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 Please note -- your skills as a Presenter are sought!

                     Feel free to contact us if you are willing
                       to share YOUR knowledge with others!

                                  LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com

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See below for
Descriptions of Upcoming Events




INDEX OF UPCOMING WORKSHOPS & EVENTS

April  scroll down for full descriptions
SUNY Potsdam 2014 Health & Wellness Fair
Nutritious Delicious! Cooking Seminar:  Gluten Free Eating & Living
Green Home Tours:  Cheap & Efficient Mass Heaters - Masonry, Bell & Rocket Stove
Fourth Annual Community Spring Seed Swap
North Country Symposium: 
"Education, Community, and Economic Development"

Starting Your Summer Hive with Package Bees - Workshop & Mentoring Sessions
Clarkson University Earth Day Events!
Roll Up Your Sleeves: Spring Bicycle Maintenance
SLU Greenhouse Event: Third Annual North Country Folk Festival!
Bees & BeeKeeping Discussion Group
Third Annual Healthy Living Festival & E.I. Mose Walk/Run

May  scroll down for full descriptions
Shiitake Fundamentals:   From Spawn Runs to Soup Recipes
St. Lawrence University Wellness Festival
Start Your Garden Seedlings Indoors and Learn How to Transplant
Practical Lessons for Every Farm From a Small-Scale Diverse Organic Farm
Open House at Earthwood Building School
Opening Days for Potsdam, Canton & (NEW!) DeKalb Farmers Markets
Shiitake Mushroom Hands-on
Seedcorn's Annual Meeting & Potluck Dessert Munch
Bees & BeeKeeping Discussion Group 

June
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Dairy Princess Festival
North Country Clean Energy Conference

Power & Equipment Museum ~ Antique Gas & Steam Engine Exhibition
Build a Yurt!  "DIY" Weekend of Camradarie
Composting for Home and Garden
Woods Work with NYFOA ~ Methods for Splitting Wood, Sawmill Demo, Tree ID & Woods Walk
Bees & BeeKeeping Discussion Group

July  scroll down for full descriptions
ReLeaf Forestry Conference for NY State
Potsdam Summer Festival
Colton Country Days
Bees & BeeKeeping Discussion Group

August  scroll down for full descriptions
Summer Institute on Using Gardens to Teach
Power & Equipment Museum ~ Old Fashioned Harvest Days
Bees & BeeKeeping Discussion Group

Upcoming!
Basics of Splitting Wood - likely cancelled in 2014
Ice Cutting for Root Cellar Storage Party
- unfortunately cancelled in 2014
Pellet Boiler Demo Project
Nutritious Delicious! Cooking Seminars
Growing and Using Herbs
Portable Saw Mill Demonstration & Discussion
Chicken Coop - Dimensional Lumber to Occupancy
"Sprouts" Summit for K-12 Nutrition & Fitness Fun!
Social Media for "Dummies"
Cover Cropping
AND...what would YOU like to offer to your community? 
   Have a skill or interest to share?  Let us know! 
     Experts not sought (though that's good too!); we value your interest and experimentation!



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To register for a workshop
  • Please note the names in your party and contact information
    (home and cell phone numbers, if applicable, as well as email addresses)
  • We will send a confirmation reply within 24-48 hours generally, including the exact location and any other information you may need. 
  • RSVP to (315) 347-4223 or SustLivingProject@gmail.com
    Email confirmations are greatly preferred, when possible, please. 



Many thanks to our Workshop Presenters
who donate their time to raise funds
for our Project while sharing

their skills with you and the community at large...
...we couldn't do it without them!!




Descriptions of Upcoming Workshops
(in chronological order):
see Past Events HERE



April 2014
~ information on how to register for an LLV event appears below the monthly listings ~



 The  Peak Moment TV  monthly schedule
on WCKN-TV Cable 30 Potsdam is available when you click here. 
To view a description of all 60 episodes, see the first Sub-Page on our Resources / Links page .  Each DVD is available for direct or inter-library loan through the Potsdam Public Library.
  Note:  If the new month hasn't been updated yet, please check back soon!  



 SUNY Potsdam 2014 Health & Wellness Festival 
Wednesday, April 2, 11 am - 4 pm
SUNY Potsdam – Barrington Student Union

Dozens of booths with health & wellness related products and services in a relaxing atmosphere and clean, comfortable surroundings.  Complimentary snacks and beverages, geared to SUNY staff and employees (not students.)


