All right, well, besides researching bug-out locations farther away, is there anything we can do locally? I mean, besides waving signs and appealing to our elite overlords. Assuming the NRC, FEMA, and the plant owners remain committed to perception management and finger-pointing, the thing will one day have a major leak or explosion. How can we, the surrounding communities, prevent or prepare for it?
http://www.greenmoun.../Fairewinds+Assoc%2E - Note Arnie Gundersen's estimate of the cost to clean up Fukushima: $500-750 BILLION. Compare that to what it would cost to buy a plant, shut it down, and manage the waste until it is all in dry cask storage (a few hundred MILLION, I suppose).
Volunteers needed for Franklin County Fair Recycle/ Compost Program
Volunteers needed for:
Franklin County Fair Recycle/ Compost Program
Fair Dates: September 6 - 9, 2012, Volunteers needed: September 5-11, 2012
Recycling volunteers will:
· get into the Fair for free!
· get a free T-shirt!
· collect recyclables and compostables from designated bins
· sort and process materials
· monitor compost bins
· have fun and enjoy the fair while protecting our environment (Last year we recycled and composted 40 cubic yards, totaling more than 2 tons of material, but there is more to be done as the Fair still only recycles 30% of its waste.)
Recycling volunteers enter the fair for free on the day they volunteer and can enjoy the fair before or after their 4-hour shift and during their shift break. Volunteers must be confirmed before the event: anyone who shows up without prior confirmation will have to pay to enter the fair. Please try to sign up by Wed 9/5, 5 pm.
Volunteers also needed to set up and breakdown before and after the Fair, on Wed. Sept. 5th and Monday Sept. 10th.
To sign up:
· See the "Doodle" volunteer schedule and sign up at: http://www.doodle.com/3drseg99pyaygvap (For the “Doodle” sign up, make sure you are using “Table View” and click on the accordion in the middle of the schedule to see the whole week. Please email me after you sign up so I can send confirmation and instructions.)
· Or, email me, Amy Donovan, Program Director, Franklin County Solid Waste Management District; email@example.com, or (my least preferred method) call me at 413-772-2438.
Thank you very much! We could not run this valuable program without volunteers!
This dynamic workshop applies permaculture principles to the social design of real-world projects. Students will learn tools, practices, and principles of successful eco-socially regenerative projects, and explore emerging new frameworks for world changing organizations, businesses, and movements. Collaborative studio work and one-on-one mentoring support students in incorporating these practices into their current projects and future endeavors.
Topics will include:
+ Collaborative leadership & decision-making
+ Power, privilege, & inner tracking
+ Circular accountability systems & feedback culture
+ Eco-social entrepreneurship
+ Financial permaculture
+ Pattern languages for social permaculture
+ Applying integrative models to real-world projects!
Knowledge of place is the ultimate foundation for land stewardship and permaculture design. This workshop immerses students in exploration of and participation in the more-than-human world. We’ll practice nature awareness routines, learn traditional skills and handcrafts, track landscapes back deep into their history, and learn from each others’ experiences and stories at the village fire. We’ll then link our discoveries to their practical applications in regenerative design and land caretaking.
Topics will include:
+ Deep nature awareness routines
+ Wildcrafting & survival skills
+ Medicine making
+ Reading the landscape
+ Bird language & scout skills
+ Tending the wild & traditional land stewardship
350 Bell Ring...For the third year in a row First Congregational Church of Montague invites you to join in the ringing of bells 350 times to raise awareness that we as a people and as a country need to be actively working to bring atmospheric carbon levels down to 350ppm. This year we join, Transition Montague and over 6000 groups around the world in taking action to do just that. Our action on 10-10-10 will be to help install storm windows at the Montague Grange. We invite everyone to bring a bell to ring with us, bring your muscles, your heart and your desire to create a cleaner planet for all!
