Past Events

...are added here one month at a time.

Welcome to the Local Living Venture 
archive of past
Resourceful Living Skills Workshops


      We include many other regional events of interest as well.  The titles for events organized by the "LLV" are featured in a  larger type size  or noted in blue for your convenience.
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      Please note that in Summer we focus on outreach events since workshop participation tends to slow down then, in general.  In the Fall we often feature renewable energy Home Tours, as well as a small Energy Fair.
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      The Local Living Festival generally occurs every 18 months (Fall then Spring) but the next one will be held September 26, 2015 in order to have time to commit to other priorities.  We look forward to having a Festival every weekend at the Homestead Learning Community campus site for the North Country Native Botanical Gardens!
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      If you have any questions, please be in touch. 
            LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com 




Many thanks to our Workshop Presenters
(and Tour Hosts!)

who donate their time to raise funds
for our Project while sharing
their homes & skills
with you and the community at large...

...we couldn't do it without them!!



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

NOTE: Summer season means no workshops this month (except for the Bee Discussion Group!) - below you will find outreach events we plan to attend and other people's events only.

Look for our great Autumn line up of events starting in September!




 Wellness Fair                      (outreach tabling event - not LLV-coordinated)   
 Thursday, August 2, 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
 Norwood Municipal Building, Norwood, NY
A wellness fair is being presented to by the Norwood public library. This will be an educational and fun event on nutrition, dental care, CPR and other aspects of health and wellness. Come consult with Dr. Orlando of Massena, get your blood pressure checked, see a psychic or massage therapist.

There will be 45 minute Zumba classes at 10am and 4:45 for $5.00 each. Additionally, there will be raffles and give away's. Any donations received will go to the Norwood Friends of the Library.  Any questions, call 353-6692.



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

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.



 Summer Concert Series 
 Danny Gotham, Paul Meyers & John Kribs 

 Two Shows, Two Venues 
 Saturday, August 9, 7 pm
 Edwards Opera House, 161 Main St, Edwards NY
 $10, $5 for ages 6 -12, under 12 are free

 Sunday, August 10, 2 pm
 House Concert at Robin McClellan's home, 465 Old Market Rd, Potsdam, NY. Near Sandfordville.
$10 at the door.

Back in the day when the Wild Oat was young, these three young guitarists were just starting their careers in music in Potsdam. It was a heady time for music in the North Country with local bands like the St. Regis River Valley String Band, Double Axel, and Wally Seibel's All Star Big Band starting on their long local incarnations. Favorites like Dave van Ronk played the Oat, Roy Bookbinder graced Giant Steps, Little Feat played at least once a year at SLU, Fairport Convention at Clarkson (who knew the Clarkson/British Folk Revival connection?!), James Cotton, and Eddy Shaw and the Wolfpack rocked Django’s, and Rene Fleming was singing jazz in Alger’s. All of this was going on as Paul and Danny played as a duo and John, Danny and Michael Hadfield played as the Raquette River Rounders.


When it was suggested to borrow Joe Liotta’s name for Paul, Danny and Dick Stephan’s show on Norwood Green—Guitar Legends of the North Country- Danny said,
I'd say just call it ‘three good guys and their music’ or something like that. I sure as hell am no ‘guitar legend,’ I’m just a regular Joe. Sheez.”
Well, maybe not in his own eyes, but in many others, these guys are the stuff of legends and their music has brought great joy.

There is no reserved seating but no one will be turned away. Please arrive before the start of the show.

For more about these fine fellows, click on the links below:
John Kribs
Paul Meyers
Danny Gotham



 Saturday, August 16, 2014
Do your part to help our pollinators!




Deep Root Center Homeschool Information Session    (Not an LLV coordinated event)
Discover how to leave school and become a life-long learner

Wednesday, August 20, 6 pm with Rebecca Pickens

Rebecca has been homeschooling her three sons on their farm and in their vibrant North Country community for five years. An advocate for student-led learning, Rebecca’s writing on the subject appears on steampoweredclassroom.com. She is also a regular contributor at Home Education Magazine. As a homeschool consultant, Rebecca offers support to families wishing to pursue home-based education. www.deeprootcenter.org/information-sessions.html



  • an LLV-coordinated event        
 Bees & BeeKeeping
       Discussion Group
  Wednesday, August 27, 7 - 9 pm
  EJ Noble Center, second floor, Betty Evans Community Room
  80 E. Main Street, Canton (next to Best Western, across from Price Chopper) 

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!



 Power & Equipment Museum                            

 Old Fashioned Harvest Days 

 Friday & Saturday, August 30 & 31
Madrid, NY
  (outreach tabling event on Saturday only - not LLV-coordinated)
Join us at our outreach booth at this fun and traditional event!
To volunteer in our fun and educational booth, please see this link for how to sign up, or just email us at LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com.



 Farm 2 Fork Festival

 Saturday, August 30
, Saranac Lake, NY 
(outreach tabling event - not LLV-coordinated)
Join us at our outreach booth at this fun and traditional event!
To volunteer in our fun and educational booth, please see this link for how to sign up, or just email us at LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com.




 Build a Yurt!  
 A full weekend of camaraderie, Date To Be Announced. 
UPDATE: 
Technical difficulties have prevented this event from happening this summer, but if you indicate interest, you'll receive any updates right away!
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.

PHOTO: Surely Yurts






July 2014
~ information on how to register for an LLV event appears above and below the monthly listings ~
 THE Local Living Venture IN-HOUSE WORKSHOP SCHEDULE 
 IS GREATLY CURTAILED EACH SUMMER BUT WILL RETURN 
 AS A NEAR-WEEKLY PROGRAM IN THE FALL. 



Mare's Wares Arts Festival - Local Living Venture outreach booth
Monday, July 1, noon to 8 pm, Morristown, NY
Join us in the booth!  Sign up for a shift or just come hang out.  Email us at LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com for more information and check out this site for details on the event itself: http://www.thousandislandslife.com/BackIssues/Archive/tabid/393/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/1544/Evolution-of-an-Arts-Fest.aspx




 Mind & Body Centered  
    Anxiety
& Stress Relief  

Thursday, July 10, 17 & 24, 6:30 to 8 pm
Community Room, Civic Center Complex (above police station, next door to library and Village offices), Potsdam, NY
Pre-registration suggested (first come, first served!) but not required


The Local Living Venture is pleased to join with
Kathy Montan, a Body-Centered Expressive Therapist in private practice near Canton, NY, in offering three sessions for individuals interested in gaining a well rounded knowledge of personal holistic health issues, particularly relating to stress and anxiety. 

Kathy Montan
is registered as a Somatic Movement Therapist through ISMETA and has been giving workshops since 1994.  She has given workshops for Hospice, School Counselors of Northern NY, St. Lawrence University, SUNY Potsdam, Clarkson University and the Office of the Aging.

Three sessions!
Pre-registration suggested (first come, first served!) but not required

  "Using the Mind to Reduce Stress and Anxiety"   
Thursday, July 10, 6:30 to 8 pm, Community Room, Civic Center Complex (above police station, next door to library and Village offices), Potsdam, NY

  "Body Awareness in Stress Management"   
Thursday, July 17, 6:30 to 8 pm, Community Room, Civic Center Complex (above police station, next door to library and Village offices), Potsdam, NY

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Developing a Philosophy of Stress Free Living 
Thursday, July 24,
6:30 to 8 pm, Community Room, Civic Center Complex (above police station, next door to library and Village offices), Potsdam, NY

What's Involved
This is a series of three lectures using "DIY" techniques to reduce stress and anxiety -- so that you can lead a more peaceful and enjoyable life. 

Each of the three sessions are approximately 1-1/2 hours long, and are part information and part experiential.  Each lecture has a different theme and you can come to one or all of them. (Note: you will benefit most by attending all three.)

Who Should Attend?
  • All are welcome to attend if they desire to create vibrant personal health and gain some control over the stress in their lives, by using their own innate healing potential.
  • Parents who want to teach healthy mental health habits to their children.
  • Employers are especially encouraged to send staff members, to reduce and eliminate health issues and insurance costs.
  • Health care workers who wish to learn more about calming, centering and self-responsibility in health and healing.

Session Outlines
Session One will be focused on using the mind to reduce stress and anxiety.  Learn about Guided Imagery, Self-Hypnosis, Mindfulness, Meditation, creating boundaries and controlling mental images.

Session Two is on body awareness and the role the body plays in creating and releasing stress and anxiety.  Learn about physiological responses, breathing techniques, focusing, muscle relaxation and grounding.

Session Three will be about developing a philosophy of stress free living. This includes changing your self-talk, becoming your own best friend, spirituality, seeing the larger picture, acceptance and connecting to yourself and others.


Admission & Series Details
There is a $15 general admission for overhead/material fees and to benefit Local  Living Venture workshop creation. 

A discount price of $40 total for all three sessions will be offered for attendees who register for the full series.  Checks can be sent
(at least one week in advance) to:
Local Living Venture at PO Box 736, Canton, NY 13617.

Email us to RSVP for your spot -- reservations are not required but are suggested!  Please include your phone number(s) and the number in your party and we will forward you all pertinent information.  LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com




 Potsdam Summer Festival      Local Living Venture outreach booth
Friday July 11, noon to 8 pm & Saturday, July 12, 10 am - 6 pm
Join us at our outreach booth at this fun and traditional event!  More detail on the overall event (starts Thursday, runs through Sunday) is available HERE.




NY ReLeaf Logo

 22nd Annual  Re  Leaf  Conference for NY State 
 July 17-19       (not an LLV-coordinated event)
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





 Desserts to Support GardenShare! 
Sunday, July 13, 12 noon - 3 pm (not an LLV-coordinated event)
Potsdam Food Co-op, 24 Elm St., Potsdam
The Potsdam Food Co-op is replicating their winter baking contest and silent auction that supports the Neighborhood Center -- to support GardenShare in the summer!  More information available here.  Get bakin'!



 Colton Country Days    Local Living Venture outreach booth
Saturday, July 19, 9 am to 3 pm
Join us at our outreach booth at this fun and traditional event!  More detail on the overall event is available HERE.



 Bees & BeeKeeping 
   Discussion Group  
Wednesday, July 30, 7 - 9 pm
EJ Noble Center, second floor, Betty Evans Community Room
80 E. Main Street, Canton
(next to Best Western, across from Price Chopper) 

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!



ReQueening Bee Hives
for Winter Hardiness
Thursday, July 31, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Training session $10 per person, queen cells $10 each
156 Newton Rd., Potsdam, NY (near Southville Corners, off Rt. 11B, directions below)
Marbees's Avatar    (Yes, it's a hornet's nest, not a bee hive. But it's cute and fun!)
After a harsh winter last year, local beekeepers from the Bee Discussion Group gathering that meets monthly in Canton, NY are looking for ways to make their hives more resilient for the next cold season.  One excellent method for doing so is to "re-queen" a bee hive with hardier stock.

The Local Living Venture is pleased to partner with Luke Martin in presenting this training and educational session focusing on the use of locally-bred queen cells to "re-queen" a bee hive, rather than importing fully raised queen bees from another source.

Luke is a long time homesteader whose large extended family operates many farm-related business concerns in the Southville area just east of Potsdam.  He is a local beekeeper who has been breeding northern-hardy and naturally (chemical free) mite-resistant bees for 45 years, the last 23 years here in Northern New York. 

This training session will share techniques to introduce a queen cell to a "nuc" as an example of  how it can easily be done by the participants in their home bee yards. 

Martin will demonstrate the removal of the queen cells from the hive, how to create a nuc on top of it and give pointers as to timing and follow-through for successful integration of new queen stock.

A donation of $10 per person is requested of participants in this training exercise, to benefit the Local Living Venture's non-profit programming. 

Martin's stock of Russian hybrid queen cells will also be available for sale that evening for an additional fee of $10 apiece.  They can be purchased on site, first come first served, or can be ordered in advance to ensure availability.  The queen cells have been bred to be mite resistant and winter hardy, without chemicals.

Walk-in's are welcome, though reservations are appreciated and may be desirable if interested in purchasing queen cells. 
All are welcome to attend and share their questions.

The event will be held rain or shine, under temporary shelter in event of rain. 

WHEN / WHERE
Thursday, July 31, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Martin homestead, 156 Newton Rd., off of Rt. 47 near Rt. 11B in Southville (6 miles east of Potsdam via Rt. 11B and 1.5 miles north of Parishville, NY via Rt. 47.) 
There will be orange lawn signs noting "Workshop Site" to guide attendees from Rt. 11B.  


WEAR / BRING
  • Participants are advised to wear protective bee gear (at least a veil) and to bring extra gear to share if possible. 
  • It is advisable to wear light colored clothing, no wool, and no perfumes or strong scents.
  • Anyone interested in purchasing queen cells that evening will need to be keep the queen cells at 91 to 96 degrees Farenheit while being transported and stored, prior to installation in the hive. 
  • A cooler with a thermometer, towel, and empty hot water bottle inside would be one good method for transport. Hot water will be available for water bottles.

SUGGESTED DONATION / PURCHASE COST
$10 suggested donation for the training session, free or free-will donation basis for Bee Discussion Group members.  We can accept cash or by check to Local Living Venture.
$10 purchase cost per queen cell.  Cash preferred, or by check to Local Living Venture.

To sign up, contact LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com or call (315) 347-4223 to reserve a spot. Please include your phone number(s) and the number in your party for an email containing all pertinent information.   Many resources are available at the Bee Discussion Group web page at www.SustainableLivingProject.net/bees-beekeeping.

PHOTO CREDIT: NY Bee Wellness.org
The Local Living Venture (LLV) Bee Discussion Group participates in statewide educational events such as this one where beekeepers gather around a hive during a NY Bee Wellness workshop.



June 2014
~ information on how to register for an LLV event appears below the monthly listings ~
 THE Local Living Venture IN-HOUSE WORKSHOP SCHEDULE 
IS GREATLY CURTAILED EACH SUMMER BUT WILL RETURN 

 AS A NEAR-WEEKLY PROGRAM IN THE FALL. 



 Fundraising Campaign for a
 'Community Farm Greenhouse!' 

benefits littleGrasse Foodworks, Canton, NY

Take a moment to check it out on the crowd-funding site Indiegogo and also please share it with your friends. All the tools are there. Get perks, make a contribution, or simply follow updates. 
This Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Farm is run by co-owners Bob Washo & Flip Filippi. It's the sixth season of their interactive CSA. While the the food grown is secured for our shareholders, they open the farm in all seasons to educational opportunities for partnerships with learners of all ages, including the area Universities and schools.
The folks at littleGrasse Foodworks believe that building healthier, resilient communities starts with getting your hands dirty!  $6,250 must be raised by June 16th or they don't get any of the contributions! 
Let’s build this greenhouse together!  Please check out their donation site at

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/768505/emal/7353129


  Deep Root Center Open House    (not an LLV coordinated event)
Tuesday, June 3, 7 - 9 pm
17 Main St., 2nd floor, Canton. Please use rear entrance
Performer, facilitator and teacher Len Mackey will join the Deep Root Center for Self-Directed Learning in hosting an Open House for an interactive evening of African Drumming and Dance.  This is your chance to learn the rhythms and moves of the West African Culture with the ever inspiring Len Mackey.
A question and answer period about all of the programming at Deep Root Center will follow the hands-on, collective performance.  Deep Root Center for Self Directed Learning is where kids are given the tools to explore who they really are, what they want to do, and where they want to go with abundant support and mentoring.  "Learning is natural.  School is optional."  (used by permission of NorthStar.)   Contact: 315 244-3034, deeprootcenter@gmail.com.

"Creative work is a mode of honoring all my ancestors and teachers, all those who came before me,  who lived and gave lovingly: that I may be here now, to pass on the goodness in our nature, for generations to come."  - Len Mackey

 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 an LLV-coordinated event)
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!



 Whole Health Healing Academy
 "White Sugar Blues"

Wednesday, June 11, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Potsdam Community Room
Pre-registration suggested (first come, first served!) but not required

The Local Living Venture is pleased to join with Paula M. Youmell, RN, MS, CHC of Hands On Health Holistic Healing in launching a Whole Health and Healing Academy for individuals interested in gaining a well rounded knowledge of holistic health issues.

Second session:

"White Sugar Blues
Wednesday, June 11, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Potsdam Community Room
Pre-registration suggested (first come, first served!) but not required

What's Involved
Classes are designed to enhance personal health and inspire confidence in the ability of our bodies to heal itself through good nutrition - which also means "eat yummy food!"  This series provides a solid overview of the many topics Paula may address with you as your personal health coach, but at a "group rate" -- more on this below.

Certificate Program
"The "academy" will commence in September, but this season we will jump start the sessions with 2 classes, to pave the way for more sessions in the Fall.  Attendees who successfully complete a certain number of sessions will receive a Certificate of Accomplishment for their personal resume and will take advantage of this opportunity to put health and healing into your hands.

Who Should Attend?
  • All are welcome to attend if they desire to create vibrant personal health. 
  • Employers are especially encouraged to send staff members, to reduce and eliminate health issues and insurance costs.
  • Employers themselves are welcome as well; to enhance their health, providing leadership. 
  • Health care workers who wish to learn more about prevention and self-responsibility in health and healing.

Session Outlines


"Whole Foods to Heal Everybody and Every Body Cell" covers: what are whole foods, why it's important to eat them, how to make changes in your life including the why’s of eating seasonally and locally, and how eating whole foods will heal your body from the cellular level.Join in with your questions on Wednesday, May 21, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Potsdam Community Room, located above the police station, behind the public library - park in the lot next to the fire station or street parking on Main Street.

"White Sugar Blues" is the second in the series and covers what sugar is, the forms of sugars, why it is so addicting, how sugar is damaging to body, how to truly kick sugar out of your life, and ways to add “sweetness” to your life without adding sugar.  Wednesday, June 11, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., also at the Potsdam Community Room next to the public library.

Many more to come in the Fall; stay tuned here for details!

Admission & Series Details
There is a $20 general admission for overhead/material fees and to benefit Local  Living Venture workshop creation. 

This series is designed to give a solid overview of the many topics Paula may address with you as your personal health coach, but at a "group rate" -- and with both group privileges and restrictions: there will be plenty of time for Q&A, though not in a private setting, and moderated in a fashion that flows for all participants in the classes. 

All classes in the ongoing series are 1-1/2 hours long and include a slide show that will also be emailed to all participants  as well as various  educational handouts.  Follow up information will be tailored to also address the health concerns of participants in the session.

A discount will be offered for attendees who register for the full Whole Health and Healing Academy series.  Full admission paid in the Spring will count towards later discounts!  Details to follow on this program!

Email us to RSVP for your spot -- reservations are not required but are suggested! 
Please include your phone number(s) and the number in your party and we will forward you all pertinent information.
  LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com


Potsdam Food Co-op
Summer Member-Owner Potluck

Tuesday, June 17, 5:30 - 8:30
Community Room, Trinity Episcopal Church, Fall Island (across from Evan's & White True Value Hardware), Potsdam, NY

Your presence is requested to join the fun and business as (current and potential!) member-owners of the Potsdam Food Co-op. We gather to hear Co-op updates and enjoy fresh food among new and old friends.
New this summer is the Local Vendor Happy Half Hour. Join us from 5:30-6:00 p.m. and spend some time some time getting to know some of your local vendors, their practices, as well as sample some of their delicious products. The Potluck begins at 6:00 p.m. - and the food goes quickly!
This year's summer gathering will include a finance committee update, an update from the General Manager, and discussion about having more small community dinners similar to last summer.
We would like to remind you that along with your dish to share and own place setting, you are welcome to bring your own beverage, including wine or beer. The co-op will provide coffee, water, and child care.
 
The Potsdam Co-op is a member-owned and operated natural foods cooperative where everyone is welcome to shop and anyone can join.

We hope we will see you there to join in the fun!



  Be A Maker!    (Check out our listing!)

In conjunction with the White House Maker Faire on this date, June 18th is also being celebrated as a Day of Making.

Here are ways to participate:

  • Celebrate the Day of Making by making something and sharing a photo on Twitter using the hashtag #nationofmakers
  • Hold an open house at your local Makerspace
  • Volunteer to mentor someone in making
  • Plan to join us for Maker Camp this summer
  • Follow the Day of Making action online

You can find and follow the White House Maker Faire coverage and learn about the makers who are participating here.



