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Don’t forget to mark your calendar for this Saturday at 21 Acres!
Saturday, May 2, 2009
10 a.m. – Noon

The Sustainable Saturday Series at 21 Acres, an organization showcasing and demonstrating sustainable agriculture and environmental stewardship, presents an opportunity for the community to learn and participate in a variety of activities.  Beginning at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 2, this free series is held the first Saturday of each month through November.

Farm and garden demonstrations and volunteer work projects are planned, along with an official Farm Tour at 11 a.m. Visit with program leaders; participate in a farm chore; see the progress being made in the Orchard and the new acreage dedicated to teaching or walk the trails. Find out what’s growing in our community during your visit to 21 Acres. 

The Sustainable Saturday Series is free and open to the public. For directions and more information call 206-442-2061 or visit 21Acres.org. Located in the Sammamish Valley at 13701 NE 171st Street south of Woodinville, 21 Acres is a non-profit organization with the mission to cultivate, demonstrate and advance systems supporting sustainable agriculture. The land supports an organic urban farm growing food for families, markets, schools and hunger relief.  

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Since 2002, Michelle Kaufmann Designs and mkStudios, have been at the forefront of green and sustainable prefabricated house designs on the West Coast. Founded by it’s namesake, Michelle Kaufmann, it’s guiding principle is to provide a full service design/build architectural firm that uses off-site modular technology and  prepackaged green solutions as the means to create beautiful, eco-friendly homes and multi-family developments.

Both companies strive to show how Michelle’s five EcoPrinciples can be easily and elegantly incorporated into nearly everyone’s daily life. These EcoPrinciples are:

  • Smart design
  • Ecological materials
  • Energy efficiency
  • Water conservation
  • Healthy environment

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The Transition movement, while noticeably growing in areas such as the U.K, isquietly developing a toe hold here.  One nearby town that has adopted Transition Town principles is Sandpoint, Idaho.  An article published recently in the New York Times discusses their efforts. Interesting reading.  The following is an excerpt:

The Transition movement was started four years ago by Rob Hopkins, a young British instructor of ecological design. Transition shares certain principles with environmentalism, but its vision is deeper — and more radical — than mere greenness or sustainability. “Sustainability,” Hopkins recently told me, “is about reducing the impacts of what comes out of the tailpipe of industrial society.” But that assumes our industrial society will keep running. By contrast, Hopkins said, Transition is about “building resiliency” — putting new systems in place to make a given community as self-sufficient as possible, bracing it to withstand the shocks that will come as oil grows astronomically expensive, climate change intensifies and, maybe sooner than we think, industrial society frays or collapses entirely. For a generation, the environmental movement has told us to change our lifestyles to avoid catastrophic consequences. Transition tells us those consequences are now irreversibly switching on; we need to revolutionize our lives if we want to survive.

Transition’s approach is adamantly different from that of the survivalists I heard about, scattered in the mountains around Sandpoint in bunkers stocked with gold and guns. The movement may begin from a similarly dystopian idea: that cheap oil has recklessly vaulted humanity to a peak of production and consumption, and no combination of alternative technologies can generate enough energy, or be installed fast enough, to keep us at that height before the oil is gone. (Transition dismisses Al Gore types as “techno-optimists.”) But Transition then takes an almost utopian turn. Hopkins insists that if an entire community faces this stark challenge together, it might be able to design an “elegant descent” from that peak.

We can consciously plot a path into a lower-energy life — a life of walkable villages, local food and artisans and greater intimacy with the natural world — which, on balance, could actually be richer and more enjoyable than what we have now.

Transition, Hopkins has written, meets our era’s threats with a spirit of “elation, rather than the guilt, anger and horror” behind most environmental activism. “Change is inevitable,” he told me, “but this is a change that could be fantastic.”

Read the full article here…..

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So.., What’s Permaculture? and What is this Transition movement?