Nutritious Delicious! Cooking Seminar
Gluten Free Eating & Living

Thursday, April 3,
NEW LOCATION Norwood, NY
BY POPULAR DEMAND we have added a second session of this workshop

Many people find that they are unable to tolerate the proteins found in gluten-containing grains. Are you curious about Celiac Disease, gluten intolerance, and all the current talk around eating gluten-free? Wondering about going gluten free, whether it will make you feel better, and just how to do it? Does it all seem overwhelming? Relax and join us for an informative session and sample some gluten-free whole foods. We’ll discuss:

  • the basics of the gluten free diet
  • how to do it in a healthy and easy manner
  • how to avoid hidden gluten and cross contamination
  • cleaning out the kitchen of gluten products and flours

The seminar will feature hands-on baking of gluten free foods as well as sampling them, so come ready to assemble recipes and taste!  Many resources will also be shared for follow up.

Presenter Paula Youmell is an R.N., Certified Health Education and Lifetime Wellness/Fitness Teacher who has worked in the areas of holistic health, healing and whole foods for twenty-plus years; currently proprietor of Hands On Health Holistic Healing. Paula has co-presented several seminars in this series including our Vegetarian/Vegan and the Baking with Whole Foods seminars.


Class size is limited so attendees must RSVP for the location in Norwood, NY.  To register contact LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com or (315) 347-4223 with your name(s), phone numbers, and number in party.  The class fee is a suggested donation of $15 per person, $5 for students. Partial scholarships are available upon request.


Co-presented with:

            Many thanks to our generous in-kind Sponsor of the
               Nutritious Delicious series:

                  Green Home Tours                  
  Cheap & Efficient Mass Heaters -  
     Masonry, Bell & Rocket Stoves    
Saturday, April 5, 10am to 5 pm
It doesn't cost a fortune to set up a heating system in your home that will luxuriantly warm you twice from a small amount of wood - in fact, you can build many of these for FREE out of reclaimed materials and natural elements right under your feet!  Add to that the fact that it's virtually impossible to have a house fire from one of these style of stoves, and you will be impressed! 

These are "DIY" projects (including water heating, too!) that are fun and well worth a few days work to have one in your home, business, or greenhouse.  Some estimates claim that you can burn as much as 90% less wood - for the same heating factor or better, since it's radiating into your home all day, not just when the stove is going!  Think about how much less tree felling, splitting, stacking, and hauling that means for the average woodstove user - even if it's only 50% less, that is significant!


Join us for a tour of homes using lo- and hi-tech mass heaters and the lovely homes that insulate them in the St. Lawrence River Valley (Canton/Potsdam area), coordinated by the Local Living Venture.  Several sites will be toured - sign up now for notice of more details as they develop!  LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com

Tour Logistics
This tour is set up as approximately one hour at each home, so carpooling and caravans will be recommended for those who wish to see all of the homes.  Alternately, attendees can pick and choose the ones they'd like to go to and spend the "down" time grabbing lunch or running errands in town, etc.


Tour RSVP is Necessary

Attendees must RSVP for the locations, directions and schedule of tours by writing to LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com.  It's only fair that we receive your information before sharing the homes of our generous Tour Hosts; we're sure you'll understand!

Please include the following information for each member of your party:

  • name(s)
  • if you are interested in carpooling (note where your start point would, please)
  • phone numbers
  • emails where we should send the confirmation and directions, etc.

                        ~  ~  Tour Sites  ~  ~  ~

There is a limit of 15 people per session for this set of tours, so please sign up early to secure your spots!




10 am ~ 
On-Grid Passive Solar
/ Russian Mass Heater

This home is "on-grid," but highly energy efficient; and has a centerpiece of a solarium with a gorgeous "Russian" or "Swedish" style mass masonry stove. Super efficient, passive solar; the home is built with local, green and recycled materials and features an earthen floor and an indoor garden. Home built by Bryan Lee.






