The Sustainable Living & Farming Tour

September 15th - 18th, 2022

About This Event

The Sustainable Living & Farming Tour is an opportunity for people to learn more about living a simpler and more sustainable life by visiting examples and partaking in hands-on applications in the greater Leavenworth area.

Over the course of one weekend, participants will choose between various workshop offerings and site visits that educate, inspire and motivate a path towards sustainable living. Participants will form connections to local  food, the surrounding environment and the people that are 'walking the talk' of sustainability & stewardship.

Event Schedule

Upper Valley MEND Glean

Friday, September 16, 2022
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TBD

Join the Upper Valley MEND Glean team to harvest excess produce from a local farm or orchard. This program helps reduce food waste and brings fresh, healthy produce to local families who shop at the Community Cupboard Food Bank in Leavenworth. Please RSVP ahead of time to get the address of the location and further instructions.

 

RSVP to rachel@uvmend.org, 509-699-7395

 

Time: generally we glean for two hours, in the morning or evening. Time and location will be announced closer to the event.

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The Reciprocity of Restoration

Sunday, September 18, 2022
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8:00 am
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9:30 am
Little Chumstick Creek outside of Leavenworth, WA

Join Cascadia Conservation District as we explore the connection between people and the landscape through Riparian Restoration Projects and thoughtful stewardship of the land. The workshop will highlight a multi-landowner restoration project that has been going on since 2016. You will learn how to incorporate conservation practices on your property to enhance water quality and wildlife habitat.  We will also talk about what it means to be “Salmon-Safe” in the agriculture world and learn about the diverse programs offered by Cascadia CD.

 

Founded in 1948, Cascadia CD is self-governed by a volunteer Board of Supervisors who oversee the work of dedicated staff members with a broad range of expertise. Our mission remains to encourage wise stewardship and conservation through best management practices for all natural resources for current and future residents in Chelan County.

 

Alex believes that the connection between people and place is the foundation of meaningful and effective restoration. She has been working to help reconnect and restore Cascadian ecosystems for over a decade. Prior to working for Cascadia Conservation District, Alex had the opportunity to work and learn from the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe in both their Natural Resource Department and Government Affairs Department. She has a masters from the University of Washington in Environmental Horticulture and an Holistic Landscape Design Certificate from Bastyr University. She also owns her own business, Cultivate Cascadia, which focuses on relational harvest of high quality, sustainably sourced non-timber forest products.

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Backyard Chickens 101

Sunday, September 18, 2022
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10:00 am
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11:30 am
Wild and Merry Homestead up Merry Canyon Rd, Leavenworth, WA

In this fun, hands-on workshop you'll learn all the basics you need to know about bringing chickens to your homestead and keeping them happy and healthy.  Topics covered will include coop/run building & maintenance, feeding, enrichment, protecting against predators, seasonal considerations, chicken first aid, ever entertaining chicken personalities, and more! 

 

Your instructor for this workshop, Nicole Haskey, Is a river guide, teaching artist, and Recreation Therapist, who traded in the chaos and stress of the big city to pursue a more intentional, slow way of living, connecting with and learning from the land.  She has been growing her little homestead in Leavenworth over the last 8 years.  Her co-host for this event and constant teacher, Dolly Parton Chicken, has been living the Wild and Merry Life with Nicole for over 2 years, providing endless entertainment, supervision of all homestead chores, and occasionally stealing her  pizza. 

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Backyard Pollinator Garden Design

Sunday, September 18, 2022
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12:30 pm
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2:30 pm
TBD

Pollinators such as bees, butterflies, wasps, and beetles are essential parts of all terrestrial ecosystems, and much of the food we eat depends on them. Habitat loss and pesticides have had a negative impact on many pollinators, but we can help by adding native plants that feed the pollinators to our gardens. Betsy will introduce you to some of these plants and help you design your own pollinator garden that will bloom from spring to fall. Please bring a pencil, a ruler, and measurements and photos of the area you'd like to work on for the hands-on portion of this workshop. The instructor will provide graph paper.

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Herbal Medicine Making

Sunday, September 18, 2022
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5:00 pm
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6:30 pm
Sage Mountain Natural Foods: 11685 US Hwy 2, Leavenworth, WA

Join a local herbalist to learn how to make herbal medicines from a variety of plants common to our area. This workshop will be a hands-on way to learn about a variety of different herbal preparations and how to incorporate them into your life.

Kyra owns and operates Balsamroot Botanicals, a small herbal medicine business focused on making high quality medicines and body care products using locally wildcrafted herbs. She grew up exploring the wildlands of the Pacific Northwest and has always had a special love for plants. Following this passion for plants and the outdoors, she received a BA in Environmental Education from Western Washington University in 2016 and completed a clinical herbalism program with Wildroot Botanicals in 2020. She started Balsamroot Botanicals in 2022 because she is passionate about using plant medicine to help others take ownership of their health and deepen their connection to the world around them.

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Tour Map

300 Enchantment Park Way Leavenworth WA 98826