  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!


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

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.


BONUS SESSION ON WORM COMPOSTING
Stay a little after noon for an added bonus --
Jeff Yette and his three kids from Parishville, NY will give  presentation on vermi-composting!  Vermi-composting is raising worms for the purpose of converting organic waste products into nutrient rich soil amendments – often referred to as “black gold.”   The Yette family will share the benefits of two different varieties of earthworms known for their composting capabilities as well as what they are fed and how to start and maintain the “bedding” for the worms.  See more information below!

 
North Country Crawlers and VermiComposting!
Three kids from Parishville, NY - with some help from their dad (their mom wanted nothing to do with it) - have started raising worms. Vermiculture and vermicomposting are two practices for raising earthworms. The first is geared at maximizing earthworm reproduction for sale primarily as bait.
Vermicomposting is raising worms for the purpose of converting organic waste products into nutrient rich soil amendments – often referred to as “black gold.”
Madison, Cody, and Kennedy Yette, ages 12, 10 and 7 respectively, are someplace in between the culture and compost practice. With the help of their dad Jeff, they have purchased two varieties of earthworms known for their composting capabilities, but that also work well as fish bait. Red Wrigglers are a smaller variety that are quick composters and are also commonly sold as Trout Worms. European Nightcrawlers, which are larger than trout worms, but still smaller than Canadian Nightcrawlers, are hardier than their Canadian cousins and are more tolerant of higher temperatures. Because of this, European nightcrawlers typically do not require refrigeration as bait except in extreme heat. They are a “lively” worm and make excellent bait. In addition to the purchased worms, the kids have been harvesting “night crawlers” the traditional way – with a flashlight at night after a good rain.





 WOODS WORK! with NYFOA 
  Basics of Working In  
  the Woods for   
  Firewood & Sawlogs  

Co-coordinated with the Local Living Venture and New York Forest Owner's Assn.

Tuesday, June 24, 5:30 to dark   
1330 Old Market Rd., off of CR 48, Knapps Station, near Norwood, NY
See pictures from the 2014 event at this link!

Interested in learning more about how to safely work in the woods?  Have a woodlot you'd like to maintain and improve?  Need to learn more about using our most renewable local resource - wood - for building projects and firewood?

This free-ranging workshop with members of the NY Forest Owner's Assn. will cover demonstrating wood splitting using various styles
and how it has evolved throughout time, to include Bill’s own ingenious modified hydraulic splitter
They will describe the various types of wood and those best suited for burning for heat.  
A portable saw mill will be demonstrated and the details shared about getting boards from your trees. 
If time allows, there will be a walk through the woods for some standing tree ID fun and discussion of tick protection.

NYFOA will have some great books for sale for just $10 - Know Your Trees is put out by Cornell University.

PRESENTERS

William LaPointconscientious land owner, dedicated to the health of his forest and wildlife, is currently Events Chairperson and Secretary/Treasurer for the NAC (Northern Adirondack Chapter) of NYFOA (New York Forest Owners Association.)  Bill's concern for the forest has taken him to Albany and Washington DC to lobby for landowners.

Steve Sherwood
is a Senior Forester for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation out of the Potsdam DEC Office, and a member of NYFOA.


Other NYFOA members who will share their equipment, knowledge and skills include:
Tom Todd will show his firewood processor - a machine that cuts & splits the wood - you feed it in one end and it spits it out the other, ready to go!
Steve Baxter will show how to operate his portable sawmill.

Folks should dress for the event - to include long pants & sleeves, bug dope, drinking water, and sturdy boots (no open toe shoes.)  S
afety glasses, hearing protection, and gloves also recommended.

There is a suggested donation of $10, $5 student, FREE for NYFOA members. 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 directions and answer any questions you may have.


NOTE:  You may wish to peruse the many sustainable forestry and "healthy hearth" resources we have collectively assembled for your use, at www.SustainableLivingProject.net/workshop-event-resources.  Please look under the 
 Healthy Trees & Forests  section. 
Look for that same header for even more information at THIS PAGE; there it's best to scroll to the end of the page and work your way back up just a bit!  We hope you will want to bookmark and refer to these pages many times!


Sign up
for this event at LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com (we need your phone number and email address) to receive the email hand-outs on the relative BTU values and other characteristics of different types of wood that can be helpful to know.




 Bees & BeeKeeping 
   Discussion Group  
Wednesday, June 25, 7 - 9 pm
EJ Noble Center, second floor, Betty Evans Community Room
80 E. Main Street, Canton
(next to Best Western, across from Price Chopper)   

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 Room, downstairs at Student Center
Join us in 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.



 WITHIN REACH:  A Journey to Find a Sustainable Community  (film)
Tuesday, May 6, 7pm                              (not an LLV coordinated event)
Kellas 103 on the SUNY Potsdam campus, free and open to the public.
In the 2008, Ryan Mlyknarczyk and Mandy Creighton left the San Francisco Bay Area on their bicycles, leaving all of their possessions behind. They gave up their house, jobs and cars, in search of a better , more sustainable life. WITHIN REACH takes you on their adventure of a pedal powered search for a new place to call home.
They were not searching for property in the right neighborhood. They were on a quest for community. Along the way, they explored Ecovillages, Cohousing Communities, Co-op Houses, Communes, Transition Towns and their own principles and commitment. In the end they returned to the timeless truth that community is everywhere and you can create sustainable community right where you’re at.
Their journey and film has answered questions that they and many others are asking:
How can we pass along a lush, beautiful, sustainable world to future generations? Is it even possible? And why is it our responsibility as global citizens? After circling the country and interviewing hundreds of Americans, they have found that by reaching within sustainable community is Within Reach. In fact, it’s already here.
The film will be followed by a panel discussion by a group of students who traveled to two ecovillages (one in Ithaca, NY and the other in Findhorn, Scotland) in summer 2013 as part of a sustainable communities course led by Heather Sullivan-Catlin of the Sociology Dept.
A clip of WITHIN REACH and information on how to transition to sustainable community living are available through the film website: withinreachmovie.com  Contact: Heather Sullivan-Catlin at sullivha@potsdam.edu



 Opening Day for the ( N E W ! ) 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



Adirondack Wellness Summit       (not an LLV coordinated event)
Tue May 13, 2014 1:30pm – 7pm
Lake Clear Lodge & Retreat, New York 30, Lake Clear, NY
Key Note: Camille Hoheb, CEO Wellness Tourism World-wide.  For anyone interested in growing the area and being prepared for the new wellness growth as an industry.  Viewing the Adirondacks as a wellness destination and brainstorming an ADK Wellness Center Without Walls. 
$15 in advance, optional $10 dinner prepared by Lake Clear Lodge.  Contact LocalLivingVenture@gmail for details.




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!



 Whole Health Healing Academy 
 "Whole Foods to Heal Everybody and Every Body Cell" 
 
Wednesday, May 21, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Potsdam Community Room
Pre-registration suggested (first come, first served!) but not required

The Local Living Venture is pleased to join with Paula M. Youmell, RN, MS, CHC of Hands On Health Holistic Healing in launching a Whole Health and Healing Academy for individuals interested in gaining a well rounded knowledge of holistic health issues.

Two kick-off sessions!

 "Whole Foods to Heal Everybody and Every Body Cell"  
Wednesday, May 21, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Potsdam Community Room
Pre-registration suggested (first come, first served!) but not required

"White Sugar Blues
Wednesday, June 11, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Potsdam Community Room
Pre-registration suggested (first come, first served!) but not required

What's Involved
Classes are designed to enhance personal health and inspire confidence in the ability of our bodies to heal itself through good nutrition - which also means "eat yummy food!"
  This series provides a solid overview of the many topics Paula may address with you as your personal health coach, but at a "group rate" -- more on this below.

Certificate Program
"The "academy" will commence in September, but this season we will jump start the sessions with 2 classes, to pave the way for more sessions in the Fall.  Attendees who successfully complete a certain number of sessions will receive a Certificate of Accomplishment for their personal resume and will take advantage of this opportunity to put health and healing into your hands.

Who Should Attend?
  • All are welcome to attend if they desire to create vibrant personal health. 
  • Employers are especially encouraged to send staff members, to reduce and eliminate health issues and insurance costs.
  • Employers themselves are welcome as well; to enhance their health, providing leadership. 
  • Health care workers who wish to learn more about prevention and self-responsibility in health and healing.

Session Outlines


"Whole Foods to Heal Everybody and Every Body Cell" covers: what are whole foods, why it's important to eat them, how to make changes in your life including the why’s of eating seasonally and locally, and how eating whole foods will heal your body from the cellular level.Join in with your questions on Wednesday, May 21, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Potsdam Community Room, located above the police station, behind the public library - park in the lot next to the fire station or street parking on Main Street.

"White Sugar Blues" is the second in the series and covers what sugar is, the forms of sugars, why it is so addicting, how sugar is damaging to body, how to truly kick sugar out of your life, and ways to add “sweetness” to your life without adding sugar.  Wednesday, June 11, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., also at the Potsdam Community Room next to the public library.

Many more to come in the Fall; stay tuned here for details!

Admission & Series Details
There is a $20 general admission for overhead/material fees and to benefit Local  Living Venture workshop creation. 

This series is designed to give a solid overview of the many topics Paula may address with you as your personal health coach, but at a "group rate" -- and with both group privileges and restrictions: there will be plenty of time for Q&A, though not in a private setting, and moderated in a fashion that flows for all participants in the classes. 


All classes in the ongoing series are 1-1/2 hours long and include a slide show that will also be emailed to all participants  as well as various  educational handouts.  Follow up information will be tailored to also address the health concerns of participants in the session.

A discount will be offered for attendees who register for the full Whole Health and Healing Academy series.  Full admission paid in the Spring will count towards later discounts!  Details to follow on this program!

Email us to RSVP for your spot -- reservations are not required but are suggested! 
Please include your phone number(s) and the number in your party and we will forward you all pertinent information.
  LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com




 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!


 Free Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day    (not an LLV coordinated event)
Saturday, May 31, 9 am - 1 pm (Rain or Shine)
Human Services Bldg., 80 State Highway 310, Canton, NY
Open to All Residential Households in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties
(No Businesses, Schools, Farms, Municipalities or Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators-CESQGs)

The following materials WILL be accepted:       The following materials WILL NOT be accepted:
Solvents Latex                                                       Paint (Dry up and dispose in trash)
Pesticides                                                             Motor Oil (Recycle at a Service Station)
Vehicle Fluids (NO motor oil)                                   Asbestos
Fluorescent Light Tubes                                          Materials Containing PCBs
Adhesives                                                              Construction & Demolition Material
Epoxy Resins                                                        Smoke Detectors (Manufacturer Mail-in)
Polishes & Waxes                                                 Commercial or Ag Hazardous Wastes
Antifreeze                                                              Non-residential Hazardous Wastes
Pool Chemicals                                                      Automotive Batteries (Recycle at Retailer)
Photography Chemicals                                          Explosives, Flares and Munitions
Household Cleaning Products                                  Tires
Driveway Sealers                                                    Non-Hazardous Recyclable Materials
Wood Preservatives                                                Unsorted Solid Waste
Corrosives                                                              Radioactive Materials
Home Chemistry Sets                                             Empty Aerosol Cans (Put in Recycle Bin)
Aerosol Cans Containing Product                             Propane Cylinders / Tanks
Products Containing Mercury (Thermostats)
OIL BASED Paints (NO Latex Paint)

*Please keep hazardous wastes separate from other materials being collected at this event*

The Following Items Will Be Also Be Accepted FREE For Recycling At This Event
(Please keep separate from the hazardous waste items above)
Electronic Equipment
TVs, VCRs, Computers, Monitors, Printers, Fax Machines, Scanners, Keyboards, Computer Mice, Small Scale Servers, Portable Digital Music Players, Digital Converter Boxes, Cable/Satellite Receivers, Electronic or Video Game Consoles
Batteries
Rechargeable Batteries such as Nickel-Cadmium, Lithium Ion, Sealed Lead Acid, Nickel Metal Hydride, Single Use Batteries such as Alkaline and Lithium
Pharmaceuticals
Unwanted or unused pharmaceuticals from residential households only will be collected by St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department.
For more information call (315) 661-3234 or visit www.NorthCountryRecycles.org
Sponsored by the Development Authority of the North Country, St. Lawrence County and NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation



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.



 ADIRONDACK MYCOLOGY CLUB - SHIITAKE! 
Saturday, April 19,
stop by between 9 am & 4 pm (not an LLV coordinated event)
The Paul Smith's VIC
(Visitors Interpretive Center), Paul Smiths, NY
Topics include:

  • Tree species & spawn to use
  • Log cultivation & sawdust inoculation method
  • Tools, supplies, & vendors

Bring your sack lunch and stop by between 9 am and 4 pm
FREE to Paul Smith's College students, staff, & faculty, $5 suggested donation for community members, take an inoculated log home for $10.
Call (518) 327-6330 for more information.



 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!



March 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!  



 Cornell Small Farms Summit        (not an LLV coordinated event)
 Beyond Direct Marketing: Exploring New Ways to Sell 
Monday, March 24, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Various teleconference sites in New York
- including the CCE Learning Farm near Canton, NY.
The full day program features a way to hear local small farmers' perspectives on the pros and cons of selling wholesale and how to develop this market locally.  Attendees are requested to register to reserve a spot.  315-379-9192 for directions.

Registration: See https://smallfarms.cornell.edu/projects/summit/  for locations and details.



 Nutritional Concerns Conference  
Tuesday, March 25, Latham, NY
         (not an LLV coordinated event)
This
36th annual conference at the Century House includes a keynote and three workshop speakers, exhibitors, continental breakfast, lunch, and 5 continuing education credits. Please see the attached flyer for more information.  Sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady Counties.




  North Country Farmer Brian Bennett  
 "Organic Farmer of the Year"
 

Wednesday March 26, 7 pm
St Lawrence University, Hepburn Hall 218, Canton, NY

Bittersweet Farm invites you to hear the keynote speech of Brian Bennett, NOFA NY 2014 Organic Farmer of the Year! NOFA is the Northeast Organic Farmer's Association, the largest organic certification and education agency in the Northeast. 
Members of the Local Living Venture were there for Brian's speech, and we can share that this is a heart-warming and heart-rending talk about what it means to farm - and to share so generously, as the Bennett family does - in the wilds of our North Country.  Lots of photos, lots of laughs, and many tender moments - this is a tour de force keynote speech; no lie!  For campus map go to www.stlawu.edu/campusmap or call Julie Johnson at 229-5059



 Bees & BeeKeeping 
   Discussion Group  
Wednesday, March 26, 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!



 Nutritious, Delicious (and Cheap!)  
 How to Cook Grains & Beans 
"Low on the Food Chain" Cooking Seminar  

March 27, 5 - 7pm, near Norwood, NY
THIS SESSION FILLS UP OFTEN (limit of 18) - BE SURE TO RESERVE NOW!

Join us for the original seminar in our series covering both basic and advanced culinary skills.  Held roughly every other month on a topic related to the season, these sessions are designed to assist those interested in eating "lower on the food chain", more in keeping with the freshness of the season -- and more economically as well!  Click here for more details and many resources related to the entire series of seminars.  

This will be our seventh time hosting this cooking seminar with Paula Youmell of Hands-On Health, partnering with Chelle Lindahl of the Local Living Venture, as they share cooking tips and various techniques as well as the health benefits of eating "low on the food chain."  

Best of all, learn how to feed yourself and your family cheaply, and well -- plus it's yummy!  You'll enjoy every unique meal we will share in creating.

After attending this seminar, you will never look at the "lowly bean" in quite the same way again.  We will show you delightful ways to make it a treat for you and your whole family!  For as low as 28 cents per serving!

Ms. 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.

Chelle Lindahl has been eating well her whole life and loves to share the pleasures of the simple life with folks seeking better ways to live; that work.  Ms. Lindahl is currently Co-Coordinator for the Local Living Venture, and is this seminar series creator.

RSVP is necessary due to limited attendance.  There is a suggested donation of $15, or $5 student.  Scholarships are available when you RSVP.  Email us to RSVP for your spot -- we will send you the location and other information.


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




 Pruning Your Apple Trees & Other Orchard Fruits 
CANTON AREA EVENT POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER - NEW DATE:
Saturday, March 29, 10 am to noon - very full, but some spaces available!
Curious about how and when to prune your apple trees?
Join the Local Living Venture and Presenter David Rice of SweetCore Farm to learn valuable tips for caring for your own fruit trees. He will focus on a "central leader style" that one can feel comfortable implementing on their own trees.

David will cover topics such as: choosing and caring for pruning tools, pruning lingo as well as improving orchard quality and fruit health. He will also briefly cover special care for pruning neglected trees and training your apple trees. Participants can take these new skills home and begin work on their own trees while the season is upon us.

David Rice has a degree in horticulture with a focus on fruit science. He has been farming for 30 years and has 20 years of hands on experience with tree and small fruits. He has worked on orchards ranging from a couple of acres to 100 acres. He lived and worked in New Hampshire until 2005 where he was hired out to orchards to prune and hosted several workshops and demonstrations in Stratford, New Hampshire.

This hardy workshop involves some "hands on" activity so we encourage attendees to dress appropriately (warm and sturdy boots/outerwear; optional hat and gloves).  Bring drinking water.  Tools that are clean and sharp are needed (long handled pruning shears are a plus.)  Some tools will be available on site for those without.  Denatured alcohol and cleaning supplies will be provided to clean tools to prevent contamination.

This workshop is weather dependent and attendance is limited.
A suggested donation of $15 is requested, $5 student. 
RSVP is required due to limited attendance -- noting the names in your party plus email and home/cell phone numbers.  Call (315) 347-4223 or LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com to sign up.
A confirmation will be emailed to you noting the exact location and directions. 
More than just a light drizzle of rain or snow will postpone the workshop. 




 Traditional Maple Sugaring  
Cancelled :-(
Saturday, March 29, 2 - 4 pm, near Crary Mills (between Canton & Potsdam)
Experience a bit of sap collection with Giffin Road Maple, using traditional buckets and then savor the boiling down with local hardwood.  An excellent opportunity to find out how to have your own small-scale sugaring operation at home.  Questions will be be answered and a good time had by all!

Attendees should wear appropriate clothing for working outdoors - gathering sap from the taps in the woods - and then hanging around the evaporator in the sugar shack, sharing stories and asking questions. 

Children are welcome if they can be kept check on - they can run free in the woods, but our generous hosts don't need to worry about kids getting hurt around the VERY HOT evaporator when we move indoors.  Cocoa will be available, please bring your mug!

This event is on a free-will donation basis, with a suggestion of $5 each, kids less or free (donation can will be on site.)

RSVP is needed -- noting the names in your party plus email and home/cell phone numbers. 

Call (315) 347-4223 or LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com to sign up.
A confirmation will be emailed to you noting the exact location and directions. 
Weather conditions may postpone the event, but we will keep you notified if so.



February 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!  


 Benefit House Concert: 
 Mary Ann Casales CD Release Party 

Sunday, Feb. 16th, at 2 pm
Robin McClellan’s home, 465 Old Market Road, Sandfordville, NY.Mary Ann Casales - Running Out of Time

It was decades in the making but Mary Ann Casale’s new album Running Out of Time, an eclectic mix of original folk and blues, is now available on CD Baby, iTunes, and Amazon as well as the Brewer Bookstore, St. Lawrence University.

After an almost thirty year hiatus from traveling the country and performing as a solo artist and with a number of bands, she has started writing and performing again. From sultry blues to folk and Americana, always soulful, Mary Ann always delivers a true, honest performance and her new album is sure to please.

To celebrate the release of this new album, she will be holding a release party along with bluesman Tas Cru and perhaps a guest musician or two. This concert is open to the public.

Admission is free but either monetary donations or donations of non-perishable food items will be accepted and will go to the Potsdam Food Pantry.  Anyone bringing a donation will receive a CD.

