2018 Events

Poster for Film Series with parody of American Gothic painting

North Olympic Peninsula
Farming Film Festival - 2018

Jefferson County Library, 620 Cedar Ave, Port Hadlock, WA 98339
(two films are at other venues, 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. 

Sponsored by: Jefferson County Local Food Systems Council, Friends of the Trees Society,
Port Townsend Food Coop, Short Family Farm, Solstice Farm, Organic Seed Alliance, Chimacum Corner Farmstand, Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Hugging Tree Legacy

Download our poster and help spread the word?

January 22: The Bullish Farmer. A documentary on sustainable agriculture which journeys into the life of a Wall Street investment banker turned farmer as he struggles to build and run a livestock farm that is feeding his family and the community he has lived in his whole life
1 hr, 19 minutes. February 12, 2017.
Film Sponsors: Short Family Farm, Chimacum. and Young Professionals Network. Trailer:   The Bullish Farmer (Official Trailer)

January 29: Queen of the Sun. Taggart Siegel's revelatory documentary on honeybees, beekeepers and colony collapse disorder
1 hr. 22 min. April, 2010
Film Sponsor: Friends of the Trees Society
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekoeQodrVoM

February 5: Look and See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry.  
1 hr. 22 min. March, 2016.
Film Sponsor: Solstice Farm.
Trailer: https://lookandseefilm.com/trailer/

February 12. Skipping this weekend.

February 19. Polyfaces, Joel Salatin and his family farm in the Shenandoah Valley, famous for its livestock.
Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. 2333 San Juan Ave, Port Townsend.
1:31.40 minutes.  December 18, 2015
Film Sponsor: Port Townsend Food Coop.
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/183604273

February 26: The Greenhorns. Armed with a camcorder, farmer-filmmaker-activist Severine von Tscharner Fleming spent two years crisscrossing America, meeting and mobilizing a network of revolutionary young farmers.
50 minutes. 2011. We will do some additional young farmer shorts.
Film Sponsor: ? Sponsor sought.
Trailer:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zH7o3fxw6oE

March 5:  Evolution of Organic. History of Organic farming in California.
1 hour 26 minutes. January 2018.
Film Sponsor: ? Sponsor sought.
Trailer:  1:18. https://vimeo.com/217097542

March 12:  Seed: The Untold Story. Our seed heritage and those seeking to save them.
1 hour: 34 minutes. August 22, 2016.
Film Sponsor: Organic Seed Alliance
Trailer 2:46. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GUxC_nojsU
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.
1 hour, 32 minutes. March 2015.
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.
Film Sponsor: ? Sponsor sought.
Trailer: 3:43. https://vimeo.com/119915612

March 26:  Gaining Ground. Inner city and organic farming.
1:16:24. September 21, 2015.
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.
Film Sponsor: ? Sponsor sought.
Trailer 3:40. www.mediaprojectonline.org/gaining-ground/

April 2: Grow Food. How we can solve a large portion of the world’s issues by growing food.
1 hour +. March 2018.
Film Sponsor: ? Sponsor sought.
Trailer:  5:46. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/growfoodfilm/grow-food-film/posts/2061329

April 9: Movie to be announced. Show at Finnriver Cidery, 124 Center Road, Chimacum.

PREVIEWS: The Trailer for the next week’s film will be shown before the main film. 
Cartoons and short films.  There may be additional short, fun flicks at the end of the shorter movies.

DISCUSSION: There will be a short discussion period after the film. What can be done locally? Library closes at 8:00 pm.

What farming films would you recommend to us? Let us know. There are lots we don’t know. Many other films have been on our short list for showing. In particular we are looking for films on women in agriculture and minorities in agriculture.  We would love to show the film Women’s Work but it won’t be released yet [Trailer: https://vimeo.com/225877894  ]. 

Free admission. There is no charge at the door. No tickets needed. Come early for the best seats. 

Sponsored by: Friends of the Trees Society, Port Townsend Food Coop, Jefferson County Local Food Systems Council, Short Family Farm, Solstice Farm, Organic Seed Alliance, other sponsors welcome.

Other sponsors and donations are needed to help us pull this off.

Would you care to sponsor a film? The Film Festival has other costs besides the screening costs and although we can’t ask for donations at the door (library rules prohibit that), we can solicit donations to support the Film Festival. The goal is to raise public awareness, promote local farming on the North Olympic Peninsula and give the farmers some great films to enjoy.

Paypal donations can be sent to [email protected] 

Checks can be sent in the mail to:

Friends of the Trees
Po Box 1133
Port Hadlock, Wa 98339

Contact: Michael Pilarski, Friends of the Trees Society
360-643-9178[email protected]




Agroforestry Courses

Tropical forestSubtropical Agroforestry Course

Kauai,  March, 2018

The full course will include classroom sessions as well as field trips to many of the most notable agroforestry-related plantings on Kauai. People can take the full course or parts of it.

Temperate Climate Agroforestry Course

Washington State, Summer 2018.

The full course will include classroom sessions as well as field trips to many of the most notable agroforestry-related plantings in Western and Eastern Washington. People can take the full course or parts of it.

