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That are offered by SRC or affiliated groups.

We have great programs and classes lined up for you. It is prudent and wise to be able to grow your own vegetables and to know how to save their seeds.
Program: CHICKENS – Our guest speaker is Steve Herman. Steve is primarily an ornithologist whose research has focused on birds of prey, shorebirds, endangered species, and pesticide/wildlife relationships. He taught for 30 years at The Evergreen State College. His chicken background started when he was 10 years old. He has kept laying hens continuously since 1971. We are very happy to have him as our guest speaker.
Date: Monday, February 13, 2012
Time: Registration will be from 6:00pm till 6:45pm with the meeting beginning at 7:00pm. Come early and register. Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee as you meet “new gardeners” and the “ole timers”. (Attached is a copy of the Registration Form for your convenience. Have it filled out and ready.)
Where: Yelm Adult Community Center (aka “Senior Center”) 16530 SE 103rd Ave., Yelm (For directions visit our website for map.) With all the problems the past year with our food sources, it is a wise person that will grow their own produce. Knowing that your vegetables have not been sprayed with immune destroying pesticides or herbicides; knowing that you can’t find any produce fresher; there is nothing like it!
Food Bank: If you wish to contribute to our local Food Bank bring your items to the meeting. We encourage your paricipation in helping to keep the shelves full. Break Time: Have a cup of coffee and/or tea during break. S4 provides the drinks, but members provide the sweet treats.
“A gardener is a forever student and Mother Nature is the Teacher”.
SPECIAL NOTICE: We have several chemical sensitive members in our organization. Due to the size of our meeting room and the difficulty to have proper ventilation, we are requesting that members limit their use of fragranced products, (i.e. lotions, aftershave, perfumes, oils, etc.). Your consideration is most appreciated and will allow these sensitive members to continue with our group.
GARDEN 101 WITH JOANN MAHAFFEY Due to the weather JoAnn’s first class was cancelled. Because of her commitment to the garden shows and markets, we are having to squeeze two classes into our busy February schedule. JoAnn has been gardening for 60 years from the East coast to the West Coast. She has volunteered to teach Garden 101 to help new gardeners as well as seasoned gardeners get started. She is a wealth of knowledge and her classes are always outstanding. Please note that Garden 101 is not open to the public. Only members of S4 are invited to attend. Date: Tuesday, Feb. 14 and Tuesday, Feb. 28th
Time: Doors open at 6:30pm — meeting starts at 7:00pm
Place: Gordon’s Grange (White two story bldg. next to Gordon’s Patio shop in Yelm.) Fee: $10. (This is a one time charge for her classes.)
Come early to register so we can start on time. There will be no break or refreshments. Bring your own drink or water bottle.
This year started with a “bang”, Mother Nature was on a roll. Spring is around the corner and we marvel how time flies. Being prepared, having your seeds and garden plan ready, will ease you into a “no stress” season. See you at the Monday Night Meeting!

Encouraging community self-reliant gardening. This is what I refined the description from – Encouraging Community independence and self-reliance through producing and sharing locally adapted heirloom and open-pollinated seeds.

Raintree Nursery 1-800-391-8892
391 Butts Road
Morton, WA 98356
Mailing address: S4, POB 1262, McKenna, WA 98558-1262

Contact: Kelda Miller- 253-370-9946

Saturday February 19th 1:00-3:00 PM
Buds & Shrubs Farm
26319 70th Ave E
Graham, WA 98338

This workshop is open to anyone interested in making MASON BEE BOXES to take home.  There is no charge.  All materials and tools are on hand.  Come and join in the fun as we make these boxes.  It will be an interesting and productive afternoon.

Thank you.

Comment Submitted on 2011/02/20 at 12:03 AM
I had a wonderful afternoon learning bout mason bees and making a bee box! it was nice meeting new people and posting my photos on FaceBook hopefully inspired others to make some for their area.
tyvm john ~

if we can somehow post photos on here i would love to share


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    The Pierce Conservation District will be sponsoring two rain barrel making classes with funding from the City of Tacoma’s Make a Splash grant and in collaboration with the UW-Tacoma Environmental Program. These free classes will take place Mondays, March 21 and April 4, 6-7:30 p.m. Participants will learn about rainwater harvesting, and will be walked through the process of putting a rain barrel together that they will get to take home. Call Rene’ at the Pierce Conservation District 253 845-9770 x 106 to register. No email registrations accepted. Limit one barrel per household. Rain barrels may only be obtained by Pierce County Residents.

  2. Greetings Sustainability folks in Graham!

    I am happy to be coming up to Issaquah in mid-March to present two events on local food production on the household and neighborhood scale. Can you please share the following event announcements with your friends? Terry Phalen ( is the local contact and information can also be found on the Sustainable Issaquah website: Of course, I would be happy to answer any questions as well.

    Many blessings on your upcoming springtime!

    Marisha Auerbach

    How to Grow All Your Own Produce in 2.5 Years: A (r)Evolution Disguised As Organic Gardening

    Presentation by Marisha Auerbach

    Friday, March 16, 6 pm – 8 pm
    King County Library Service Center
    960 Newport Way NW, Issaquah, WA


    In the Maritime Northwest, it is possible to grow all our own produce year-round with limited time to establish a system and limited effort. As petroleum becomes more expensive, this sort of system can provide an example to support our evolution to a more sustainable society. Marisha Auerbach specializes in converting properties from grass to to a perennial forage system. A perennial forage system functions much like a natural ecological system, and yields year round produce with minimal work. These systems are developed to meet the needs of the inhabitants on site. Marisha provides most of her diet and income from her garden and has surplus produce and crafts to give away and trade for other supplies.

    This presentation is an invitation for you to visit Marisha’s gardens through slides and lecture. She will be discussing how you can work towards self-reliance in produce if you have property to work with as well as guerrilla tactics to grow more food and flowers in the greater community. This lecture offers an opportunity to create cultural change through gardening.

    This slideshow will be an updated version, including Marisha’s experience and reflections on moving to Portland this year in mid-June and her tiny yard. We hope you can join us…

    This presentation is sponsored by Sustainable Issaquah and the City of Issaquah Resource Conservation Office

    Marisha is also teaching an 8-hour permaculture class with hands-on in Issaquah on the day following this event. For registration or more information, visit

    Basics Of Permaculture Design

    With Marisha Auerbach

    Saturday, March 17, 9 am – 5 pm
    Gibson Hall, 105 Newport Way Northwest, Issaquah, WA

    Marisha Auerbach visits Issaquah to teach a day-long hands-on Basics of Permaculture course that includes soil building, plant guilds, and creating a foraging landscape. A tour of local pea-patches to observe what is coming in early spring will top off the day. Participants will leave with seed starts, recipes for building soil and inspiration to maximize food production in their gardens and communities. Brown bag lunch. Event co-sponsored by Sustainable Issaquah and the City of Issaquah Resource Conservation Office.

    More info and tickets at

  3. Hi there! Erica from the Mother Earth News Fair here. I’m the volunteer coordinator to the Fair, which is a sustainable lifestyle event June 2-3 at the Puyallup Fairgrounds in Puyallup, WA. I’d like to extend an invite for your group to come to the Fair!

    If you’re interested in getting free tickets to the Fair, all you need to do is sign up to volunteer for four hours throughout the weekend. This also includes setup and breakdown if you don’t want to miss a minute of the action! Volunteers also get a free Mother Earth News organic cotton t-shirt, and free snacks and drinks.

    Feel free to email me at or check out to find out more.

    Hope to see you in June!

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