Come on out for a fun afternoon of music and merry-making!  For more information contact the Local Living Venture at 315-347-4223 or LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com.  Directions to this event can be found at http://robinmcclellan.com where you’ll find a link.


Cinema 10 presents
 More Than Honey 
Monday, February 24
, 7:15 pm

Cinema 10 screens More Than Honey on Monday, February 24 at the Roxy Theater (Main Street near Market St.) in Potsdam.  Show time is 7:15 PM. This is the second film of the ten-film spring 2014 Cinema 10 season. 

"More Than Honey" - 2012 Documentary film 2/24/14
Cinema 10's photo.
This “magically beautiful film” (Farran Nehme, New York Post) focuses on honey bee colonies and how human interaction has affected their growth. Depicting bees, a small family owned apiary, and an industrial level bee keeper with "eye popping photography" (Hollywood Reporter), this is “a delightful, informative, and suitably contemplative study of the bee world and the bee-population crisis” (Stephanie Zacharek, The Village Voice.)

General Admission: $4.50/individual; $35/season tickets
Students and Senior Citizens: $3.50/individual; $25/season tickets

Cinema 10 is a non-profit, volunteer group which presents alternative film programming. We work to bring the best in American independent and foreign films to North Country audiences. For a complete season schedule and more information please visit http://www.Cinema10.org.




Nutritious Delicious! Cooking Seminar
Gluten Free Eating & Living

Thursday, February 27, 5 - 7 pm, Potsdam, NY -- SOLD OUT! Look for a second session coming soon
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 Potsdam, 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:




 Bees & BeeKeeping 
   Discussion Group  
Wednesday, February 26, 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!



 Fifth Annual Hops Conference 
Thursday, February 27th, 9 am to 4 pm

Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center, Burlington, Vermont
An entire conference dedicated to the cultivation of that beer-friendly vine, the beautiful hops plant, with it's highly unusual green flowers.  Click here for the detailed agenda!
You will hear from Dr. Thomas Shellhammer from Oregon State University, Steve Miller from Cornell University, Quebec Agronomist Julien Venne, Oregon Hop Grower Tony Weathers, Irrigation Specialist Chris Lattak, Russ FitzPatrick and Steve Polewacyk from Vermont Pub and Brewery, and the UVM Hops Program team.
Visit the registration website at www.uvm.edu/extension/hopsconference to register for this great day of hops information!



January 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!   



NOFA - NY (Northeast Organic Farming Assn.) 
  ~ Winter Conference ~  

January 24 - 26, Saratoga Springs

Join us at one of the largest Sustainable Agriculture Conferences in the East!  Local Living Venture staffers and volunteers will be on site, and also helping to staff the NY Small Scale Food Processor's Assn. booth at the Trade Show -- look for us there!

The conference offers a great line up of workshops on a wide range of topics from dairy farming to urban gardening, from food policy to business planning plus a special children's conference, entertainment, and the most delicious meals made from food donated by our farmers. Each year this conference inspires, as well as informs, and provides an unparalleled opportunity for networking and reciprocal teaching and learning.

Featuring Keynote Speakers:                             ...and St. Lawrence County's own!!:

      

Gary Paul Nabhan
Gary is an internationally-renowned nature writer, food and farming activist and proponent of conserving the links between biodiveristy and cultural diversity. He has been honored as a pioneer and creative force in the  local food movement and seed saving community.

Brian Bennett
Brian of Bittersweet Farm in Heuvelton, New York will be honored as 2014 Farmer of the Year. He is a long-time organic farmer in New York's North Country region where he has helped unify his local community by involving more people in local agriculture.

For questions, please email conference@nofany.org or call 585-271-1979.  Pre-registration is now closed, but walk-in registration on-site is welcome.



Nutritious Delicious (and Cheap!) Cooking Seminar
Fermented Foods: Making Kimchi & Sauerkraut

Thursday, January 30, 6 - 8 pm, please RSVP for location in Norwood, NY
"DIY" Sauerkraut & Kimchi!  Fermented foods such as sauerkraut and kimchi are all the rage in the media these days, but what are they and why are they good for you?  Learn more about fermented foods, probiotics and "gut health" at a special new program in the continuing series of Nutritious Delicious (And Cheap!) cooking seminars
coordinated by the Local Living Venture (LLV), with sponsorship by the Potsdam Food Co-op.  This class will show you how to "do it yourself" for good health, sharing recipes and techniques, plus participants will enjoy going home with their very own jar of delicious fermented food, with the knowledge of how to make more on their own at home!

This workshop will demonstrate how to create the specific fermented foods kimchi and sauerkraut, and will share with participants the benefits of incorporating fermented foods into their daily diet for a healthy gut, which in turns promotes a healthy mind.

With the growing recognition of probiotics and the benefits of the health micros in the gut for healthy living, this is a very timely (and delicious) workshop.  Fermentation is employed in the leavening of bread with yeast; in preservation techniques to produce lactic acid in sauerkraut, dry sausages, kimchi, and yogurt; to produce alcoholic beverages such as wine, beer, and cider; and in the pickling of many common foods with vinegar (acetic acid).

But, how does this process help people stay healthy?  Fermented foods aid in digestion (essentially, they are a partially digested food) and support the immune system by helping us to absorb important nutrients from our food.  Organic or lactic-acid fermented foods (such as dill pickles and sauerkraut) are rich in enzyme activity that aids in the breakdown of our food for ease of digestion.

Humans have been controlling the fermentation process (called zymology) for millenia; archaeologists have found remnants of wine that is over seven-thousand years old in Iran,  for instance.  That's quite a vintage!  One can only wonder if it was "a very good year?"  None other than French chemist Louis Pasteur was the first known zymologist, and the father of our modern scientific interest in fermentation processes.

The presenter of this "Nutritious Delicious" workshop, Ryan Mellon, works as a psychotherapist and centers in on the mind – body connection.  He believes that a healthy body equals a healthy mind.  Mellon's first foray into sustainable living began in 1998 when he was introduced to growing food and how to preserve it.  His continuing interests in fermented foods led him to gain knowledge of the gut and psychology syndrome (GAPS), and how to heal naturally.  Our modern diet does not necessarily promote a healthy gut, but this can be remedied via probiotics such as fermented foods.


Participants will chop and pack kimchi (a traditional Korean dietary staple) and sauerkraut (a less spicy, Germanic variation of kimchi) and leave understanding that fermentation is a process that takes some care to create, for future enjoyment and good health.  Each participant will bring home a share of their labors.


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.

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

 The Second Northeast Silvopasture Conference: 
 Creating Profitable, Practical Silvopastures for your Farm  
    
Thursday, January 30, Century House, Latham, NY (Albany area)
Immediately preceding the Sixth Annual “Winter Green-up Conference”
To register:  
https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/2014wintergreenupnesilvo1-30-1_201




 Bees & BeeKeeping 
   Discussion Group  
Wednesday, January 29, 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!



December 2013
~ 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!  


 Nutritious, Delicious (and Cheap!)  
 How to Cook Grains & Beans   "Low on the Food Chain" Cooking Seminar  

December 3 , 5 - 7pm, Potsdam, NY
THIS SESSION FILLS UP OFTEN (limit of 18) - BE SURE TO RESERVE NOW!
   SOLD OUT!!
Join us for the original seminar in our series covering both basic and advanced culinary skills.  Held roughly every other month on a topic related to the season, these sessions are designed to assist those interested in eating "lower on the food chain", more in keeping with the freshness of the season -- and more economically as well!  Click here for more details and many resources related to the entire series of seminars.  

This will be our fourth time hosting this cooking seminar with Paula Youmell of Hands-On Health, assisted by Chelle Lindahl.  Share cooking tips and various techniques as well as the health benefits of eating "low on the food chain."  

Best of all, learn how to feed yourself and your family cheaply, and well -- plus it's yummy!  You'll enjoy every unique meal we will share in creating.

After attending this seminar, you will never look at the "lowly bean" in quite the same way again.  We will show you delightful ways to make it a treat for you and your whole family!  For as low as 28 cents per serving!

Ms. 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.

Chelle Lindahl has been eating well her whole life and loves to share the pleasures of the simple life with folks seeking better ways to live; that work.  Ms. Lindahl is currently Co-Coordinator for the Local Living Venture, and is this seminar series creator.

RSVP is necessary due to limited attendance.  There is a suggested donation of $15, or $5 student.  Scholarships are available when you RSVP.  Email us to RSVP for your spot -- we will send you the location and other information.


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




 Bees & BeeKeeping 
   Discussion Group  
Will not occur in December - please check the schedule for January!  Held the last Wed. of the month.
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 SustLivingProject@gmail.com to receive notice of workshops and events.  Also, check out  "The BeeHive", our Resource Page!



House Concert Benefit
Renowned Jazz Guitarist Paul Meyers - Goes Brazilian!
Thursday, December 26, 7 PM   
Benefit House Concert
FREE - a gift from host Robin McClellan!
Free will donations will be accepted to benefit the Local Living Venture


Many thanks to Paul for his generosity in sharing his talents with us, and also to our House Concert host Robin McClellan for opening his beautiful home for this wonderful event.

Paul is a Potsdam native who has played all over the world -- from Potsdam’s Wild Oat to Hong Kong, and with stellar musicians from Danny Gotham to Wynton Marsalis. For more information on Paul’s musical journey and where else he’s playing, see his website www.PaulMeyers.info.

We hope you will come out to see Paul and appreciate his beautiful music - in a solo venture we're sure you will enjoy!
PHOTO:  John Meyers




November 2013
~ information on how to register for an LLV event appears below the monthly listings ~


 Nutritious Delicious!      Cooking Seminar
 Learn How to Bake (and Convert  
 Your Favorite Recipes!) to Whole Foods 
  
Thursday, November 14, 5 - 7 pm, Potsdam, NY
 
NOTE:
originally scheduled for October 10
- this is a revised date
- A new addition to our series of seminars covering both basic and advanced culinary skills.  Held roughly every other month on a topic related to the season, these sessions are designed to assist those interested in eating "lower on the food chain", more in keeping with the freshness of the season -- and more economically as well!  Click here for more details and many resources related to the entire series of seminars. 

YES, YOU CAN
      Learn how to convert your classic holiday baking recipes into healthy whole grain and whole foods treats -- that taste great, but are good for you as well!  Whole sugars are real food, too -- you will learn more about what they are and how to cook with them.

DO IT RIGHT!
      Paula will also give you fuel to kick the refined sugar habit.  We all love our sweets, but being aware of what we're eating is a positive way to be in charge of your holiday treats menu!

GUILT FREE ZONE
     Goodies are fun for all ages, so you will learn how to bake desserts with whole grains, using 100% whole foods so you don't have to worry about health impacts when eating dessert and treats!

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 and is currently proprietor of Hands On Health Holistic Healing.

Paula has previously presented our Grains and Beans, as well as a Healthy Vegetarian / Vegan cooking seminar, as a part of this series.

RSVP is necessary due to limited space availability. There is a suggested donation of $15 ($5 student), scholarship available upon request.  Email SustLivingProject@gmail.com to RSVP for your spot -- we will send you the exact location in Potsdam and other information you will need.  Please include your phone number when reserving.


Bonus Free Optional Tour (Date and time TBA)
Enjoy a special guided tour through the Potsdam Food Co-op to locate the Whole Foods needed for baking, while getting impromptu tips on using whole foods to create healthier baked goods and a happier YOU!  This is one of the special services offered by Holistic Health Coach Paula Youmell to her clients and is available as a special bonus to you, free when you attend this cooking seminar!



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



 Bees & BeeKeeping 
   Discussion Group  
Wednesday, November 20, 7 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 SustLivingProject@gmail.com to receive notice of workshops and events.  Also, check out  "The BeeHive", our Resource Page!



 Adirondack Nonprofit Summit 
          (not a LLV event)
Thursday, November 21, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
The Wild Center, Tupper Lake

A special daylong event by the Adirondack Nonprofit Network focusing on the nonprofit sector and the role it plays as a key economic engine for the region.  Board members, staff and volunteers for area nonprofits are encouraged to participate! Elected officials and government employees interested in developing or strengthening strategic partnerships with nonprofits are also welcome to attend.




    October 2013
                        ~ information on how to register for a 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!  


 Sugarbush Woodswalk & Maple Research Workshop 
Tuesday, October 1, 2013. 5 pm - 8 pm            (not a LLV event)
Located at the CCE of St. Lawrence County Extension Learning Farm, 2043 SH 68, Canton, NY. This workshop includes a tour of the sugarbush where research trials were performed, followed by an inside presentation of research results.  A pizza dinner will be provided; pre-registration is required by September 27 with Brett Buchanan, bab22@cornell.edu, 315-379-9192 and $10 payment at the door (see also October 3 and October 5, below.)

 Strategies for More Effective Maple Sap Collection 
Wednesday, October 3, 5 pm – 8 pm           (not a LLV event)
Titus Mountain Ski Center; 215 Johnson Road, Malone, NY (7 miles south of Malone village, off of County Route 24)
Cost: $20.00 - Free for Franklin County Maple Association members and New York State Maple Producers Association members – Includes a pizza supper sponsored by the Franklin County Maple Association.
Register on or before October 1 by phone (518-483-7403) or email (rlg24@cornell.edu).
Please note: This workshop will include a tour of Titus Mountain’s new state-of-the-art Moon Valley Maple sugaring operation, whose 6,400 tap setup is anticipated to expand to more than 13,000 taps for the 2014 season. (see also Maple Tubing on October 5, below.)



 Passive Solar House Raising (Part 2) 
Thursday October 3, starting at 8:00 am     (not a LLV event)
180 Newton Rd, Potsdam, NY
There will be a second raising party for a new passive solar house in the Martin Family, to put the roof on.  Contact: Luray & Britany Martin at 315-268-0309 or luraymartin@slic.com. Please RSVP if you will be available to help around noon to be included in lunch.

 Maple Tubing Workshop 
Saturday, October 5th, 10 am to Noon           (not a LLV event)
8735 Soft Maple Road, Croghan, NY A Maple Tubing Workshop to be conducted at Lyndaker’s Maple Orchard located at 8735 Soft Maple Road, Croghan, New York. The Maple Tubing Workshop will be held entirely in the sugar bush so come prepared for the weather. Topics to be covered include: preparing the sugar bush prior to tubing installation, site considerations, placing mainlines and setting the slope, installing the mainline support wires, installing main lines, sizing mainlines, installing lateral lines, tubing tools, sizing the vacuum system, dry line systems, boosters, tap hole sanitation, system maintenance, and working with sap ladders. The workshop is conducted as an open discussion so you may hear a variety of suggestions for any given tubing situation. The primary presenter will be Stephen Childs, New York State Maple Specialist. Preregister by October 2 to Cornell Cooperative Extension Lewis County at 376-5270 or Michele at mel14@cornell.edu.


 Green Buildings Open House 
 Renewable Home Power & Energy Efficiency Home Tour 
Green Buildings Open House, Saturday, October 5, 2013Saturday, October 5, 10 - 3 pm, though times vary by household in some cases
A national and regional tour that is organized in the St. Lawrence River Valley by the Local Living Venture.  So far, four sites in St. Lawrence County and two in Jefferson County! 

A small, free-will donation is requested to benefit Local Living Venture projects.  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!

Go to www.SustainableLivingProject.net/green-home-tours to view a link of information about each home, so you can build your personal tour itinerary of the places you're interested in! 

There is no need to sign up, but please honor the hours each home is available!

However, we appreciate if you would let us know you're participating - please call 315-347-4223 or email us at SustLivingProject@gmail.com -- thanks so much!  (No need to take this step if you donate by PayPal, and thank you very much!)
See the NESEA site for details on the Green Buildings Open House organization as well.  There are tours all over the Northeast through NESEA and tours all over the USA on this same day through ASES as well!



House Concert Benefit
Renowned Jazz Guitarist Paul Meyers - SOLO!
Sunday, October 6, 7 PM   
Benefit House Concert Donation $10
Ticket Ordering Information below.
Seating is limited to 50
Ticketed reservations are recommended, but not necessary
STUDENT RATE: Half off!  $5 per person
w/ valid ID for college and high school.
Special student seating -- reserve by text at
315-261-1926 w/ name(s), number in party.
Children under 13 free.

Many thanks to Paul for his generosity in helping us further our work,
                                        and also to our House Concert host Robin McClellan
                                        for opening his beautiful home for this wonderful event.




Click The Brown Paper Tickets Box
Above to Purchase Tickets


Paul is a Potsdam native who has played all over the world -- from Potsdam’s Wild Oat to Hong Kong, and with stellar musicians from Danny Gotham to Wynton Marsalis. For more information on Paul’s musical journey and where else he’s playing, see his website www.PaulMeyers.info.

We hope you will come out to see Paul and appreciate his beautiful music - in a solo venture we're sure you will enjoy!
PHOTO:  John Meyers

 Massena Nature Center Programs    (not a LLV event)
Throughout the month of October

Many fun events -- Survival Skills, Basket Weaving, Campfire Cooking, Intro to Reiki, Outdoor Yoga, Star Walk & more...check out the schedule of events here.



Route 68 Adopt-A-Highway Roadside Clean Up!  
Saturday, October 12, 2:30 pm
Meet in Canton (or elsewhere by arrangement -- expect approximately an hour plus travel time of about 40 minutes round trip.)

Join us for this roadside clean up on Rt. 68 from just past the Hardscrabble Rd., through Flackville and on down the road for a mile and a half total.  We need your help!

Hard hats, vests, and gloves are provided for this event. If we get ten or more people it should take an hour or less, plus travel time!
Willing volunteers can sign up for an afternoon of camaraderie and doing a good thing -- cleaning up the  roadsidePlease sign up now so we can get a count of how many hard hats to obtain. Invite your friends and family too; the more workers, the faster it goes.

If you are interested in helping out Email us or call: 315-347-4223 for more information. That day call that number before 1pm and 315-261-1926 after 10 am, if needed.



Potsdam Co-op - Member / Owner Potluck
October 15, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Join in for the October Member-Owner Potluck in the Community Room at the Trinity Episcopal Church on Fall Island in Potsdam (scross from Evans & White True Value Hardware.) This potluck will include a report from the Board of Directors on Member-Owner feedback from the community dinner series and it will also address visions for the Co-op over the next 5 years. Please bring a dish to share and your own place setting. Beverages will be provided.  Call 315-265-4630 for information or click the logo above.



 Bees & BeeKeeping   Queen Bee in front of honeycomb
   Workshop for Beginners  
Wednesday, October 16, 7 pm
Social Room (side entrance) UU Church, 3-1/2 Main St. enter side lot on Court Street, Canton. 
Join us for a workshop geared to the general public who are interested in becoming a beekeeper!  We will share with you all of the basics to get started -- and doing so in the Fall is very important if you wish to have bees next year!

Members of the Bee Discussion Group have created a community-led beginner beekeeping workshop - just for you!  (The Discussion Group is an informal monthly get together held on the last Wednesday of each month - see listing for October 30!)

RSVP is necessary due to limited space availability. There is a suggested donation of $15 ($5 student), scholarship available upon request.  Email SustLivingProject@gmail.com to RSVP for your spot -- we will send you the exact location in Potsdam and other information you will need.  Please include your phone number when reserving.

"Bee" in touch and stay on the lookout for more in our series of beginner to advanced workshops.  Also, check out  "The BeeHive", our Resource Page!




 Autumn Harvest Dinner at 1844 House 
to benefit North Country Grown Cooperative, Inc.
Wednesday October 16, 2013  (not a LLV event)
Dinner: $70 person  *50% tax deductible.  Cocktails at 6:00PM, Dinner at 6:30PM
Enjoy Great Food from Local Farms
Experience a gourmet dinner made with products grown in St. Lawrence County. Tax deductible portion will go to NCGC for transport of local farm produce. For tickets and information contact: Laurie Paro 315 854 4036 or manager@northcountrygrown.com








 2013 Food Day Youth Summit     (not a LLV event)
Wednesday, October 16, SUNY-Potsdam campus
GardenShare's Food Day Youth Summit is a day of workshops, networking and action planning for high school students from across the North Country region on important food issues like diet and health, sustainable agriculture, hunger in our communities, and junk food marketing to kids. The 2013 Summit will focus on Action Planning and sending teams home with the resources they need to make a difference in their own communities. More information is available here.