Time: April 14, 2009 from 6:30pm to 9pm
Location: Maple Leaf Lutheran Church
Organized By: John Samaras & Sue McGann

Event Description: …a series of shorts that begins to answer these common questions. The Permaculture movement arose in Australia in the ‘70s as a positive constructive response to the energy and environmental crises that are still with us. It was a part of the “Back to the Land” movement of the time but many believe it is just another form of gardening, like “organic,” “bio-dynamic,” or “bio-intensive.” As this movement has evolved, two relatively new branches have grown out of it: Urban Permaculture and the Transition Towns movements. These are centered around growing sustainable and resilient community.

Come join us to watch these films and engage in community discussion. Social 6:30pm; films begin at 7:00pm. See more details and RSVP on Northeast Seattle Neighbors’ Sustainability Network:

http://sustainableneseattle.ning.com/events/so-whats-permaculture-and

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Saturday, April 11
10:00 AM- 2:00 PM
Third Place Commons, Lake Forest Park Towne Centre
17171 Bothell Way NE

Attend great workshops and enjoy exhibits.  Pick up a free aluminum water bottle, vegetable seeds and other useful gifts while supply lasts.

Workshops

Growing a Home Vegetable Garden – Successful methods for different spaces- Martha Clatterbaugh, presenter.
Learn the basics about vegetable growing including when, what, where, and how to plant. You can plant vegetables even if you are an apartment dweller or have a shady lot. This workshop will be presented twice in the Commons Meeting Room.  10:30 AM-12:00 Noon and 12:30 – 2:00 PM

Introduction to Canning – Learn to preserve the bounty of your garden and extend the taste of summer into the cold winter months – Jessica Dally, presenter.  This class will discuss and demonstrate proper methods to can many types of fruits and vegetables using both the water bath method and pressure canning.  Commons Demonstration Room.  10:30 AM- 12:00 Noon

Gardening for Wildlife- Constance Perenyi, presenter
Create a vital home for wildlife in your own backyard. Learn about plant selection, siting nest boxes and birdbaths, and humane ways to prevent problems with both wild and domestic animals. Commons Demonstration Room 12:30-2:00 PM

This fair is sponsored by the City of Lake Forest Park, Friends of Third Place Commons, with funds from the King County Local Hazardous Waste Program, and King County Solid Waste.

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The City of Kenmore’s Downtown Task Force is having a meeting about Transit-Oriented Development in Kenmore.

Date: April 22nd
Time: 7 PM
Where:  Northshore Utility District
6830 NE 185th Street
Kenmore, WA 98028

Transit systems including bus service can provide a convenient transportation option and may help reduce traffic congestion. Successful transit systems require development patterns and community design, i.e. “transit-oriented development”

Photo by Mike Lydon

Photo by Mike Lydon

 (TOD) that support transit use. Interested in finding out more about TOD, asking questions and providing your vision of what this might mean for development along the SR522 corridor in Kenmore?

The City Council and City’s Downtown Task Force want your input on TOD. Please come and listen to a presentation and participate in a discussion led by Dr. Mark Hallenbeck on Wednesday April 22nd, 2009 at 7 p.m. at the Northshore Utility District. 6830 NE 185th Street, Kenmore, WA 98028. 

For more information about the Downtown Task Force discussion of TOD please visit the City’s website www.cityofkenmore.com or contact Debbie Bent, Community Development Director at 425 398-8900 or dbent@ci.kenmore.wa.us 

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So you just replaced the batteries in your flashlight. You recall that somewhere you read how to dispose of the old ones. Bookmark this website and you’ll never again be left clueless.

Excerpted from Yahoo

TWICE magazine offers a comprehensive guide to the disposal of virtually every type of battery on the market, available here. It’s organized by the basic type of battery — alkaline, button, Ni-Cad, etc. — and includes examples of where each of these batteries are used, alternate names, and so on. (Unfortunately the HTML on the page is a little messed up, causing the bullet point sections to be nested; try to ignore this.)

Read the TWICE article here: http://www.twice.com/article/CA6647226.html

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