Where: 4 North St, First Congregational Church of Montague
When: 10-10-10 at 11am - 2pm
Contact: Rev. Barbara Turner Delisle, firstname.lastname@example.org, 413-949-3391
GOATS! Milking and goat-cheese-making skill share and POTLUCK!
Goats are the most productive dairy animal in the world and have been used since the dawn of human kind in small scale sustainable production. They are largely overlooked in this country, but in our opinion shouldn’t be!
Ever wondered how to milk a goat? Ever wanted to know how to make expensive chevre cheese cheaply? Come to Alice and Ted Armen’s on September 25th at 4:00 for a tour and some lessons on milking and cheese making.
stay for PotLuck after! Bring a dish or other edible contribution
68 Main St, Montague Center
Come join Walker Korby at Brooks Bend Farm 10am-12pm on Sat 9/4
Chainsaw Safety and Beginner Woodlot Management
This is part of a local Montague Reskilling project, and is geared towards people who are new to the concept of selectively taking firewood from the forest and using it to heat their homes, as well as using a chainsaw in general.
This Saturday 10am - noon: SEED SAVING
at Brooks Bend Farm 95 Old Sunderland Rd,
Montague Transition Skill Share, by Suzanne Webber
"Saving seed for vegetable production is an important part of food security. Come learn the basics in the garden at Brook's Bend including tips on how to select, harvest, clean and store your own vegetable seed. Standing seed crops of carr...ot, corn, parsnip, onion, bean, squash, tomato and lettuce seed. Hands on learning. Wild garden and polyculture farming practices. Come learn to grow the best vegetable seeds you've ever planted."
Chris Martenson LIVE in Northampton, MA - Transition Awareness-Raising Event!
Chris Martenson LIVE in Northampton, MA
The Crash Course: Illuminating the Future
Academy of Music Theater
274 Main Street
Thursday, July 8th, 2010 at 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:15 pm)
Suggested donation $10
In association with Transition Northampton and Transition Montague. With a special appearance by Sophy Banks and Naresh Girangrande, lead trainers for the global Transition Network, and co-founders of Transition Town Totnes in the U.K. www.transitionnetwork.org, www.transitionus.org
In a talk recently presented to the United Nations and UK House of Commons, internationally renowned speaker Chris Martenson, Montague resident and author of the popular Crash Course video series will explore the intersection of the 3E’s – the economy, energy, and environment—and present a compelling, rigorously researched case for why the next 20 years will be completely unlike the last.
If you have been wondering how the BP oil disaster, European credit crisis, and recent stock-market volatility are all connected, this talk is for you.
This event is presented in association with Transition Northampton and Transition Montague and will feature appearances by Sophy Banks and Naresh Girangrande, lead trainers for the global Transition Network. Come to learn more about the budding Transition movement in the Valley and why relocalizing, reskilling, and reuniting with our community is more important than ever!
For more information, visit ChrisMartenson.com or contact Megan Walsh (megan [at] chrismartenson.com).
INTRODUCTORY BACKYARD POULTRY WORKSHOPS OFFERED ON SATURDAY, JULY 10 AT GRAY DOGS FARM
HUNTINGTON, MA – On Saturday, July 10, in five locations in every region of Massachusetts, Northeast Organic Farming Association/ Massachusetts Chapter (NOFA/Mass), is sponsoring five simultaneous workshops on how to raise backyard poultry. In Huntington, Ross & Alicia Hackerson will teach a workshop on the basics of raising backyard poultry at Gray Dogs Farm on 35 Church Road from 9am to noon.
Raising backyard poultry has been gaining in popularity in Massachusetts. Chicken supply stores all across the state report a major spike in business. Joleen Jurczyk who works at the Greenfield Farmer’s Cooperative Exchange compared the first of three orders for baby chicks between 2009 and 2010: “Last year there were around 800 chicks in one order and this year there were 1,800 chicks in that same order. It’s been an extraordinary increase.”
“Whenever there’s a lot of new people coming into a new hobby like this all at once, there can be a bit of a learning curve to climb,” said Ben Grosscup, Extension Events Coordinator for NOFA/Mass.