Roger Doiron of Kitchen Gardeners International is the keynote speaker. If you haven't seen Roger's TEDx Talk, it's definitely worth the 20 minutes. He manages to outline some of the more troubling issues with our food system while maintaining a positive focus. His "subversive plot"  is something we can all get behind.



 RE-stock Concert Series           (not a LLV event)
 House Concert to Benefit Local Food Pantries 
Featuring music by Rick Bates (aka Tas Cru) & Mary Ann Casale along with special guests
Friday, October 18, 7 pm
At Robin McClellan's house in Sanfordville.
Mary Ann and Rick are doing another RE-stock concert series to benefit local food pantries at the most beautiful time of the year here when the maples will be all aglow! Suggested donation is $10 and/or non-perishable food items. We face a lot of first world problems even here in the North Country, but hunger is a problem we share with the rest of the world. Please come and give what you can.  For more information click here to go to Robin's blog post where you will find directions.



 Bees & BeeKeeping 
   Discussion Group  
Wednesday, October 30, 7 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 SustLivingProject@gmail.com to receive notice of workshops and events.  Also, check out  "The BeeHive", our Resource Page!



September 2013

~ 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!   PROGRAMMING WILL RETURN SHORTLY, please dial in at WCKN Channel 30!


 Free Canning Workshop     (not an LLV event)
Thursday, September 5, 6 pm

A free canning workshop will be held at Coakley Carpet One Ace Hardware, Outer West Main Street, Canton, at 6 p.m.  Topics include hot water bath canning, pressure canning, food safety and canning recipes to take home.  Presenter Sue Washburn of Cornell Cooperative Extension.  No pre-registration required.  For more information, call 386-8161.


Garden and Home Food-Waste
Composting Made Simple 

Saturday, September 7, 3 - 5 pm NOTE TIME CHANGE, Potsdam, NY
Now in it's fourth season, we offer what is always our most popular workshop of the summer!

Volunteer presenter 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 -- and we will send you the location and other information.



 Potsdam Food Co-op Annual Open House 
 and 40th Anniversary Celebration 
       (not an LLV event)
(click on title for link to Co-op site) 

September 7, 11am - 3pm (some member events are earlier than 11 am, please see below!)
24 Elm St. Potsdam      

Celebrating 40 Years in the North Country!  Please JOIN IN for a day of Food, Music, and Fun! This festive event is open to everyone! It is an opportunity for those interested in learning more about the Co-op to see the store and what it has to offer, as well as a time for Co-op members/owners and other shoppers to gather socially. Everyone who shops in the store on the day of the Open House will receive a 10% discount on purchases (a few exclusions apply)!

There will be food to sample from the Co-op’s own Carriage House Bakery & Deli and from local vendors such as Clayton Distillery, St. Lawrence Valley Coffee Roasters, Sandefer Beef, Longview Farms Pork, Prosper’s Farm Yogurt, and more!

Activities will include a “Butter Dance” for children at 11:30 as well as Face-Painting and Art & Science Stations.  Music will be provided throughout the day by local bands Animal Crackers, Church & State, and Minor Swing.  A drawing will be held at the end of the day for the winner of a booklet of 12 coupons, redeemable for a loaf of Carriage House Bakery bread each month for one year. Tickets to enter the raffle may be purchased at the event for $1.00 each. 
There will be a Member-Owner Group Photo at 10 am, please be there by 9:30 for complimentary coffee and breakfast treats from the Carriage House
The Co-op parking lot will be closed from 9 - 4; therefore, please park in nearby public lots.

Join in to help staff our Local Living Venture informational table, email us at sustlivingproject@gmail.com!  Thanks!

SPECIAL BONUS!  Local author, teacher and healer Paula Youmell will give a walking tour of the foodstuffs available at the Potsdam Food Co-op for the first six people to reply to SustLivingProject@gmail.com!  The tour is at 10:30 am, just after the group photo in the parking lot.

           

She will do a walk-through of the Co-op and share with you the benefits of whole foods and of a local, seasonal diet.  This is a service she offers paying clients, but this one is free to the first six lucky people!  Come with questions, things you want to know more about.  This is the time to get your questions answered and we'll make the tour work for you! 

PLEASE RSVP by Thursday , September 5th at noon and we will send confirmation if it has filled up yet or not. 



 

 Bird-Focused Forest Management in the North Country 
(not an LLV event)

Saturday, Sept 7, 9 am - 3 pm
SUNY-ESF Ranger School, Wanakena, NY.

This collaborative workshop is sponsored by Audubon New York, the NYSDEC, and the Adirondack Chapters of NYSAF, and NYFOA. Free event with lunch, but registration required! Click to see the Audubon Workshop Announcement, register by emailing Graham Cox at or calling him at (518) 729-6869 (cell).
NEW: Approved for 3.5 CFE Credits.
  Registration deadline is Aug. 23.


 Bees & BeeKeeping   Queen Bee in front of honeycomb
   Workshop Creation Group  

Wednesday, September 11, 7 pm
UU Church, Main St. near Court St., Canton. 
Join us in creating a workshop for the general public who might be interested in beekeeping!

The Bee Discussion Group (an informal monthly get together held on the last Wednesday of each month - see listing for Sept 25) members are getting together to create a community-led beginner beekeeping workshop - and all are welcome to participate! 
"Bee" in touch and stay on the lookout for more in our series of beginner to advanced workshops. 
Email us at SustLivingProject@gmail.com to receive notice of workshops and events.  Also, check out  "The BeeHive", our Resource Page!



 Nutritious Delicious!   Cooking Seminar
 Creating Favorite Recipes of India
    with the Narulas!

Tuesday, September 24, 5 - 7:30 pm, Potsdam, NY
THIS SESSION IS COMPLETELY FULL!
- THERE MAY BE CANCELLATIONS SO GET ON THE WAIT LIST
(see RSVP contact information below)

Join us in creating these wonderful dishes from India, prepared with Rajiv and Geetika Narula as our volunteer presenters, complimented by local author, educator, and health coach Paula Youmell giving you the skinny on the nutritional value of this traditional "lacto-vegetarian" diet.  You will LOVE this workshop!



Participants will learn about Indian spicing and cooking techniques while helping to prepare -- and enjoy! -- some variation on the following recipes:



  Fried rice with veggies
  A bean dish (Chick peas or Kidney Beans or Lima Beans or Black Beans cooked Indian style)
  Two different kinds of vegetable curries, one potato based because it is sooo delicious!
  Either Rotis or Chappatis (some version of a flat bread or puffed bread)
  Pakoras  or Pooris (vegetables with batter or traditional bread, deep fried - we may be able to do the baked version of Pakoras as well.)  It's true, we generally don't push fried foods, but it's good to cut loose a little now and then!
  Raita (yogurt cucumber sauce)
  Chutney (chunky condiments that usually contain some mixture of spice, vegetable/fruit)
  Papad (thin crispy wafer prepared using a bean or rice flour)
YUMM!


Part of a series of seminars from the Local Living Venture covering both basic and advanced culinary skills. Held seasonally, these sessions are designed to assist those interested in eating "lower on the food chain", more in keeping with the freshness of the season -- and more cheaply as well!

RSVP is necessary due to limited attendanceThere is a suggested donation of $20, or $7 student (higher than usual, due to large variety of food.)  Email us to RSVP for your spot and we will send you the location and other information. Please include your phone number when reserving.


Co-presented with:

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

www.potsdamcoop.com



 Massena Nature Center Programs    (not an LLV event)
Throughout the month of September

Many fun events -- Survival Skills, Basket Weaving, Campfire Cooking, Intro to Reiki, Outdoor Yoga, Star Walk & more...check out the schedule of events here.



 Bees & BeeKeeping 
   Discussion Group  
Wednesday, September 25, 7 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 SustLivingProject@gmail.com to receive notice of workshops and events.  Also, check out  "The BeeHive", our Resource Page!


 Rocket Stove Mass Heater Full Installation Workshop 
Friday evening Sept. 27, through Sunday afternoon Sept. 29
Near Guelph, Ontario (about 4 hours from the Ogdensburg border crossing)
Hosts: Andrew Brunning, andrew.brunning@gmail.com, Transition Guelph and
Ami Dehne of Minga | Skill Building Hub
Instructors: Erica and Ernie Wisner, www.ErnieAndErica.info
Cost: about $400 per person
Participants will build a full-scale, working rocket mass heater (similar to the one built near Canton, NY) on a reclaimed farm building site / greenhouse.  The hosts are very excited about the lovely location, and have already built several other rocket mass heaters in the region.  There will be a huge amount of friendly information-sharing, including "Fire Science Theater" on Friday night around the campfire, and question-and-answer sessions leading from the basic to the specifics.


 Adirondack Rural Skills and Homesteading Festival   (not an llV event)
at Paul Smith's Visitor's Interpretive Center (VIC)
Saturday, September 28 9am - 4 pm

September 2013 is the second International Homesteading Education Month. To mark the event, the Paul Smiths VIC is hosting a celebration of rural skills showcasing the talents of a bygone era with a distinctly Adirondack flair. Exhibitions include logging and farming with draft horses and a demonstration of competitive lumberjack sports by the Paul Smith's College Woodsmen's Team .
Workshops appeal to a wide range of interests, such as canning, cider making, woodworking, renewable energy, cord wood construction, small-scale farming, heating with firewood, and primitive skills.
$5/person or $10/carload. Free for the Paul Smith's College community.

Check out our booth at this fun event!  Volunteer to help out too, write to sustlivingproject@gmail.com!  Thanks!



August 2013
~ information on how to register for an LLV event appears below the monthly listings ~

 PLEASE NOTE: 
 THE Local Living Venture WORKSHOP SCHEDULE 
 IS GREATLY CURTAILED EACH SUMMER BUT WILL RETURN 
 AS A NEAR-WEEKLY PROGRAM IN THE FALL. 



 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!                                                            


Master Food Preservation Educator /  Key Volunteer Training 
(Not an LLV Coordinated Event)
Saturday - Sunday, August 20-22, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Akwesasne NY

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Franklin County will be offering the three day Master Food Preservation Educator/ Key Volunteer Training again this year.
This is the first step to take for becoming a master food preserver through Cornell. There is very limited space! The workshop will cost $375 and includes lunch. There is also a 275 page workbook with all food preservation techniques included in the price.

This "Train the Trainer" program includes information on the scientific basis of food preservation, hands-on experience in boiling water and pressure canning, gelled products and pickling. There will be demonstrations in freezing and drying, as well as other methods of preservation.

This training will include pre and post tests and nightly studying.
Attendees who complete the course will recieve certificates of participation which is the first step toward becoming a CCE Master Food Preserver.



Nutritious Delicious !           Cooking Seminar         
    Vegetarian & Vegan:                                  
       Healthy Ways to Eat a Plant-based Diet 

Thursday, August 22, 5-7 pm
Part of a series of seminars covering both basic and advanced culinary skills. Held seasonally, these sessions are designed to assist those interested in eating "lower on the food chain", more in keeping with the freshness of the season -- and more cheaply as well!          

Click here
for more details on this workshop!
RSVP is necessary due to limited attendance.  There is a suggested donation of $15, or $5 student.  Scholarships are available when you RSVP. 
Email us to RSVP for your spot -- we will send you the location and other information.  For more detailed RSVP information, click here, please.

Co-presented with:

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




 Bird-Focused Forest Management in the North Country  (not an LLV event)
Registration deadline is Aug. 23 for Saturday, September 7, 9 am - 3 pm
SUNY-ESF Ranger School, Wanakena, NY.
This collaborative workshop is sponsored by Audubon New York, the NYSDEC, and the Adirondack Chapters of NYSAF, and NYFOA. Free event with lunch, but registration required! Click to see the Audubon Workshop Announcement, register by emailing Graham Cox at or calling him at (518) 729-6869 (cell). NEW: Approved for 3.5 CFE Credits.


 Clarkson University Student Volunteer Fair   (LLV outreach event)
Monday, August 26, 7 - 9 pm
This is a volunteer opportunity - sign up with us! sustlivingproject@gmail.com



 Massena Nature Center Programs   
(not an LLV event)
Throughout the month of August
Many fun events -- Survival Skills, Basket Weaving, Campfire Cooking, Intro to Reiki, Outdoor Yoga, Star Walk & more...check out the schedule of events here.



 Bees & BeeKeeping 
   Discussion Group  
Wednesday, August 28, 7 pm
EJ NobleCenter, Community Room on 2nd floor, 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 SustLivingProject@gmail.com to receive notice of workshops and events.  
Also, check out  "The BeeHive", our Resource Page!



   Power & Equipment Museum   
  (outreach tabling event -- look  for our booth!)
  Old Fashioned Harvest Days    
Saturday & Sunday, August 31 & September 1, 9 am - 4 pm
Rt. 345 near Madrid, NY -- look for our booth at this fun event!



   Farm 2 Fork Festival      (outreach tabling event -- look  for our booth!)
Saturday , August 31, 9 am - 2 pm
At Riverside Park on Lake Flower in Saranac Lake, at the site of the expanded-for-a-day Farmer's Market, this is a celebration of all things farm and foodie!  Look for our booth at this fun event!


 'Brain Food' Fest                (not an LLV event)
Features wine, food, live music, trivia games, and cabbage bowling!
Saturday, Aug. 31 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. near Ives' Park

The Potsdam Farmers' Market will be open for Saturday business as usual in their bucolic setting on the river near the Ives Park Gazebo, at the rear of the parking lot across from the Roxie Theater. 
On this special day they have teamed up with GardenShare to host a “Brain Food Fest,” chock full of activities for the whole family!
There will be live music by local artists Church & State and by Dan Sullivan-Catlin, from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm.
A memory game and brain teasers will be held for kids, with prizes for the winners.
“Cabbage bowling” will be offered, along with trivia games for adults. Correct answers will earn a chance to win a basket of farmers’ market goods.
As part of the "First Saturday" activities local college students can take a tour of the market to obtain a passport sticker.
The Potsdam Co-op will have wraps and salads for sale, with the Marine Corp Chuck Wagon offering breakfast sandwiches, hot dogs, Italian sausage, and cheeseburgers.
Wine and food tastings will also be offered.
Check out www.GardenShare.org
for more details!






July 2013

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

 PLEASE NOTE: 
 THE Local Living Venture WORKSHOP SCHEDULE 
 IS GREATLY CURTAILED EACH SUMMER BUT WILL RETURN 
 AS A NEAR-WEEKLY PROGRAM IN THE FALL. 



 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!


Mare's Wares Festival
- Local Living Venture outreach booth
Monday, July 1, noon to 8 pm, Morristown, NY
Join us in the booth!  Sign up for a shift or just come hang out.  Email us at SustLivingProject@gmail.com for more information.


Potsdam Summer Festival - Local Living Venture outreach booth
Friday,
July 12 (noon to 8 pm) & Saturday, July 13 (10 am to 6 pm), Potsdam, NY
Join us in the booth!  Sign up for a shift or just come hang out.  Email us at SustLivingProject@gmail.com for more information.


Colton Country Days - Local Living Venture outreach booth
July 20, Downtown Colton (booth on left side of library), 9 am - 1 pm
Join us in the booth!  Sign up for a shift or just come hang out.  Email us at SustLivingProject@gmail.com for more information.


Photovoltaic & Solar Thermal Training - Summer 2013!
Solar PV training 
                                          
(Not an LLV Coordinated Event)        
July 22nd to July 26th, 8 AM to 5 PM each day.

· This 40 hour training program will prepares you to sit for the NABCEP PV entry level exam.
· Instructors – Matt Bullwinkel, Art Garno, Mike Spearance

Please contact Art Garno for more information . Registration forms can be found here.


 Cornell Maple (Boot) Camp 
July 26-29, Paul Smith’s College, PSC Visitor Interpretive Center & Cornell Maple Program, Paul Smith’s, NY and Lake Placid, NY

This program is for anyone looking to become a maple producer or those with some experience, but seeking to expand their production, products, marketing and profitability through focused and hands-on intensive training that helps them produce maple products with greater efficiency and profitability.

Participants will learn to:
  • Measure and describe their sugarbush for improved tree growth, health and productivity.
  • Plan, install, and test a tubing system that matches topography and other components of a maple operation
  • Plan and assemble a processing system, including sap storage, reverse osmosis, evaporator operations, filtering and syrup storage
  • Learn which trees to retain and which trees to cut and understand principles of forest dynamics and appreciate the value of directional felling and low impact tree harvesting
  • Understand the principles for marketing of syrup and value added products to optimize profitability
  • Be able to analyze your own maple enterprise and develop good business management skills
  • Become familiar with strategies and options to lease sugarbushes and purchase sap for processing

Register at: www.northernnewyorkmaple.com

  Registration fee of $150/person includes all meals, training and materials.  Lodging is available for $180 ($60/night) at Paul Smith’s College for the complete stay  or please see the list of local accommodation options on the website. The training is being funded in part by Northern New York Maple Project through a grant from the Northern Borders Regional Development Commission. Registration is limited to the first 50 people- sign up today!




Garden and Home Food-Waste Composting Made Simple 
Saturday, July 27, 10 am - 12 noon, Potsdam, NY
Now in it's fourth season, we offer what is always our most popular workshop of the summer! This event will be have a reprise in September 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, though it is early in the cycle. 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 -- and we will send you the location and other information.



 Family Fun Day at the Potsdam Farmers' Market 
July 27, 9 am - 2 pm

The Potsdam Farmers' Market, located behind the municipal lot near Ives' Park (across from the Roxy Theater), in cooperation with GardenShare, is hosting Family Fun Day, a special event featuring fun activities for the whole family. Educational games for kids, games, prizes, face painting and certificates for free ice cream from Stewarts' will all be part of the celebration!

familyfunday.JPGWhile the kids are at play, adults can enjoy a talk by locally renowned author Yvona Fast. Her new book, Garden Gourmet: Fresh and Fabulous Meals from your North Country Garden, Farmers’ Market, or CSA, is a compilation of her best recipes for getting the most out of seasonal vegetables. Fast will speak at 11am, followed by a Q&A session and book signing. There will also be trivia games and a wacky photo booth with props for adults, so everyone can share in the fun!

A DJ will provide music to serenade a breakfast of hot coffee and biscotti, and a picnic lunch of a freshly made local food will be available for sale - plus free tastings of local cheeses and wines, and samples of a dish featuring seasonal ingredients fresh from the market.  Debit and EBT cards are accepted for purchases at the Farmers' Market!


 Bees & BeeKeeping 
   Discussion Group  
Wednesday, July 31, 7 pm
UU Church, side entrance, 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 SustLivingProject@gmail.com to receive notice of workshops and events.  
Also, check out  "The BeeHive", our Resource Page!



June 2013
~ 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!


Breaking News!
 Book Release for Hands On Health: 
 Take Your Vibrant Whole Health Back Into Your Healing Hands 
 
Local RN, Teacher-Health Coach writes book on healing body, mind and spirit.

Paula M. Youmell, of Hands On Health Holistic Healing, Potsdam NY, has trained in many areas of healing the mind, body and spirit; including natural health, herbs, reiki, yoga and holistic coaching.

Youmell, a native of Brasher Falls, trained at SUNY Canton, SUNY Cortland and Syracuse University and received certifications through integrative nutrition for health coaching, the school of natural healing and Sage Mountain for Herbalism.

She has been a long-time advocate of healthy living practices, from her time as a labor and delivery nurse in Potsdam to teaching health and PE at Canton Central School District in the 1990's and Parishville School from 2009 to 2011.

Paula is a regular presenter/volunteer for our "Nutritious, Delicious" Cooking seminars.
The proceeds of this book benefit the Local Living Venture, among other local organizations!


This book is Paula's first in an expected series of books. It is an extension of her business that entices her clients to eat healthier: move their body more frequently; get outside into the natural world we are inherently a part of; sleep better; and take wholesome care of the body, mind and soul.

To purchase Paula's book, view the trailer or click here.  You can also view our webpage here.  Visit Paula's website atwww.HandsOnHealthHH.com



 Dairy Princess Parade & Festival    - Local Living Venture outreach booth
Saturday, June 1, 9 am - 3 pm
One of the cornerstones of St. Lawrence County was its dairy industry. Still a significant part of the economy and the community, the dairy industry is recognized and celebrated during this weekend event.

