Laura Sweany

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Onalaska, Lewis County, WA
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And Brandon! Missed your addition to our little chat - ring me up and let's chew the fat - suet, lard - whatever!
3 weeks ago
Hey, Austin!

For certain, give me a call! Happy to meet you or talk by phone and see what you're doing. I'm a huge fan of natural building; we are building a pallet/claystraw slip cottage this summer. Let's talk!

Hi, Beth - wave at the eagle for me, ok?

-Laura Sweany
3 weeks ago
Hi, Beth! Glad you hit that send button.

James Landreth and I have become best buds from this thread, so I'm delighted you reached out. My cel is 360 and 880 plus 24 and 24. Ring or text. There are lots of fun things going on around here and you should know about them!
-Laura
3 months ago
I happen to work at Burnt Ridge Nursery, and have for the last 4 years. I remain consistently in awe of Michael Dolan's ability to source top-quality plants, grow what he cannot find, and sell every level of plant with conscious thought about keeping prices low. Nuts, for example: he sells seeds (at approx. $.25 each) so folks can grow seedlings of their favorite varieties (pollinated by the championship genetics of his orchard), or all ages of seedlings ($4-$12), as well as grafted versions ($20-$40) of the really stellar varieties. How he thinks we can be productive when he is selling chestnut trees for $4.00 is beyond me - and he does it for the ethics of having something for everyone. When we are selling a seedling chestnut for $6-$8, and other websites sell the same age and size for $30, I know I am practicing right livelihood - and so are Michael and Carolyn Dolan.
Burnt Ridge Nursery & Orchards
Fall Farm & Nursery Tour September 14, 2019
Event 1 - 10am to noon
Event 2 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Join us for a public Farm and Nursery Tour, with our founder Michael Dolan leading the way as we share with you our 20 acres of organic fruits and nuts, with a special focus on elderberries, kiwi berries and other fall fruits and nuts. If you have never visited our farm, you are in for a treat! 39 years on the land, and you can see all that can be developed as a thriving permaculture business!
You will have a chance to see our mature sweet chestnut, hazelnut and walnut groves, as well as the Certified Organic fruit orchards, commercial kitchen, retail nursery, packing warehouse and coolers, greenhouses, and get a chance to sample and compare different varieties of fruits that are ripe.
Admission is $15 per person, or family of up to 4 for $30. Limit of 30 guests will be strictly enforced due to parking limitations; please carpool if you can.  Two tours are available, with starting times of 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tickets should be purchased in advance at http://www.burntridgenursery.com/Special-Events-Farm-Tours/products/165/, by calling our office at (360) 985-2873, or in person at our Olympia Farmers Market booth.
7 months ago
Now you can see the Pre-Event Tours page on our website: https://www.northwestpermaculture.org/pre-event-tours.html

We've scheduled the tours at both Burnt Ridge and Raintree nurseries so you could see BOTH on your way to the Convergence, and still get to Camp Singing Wind in time for Opening Circle at 1pm. Whether you are heading north or south on the I-5 corridor, or coming west on Hwy 7 or 12, access is great for either location. They are only about 30 minutes apart from each other.
1 year ago
Thanks for your feedback, Jocelyn -

We've got all links working. We appreciate your sharp eyes!

Not only is the full weekend a super fine deal, but the Sunday-only price of $20 for adults (plus $10 parking pass) would get you two workshop sessions, breakfast and lunch, AND the keynote with powerhouse educator Michael Becker! We've kept this day's price very low to encourage local teachers, administrators, and homeschooling families to attend. Kids are only $5 for the day, and we will have Kid's Programs during both workshop sessions - an amazing deal for EVERYONE in the family!
1 year ago
This just in: the Early Bird discount has been extended until WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15TH! Can you believe it? 3 days of workshops, entertainment, food and networking at a sweet old-school camp for ONLY $110?!?! You can't afford NOT to go! https://www.northwestpermaculture.org/registration.html
1 year ago
Yes, folks, it's that time again - time to get your tickets for the biggest permaculture showcase/party/camp out of the year!

This year's Convergence has all the food, frolic and workshops of previous years, PLUS the homey vibe of an old youth campground! Join us at Camp Singing Wind, in Toledo, WA, the last weekend in September (28-30th) for more excitement and networking than you can imagine! CSW is approximately 15 minutes off I-5, and right in between Seattle and Portland, so it's easy to get to.

Prices are the same as last year, and the Early Bird discount is good through this Friday, 8/10: https://www.northwestpermaculture.org/registration.html

Check out our ever-growing list of presenters: https://www.northwestpermaculture.org/presentations.html  Perhaps you even want to submit a presentation yourself! There's a format for everyone to share through.

Need worktrade? No problem! Cassie wants to hear from you! https://www.northwestpermaculture.org/coordinators--volunteers.html

Particularly interested in education/homeschooling and can only attend 1 day? Sunday is the day for you, with extra cheap prices and a focus on education topics!

Want to bring the family this year? Only $300 for 2 adults and 2 kids! Full Childrens' program track all weekend! Camping and swimming and all the good stuff!

Have special food needs? As always, we will be serving Vegan, Gluten-free and Omnivore foods at each meal!

Lots of hands-on sessions, as well as lectures and panels!

Select indoor sleeping spaces available for elders and attendees with limited mobility. Check with our Registrar, the amazing Amber Peoples, if you need accommodation.

So bring your food donation, be prepared for your 2 hour volunteer commitment during the weekend, and be ready to swim in the warm waters of friendship, education and camaraderie! Get your tickets TODAY!
1 year ago
Travis, where do you envision putting the sand? Under the stove area?

My problem with sand is that I am wanting to transfer SOME heat to the floor bricks through contact with the stove itself - not just transfer it to the bricks through the ambient room heat. Most RMH units have sand under the stove as a thermal break, since it does not conduct heat well (as you said in your comment)

I could certainly see putting sand under the hottest areas of the stove, then perhaps firebrick laid without any sand or mortar for the bottom edge of the stove, and that would contact the regular red clay bricks, which are also laid without any mortar or sand - so the heat transfers easily from one brick to the next.

Now I wonder if the sand should also be used as the insulation material above the subfloor but below the bricks. Or would that wick away too much heat from the warm bricks?
1 year ago