A Guru of Gardening Practices

By Alexandra Bush April 5, 2010

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tonight's highlighted event, a public meeting at Ballard High School on Mayor Mike McGinn's Youth and Families Initiative, has been canceled after three Ballard graduates were killed in a car crash this weekend.


Laura Sweaney (pictured) is a guru of gardening practices that many of us only know as sustainability buzzwords:  "permaculture," "water catching," "solar harvesting," "natural pest management."

Laura's business, Terra Flora Farms, puts those buzzwords into action. She's giving a free lecture entitled "Can you eat your lawn?" at the YWCA tomorrow night about easy, low-mainentance practices to turn your water-guzzling grass expanse into a permacultural paradise.

Tomorrow, 5:30pm, at the YWCA Opportunity Place (2024 3rd Avenue).  Event is free but space is limited; RSVP at [email protected]

Tomorrow's Full Calendar:

There's a public forum on the controversial SR520 overhaul at City Hall tomorrow evening, a mere 9 days before the comment period ends April 15. Tomorrow, 6pm, at City Hall (600 4th Avenue).

See the brilliant Sylvie Testud in Lourdes, a lovely film about isolation and community, in which a wheelchair-bound woman pretends to greater faith for access to her local church congregation.  Tomorrow, 9pm, the Northwest Film Forum.  Tickets $9 for general public, $6 for members, $6.50 for students and seniors.

The Regional Development and Sustainability Committee meets in Council Chambers at 2pm.  Mike O'Brien, Jean Godden, Richard Conlin, and Tim Burgess will discuss the New Markets Tax Credits program, an update on the Local Food Action Initiative, and the rest of the agenda.  Tomorrow, 2pm, City Council Chambers (600 4th Ave, 2nd floor).
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