The Festival kicks off on  Friday evening in the Canton Village Park with Big Wheel® races for youth ages 3-6. Food vendors and activities are set up in the park and a large stage is erected for the Block Dance which kicks off after the races. It’s a community event and visitors will feel right at home. So bring your own lawn chair, find a patch of grass in the shade and enjoy the simple way of life in the North Country.

Join us in the booth!  Sign up for a shift or just come hang out.  Email us at SustLivingProject@gmail.com for more information.




 Chasing Ice  
Award Winning Film Kicks off 2013 North Country Clean Energy Conference
                                                                    (Not an LLV Coordinated Event)
Chasing Ice film still Wednesday, June 5, 3 - 6pm, Conference Center, 2608 Main St, Lake Placid NY
The 2013 North Country Clean Energy Conference is pleased to announce a free screening of the award winning movie Chasing Ice (check out the trailer HERE). The event will be free and open to the public, with an exclusive reception for conference attendees. The free Lake Placid Trolley will be available for transport from the Lake Placid Conference Center to the movie venue at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.. 

Chasing Ice is the story of one man's mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of climate change. Using time-lapse cameras, his videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate.

Exclusive reception starts at 6:30. The film will begin with an introduction by award winning author and climate scientist Curt Stager at 7:15.



North Country Clean Energy Conference
       
(Not an LLV Coordinated event)
Thursday, June 6, 8AM-7PMANCA Energy Program logo
Friday, June 7, 8AM-3:30PM, Conference Center, 2608 Main St, Lake Placid NY
The North Country Clean Energy Conference provides a forum to share, learn about and discuss clean energy opportunities for Northern New York State.

Open to all: Educators, practitioners, installers, operators, manufacturers, as well as state and local government agencies, community leaders, and interested individuals.

Conference goal

Energize the Adirondack North Country region's commitment to transportation and energy independence through growing the clean energy economy by:

  • • Sharing techniques, technology and project learnings
  • • Developing potential projects
  • • Addressing technical, staffing and regulatory issues
  • • Identifying funding sources
     

CLICK HERE FOR A FULL CONFERENCE OVERVIEW

Click here to register now 

 

Free Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day 
(Not an LLV Coordinated Event)

Saturday, June 8, 9AM-1PM, Human Services Building 80 St. Highway 310, Canton NY
Sponsored by the Development Authority of the North Country, St. Lawrence County and NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation. Open to All Residential Households in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties.

For more information or to find out what items will be accepted visit www.NorthCountryRecycles.org or call (315)661-3234

A second date is set for  Saturday, September 14, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at the V of Massena Old DPW Bldg., 536 S. Main St., Massena, NY



Power & Equipment Museum Spring Planting Days - LLV outreach booth
Saturday & Sunday, June 8 & 9, Madrid, NY
Join us in the booth!  Sign up for a shift or just come hang out.  Email us at SustLivingProject@gmail.com for more information.



 St. Lawrence Power & Equipment Museum: Spring Planting  Exhibition                                              Look for our outreach booth at this event!
Saturday & Sunday, June 8 & 9, Rt 345, Madrid NY
Visit the Annual Antique Engine and Spring Planting Exhibition will held at the Museum's Goolden - Mann Farm

This event features old-time spring planting and plowing. Antique engines, machines, autos, trucks, and tractors. Saw mills. Farm tour, antique auction, farm animals, pulling contests, great food, and live music.

If you are interested in volunteering at our booth email us at: SustainableLivingProject@gmail.com



Martin's Lumber and Roofing Open House  (Not an LLV Coordinated Event)
Saturday, June 15, 156 Newton Rd., Potsdam NY



 How To Grow, Store & Use * FRESH HERBS * 
 with Parsley Place Herbs  
Friday, June 21, 12 noon - 2 pm, Canton NY
You can learn how to grow and use fresh herbs in an upcoming workshop, timed nicely for the first day of summer, June 21st, which is the summer solstice (the longest amount of daylight of the year.)  Herbaceous plants love the North Country summers and are both fun and easy to grow, with a few tips under your belt!

Herbs have been used for thousands of years to flavor and fragrance our food and our living spaces.  They beautify our gardens and window boxes as they grow, and are dried for decorative and culinary uses. 

This workshop is presented by John Kordet, owner of Parsley Place Herbs, who will cover a variety of herb uses, growing and harvesting tips, and how to propagate your own.  

He will discuss herbs used for cooking, traditional medicinal purposes, scented herbs, and many more.  This workshop includes information on creating hanging herb baskets, as well as “Watering 101” which is crucial for growing herbs in the summer season.

Kordet has been growing herbs for much of his life as part of a family business and has more recently tended his own abundant herb farm, Parsley Place Herbs.  They are on the web at www.parsleyplaceherbs.com and grow the highest quality of both common and unusual herbs, in Gouverneur, NY. 

This Local Living Venture "Resourceful Living Skills Workshop" will take place during the lunch hour at the Canton Farmer's Market, so attendees can come prepared for their weekly shopping before the workshop begins or take an extended lunch break in order to catch the class.  This workshop will take place at the Parsley Place Herbs booth at the Market, so that the herbs can easily been seen and passed around. 

It is recommended to make a reservation in order to have enough supplies on hand and to inform attendees if a rain date is needed.  We will be sharing skills in an outdoor environment, so plan to bring a hat, sunglasses, and drinking water.

There is a suggested donation of $10, $5 student. Scholarships are available when you RSVP.

Please Email us to RSVP for your spot!



  Photovoltaic & Solar Thermal Training - Summer 2013  
 Solar
Thermal Training                       (Not an LLV Coordinated Event)    
 June 24th to June 28th, 8 AM to 5 PM each day.
· This 40 hour training program will prepares you to sit for the NABCEP Solar Heat entry level exam.
· Instructor – Matt Bullwinkel

Solar PV training, July 22nd to July 26th, 8 AM to 5 PM each day.
· This 40 hour training program will prepares you to sit for the NABCEP PV entry level exam.
· Instructors – Matt Bullwinkel, Art Garno, Mike Spearance

Please contact Art Garno for more information . Registration forms can be found here.


National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) Silver Certification   (Not and LLV Coordinated Event)
Tuesday, June 25,
Rm114, Nevaldine South, 34 Cornell Drive, Canton NY

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is offering a series of trainings designed to boost the skills of oilheat technicians at locations throughout New York State in spring/summer 2013.

This program is base on the National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) training publication “The Oilheat Technician's Manual,” which provides effective guidance on basic design, safety, and repair of oilheating equipment. Attendees who successfully complete the program will earn the NORA Silver certification.

Anyone can attend, but to be certified you must have three years of field experience. NORA certification is recognized as an alternative path to Building Performance Institute (BPI) certification. Students who successfully complete the class and are already BPI certified, will earn 4 CEUs.

Instructor, John Levey, is President of Oilheat Associates. Other Locations for this training include: Brentwood, Phelps, East Elmhurst, Tupper Lake, and Albany.

For more information about upcoming classes, contact the Community Power Network of NYS at 518‐251‐2525

Or Oilheat Associates at 516‐679‐4686.

For more information about BPI Accreditation visit: www.bpi.org.

For more information about NYSERDA’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program, visit: www.nyserda.ny.gov.

 


 Bees & BeeKeeping 
   Discussion Group  
Wednesday, June 26, 7 pm
UU Church, side entrance, 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 SustLivingProject@gmail.com to receive notice of workshops and events.  
Also, check out  "The BeeHive", our Resource Page!



Advanced Oil Tank Installation & Maintenance                                               Wednesday, June 26, Rm114, Nevaldine South, 34 Cornell Drive, Canton NY   
(Not and LLV Coordinated Event)

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is offering a series of trainings designed to boost the skills of oilheat technicians at locations throughout New York State in spring/summer 2013.

Learn why tanks fail, tank installation criteria, assessment methods and howto install and maintain tanks in a way that minimizes service calls, leaks and failures. NORA-­‐ and North American Technician Excellence-­‐ (NATE) certified attendees who successfully complete this class will earn 8 CEUs. BPI certified attendees who successfully complete this class will earn 4 CEUs.

Instructor, John Levey, is President of Oilheat Associates. Other Locations for this training include: Phelp and Tupper Lake.

For more information about upcoming classes, contact the Community Power Network of NYS at 518‐251‐2525

Or Oilheat Associates at 516‐679‐4686.

For more information about BPI Accreditation visit: www.bpi.org.

For more information about NYSERDA’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program, visit: www.nyserda.ny.gov.



May
2013

~ 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!


 Urban Forestry School        (Not an LLV Coordinated Event)   
Wednesday, May 1, 8:30am - 3:30pm
CCE Learning Farm classroom,
2043 St. Highway 68, Canton NY
Cornell Cooperative Extension is offering an in-depth class geared toward professionals, municipalities, and also anyone with an interest in community forestry and landscape trees.  Topics include site selection, species/cultivar selection, plant material evaluation, soils, proper planting, maintenance, and training pruning. Lunch is included. Cost is $15.00, please call the CCE St. Lawrence County office to register.  315-379-9192

Learn More at:  http://www.cceslc.com/urban-forestry-school-an-exciting-opportunity/
http://www.cceslc.com/



  Help w/ Route 68 Adopt-A-Highway Roadside Clean Up!

Saturday, May 4, 10am - 12pm

Join us for this bi-annual roadside clean up of our sponsored section of the highway through the Department of Transportation. We need your help!  We usually meet in Canton and carpool over to our stretch between the Hardscrabble Rd. and Flackville on Rt. 68.

Willing volunteers can sign up for a late morning of camaraderie and doing a good thing -- cleaning up the roadside!  Be sure to check in, as the time or date may change!

Hard hats, vests, and gloves are provided for this event. If we get ten or more people it should take an hour or less, so we'd be back in Canton in time to have a nice lunch, if anyone is so inclined!

Please sign up now so we can get a count of how many hard hats to obtain. Invite your friends and family too; the more workers, the faster it goes.

If you are interested in helping out Email us or call: 315-347-4223 for more information. That morning call that number before 10 am and 315-261-1926 after 10 am, if needed.




 Open House at Earthwood Building School        (Not an LLV Coordinated Event)
Saturday, May 4th, 2013, 10 am to 4 pm, West Chazy NY

(two hours east of Canton by car)
See a dozen different cordwood masonry buildings, ten different living roofs, earth sheltering, the 23-ton masonry stove, an astronomically aligned stone circle, the sauna, bicycle-pump water system, off-the-grid solar and more.



More information at www.cordwoodmasonry.com Click on Newsletter and scroll down to find directions.




 Green Home Tours 
Saturday, May 4, 1 - 4 pm (plus one at noon)
Multiple homes -- through-out the day -- by RSVP only.
See out Green Homes Tour page at www.sustainablelivingproject.net/green-homes-tour for all the details!  Sign up for the ones you choose by email and we will send you the addresses for your hosts.
Suggested donation of $10 per person for one tour, or go on several for the same small donation!
  Call 315-347-4223 that day if you need directions, etc.



 Smarter Lunchroom Symposium    (Not an LLV Coordinated Event)
May 9-11, Statler Hotel, Cornell University, Ithaca NY

Offered through Cornell Cooperative Extension, this three day event has an action-packed agenda! Friday's focus is  the facilitation of a large scale Smarter Lunchrooms Movement (SLM) initiative.  Participants will receive a basic introduction to SLM principles followed by application models with integrative discussions and activities.  This agenda is perfectly suited for agency representatives such as state Department of Education, Team Nutrition, Department of Health, Extension, University, Institutes, state Dairy Association etc.

Saturday is devoted to the specifics of the Smarter Lunchrooms principles and features in-depth modules describing SLM techniques, diagnosis and implementation of these principles in individual buildings/policies as well as introducing methodology for SLM research projects.

It is recommend that larger organizations or agencies send both a representative who would be capable of managing/facilitating a state-wide SLM initiative as well as a representative who would be trained in SLM implementation to make best use of the symposium.

Act quickly: Registration is free but space is limited to the first 75 people who sign up!
Information regarding accommodations, dining and travel as the event nears are available here.  For more information contact Kate Hoy at kih7@cornell.edu




     Local Living Venture   O u t r e a c h   O p p o r t u n i t y ! 
  Join us at our outreach booth and for a fun weekend in Ottawa!

May 11-12, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm
Fieldhouse, Carleton University, Bronson Ave., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
This Expo is the place to discover enlightened, healthy and harmonious living in and near Ottawa!
During this energizing and powerful two-day event, explore professional workshops and presentations conducted by experts and browse hundreds of leading edge products and services showcased by exhibitors.
Come Celebrate personal and social growth, bringing together individuals, experts, communities and businesses around a holistic approach to life.

The Whole Earth Expo embraces 5 main principles:
1) Enlightened Spirit
2) Healthy Body & Mind
3) Empowered & Purposeful Skills
4) Positive & Creative Living
5) Respect for Humanity & the Environment

Be on the look out for our outreach booth at this event, shared with the Friends of the Nature Center at Robert Moses State Park, Massena! Click here to learn more about this event.


Volunteers sought to help us staff our booth.  Join us for an overnight in Ottawa!  Contact us at SustLivingProject@gmail.com for details.



 Potsdam Farmers' Market Kick-Off Event - Garden Festival! 
(Not an LLV Coordinated Event)
Saturday, May 11, 9AM-2PM, behind the municipal lot near Ives Park, Potsdam NY
There will be live music; free food samples; locally produced goods available for purchase such as: fresh greens, cheeses, meats, wines from a few local wineries, crafts, jewelry, artwork, and much more!

Grab a delicious lunch of ready-to-eat wraps, salads, or hot dogs and enjoy a relaxing picnic.

For the gardeners out there, starter plants and flowers will be available for purchase, coupons for gardening supplies at local businesses distributed, and the Master Gardeners there answering your questions and testing soil.  Debit and EBT cards accepted!




 Garden and Home Food-Waste Composting 
Saturday, May 18, 10-12 noon, Potsdam, NY
Now in it's forth season, we offer what is always our most popular workshop of the summer! This event will be reprised in July and September 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, though it is early in the cycle. 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 -- and we will send you the location and other information.


 Roll up Your Sleeves: 
 Spring Bicycle Maintenance 
Saturday, May 18, 2 - 4pm, 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 will be a mountain biking instructor in New Mexico this 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 -- and we will send you the location and other information.



 New York Forest Owners Association Woods Walk Event  
(Not an LLV Coordinated Event)
May 18, Registeration 8:30am, Walk begins 9amA&J Bouchard Farms at 498 Ryan Road, Churubusco, New York
Join the Northern Adironack Chapter of NYFOA for a tour of 180 acres of woodland. This forest area has been cut in 40 to 60 acre segments over the past 6 years,  there are 5 wind turbines at this site with a connecting road system through the cut over areas. Be sure to bring a lunch and raffle Prizes will be offered.

To register for this event Call or email Bill LaPoint: 315-353-6663 or bdlny@peoplepc.com

Sponsored by:
Northern Adirondack Chapter of the New York Forest Owners Association
http://www.nyfoa.org/chapters/nac.php

To join NYFOA please got to: www.nyfoa.org
or contact: NYFOA, PO.Box 541, Lima, NY 14485 1-800-836-3566





Cecile Garden Opening 
                                                  (Not an LLV Coordinated Event)
Sunday, May 26, 1PM - 4PM, Lehman Park, Potsdam NY
Volunteers are welcome to assist in clean up and planting at the Cecile garden opening. Student groups will not be here to help this year so extra hands for clean up and planting are needed. There are a few tillers, lots of tools and very good company!
If you have time and a hand to lend that day come by, any help for as long or as short of a time as you are able is appreciated.

Light rain will not be a deterrence but a rain date is scheduled for the following Sunday, June 2.



Breaking News!
Book Release for Hands On Health:
Take Your Vibrant Whole Health Back Into Your Healing Hands

Local RN, Teacher-Health Coach writes book on healing body, mind and spirit.

Paula M. Youmell, of Hands On Health Holistic Healing, Potsdam NY, has trained in many areas of healing the mind, body and spirit; including natural health, herbs, reiki, yoga and holistic coaching.

Youmell, a native of Brasher Falls, trained at SUNY Canton, SUNY Cortland and Syracuse University and received certifications through integrative nutrition for health coaching, the school of natural healing and Sage Mountain for Herbalism.

She has been a long-time advocate of healthy living practices, from her time as a labor and delivery nurse in Potsdam to teaching health and PE at Canton Central School District in the 1990's and Parishville School from 2009 to 2011.

Paula is a regular presenter/volunteer for our "Nutritious, Delicious" Cooking seminars. This book is Paula's first in an expected series of books. It is an extension of her business that entices her clients to eat healthier: move their body more frequently; get outside into the natural world we are inherently a part of; sleep better; and take wholesome care of the body, mind and soul.

To purchase Paula's book click here or go to her website atwww.HandsOnHealthHH.com


 Bees & BeeKeeping 
   Discussion Group  

Wednesday, May 29, 7 pm
UU Church, side entrance, 3-1/2 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 SustLivingProject@gmail.com to receive notice of workshops and events.  
Also, check out  "The BeeHive", our Resource Page!



 St. Lawrence County Public Information Session On  INVASIVE SPECIES                                                  (Not an LLV Coordinated Event)
Thursday, May 30, 7pm, St. Lawrence County CCE Learning Farm. 2043 State Highway 68, Canton, NY
Come learn about the impacts and management of invasive species and learn the skills to monitor your favorite water body or landscape.
To reserve a seat for this event, please call 315.387.3600 x25 or email: rwilliams@tnc.org
SPONSORED BY:
The St. Lawrence—Eastern Lake Ontario Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management
SLELO—PRISM




 Your Urban Trees From the Soil Up                (Not an LLV Coordinated Event)
Friday, May 31, 8AM - 3PM, McCrobie Civic Center, 41 Lake St, Oswego NY
This workshop will cover when to remove trees, how to assess the soil of your new planting site and how to get the healthiest trees. A part of the afternoon session will be to discussions based on the following topics: tree ordinances, what to say when advocating for trees, and how to engage other groups to accomplish similar goals.

Featuring:
Brian Skinner, Senior arborist, National Grid, Syracuse NY
Barbara Neal, Board certified master arborist, Green Legacy Tree consultants, Ithaca NY
Andy Hillman, President New York State Urban Forestry Council, Davey Tree Expert Company

There is a $20 fee per person or a $10 fee for ReLeaf/Urban Forestry Council Members. Register by 5/24, registrations past 5/24 or walk ins are a fee of $30. Lunch is included.

For further information contact Matt Swayze, Region 7 DEC Forester at 607-753-3095. or email him at msswayze@gw.dec.state.ny.us



April 2013
~ information on how to register for an LLV event appears below the monthly listings ~



  
H o m e s t e a d   M a r k e t p l a c e   

Occasionally, as we are able, we will list items for local folks here.
Two Brown Swiss bull calves for sale. Born Sept. 2012, full brothers, the results of embryo transplant. Left horns on them, thought they would make good oxen. Located in Heuvelton,NY. Asking $500 for the pair. 315-344-6484



 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!


 Local Living Festival   Planning  Gathering   
Wednesday, April 3, 7 - 8:30 pm, followed by social hour!
DIFFERENT LOCATION: First Presbyterian Church, 17 Park St. on the Village Green (Main at Park), Canton, NY
Look for the golden orange Festival lawn sign at the entrance!

We hope you can be there for our planning gatherings in 2013!
 
 We try to focus the gatherings on productive and fun things and hearing what everyone is doing, as well as seeing what still needs to be done!  If you must miss it, please contact us for our reports or for more information.  

Always plenty of room for volunteerism! 
Planning for the 
Local Living Festival is seriously underway and we have so many exciting plans for the Festival and the upcoming Homestead Learning Community...we'd love to share all of this with you!  Write us at   LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com for more information.  
Hope to see you there!




Northeast Biomass Heating Expo 2013Northeast Biomass Heating Expo
(Not an LLV Coordinated Event)
April 3-5, City Center, Saratoga Springs NY

Don't miss the day long Agricultural Biomass Heating Seminar on day one of this expo.

