May 15th: Establishing A Rain Garden

Sunday, May 15th, 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 SKILLSHARE

Establishing A Rain Garden: Clean up the Huron River, One Garden at a Time

222Planting a rain garden is a fun way for people to make a difference in the quality of the water in our rivers, lakes, and streams, starting in our own backyard. You don’t need any special equipment – just some space, a spade, compost, and a few plants. This talk covers the benefits of Rain Gardens and how to build and plant one.

 

Susan Bryan is the Rain Garden Coordinator for the Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner’s Office, working with plants and people to protect the water quality in the Huron River. She has designed many residential gardens, rain gardens, and bio-infiltration areas. She is a past president of Wild Ones, has a master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Michigan, and is an Advanced Master Gardener in Washtenaw County.

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Roger Moon is a Master Rain Gardener, trained in the Washtenaw County program, with four rain gardens on his property. He has given numerous talks on rain gardens, media appearances, and designed six rain gardens himself. Roger has adopted rain gardens in Huron Hills and Gallup parks, and takes care of them throughout the year. Roger received the Washtenaw County Rain Garden Leadership Award in Education in 2015.

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April 16th : Intentional Community for Sustainability

Saturday, April 16th, 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 SKILLSHARE

Michigan Ecovillage: An Intentional Community for Sustainability

tree on hillMichigan Ecovillage is planned as a rural, multi-generational educational intentional community, economically anchored by an interconnected network of Worker, Consumer and Housing Cooperatives serving a Senior Continuing Care Community (including Independent Living, Assisted Living and Skilled Care); and vertically-integrated ‘farm to table’ organic food production and processing. The Caregivers’ and the food production service workers’ young families with children will co-locate in housing intermingled with Seniors, and share community facilities. A Co-Housing Community for young professional families, as well as, small group homes for autistic or developmentally disabled adults will also be co-located. All community members will share the community facilities of commercial kitchen/cafeteria, child care, exercise facilities, and community gathering center.

EcoKarlCome learn how intentional communities can demonstrate long-term sustainability, climate change mitigation and adaption, and economic viability of urban and rural villages of 150 to 300 people. Presented by Karl Kaufman, Executive Director of Michigan Ecovillage (501(c)(3) Nonprofit Corporation application in process). For more information on MI Ecovillage, visit www.MIEcovillage.org or contact Karl at karl@miecovillage.org or 810-241-5240.

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EcoJustice and Activism Conference

Join us on March 17-19, 2016 at the EcoJustice and Activism Conference

Reclaiming the Commons: Diverse Ways of Being and Knowing

College of Education Porter Building – EMU, 798 W Circle Dr, Ypsilanti, MI

(Free)

confThe EcoJustice and Activism Conference is organized to engage activists, educators, students, and scholars in deep and meaningful discussion around what we can do together to address and organize actions aimed at alleviating and/or eliminating current social and environmental injustices occurring in our local, national, and international communities. This year’s theme, Reclaiming the Commons: Diverse Ways of Being and Knowing aims to engage discussions about the importance of the vastly diverse commons practices, their relations and their histories across the planet.

For the schedule and registration: http://ecojusticeconference.weebly.com

Hosted by: EMU Social Foundations of Education Masters Program, EcoJustice Concentration

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March 4th 2016 event – Seed Saving

Friday, March 4th, 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 SKILLSHARE ~ 

Seed Saving In the Garden or Small Farm

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Saving your own seed from produce is fun, practical, and beautiful. We will chat about the state of the seed industry and why we need the participation of small farms and gardeners. Then discuss the motivations for seed saving from uniquely tasty produce to supporting pollinators and diversity. Finally, the practical side of planning, cleaning seeds, and testing germination.

Eric Kampe has been saving seeds since 2007, and currently runs Ann Arbor Seed Company, a small farm that produces a diverse selection of locally grown vegetables.

 

 

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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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