Contact Us for more information.
[email protected]

Past Events



Join Michael "Skeeter" Pilarski and the Cedarroot Folk School for a foray into the woods to identify, collect, and process local native plants that are prime for harvest at this time of year, and to discuss traditional ethnobotanical uses and medicine making tips.  Possible herbs include Yew, Devil's Club rootbark, Cottonwood buds, Usnea, Lungwort, Oregon-grape root, and Nettle root.

Location, dependent on weather, to be announced.
Email: [email protected]
Date: Saturday January 13 - 10am- 5pm
Cost: $85


1st annual North Olympic Peninsula Farmers Convergence & Mixer

December 3, Sunday, 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Finniver Farm & Cidery, 124 Center Road, Chimacum, WA


December 3 Update
November 30 Update
November 18 Update

Sponsors include: Friends of the Trees Society, Abakis Music, Jefferson County Local Food System Council, Port Townsend Food Coop, WSU County Extension, Olympic Peninsula Regenerative Agriculture Alliance, Finnriver Farm & Cidery, and Nash’s Organic Produce...

Get all the details about the Farmer Mixer

Download the poster. Help us with publicity. Put it up in your local area.

Contact: Michael Pilarski
360-643-9178[email protected]

Facebook Event page www.tinyurl.com/farmermixer 

Sponsors included: Friends of the Trees Society, Abakis Music, Jefferson County Local Food System Council, WSU County Extension, Olympic Peninsula Regenerative Agriculture Alliance, Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Nash’s Organic Produce, and more. Thank you Sponsors!

Poster with pictures of people harvesting herbs.

Friends of the Trees Botanicals Presents Herb Grower Training Series With Michael Pilarski

Learn & experience the annual rhythm to growing herbs!

Come to one, some or all!
Sept 20, Wednesday
Sept 27, Wednesday
Oct 5, Thursday
Oct 12, Thursday
Oct 26, Thursday
Nov 2, Thursday

10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sliding scale $25 to $50 per class.

Meet at the herb patch at Finnriver Cidery
124 Center Road, Chimacum, WA

Offering a fall series of growing medicinal herb workshops. At each workshop we will assess what work needs to be done that week, which plants are ready to harvest, which seeds to collect and learn first hand.Every week is different. The trainings will be held at our two farm sites at Finnriver Cidery and on North Jacob Miller Road near Port Townsend. We grow over 100 species of medicinal herbs, culinary herbs, vegetables, berries and trees between the two sites. We will meet at Finnriver to start each morning off. In inclement weather we will spend some time under a roof for processing or classes. Outdoors work will happen each time, so come prepared for the weather of the day. Pay at the door. Bring gloves, work clothes and lunch.

Download the Flier.

Contact- Michael Pilarski
[email protected]
Ph: 360-643-9178

Please Note New Date: October 7.
Permaculture Design Class w/ Michael Pilarski

Co-Design a Local Property - Learn how to design your own property

Saturday, October 7 at 9 AM - 5 PM
Port Townsend, Washington

Work together to design a 10-acre farm outside of Port Townsend with renowned permaculture writer and farmer Michael Pilarski.

We will utilize the Permaculture design 8 step methodology.

We will study the interface between buildings, hedges, water, soils, wildlife, aesthetics, fragrance, color and more

Everyone will participate in the design process. We will have an artist to work with us to get the design on paper. 

The Class will be led by Michael Pilarski: Michael has taught 40 permaculture design courses and hundreds of workshops on permaculture and related topics. He has been farming and gardening organically since 1972.

Class Fee: $90

Contact Michael Pilarski for registation
[email protected]
Ph: 360-643-9178

Payment via Paypal or send a check to-
Friends of the Trees
PO Box 1133
Port Hadlock, WA 98339

Paypal email to send payment-
[email protected]

Updates at the Facebook Event Page:

If you would like to host Michael Pilarski for a plant walk, workshop or event please contact me. I generally do not travel outside the Pacific Northwest.
Friends of the Trees Society
PO Box 1133,  Port Hadlock, WA 98339
Michael Pilarski.  360-643-9178. [email protected]

Help Make Our Agroforestry Documentary

We are looking for someone with experience to run a Go Fund Me drive (or other crowd funding) to raise funds to bring Michael Pilarski’s agroforestry experience to the world in a feature-length documentary-- "A synthesis of what I’ve learned in my 30 years of establishing agroforestry systems at 10 locations in Washington, Montana and Oregon."


2017 Intinerary

7th Annual Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence

Attendance by donation! Register Now.


INPC 7 Poster

Grow Your Own Medicine!
Growing & Using Medicinal Plants in Western Washington

Both April 1 and April 2 Workshops are full!
There is still lots of room in the April 15 - 16 Medicinal Herb Seminar (further down)

This workshop will introduce a wide range of medicinal plants, trees and shrubs you can grow in western Washington.

That will also have a cap of 30 people and we expect it to sell out as well.

Weed management, harvesting tools & timing, making products and wildcrafting. During the workshop we will harvest some plants to dry and tincture as well as do some hands-on drying and tincture making.