This year, the Seminar will tackle how to establish energy crops and issues pertaining to densification, combustion, emissions and economics at residential and commercial scales, emphasizing generating "local heat."

The seminar is organized in collaboration with the Northeast Biomass Heating Expo, and joint registration is available.

 Click here to view the program and here to register.




  SUNY Canton Sustainability Lecture Series 
  Richard Douglass:  Back to the Land     (Not an LLV Coordinated Event)
Wednesday, April 3, 6 - 7 pm
Nevaldine Tech. Center North, Room 102, SUNY Canton, NY
Guest presenter Rich Douglass is a "back to the lander" living off grid without electricity on his farm in Russell, NY. He teaches about the connection between the philosophy and realities of sustainable living.

This is part of a series of seminars, taking place every Wednesday through out the semester, as part of the Sustainability lecture series hosted by Matthew Burnett's Sustainability Design course at SUNY Canton. These lectures are free and open to the public.


  OSHA 10 Hour Construction Site Safety Course     
(Not an LLV Coordinated Event)
April 4 - 5, 9am - 4pm
Nevaldine Building, CREST Classroom NS133, SUNY Canton, NY

This two-day course provides an introduction to OSHA, the standards, general safety and health provisions, along with a general duty clause and requirements for competent persons. The course then continues with specific emphasis on the Electrical Standard and Fall Protection.
Topics that may also be covered as needed, include: Personal Protective Equipment, Tools (Hand and Power), Scaffolds, Cranes and Conveyors, Excavations, Stairways and Ladder.
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will receive a 10-hour
Construction Safety Training card, which does not expire. Refresher training is recommended to maintain awareness of changes in OSHA regulations and
basic competencies.
New York City requires that all construction superintendents attend a 10-hour Construction Safety Course. New York State now requires that all site personnel attend the OSHA 10-Hour for all state-funded projects in excess of $250,000.00.

FEE PER PERSON:
HBA / NAHB Member Fee: $180
Non—Member Fee: $235
SUNY Canton Student Fee: $170
Deadline to Register is March 28th. For more information or to register call: (518) 465-2492 ext. 110



Community Seed Swap
Saturday, April 6, 9am - 11am, Winthrop, NY
 Organizer Jeremiah Curtis is bringing back the seed swap for its third run. We hope folks have been inspired to save their seeds for a new season. The event will again be held at Elliott's Winthrop Agway, FREE and open to anyone with seed to swap that was saved from the past year only.

 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 by Mary-Ann Cateforis of Potsdam, NY --http://www.sustainablelivingproject.net/resources-links/seed-saving-notes

Many thanks to our generous in-kind Sponsors:


 Promotion and Distribution of Local Agricultural Products 
 Through Bed and Breakfasts
        (Not an LLV Coordinated Event)
Thursday, April 11, 1 - 4pm, CCE Learning Farm, 2043B St. Hwy 68, Canton NY

This project is designed to bring Bed & Breakfast owners throughout NYS together with New York farmers with products to sell. Thanks to the support of the NY Small Scale Food Processors Assn., local farmers, and Cornell Cooperative Extension coordinators, each B&B owner will take home a basket of NY farm products to share with their guests. Once the regional meetings are complete, the final goal of the project is to establish a mechanism – either regionally or statewide – for further collaboration between B&B owners and farmers selling value-added or fresh products.
For more information call Karen Baase at (315) 684-3001.
Other Dates & Locations
February 20th 1:30-4:30 pm CCE-Ulster 232 Plaza Rd., Kingston
February 25th 1:30-4:30 pm CCE-Tompkins 615 Willow Ave., Ithaca
March 18h 9 am-Noon New York Wine & Culinary Ctr., 800 So, Main St., Canandaigua
March 25th 1:30-4:30 pm CCE-Erie 21 South Grove St., East Aurora
April 4th 1-4 pm Cooperstown Farmer’s Museum, Cooperstown
April 9th 1-4 pm CCE-Warren 377 Schroon River Rd., Warrensburg



 
 County Planning Meeting 
 Share Your Thoughts on Canton Ag Zoning! 

Thursday, April 11, 7 pm
Potsdam Town Offices, 18 Elm St., Potsdam, NY

The Town of Canton has proposed new rules for small scale agriculture in residential zones of the Town that affect at least one CSA and multiple other residents of the area.  The County must approve the rules and this meeting of their Board is the place to make your voice heard.  The biggest issue, among others, is the three acre minimum required to keep a single chicken or grow any amount of vegetables not for strictly personal use.

An interesting point is that if you live in the Village of Canton you can have chickens, but if you live in one of these "residential" zones in the outer ring of the Town of Canton, you are not allowed to have chickens unless you have more than three acres to devote to it!

Please join your neighbors and share your thoughts at the County Planning Board meeting on Thursday, or by writing to the County Planning Board at planning@stlawco.org.  For copies of the proposed laws, please contact us at SustLivingProject@gmail.com.


Clarkson University Presents:
Building an Environmentally Responsible Business 
   (Not an LLV Coordinated Event)
Friday, April 12, 3 - 4pm
Multipurpose Room, Clarkson University Student Center, Potsdam NY

Mark Curran
Presenter Mark Curran is from Black River Produce in North Springfield Vermont.
"The cheapest watt is the watt you don't use...we redid our lighting to make it more efficient. Our refrigerations system is computer-controlled. We power our fleet of trucks with vegetable oil from our restuarants converted to bio-desiel. And now, we are investing in ourselves and our environment with solar power. Our goal is to get as much local food on the plate as possible. Over twenty two percent of our sales were locally-raised products from more than 120 Vermont Farms. Being socially responsible fits our philosophy." - Mark Curran in Renewable Energy World, January 21, 2013

This event is sponsored by
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Reh Center for Entrepreneurship
Shipley Center for Innovation
and the
Institute for Sustainable Environment
Clarkson University




 Start Your Garden Seedlings Indoors And Learn How to Transplant 
Saturday, April 13, 11am - 1:30 pm
Followed by optional tour of the organic gardens, plus tool tips, etc.  
Come to an afternoon of learning and playing in the Birdsfoot Farm Greenhouse near Canton, NY.  (Note: RSVP only please due to limited space.)

W
e will learn what containers to use for what plants, how to 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 after the workshop(s) are done; bring some (homemade) to share if you'd like, but no worries - we'll have some there.

NOTE: RSVP only due to limited space!  We will do a second set at 2 pm if there's overflow.  Suggested donation of $15, $5 student - scholarships available when you RSVP.

Many thanks to our generous in-kind Sponsor:
  •  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



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



 The 11th North Country Symposium        (not an LLV sponsored event)
Monday, April 15, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Eben Holden Conference Center, St. Lawrence University (last parking lot on Park St.)

This year’s theme is Education and the North Country’s Future: Our Challenges and OpportunitiesMany regional government officials, community leaders, and educators will attend the Symposium, at which we will explore the affects that our schools and colleges have on the region’s quality of life, the ways in which our schools are central to our communities, their impacts on our workforce, and their roles in stabilizing and transforming our economies.  To borrow the words of the Center for Rural Schools, we hope to “build connections, capacity, and knowledge” about our schools and their potential for the region and gain insights into the opportunities we have here.

Providing the keynote address on this topic will be Dr. John Sipple, Director of the New York State Center for Rural Schools and Associate Professor in Cornell University’s Department of Development Sociology.

A panel of local experts will provide an overview of current issues schools face in funding shortfalls, curriculum, and demographics.  A second panel will explore with Symposium attendees potential opportunities to address these issues – ranging from facilities costs reductions to consolidations and collaboration with other schools and community stakeholders.


To register, go to http://northcountrysymposium.org.  There is no registration fee, and lunch will be included.  For more information about the 11th Annual North Country Symposium, contact Ben Dixon at 315-229-5664 or bdixon@stlawu.edu.




Cornell Cooperative Extension Vegetable Variety Garden Trial                (Not an LLV Coordinated Event)
April 16, 1PM - 3 PM, CCE Learning Farm, 2043 St. Highway 68, Canton NY

The garden work party will be replicating a garden developed by researchers at Cornell that will demonstrate raised beds, recommended soil management techniques, and beneficial insects.  This garden is intended to be utilized for educational purposes. 

The garden will be 15' x 15' and will hold 9 raised beds that are 3' x 3'.  This will also include putting up fencing around the garden. 

Volunteers are needed for this event, with a following work day planned for April 30. Crews will be formed according to the number of volunteers so please let them know if you are interested as soon as possible.
If you are interested in volunteering contact Kristin Colarusso at kec47@cornell.edu.




 2013 ASES National Solar Conference     (Not an LLV Coordinated Event)
April 16-20, Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore MD
The American Solar Energy Society's National Solar Conference will convene in Baltimore, near the most vibrant markets for renewable energy in the Eastern United States.

 

Join researchers from across the U.S. and around the world who have submitted abstracts on renewable energy technologies. 

 

SOLAR 2013 will examine how mainstream renewable energy technologies are saving money today for small and large businesses, homeowners and utility companies. We'll look at policy initiatives that can streamline permitting and financing for large and small projects, and explore the road forward as renewable installations double annually. SOLAR 2013 is the best opportunity all year for investors, businesses, policy analysts and other renewable energy researchers to exchange ideas and explore new concepts. Visit solar2013.org to learn more. 

To register for SOLAR 2013, please click here.




 Local Living Festival   Planning  Gathering   
Wednesday, April 17, 7 - 8:30 pm, followed by social hour!
Usual location: Barn Classroom, Extension Learning Farm, 2043 Rt. 68, Canton, NY
With 10 days to go, work on th Local Living Festival is seriously underway and we'd love to share all of this with you!  Always plenty of room for volunteerism -- it's not "too late!" 
Write us at   LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com for more information.  
Hope to see you there!



Benefit Indian Dinner

  F r i e n d s   o f   I n d i a  A s s n. 
Fundraiser for the

Local Living Festival

Saturday, April 20, 6:30PM, Presbyterian Church Potsdam NY

This Indian Vegetarian Dinner will be served to benefit the Local Living Festival that is occuring the following weekend at the Extension Learning Farm in Canton.

Mild, medium and spicy versions of the meals will be cooked up fresh from members of the Friends of India Society.  The menu includes:  Fried Rice, Moong Daal (Yellow Lentil Soup), Mixed Vegetable Curry, Potato Curry, Cucumber Raita (Yogurt and Cucumber with exotic spices) and
Kheer (Rice Pudding).

The public is welcome to enjoy the delicious food.
There is a suggested minimum donation of $8, under 5 free, to benefit the Local Living Festival

Contact 315-347-4223 or SustLivingProject@gmail.com.  All upcoming events, including the Local Living Festival scheduled for April 27th, may be viewed on the Project website at www.SustainableLivingProject.net on the Workshops / Events page. 





 VEGETABLE GARDEN WORK PARTY:   Spring Planting   
Sunday, April 21, 10am to 12:30 pm, Potsdam, NY

Join host Eleanor Rosenthal, long time gardener, for the early spading and planting of her vegetable garden.  This is an opportunity for folks looking to start their own vegetable gardens to learn first hand from an experienced gardener.  Please come prepared with suitable work clothes, hats, gloves, and boots, and water to drink.  Anticipate getting your hands
and boots dirty.
Activities will include working compost and manure into the soil, raking the vegetable garden area, and finally planting cold hardy seeds, such as snap peas, spinach, radishes, beets, carrots, lettuce, and arugula.
Eleanor is offering participants a share of excess garden produce as the crops mature.

Participants are invited to join Eleanor in a leisurely lunch.  She will provide a vegetarian soup and a salad.  A dish to share will be welcome but is not required.

This event  is free but limited to 5 to 8 people.  The the quota will fill quickly so sign up soon.
RSVP necessary for the address and directions.

Email us at SustLivingProject@gmail.com and be sure to include your home and cell phone numbers, as applicable.


In conjunction with the Local Living Festival  
Cinema 10 and the Local Living Venture present: Betting  the Farm 

Monday, April 22, 7:15 pm,
*** Special appearance by the director, Cecily Pingree and company CEO Bill Eldridge ***

Faced with losing their small farms, rural Maine dairy farmers launch their own milk company—a gamble that will either ruin or save them. The Washington Post writes that the filmmakers capture the plight of the small farmer "with sensitivity and painterly beauty."  (NR, language; 85 min.)
GRAND PRIZE WINNER ~ Rural Route Film Festival, 2011
Strolling of the Heifers Film Festival, 2011




 Local Living Festival   Planning  Gathering   
Wednesday, April 24, 7 - 8:30 pm, followed by social hour!
Usual location: Barn Classroom, Extension Learning Farm, 2043 Rt. 68, Canton, NY
Plenty of things to do, please join us and help make this wonderful event happen!
Write us at   LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com for more information.  
Hope to see you there!



  SUNY Canton Sustainability Lecture Series 
 Nick Kocher:  Marketing Sustainability         
  (Not an LLV Coordinated Event)
Wednesday, April 24, 6 - 7pmNevaldine Tech. Center North, Room 102, SUNY Canton, NY
Guest presenter Nick Kocher isan assistant professor teaching in the business and liberal studies school at SUNY Canton.

This is part of a series of seminars, taking place every Wednesday through out the semester, as part of the Sustainability lecture series hosted by Matthew Burnett's Sustainability Design course at SUNY Canton. These lectures are free and open to the public.



 Benefit Mixer 
Local Ag Talk and Modern Times Theater ! 
  Featured Speaker Elizabeth Henderson, CSA Pioneer 
  Fundraiser for the  Local Living Festival  
Friday, April 26, 7- 9 pm
The Parkview, above the Blackbird Cafe, Main St. near Court St., Canton, NY
Please join us for an evening of entertainment; serious and lyrical!  An "open bar" and wonderful conversation will be available -- with a talk by noted agriculturalist and CSA (Community Supported Ag) pioneer Elizabeth Henderson on the value of local agriculture to communities, followed by some musical entertainment, with a finale of a performance of "The City", an exciting new presentation by the Modern Times Theater!  Free will donation basis, to benefit the Local Living Festival.  Contact 315-347-4223 or SustLivingProject@gmail.com.  Please join us!




  Local Living Festival    organized by the Local Living Venture
A Celebration of Resourceful Living Skills
Saturday, April 27, 9 am to 5 pm, CCE Learning Farm, 2043 State Hwy. 68, Canton
Thirty workshops, many demonstrations, exhibits, vendors, and participatory events happening all day!
Fun for teens and children ~ hourly workshops! Animals, music, theater, and community arts projects!
School Compost & Recycling Summit! Community Supported Agriculture Fair! And more...
~ Be involved! Check out the Festival page for details.

Featured Speakers
Severine Von Tscharing Flemingof the Greenhorns and National Young Farmer's Coalition
Elizabeth Henderson, CSA pioneer and organic farmer in NY
Greg Pahl, author and community energy activist


March 2013



 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.



   H o m e s t e a d   M a r k e t p l a c e   
Occasionally, as we are able, we will list items for local folks here.
Two Brown Swiss bull calves for sale. Born Sept. 2012, full brothers, the results of embryo transplant. Left horns on them, thought they would make good oxen. Located in Heuvelton,NY. Asking $500 for the pair. 315-344-6484




  SUNY Canton Sustainability Lecture Series 
Rich Destito: "Burn Me Down", Changing the Way We Think & Feel About Our Urban Cores & How We Live                     (Not an LLV Coordinated Event)
Wednesday, March 6, 6 - 7pm
Nevaldine Tech. Center North, Room 102, SUNY Canton, NY
Rick Destito knew exactly what he was getting into when he bought a rundown, three-story Victorian house in one of the poorest neighborhoods of Syracuse. Built in the 1890s but left abandoned for years, the place was in serious disrepair: graffiti and mold stained the exterior, the windows were gone and the roof needed to be replaced. But under an innovative local housing program, he paid only a dollar for the place — plus another $60,000, and his own skilled labor, to make it suitable for his family, including a one-year old girl and a baby on the way.
1 Otisco St. Before and After, Come and see the change!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fs8mIzXEwVY

For decades, people like Mr. Destito — young, skilled, motivated — were exactly the sort who left Rust Belt cities like Syracuse. But recently, in numbers not yet statistically measurable but clearly evident at the ground level, they've been coming back to the city, first as a trickle, and now by the hundreds. In some ways it’s a part of the natural ebb and flow of urban demographics. But it is also the result of a new attitude among the city’s leadership, one that admits the failure of the re-industrialization efforts of the last decades and instead invents ways to attract new types of residents and keep current ones from leaving. Call it urban renewal 2.0, gentrification on a citywide scale.

This is one of a series of seminars, taking place every Wednesday through out the semester, as part of the Sustainability lecture series hosted by Matthew Burnett's Sustainability Design course at SUNY Canton. These lectures are free and open to the public.


The "Re-stock"         (not an LLV Coordinated Event)
Friday, March 8, 7pm,  McClellan House Concert – 465 Old Market Road, Sandfordville, NY


“RE-stock” Concert Series to benefit St. Lawrence County Food Pantries. Featuring music by Rick Bates (aka Tas Cru) & Mary Ann Casale along with special guests.

Rick Bates is a blues artist and songwriter, whose latest album, Tired of Bluesmen Cryin' has made its way on to the international/national roots music charts. Recent appearances include BB King's and the Rum Boogie Cafe in Memphis, TN. Mary Ann Casale is a singer/songwriter with a strong influence from her roots in the New York City folk scene in the mid-seventies. She started playing the coffeehouse circuit in New York State and Colorado as a solo performer and a vocalist in a number of bands. Their unique blend of folk/blues Americana was born out of their shared experiences as young musicians when they met in Potsdam nearly 30 years ago. They have been waiting these 30 years to perform together again!

Admission is a $10 donation or non-perishable food items.

Additional Concert dates:

Friday, April 5, 7pm, Unitarian Universalist Church, Canton NY

Friday, May 10, 7pm, Massena chamber of Commerce W. Orvis St, Massena NY

Sponsored and Supported by Robin McClellan, Canton Unitarian Universalist Church and the Massena Chamber of Commerce  For more information email: ktbluesmanagement@gmail.com or call 315-262-5989

 

No Farms No Food Rally 
     (Not an LLV Coordinated Event)
2013-Rally-Postcard-300x200.jpgMarch 13, 10am-4pm, 3rd Floor Terrace of Legislative Office Building, 198 State Street, Albany, NY  
Farmers, local foods advocates, land trust staff, community leaders and others who care about local farms and food come together from across New York to meet with State Legislators and urge them to support funding and legislation that strengthens farm and food economies, protects farmland and the environment, and increases access to locally grown food for all New Yorkers.
Click here to register online

More information, including a summary of policy priorities and a recent state budget testimony, are also available at newyork.farmland.org/no-farms-no-food.
C
ontact the New York State office at (518) 581-0078 or  newyork@farmland.org.




  SUNY Canton Sustainability Lecture Series  
 Matt Burnett:  The Bureaucracy of Nature       (Not an LLV Coordinated Event)
Wednesday, March 13, 6 - 7 pm
Nevaldine Tech. Center North, Room 102, SUNY Canton, Canton, NY
Matt Burnett is an Artist and Environmental Advocate living in the heart of the Adirondacks. His professional work ranges from oil paintings to environmental installations addressing the relationships between Wilderness and Culture.

His work has been included in exhibitions and collections across the United States and Internationally, including exhibitions at the Mccord Museum and SUNY Potsdam and environmental installations at St. Lawrence University and Mt. Desert Island.He currently teaches in the Graphics and Multimedia Design Program at SUNY Canton. Find out more about Matt's work at:  www.mattburnettpaintings.com  

This is part of a series of seminars, taking place every Wednesday through out the semester, as part of the Sustainability lecture series hosted by Matt's Sustainability Design course at SUNY Canton. These lectures are free and open to the public. 


GardenShare "Bonus Bucks" Program 
Makes CSA Affordable for Residents of the North Country  
Available March 15, 2013        (Not an LLV Coordinated Event)

Once again this year, GardenShare is offering a program that helps make CSA affordable for more people. It will look a little different this year. They will offer a $100 discount off the cost of a share at the CSA farm of your choice for income eligible households. Participants are asked to contribute at least $25 of their own money, or half the cost of the share, whichever is lower.

