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Pennie O'Grady

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Here's something I thought to pass on.  EcoApprentice is just getting started as a website that functions to bring those with ecological dilemmas to those with solutions, using the same kind of platform that KickStarter, etc. are using to "go to the crowd."  Kind of like, but different.  I imagine there could be a multitude of fruits from this.  Paul, do you know about this?  I'd  think there's an interface for permies.  At the very least, it seems like one more place to spread permaculture pathways and principles to new (potential) crowds.  The way it's organized makes it user friendly in a different way.

Curious what folks here think.
9 years ago
Duly noted and impressed.  Good for you!
9 years ago
Your appreciations are very much appreciated!  Not to mention all your lovelinesses during the weekend.  The way the whole thing worked out so beautifully made me really glad to have served in this way this year.  -Pennie
10 years ago
I'll be there! 

I'm the registrar for this year's Convergence.  I keep reminding folks to register (it's my job).  I know who is coming, but the cascadia forum might be THE place where I come to learn about who I will be hearing from soon!  I see that some of you have already registered, BUT some of you do not appear on my List.  So get your registrations in before August 16th -- then you can get in on the early bird price!  Go to to get the process started and finished!
10 years ago
Last day for the Early Bird rates is August 15th!!  After that, you can still register, of course.  It will go from $65 to $85 on August 16th, including meals.  All sorts of presentations are in the works:

Those coming from out of town are welcome.  We encourage you to remember your fond memories of summer camp.  We have reserved rustic cabins in the woods at Camp Long in Seattle -- hard to believe it's in the heart of the city!  You can see for yourself here: ; And only $20 total for both nights!
10 years ago
REGISTRATION IS NOW UP AND RUNNING on the website:  Paypal is functional.  And take a look at the fabulous -- and still growing -- cast of presenters while you're at it!

Pre-registration CLOSES on the 12th of Sept.  Then it's $100 to be paid "at the door" of the convergence.

10 years ago
Glad you asked!  Check the site again this weekend:  There should be a registration form posted up there as soon as our web master gets to it.  If you just can't wait, you can send a check with your name, e-mail and phone number clearly printed, to NW Permaculture Convergence, PO Box 31903, Seattle, WA 98103. 

We've actually been doing quite a bit of work on this, but it's not complete yet and that doesn't help you right now.  We're also slogging through a paypal method, so you can wait for that if you like.  As long as you pay $65 before Aug 2nd you get the lowest rate, including meals.  Also, if you're interested in a bed in a shared cabin at nearby Camp Long, add $20 for 2 nights (Friday and Saturday) to your payment.  Tent camping at Camp Long is NOT an option.  Home stays are also possible.

And Paul will be there talking about all sorts of groovy stuff!  What a deal!
10 years ago
The NW Permaculture Convergence is definitely happening in Seattle on Spt 17 - 19.  Paul will be presenting.  From a recent e-mail I sent out:

Save the date for the 2010 Northwest Permaculture Convergence, Spt 17-19!  This year we are forging an exciting new pathway in an urban setting by converging at South Seattle Community College.  Camping and home stays will be available.  With an 87 acre campus and cabins at nearby Camp Long, this will be an experience of an oasis in the city.  Not only are the SSCC gardens and meadows waiting for us, you will find warm and fuzzy interior spaces as well.

Mark Lakeman, activist architect and urban placemaking guru, will be our keynote speaker this year!  Many of you already know that Mark has been an ongoing and early instigator of Portland's City Repair and the annual Village Building Convergence there.  Of course we will host a wide array of fabulous regional presenters, and opportunities to present your own work.  In addition, look for collaboration with the Cascadia region's Transition Towns initiatives.  They will be integrating their own summit into the Convergence.  Also look for Seattle's own SCALLOPS (Sustainable Communities ALL Over Puget Sound) to be a presence as well.  We are very pleased to be making this year's NW Convergence a truly regional event!

We welcome with open arms all those interested in permaculture, as well as those working in permaculture.  Tickets for the 2010 Convergence are $65 through August 1, $85 August 2 through Sept 15, and $100 at the door.  Please keep checking back to the website for registration and other details.  More will be posted shortly.

Convergence info:

Mark Lakeman:

10 years ago
Point taken on person / someone word usage, Gwen.  You make a good point about the dangers of human/animal conflation, and I do certainly agree that humans are significantly different than other animals -- with power comes responsibility and with consciousness comes the possibility, at least, of compassion and even deference (though as I said, I think we are asked to defer to our own nature as omnivores as well as edible animals' paths of being prey).

One thing I do appreciate about the hindu practice and non-meat eaters -- and you speak to this in the stories you share, Rose -- is that they are embodying the important message that we have a connection to all species and that needs to be recognized and honored.

Oh, and I enjoy cooked fish, too!
11 years ago
Ah, yes.  Killing and eating.  There is a flaw.  Being alive, and eating, DOES mean death.  Period.  From death, life arises.  Out of life, death arrives. 

When we plow the fields, we take over land that had formerly been (or would return to) a source of food for wild animals.  We prevent deer and rabbits from eating our berries and vegetables growing in the ground.  When we "humanely" put a fence around our garden, we 1) keep wildlife from eating our food, and 2) keep them from eating the food they would have eaten on that land (the wildlife vegetation that is no longer growing in that spot), and some of the wildlife starve as a result, even when we share and use wildlife borders and corridors.  No getting around it -- CARROTS KILL RABBITS when they are used for human food!  The rabbit and deer (or human, if you're into protecting the deer and rabbits instead) population adjusts as there are fewer adults to reproduce the following year.  If we don't expand our garden plot or farm next year, perhaps none of them dies from starvation.  When we shoot or otherwise hunt or trap the deer and rabbits, we eat them (hopefully).  When we don't eat wild animals, someone (I don't mind that term at all) else will -- wolves, cougar, etc. 

I believe on some level, prey animals accept and understand their life path as including death by being eaten.  Sure they fight to survive -- that's also part of the path that we share.  Natural selection selects for survival instincts.  It's what keeps life LIVING.  Humans, in our consciousness, (a wonderful gift we are still learning to grapple with) are the ones who get all confused.  WE ARE PART OF THE CYCLE OF LIFE ON PLANET EARTH.  We are built as omnivores, and our bodies thrive, generation upon generation, when we see ourselves as part of all life and eat like omnivores.

I love chickens and have some.  I love their eggs.  I eat their flesh.  Both cooked.  I love their personalities (though I'm happy they live in their own house).  I eat raw fish.  I would eat raw meat if I trusted the source and preparation.  What if we LOVED what we killed and ate -- all of it?  We are stewards in our self awareness of this planet and the life that we are fully part of.  I bless my food and all the Life that it takes to keep me alive and healthy, in all the forms that Life takes.  When I die, I will be eaten as I remain part of the cycle of life.

Not only does life evolve, but also human culture and consciousness, including religious understanding.  Suppose there is a higher understanding than not eating cows....

11 years ago