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Annual Report 2011 Unabridged

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& Local Living Festival

315. 347. 4223 * PO Box 736 Canton, NY 13617

SustLivingProject@gmail.com * www.SustainableLivingProject.net

Annual Report 2011

Review of Programs

Local Living Festival (LLF)

September 25 & 26 at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Living Farm, Canton, NY. Featured 78 adult workshops, 14 children and teens workshops, 61 Exhibitors, 1300+ attendees -- nearly 10% of attendees used non-fossil fuel means to arrive to the Festival. Three homes featuring renewable energy and “green” building were toured by 27 people the following weekend. Strongly positive Evaluations.

Year-Round Rural Skills Workshops & Events

Evaluation results polled very strongly positive from attendees. (Rigorously documented in Excel format.)
Topics included:

Bees & BeeKeeping for Novices - monthly discussion groups and three workshops
The Ark Gathering for Local Homesteaders - three events
Pruning Your Apple Trees & Other Orchard Fruits
Nutritious, Delicious (and Cheap!) Cooking Class - two events
Traditional Maple Sugaring
Community Contra Dances - three events
Community Seed Swap
Start Your Garden Seedlings Indoors
Scything Skill-Share: Dancing While You Mow
Garden and Home Food-Waste Composting - three events
Green Home Tour: Living Roof and Yurt
Cecilie Garden Planting Party
Roll up Your Sleeves: Spring Bicycle Maintenance Workshop
Green Home Tour: Crazy Jerry's Off-Grid Tinkerer’s Paradise
Wild Leeks & Spring Edibles Nature Walk
Sun Oven and Wonder Wash Demonstration
How to Dry Flowers and Herbs



The SLP attended nearly twenty-five outreach events with an interactive agenda and professional, yet home-spun, booth display:

The Wild Center’s Build a Greener Adirondacks Expo
Adirondack Non-profit Network (ANN) Retreat
St. Lawrence University's CBL (Community Based Learning) Festival
NARFE (Nat'l Assn of Retired Federal Employees) Luncheon -- as presenters
Ogdensburg City Planning Dept. (presentation)
YEEE (Youth Energy & Environment Expo) -- served as Science Fair judge
Really Big Show
Dairy Princess Parade
Power & Equipment Museum Annual Antique Engine & Spring Planting Exhibition
Bee Week at St. Lawrence University
Earthapalooza! at SUNY Potsdam
SUNY Potsdam Composting Information Event
SLU Earth Day Celebration
Seedcorn's Annual Meeting
Ninth Annual Burt Symposium -- as presenters
The Mare's Wares Arts Festival
International Food Day: Youth Summit
Common Ground Alliance Annual Gathering
Potsdam Summer Festival
Colton’s Country Day
SENIORAMA ~ A Celebration of Senior Citizens
Power & Equipment Museum Old Fashioned Harvest Days
Farm to Fork Festival, Saranac Lake

Other Community Outreach

Sign-up sheets during major outreach events and workshops swelled our e-mailing list to about 1100, to whom we send updates generally two to three times per month. 
Nearly one thousand promotional brochures were distributed.
One Sustainable Thing Pledge Campaign employed at Summer outreach events.
Website advertisement solicitation to wellness practitioners conducted on our behalf.
“Greenhorns” movie presented at Cinema 10 during Local Living Festival week.
Community Contra Dance listserv and e-mail management assumed

Benefit Concerts

Two benefit concerts were presented in support of the Sustainable Living Project.
Many thanks to host Robin McClellan and jazz guitarist Paul Meyers.

Media & Advertisements

Conducted a highly successful, near-weekly media campaign for event promotion.

Featured Media

Our website more than doubled the size in content from 2010
Facebook page was created and regular postings made: http://www.facebook
SLU Student Videographer, Kitty Higgins, did a campus video on our participation with the Community Based Living program at http://www.facebook.com/video/


North Country This Week (Gardening special section)

NY-Northeast Organic Farming Assn. (NOFA) newspaper
Northeast Region NOFA newsletter Legume/Cover Crop Supplement
Potsdam SummerFest Program ¼ page tabloid ad
Non-Profit Guide (Johnson Newspapers) ¼ page ad
Local Living Festival blitz: North Country This Week insert to 11,000; website button ad; print advertisements; saturation coverage of lawn signs, posters


Planning began for incorporation and 501(c)3 status of our own, instead of under the aegis of Seedcorn, Inc.
Strategic planning began for The Hub Agricultural Depot & Rural Resource Center.
Reporting requirements to our parent non-profit, Seedcorn, Inc., were met, as were all reporting requirements and benefit disbursement obligations for our funding partners.
Hired Dr. Rajiv Narula as a part-time Project Organizer on an independent contractor basis on June 19, 2011. Total paid hours for 2011: 453.50

Finance & Fundraising

Program Income
Gross workshop income: $1,639.00
Donation/outreach/benefit income: $14,941.41
Non-Festival merchandise sales: $150.00

Local Living Festival  Income
· Gate receipts: $2,555.00
· Merchandise sales at Festival: $892.00
· Sponsorships: $3,800.00
· Income from Home Tours: $182.00
· Special donors: $2,000

Beginning balance January 1, 2011: $2,782.20
Income: $27,968.68
Expense: $25,354.26
Ending balance December 31, 2011: $5,396.62


