Juliet Sinisterra

What is Permaculture?

Just about the greatest set of design principles I have come across (see below). When most folks think of Permaculture, they think of gardening. And while gardening can be easily applied, the core set of principles and ethics around Permaculture is really much broader. The two biologists that developed Permaculture in the 1970s, looked to [...]

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December Updates from Sun People Dry Goods!

Join us this Saturday for our 2nd Anniversary Celebration! Locally sourced treats and coffee along with a small, but meaningful discount of 2%–across the store. Also, be sure to shop on December 12th for “Shop for a Cause,” 10% of all sales that day will be going to support the work of the Martin Luther King [...]

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Community Lending Library Launch!

We’re proud to announce the launch of our Community Lending Library! You can now borrow books and DVDs with an ecological or natural living theme donated from folks in the greater Spokane area.  It’s as simple as paying a one-time $5 registration fee, providing proof of identification and residency within Spokane County, signing a borrowing [...]

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Introducing Sunshine Dollars!

by Juliet We are excited to launch Sunshine Dollars this month! Buy a $60 pack of Sunshine Dollars for only $45! Sunshine Dollars can be used towards any purchase(s) in the store, except consignment items, and they will never expire. That’s a 25% discount on anything you buy with them! Dollars will be available for purchase at [...]

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Vote Local and Help us Grow!

Vote for Sun People Dry Goods! We need at least 250 (one time only) votes to be considered for a $250,000 Mission Small Business grant from Chase Bank. This is an exciting opportunity for us to grow our inventory and to strengthen our web presence through development of online trainings and an e-commerce site. We [...]

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Zero Waste Living at Home: Canning

Tomorrow Sun People will be hosting three amazing women trained by WSU Extension in food preservation from 3 to 6 PM at the store. Come by if you can and get all your questions answered regarding this easy but detailed cooking tradition. All of our canning supplies will be 15% off! Canning is not only [...]

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Ready or Not…

This past week, I came across two items related to climate change that were just released—one being a report by the renowned NASA Climate scientist, James Hansen. The other being a petition issued by the Climate Ethics Campaign, forwarded to me by Sun People investor, Susanne Croft. Both reports are quite jarring in the unequivocal [...]

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The City We’ve Been Waiting For

Want to see what a city looks like when a bunch of architects, urban designers and landscape architects take over? If so, the documentary, A Convenient Truth is for you. Curitibia, the Brazilian capital of the state of Parana, population 1.75 million,  is consistently voted the best place to live in Brazil and is one [...]

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Earth Fairs & Eco Expos

Beth Mort and I just returned from Puyallup, WA and the first Mother Earth News Fair on the west coast. We attended workshops, listened to speakers, sampled organic and regional foods, almost test drove an electric car, and researched lots of great, regionally-made products for Sun People. To our surprise,we also ran into Sun People [...]

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Construction Update

Construction is now moving along at a brisk pace! The new windows are installed, the interior framing, drywall, and rough-in electrical are complete. Our checkout counter is also installed, and it looks great. The checkout counter incorporates two checkout stations at each end, and a bulk fabric cutting counter in the center. The counter is [...]

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