“These workshops emphasize raising poultry in a way that is healthy for the birds and for the people eating their eggs and meat. These workshops are for people who are new at raising backyard birds and looking for some pointers from experts for having a successful year.”
The Hackersons who will be teaching the workshop in Huntington raise 70 layers and 100 broilers each year. In their workshop, they will cover the entire process from chick to customer. Topics include breeds, brooder, housing, equipment, fence, predators, pasture, rotations, feed, and marketing. Participants will visit the broilers and the replacement layers in chicken tractors, and they’ll visit the mature layers in a mobile “pastured poultry” chicken house. The Hackersons say that small scale poultry operations offer income possibilities in addition to the food provided by any backyard flock.
Ross Hackerson said, “We raise birds as a way to make some extra income, to lower our food bill, and because it is fun. It’s also a great way to educate kids about agriculture and responsibility.”
“Every day I wake up, rain or shine, and I let the chickens out of the mobile chicken house into the pasture. I get to watch the Sun come up and interact with the land and my animals. It’s a different way of experiencing life, and I love it,” he said.
“Raising chickens for food is a great way to save money while also making you directly aware of where your food comes from,” said Grosscup. “Whether it’s the backyard garden or the backyard chicken coop, taking responsibility for where our food comes from is on the rise.”
Julie Rawson, NOFA/Mass Executive Director, has been teaching workshops on backyard poultry for years. “Sharing the knowledge people need to raise their own food has been the mission of NOFA since it began more than 30 years ago. Today, with the economic and ecological crises that we're in, I think a lot of people are once again turning toward backyard poultry because it is cost efficient and it’s a great way to improve our food security,” she said.
In addition to Huntington, workshops are also being held in the following communities: Concord, Acushnet, Barre, and Hatfield. Workshop registration for the Hatfield workshop is $30. There is a $5 discount for NOFA members and a $5 discount for those who register by June 26. For information on how to register, visit <http://www.nofamass..../backyardpoultry.php>, or contact Ben Grosscup 413-658-5374 <email@example.com>.
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Soil Management!!! Red Fire Farm Montague Skill Share this Saturday 12th
Transition Montague Skill Share By Red Fire Farm! Saturday morning 10am - At the Montague Center GRANGE.
10am - noon: Skill Share
noon - 1pm: potluck lunch
We meet at the Grange: Ryan Voiland, Red Fire Farm owner, will give a talk and power point presentation for about an hour:
Ryan will do a basic primer for soil management: how soils form, soil theories, soil maps for counties, soil survey use, soil ph and chemistry, soil testing, fertilizing, soil nutrition, organic matter - how to build, cover crops.
Then we will car pool over to the new red fire farm in Montague, where Ryan will do a ph testing kit demo, look at soil texture and cover crops, farm tour and talk about plans for property,
then we'll go back to grange for our lunch pot luck! Community building!!! Lets get to know each other.
Hosted by the Grange - Donations to help with building repairs gratefully accepted.
First Transition Montague Skill share tomorrow at Brooks Bend Farm
Transition Montague Skill Share! Free and Open to anyone who cares about Montague, Gardening and wants to get to know each other better.
Brook’s Bend Farm garden skills include planting for succesional crops, techniques for planting starts, hand tools for effective weeding, building compost and more.
potluck following till 1:00 Bring a dish and enjoy lunch on the farm.
- Building transition community - transitioning to localized do-it-yourselfer lifestyle - Also supporting needed work on our Grange if you care to donate. Future skill shares will be weekly and will take place either at the Grange, or on the land of the person offering. If you have a skill you are willing to share with your neighbors, in order to bring us together for a few hours sat. morning for some talk, learning and community building, contact Shauna: email@example.com
Thanks, and hope to see you there!
Montague Center, Old Sunderland Rd, down past the four corners stop signs, about a quarter mile. Baby sheep! Baby chickens! Great place to spend a lovely June morning, and share potluck lunch with new and old friends!
