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Greetings Transition California Community!

"Titans of Transition" was a term I coined after I joined this network and now I am excited to be sponsoring and administrating this platform. This network is full of some of the most amazing people and I am honored to be a part of the community.

Please contact me and share with me your ideas and thoughts about how to spruce this network up to serve your needs and purposes. I look forward to the connections and weaving a sustainable future!

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At 9:38am on March 14, 2013, Cathe' Fish said…


We are working on revitalizing the Rough and Ready Grange to make it work for farmers like it is supposed to. We are having a monthly Small Farm and Garden Forum Night on the 3rd Wed of every month at the Grange.
Below are the details about our first meeting next Wed night. In was wondering if you or someone else from Transition Town could come and talk about what's happening with Transition Town. Or maybe you could call me and tell me, and I can mention it.

Cathe' Fish

Practical Permaculture Research Institute

Sunshine Works Organic Farm

Rough and Ready, CA


 Small Farm and Garden Forum Night

Networking for Farmers & Gardeners: Filling in the Gaps for Local Food Availability


 March 20, 2013 7pm        Rough & Ready Grange 

14550 Rough and Ready Highway; Rough and Ready, CA 95975

Join us in revitalizing the Rough and Ready Grange to support local farmers and gardeners. Our first meeting will be on developing local food self-sufficient neighborhoods with increasing income opportunities for food  produ

  • Supermarket food may become more and more expensive as inflation kicks in and petroleum costs continue to rise.
  • Many people want to become less dependent on corporate food and want to buy food locally.
  • Because of health challenges, many of us are looking for organic foods that are healthier than what can be found in most supermarkets.
  • As farming inputs increase in cost, many of us want to grow without fossil fuel inputs and want help learning how to do it
  • In a time of emergency, grocery stores can only stock 3 days’ worth of food.  Without replenishment, grocery stores could sell out.
  • Government wants to regulatel food production
  • How do we help make food available for our neighbors and our families, and support ourselves as farmers and gardeners in making a decent income?

Come brainstorm with us about: 

  • How to develop self-sufficient local neighborhoods with income opportunities  for producers
  • Learning what is grown and available for trade or purchase in each area of town.  
  • New ways of local marketing.
  • Creating networks for sharing, trading, bartering and purchase
  • Assessing availability of farm & garden equipment and heavy mchinery
  • Local Food Freedom  and government over-regulation

And learn more about what the Grange has done for farmer’s rights.



April Meeting of the Rough and Ready Grange Small Farm and Garden Forum Night

April 17, 2013 7pm   Dealing with Drought

At 3:18pm on February 14, 2013, James I. Masters said…

I am looking for a speaker to do a 30 minute overview of the concepts behind Transition Towns.  We have somebody from Post Carbon Institute on resource depletion, and the national leader of The New Reality initiative.  I want a local angle.  This is Tuesday April 9th in Sacramento.  Please call me 510.339.3801   Jim Masters or e-mail me at jmasters@cencomfut.com.

Participants are 200 antipoverty agency employees from CA, NC, HI and AZ

At 7:40am on January 25, 2012, michael leas said…

Thanks for the welcome. Looking forward to seeing how things develop in the future.


At 5:05pm on January 23, 2012, paulat said…
Thanks for the welcome :)
2012 has gotten off to slow start for us.....mostly because of the unperdictability of both the economy and the weather!!
Which brings me to the 2 challenges/questions I will be facing in the very near future!?
1) TAXES-As a farmer/gardener I make way under $10,000/annually.......must I still file a federal/state tax return?? What might the benefits be if any?
2) February always brings alittle warmer weather for our region, and is traditionally when I get sowing all my non-gmo seeds in the greenhouse :) This year, however, has me a little concerned (with such a late start on winter) on the efficiency of my greenhouse.......any suggestions for keeping it nice and warm inside!? Other than propane :/ not the most sustainable, but what are the better options!??
At 3:48pm on January 23, 2012, HowMany.org said…

Dear Daniel and Darlene,

Thanks for the welcome and for your insightful comments on the challenges (and urgency) of including population in the conversation about the problems we face globally and locally.  We're thrilled to be part of this community and hope to grow our involvement over time.  Please also consider checking us out on Twitter and Facebook, where we also post a lot of timely and topical content, or you could even sign up for our occasional email newsletter.  

Thanks again.

Best regards,


At 1:18am on January 23, 2012, Tobias said…

Oh, you didn't know? Robert died October 19th we miss him dearly! Explain to me how Transicion Ensenada would be able to share Transition Californias Web?! Thanks Tobias! 

At 9:37pm on January 22, 2012, Carol Zhou said…

Thank you Dandarius!  I am hyped to be a part of Transition CA.-carol zhou

At 3:20pm on January 10, 2012, Steve Tanner said…

Hey there D&D! 

