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.
Thanks, 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 7pmRough & 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
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 email@example.com.
Participants are 200 antipoverty agency employees from CA, NC, HI and AZ
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!??
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.
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.
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)
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
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!
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,
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.