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Skeeter PhotoMICHAEL “SKEETER” PILARSKI is a life-long student of plants and earth repair. His farming career started in 2nd grade and his organic farming career began in 1972 at age 25. Michael founded Friends of the Trees Society in 1978 and took his first permaculture design course in 1982. Since 1988 he has taught 36 permaculture design courses in the US and abroad. His specialties include earth repair, agriculture, seed collecting, nursery sales, tree planting, fruit picking, permaculture, agroforestry, forestry, ethnobotany, medicinal herb growing, hoeing and wildcrafting. He has hands-on experience with over 1000 species of plants. He is a prolific gathering organizer and likes group singing.

Friends of the Trees Society Newsletter - January, 2016

Friends of the Trees Society is proceeding full steam ahead on another exciting year of programming. Here is information on our two biggest events in the first half of the year.

The Medicinal Herb Growing & Marketing Conference will bring together herb farmers and the herbal community from around the Pacific Northwest and beyond. We are pleased to offer this ground-breaking event. As far as we can tell no one has offered an herb growing conference like this in the United States. The herbal movement is a huge part of the new health care paradigm so badly needed in today’s world and this conference aims to help the movement by increasing our domestic production of high-quality herbs.

All of you who have been at any of my past herb events know that we put on great herb gathering, full of education, camaraderie and soul. The Northwest Herbal Fair, the Montana Herb Gathering, and the Spokane Herb Fair being prominent among them. I am very excited to put on this new herbal event and hope you can join us and help spread the word.

The Seattle Permaculture Design Course is designed for people who live in or near Seattle, but will be a great course for anyone in western Washington who is willing to drive into Seattle for the 6 weekends of the course. There will be housing options for people from out of town. I am excited to team up with my long-time friend Jacqueline Cramer of Beacon Food Forest fame. Beacon Food Forest is probably the world’s most well-known food forest at this point and we will be visiting and learning from this great project. As many of you know I usually teach one to three permaculture design courses a year since 1988. This may be the only pdc I teach in 2016.

I would like to have a big round of applause for Chrys Ostrander, Friends of the Trees Society’s webmaster. Chrys lives outside of Spokane, Washington where he is caretaker at Heartsong, raises goats, gardens and works on many websites. In the past month, Chrys has built a new Friends of the Trees website, moved it to a new host and added the new herb conference section, among other web tasks. Chrys has done a fantastic job of managing many related websites for me over the past five years. A big “Thank You!” to Chrys.


Fort Worden, Port Townsend,
Olympic Peninsula, Washington
April 15-17, 2016

A gathering for Pacific Northwest farmers, wildcrafters and herb companies. Every herbal product depends on farmers and/or wildcrafters.

We are thrilled to have Fort Worden as our conference venue. Nature and stunning views are right outside the door. You can walk to the bluffs overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca, down to the beach, or into the forest.  Fort Worden offers a venue where we can all stay on site, eat together and optimize our chances to meet. The USO Hall fits 340 people for plenary sessions plus the Trade Show will be held there. There are lots of classrooms with AV for workshops. They have a lot of accommodations, most of it in the $25 to $40 a night range.  They have a reputation for great meals and using local food.
Port Townsend is a charming, historic town; a hot-bed of evolutionary thinking; and a nice place to visit.

The Conference is a wonderful educational & networking opportunity that will strengthen the health and vitality of the herbal community in general and herb farmers in particular.  Join us!

All the details and registration are on our website:

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Seattle Permaculture Design Course

Scholarships are available. Apply HERE.

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Contact Info:
Michael Pilarski
Friends of the Trees Society
PO Box 1133
Port Hadlock, WA 98339 


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