Welcome to the Inland Northwest Permaculture Guild

The Inland Northwest Permaculture Guild is a network of permaculture practitioners who inhabit a region of the northwestern U.S. between the Cascade Mountain Range and the Rocky Mountain Range. We host annual gatherings and operate this interactive website to facilitate communication among Guild members and between the Guild and the greater community to inform ourselves and others about the promise of permaculture.

2018 INPG Seed Swap
February 24 - 10am to 2pm
Community Building Lobby
35 W. Main Ave., Spokane, WA

Poster with Seed Swap info

FREE and Open to the Public.

Just walk around and trade seed and some will be for sale.

Optional tables will be available for participants to display their goods. A $10 per table donation is suggested.

~We are asking for strong and pure seed. This means no GMO, no treated seed. We are hoping for Heirloom & Organic. By this we mean varieties that are adapted to our climate and have been stable for many generations. How many generations is up for grabs. Sharing seed with your community is an excellent opportunity to share quality seed stock and learn how to be self-reliant.

After the Seed Swap, at 2:30, we'll have a meeting, same place, of Spokane Permaculture that anyone is invited to attend.

Contact Thom Foote:


Why is seed swapping important?

It maintains age-old skills
It keeps a diversity of locally adapted varieties alive
It resists the privatization of plant genetic material
It keeps seed making in the garden and out of the laboratory
It gets round the counter-productive aspects of the National List, which even the government admits are daft
It helps protect biodiversity
Not to mention introducing you to other local gardeners, cementing a sense of community and saving you money. Not bad for something you can do in your back garden!

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Past Events

The 2017 Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence
Was held on Sept. 1 - 3, Labor Day Weekend in
Hot Springs, Montana

Our theme for this Convergence was: From Water Comes Life...

2017 poster by Kira Mardikes

2017 Topics included:

Ecosystem Restoration
Food production in yard, town and city
Livestock Production
Medicinal Plants
Primitive/Ancestral Skills
Community Preparedness
Keynote Speaker
Kareen Erbe, Broken Ground
Presenters included:
Charlotte Anthony, Jacqueline Cramer (Beacon Food Forest), Terry Du Beau, Gloria Flora, Gabe Gaul, Debbie Jakovac, Karie Lee Knoke, Michelle Mahler, David Max & Jill Russell, Michael Pilarski, Cindy Santi, Jessica Spurr, Stan & Delyla Wilson, Kelly Ware,  and many more!

2017 INPC Report

Wow!! What an inspiring, action-packed event.  There were over 250 people attending and over 50 workshops. Lots of old friends meeting and new friends made. Even though we were doing a lot of preparations at the last minute it all worked out.  The venues worked out.  We had up to 6 power point presentations going at the same time and were able to keep the equipment running.  Not a single presenter canceled.  The meals were fantastic, thanks to Jenn, Tyler and the kitchen helpers. Approximately 85% of the food we ate was donated by the participants or locally grown.

We had a village within a town. We rented several large tents for an additional dining hall and meeting space.  The skylodge made a great space for the primitive skills demonstrations. It was a bit of walking between our different venue sites spread out over 4 blocks, but it was worth it.  The weather was nice but the air quality was variable due to the smoke from Montana forest fires.  We can’t say that everything went off without a hitch because there were some minor problems, but all in all it was a great event. 

Kareen Erbe gave a great keynote address on making permaculture more accessible to more people.  There were so many good workshops. We appreciated having  Jerome Osentowski, from the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute, attend all the way from Colorado. 44 people attended his Monday intensive workshop on greenhouses. 

We so enjoyed Hot Springs that almost everyone at the closing circle voted to do it in Hot Springs again in 2018.  We would like to do some hands-on projects in Hot springs next year and put some more energy into design ideas for Hot Springs.

Thank you to all our 22 sponsors. The most sponsors we’ve ever had for an INPC.  Thank you to all the presenters. Thank you to all the venues, The Tribal Nutrition Center, Towanda Gardens, Alameda’s Hot Springs Retreat and the Camas Recreation Center.  Thanks to all the organizers, locals and people who helped in a myriad of ways.  Thanks to everyone who attended. 

May the experience bear good fruit for all of us in the years to come.  You are invited to send in your reports, stories, and follow-up information to post here or post on the Inland Northwest Permaculture Guild Facebook page

Photos from Past Convergences