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Seattle’s Edible Forest

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It’s not beady or leathery, but I’m very inspired by Seattle’s new “Edible Forest”. As their website describes:

 “A Food Forest is a gardening technique or land management system that mimics a woodland ecosystem but substitutes in edible trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals.  Fruit and nut trees are the upper level, while below are berry shrubs, edible perennials and annuals.  Companions or beneficial plants are included to attract insects for natural pest management while some plants are soil amenders providing nitrogen and mulch.  Together they create relationships to form a forest garden ecosystem able to produce high yields of food with less maintenance.”
Their goal isto design, plant and grow an edible urban forest garden that inspires our community to gather together, grow our own food and rehabilitate our local ecosystem.” What an exciting way to integrate ideas of permaculture, sustainability, urban landscape and community!
From what I have read elsewhere food will be harvested on the honor system, and eventually, garden plots will be available for local community members to lease at extremely affordable rates. There’s a great article here from NPR, and of course you can check out their blog and facebookpage.
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Punk Rock Flea Market this Saturday

From the folks at PRFM:

“Hey! The Punk Rock Flea Market is only 26 hours away! Don’t miss your best chance all year to drink beer and buy presents! Plus we got music! And chili dogs! And that strangely pale guy in the corner who sells only Vampire-themed pez dispensers! Tell your friends and neighbors…”

We’ll be vending there — come say hi!

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Canterbury Faire – November 6th

Saint Dunstan’s Canterbury Faire is this Saturday, November 6th from 9:30 – 3:00 pm at 722 N. 145th St.Shoreline WA 98133. 

This community event features a variety of local vendors. It’s a great chance to take care of some early holiday shopping, and support local artists. We’ll be downstairs in room 5 – please stop by and say hi!

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EtsyRAIN’s Pre-Holiday Show at the Intiman Theatre

Seattleites, I’d like to encourage you to get out and enjoy this beautiful weather today … if the weathermen are right, it’s quite possibly the last of the season. I’ve been curled up on the couch with a flu bug all weekend (Grrrr!) but if I could move, I’d be visiting the EtsyRAIN pre-holiday craft show at the Intiman Theater.

It runs from 11am – 5pm today, and it’s a great way to support local artists and get a jump start on your holiday shopping! The first 50 shoppers will receive free “swag” bags stuffed with goodies, treats and samples from some of the over 850 etsyRAIN member artists and craft makers residing in the greater Puget Sound area.

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EtsyRain’s Spring Craft Show

Please stop by and visit me at EtsyRain’s spring craft show at the Intiman Theatre on May 8th. It’s the day before Mother’s Day, and you’re sure to find some great gifts for Mom – and yourself! Check out the press release for more info:

SEATTLE, April 22, 2010EtsyRAIN announced today that it will host its second annual Spring Craft Show from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 8, 2010.

The EtsyRAIN Spring Craft Show will be held in the lobby and the fountain courtyard at the beautiful Intiman Theatre, located at 201 Mercer Street in Seattle.

Arrive early for swag bags:

The first 50 customers through the door will receive free swag bags full of handcrafted items by Seattle-area artists.

Support local artisans and crafters:

Choosing to support our area’s small businesses helps in so many ways! Buying local is more than just the hottest trend. From reducing your carbon footprint to keeping your hard-earned dollars right here in Seattle, purchasing locally produced items benefits our city and our planet!

Spring Craft Show benefits local charity:

In the spirit of keeping it local, EtsyRAIN has chosen a Seattle-based charitable organization to support at its spring craft show.

Lifelong AIDS Alliance  is a group that strives to create “a world without HIV or AIDS, where every person living with illness is treated with dignity and respect.”

Representatives from Lifelong AIDS Alliance will be at the show, sharing information about their organization, selling raffle tickets for gift baskets filled with EtsyRAIN member merchandise, and collecting donations of canned food.

Admission to the event will be a suggested donation of $1 that will go directly to Lifelong AIDS Alliance or a canned food donation for their meal delivery program.

About EtsyRAIN:

EtsyRAIN is a local collective of over 700 artisans and craft makers from all over the Puget Sound region who operate online shops on the international handcrafted shopping site called Etsy ( EtsyRAIN’s mission is to create a local creative community that nurtures, supports and educates artists who currently have or are interested in opening their own independent e-commerce shops on Etsy.

The group’s website features an event calendar of local craft-related events that is quickly becoming the “go-to” place to find out about crafty happenings in the Seattle area. Check it out to learn about all things crafty going on locally, such as classes, shows, application deadlines, networking events and more. You can even create an account and post your own crafty events!

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I Heart Handmade Gift Show

I’m getting ready to head out for a short vacation, but I wanted to let my Seattleite friends know about the I <3 Handmade Artisan Gift Show going on this Saturday (February 6th, 2010) from 1:00pm – 6:00 pm at East Shore Unitarian Church in Bellevue.

The show will be held in Spring Hall, in the education building on the church’s campus, which is located at 12700 SE 32nd Street in Bellevue. Free parking is available in the church parking lot, as well as along the neighboring streets. Handicapped parking and access are also available.

This event is being put on by one of the members of the local arts group that I mentioned before, EtsyRain. This is a powerhouse group of talented artists, so you’ll definitely find some cool stuff. If I hadn’t already made vacation plans, I would certainly be selling there this weekend.

A portion of the booth fees paid by each artist will be donated to Eastside Domestic Violence Program, (EDVP) an organization that has been providing domestic violence services since 1982. Please get out and support this event – it’ll keep your valentine happy, support local artists and contribute to an important community resource, in one fell swoop ;o)