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Friends of the Trees - 2018 Plans, Events, Workshops
March, 2018 Newsletter

Dear friends,

Over 4,000 people are on Friends of the Trees email list at this point. Many of you are personal friends.

I am touring through the entire State of Washington and even travelling to Hawaii to teach workshops on farming medicinal herbs in perennial polycultures and wildcrafting!

Will our paths cross in 2018? Here is my upcoming schedule and update on my farm for sale.

Plant trees, grow gardens - for the Earth.

-- Michael Skeeter Pilarski

Herb Farming Business for Sale
Update on my retirement from farming

I raised a few eyebrows this year when I announced that I am retiring from farming and that my herb farming business is for sale.  If I can successfully retire from farming I will theoretically have more time for writing and teaching. I am not retiring from wildcrafting or event organizing. Word spread far and wide about my herb farm for sale.  44 people inquired as of mid February.  I have shown the herb patches to 15 parties so far.  The ¼ acre patch at Finnriver Farm is sold but the 1/3 acre planting at Green Water Farm just outside of Port Townsend is still for sale.  Not the land, just the lease on the herb patch.  I am still entertaining offers. Anyone interested should contact me by email or phone. Unless the right person comes along it looks like I am not retiring from farming yet

Wildcrafting Medicinal Plants

March 3, Bellingham, Wildroot Herb School

Medicinal Herb Micro-Farms

March 4, Bellingham, Wildroot Herb School

Two workshops w/ Michael Pilarski, Friends of the Trees Botanicals, at Wildroot Herb School, Alger, Washington

Wildcrafting Medicinal Plants Native & Non-Native: Sustainability & Restoration March 3, Saturday. 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. We will discuss many aspects of wildcrafting for home use as well as commercially. There are things to wildcraft every month of the year and we will look at the yearly round. Michael will show and tell his favorite harvesting tools and demonstrate harvesting techniques and bring samples of fresh and dried herbs and relevant books.

Medicinal Herb Micro-Farms March 4, Sunday. 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. This workshop will give you an idea of the possibilities of getting into small-scale medicinal herb production. Species selection, tillage, fertilizing, organic methods, spacing, propagation, planting, weeding, water, harvesting, and so forth. We will discuss examples of rhizomatous bed crops, subshrubs, annuals, biennials, 4-year root crops, long-term perennials, trees, etc.

Bring a brown bag lunch. Keep an eye on the weather forecast and come prepared for the weather as we will be outside for part of each day. $65 for single day. $110 for both days To register contact: Leslie Lekos, 360.724.7668

North Olympic Herb Growers Cooperative.  General Meeting

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018, 6:00 to 8:30 PM

WHERE: Finn River Cidery, 124 Center Road, Chimacum, WA

Agenda: Introduction by people who want to be involved. Small groups by topic. Plenary for proposals, questions, next steps, etc. Herb growers from adjacent regions are invited.

Medicinal Herb Micro-Farming Workshop

March 17 - 18 Port Townsend/ Chimacum, Finnriver Farm Cidery
Saturday/Sunday. 10:00 am to 5:00 pm 

WHERE: Finn River Cidery, 124 Center Road, Chimacum, WA

Two-day workshop at the two farm sites.

There is a shortage of high-quality, domestically-grown herbs. This workshop will give you an idea of the possibilities of getting into small-scale medicinal herb production. Species selection, tillage, fertilizing, organic methods, spacing, propagation, planting, weeding, water, harvesting, and so forth. We will discuss examples of rhizomatous bed crops, subshrubs, annuals, biennials, 4-year root crops, long-term perennials, trees, etc. I have learned how to achieve good production starting in year one and every year thereafter. My systems are influenced by agroforestry and permaculture. The workshop will be geared towards small-scale, commercial production. Yard-scale up to a couple acres. This workshop will be useful to people already growing herbs as well as people thinking of getting into herb farming. It doesn’t take a large production if you have a value-added business. The most land Michael has farmed at one time is two acres. He is currently farming two plots totaling ¾ of an acre with 100 plant species. My specialty is medicinal agroforestry systems, aka medicinal food forests.

North Olympic Peninsula Farming Film Festival

January 22 to April 9. Five down and six to go. Michael is at most of these.