11 am ~ 
Solar / Primitive / Off-Grid / Rocket Stoves
Passive solar and wood heated house.  100% off-grid photovoltaics, local building materials.  Basic Rocket cooking & heating inured to Small is Beautiful principles: less polluting, higher efficiency wood burning. This home does not have a mass heater but features a cook stove rocket retrofit adapted to small spaces (which burns way more efficiently using rocket stove principles.)  Adaptations include water heating, plus a homemade chimney heat extractor (using water as thermal mass) and an outside rocket "summer kitchen" -- simple warm weather cooking for those oriented to simplicity.  




12:15 pm ~  Solar / Primitive / Off-Grid / Rocket Mass Heater

Mass Heater Rocket Stove - High-efficiency, positive draft or "convection heat pump" method; super safe wood mass heater with warming bench.  Primitive living, but in style -- "walking" water instead of running water, beautiful composting toilet outhouse featured in TAUNY Homesteaders display, 100% off-grid solar DC power, local building materials.and the rocket mass heater built in September, 2012Home built by owner, and in part by Schulze Construction.     

     




1:45 ~  On-Grid Passive Solar / Russian Mass Heater
Masonry Home with "Finnish" style soapstone mass-masonry "contraflow" stove and passive solarThis "don't miss" new home features radiant floor heat, super-insulation, old world lime plaster - plus a 30' year-round winterized yurt with radiant floor heating (which may or may not be on the tour after the main house), as well as a living roof garden on a large Asian-style shed -- not the season for it, but it's cool anyway!  New home built by Schulze Construction.







3 pm ~  Triple Bell Heater & Hot Water

This brand new project is being built as this is being posted, so who knows where it will be at the time of the Tour, though our hosts do plan to have it completed by then!  Their style triple bell heater (for heat and hot water) is mounted atop the wood cookstove and is using the free gas movement method. An exciting and ongoing project that should heat water, heat the house, cook food, bake food, bring fresh air into the house, and be pleasing to the eye.  It’s not costing a lot of money to build, is very efficient on how much wood it burns, is safe, easy to operate, and the Martin's shouldn’t have to start a fire nearly as often as with a conventional metal stove.  Home built by the extended Martin family and friends.
PHOTO CREDIT: Melvin Martin.  Stove in process!  Began building it March 21, 2014.



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A small, free-will donation is requested from those who are able, to benefit Local Living Venture projects and workshop creation.  We are a small, essentially unfunded community group and depend on donations to do our work!  You may contribute at the homes you visit or by PayPal (PayPal account not needed.)  Please make a small donation if you're able!  Thank you very much!

Write us at LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com if you have any questions
or to get on our mailing list for advance notice of future events!

Emails sent within the 24-36 hours just prior to the tour may not be seen, so please write
LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com and call if the time is close!  (315-347-4223)

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      Tours Co-Sponsored by Mark Seymour / Radiant Hearth, Inc.

Mark Seymour is a member of the North American Masonry Heater Association and owner operator of Potsdam based Radiant Hearth, Inc., a local small business dedicated to wood fired heating, cooking and baking.

"After enjoying many years of warmth from a 1975 vintage wood stove in my hearth, my quest for a more sustainable and reliable way to heat my home lead me to my discovery of masonry heaters. This ancient technology of recovering flue gas heat through masonry channels, before they are lost up the chimney, is as relevant now as it was 400 years ago."

There are many styles of these heaters found throughout Russia, Europe and more recently North America. Masonry heaters still remain a little known method of heating in Northern New York, an area that has an abundant resource of cord wood. Masonry heaters are one of the most efficient ways of harnessing this carbon neutral resource.


       Mark Seymour  ~  Radiant Hearth, Inc.  ~  radianthearth.com

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 Fourth Annual Community SEED SWAP 
Saturday, April 5, 9am - noon
Elliott's Winthrop Agway, 648 State Rt. 11C, Winthrop, NY 13697, 315-389-5641

Join in the fun at Elliotts' Agway for our fourth annual swapping event! We hope folks have been inspired to save their seeds for a new season.
FREE and open to anyone -- whether you have seed to swap or not!  Lots of fun talking about garden plans -- and free seeds (while they last) for anyone who stops by, even if you have no seeds to share!  There's always a few clumps of something interesting that someone dug up from their yards to share, too...in the spirit of neighborly swappiness!

