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The Inland Northwest Permaculture Guild is a network of permaculture practitioners who inhabit a region of the northwestern U.S. between the Cascade Mountain Range and the Rocky Mountain Range. We host annual gatherings and operate this interactive website to facilitate communication among Guild members and between the Guild and the greater community to inform ourselves and others about the promise of permaculture.

Co-op Plant and Tree Distribution

Once again, Inland Northwest Permaculture Guild members are organizing a tree sale to bulk-buy hardy, useful permaculture species and keep costs down for area permaculturists.

At this point we are aiming for the end of March/beginning of April for distributions. Kettle Falls and Spokane are pick-up sites so far.

The Inland Northwest Permaculture Guild is putting up money for the bulk purchases that must be made beforehand. Participants are also encouraged to put deposits on their orders now, which can be done on the INPG website. Participants decide the amount of their deposit. Unused portions are returned. Please see this page for more details.

Photo from the Kansas Permaculture Collaborative.

 Inland Northwest Permaculture Guild Winter Community Seed Swap

February 20, 2016
12:30pm - 5:00pm
Community Building Lobby
35 W. Main Ave.
Spokane, WA 99201

>> Details <<


Permaculture Design Course - Seattle - 2016
This Course is changing venue to the Spring Street Center, Central District, Seattle.
More details forthcoming.
Six weekends, starting in March.

Medicinal Herb Growing & Marketing Conference
Port Townsend, Fort Worden, Olympic Peninsula
April 15-17, 2016


Port Townsend Permaculture Design Course
Summer, 2016


For all the current updates on these events, please go to the
NEW! Friends of the Trees Society website.


View a PDF of the following poster HERE
Put it up in your neighborhood.
Watch for updates as they become available.

Venue: Spring Street Center, Central District, Seattle.
Co-presenter Jacqueline Cramer's website:
Earth Care by Design Collaboarators
Field Trip Location(s):
Beacon Hill Food Forest



For all the current updates, please go to the
NEW! Friends of the Trees Society website.

Port Townsend, Fort Worden, Olympic Peninsula

April 15-17, 2016


Herb farmers | Herbal product manufacturers

Herbalists | Herb stores

Essential oil businesses | Wildcrafters

Researchers | Students | Trade Show


The conference is focused on the Pacific Northwest, with a warm invitation to British Columbia. People from other regions are welcome.

Herb growers, this conference is especially for you to talk about the practical aspects of herb growing.  Markets are very important for growers so this conference is designed to acquaint herb growers with new market niches and buyers.  The conference is an opportunity for herbal product manufacturers, herbalists, and retailers to source their herb needs direct from growers. This conference will be valuable for anyone thinking about growing herbs as a cash crop.

The Conference will feature workshops, keynote presentations, round-table discussion groups and network building. The conference will explore the state of the Pacific Northwest herb industry. We will look at the issues of sustainability, ecological issues, regulations and more. What are the potentials of herb growing in our region for import substitution, export, new niche markets? How can we produce the highest quality herbs and herbal products?

Fort Worden is located on the northeast tip of the Olympia Peninsula where the deep waters of Puget Sound and the Straits of San De Fuca meet. Fort Worden features seashore and forest, stunning views, a range of accommodations, good food, and conference facilities.  http://fortworden.org

Contact: Michael Pilarski at friendsofthetrees@yahoo.com

Confirmed Speakers:

Jeff Carpenter, Zack Woods Herb Farm. Hyde Park, Vermont. Author (with his wife Melanie) of the recent book, Organic Medicinal Herb Growing.

Peg Schafer, Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm, Petaluma California.  Author of The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm.

Ryan Drum, Island Herbs, Waldron Island, Washington.

Tina Glaessner, Crimson Sage Nursery, Orleans, California.

Danielle Hawkins, Trout Lake Farm Manager, Trout Lake, Washington.

Jeff & Elise Higley, Oshala Farm, Applegate Valley, Oregon .

Debbie Jakovac, Blue Moon Herbs and Rene Cassie Tea, Polson, Montana.

Denise Joy, Mountain Spirit Botanicals, Port Townsend, WA

Leslie Lekos, Wild Root Botanicals, Alger, Washington. We plan on a panel/discussion session on growing for essential oil distillation. Leslie is helping coordinate this aspect. 

Nome McBride, Pharmacopia Herbals and American Herbal Dispensary, Eugene, OR.

Michael Pilarski, Friends of the Trees Botanicals, Port Townsend, Washington and Hot Springs, Montana.

Yvan Rochon, Herbal Vitality, Sedona, Arizona

Laura Stuart. Consultant on cooperative marketing. Eugene, Oregon.

Mercy Yule. North West Asian Medicinal Herb Network. She will address the emerging market for Chinese medicinal plants and organoleptic evaluation of Chinese medicinals.



