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.

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Announcing the Inland Northwest Permaculture Guild's
annual Seed Swap

Saturday March 4th, 12:00-4:00pm
Community Building, 35 W Main Ave. Spokane

Tables will be available for participants to display their goods. A $10 per table donation is suggested.

Questions? Contact Thom Foote, foote.thom@gmail.com

There are different ways to participate in the Seed Swap. Here they are:

1) Come to the Seed Swap (don't forget to bring your unbridled curiosity);

3) Come to the Seed Swap with seeds* you collected to barter or sell (you can bring your curiosity too);

3) Come to the Seed Swap with your own hand-made, agriculture-related crafts to barter or sell (curiosity ok);

4) Come to the Seed Swap with literature and materials about your food and/or ag-related non-profit organization (please contact us first). There will be a lot of curious people walking through.

*The Inland Northwest Permaculture Guild encourages everyone bringing seeds to try and bring only open-pollinated, heirloom seeds that you grew or collected yourself. Invariably people also bring their old packages of store-bought seed to seed swaps. If bringing store-bought seed, please make sure the people you exchange seeds with know the seed company and the "packed for..." date for those seeds so they can make informed decisions. To protect public health and safety, GMO or treated seed is not allowed.

Why is seed swapping important?

  • It maintains age-old skills

  • It keeps a diversity of locally adapted varieties alive

  • It resists the privatization of plant genetic material

  • It keeps seed making in the garden and out of the laboratory

  • It gets round the counter-productive aspects of the National List, which even the government admits are daft

  • It helps protect biodiversity

  • Not to mention introducing you to other local gardeners, cementing a sense of community and saving you money. Not bad for something you can do in your back garden!

  • Saving seed locally helps develop locally adapted land races that may perform better in our regional soils and climate than cultivars from far away. You can be a part of improving the productivity of local farms and gardens.

  • And seed saving is fun!

The time has come to reclaim the stolen harvest and celebrate the growing and giving of good food as the highest gift and the most revolutionary act.
    --Vandana Shiva


The Inland Northwest Permaculture Guild is excited to announce the 2017 INPG Plant and Tree Swap, this year in conjunction with the Spokane Sustainable Local Food Colloquium.

Date & Time: Sat., March 25, 2017 - Noon to 4:30pm

Location: Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane
4340 West Fort Wright Drive, Spokane

Read more...


7th Annual Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence

fake painting of the Flathead Valley. We are aiming for the dates of September 1-3, Labor Day weekend, for the 2017 INPC. On-line registration should be open by March 1 if not sooner.

We are still deciding between two potential venues. The decision will be made mid-February.

Choice #1 - Crow's View Farm: An 80-acre homestead property near Ronan recently purchased by a family who wishes to develop it along permaculture lines, possibly as an on-going educational venue. There can be hands-on activities to help move the farm forward that would offer varied learning opportunities. Having the INPC there would really help them out. We would be using portions of the large farmhouse, equipment shed and other outbuildings. There are 4 spaces that are covered for presentation rooms. We would have to create more kitchen facilities and a lot of infrastructure. There would need to be some serious work parties prior to the event. The Views are great. Crow's View is bordered by natural tribal property. It is a fairly wild setting within a mosaic of rural, agriculture, ranching, wild lands and forests. INPC would be contributing to the development of Crow’s View in a permaculture way. This could be the start of a long-term relationship. Crow's View is 9 miles off hwy 93, right between Kalispell and Missoula. Easy drive, good roads for those 9 miles. It's also only 15 minutes from Flathead lake.

Choice #2 - Town of Hot Springs, MT: A combination of adjacent venues in the town of Hot Springs. Alameda’s Hot Springs Retreat has motel rooms and meeting rooms. The Tribal Nutrition Center has a large commercial kitchen and dining hall. Towanda Gardens (permaculture garden and nursery), and the Camas Recreation Hall with its large meeting rooms. If we did it in Hot Springs there is a dedicated group of permaculturists and friends who will help make it happen (we have 23 people on our list already). We would be influencing the whole town since many people will stop by and check it out. There are a lot of permaculturish things to look at in Hot Springs for field trip possibilities and work parties. We would like to see a work party at the school garden. People can soak in the hot springs. Hot springs is about 30-45 minutes off hwy 93 north of Polson on hwy 28, which is how we get to 90 to Spokane. It's about 1.5 hrs south of Kalispell so not right between there and Missoula but not far off center.