Financial Crisis, Peak Oil & You. (Or, How To Build A Lifeboat)
Nicole M. Foss, Energy Consultant and Financial Blogger, to Speak in Northampton
Date: Friday, May 21st at 7 pm.
Location: Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence, 220 Main St, Northampton
Cost: Suggested donation of $10 (but no one will be turned away for lack of funds...)
Peak Oil and the collapse of global Ponzi finance are a "perfect storm" of converging phenomena that threaten to trigger wealth destruction, social discontent, and global conflict. The consequences for unprepared individuals and families could be dire.
So believes Nicole M. Foss, an energy industry consultant and financial analyst from Ontario, Canada, who will be presenting "Financial Crisis, Peak Oil & You" at the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence on the evening of May 21st at 7 pm.
In addition to her work in the energy industry, Foss blogs under the name "Stoneleigh" at the website The Automatic Earth (www.theautomaticearth.blogspot.com). She plans to discuss the many converging factors that are contributing to the predicament we face today, and how individuals can build a "lifeboat" to cope with the difficult years ahead.
At her presentation, Foss will describe how our current financial system is an unsustainable credit bubble grounded in "Ponzi dynamics," or the logic of the pyramid scheme. She warns that most people are woefully unprepared to face the consequences of the devastating deflation that is now unfolding.
What makes this crisis different from past financial calamities? Foss will argue that this one has developed in the context of the fossil fuel age, which will prove to be a relatively brief period of human history. We have already seen oil reach a global production peak, and other fossil fuels are not far behind, she says. While there is still plenty of fossil fuel in the ground, production will fall, meaning that there will be less and less energy available to power the economy at prices we can afford to pay.
Societies have gone through boom and bust cycles before - for example, Tulip Mania, the South Sea Bubble and the "Real" Great Depression of the 1870s - but most people in the Western world today will face this crisis without the knowledge or means to provide the basics of their own survival. Our industrial system has nearly destroyed the individual capacity for self-reliance. Foss will argue that individuals and communities that take steps now to prepare stand a much better chance to thrive in a changing world.
Her presentation is produced in cooperation with -- and in support of -- the Transition Towns initiatives of Western Mass, a movement dedicated to building local resiliance in the face of Peak Oil and Climate Change.
Nicole M. Foss Biography
Nicole M. Foss is co-editor of The Automatic Earth (http://theautomaticearth.blogspot.com), where she writes under the name Stoneleigh. She and her writing partner have been chronicling and interpreting the on-going credit crunch as the most pressing aspect of our current multi-faceted predicament. The site integrates finance, energy, environment, psychology, population and real politik in order to explain why we find ourselves in a state of crisis and what we can do about it. Prior to the establishment of TAE, she was editor of The Oil Drum Canada, where she wrote on peak oil and finance.
Foss runs the Agri-Energy Producers' Association of Ontario, where she has focused on farm-based biogas projects and grid connections for renewable energy. While living in the UK she was a Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, where she specialized in nuclear safety in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, and conducted research into electricity policy at the EU level.
Her academic qualifications include a BSc in biology from Carleton University in Canada (where she focused primarily on neuroscience and psychology), a post-graduate diploma in air and water pollution control, an LLM in international law in development from the University of Warwick in the UK. She was granted the University Medal for the top science graduate in 1988 and the law school prize for the top law school graduate in 1997.
Gulf Coast Oil Spill – Sioux Prayer Request – A letter from Chief Arvol Looking Horse (Present Chief and Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe of the Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Nation of the Sioux)
Gulf Coast Oil Spill - Sioux Prayer Request
****** A Great Urgency ****** To All World Religious and Spiritual Leaders ******
Time has come to speak to the hearts of our Nations and their Leaders. I ask you this from the bottom of my heart, to come together from the Spirit of your Nations in prayer.