 Email us for more details and watch our website (Resources/Links page) for even more useful information on gardening and seed saving!
Here is a link to some wonderful Seed Saving Notes made for us by Mary-Ann Cateforis of Potsdam, NY (with help from Phil Harnden editing!) -- http://www.sustainablelivingproject.net/resources-links/seed-saving-notes


Many thanks to the
Sponsor and our Partner in organizing this event:

Elliott's Winthrop Agway 

A friendly family owned business that provides the customer with great service in a fun setting, with wireless internet access, free coffee and a corn bin for kids (or adults) to play in!  New products arriving daily -- quality items, reasonably priced in a small town retail store setting.  Specializing in farm, garden, home and pet supplies.

I
n-kind Sponsor:



North Country Symposium  
(not an LLV coordinated event)
Monday, April 7, 9:30 am to 4 pm
St. Lawrence University’s Eben Holden Conference Center

The 2014 North Country Symposium is focused on “Education, Community, and Economic Development.” This year’s program takes us behind the daily headlines about public school funding to face the challenge of fewer educational opportunities for K-12 students. These cuts have implications not only for families, but for our communities, and the region as a whole. Marshaling community resources to create new opportunities for our students may be a practical and empowering experience for all involved.  A hearty lunch will be provided during a day of speakers, panels, and small group discussions. You may register online now at: http://www.stlawu.edu/north-country-symposium.



 Starting Your Summer Hive with Package Bees 

BEE Workshop & Mentoring Sessions
Saturday, April 19, 3 - 5 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church, 3-1/2 Main
St., Canton, NY (RSVP recommended)
The Local Living Venture has hosted a Bees & Beekeeping Discussion Group on the last Wednesday of the month since March of 2011.  Recently, the members of the group pulled together a wonderful workshop for beginners, sharing what they've learned about how to get started with bees!  It was great and will be repeated, but in the meantime, this harsh winter left many an empty hive coming into Spring.  We organized a "package bee" buying co-op and 24 hives will be the beneficiary when we receive our order on April 26th!

What To Do With All Those Bees?
The upshot is that the group decided that just before the packages are delivered
we should host a Starting Your Hives workshop sharing "what to do with them" once you have the package bees and an empty hive -- and then to go beyond filling the hives; moving into the summer months, as well. 

Two Part Workshop
The really neat thing we're planning is that once you take the April Starting Your Hive workshop, attendees who own or can borrow a bee suit will be eligible to join one of the beekeepers who is receiving a package later that month, so they can assist in actually DOING the hive filling with them!  This is a wonderful opportunity!  Also, a later workshop in the Summer will be on the topic of harvesting! Should be another fun one.

Reserve Your Spot
There is a suggested donation of $20, $5 student for this two-part workshop that includes mentoring. Scholarships are available when you RSVP. 

Email us
to RSVP for your spot -- please include your phone number(s) and the number in your party -- and we will send you the directions and other information.  Walk-in's are welcome, but RSVP's are greatly appreciated.



 Clarkson University Earth Day Events   
Saturday, April 19 - details forthcoming!
        
(not an LLV coordinated event, though we have been invited to partner with the ECO campus organization)


 Roll up Your Sleeves: 
 Spring Bicycle Maintenance 
Saturday, April 26, 10 am - 12 pm, Potsdam, NY
Do you ever feel overwhelmed when you get a flat? Do you dread that moment when your bike breaks down on a ride? Do you wish you had the skills and confidence to fix your own bike? Come and learn some simple mechanical skills that will prevent future heart-breaks! Spring is here, and it is time to dust that bike off and give it some good attention for the upcoming season.  We'll focus on getting you ready for the road, including lubrication, shifting and braking. 

  • Bring your functioning bike, nothing wrecked up.
  • Bring what tools you have, including: lube, hex keys, crescent wrenches, etc.  We’ll also have tools on hand.
  • Dress appropriately for working with greasy and oily parts, and you may want to contain long hair.

Jon Ignatowski is a graduate of St. Lawrence University, and currently operates his own bicycle repair business, Iggy’s Bike Works (http://iggybikes.wordpress.com/). Jon has been turning wrenches for several years, and loves to teach others how to save time and money by working on their own mechanized implements. Jon has participated on several bicycling tours, and was a mountain biking instructor in New Mexico this past summer.

There is a suggested donation of $15, $5 student. Scholarships are available when you RSVP. Space is limited to 12-15 attendees.

Email us to RSVP for your spot -- include your phone number(s) and number in your party -- and we will send you the location and other information.

