Friends of the Trees Society

Working for a Greener Earth Since 1978

Ecosystem Restoration Course

In-person, Hands-on, 10-days. June 7-17, 2022

White Salmon, WA, Columbia River Gorge.

Michael Pilarski is excited to offer his first Ecosystem Restoration Course.  There are few hands-on, in-person courses on this topic in the US. This will be the only one which blends ecosystem restoration, permaculture, regenerative agriculture and ethno-ecology. 


Download a pdf of the poster for the Ecosystem Restoration course for you to print out and pass around.

Global Earth Repair Hall of Fame

Take a look at our latest contribution to the international ecosystem restoration movement.  We are compiling the best restoration people and models from around the world.  We are just getting started and already have 106 inspiring stories.  You can help us expand the list. 

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Friends of the Trees Spring Activities

Plant and Seed Exchange, 11th Annual

March 20, Sunday, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

363 Discovery Rd, Port Townsend, WA

Friends of the Trees Plant Sale

March 26. 11:00 to 4:00.

Chimacum, Finn River Farm, 124 Center Road.

Mainly berries and medicinal herbs.

Hugelkultur Workshop

April 2, 10:00 - 4:00, 310 West Maude Street, Port Hadlock WA 98339.

$50, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Food Forest Workshop.

April 24, Sunday. 1:00 – 5:00 pm.

KTO Food Forest, (Kah Tai Overlook)

Port Townsend, WA 98368. Next to the Kearny Street Apartments, 809 Kearney St. Park on Gaines Street. hands-on, by Donation.

Medicinal Herb Micro-Farming, How to

3 Workshops. Come to one or all!

Finnriver Farm, 124 Center Road, Chimacum

10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Spring - April 23rd, Saturday
Summer - July 16th, Saturday
Fall - September 24th, Saturday

Spring Barter Faire,

May 15, Sunday, Lake Leland Amphitheatre

260 Munn Road, Quilcene. WA 98376

For more details:

Summer Activity

Northwest Herbal Fair, 13th

August 19-21. Lake Leland Amphitheatre

260 Munn Road, Quilcene. WA 98376

A 3-day, in-person gathering village. Camping. Education. Entertainment.

Natural Building Workshop Series

Hands-on 3-part workshop series teaching natural plaster & straw clay insulation techniques! Facilitated by Tusa dePalatine & Ashley Kehl.

Irondale Homestead

310 West Maude Street

Port Hadlock-Irondale, WA 98339

Session #1 - Straw Clay Insulation

April 16th, Saturday 10am-5pm

In this first workshop we will be learning how to use Straw-Clay Insulation - or “Slip Straw” - as an insulating layer to fill walls. Straw-Clay Insulation in combination with Earthen or Lime Plaster and is a time-tested alternative to modern insulation and drywall. Buildings in Europe using these techniques have lasted hundreds of years!

Session #2 - Base Layer Interior Plaster

April 30th, Saturday 10am - 5pm

Here we will discuss and practice the nitty gritty of marrying modern building with earthen building. How do you plaster over an area where you see wood, straw-clay, metal, window sills, power outlets, and so on? Best practices for types of lath and other bridging techniques will be explored, and a base layer of lime plaster applied. We will discuss both Earthen and Lime plasters and the benefits of each and why we chose lime in this case.

Session #3 - Final “Water Resistant” Plaster

May 7th, Saturday 10am - 5pm

In areas such as a shower where humidity levels fluctuate greatly and 

walls are frequently hit directly with water, how do you protect your building? Tadalakt is an old technique of soaping lime during the curing process to make a waterproof material. We will explore different degrees of soaping and well as finish plaster techniques and tools needed for a super smooth finish.

$75 per session

$175 for all 3 sessions

*No one turned away for lack of funds. Sliding Scale option for those who need it.

Register for Natural Building Here

Spokane Area

Spokane Herbal Faire

Four Seasons Herbal Guild's annual fundraiser for Herbalists Without Borders has returned. Join in two days of vendors, workshops, community and fun as we share our love of herbalism with the greater Spokane community. Family friendly, admission $3, children free.

Vending forms are now available online. Organizers are looking for vendors who have a mission to create beautiful, quality herbal goodies. Organic, hand made only.

Permaculture Design Course

The Inland Northwest Permaculture Guild is offering a 5 weekend, springtime Permaculture Design Course (PDC) for inhabitants in our bioregion.

Find out more and register today.

Help Form a New Eco-Village - Ride Out Societal Collapse in Community

Unique Regenerative Farming/Permaculture Opportunity
Working, Off-the-grid, 20-acre Diversified Permaculture Farm in Northeast Washington State.
In Transition to an Agricultural Land Trust/Eco-village, Permaculture Education Center.
Long-term residency potential.

Find out more.