We, from the heart of Turtle Island, have a great message for the World; we are guided to speak from all the White Animals showing their sacred color, which have been signs for us to pray for the sacred life of all things. As I am sending this message to you, many Animal Nations are being threatened, those that swim, those that crawl, those that fly, and the plant Nations, eventually all will be affect from the oil disaster in the Gulf.
The dangers we are faced with at this time are not of spirit. The catastrophe that has happened with the oil spill which looks like the bleeding of Grandmother Earth, is made by human mistakes, mistakes that we cannot afford to continue to make.
I asked, as Spiritual Leaders, that we join together, united in prayer with the whole of our Global Communities. My concern is these serious issues will continue to worsen, as a domino effect that our Ancestors have warned us of in their Prophecies.
I know in my heart there are millions of people that feel our united prayers for the sake of our Grandmother Earth are long overdue. I believe we as Spiritual people must gather ourselves and focus our thoughts and prayers to allow the healing of the many wounds that have been inflicted on the Earth. As we honor the Cycle of Life, let us call for Prayer circles globally to assist in healing Grandmother Earth (our Unc’I Maka).
We ask for prayers that the oil spill, this bleeding, will stop. That the winds stay calm to assist in the work. Pray for the people to be guided in repairing this mistake, and that we may also seek to live in harmony, as we make the choice to change the destructive path we are on.
As we pray, we will fully understand that we are all connected. And that what we create can have lasting effects on all life.
So let us unite spiritually, All Nations, All Faiths, One Prayer. Along with this immediate effort, I also ask to please remember June 21st, World Peace and Prayer Day/Honoring Sacred Sites day. Whether it is a natural site, a temple, a church, a synagogue or just your own sacred space, let us make a prayer for all life, for good decision making by our Nations, for our children’s future and well-being, and the generations to come.
Onipikte (that we shall live),
Chief Arvol Looking Horse
19th generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe
Links To News Articles & Photos About The Gulf Coast Oil Spill
Scenes from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico
Oil Spills Into Gulf After Rig Disaster
Calculations of Size of Gulf Spill Are Questioned
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Thanks for the response. On the surface it sounds like quite and interesting and mostly local movement. If it were a local or American movement it would be easier to find out what is behind it. But it is not and that worries me. I did read the Criteria and process for becoming an "official" Transition Initiative. Except for one point it seems like a very good movement. A very important of any group is the flow of money and behind the scene money. International movements make the "follow the money" difficult.
Rob Hopkins worked for Al Gore from what I can see. Also we in America have our own laws and in some cases it has slight conflicts with UN Declarations. To be part of the movement you must support the UN Declaration of Human Rights. Is that right? The comparison of our laws and the UN Declaration of Human Rights yields conflicts.
This movement is on an international scale at this time. What I understand about the transition movement is that it is a process whereby we gather as a community to address the present day challenges of economic instability, peak oil and climate instability. Even though it is international in scope it takes place on the community scale.
Come to the talk Thurs at the senior center to find out more details.
I'm a little confused about the mission of this movement and how it is funded. Doing a simple search, it seems like it is connected with the Global Warming movement. Is it to push the goal of Global Warming or is it's goal to help people? The founders made statements that make them look like followers of the movement. As stated by the co founder. "In response to that urgency, and now joined by Sustrans director Pete Lipman, they jointly founded Transition Network, with a simple mission - to inspire, encourage, connect, support and train communities as they adopt and adapt the transition model on their journey to urgently rebuild resilience and drastically reduce CO2 emissions." Is it connected to Gore. What is the truth, it's objectives and how is it connected.
How many of you were caught off guard by the recent power outages? We certainly were. While we had some systems in place to support us when the power went out (oil lamps, a little extra water and a sun shower), there were gaps as well. I was grateful when the power returned after 32 hours. While Chris and I talk about this stuff all the time, we were vividly reminded why redundancy in systems is SO important: this is what helps us have resilience as a family, neighborhood and town. Creating resiliency for our town is a top priority for us right now.