Contact us with your thoughts.
 

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The 6th Annual Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence happened between Sept. 9 - 11, 2016 at Heartsong in Tumtum, WA.

Download our Beautiful 2016 Poster:

8.5" x 11"
11" x 17"
Print it and put it up in your town. It helps a lot!

 

Do you want to help organize the next Convergence? If so, please contact us!

Would you like to be a Convergence Sponsor?
If so, apply HERE. (Coming Soon)
 
Permaculture is a design science with practical solutions.

Our 2016 Theme was:
"Building ECO Community - Joyful Pathways to a Healthier Planet"
 
Workshops, panels, discussion groups
Skill-Share Village
Hands-on activities
Vendors, Booths
Networking, Children's Program
Fun, Circles, Music, Singing
Camping

2016 Presenters:

Bezleel Israel
Bob Algers
Carol Wilburn
Casimir Holeski
Chrys Ostrander
Cindy Santi
Deborah Berman
Debra Williams
Diana Duke
Diane Bruce Miller
Gabe Gaul
Gloria Flora
Indigo Sutra
Jeannine Tidwell
Jessica Peterson
Joanna Castro
Jordan Fink
Kathleen Callum
Karie Lee Knoke
Kelly Ware
Kevin Blue
Kyle Chamberlain
Marc Flora
Mark Gauthier
Michael Billington
Michael Blend
Michael Pilarski
Phil Small
Rick Sherman
Rob Lyman
Robert Merrill
Ryan Herring
Suvia Judd
Tawnya Rourke Kelly
Teri McKenzie
Thom & Torie Foote
Three Apples & Mike Sullivan
William Aal
and more to come.
 
Jessica Peterson of Inside Edge Design based in Helena, Montana was one of INPC’s keynote speakers.  Jessica, along with Caroline Wallace, has been developing a public forest garden in Helena,  6th Ward Garden Park, since 2011. They have been assisted by David Jacke who taught a 10-day course there in 2015.  Inside Edge Design just hosted Penny Livingston-Stark for a recent workshop and are holding their first pdc (permaculture design course) in 2016.  They are on a roll and Jessica came to INPC to give us a taste of what they have learned.

http://www.insideedgedesign.com/

Affordable Admission: $75 per person suggested for all 3 days, children 12 and under are FREE, teens suggested 3-day admission $37.50. $40 per person suggested single day rate. Meals included. No one turned away for lack of funds. For kids 6 - 13, check out the optional Children's Program (Children under 10 not enrolled in the Twin Eagles Program must be  closely supervised by parents or guardian.  We don't want young children running around unsupervised).
 
Children’s Program run by the Twin Eagles Wilderness School. The Twin Eagles Children's program was a highlight of the the 2015 Convergence, so we did it again in 2016. There was a fee for children who participate in this program: $30 per child for one day; $55 per child for both days if paid in full by Saturday morning. More information about the Children's Program is HERE.

Skill-share Village: We built a community village to share homesteading, ancestral and/or primitive skills, such as, blacksmithing, spinning, weaving, fiber craft, skills, flint-napping, fire making, tanning, buckskin sewing, pottery, bow and arrow making, etc., that can be demonstrated or be hands-on. Folks had a booth, tent or station to do their activities, show stuff, and do education.  Outreach and sales are encouraged. Go HERE for full details.

Heart-felt thanks to our 2016 Sponsors!!


Download our Beautiful 2016 Poster:
8.5" x 11"
11" x 17"
Print it and put it up in your town. It helps a lot!

2016 convergence features:

Friday Night Movie
INHABIT - A Permaculture Perspective


Learn more about this movie

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All-original acoustic folk ensemble Scotia Road Saturday night, Sept. 10th at 6pm during the Convergence's harvest dinner.


Visit Scotia Road's Website
 


INPG has an illustrious History...


 

5th Annual

INLAND NORTHWEST PERMACULTURE CONVERGENCE

September 10-13, 2015

The theme was

"PERMACULTURE'S ANSWERS TO DROUGHT"

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
 

Basic Placement