Dragonfly Medicinals is located on 3.5 acres on Vashon Island. During this workshop we will tour their plantings and deliberate on the commercial possibilities as well as look at some of the wildcrafting possibilities.

There will be handouts of resources you can use; and plants, propagation material, seeds, herbal products and books will be available for sale.  

Michael Pilarski has been commercially farming and wildcrafting medicinal plants for 22 years in the Maritime and Interior Pacific Northwest. He farms a diversity of medicinal and food plants in complex, agroforestry systems and is the author of “Ethnobotany and Ethnoecology Resource Guide” and “Growing & Wildcrafting Medicinal Plants in the Pacific Northwest”.

Michael Laurie has been growing medicinal herbs and making tinctures and medicinal oils for over 18 years on Vashon and 13 years on his current property. He has been growing all organic.  The property is certified as a medicinal herb botanical sanctuary by United Plant Savers. There are currently over 70 species of medicinal plants on the property.  There are also several other permaculture/sustainability features on the property.
$50/person. Limited to 30 people. Some worktrade is available.

April 1, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
at Dragonfly Medicinals
Vashon Island, WA

For further information and to register contact: Michael Laurie, [email protected]

Download the poster:
Poster (11x17, tabloid, PDF, 8MB)
Poster (8.5x11, letter, PDF, 6MB)

Both April 1 and April 2 Workshops are full!
There is still lots of room in the April 15 - 16 Medicinal Herb Seminar (further down)

Medicinal Herb Growing & Wildcrafting Seminar

With Michael Pilarski

April 15‐16, 2017
All day, both days.

Fort Worden, Port Townsend, Olympic Peninsula
200 Battery Way, Port Townsend, WA 98368

Download the poster:
Poster (11x17, tabloid, PDF, 1MB)
Poster (8.5x11, letter, PDF, 920kb)



May, One-day Wildcrafting workshop in Seattle

We are looking for a venue.

Once we have a venue and a date the info will be posted on this website. If you want to get on the contact list for this, send Michael an email.
[email protected]om

More info on the Montana PDC HERE.

Past Events

How to Collect Wild Medicinal Plants for Commercial and Home Use

A Workshop with Michael Pilarski

February 15, 2017
Wednesday Evening.  7:00 to 9:00 pm

Dandelion Botanical Company
5424 Ballard Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98107

Download the poster:
Poster (11x17, tabloid, PDF, 1MB)
Poster (8.5x11, letter, PDF, 920kb)


How to Collect Wild Plants for Commercial and Home Use

Plant Walk & Workshop with Michael Pilarski

March 5, 2017
Sunday.  10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Dungeness River Audubon Center
Railroad Bridge Park
2099 W. Hendrickson Rd.
Sequim, WA 98382

Download the poster:
Poster (11x17, tabloid, PDF, 1MB)
Poster (8.5x11, letter, PDF, 920kb)


2016 Intinerary


Earth Repair - Restore the Planet and Create Paradise on Earth



was held October 7-9, 2016 at Fort Flagler on the northeast tip of the Olympic Peninsula. Michael Pilarski helped coordinate.
Information about the convergence can still be viewed at the NWPCC websiteFacebook Page and Facebook Event


The Northwest Permaculture Convergence (NWPCC) is an inclusive annual weekend-long event that alternates between Oregon and Washington State. The Convergence brings together a remarkable diversity of people, all with creative approaches for designing living environments, and economic and culture systems that thrive within ecologically sustainable limits. Everyone who practices the ideals of Permaculture speaks a common language across the Northwest and all over the world.

NWPCC teams-up with local communities for 'Shoulder Events,' supporting our allies with tours, panel discussions, workshops, and classes. Every year, the organization offers a number of volunteer and work trade positions. Ride shares, home stays and food donations can be arranged using the website.

Long time enthusiasts and beginners alike pilgrimage from every corner of the Cascadian Bioregion which extends from coastal Alaskan Panhandle to the north, into Northern California in the south, and inland to include parts of the Yukon, Idaho, Wyoming and Western Montana.

Download a print-quality version of our 2016 poster. Print it out and put it up around your town. It helps a lot!


The 6th Annual Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence was held Sept. 9 - 11, 2016 at Heartsong in Tumtum, WA.

Heart-felt thanks to our 2016 Sponsors!!

Download our Beautiful 2016 Poster:
8.5" x 11"
11" x 17"
Print it and put it up in your town. It helps a lot!


Spokane Herbal Faire

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 10 AM to 5 PM
Unity Spiritual Center

2900 S Bernard St, Spokane, Washington 99203

This annual event promotes the Culture of Herbalism to the Spokane Community, via education, vendors and a socially engaging platform.

For details keep an eye on:


Medicinal Herb Growing & Marketing Conference

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

A big Thank You! to everyone who attended.  Over 450 people came through the event.  All in all, the conference was a great success.  Thank you to all the conference presenters, sponsors, Trade Show participants, coordinators, work-traders, herbal beverage companies and other attendees. 

Read the post-conference report and tell us how we did and what we could do better HERE.



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