August 2009 Newsletter

The latest from Michael Skeeter Pilarski

FARM HELP NEEDED! September, October and into November. Need help with harvesting and processing vegetables, medicinal herbs and seeds. Lots of hands-on knowledge to be gained. Still looking for farming partners for the long term. Email or call about details.

I have upped my food production so well that I am sort of drowning in ripe food with not enough time to harvest it and market it. One permaculture buddy from the coast came and got a truckload of apricots and vegetables to distribute in his locale. He lined up orders before he came and he tacked on a price increase to pay for the trip. People in Bellingham and Whidbey Island are talking about making a run.

Farmer to consumer-group wholesale prices. I work with two other local farmers. We like to sell by the truckload.
Tomatoes, melons, eggplant, basil, peppers, corn, green beans, garlic available now. Miscellaneous other crops as well. Fall storage crops later: potatoes, beets, leeks, carrots, winter squash, Jerusalem artichokes.

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Which way is the world turning?

On August 15th I hosted a talk by permaculturist Robyn Francis in my home town of Tonasket. She gave a great presentation on some of the sustainability initiatives in her town of Nimbin in New South Wales, Australia.

She also gave a photo tour of her two visits to Cuba in 2008 and 2009. Some points of the Cuba presentation included: The US Embargo has always been hard on Cubans but they persisted with the help of the USSR trade block. When the USSR fell apart in 1990, Cubans entered a very difficult period, which they term the “Special Period” During the Special Period the country had a crash course in gardening and low-tech agriculture and came out of the period still intact and are now the only country in the world which has achieved high rates of literacy and an exemplary medical system with health care for all; and at the same time they are living within their ecological footprint. The two hurricanes which hit Cuba in 2008 really set them back again.

The Cubans do not own many things. Here in the United States we would call it an incredibly deep economic depression if we had to live with so few things. The presentation really made me realize how well off most of us in the Pacific Northwest are in material goods. It was also sobering to see how fast things can fall part if a super-power falls. And what some of the consequences could be.

My past readers will know that I have been researching world economic news, trends, analysis and prophecies for some time. If you read beyond the US mainstream press, it is obvious that a lot of people around the world are openly discussing what the next international currency is going to be. A lot of them are powerfully-placed people. The exact timing, rate of fall and events are still in the making, but the handwriting is on the wall. At some point the US is going to go through its “special period” and material goods will be much harder to obtain. We are in a period of grace. We should make good use of this period of grace. Now is still a good time to work on reducing your consumption, upping your food production, and making more local friends. What is your Plan B?

Two of my favorite sites for economic news and analysis are:
LEAP 2020.
Dmitry Orlov.

David Spangler's Desk, Current Issue #27 – Call To Action: Fear and Loathing in the World. Alert from David Spangler. David is feeling a lot of manipulation in the subtle realms at this time and gives an exercise for us to contribute to love and peace and to counteract the fear and anger being promulgated in the world. Something positive to do rather then feeling helpless.

Fear is one of the most potent weapons being used to hold humanity back from reaching a higher state of consciousness. The corporate mass media is a propaganda tool to instill fear and anger. I pay attention to what the media is promoting to the public, but treat it mainly as propaganda. These days there is a lot of fear hype about the swine flu. The recent strain of swine flu is almost certainly man-made. There is also a lot of talk on the web about a plot to give mass flu vaccinations in the US and other parts of the world which will actually be contaminated with the intent to kill and injure many people. Mass vaccinations by the government/pharmaceutical complex should certainly be treated with suspicion.

A lot of sources say that humanity is in the process of raising its consciousness. But the lower consciousness folks are doing everything they can to stay in power. It is my belief that the old power structure is about to give way to something much better. A world that is more ecological, more equitable, more loving. The old power structure likes to portray itself as very powerful. They want people to be fearful and hopeless. It is my hope that their power is an illusion that is about to be swept aside. Now is a good time to be working on localization initiatives. Laying the groundwork for more localized and democratic societies. The signs of it are everywhere. More people are talking about it. The smell of change is in the air. Trust your intuition, follow your heart, let love be your guiding force.