As many of you know, Chris and I have been working to help educate communities nationally about the need to prepare and adapt as we grapple with the triple challenges of the economy, energy and the environment. One organization that is perfectly aligned with this mission is Transition Towns. Chris has worked with the Transition Town founders in the UK, as well as with Transition US and Transition Colorado. Now that we’ve planted ourselves in Montague, we are turning our energy to our own town and are getting involved with the Transition initiative locally. If you haven’t met the coordinator for Western MA, Tina Clark, you are in for a treat. She is a smart, articulate and energetic spokesperson for Transition and is a Montague resident as well. We have teamed up with Tina and other committed folks from town to get a Transition initiative up and running and would love to tell you about it.
I am writing to invite you to an event coming up on Thursday May 13, from 7-9 at the Senior Center in Turners, in which Tina will give an introduction to the Transition model. Please join us and hear about how we can use the Transition model to increase our resiliency in town. Let’s take a lesson from the wind storm make resilience a priority for Montague.
Please spread the word.
See you on Thursday!
~Becca and Chris Martenson
Transition Town Presentation with Tina Clarke,
Montague Resident and Transition Town Trainer
Thursday May 13th 7-9 pm Montague Senior Center
62 Fifth Street, Turners Falls
Transition Towns (also known as “Transition Initiatives”) is a vibrant, international grassroots movement to build community resilience and mutual support in the face of the triple challenges of our time: economic instability, rising energy costs and global climate change. Developed in the U.K. and now spreading virally around the world, Transition is a model that brings communities together to enhance our local quality of life as change unfolds around us. Working together we can increase community resilience and support a more fulfilling, equitable and healthy environment for everyone.
We are starting a book group reading Transition Towns by Rob Hopkins. We will get to explore what Peak Oil means and how climate change and economic instability affect us as a community and where to go from here.
The group will be meeting on Thurs eves from 7-9 pm for 6 wks at the First Congregational church in Montague center.
Our first meeting is this Thurs April 22nd. Come by and see if you are interested.
Rev. Barbara Turner-Delisle and Jana Lussier co- coordinating.
Tansition Montague Re-skilling event: fruit trees!
Transition Montague presents a series of re-skilling workshops: All About Fruit Trees!
Wouldn’t it be great if we all have fruit trees growing in our yards? Why buy fruit in the summer when you could grow your own? All you need is a sunny patch of grass- the rest is easy!
This will be a 4 stage workshop with events happening from spring-winter. Sign up for one or all!
Stage 1: Planting! Join Chris and Becca Martenson on April 3 from 10-3 as they plant an orchard of 24 fruit and nut trees. Come learn about prepping the hole, caring for the root ball, soil amendments, planting the trees and successful watering techniques. We will be planting apples, cherries, pears, peaches, plums, Chinese chestnuts, quince, paw-paw and elderberry.
Stage 2: Fence construction this spring: we’ll put in a large fence to protect the orchard and keep in the chickens who will be living there. Learn about setting posts, building strong corner brackets, stretching fencing and more. Date TBD.
Stage 3: Harvest and preservation in the fall: the orchard won’t be ready to harvest this year, but there will be copious fruit from the area to preserve in the fall. Come learn about canning, drying and freezing! Date TBD.
Stage 4: Pruning mid-winter: learn how to prune your fruit trees to keep them healthy and producing lots of fruit for your larder! Date TBD.
Re-skilling Fruit Tree Planting Workshop:
When: Saturday April 3rd, 10-3 (but feel free to stay longer if you like!)
Where: 69 Old Stage Rd. Montague Center
What to bring: your passion, curiosity, a bag lunch, gloves and a shovel. The holes will already be dug, but we’ll be mixing in compost and lime.
Why: because fruit is yummy and fun to grow! And we should ALL be learning how to grow our own food to help create local food resilience.
Cost: FREE! Come learn with us.
Important: you must RSVP for this event. We can only host 20 people, so sign up NOW. Contact Becca at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 367-3055.