EBT service will be available for the first 20 households who ask!

CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, is way to buy local seasonal food directly from a farmer. At the beginning of the season, a consumer purchases a “share” of whatever the farm produces, and each week participants receive some of that week's harvest; typically it is vegetables, but it can also be fruit, meat, maple syrup, eggs, herbs, or anything grown on the farm.

To be eligible for the CSA Bonus Bucks discount, the combined yearly pre-tax income of all household members must be at or below $30,000 for one person; $37,000 for two people; $44,000 for three people; $51,000 for four people; $58,000 for five or more people.

CSA Bonus Bucks will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis only as long as funds last, so apply now. For an application form, a list of participating CSA farms, and more details about the program, visit GardenShare's website at www.GardenShare.org, or call (315) 261-8054.


Garden Share Hosts Cabin  Fever Trivia Night to Benefit  Bonus Bucks 
(Not an LLV Coordinated Event)
Saturday, March 16, 6:30pm at the Parkview, Canton NY

Tickets are $20 a head, and participants can bring their own team of four, or be matched up with a team. NCPR's Ellen Rocco will host the evening's contest. 
CSA Bonus Bucks is GardenShare's program that helps low- and middle-income households join the Community Supported Agriculture farm of their choice. 

"CSA Bonus Bucks is one of our most popular programs, making sure everyone has access to healthy, farm-fresh food choices, while at the same time bringing new markets to our direct market farmers," says GardenShare executive director Aviva Gold. For more information see gardenshare.org.

Cabin Fever Trivia Night will include challenging categories, fabulous prizes, some munchies and a cash bar.
To register participants can call 315-261-8054 or email office@gardenshare.org.


 Local Living Festival   Planning  Gathering   
Wednesday, March 20, 7 - 8:30 pm, followed by social hour!
Usual location: Barn Classroom, Extension Learning Farm, 2043 Rt. 68, Canton, NY

We hope you can be there for our planning gatherings in 2013!
 
 We try to focus the gatherings on productive and fun things and hearing what everyone is doing, as well as seeing what still needs to be done!  If you must miss it, please contact us for our reports or for more information.  

Always plenty of room for volunteerism! 
Planning for the 
Local Living Festival is seriously underway and we have so many exciting plans for the Festival and the upcoming Homestead Learning Community...we'd love to share all of this with you!  Write us at   LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com for more information.  
Hope to see you there!



  SUNY Canton Sustainability Lecture Series 
Jesse Schwartzburg:  Making the Home That You Want with Maximum Energy Efficiency -- Net Zero/LEED Platinum in the Adirondacks (Not an LLV Coordinated Event)
Wednesday, March 20, 6 - 7pm
Nevaldine Tech. Center North, Room 102, SUNY Canton, NY
Jesse is the founder of Black Mountain Design Build, a green design and consulting firm based in Saranac Lake, NY that contributes to residential and commercial projects throughout the Adirondacks and beyond. He holds a Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Oregon. He is a LEED AP (Accredited Professional) and a CPHC (Certified Passive House Consultant) and is currently finishing his architectural licensing exams.
 
Born and raised in the Adirondacks, Jesse is deeply passionate about the future of the Park.  He is particularly interested in land development policy as it relates to our local communities and the Adirondack forest preserve, as well as developing the local sustainable forest products industry for use in the building and home energy sectors.


This is one of a series of seminars, taking place every Wednesday through out the semester, as part of the Sustainability lecture series hosted by Matthew Burnett's Sustainability Design course at SUNY Canton. These lectures are free and open to the public.


Benefit Concert to Help Rebuild Birdsfoot Farm's "Pink House"
(Not an LLV Coordinated Event)
Thursday March 21, 6:30pm
Eben Holden Center, St Lawrence University, Canton NY
Birdsfoot Farm experienced a fire on March 2. The "Pink House" caught fire and burned to the ground. No one was inside, but two people who had invested time and money into renovations not only lost the roof over their heads but ALL of their personal belongings.
 
As part of an effort to help rebuild housing and replace personal goods, this benefit will be a night of JAZZ and STORY TELLING: memories of the "Pink House" and those who built it, lived in it, and its part in the history of Birdsfoot.

The concert and fellowship are free. All all welcome. Come Share, support and be a part of what the North Country is all about.

Donations are welcome at the concert, but can also be mailed directly to: Birdsfoot Farm, 1263 CR25, Canton NY 13617
 
For more information email: annmb@localnet.com
or call: 315-344-0443



Sustainable Development in Senegal: Graduate Student  Casey Cullen Shares her experience at SUNY Potsdam  

(Not an LLV Coordinated Event)
Thursday, March 21, 5PM, Kellas 105 SUNY Potsdam, Potsdam NY
Come here about Casey's experience studying sustainable development in Senegal. She will share what she learned about the cultures, religions, lifestyles and environments.

Casey is currently earning her M.S. in the Urban Sustainability program at City College of New York in New York City. This program is sponsored by the History Department, History Association, Environmental Studies Department, Women's and Gender Studies Program, Sociology Department, U.S. and Global Studies Program, and the School of Arts and Sciences at SUNY Potsdam.

 

Traditional Maple Sugaring -- the old fashioned way!
Backwoods Horse-Drawn Maple Sugaring Work Party
Saturday, March 23, 10 am and lasts all day (weather dependent), near Canton/Russell, NY
Learn more about this time honored skill of drilled taps, bucket/bag method and using horses to transport to the sugaring house, where the boiling begins!

This work party is a family friendly event involving labor carrying buckets to the horse drawn cart and sugar house. 
This workshop is weather dependent but should occur in the time frame above.

This is limited to 12 working attendees; it is hoped to share this with folks who are seriously interested in doing this themselves and who will also help with the days work.  Family members of working participants are welcome and can enjoy warm beverages in the sugar house (space allowing) while the boiling action continues. 

Bring a bag lunch and a "small" container to bring home some sap and/or syrup.  Dress in warm, comfortable clothing that can get dirty, and solid boots for tromping through the woods. 


You must RSVP to attend this event.  If the event is postponed due to weather, we will contact you to re-schedule.  There is a suggested donation of $5 per adult to support the Rural Skills Workshops organized by the Local Living Venture.

Note: There will be several members of the Amish community at this event and although pictures are welcome we ask that you be mindful not to photograph any Amish participants.

Email us to RSVP for your spot -- we will send you the location and other information. 


 Fruit Tree Pruning 
Saturday, March 23, 1 - 3 pm, Canton Area

Curious about how and when to prune your apple trees?
Join the Local Living Venture and Presenter David Rice at a local orchard to learn a few tips for caring for your own fruit trees. He will focus on a "central leader style" that one can feel comfortable implementing on their own trees.

David will cover topics such as: choosing and caring for pruning tools, pruning lingo as well as improving orchard quality and fruit health. He will also briefly cover special care for pruning neglected trees and training you apple trees. Participants can take these new skills home and begin work on their own trees while the season is upon us.

David Rice has a degree in horticulture with a focus on fruit science. He has been farming for 30 years and has 20 years of hands on experience with tree and small fruits. He has worked on orchards ranging from a couple of acres to 100 acres. He lived and worked in New Hampshire until 2005 where he he was hired out to orchards to prune and hosted several workshops and demonstrations in Stratford, New Hampshire.


This hardy workshop may involve some "hands on" activity so we encourage attendees to dress appropriately (warm and sturdy boots/outerwear; optional hat and gloves).    Bring drinking water.Tools that are clean and sharp are needed (long handled pruning shears are a plus.) Denatured alcohol and clean supplies will be provided to clean tools to prevent contamination.

This workshop is weather dependent and attendance is limited. RSVP is required at (315) 347-4223 or SustLivingProject@gmail.com -- noting the names in your party plus email and home/cell phone numbers.  A confirmation will be emailed to you noting the exact location.  A suggested donation of $15 is requested, $5 student.  More than a light drizzle of rain or snow will postpone the workshop. 


Climate Wars: Tar Sands, Keystone XL, and US 
(Not an LLV Coordinated Event)
Tuesday, March 26, 7-8:30PM,  Bloomer Auditorium, St. Lawrence University, Canton NY

St. Lawrence University's Environmental Action Organization would like to share their experiences at the recent climate rally in Washington DC. They will talk about the Alberta Tar Sands, Keystone XL pipeline, and why the U.S. should not approve this.  This talk will discuss why ethically, economically, and environmentally this pipeline should not be built.
This event is free and open to the public.



 Bees & BeeKeeping 
   Discussion Group  

Wednesday, March 27, 7 pm

UU Church, side entrance, 3-1/2 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 a monthly event held on either the last Tuesday or the last Wednesday of the month alternately.  Check in to be sure!
"Bee" on the lookout for more in our series of beginner to advanced workshops.
"Bee" in touch -- join us!  Email us at SustLivingProject@gmail.com to receive notice of workshops and events.  
Also, check out  "The BeeHive", our Resource Page!



 NED-2 Forestry Training Workshop 
(Not an LLV Coordinated Event)
Wednesday, March 27, Broome County Cooperative Extension Office, Binghamton NY

Taught by Mark Twery, Research Forester for the USFS and Creator of NED-2. The program is part of a family of software products intended to help landowners, foresters, and other resource managers develop goals, assess current and future conditions, and produce sustainable management plans for forest properties.
During this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to use this free software developed by the Forest Service to support decision-making. Designed for stand alone, Windows based personal computers, NED-2 integrates a variety of forest management tools into a single environment. These tools include databases, growth and yield models, wildlife models, geographic information systems (GIS), visualization tools, and others. It is designed to be used by the average computer user.

For more information, or to register, visit ForestConnect.info, and click on “workshops”. Registration can be completed on-line or via a mail-in form. Registration deadline is March 20, 2013. More information on NED-2 can be found here



  SUNY Canton Sustainability Lecture Series  
 Brandon Baldwin:  Sustainability in Automotive Technology   (Not an LLV Coordinated Event)
Wednesday, March 27, 6PM-7PM, Nevaldine Tech. Ctr. North, Room 102, SUNY Canton, NY
Guest presenter Brandon Baldwin will be discussing advances in automotive technology that increaces efficiency. He is assistant Professor and Program Director of SUNY Canton Automotive.
He previously worked as a tech for Cadillac, Buick, BMW, Mini, and an independent. He still does it as a hobby on the side.

This is part of a series of seminars, taking place every Wednesday through out the semester, as part of the Sustainability lecture series hosted by Matthew Burnett's Sustainability Design course at SUNY Canton. These lectures are free and open to the public.






February 2013


Mother Earth News Seeking Nominations
for 2013 Homesteaders of the Year

These are the types of inspiring folks, real people with their heads in the right place and their hands in the soil, working to be more self-sufficient and to improve the communities where they live.
Mother Earth News is seeking out families and individuals who display a dedication to building self-reliant communities in both rural and urban settings. Modern homesteaders who harvest eggs from their backyard flock and greens from their organic garden, who reduce their energy use and install solar panels — inspiring stories to share with others.

To nominate your family, a neighbor, someone else you know or even yourself, send a 500-word summary of the homesteader’s activities with at least three photos. Applications are due by March 1, 2013 — so don’t delay!
Send emails with the subject line “Homesteader of the Year Nominee” to Letters@MotherEarthNews.com.
Send letters to: Homesteader of the Year Nominee; MOTHER EARTH NEWS; 1503 SW 42nd St.; Topeka, KS 66609.
If you have any questions, please email them to Letters@MotherEarthNews.com.   
Read more: http://www.motherearthnews.com/happy-homesteader/2013-homesteaders-nominations-zb0z1301zkon.aspx#ixzz2KbMNyLEp


 Logging With Oxen 

Saturday, February 2, 2 - 5 pm, Crary Mills, NY (near Canton)
This workshop is geared toward the dreamer/wannabe oxen driver, also known as a drover, and will cover the very basics of logging with oxen.

Host Joseph Brant will cover the theory, equipment, techniques and safety of logging in this fashion. Attendees will practice hooking logs and have the opportunity to experience the real thing!  Mr. Brant has been skidding logs for 25 years, exclusively with oxen for the past four years.

These oxen smell as one would expect and this workshop will be hands-on and dirty, so if you want to get up close do not wear your Sunday best.  Additionally, the workshop will largely take place outdoors so dress accordingly.  Note: This is not a driving workshop!  Responsible woodlot management dictates that this workshop is weather/conditions dependent and so may be subject to re-scheduling.

RSVP is necessary due to limited attendance (maximum of 6).  There is a suggested donation of $15, or $5 student.  Scholarships are available when you RSVP.  Email us (and please include your phone numbers) to reserve your spot -- we will send you the location and other information. 



  Home Tour  
 Rocket Stove Mass Heater, Innovative Heating! 
Sunday, February 3, 1 -3 pm, West Pierrepont - near Canton
Join us on this tour to learn more about "fire science" and talk about many wonderful wood heat innovations!

View the rocket stove mass heater in action -- built at a local home (about 10 miles from Canton, out Park St. to Rt. 27) during an intensive three day Rural Skills Workshop, involving over 25 participants, in September of 2012.

RSVP by Email please for directions -- we appreciate the notice, too! 
381 Hewlett Rd., cross street Rt. 27 near the intersection of Rt. 27 and Rt. 24 (Russell Turnpike.), 1p.m. to 3 p.m. only please. 315-347-4223.

There is a suggested donation of $5 for anyone able to contribute to keep Local Living Venture programs going strong.  LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com




Franklin County First Annual Maple School 
(Not an LLV Coordinated Event)
Saturday, February 2, Brushton-Moira Central School, 758 County Rt. 7, Brushton, NY
Hosted by Bruston-Moira Future Farmers of America (FFA) and co-sponsored by Franklin County Maple Association and Wild Center's Northern New York's Maple Project; this all day event kicks off with a maple presentation at 8 am and a pancake breakfast from 10am-1pm. Presentations held through out the day will cover a variety of subjects including maple sugaring for beginners, buying and selling, making confections, home licensing, tapping trees and many more topics to start your own production.

The Maple Auction starts at 4pm. Any maple items or equipment can be auctioned that day. Registration for auction items starts at 11:00am. There is no fee, all are welcome.

Tickets are $20 pre-sale or $30 at the door. Pre-registration must be post marked by January 23rd. Tickets allow you access to all maple presentations, maple craft fair and vendors in the gymnasiums, pancake breakfast and maple auction.

For more information or to buy tickets go to: www.bmcsd.org and click on the FFA tab at the top or www.northernnewyorkmaple.com or by calling: (518) 529-7342 or 7324 ext. 1204



Clarkson University Presents: Saving Energy Makes Cents$: Students & Property Owners Reducing Energy Use        (Not an LLV Coordinated Event)
Monday, February 4, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm,
Multi-Purpose Rooms at Student Center, Clarkson University
This forum will focus on energy use in rental properties. During the forum, students and community members will come together to help develop a project that targets energy inefficiency in an effort to save money. The Keynote speaker, Gregory Pedrick from NYSERDA and Clarkson alumni, will talk about the importance of home energy upgrades and the successes of working as a community to reduce energy.

Following the speaker, a panel consisting of community members, student renters, and experts in related fields will discuss the problems and roadblocks affecting energy efficiency in student housing and answer questions from the attendees. After a break for refreshments there will be small groups that will brainstorm different approaches to reducing energy. The different approaches will then be discussed as a whole to form an action plan for community wide implementation. This event provides a great opportunity for the town of Potsdam to make positive changes in home efficiency".
This event is free and any and all interested persons are invited to attend and participate in this community experiment towards a cleaner, greener Potsdam.



 Local Living Festival   Planning Gathering 
Wednesday, February 6, 7 - 8:30 pm, followed by social hour
UU Church, side entrance, 3-1/2 E. Main St., Canton (usually meet at Festival site, but special location this week.)

We hope you can be there for our planning gatherings in 2013!  We do pre-reports instead of reading minutes, so the gathering can be focused on productive and fun things instead of endless reports.  If you must miss it, please contact us for our reports or for more information.  

Planning for the 
Local Living Festival has begun and we have so many exciting plans for the Festival and the upcoming Homestead Learning Community...we'd love to share all of this with you!  Write us at   LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com for more information.  
Hope to see you there!


 Clarkson Student Center LEED Certification Celebration: 
 The Green & Gold Just Got Greener!
    
(not an LLV Coordinated Event)
Thursday, February 7, 6:30-7:30PM, Student Center, Clarkson University, Potsdam NY



Clarkson's Student Center building recently received LEED Silver certification, due to its state-of-the-art construction processes, energy efficiency, and innovation in design.

In honor of this recognition, there will be a celebration to the commitment of the university community that enabled them to achieve this honor. Refreshments will be served.

The main speaker at the event will be a recent Clarkson graduate involved in national construction sustainability. He’ll be joined on the stage by President Tony Collins and Susan Powers, the Jean '79 and Robert '79 Spence Professor in Sustainable Environmental Systems and associate director for sustainability in the Institute for a Sustainable Environment.

LEED Silver Certification recognizes high performance energy-efficiency and green building design, construction, operations and maintenance. The "green" features of the Student Center include:

- water efficient landscaping
- low-flow water closets, urinals, and lavatory faucets
- energy efficiency measures like an improved thermal envelope, high efficiency glazing, reduced exterior lighting power, occupancy sensors, daylight control, and a high efficiency HVAC system
- bicycle storage and changing facilities
- and preferred parking for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles



  SUNY Canton Sustainability Lecture Series 
  Jon Rosales:  Can We Afford to Drill for Oil in the   
Melting Arctic? A Case Study in Sustainability Science 
(Not an LLV Coordinated Event)
Wednesday, February 6, 6 - 7pm
Nevaldine Tech. Center North, Room 102, SUNY Canton, Canton NY

Guest presenter Jon Rosales, PhD
is currently an associate professor of Environmental Studies at St. Lawrence University  where he teaches classes that apply the motto, “think global; act local.” Jon has also taught courses varying from economics and business math to typing at Brown Institute in Minneapolis. He has published dozens of articles related to environmental affairs, most with a focus on climate change. His current research focuses on the impacts of climate change on native subsistence villages in Alaska, making their concerns visible, advocating for their assistance, and calling on governments to act on climate change.

This is one of a series of seminars, taking place every Wednesday throughout the semester, as part of the Sustainability lecture series hosted by Matthew Burnett's  Sustainability Design course at SUNY Canton. These lectures are free and open to the public.


 Wood Splitting For Women: 
 How to Split and Stack Firewood Safely and Easily  
 BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND  2nd session added! 
Saturday, February 9th, noon - 2pm Colton/Pierrepont, NY
Don't let the men in your life have all the fun! Join us for a second year learning the best tools a women can use for this essential activity for many northern New Yorkers.


Host Betsy Kepes splits and stacks wood for her wood-heated, solar-powered home in the hills of Pierrepont. Wood splitting doesn't require a masculine physique, and it's a great way to get some exercise while putting away fuel for the winter. With a splitting maul and a metal wedge, anyone can learn to split open a big round of wood. Women in the workshop will learn which types of tree are best for firewood and easiest to split.

Participants will practice using a maul and a wedge and learn various ways to stack firewood. Clothing for this workshop should include heavy shoes or work boots, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Bring work gloves and glasses (sunglasses are fine) for eye protection.

You must RSVP to attend this event.  There is a suggested donation of $15, or $5 student.  Scholarships are available when you RSVP. 
Email us to RSVP for your spot -- we will send you the location and other information. 

SECOND SESSION ADDED DUE TO OVERFLOW - FEBRUARY 9
!



 GardenShare ~ Bee Movie at Canton Winterfest  
   
(Not an LLV Coordinated Event)

Tuesday, February 12, 7pm
Unitarian Universalist Church, 3-1/2 Main St.,
Canton, NY

Join GardenShare for a FREE screening of Queen of the Sun: What Are The Bees Telling Us?"  
as part of Canton's Winterfest activities. A lively discussion will follow the film, and we need your knowledge, enthusiasm, insights and energy.  If you haven't seen this movie, you should.  It is visually stunning.  The beekeepers enlisted to tell the story are passionate, intense and deeply knowledgeable. As are the scientists and other activists. Michael Pollan (ha, that's even funnier in a bee movie), Vandana Shiva, and everybody's favorite entomologist, May Berenbaum, also make appearances. Some of these people are downright nutty, but their passion is infectious, and their insights are, well, insightful.   www.gardenshare.org
This is one of a series of seminars, taking place every Wednesday through out the semester, as part of the Sustainability lecture series hosted by Matthew Burnett's  Sustainability Design course at SUNY Canton. These lectures are free and open to the public.