Partnerships & Collaborations

Fruitful collaborations and networks were formed with nearly fifty local organizations, farms, businesses and in-kind event sponsors in 2011.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County
The Greenhorns/ National Young Farmers Coalition
The Art Farm
LittleGrasse Foodworks
WCKN-TV at Clarkson University
Musicians Paul Meyers and Larry Hamm
A Better Footprint-NY
Bittersweet Farm
St. Lawrence University Student Life Assn.
Thelomathesian Society of St. Lawrence University
Swingin’ Saints
St. Lawrence Nurseries
Earthwood Building School
The Ark Gathering of Local Homesteaders
Bittersweet Farm
St. Mary’s School
SUNY Potsdam’s Middle Ground
The League of Women's Voters-SLC
The Treadmill
Hands on Health Holistic Healing
Sow’s Ear Farm
AAUW - St. Lawrence Country Branch
The Center for Excellence in Communication at Clarkson University
The Institute for a Sustainable Environment at Clarkson University
SUNY Potsdam’s Environmental Studies Program
Little River Community School
Cinema 10
TAUNY (Traditional Arts in Upstate New York)
St. Lawrence University’s Greenhouse
Clarkson ECO Group
350.org's Moving Planet
The Locavore Challenge of NOFA-NY
Canton Remington Arts Festival
Dig In! Conference 2012 - partnering with the St. Lawrence Health Initiative, GardenShare, U Share, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and the Office of Educational Partnerships at Clarkson University
The Potsdam Food Co-op
Elliott’s Winthrop Agway
Value Added Training Institute of the
NY State Small-Scale Food Processor's Assn.
Empire State Honey Producers Assn.
ANCA Scenic Byways - St. Lawrence Valley/Adirondack Foothills Advisory Team
Cecilie Garden Project
Birdsfoot Organic Farm
The Potsdam Farmer's Market Association

Sponsors & Donors

St. Lawrence University administering Andrew W. Mellon Foundation support
Anonymous Benefactor
Stewart's Shops
Liam Hunt & Kathleen Stein, Generous Benefactors
Institute for a Sustainable Environment at Clarkson University
Schulze Construction & Fine Woodwork
Northern New York Community Foundation
Grasseroots Fund
Maple Ridge Charitable Fund
Casella Waste Systems
Curran Renewable Energy, LLC
SUNY Canton Campus Dining Services
Beaver Creek Farm & Building Supply
Coakley Ace Hardware
Alcoa Massena Operations
Hands-On Health
Robin McClellan
Mind's Eye Farm & Herbary
North Country Savings Bank
SeaComm Federal Credit Union
Potsdam Food Co-op & Carriage House Bakery
SunFeather Factory Outlet Store
Wildshadows Farm
Blackbird Cafe
Great Northern Printing
Friends of the Nature Center at Robert Moses State Park
Potsdam Farmer's Market
Sweetgrass Foundation


All Workshops and the Local Living Festival utilize Evaluation forms for attendees that are referenced in ongoing planning. Additionally, a post-Festival evaluation meeting, of and by the coordinators, discussed the overall impact of the Festival and potential areas of improvement. These are fully reflected in future organizing efforts.

Volunteers & Interns


95 volunteers assisted the Local Living Festival, 40 assisted the SLP as a whole.

Volunteer and Intern Hours Log:
Local Living Festival 2011 - 1212.00 hours
Sustainable Living Project - 251.50 hours
Intern hours - 513.00 hours
Coordinator volunteer hours - 2200.00 hours



Three interns, Pete Clancey, Charlie King, and Matt Burke, plus mentor liaison Lilli Donahue, from the Community Based Learning program of the Center for Civic Engagement at St. Lawrence University. A survey of SLU students, professors, and administrators was prepared and deployed asking for feedback on potential speakers for the Festival. 100 hours total.

SUNY Potsdam Intern Brandi Bishop successfully completed her 37-hour a week, seven week session with us. She worked on grant writing, creating social media, the Nutritious Delicious workshop resource hand-out and created an exportable Campus event with complete instructions for other groups to employ a Sus-tainable Living Week pledge campaign at their school or institution. 260 hours.

Four SUNY Potsdam Sociology Interns (Chris Deck, Ian Glaser, Danny Graves, and Nate Maser) created four topical displays, provided interesting and topical Facebook posts, assembled a final version of a Home Tour Survey and assisted in pre-survey contact with potential tour sites. 48 hours total.

SUNY Potsdam Art Intern Jaimie Martineau created posters for the Sustainable Living Week campus event and the graphics for four topical displays. 25 hours.

SUNY Potsdam intern Alyssa Lemmerman helped with the Sustainability Forum for Colleges, workshop procurement, zero-waste committee, “CSA” display creation, and other projects related to SLP and the Festival. 80 hours.

INTERN 2011 TOTAL HOURS - 513.00 hours.

A SUNY Potsdam Community Health Internship of 37 hours per week for 7 weeks in the Spring semester and two 88-hour CBL students from St. Lawrence have also been contracted for 2012.

Future Plans

* The Hub Agricultural Depot & Rural Resource Center
* Homesteading College

Please see the "Future Plans" page at www.SustainableLivingProject.net

Submitted by:

Chelle Lindahl & Melinda Ely, Co-Coordinators

Sustainable Living Project  Local Living Venture
Sharing Knowledge from the Past  ~  Building Skills for the Future

The Hub ~ Agricultural Depot & Rural Resource Center
Local Food for Local Folks