PHOTO CREDIT: Local Living Venture, Spring 2011 bike workshop at littleGrasse Foodworks.

Presented with
 Iggy's Bike Works  
  Your local bicycle repair guy!   
  http://iggybikes.wordpress.com/




 North Country Folk Festival    (not an LLV coordinated event)
April 25,
3 - 9 pm & April 26, 1 - 9 pm
(Note: LLV tabling 3-6 pm both days)
St. Lawrence University Java Quad (btwn Johnson Science Library and the Student Center,) Canton, NY  
See the map here: http://www.stlawu.edu/campus-map
The Greenhouse (a theme house based on low impact and sustainable living) at St. Lawrence University is hosting the third annual North Country Folk Festival - a celebration of local music, culture and art for the student body and community members.  It is the goal of the event to bring these two groups together through folk art and music.  Many community partners will have tables at the event to share crafts or demonstrations of their skills.  There will be multiple bands from the Northeast, totaling 15 hours of music - a fun filled event for all - and free of cost!

The Local Living Venture will be staffing a booth at this event, so come on down and please come check us out between 3 and 6 pm both days -- or write us to sign up for an hour or two of camaraderie at our table, sharing the LLV mission and goals (or learning more about them yourself!) by writing to LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com!



  Third Annual St. Lawrence County   
(not an LLV coordinated event)
"Healthy Living Festival"
 

In Partnership with The St. Lawrence County Cancer Edward I. Moses Walk/Run for Life
Sunday, April 27, 9 am- 3 pm

Join in the fun at Appleton Arena in Canton, NY!  More than a “health fair” with great attractions like bounce houses for the kids, giveaways and raffles, Zumba demonstrations, health screenings, and a special “Kids Health Zone.”




 Bees & BeeKeeping 
   Discussion Group  
Wednesday, April 30, 7 - 9 pm
EJ Noble Center, second floor, Betty Evans Community Room, 80 E. Main St., Canton. 
Join us for this 
informal monthly gathering of bee enthusiasts - a chat fest of beekeeping information!
The Bee Discussion Group is an informal monthly get together held on the last Wednesday of each month.  All are welcome!
"Bee" on the lookout for more in our series of beginner to advanced workshops.
"Bee" in touch -- join us!  Email us at LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com to receive notice of workshops and events.  Also, check out  "The BeeHive", our Resource Page!


May 2014
~ information on how to register for an LLV event appears below the monthly listings ~



 St. Lawrence University Wellness Festival    (outreach tabling event - not LLV-coordinated)
Thursday, May 1, Gibson
Join us at our outreach booth at this fun and informational event!



 Shiitake Fundamentals: 
  From Spawn Runs to Soup Recipes 
Saturday, May 3, 10 am to 3 pm
Attendance limit of 15 participants!
Join our generous volunteer Presenter Bob Wagner on the first sunny weekend in May to learn about raising gourmet quality Shiitake mushrooms. We will extract hardwood logs from the surrounding forest, a feat that will require work gloves and appropriate clothes. Then we will inoculate them with commercial plug spawn. We will seal the holes with wax, and lay them up according to ancient Japanese tradition. Finally, we will enjoy a sampling of fresh Shiitakes.


Limited attendance - you must RSVP (there is a possibility of a second session in the second week of May if there is overflow from this one - UPDATE: there will be only the one session for 15 participants.)

To reserve your spot contact us by phone at 315.347.4223 or email us (preferably) to RSVP.  This unique experience comes with a materials fee. 

There is a $35 donation to cover materials, expenses and to benefit the Local Living Venture



Participants will be able to take home one plugged Shiitake log as part of the workshop fee; additional logs will be available for
purchase on a limited basis  for $15 each).  Please indicate your interest when you RSVP.

Photo Credits: Bob Wagner of Turtle Hill, LLC Shiitake growers
Happy Workshop Attendees with their Plugged Logs in 2012
A Beautiful Basket of Shiitakes
Krystal White (former LLV staffer) picks out her log!