  SUNY Canton Sustainability Lecture Series 
Jerry Bartlett:
Going Against the Grain, the Unsustainable Diet 
        (Not an LLV Coordinated Event)
Wednesday, February 13, 6 - 7pm
Nevaldine Tech. Ctr. North Room 102, SUNY Canton, Canton NY

For decades, the experts have fed us a menu of what good and bad eating habits are. Now, alongside the menu is a less than stellar review of America's "Health Report Card" - Why?

In his presentation, "Crazy Jerry" will serve up one of the most important aspects of your life, the "Unsustainable Diet". Fast moving and a bit on the light-hearted side, get ready to connect some dots what will have you re-think "everything" about "eating well". This is a delectable feast nobody can afford to miss! Bon Appetit!

 

This is one of a series of seminars, taking place every Wednesday through out the semester, as part of the Sustainability lecture series hosted by Matthew Burnett's  Sustainability Design course at SUNY Canton. These lectures are free and open to the public.


Old Fashioned Ice Cutting Party   
Tentatively Saturday, February 16th, 9 am-until done, near Canton, NY (date is weather dependent)
Update: This workshop is postponed until further notice
due to fair weather. 
If you would like to attend, please contact us and we'll inform you of the new date as soon as it's known!

A completely off-the-grid homestead using horses and human power, as well as a water-pumping windmill, will demonstrate the time-honored skill of cutting ice from a pond for root cellar storage.  In lieu of a refrigerator, this method will keep food chilly all summer long! 
This is a free and family-friendly event. All ages, skill levels and abilities are welcome to participate.

Dress appropriately for the weather and rugged conditions. If you wish to learn the skill of hand-sawing, retrieval, and proper storage it is best if you can commit to the full day, but not necessary. Bring a bag lunch if you like, though homemade soup and drinking water will be provided.
RSVP necessary for the address and directions.

Email us at SustLivingProject@gmail.com and be sure to include your home and cell phone numbers, as applicable. 

Here's a link to a great little story about this event by North Country Public Radio Intern Trevor Alford, who spent part of the day with us at this event last year.  Also, see our Facebook page for a set of photos from the day... http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sustainable-Living-Project-Local-Living-Festival/173368836038454

 

 Charter Bus Available to DC Climate Rally 
February 16-18

Get on the bus!  There is a charter bus lined up for a round trip to Washington, DC  from the Adirondack region, at a total cost of $100 for the bus and lodging.

There is little doubt that the bus will fill quickly, so don’t delay in reserving your seat.  Here is a link for details on the action.  Contact us immediately for details on what, who, and how!  LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com 



 Chainsaw Class            (Not an LLV Coordinated Event)Event)
 Sponsored by New York Forest Owners Association-Northern Adirondack Chapter (NYFOA-NAC)  

Saturday, February 16, Cornell Cooperative Extension Learning Farm, Rt 68, Canton, NY

The New York Forest Owners, Cornell and Black River-St. Lawrence Resource Conservation and Development Council will host a chainsaw class for anyone going to work with a chainsaw.

Wayne Allen, retired Wanakena Ranger School professor, will be the instructor. Class starts at 9 a.m. and a $10 surcharge is required to cover costs, coffee and donuts, door prize and raffle prize with class size limited to 30.

Any adult can bring a teen child no additional cost. Bring a lunch as class runs 4-5 hours. To register call William LaPoint at 315-353-6663 or Paul Hetzler at 315-379 9192.


Breaking News:
Sustainability Coordinator Sought for SUNY Canton and Potsdam  
 

Based in Canton,the Sustainability Coordinator will develop, coordinate and administer programs and advise policies within the area of sustainability at both campuses.

The Incumbent will provide leadership and manage programs related to the Colleges' Sustainability Initiatives by researching, establishing and developing policies, goals, outcomes and assessment criteria for program success related to the campuses' initiatives; developing sustainability initiatives and assessing their cost effectiveness, technical feasibility and means of implementation.

Primary goals of this position are to educate the campus about sustainability issues; work closely with students and faculty to help the Colleges prepare future leaders who are knowledgeable about sustainability, and to assist the Colleges to conduct its affairs in a sustainable manner.

Click here for more information on this position.



 Bees & BeeKeeping 
   Discussion Group  

Wednesday, February 20 (THIRD Wed., not the LAST Wed.!), 7 pm

UU Church, side entrance, 3-1/2 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 a monthly event held on either the last Tuesday or the last Wednesday of the month alternately.  Check in to be sure!
"Bee" on the lookout for more in our series of beginner to advanced workshops.
"Bee" in touch -- join us!  Email us at SustLivingProject@gmail.com to receive notice of workshops and events.  
Also, check out  "The BeeHive", our Resource Page!



  SUNY Canton Sustainability Lecture Series 
 Charles Fenner                                                 (Not an LLV Coordinated Event)
 Alexis Detocqueville, Sustainability Lessons from a Dead French Guy                  
Wednesday, February 20, 6 - 7pm
Nevaldine Tech. Ctr. North Room 102, SUNY Canton, Canton NY
Dr. Charles Fenner teaches professional ethics, communication and business at SUNY Canton. His lectures focus on breaking down complex topics into applicable actions for today’s youth and common man/woman. 

Dr.  Fenner, a 20 year military veteran, served as an administrative officer in US Embassies world-wide.  These embassies include:  Bucharest, Riyadh, Moscow, and Hanoi.  He brings a unique perspective from having served in positions supporting international relations between the US and host nation.

This is one of a series of seminars, taking place every Wednesday through out the semester, as part of the Sustainability lecture series hosted by Matthew Burnett's  Sustainability Design course at SUNY Canton. These lectures are free and open to the public.


 Got Trees?
Get More from Your Woodlot: Free Programs at the NY Farm Show
 

(Not an LLV Coordinated Event)
February 21-23, State Fairgrounds, Syracuse NY

Fifteen free programs to help owners realize greater benefits from their woodlands are scheduled for the 2013 Farm Show.  Learn from experts. Come with your questions.  Learn more, earn more.
Landowners have a wide range of interests in their woods: peace and quiet, wildlife, wood products, recreation, future timber, and a family legacy, to name a few.  Whatever your objectives, a greater understanding can help achieve a greater value from your woods.
Each year at the NY Farm Show, free forestry programs are presented by NYFOA with Cornell Cooperative Extension, the State Department of Environmental Conservation and the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, with support from others including the New York Farm Bureau, Audubon New York, and the Natural Resource Conservation Service of the USDA. Programs are held in the Somerset Room of the Art and Home Center at the fairgrounds. Programs start on the hour and allow time for questions.  Reservations are not needed.


 Local Living Festival   Planning  Gathering   

Wednesday, February 27, 7 - 8:30 pm, followed by social hour!
Usual location: Barn Classroom, Extension Learning Farm, 2043 Rt. 68, Canton, NY

We hope you can be there for our planning gatherings in 2013!
 
 We do pre-reports instead of reading minutes, so the gathering can be focused on productive and fun things instead of endless reports.  If you must miss it, please contact us for our reports or for more information.  

Planning for the 
Local Living Festival has begun and we have so many exciting plans for the Festival and the upcoming Homestead Learning Community...we'd love to share all of this with you!  Write us at   LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com for more information.  
Hope to see you there!



 Clarkson University Wellness Fair      
Local Living Venture  Outreach Opportunity!
Wednesday, February 27, 11am – 3 pm
The Local Living Venture will be sharing information on improving health through our Nutritious Delicious "low on the food chain" cooking seminars, educational workshops and events, and
signing up people to do “One Sustainable Thing.”
Volunteers sought to help us staff our booth.  Join us for some fun in Potsdam!  Contact us at SustLivingProject@gmail.com for details.



Nutritious Delicious!   How to Cook Beans & Grains 
Thursday, February 28, 5-7 pm, Massena, NY

We're taking this show on the road!  Learn the ins and outs of the mysterious legume and complimentary grains that create a complete protein meal for as little as 28 cents a serving!  We make it fun and easy to eat delicious and healthy food!
Presenters Paula Youmell and Chelle Lindahl will share many secrets of the healthy and happy kitchen with participants and share some great food too!
Sponsored by the
Natural Way store in Massena, please sign up for a reply with the exact loca
tion in Massena.  More details coming soon!


Co-presented with:
                        Sponsored by:
                        Healthy Way, 122 Harte Haven Plaza
                   Massena, NY 13662








January 2013
~ information on how to register for an LLV event appears below the monthly listings ~


 Local Living Festival   Planning Gathering  
Wednesday, January 9, 7 - 8:30 pm, followed by social hour
Usual location: Barn Classroom, Extension Learning Farm, 2043 Rt. 68, Canton, NY

We hope you can be there for our planning gatherings in 2013!  We do pre-reports instead of reading minutes, so the gathering can be focused on productive and fun things instead of endless reports.  If you must miss it, please contact us for our reports or for more information.  

Planning for the 
Local Living Festival has begun and we have so many exciting plans for the Festival and the upcoming Homestead Learning Community...we'd love to share all of this with you!  Write us at   SustLivingProject@gmail.com for more information.  
Hope to see you there!



Master Gardener Volunteer Program Returns!
Informational Meeting       
(Not an LLV Coordinated Event)
Informational Meeting: Thursday, January 10, 1 - 2:30pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension Learning Farm Canton, NY
If you have a talent for helping out your friends and neighbors with their gardens, or would like to help track invasive species activity patterns, or you enjoy watching a child's eyes light up the first time they taste a tomato picked right off the vine, you may be interested in joining Cornell Cooperative Extension's Master Gardener Volunteer program.
Space is limited so call to register:
315-379-9192


 St. Lawrence University's 
 Sustainability Semester  Informational Meeting  
     (Not an LLV Coordinated Event)
Thursday, January 10, 7- 8 pm, Cornell Cooperative Extension Learning Farm, 2043 Rt 68, Canton

St. Lawrence University's Sustainability Semester, which will begin for the first time in January, 2013, invites interested community members to an information-sharing meeting.

The Sustainability Semester staff will explain the goals and structure of the semester and the ways in which community members might partner with the Sustainability Semester including field trips to community members' farms, homesteads, businesses, etc., summer internships, workshops taught by community members, and alternative spring break-"mini-internships" with community members. 

Community partner compensation structure will also be discussed. We invite all community members, those with whom St. Lawrence has partnered with in the past on sustainability-related topics (broadly defined)  and those who might be interested in partnering with the Sustainability Semester in the future to come with questions and ideas.

The Sustainability Semester website address is http://www.stlawu.edu/academics/experience/sustainability-semester -- or contact coordinator Cathy Shrady at
315-229-5105 or cshrady@stlawu.edu.



Poultry Production
Profiting from Layers, Broilers, Turkeys, and Ducks
        (not an LLV Coordinated Event)
January 10 - February 14, Cornell Cooperative Extension Webinar
Chickens, ducks and turkeys can be a profitable addition to any farm, but you have to have solid skills to select the best breeds, understand how to feed them well, keep them healthy, and protect them from predators. You'll also need to understand the options for processing and packaging them, regulations around marketing poultry, how the numbers work out financially for your farm.


An online course this January that will help guide you through the information you need to be successful. This 6-week course will be led by farmer and Cornell Cooperative Extension educator Lynn Bliven.

You will learn the basics of poultry production from field to plate, including breed selection, flock management, cost of production, and marketing regulations.

The course costs $200 and features weekly live webinars, practical farm-based perspectives, videos of successful farm practices, abundant hand-picked readings, and interactions with fellow learners as well as your instructors. Students completing the course will receive a certificate of completion issued by the Cornell Small Farms Program.

Check out the complete course description at http://nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/bf-130-poultry-production/ and register soon!



 Beginner Maple School    
      (not LLV coordinated events)
Friday, January 18, 2013, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Cost is $5.00
 Winter Maple School 
Saturday, January 19, 2013, 9 am to 3:00 pm. Pre-register $15.00, or $20.00 at the door.

Both workshops at American Maple Museum, Main Street, Croghan, NY.  For more information and to register, please contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of Lewis County at (315) 376-5270 or e-mail Michele Ledoux at MEL14@cornell.edu.



 Wood Splitting For Women: 
 How to Split and Stack Firewood Safely and Easily    

Saturday, January 19th, 2 - 4pm Colton/Pierrepont, NY

Don't let the men in your life have all the fun! Join us for a second year learning the best tools a women can use for this essential activity for many northern New Yorkers.

Host Betsy Kepes splits and stacks wood for her wood-heated, solar-powered home in the hills of Pierrepont. Wood splitting doesn't require a masculine physique, and it's a great way to get some exercise while putting away fuel for the winter. With a splitting maul and a metal wedge, anyone can learn to split open a big round of wood. Women in the workshop will learn which types of tree are best for firewood and easiest to split.

Participants will practice using a maul and a wedge and learn various ways to stack firewood. Clothing for this workshop should include heavy shoes or work boots, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Bring work gloves and glasses (sunglasses are fine) for eye protection.

You must RSVP to attend this event.  There is a suggested donation of $15, or $5 student.  Scholarships are available when you RSVP. 
Email us to RSVP for your spot -- we will send you the location and other information. 

SECOND SESSION ADDED DUE TO OVERFLOW - FEBRUARY 9


 Empire State Producers Expo - Focus on Skills for New Farmers 
(Not an LLV Coordinated Event)
Tuesday, January 22, 9am - 5pm, Oncenter Convention Center, Syracuse NY

Beginning and small-scale farmers interested in improving marketing, management and profitability on the farm should be sure to attend the all-day Beginning Farmer session at the 2013 Empire State Producers Expo.  Moderated by Anu Rangarajan, Director of the Cornell Small Farms Program, the day will feature successful growers, Cooperative Extension educators, and ag business owners sharing their experiences and information on a variety of topics.

The Beginning Farmers session is part of the larger 2013 Empire State Producers Expo, which unites New York State’s fruit, flower, vegetable and direct marketing associations in a trade show and educational conference for growers in New York and surrounding states.  The Expo, to be held at the Oncenter Convention Center in Syracuse, N.Y. on January 21-24, will feature a variety of speakers and presentations of interest to beginning and seasoned farmers alike.

Pre-register for  $45 for single day attendance, $90 for three day attendance or register at the door for  $60 for single day, $125 for three day. More information about the Expo, including registration information and a full schedule, is available at http://www.nysvga.org/expo/info. 


  SUNY Canton Sustainability Lecture Series - Kick Off!  
 Mike O'Connor:  Rebuilding After Disaster for Sustainability 
(Not an LLV Coordinated Event)
Wednesday, January 23, 6 - 7 pm
Nevaldine Tech. Center North, Room 102, SUNY Canton, Canton, NY

Dr. Michael J. O’Connor Jr., is an Associate Professor for Emergency Management at the State University of New York, Canton College of Technology (SUNY Canton).  Dr. O’Connor is the founding faculty member of that institution’s emergency management bachelor’s degree program. 

Dr. O’Connor’s experience in emergency management ranges from the design and implementation of CPX’s and FTX’s as a former military police battalion- and brigade-level staff officer (with officer-advanced chemical training) to his current service as an American Red Cross Government-EOC/IC Liaison.   

This is the first in a series of seminars, taking place every Wednesday through out the semester, as part of the Sustainability lecture series hosted by Matthew Burnett's  Sustainability Design course at SUNY Canton. These lectures are free and open to the public.




 Nutritious, Delicious (and Cheap!)  
 How to Cook Grains & Beans   "Low on the Food Chain" Cooking Seminar  

Thursday, January 24, 5 - 7pm 
THIS SESSION NEARLY FULL - WE MAY ADD ANOTHER IF THERE'S ENOUGH INTEREST
Join us for the original seminar in our series covering both basic and advanced culinary skills.  Held roughly every other month on a topic related to the season, these sessions are designed to assist those interested in eating "lower on the food chain", more in keeping with the freshness of the season -- and more economically as well!  Click here for more details and many resources related to the entire series of seminars.  

This will be our fourth time hosting this cooking seminar with Paula Youmell of Hands-On Health, assisted by Chelle Lindahl.  Share cooking tips and various techniques as well as the health benefits of eating "low on the food chain."  

Best of all, learn how to feed yourself and your family cheaply, and well -- plus it's yummy!  You'll enjoy every unique meal we will share in creating.

After attending this seminar, you will never look at the "lowly bean" in quite the same way again.  We will show you delightful ways to make it a treat for you and your whole family!  For as low as 28 cents per serving!

Ms. 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.

Chelle Lindahl has been eating well her whole life and loves to share the pleasures of the simple life with folks seeking better ways to live; that work.  Ms. Lindahl is currently Co-Coordinator for the Local Living Venture, and is this seminar series creator.

RSVP is necessary due to limited attendance.  There is a suggested donation of $15, or $5 student.  Scholarships are available when you RSVP.  Email us to RSVP for your spot -- we will send you the location and other information.

Bonus Free Optional Tour (Date and time TBA)
As part of Paula's plethora of services with Hands On Health Holistic Healing, she does walk-through's of grocery stores with her clients to assist them in making wise food choices as best fits their needs.  For this workshop group, she offers a "group therapy" version of this service (though it will be necessarily less personalized) following the cooking seminar on a date to be announced.  This is a free and optional event that will take place across the road at the Potsdam Food Co-Op, one of our wonderful seminar sponsors!

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



Visit our Resource Guide webpage:    

www.SustainableLivingProject.net/workshops-groups/Nutritious-Delicious-Cooking-Resources for detailed descriptions of how to soak, sprout, cook and store beans and grains!


 Bees & BeeKeeping 
   Discussion Group  

Tuesday, January 29, 7 pm
UU Church, side entrance, 3-1/2 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 a monthly event held on either the last Tuesday or the last Wednesday of the month alternately.  Check in to be sure!
"Bee" on the lookout for more in our series of beginner to advanced workshops.
"Bee" in touch -- join us!  Email us at SustLivingProject@gmail.com to receive notice of workshops and events.  
Also, check out  "The BeeHive", our Resource Page!



  SUNY Canton Sustainability Lecture Series  
 Robin McClellan: Sustainability is a Process, Not a Product  
                                       
(Not an LLV Coordinated Event)

Wednesday, January 30,
6 - 7 pm
Nevaldine Tech. Center North, Room 102, SUNY Canton, Canton, NY

Guest presenter
Robin McClellan Teaches in the Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems Program at SUNY canton.  Additionally, he is affiliated with us at the the Local Living Venture through our mutual connections with Seedcorn, Inc., currently our "parent" organization.

This is one of a series of seminars, taking place every Wednesday through out the semester, as part of the Sustainability lecture series hosted by Matthew Burnett's  Sustainability Design course at SUNY Canton. These lectures are free and open to the public.




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To view workshops and events prior to 2013, please go to:
www.sustainablelivingproject.net/workshops-groups/past-events-2010-2012




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Animals /  Milk, Meat and Fiber
Insects, too!  Click HERE to check out the "BeeHive" resource page for BeeKeepers!

Ark Gathering of Local Homesteaders

Children's Workshops / Activities for the Young at Heart  

Culture / Arts / Fun

Contra Dance! 

Dirty Work (mostly garage-oriented fooling around! Making biodiesel, etc.)

Earth Day

Earth Friendly / Appropriate Technology

Food -- Cooking / Preserving / Local Food Security

Forestry / Woodlot / Healthy Hearth

Gardening / Farming

Green Building

Health / Wellness

Home Life
   
Town -- House & Apartment Dwellers

    College -- House & Dorm Dwellers

Sustainable Living Week (Campus Project)

Lost Arts / Forgotten Skills


Orcharding / Landscape / Lawn & Meadow

Simple Living Skills / "DIY"


Traditional Skills / Crafts

Transportation

Wilderness & Primitive Skills

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