January 15th event – Backyard Bees and Small-scale Solar

Friday, January 15 6 – 8:30 pm

@ Northside Community Center, 809 Taylor St, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Free, but donations greatly appreciated to help us cover our costs!

6:00 POTLUCK ~ Bring a dish to pass & washable plate/cup/fork

7:00 SKILLSHARES ~ Choose between:

Mayan Power and Light Technologyserveimage

Do-It-Yourself Power: The Appropriate Technology Collaborative Executive Director John Barrie will describe the Mayan Power and Light Technology now functioning in Guatemala. Instruction will be given on small scale solar power systems we can build at home. More info about ATC at http://www.apptechdesign.org

Or:

Backyard Bees

umBeesEva Fall and friends from UMBees will discuss the threats to honeybees and wild bees today, methods for small scale bee-keeping and ways we can provide habitat for wild bees in our yards.

 

 

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Wonderful December event

We had about 33 people. The teachers were fantastic. It was a great evening.

The first two pictures are of Amanda Klain’s Milkweed and Monarch’s class, and the rest of the pictures are of Bobby Hay’s Shoe Repair and Leatherworking class.

 

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December event – Intro to Leather Working, and Milkweeds & Monarch.

Friday, December 11th 6 – 8:30 pm

@ Northside Community Center, 809 Taylor St, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Free, but donations greatly appreciated to help us cover our costs!

6:00 POTLUCK ~ Bring a dish to pass & washable plate/cup/fork

7:00 SKILLSHARES ~ Choose between:

Milkweeds and Monarchsmilkweedpod

Amanda Klain, of the Native Plant Nursery, will teach how to grow milkweed and help the monarch butterflies that depend on them. She’ll introduce the native milkweeds that occur in SE Michigan, and demonstrate how to collect, clean and treat the different species’ seeds to facilitate their growth. There should be enough milkweed for everyone to take home. Feel free to bring your own if you have gathered any pods. Also covered will be how to raise monarch larvae indoors. (Pre-registering at http://milkweedskillshare.eventbrite.com is not required but allows us to bring enough supplies, and to reach you in case of instructor illness.)   *MILKWEED SEEDS MAKE GREAT HOLIDAY GIFTS!

Or:

shoeIntroduction to Leather Working and Shoe Repair

Robert Hay will share knowledge gained in his work in shoe manufacture and repair. By deconstructing a pair of welted men’s shoes, he will show the assembly of the various parts. He will also teach the basics of working with leather. Participants will try their hand at carving and stamping their own leather bracelets to take home. There is a materials fee of $5. Class size is limited to 8 participants. Pre-register at http://shoerepair.eventbrite.com.

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Photos from November skillshare

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November 21, 2015 · 2:41 pm

Nov 2015 Potluck & Skill-Share – Knitting & Weaving

Saturday, Nov. 14th, 6–8:30 pm
@ Northside Community Center, 809 Taylor St, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Free, but donations greatly appreciated to help us cover our costs!

This month’s meetup will be Spanish-friendly! Activities will be taught in both Spanish and English, depending on the needs of the participants.

~ 6:00 PM POTLUCK ~
Bring a dish to pass & washable plate/cup/fork

~ 7:00 PM Skill-shares ~

Choose between:

Knitting with Pilar

knittingPilar Herrera-Fierro will teach knitting the way she learned in her native Chile.
Bring knitting needles and yarn if you have them. If not, let us know at a2reskilling@gmail.com
so we will have some available for you to borrow.

Or

Weaving with Kayla

weavingKayla Powers will bring her standing loom and introduce the weaving process from start to finish.
These skill-shares are meant for both men and women,
beginners and advanced—all are welcomed!

Please preregister at http://november-skillshare.eventbrite.com.
(Preregistration not required but is helpful as it allows us to reach you
in the event of instructor illness.)

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The biochar demonstration was great!

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November 2, 2015 · 12:14 am

October 2015 SkillShare – Biochar Demonstration

Saturday, October 24  1 – 5 pm  @ Robin Hills Farm, Vegetable Barn

20390 Stockbridge Chelsea Rd., Chelsea, MI 48118

~ 1-5 PM BIOCHAR DEMONSTRATION ~

pit pyrolysis TLUD

Join Karl Kaufman and Sheldon Smith for side-by-side TLUD/Pit Kiln Biochar production demonstrations in Chelsea, MI. Ann Arbor Reskilling is teaming up the with the instructors and Robin Hills Farm for the first workshop of their “Biggest Pumpkin Contest” Series featuring organic methods for “beefing up” your produce!

Biochar is charcoal from biomass, which sequesters carbon from the atmosphere for hundreds to thousands of years. We will utilize both a Top-Lit Up-Draft (TLUD) pyrolysis unit and the Hawaiian Luau pit pyrolysis technique popularized by Josiah Hunt. Local wood and biomass will be converted to char, and participants will take a bag of biochar home to experiment with. Techniques to “charge” the biochar with nutrients will also be discussed.

Biochar is part of a sustainable solution to climate change, by sequestering carbon and preventing its return to the atmosphere as greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. Biochar has also been documented to improve soil fertility by increasing resident soil carbon with resultant improved microbiological populations. This further amplifies carbon sequestration, as well as improving moisture and nutrient retention. The productive deep prairie soils of the Midwest, and the Terra Preta soils in the Amazon are a result of char.

***All participants can take samples and handouts home, and will participate in feeding the pit kiln.

Please register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/biggest-pumpkin-contest-series-biochar-workshop-tickets-18503539585, or by emailing ben.w@robinhillsfarm.com.

Free, but donations greatly appreciated to help us cover our costs!

For more information on what is included in the workshop, please visit http://www.robinhillsfarm.com/events/ or one of the sites below.

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