Also, I read there that you can buy worms for composting at Eggplant Garden Supply! My worms live in the closet, and have tripled in number since I got them in March! We are giving them away as gifts to friends now...
Update on my garden plot.
anyone interested in trading some seeds or seedlings? I have a lot of different stuff, especially flowers and gigantic kohlrabi, but would like some herbs + things.
just reply to this post if you're interested ~ maybe we could set something up for the next class on April 30th?
point of interest, sorrel seeds are the coolest I've seen in a while ~ little black prisms of [hopefully perennial] lettuce.
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Next Saturday after the Design Class please join Kate and me at the 6th Annual Neighborhood Sustainability Conference at Central Lutheran Church in downtown Mpls right next to the Convention Center. Here's the schedule...something for everyone...hope to see you there...stop by the Cool Planet table and say hi.
6th Annual Sustainable Communities Conference
Sat. April 9, 2011 8:30am to 4:30pm, Central Lutheran Church, 333 12th St. S Mpls, 55404 (next to Mpls Convention Center) FREE event Lunch (Chow Girls) $5, Parking $9 , Kids Activities Please pre-register. Thanks
600 volunteers from neighborhoods, congregations, schools, transition towns, businesses and city environmental commissions will share practical resources for their hands-on spring and summer projects, meet with neighbors to plan next steps and give constructive feedback to staff & elected leaders on City & County policies.
Registration and Refreshments & Community Sing - Minnesota Community Sings -
Transition as a Pattern Language – connecting neighbors to create a resilient community. The Five steps to to create a transition initiative in your community. Using our heads, hearts and hands to create a more joyful, less energy intensive communities. – Rob Hopkins, Author of the Transition Handbook and member of Transition Totnes, U.K. and Krista Leraas, Backyard Harvest - Meeting our Fundamental Human Needs the work of Manfred Max Neef.
10 to 11:30
Neighborhood Outreach for Home Energy Workshops
Organizing for biking, walkng & transit in your community – Bike MN, TLC
Neighborhoods of Rain Gardens – Powderhorn & Phalen
How to have fun and effective meetings
Eco-psychology – the Inner Work of Transition Towns
Starting a Community Garden or Local Food Hub – Gardening Matters
Transition Towns 101
Block club outreach for recycling, apts. & composting
Using song, dance, puppets & murals
Awareness Raising Tools - Awakening the Dreamer
11:30 to 12:30
Organizing and Outreach Skill Building Sessions – learn ways to grow your green team
o Neighborhood Environment Committees
o Transition Towns Networking
o Congregational Green Teams – MN IPL, LRC,
o School Environmental Clubs – YEA! MN
o Back Yard Inventors and Engineers – DYI meet up
o City Environmental Commissions/ MN Green Step Cities
o Local Food Resource Hubs and Urban Farmers
o Advocacy for climate Justice – 1 Sky, Citizens Climate Lobby
o Greening Your Business Net Impact, Alliance for Sustainability
o Community Artists – music, dance, murals, puppetry, etc.
12:30 to 1:30
Geographic Break Out Sessions - meet for lunch with others from your community to share your project ideas. Link the green efforts of neighborhoods, congregations and schools in your community. Plan ways to engage more people.
1:30 to 3:00
1st Round 1:30 p.m.
2nd Round 2:15 p.m
1:30pm - Working together to meet OUR city/county sustainability goals
Our cites and counties have ambitious goals to curb global warming pollution, increase recycling rates, end homelessness, grow local food, etc. In each session you will learn about key sustainability goals of local government and practical ways neighbors can work together to meet these ambitious goals. City and county staff want to hear your ideas! After a brief overview, participants will meet in small groups to brainstorm solutions that city and county staff and volunteers with the Minneapolis Citizen Environmental Advisory Commission will use as they plan next steps. Choose 2 topics to learn about. Session are repeated at 1:30 and 2:15pm
o Energy Conservation/ Renewable Energy/ Air Quality, C02 Reduction, Energy Resilience
o Recycling/ Organics Waste Collection/ Zero waste
o Biking and Walking/ Bike and Pedestrian Plans, Transit Access, Transit Oriented Development
o Local Food and Community Gardening Policies
o Water Quality and Urban Forestry - Lake Quality, Tree Canopy
o Growing a Green Economy – supporting small business growth
o Housing – foreclosure prevention, home weatherization
o Educational equity and engaging youth in communities
o Public Health and Environmental Justice
o Community Building/ Block Clubs/ Neighborhoods/ Safety
Networking and Resource Tables
o Community Sing - Minnesota Community Sings - Bret Hesla and Mary Preus – in the Fellowship Hall
o Green Career Networking – Green Career Tracks, Net Impact
o Overstuffed: How to enjoy more, spend less, and be kinder to the planet. – Nicole Lynsky
8:00pm CD Release