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The Columbia Branch of the Seattle Public Library will present the second of two Urban Self Reliance Programs in October:

Can You Eat Your Lawn? Using Permaculture Tools to Create Edible Landscapes Tuesday October 23, 6:30-7:45 pm

Sustainability can begin at the very beginning: everyone eats. Permaculture, a whole-system design approach to home and yard development, gives us easy, inexpensive tools and techniques to have a lovely, healthy yard that also functions as a food-producing cornucopia.

On October 23, Laura Sweany of Sustainable Seattle, a Seattle native and urban agriculture consultant, will discuss easy, practical and low-maintenance options for home food production. You'll learn about: guilds, polycultures, food forests, edible hedgerows, herb spirals, sheet composting, and more!

On October 15, Forager and author Langdon Cook presented a slide lecture on the lively informal economy that has grown up around wild edible fungi in the Pacific Northwest. From pickers to buyers and farmers markets to chefs, the wild mushroom trade is serious business in our region — and often operates out of sight in remote corners of national forests and rural communities. Cook has been following this unusual food chain in recent years and will publish his first-hand account, "The Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground Economy," in 2013.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

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