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An Afternoon With Roger Lauen

Since 2008, when the U.S.—global economy got more than interesting, here at BIOM we’ve become more and more aware of the need for RESILIENCY and SUSTAINABILITY. In this regard, we’ve been exploring the depth and breath of this mindset through the ways and ideas of PERMACULTURE (permanent-culture).

If you think about ‘permaculture’ simply as those customs and practices that ENDURE over generations, it becomes instantly clear that after thousands of years ORIENTAL MEDICINE can be considered ‘permaculture.’
We’ll be writing more about this over the next months.

BARN: Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network

While on the look-out for those relationships that knit together into a web of resilience and sustainability, Michael decided to join the Bainbridge Island Community Woodworkers, and in the process became friends with Roger Lauen, who started the group, after they worked together helping to build a tool shed at the Ferncliff Village community garden.


Roger is one of those ‘visionary’ kind of guys who sees the BIG PICTURE. So when seeing the need for a more resilient and sustainable community, Roger and several others joined together to envision BARN: 

BARN’s center will have well-equipped community workshops for traditional and 21st century crafts, ranging from woodworking, metalworking, fiber arts and cooking to building robots and using 3-D printers or laser cuters to make complex parts. There will be classes for all skill levels, as well as open studio time where people can learn informally from one another while working on personal and community service projects.

You’re Invited!

So please consider this an invitation to An Afternoon With Roger Lauen where Roger and Michael will talk about Roger’s storied past and his community vision for BARN. Our talk will be followed by a presentation of BARN’s building plans ... and then ... REFRESHMENTS : )

Sunday ~ AUGUST 11;  4~6 PM • Bainbridge Island Grange, 10340 Madison Ave. NE


And if you can’t make it ... we’ll be posting the video here on to continue the conversation.

The sensible approach to disease and insect control is to grow sturdy crops in a healthy environment. ~ Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

Related Links

BARN: Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network
Bainbridge Island Community Woodworkers
Northwest Permaculture Convergence

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