Judith Newton
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  • Cotati, CA
  • United States
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How might your current work contribute to the sustainability movement?
I am a primary midwife to Transition Cotati in Sonoma County. I'm working on collaborating with Transition Sebastopol and the emergent Transition Sonoma County.
In what ways do you personally identify with the Sustainability & Transition movement? Why are you interested?
I feel I was born to be in this time, doing this work. The tremendous opportunities that are born of the current circumstances call me to engage, and the Transition movement lays a remarkable framework for reaching out and helping others to engage also.
What background and skills do you bring to this community?
Living in cohousing, I have a lot of experience in collaborative processes and also in making dreams manifest.
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Sonoma County: Cohousing home available

My wonderful neighbors are moving away, and their beautiful home is available.  It is a spacious 3 bd/ 2 ba in our great permaculture-infused community.  See attached document for details .    House%20flyer.docx

Posted on January 27, 2012 at 1:52pm

Transformation TIme

I have served on the Commission for a Green New Deal for the North Bay here in California for the last 2 years.  In a culmination of our efforts to this point, we recently put out a report called Vital Change that you can read part of in a local paper, Solar TImes.  Here's an excerpt: 



Vital change comes from the ground up.  Dollars produce Astroturf, but the real deal grows from the grassroots.

That's why, since early 2009, the Green New…


Posted on January 15, 2011 at 11:23am

Yolo County Hosts Beginner Farmers' Workshop

"On Friday, Jan. 21, the Yolo County Agriculture Department will host a workshop for new farmers from 8:15 a.m. to noon at Norton Hall, located at 70 Cottonwood St., Woodland.

The goal of the workshop is to provide assistance for the new farmer, thus enabling them to be successful and confident in the marketplace, according to Yolo County spokeswoman Beth Gabor."


more at…


Posted on January 7, 2011 at 11:12am

Integral Permaculture -- Online Webinars








It is no secret that we are facing big challenges…


Posted on December 16, 2010 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Commission on a Green New Deal for the North Bay

I wanted to let you all know of this initiative that's moving forward with great energy. Several of the commissioners, myself included of course, are involved in Transition Initiatives or are closely aligned with Transition. Please help spread the word to help catalyze the kind of Transition we want to see in the North Bay.

Our Mission and other details:

The Green New Deal for the North Bay is a grassroots initiative to help transform Marin and Sonoma counties into… Continue

Posted on April 21, 2009 at 1:00pm

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At 11:22pm on July 28, 2011, Marlena Hirsch said…

Hi Judith

Sorry I have taken so long to respond to your question.  I got my biodynamic gardening training many years ago when Alan Chadwick had the garden at University of Cal. at Santa Cruz.  Currently I am doing what I call Community Growing when I garden with friends at their house or my house. Use marlenahirsch@yahoo.com for faster response. Marlena Hirsch


At 4:26pm on April 11, 2011, David Eggleton said…
If only being here WAS being there!  Would love to be your neighbor.
At 1:22am on January 21, 2011, Darlene Cavallara said…

Hi Judith

We just wanted to say thanks for all you do and contribute to this community!  Please let us know if we can be of any special assistance to you in any way...



At 2:07pm on January 6, 2011, Art Martin said…
Thanks for the welcome, Judith! It looks like you are involved in some interesting stuff and I hope to be able to contribute!   -- Art
At 1:38am on December 19, 2010, Dave Pollard said…

Hi Judith: Thanks for your kind words. I'm not sure what we can hope to accomplish in Transition with websites. In addition to the local Transition Initiative here on Bowen Island BC (part of Greater Vancouver BC area), I'm also involved (like you) with the local co-housing initiative, and with Tree Bressen's Pattern Language for Group Process (facilitation and collaboration) project.

Most of what I'm learning is taking place at the intersections of these various activities, on the ground, face to face. I find blogs useful for "thinking out loud" and exposing new ideas, but websites like Ning sites I find frustrating: I think there needs to be a better way to connect the various Transition initiatives using technology to share "things that work and things that don't" experiences and learnings, and to collaborate. But I don't know what that technology will be. Might be, as Paul Heft and I have explored, Second Life or some other virtual world where we can do simulations.

At 7:47am on December 11, 2010, Ruth Barbara Kummer said…

Hi Judith


Have just spent some time with you via your site.I'm pretty new to this so it is taking some time to learn the navigation techniques--Yes, the bloger i listed is my Granddaughter. She is now working with Deborah Koonz Garcia on a new film entitled "Soil" and has visited a transition town in England--she  gave me the "Transition Town " book

As to building local intergenerational community, the UUFNB is having a Winter Intergenerational Solstice Celebration at my place next Saturday and then Pachamama will be having an Awakening the Dreamer symposium here March 26th--both open to all

At 10:25am on January 30, 2010, Ron Cooper said…
Thanks Judith, I Love that area you are in and midwifery is a love of our family, having close friends doing such and our own born at home! I value connecting with yourself and the folks in your area, Thanks again, Ron
At 3:22pm on September 3, 2009, Dawn Zaft said…
Thanks Judith! I want to talk to you more about what your visions are.
At 9:56pm on August 19, 2009, Jeff Aitken said…
Hi Judith, I just made the connection between our quick hellos here and the upcoming Vicki Robin tour in SF, Sonoma county and the east bay.

We'll keep organizing it via email, but wanted to say hi here.

At 10:47pm on July 3, 2009, David Corzilius said…

Thanks for the comment! I'd be happy to talk with you about disaster preparedness, though I am a few years out of that work.

I just joined the Transition California group and saw that you have organized a Transition Cotati group as well. I live in Greenbrae, but am interested in how the greater Bay Area is moving toward sustainability with the transition town principles. Since Cotati is just up the road, I'm hoping to get a chance to participate first hand in some way if you feel there's a place for my background.


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