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The Duke himself is coming to Yakima! (Jan. 22, 2017)  RSS feed

 
Jeff Stainthorp
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Well, hot diggety daffodils, y'all! It seems the stars have aligned for our little Permie community here in Yakima, Washington. Mr. Paul Wheaton will be stopping by our farm on January 22nd, and will be giving a presentation on replacing irrigation with permaculture at 3pm. And we want YOU to be there! If you live in the area, you know how rare and wonderful this opportunity is. Yakima definitely isn't one of the first places that comes to mind when you think "Permaculture." (Though maybe we can change that!) If anyone in the surrounding area would like to attend, please click on the link at the bottom of this post to RSVP, or just respond on this thread (though I'll probably just tell you to click the link!) We hope to see some fresh faces here, so don't miss out!

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Jocelyn Campbell
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Excellent listing, Jeff! I nabbed your fun image from the Yakima Beach Permaculture Dryland Permaculture with Paul Wheaton event page linked above. I love it!


 
Jeff Stainthorp
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Haha I'm so glad you like it! One of my cohorts on the farm found that image, and it was too awesome to pass up. We all just assumed it was yours! I just got your email, I'll be sending that out to local press ASAP. Also, thanks for the thread bump
 
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I just want to add that Jeff (and co.?) run this awesome Airbnb if you're ever in the Yakima area:

Cowiche Canyon Guest House.
 
Jeff Stainthorp
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That's right,  and thank you for the shout Jocelyn! We do have a lovely guesthouse, managed by the "& company!" I live in a communal setting, and my title is Farmer Jeff around here. Mostly cause my main duties involve the crud-crusted, pasture-prancing, tree planting, animal raising dirty life. But Maria is the key decision maker and landlord, and she runs the Airbnb. I track too much poop everywhere The guesthouse is open to whoever, and visitors are invited to participate as much as  they want. We've had some folks get dirty in the fields with me, (that was awesome!) and we've had folks just lounge around and watch me try to herd chickens. Both are welcome! The house is chock full of permie literature, as well as books on herbalism, wildcrafting, native flora and fauna, philosophy, etc., and the fridge is typically stocked with fresh, seasonal food from my small farm on the property. We would absolutely LOVE to get more permie folks swingin through!
 
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Well holy frickin bozonkers, Batman. Last night was phantasmagorical. The presentation was incredible, and for lack of a better phrase, people's shit got shook up! (Including my own.)

Paul managed to not make anybody cry by raining (or in his terms, shitting) on their parades, and did so in a most amusing and educational fashion. I do believe he may have even converted some naysayers! In fact, I think the only photo I personally took during the presentation is of Paul dropping some truth-bombs on a skeptical attendee. I know everyone learned a lot and were grateful for your knowledge. I for one am feeling incredibly inspired about this coming season and all the new Permies I met in our little community, who braved ice and snow to attend. I'll be posting a video of the presentation (with spanish subtitles!) as soon as possible.

I think Paul and Jocelyn liked my cooking. That was pretty cool.

Like others, I believe the ripples from this event will spread, and hopefully turn into an unstoppable tsunami of Permaculture based living and farming around here.

To Paul & Jocelyn: thank you both so, so much for giving us your time and energy to further the cause in Yakima. I deeply appreciate all of the advice and camaraderie you shared with us around the dinner table, it was more than I could have ever hoped for. Y'all are awesome, and I hope our paths cross again someday!
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Paul, in the zone.
Staff note (Jocelyn Campbell):

Paul was sitting for this presentation so he wouldn't hit his head on the ceiling fan! Heh, heh!

 
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