Building on the monthly "Roundup of What's Happening in the World of Transiton" pulled together over at Transition Culture, here are some highlights of what's keeping Transition Initiatives busy across the US..
Developing household resilience and landscaping for wildlife in Kentucky > Sustainable Berea put on a workshop on landscaping for wildlife as part of their Resilient Household Project. They have been discussing topics from water, waste, energy conservation, alternative energy, growing and storing food, emergency preparedness, health and transportation. Check out their introductory list of books and other resources and short list of suggestions for increasing your household’s resilience.
Timebanking and weaving community connections in Florida > Transition Sarasota is getting set for the launch of their Common Wealth Time Bank which will take place on Labor Day, September 3rd. In celebration of the nurturing of this new economy based on community, sustainability and shared prosperity, they'll be kicking things off with a potluck lunch, screening of "The Economics of Happiness" film, a World Cafe discussion on the future of their local economy and topping it off with live music. Read an interview with Don Hall of Transition Sarasota about their launch here. For an explanation of how time banks can be successful in creating resiliency within the local economy, read this article in Yes! Magazine: Time Banking: An Idea Whose Time Has Come?
Learning about aquaponics and growing food in the desert in California > Transition Laguna added to their monthly meeting and potluck a lesson on aquaponics, "a food production system that combines a traditional aquaculture with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment." Transition Joshua Tree has been learning about irrigation and growing food in hot and dry climates. Check out some of their experiments in gardening in the desert here. Learn more about farming without water or "dry farming" in this Grist article. Meanwhile, Transition Santa Cruz is getting set to host a workshop on the 'Economics for Transition.'
Collaboratively transforming lawns into food producing permaculture gardens in Maine > Some great photos from Transition Belfast Area in Maine - What are Permablitzes? "Permablitzes are free events, open to the public, with free workshops, shared food, where you get some exercise and have a wonderful time. To be defined as a permablitz each event must also be preceded by a permaculture design by a qualified designer. Most permablitz networks run on reciprocity, and in order to qualify for a permablitz you usually need to volunteer at other permablitzes first, although there may be other ways of qualifying." (via wikibooks).
Rethinking local foodsheds in Michigan > Transition Cadillac Area is sponsoring a seminar in September to learn about how the home ecosystem can contribute to the greater local food system. "We'll explore the nitty gritty of the microcosm i.e., home food production, waste systems, rainwater catchment, and how this ties into the bigger picture of building a resilient foodshed. Gain ideas for ways to make your home landscape or small farm more productive with tree crops & food forestry, swales & earthworks, no-dig gardening, and more."
Hosting a Skillshare Faire in Washington > Transition Whatcom members are in the late planning stages of their SkillShare Faire and have a great website already up - check outwww.whatcomskillsharefaire.org. "We have been meeting throughout the spring and summer and have some fantastic people lined up to share their resilience-building skills! We have music being scheduled, and all is going well." If your group is thinking of organizing something similar, check out their website for details on how it's all coming together.
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