Farming practices. Friday intensive by Jeff Carpenter. Workshops and ring discussions with growers.

Asian Medicinal Plants. Peg Shafer and Mercy Yule will do a Friday intensive as well as other workshops roundtable and/or ring discussion.

Northwest native plants and Native American perspectives. This will include a panel and discussion.

Growing for essential oil distillation. Growers and distillers are invited to participate. We plan on a panel/discussion session on growing for essential oil distillation. Leslie Lekos of Wild Root Botanicals, Alger, Washington is helping coordinate this aspect. 

Herbs used in beers, wines, liqueurs and spirits, kombuchas, and beverages. What is happening now. Future trends. Tastings at the conference.

Nursery Production, Propagation. Seed Business. Wildcrafting.

Regulations, Legalities, Re-coding. GAP (Good Agricultural Practices). Workshops and round-table discussions. Danielle Hawkins of Trout Lake Farm will do a workshop on GAP.

On a topic of common interest:  Over the last two years in the Pacific Northwest we have been seeing gov't agencies targeting and harassing small herb companies. This usually results in the herb companies paying out a lot of money to come into compliance and sometimes ceasing parts or all of their businesses. What is happening? What are the ways to help counter this troubling trend? What do herb businesses need to know to stay in the game? This will undoubtedly be a topic at the conference. Let’s prepare by doing some reading by people who have the clearest analysis of this subject and get some of them to the conference. Who are the current advocate organizations? AHG, ABC? Send recommendations of online writings on the subject for us to compile and post.

Fair Trade, Learning from the international experience and applying it here. How can we support fair trade for growers/wildcrafters in other countries?

Marketing.  What’s out there? Who’s been successful? What’s been successful? Value added. Cooperatives, aggregators, hubs, herbal CSAs, on-line notice boards,

Radical Herbology

Power to the people. Broad-based public knowledge of common herbs. Grow your own. Self-reliance. Localization. Decentralization.

Go HERE for more information.

INPG has an illustrious History...


5th Annual


September 10-13, 2015

The theme was


It happened. It was great. We'll do it again soon. Stay tuned.

See the Archive that has the workshops and presenters from this event.

The Permaculture Design Course May 23 to June 7 2015 near Spokane, WA was a success.

See Some Photos Taken During the Course
on Simple Unhooked Living's Facebook Page.

...and on the INPG Facebook Page.

Here's what was covered: Schedule


Inland Northwest Permaculture Guild 2015 Permaculture Design Course with a special emphasis on Earth Restoration. A two-week, residential intensive course in Tumtum, WA. May 23 to June 7.

More historical information on the 2015 PDC is HERE.

The Inland Northwest Permaculture Guild's
2014 Convergence:
"Back to the Roots"

at the Beautiful Heartsong Retreat Center
was a resounding success!

More than 150 dedicated permaculturists attended 40-plus workshops, shared beautifully prepared meals, sang around the fire and went home enriched by the amazing skill-sharing and comraderie. We strengthened our network; we proved we could pull off a largely do-it-yourself, donation-based convergence; we established a lasting tie with Heartsong. We are gratified that we were able to gather so many participants from our small Inland Northwest region (our total number of attendees equaled 38% of the total number who attended the national convergence just two weeks prior).

We could not have enjoyed such a success without the many contributions of the folks who came-- whether in the form of cash donations, donated food, volunteer labor or positive vibes. The organizers helped create the space but it was the people who came to the convergence who created the experience. A very big Thank You to each of you.

Four days of Fun, Interconnection and Love of the Earth!
Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 11, 12, 13, and 14, 2014.

Read all about it >>>


Download a version of our Heartsong Convergence Poster to print and put up in your neighborhood!



Thanks to everyone who came to the 2013 Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence. See you at Heartsong!

NEW! Videos from Michael Pilarski's 2013 Missoula Permaculture Design Course

The 2nd Annual Inland Northwest Permaculture Conference (INPC2) in Missoula, Montana, has come and gone. It's hard to believe. It was a great success with nearly 50 presenters, oodles of workshops, field trips, panel discussions, shared meals, a conta dance and friendships renewed and initiated.

Many thanks to our conference organizing team for the countless hours put in, and to our conference sponsors, our work trade crew, our slate of presenters, our trade show tablers, the University of Montana, the University Center Kitchen Crew, the Celtic Knots string band and anyone else who helped make it all happen.

You can see the presenters and their workshops, plus other information from both the 2011 and the 2012 conferences under the "Past Conferences" tab in the menu bar.

There are also some conference photos in the galleries. You can add you own photos of the conference, photos of your Permaculture projects and the like. Click "Share Photos" under the Galleries tab.

The 2011 Spokane Permaculture Conference:
The Inland Northwest Permaculture Guild Kicks it Off
Right with a Gem of a Gathering at Spokane Falls Community College.

See more pictures HERE

The 2011 INPG Conference at-a-glance


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