Jefferson County Library, 620 Cedar Ave, Port Hadlock, WA 98339
(one film is at another venue, details below)
Weekly on most Mondays From January 22 to April 9, 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
Films about farmers, farming and food.
Inspirational! Educational! Free admission!
Learn about solutions to world hunger, land degradation and climate change. 


March 5:  Evolution of Organic. History of Organic farming in California.

Trailer:  1:18.

March 12:  Seed: The Untold Story. Our seed heritage and those seeking to save them.

Trailer 2:46.
The film, by Jon Betz and Taggart Siegel, takes a wide-ranging look at the issues of diminishing diversity in the world's seed supply and ownership of those seeds.

March 19:  Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective.

Inhabit is a feature length documentary introducing permaculture: a design method that offers an ecological lens for solving issues related to agriculture, economics, governance, and on. The film presents a vast array of projects, concepts, and people.

Trailer: 3:43.

March 26:  Gaining Ground. Inner city and organic farming.

The documentary interweaves experiences of urban farmer-activists in inner city Richmond, California; a small family farm in rural Oregon converting from a commodity dairy to a sustainably grown produce farm; and a large farm in the Willamette Valley transitioning from grass seed to organic grains.

Trailer 3:40.

April 2: Grow Food. How we can solve a large portion of the world’s issues by growing food.

Trailer:  5:46.

April 9: Symphony of the Soil​. Show at Finnriver Cidery, 124 Center Road, Chimacum.

Skeeter on Kauai - Agroforestry and Wildcrafting

April, 2018

I am excited to be on Kauai for the month of April. My 7th working vacation to the island. I will be visiting friends, studying and conducting 6 public events.

April  14, Saturday. Agroforestry Around the World. An evening presentation.
April 15, Sunday, Wildcrafting & Foraging. An international, cross-cultural perspective. 1:00 to 4:00. Michael Pilarski will give an international perspective as well as a report on wildcrafting in the Pacific Northwest. Sustainability, restoration of habitat, regenerative, Management of invasive plants. Followed by discussion on wildcrafting on Kauai.
April 21,Saturday. Kauai Agroforestry Visioning. Michael Pilarski, Ray Maki, Paul Massey and others who wish to contribute.
April 22, Sunday. Evening presentation. Nature Spirits: Communication and Cooperation. Pan-cultural shamanic traditions. Gathering of the Realms reunion.
April 28. Saturday, The Potentials of Agroforestry for Kauai’s Economy. An evening presentation and discussion. Fix up the island, create jobs, improve the economy, food security.
April 29th. Sunday. Wildcrafting Forum. The forum is for Hawaiians, other people who wildcraft, herbalists, businesses who create products from wildcrafted material, restorationists, conservationists, and other interested parties.
Contact Michael if you want to get on the Kauai contact list and keep an eye on

Spring Barter Faire, Tonasket, WA

May 18-20

 In 1974, I helped create the first Barter Faire to help the community connect and barter surplus harvest and goods for other goods. Through the years, the Okanogan Family Faire (OFF) has become an bi-annual event attracting vendors, musicians, artists and crafts people from communities, near and far.

The Okanogan Family Faire, along with Okanogan Neighbors, whose holdings include the Barter Faire site, are all composed of volunteers.  OFF/ON is the source from which has sprung the Community Cultural Center of Tonasket (CCC) & the Okanogan Community Consciousness Fund (OCCF).  Also it has provided much of the funding for the Tonasket Natural Foods Co-op.

Wildcrafting Workshop Tour - East of the Cascades

Family use and commercial harvesting of medicinal herbs

May 16, Wednesday, Methow Valley

May 22, Tuesday, Tonasket,

May 23, Wednesday, Republic

May 24, Thursday, Kettle Falls

May 26, Saturday, Clark Fork, Idaho

June 10, Spokane, WA

Learn how to collect & process many of the wild medicinal plants in Eastern Washington, both native & invasive species. 

Beyond sustainability, I teach how to restore ecosystems to greater health & productivity, improving the wildcrafting resource for future generations.

Spokane Herbal Faire

June 9, 10-4 pm

Promoting the Culture of Herbalism to the Spokane Community, via education, vendors and a socially engaging platform.