 Practical Lessons for Every Farm            (not an LLV coordinated event)
 From a Small-Scale Diverse Organic Farm 
Saturday, May 3, 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Bittersweet Farm, 1249 State Hwy 184, Heuvelton, New York 13654 
At the farm of NOFA-NY's "Organic Farmer of the Year," Brian Bennett, in picturesque St. Lawrence County, you'll be treated to an interactive and entertaining tour highlighting why and how Bittersweet Farm produces a diversity of products using small-scale, hands-on Organic practices. In the morning, hosts Brian and Ann Bennett will lead an interactive garden tour highlighting the planting techniques, varieties, inter-planting, mulches, weeds, insect/pollinator conservation that encourage the ecosystem. In the afternoon, the emphasis will be on animal biodiversity, breeds, feeding, housing, costs, income and marketing.
Registration: $10/person, or $15 for 2 or more from the same farm.  Register with Stephanie by 4/30 at 585-271-1979 ext. 509 or onlineWe'll break up the day with a relaxed potluck lunch--bring a dish to pass!
This is a program of NOFA NY and is supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute for Food and Agriculture, USDA, #2011-49400-30510. 



 Earthwood Building School ~ Open House 
Saturday, May 3, 10 am to 4 pm
366 Murtagh Hill Road,West Chazy, NY 12992         (not an LLV coordinated event)


See eleven different living roofs, earth-sheltered housing, a dozen different cordwood masonry buildings, the masonry stove, the sauna, bicycle powered water system, off-the-grid solar electric system, and the Earthwood stone circle and trilithon.
The complete tour takes almost two hours.

For Directions, use Mapquest or go to  www.cordwoodmasonry.com.  Click on "Newsletter," and scroll down for directions. Earthwood is a 2 hour drive east of Canton, NY, and 15 minutes NW of Plattsburgh.  Information:  518-493-7744 and www.bigstones.com. Facebook:   Earthwood Facebook, Sophia Project Facebook page: The Sophia Project.




 Start Your Garden Seedlings Indoors 
  And Learn How to Transplant  

NOTE: change of date and time!
Sunday, May 4, 1 pm
- 3:30 pm
Followed by optional tour of the organic gardens, plus tool tips, etc.  
Come to an afternoon of learning and playing with longtime organic farmer Dulli Tengeler near Canton, NY. 

W
e will learn what containers to use for what plants, how to compost easily and we will make your own potting soil from compost, how to fill containers, how to seed different crops (possibly including some flowers) and we will also transplant tomatoes, celery and basil.  You will gain knowledge about timing the seeding, planting seedlings out, and different varieties. 

Dulli Tengeler will lead the workshop and answer questions!  Take home several seedlings of your own as well.  Good experience, good conversation, good people, good times!  Cookies too!  Dulli loves cookies!  Cookies and tea will be enjoyed during Q & A after the workshop(s) are done; bring some (homemade) to share if you'd like, but no worries - we'll have some there.


RSVP only please due to limited space - confirmation of the location will be sent to all attendees by email.  Please include your name(s), phone numbers for the "day of" in the unlikely event of postponement.

Suggested donation of $15, $5 student - scholarships available in advance.


Many thanks to our generous in-kind Sponsors:
  •  Birdsfoot Farm & CSA   You can buy their fresh produce at many local stores or call them for CSA information at 315-386-4852.

  •  Potsdam Agway 
    partnering for your gardening needs!
    ThePotsdamAgway.com


PHOTO CREDIT: Local Living Venture, Seedlings Workshop 2012.  Most if the workshop takes place within the greenhouse, but there's a nice tour to follow, if you're interested - and it could involve some deep exploration of the seeding beds, as you see here!

This workshop is part of a series of Beginner Gardener Workshops throughout the season, more workshops to come.



 Opening Day for the NEW DeKalb Farmer's Market 
Wednesday, May 7, 1 pm - 6 pm          (not an LLV coordinated event)
Celebrate the formation of a NEW farmers market, in the Town of DeKalb!  The market will be located in front of Junction Building Supply (the hardware store on Route 11 just outside of town, headed toward Canton) on Wednesdays, May 7 through October 15 with a vendor fee of $40.00 per season. The manager is Zoe Baker, who also has been managing the Canton Market, and she is especially eager to hear from additional potential vendors. It looks like there will be good vendor turn out, and the schedule will overlap the livestock auction and evening commute.  For additional information, or to learn how to become a participating vendor, contact: zoeadrienne@hotmail.com, 315-244-8475.