I realize it's been a long time since we last traded messages... too long, really.  My life has been extremely hectic with the commute (ugh!) and the baby (aw!), but I think I'm ready to do a little Transition-minded work. 

Specifically, I was hoping to re-engage and get started on the "B Economy" handbook.  Would it be easiest if I just jumped right in, wrote drafts of one or more sections, and then sent them your way, periodically?  I can send it in HTML format, if that would be the most helpful for you.

In any event, Happy New Year and I hope all's well in your neck of the woods.



At 3:59pm on November 7, 2011, Michael McFadden said…



thanks for the interest. I look forward to meeting you on the 11th


At 3:58pm on November 7, 2011, Michael McFadden said…
At 8:48pm on October 28, 2011, Rocky Proctor said…
Thank you for the welcome and especially for all the work you do.
At 7:58am on October 23, 2011, Julie Heyman said…
Brilliant! I knew you would 'get it'. Thank you... keep it moving to any and all of your networks...and I'll do the same. Peace in all directions, Julie
At 7:58am on October 22, 2011, Julie Heyman said…

He llo from Ojai,

    Yesterday I got an email telling of the Occupy Movement's next big event: 11/11/11... what makes me uncomfortable is the choice of words/images: Revolution is so 20th Century 'old paradigm' - a whole new wave of collaborative, inclusive energy is rising-- how do we help the 'movement' drop the 'r' and ask the world to join the 'evolution'? Dandarius: how to spread the word? You are a connected guy - if you can help get the word out - here in CA and anywhere else... I know I am not alone in this. Thank you for your thoughts and creative solutions. Peace, Julie (Ojai)


At 4:37pm on October 20, 2011, Casey Robb said…
Hi Dandarius,  Thanks for the welcome.  I'm aware of Village Homes, and have a friend that lives there.  I'm a single working mom and way too busy to organize a group, but would like to hear from others on the website, like Libby, and see what they're doing.  ~Casey
At 3:57pm on August 31, 2011, colleen marie-blanchefleur whale said…

   Everlasting thanks for your gracious invitation to visit you in Grass Valley.  Unfortunately, logistically this is impossible.  I got rid of my car permanently after September 11th - in order to drastically reduce my consumption of fossil fuel.  I live in Midtown Sacramento and go everywhere walking, bike riding and public transit.  There is no public transit from Sacramento to where you live.  However, if you are ever in my neighborhood, please feel free to contact me. 


    Kindred spirits should support each other, because the work we do is "all guts and very little glory".  The world can be a cold, dark, hard place - so much ignorance, venal and base - fear based thinking - so I am delighted to connect with you like minded folks who live up in the nearby Sierra Mountains!


Keep Hope Alive,

Colleen Marie-Blanchefleur Whalen

Midtown Sacramento

Third Millenium Urban Grailmaiden

At 11:12am on August 17, 2011, Rootamental said…
Thank you very much for all your efforts, you guys have done soo much for our TC community. I look forward to even more transitioning from everyone on here, we are the leaders :) Also, I love the book "Urban Homesteading" by Rachel Kaplan
keep up the great work,
At 6:29pm on July 24, 2011, Rootamental said…

Sooo Stoked, I would love to have 'Urban Homesteading' by Rachel Kaplan.

I love this TC community...very inspirational

My address:

Scott Kam

1543 Morro St

SLO, CA 93401

At 11:03am on July 20, 2011, Jodi MacMillan said…
Thanks for the welcome! Very excited to be a part of this community.
At 1:39pm on July 5, 2011, Lisa Marie David said…
Yes, I understand it's the default.  Perhaps you will consider changing it to something more positive and reflective of SF and bridge building.  Perhaps some nature image or some other cartoon image.  I am particularly sensitive - my 28 year old Sun Kenny was shot by armed robbers in Oakland two years ago.  I find gun images offensive.  Thank you for your consideration.
At 8:05am on June 26, 2011, Richard Kreis said…
I'm member number 1400?  Gor Blimey!

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How might your current work contribute to the sustainability movement?
I am a sustainable community developer and advocate. My company has sponsored this network since 2010 and I have served as manager/admin since then.
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All of our work, commitment, and efforts are 100% focused on the Transition we are going through that will lead to a healthy planet and sustainable future.
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Multi-media digital publishing, coalition building, online networking and promotion, low impact sustainable development zoning/codes, and organization development.
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Want to leave a Handprint?  Restore the Earth is a campaign that is about working to restore the great ecosystems around the planet; forests, oceans, freshwater, tundra, corals and the soils – they are the greatest allies we have for our future, to give us a better quality of life, clean air, food security, pure water and…


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Meet New TCA Assistant Admin - Darkin Tanner

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What the California Homemade Food Act Means to Transitioners

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