Unity Spiritual Center: 2900 South Bernard, Spokane, WA.
Entry Upon $5 Donation

Organizers envision of an event that creates community, educates and is beautiful. The 2018 Faire will be hosted at Unity Spiritual Center, a beautiful and bountiful location.

Visit the faire's website for details:

18th Annual Fairy & Human Relations Congress

June 21-24

The Fairy & Human Relations Congress is an annual event held in the Methow Valley in Washington State. The Congress is dedicated to Promoting Communication and Co-Creation with Nature Spirits, Devas and the Faery Realms.

Theme for the 2018 Fairy Congress:
Strengthening the Webs of Connection Between the Realms – Imagine what we can do together!

We keep love at the center of the hurricane despite being surrounded by chaos and distractions. We hold lines of connections between the realms, weaving these strands of light into a community.  At the center of this community we have a space of Dedication – Fortitude – Resilience – Compassion – Love

We keep dancing in face of emergencies, all these natural disasters are the earth healing itself, the planet is evolving, systems crumbling, earth needs our love, fire should be lit to burn off old stuff (ours eg codependence, the worlds…), do clearings to help earth release old junk, engage fire, relax and allow, uphold the vision of the world.
We represent the solidarity which is not changing; relax and allow ourselves to be held, uphold the vision of the world you know is possible, the path exists towards a world of love to all beings, continue to love.  Kick ass compassion from Quan Jin, Jesus and Mary.

Green Gathering

Washington's Community Herbal Gathering
June 29th - July 1st

A sweet herbal gathering with good teachers, camaraderie, a camp out at Camano Island State park.  Affordable.

The Green Gathering Herbal Conference is an annual educational event for novice and seasoned herbal practitioners in the Pacific Northwest. Folks gather in the spirit of advancing knowledge, promoting a system of sustainable healthcare, and honoring the healing traditions of our bioregion. The goal is to elevate the practice of herbalism, increase access to botanical wellness, inform and educate on sustainable wildcrafting and create dialogue about the ways in which we might provide informed and integral practices.

This year is the 5th annual event happening on Camano Island, WA.
Tickets will cost $125 including camping or $98 for the three day pass

Temperate-Zone Agroforestry Training & Online Course

 July 29 to August 11

A two-week, intensive training held in Washington State. We will visit some of the best agroforestry sites in the Pacific Northwest including Feral Farm, Blue Heron Farm & Nursery, Wild Thyme Farm, The Bullock Brothers Homestead, Burnt Ridge Nursery, arboretums and talk to the people who run them. There will also be classroom time with power point presentations featuring agroforestry sites worldwide.    People can take the whole two-week course or parts of it.  We will film parts of the course for an on-line course so we can share the information with the world.  Agroforestry has the potential to reduce monocultures, regenerate abused farmland, feed the people, conserve biodiversity and sequester excess atmospheric carbon. Agroforestry is the solution to many of the world’s problems.   Contact Michael


Friends of the Trees Botanicals 2018 Catalog - Fresh and Dry Herbs

This catalog offers 112 botanicals from 95 species. We grow or wildcraft all of them personally. 50 of the botanicals are wildcrafted, 50 are cultivated, and 12 we both grow and wildcraft. Origins: 36 species are Pacific Northwest natives. 17 are weedy non-natives naturalized in Washington State. We cultivate 58 species from Europe, Asia and the eastern US.

2018 is our 23rd year as a commercial botanicals business. Our wildcrafting is done in the northern counties of Washington, Idaho and Northwest Montana. Our wildcrafted botanicals are sustainably gathered to maintain healthy plant populations.

Check it out and order today!

Friends of the Trees Botanicals Farm - 2018 Seed Price List

50 Varieties of Medicinal Herb Seed and 5 Vegetable Seed Varieties.

Rare Books by Michael Pilarski and Friends of the Trees

Growing & Wildcrafting Medicinal Plants in the Pacific Northwest

Ethnobotany & Ethnoecology Resource Guide

Restoration Forestry: An International Guide to Sustainable Forestry Practices

Subtropical & Tropical Medicinal Plants Checklist

Agroforestry Guide to Hawaii: A Directory to Restoration, Forestry, Agroforestry, Permaculture & Sustainable Agriculture in the Hawaiian Islands

Third World Resource Guide

Kiwifruit Enthusiasts Journal #6

Forty Years with the Fairies

Purchase these books online at

Contact Info:

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