Field Trips Update (October 1)

There are four destinations for the NWPCC Friday field trips. Due to the times preferred by the hosts it will be nigh impossible to visit them all, but it would be possible to visit two and still arrive at Fort Flagler with enough tine to get situated before dinner.

Paul Gautschi’s “Back To Eden” Homestead

11:30 am to 3:30 pm.
411 Craig Road, Sequim, WA 98382
Paul Gautschi’s “Back To Eden” property is between Port Townsend and Sequim.  After Paul spoke at the 2012 convergence so many people wanted to see his place that 70 people went to his place for an impromptu tour late Sunday afternoon after the convergence was over. People can arrive or leave as they wish during the tour period, but of course it is nice to be there at the beginning of the tour if you can.
Directions. Take Highway 101. If coming from the east turn left on Chicken Coop Road at the Jefferson/Clallam County line (across from Diamond Point Road). Go ¾ mile and take a left on Craig Road at the hairpin curve.

Port Townsend EcoVillage

10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
420 35th St., Port Townsend

Come tour this vibrant intentional community (located ½ hour from Fort Flagler), play the EcoVillage Social Permaculture Game and/or help apply earthen plaster to walls in an innovative earthbermed house.

Tour: 12:30 to 2:00 – Walk the 7 acres of houses, gardens, forest, orchards, common buildings. Find out about innovative homes, tiny house opportunities and the joys and challenges of community living. Gather by cob oven at 12:30 sharp.

EcoVillage Social Permaculture Game: 2:00 to 3:00 - Get creative on the giant board game with Challenge and Opportunity cards to address social permaculture issues in the living, breathing context of this community.

Earthen plastering party: Anytime from 10 a.m. to 3 pm. Pitch in and get muddy, while learning about Jim, Terri and Bekka’s groovy house-in-progress.

(Please come fed or bring your own lunch.)

Directions: Address is 420 35th St. in Port Townsend. Turn west off San Juan Avenue onto 35th St. At street end turn right into the parking lot (or park along the street), follow signs to the plastering party or the tour gathering spot by cob oven. Questions? Leave message at 360-343-1355.

Thimbleberry Garden Tour, Port Townsend

3:00 to 4:00.
This garden tour will happen at the tail end of the Port Townsend EcoVillage tour since it is only a block away. Tinker doesn’t use the term permaculture but Thimbleberry is one of the best permaculturesque gardens Skeeter has ever seen. Beautiful, productive and many unusual perennials.   Gather at the corner of 35th and Haines at 2:00.

Marrowstone Island Field Trips

BCollective Permaculture Homestead

2:00 to 4:00 pm.

The Bcollective is a five acre, off-grid permaculture homestead on Marrowstone Island. We have a small solar electric system, collect rainwater off the roof and have a large community-sized food forest garden. On this tour you will get to see the “Duckhouse” — a cob and light straw clay building with natural plasters, meet our small flock of chickens, and see our simple systems at work.

Please RSVP for directions
text: (206) 355-8239

Mystery Bay Dairy and CedarRoot Folk School

Alas, Mystery Bay had to cancel at the last minute due to a scheduling conflict.


Registration and camping set-up start at 1:00 pm at Fort Flagler.  Dorms can be moved into starting at 4:00 pm. Dinner line will open sometime between 5:30 and 6:00. The opening ceremony is at 7:00 pm followed by Paul Stamets’ Keynote presentation at 8:00.