As Charlie Murphy sang years ago in his band “Rumors of the Big Wave",
“Light is returning.
Even though this is the darkest hour.
No one can hold back the dawn.”


Singing Alive - September 11-13

A teaching gathering for ceremonial singing circles, dancing, and music. We change the world as we transform ourselves with songs of blessings, devotion, and gratitude!

West of Olympia in Cosmopolis, Washington

Singing Alive!


2nd Annual Washington State Permaculture Convergence - September 18-20

Please join us for the Second Annual Washington State Permaculture Convergence,September 18-20, 2009 to be held at Sahale Learning Center near Belfair, Washington - on the north shore of beautiful Hood Canal. We will feature a weekend of networking, workshops and conversations with friends and peers among Washington State's permaculture community. Interested members of the public are also warmly welcome to attend. Together we will share information, solutions, inspirations, and insights!

The convergence is a way to strengthen information flow and cooperation between permaculturists in the state of Washington - and beyond. We will be working on a vision of how permaculture can better serve the land and people of our Evergreen State. How can more permaculturists make their living organizing, teaching and designing? The convergence will have some aspects of an organizational meeting for the permacultural community at large.

The gathering will also be an educational event offering workshops on such diverse subjects as biochar creation and usage, Ecovillage development, local currency systems, forest garden systems, large-scale installations, Brown's gas, water catchment, green roofs, the Transition Town and Anastasia movements, and other topics of interest for seasoned practitioners and newcomers alike. We expect there will be advanced as well as basic level workshops; the final format of the event will be influenced by those members who offer topics up to the last minute!

Attendance fees are $100-$70 on a sliding scale, this includes camping and delicious home-cooked meals. To keep costs down we are again asking participants to bring food (hopefully from their own gardens) to contribute to the communal kitchen. There are work/trade opportunities available for those with limited funds - we want our event to be open to all, regardless of income level.

Limited private and dorm-style accommodations are available; please call 360-820-8586 or e-mail for current availability.

I am organizing and presenting at the Convergence.


Big Sky Country Harvest Festival - September 18-20. A Montana barter fair.

The 3rd Annual Big Sky Harvest Festival is Growing! Do you value the world we pass on to future generations? Grassroots economy? Creative Expression? Like to have a good time? Bring your people and celebrate Montana style! Got lots of friends? A big family? Car Load special this year-only $20! (day pass). Enjoy Entertainment, farmers market, Art, music, community and amazing workshops!


Saskatoon Circle - Primitive Skills Gathering at Skalitude. September 24th - 27th

Saskatoon Circle is a gathering teaching and promoting primitive skills and ancient crafts in a community environment.

I will be presenting at the Saskatoon Circle.


Okanogan Family Faire - a.k.a. Tonasket Barter Fair

The dates this year will either be October 8-11 or October 22-25. Go to their website for the dates which will be set by the end of August. One of the largest, counter-cultural parties on the West Coast. 36th Annual - since 1974. Bring barter goods and good vibes! ....and my Friends of the Trees booth will be there!


Taste of the Okanogan - November 5!

NOVEMBER 5, 2009. Friday evening. (tentative date). Okanogan Valley. The first in a series of seasonal dinners promoting Okanogan-grown and –raised food.

Contact Michael Pilarski for more info

Contact Info:
Michael "Skeeter" Pilarski

Friends of the Trees Society
PO Box 826
Tonasket, WA 98855
509-486-2672, land line

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In This Issue:

The latest from Michael Skeeter Pilarski
Which way is the world turning?
Singing Alive - September 11-13
2nd Annual Washington State Permaculture Convergence - September 18-20
Big Sky Country Harvest Festival - September 18-20. A Montana barter fair.
Saskatoon Circle - Primitive Skills Gathering at Skalitude. September 24th - 27th
Okanogan Family Faire - a.k.a. Tonasket Barter Fair
Taste of the Okanogan - November 5!
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