 Opening Day for the Canton Farmer's Market 
Friday, May 9
, 9 am - 2 pm          
(not an LLV coordinated event)
At the Village Green, at the corner of Main St. (Rt. 11) and Park St. in downtown Canton.  Open Tuesdays and Friday through October, 9 am to 2 pm.  www.cantonfarmersmarket.org


Opening Day for the Potsdam Farmer's Market 
Saturday, May 10, 9 am - 2 pm          (not an LLV coordinated event)
In Ive's Park, at the rear of the municipal parking lot across from the Roxy Theater and next to the Gazebo.  Open Wednesdays and Saturdays through October, 9 am to 2 pm.  northcountrysites.com/potsdamfarmersmarket



Seedcorn's Annual Meeting & Potluck Dessert Munch
Thursday, May 15
, 6 - 9 pm, Community Room, Potsdam Civic Center   (not an LLV coordinated event)
Join us in celebrating the 24th Annual Meeting of our parent organization, Seedcorn.  They are dedicated to assisting organizations working in the areas of peace, social justice and a sustainable environment.  The Local Living Venture began it's life in the Fall of 2009 as a project of Seedcorn, called the Sustainable Living Project, after the demise of our 17 year-long wonderful Sustainable Energy Fair.  Now, we have fledged the nest, as all of their projects are intended to do, but we have much gratitude for the assistance they have provided us.  AND we like dessert, so we'll be there!



 Bees & BeeKeeping 
   Discussion Group  
Wednesday, May 28, 7 - 9 pm
EJ Noble Center, second floor, Betty Evans Community Room, 80 E. Main St., Canton. 
Join us for this 
informal monthly gathering of bee enthusiasts - a chat fest of beekeeping information!
The Bee Discussion Group is an informal monthly get together held on the last Wednesday of each month.  All are welcome!
"Bee" on the lookout for more in our series of beginner to advanced workshops.
"Bee" in touch -- join us!  Email us at LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com to receive notice of workshops and events.  Also, check out  "The BeeHive", our Resource Page!




June 2014
~ information on how to register for an LLV event appears below the monthly listings ~



 Build a Yurt!  
A full weekend of camaraderie, Date To Be Announced, most likely in June
  Come help make this thing happen!  You will learn about the history, uses and realistic expectations for yurt living, and "how-to" build one yourself! 

There are lots of projects that need helping hands - planning, building, decorating (beautiful arts project for Mongolian designs!) and much more. 

Join us to create beautiful, sustainable, and move-able housing we can all love! 

Construction Supervisor is master yurt builder Steve Reed of Surely Yurts
Two levels of participation: 
Camping on site, meals provided: $TBD
Day Tripper rate: $TBD

Please indicate your particular skill level with construction, arts, etc. (all levels welcome!) and your dietary and camping preferences.
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PHOTO: Surely Yurts

 North Country Clean Energy Conference
June 4 - 6, Lake Placid, NY
         (not an LLV coordinated event)


The premiere forum in Northern New York for connecting around clean energy issues and opportunities.
To register: www.ncenergyconference.org.



 Dairy Princess Festival      (outreach tabling event - not LLV-coordinated)
Saturday, June 7

Join us at our outreach booth at this fun and traditional event!



 Power & Equipment Museum 
 Antique Gas & Steam Engine Exhibition 

Friday & Saturday, June 14 & 15, Madrid, NY
           (outreach tabling event - not LLV-coordinated)
Join us at our outreach booth at this fun and traditional event!




  COMPOSTING Made Simple 

 for Garden and Home Food-Waste 
Saturday, June 21, 10 am - 12 noon, Potsdam, NY
Now in it's fifth season, we offer what is always our most popular workshop of the summer! This event will be have a reprise later in the season as well.

As part of our series of Beginning Gardener Workshops, Janet Lomastro, the doyenne of decomposition, will dig in the dirt once again to show you her unique and sensible 4-bin composting system, in Potsdam, NY.

You will leave with a very clear understanding of how to run the simplest, yet high-performing, compost pile with the least amount of effort involved. The group will be versed in the "makin', bakin' and takin'" of yard waste and food scraps, and will create a working pile that you can visit the next week to check on, to see how it's heating up!

A tour of Janet's wonderful riverside perennial garden landscape is included.  This has been our consistently best workshop in terms of attendee evaluations and attendance.

