumner, on the westside, and am heavily involved and teach lots of permaculture classes over here. I've done a design for my Dad's church, the Community of Christ church in Richland, white church with big lawn overlooking Cadlac Hospital. But so far nothing has come of it. If there's community interest maybe I can talk the church into buying the plants and we can have some kind of 'Intro to Permaculture' event and get the plants in the ground.
That would be a great place for a permaculture garden. A creek runs behind the hospital, and a few years ago an eagle scout fixed up a trail running alongside the creek, so it would be easy for the public to view a garden there.
I live off Badger Road in Kennewick. Have 2.5 acres with about half of that in pasture. Driveway, barn, corral, loafing shed, shop and house take up about half of the remaining. Previous owner was alfalfa farmer so his idea of home property was leave it go wild (with weeds and grass) or gravel it over.
My start in permaculture is basically sneaking it in where I can as the bread winner in the family is not sold on it yet and is concerned that replacing the lawn will lower property value. She'd rather fight the weeds and have the weeds win then let me plant food plants. But slowly bringing her around.
Hey, good to see another permie in the Tri-Cities! A big part of permaculture is not just gardening but educating those we live with. My husband would probably have nothing but lawn grass if it was only up to him. We're on a city lot in West Pasco. Best of luck to you in your ventures.
Howdy, I'm in central klickitat county. Not exactly the tricities, but it is pretty close. We are also in a semi-arid climate and are working on a lot of irrigationless agroforestry. We're also in the same hardiness zone. You can look in the footer of my post for links to what we're doing.