Reserve early!
Attendance is limited to 12 and it fills up!
There is a suggested donation of $15, $5 student. Scholarships are available when you RSVP. Email us to RSVP for your spot -- include your phone number(s) and number in your party -- and we will send you the exact location and other information.

PHOTO CREDIT: Local Living Venture, first ever Composting Workshop (and first workshop ever coordinated by the LLV!) June 19, 2010.



 WOODS WORK! with NYFOA 
 
Methods for Splitting Wood, 
  Sawmill Demo, Tree ID & Woods Walk 

Tuesday, June 24, 5:30 to dark       in partnership with NYFOA
Location: TBA, near Norwood, NY
This free-ranging workshop with members of the NY Forest Owner's Assn. will cover demonstrating wood splitting using various styles, a
demonstration of a portable sawmill, a brief woods walk with Tree identification, and possible discussion about tick protection.

Folks should dress for the event, to include gloves, safety glasses, hearing protection, long pants & sleeves, and boots.


There is a suggested donation of $10, $5 student. Scholarships are available when you RSVP.  Walk-ins are welcome but RSVP is appreciated.  Email us to RSVP for your spot -- include your phone number(s) and number in your party -- and we will send you the exact location and other information you will need.


















July 2014
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 Potsdam Summer Festival        (outreach tabling event - not LLV-coordinated)
Friday & Saturday, July 11 & 12

Join us at our outreach booth at this fun and traditional event!




NY ReLeaf Logo

 22nd Annual  Re  Leaf  Conference for NY State 
 July 17-19
 Hofstra University, Hemstead, New York
 Topics and tours to include: NYS Invasive Species Update, Alternatives to Invasives, Trees for the Urban Landscape, Landscaping with Native Species, Missouri Gravel Beds, Hofstra Arboretum Tour, and Tanners Pond Environment Center/Hempstead Plains Preserve Tour. 
 

Keep an eye on the NYSUFC website for Registration information








 Colton Country Days    (outreach tabling event - not LLV-coordinated)
Saturday, July 19

Join us at our outreach booth at this fun and traditional event!



August 2014
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 Summer Institute on Using Gardens to Teach 
August 6-8, Poughkeepsie, NY

Please join the Poughkeepsie Farm Project and the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies for three days of hands-on learning on how to integrate gardens in your classroom or educational setting. We will cover topics in literacy, social studies, science, math, and nutrition, as well as build our own knowledge about sustainable agriculture, food systems, social justice, and ecological gardening principles. You will be able to earn 21 professional development hours.
  Here is a printable flyer (Note: it is missing the date!): https://farmproject.org/sites/default/files/Using_Gardens_to_Teach_2014_flier.pdf.  For more information and online registration, please visit: https://farmproject.org/content/using-gardens-to-teach or contact Jamie Levato,Education Manager, Poughkeepsie Farm Project, 845-475-2734, Jamie@farmproject.org, www.farmproject.org.




 Power & Equipment Museum 
 Old Fashioned Harvest Days 

Friday & Saturday, August 30 & 31, Madrid, NY
     (outreach tabling event - not LLV-coordinated)
Join us at our outreach booth at this fun and traditional event!





   Upcoming Events Planned  
Bees & Beekeeping - seasonal "hands-on" and "classroom" sessions
Hands-on Beer Making
Pellet Boiler Demo Project
Nutritious Delicious! Cooking Seminars
Growing and Using Herbs
Portable Saw Mill Demonstration & Discussion
Garden & Home Food Waste Composting - "How To"
Chicken Coop - Dimensional Lumber to Occupancy
Social Media for "Dummies"
"Sprouts" Summit for K-12 Nutrition & Fitness Fun!
Cover Cropping





To register for an event
  • Please note the names in your party and contact information
    (home and cell phone numbers, if applicable, as well as email addresses)
  • We will send a confirmation reply within 24-48 hours generally, including any necessary information you may need. 
  • RSVP to (315) 347-4223 or SustLivingProject@gmail.com
    Email confirmations are greatly preferred, when possible. 


  • Thank you and we look forward to meeting you in person
    at one of these fun and educational events!



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Many thanks to our Workshop Presenters
who donate their time to raise funds for our Project while sharing
their skills with you and the community at large...
...we couldn't do it without them!!



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April 25, 2015
or on
September 26, 2015
if we have our own land by then!



 
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