Past Events 2010-2012

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 us are featured in a  larger type size  for your convenience.
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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!!




December 2012
(Reduced Workshop Schedule Due to the Holidays)
~ information on registering for LLV events appears below the monthly listings ~

  Small Scale Renewable Energy 
      & Energy Efficiency 
                      Extravaganza! 
 New Homes, Retrofit & Grid Tied + Wood Heating Innovations 

Saturday, December 1, 9:30 am to 5 pm
Exhibit booths will open at 9:30 am, Speakers begin at 10 am.
Cooperative Ext. Learning Farm, 2043 Rt. 68, Canton, NY, 13617

Note that the bridge that was out on Rt. 68 has been repaired.

Please note that the speakers begin at 10 am, not 9 am as may have been reported in the media.
Exhibit booths will open at 9:30 am.



Confirmed Speakers

This is the confirmed
schedule.  As with all things, however, it may be subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control.  Thank you for your patience as we've pulled this wonderful event together!

10 AM   
"Crazy Jerry" Bartlett 
Woodstoves, Rocket Mass Heaters, and the Missing Link
We think the title says it all on this one!  Come share in the amazing world of an North Country favorite -- tinkerer-extraordinaire "Crazy" Jerry!  (Don't let his nickname fool ya!)
Presenter Biography:

Crazy Jerry is “just a normal Northern NY recluse with a side order of ambition."  He says, "Make plans to come to the Extravaganza. You definitely won't see any of this on TV!"


Jim Juczak
Woodhenge Sustainability Campus

Micro Hydro: Macro Benefits

Is the stream/river on your property productive enough to run your own power off of a hydro system? Learn prices, brand names, the simple math behind measuring stream flow, as well as the equipment necessary to hook it up.
Presenter Biography:
James S. Juczak lives with his family at Woodhenge, a 55-acre intentional community. He has written several articles and books, lectures on a wide variety of self reliance topics and is an inventor extraordinaire. He also consults on off-grid energy system design.


11:15 AM

Marc-Andre Lemieux 
Solart Group

Renewables Make Dollars and Sense
for Energy-Intensive Agricultural,
Commercial
& Home Applications

Solart will share how investing in solar is both cost effective and financially intelligent for average homeowners, farmers, and small businesses -- as well as the philosophy of Solart in assisting you to meet your goals.
Presenter Biography:
Marc-Andre Lemieux founded Solart International 4 years ago primarily focusing on the Ontario market. Through our headquarters in downtown Montreal, we have been able to expand our operations into the US and Caribbean.

Bill LaPoint, Steve Sherwood, Richard Gast
NY Forest Owner's Assn. (NYFOA)

Wood: The Other Renewable Fuel
Comparing Benefits & Managing Forests for Home Heating

Learn about the energy output of various types of wood and how they compare to other fuels. Burning wood can be used with sustainable forestry to encourage preservation of wilderness areas for future use, wildlife preservation and recreation enjoyment, as well as reduction of carbon emissions.
Presenter Biographies:
Bill LaPoint is the NYFOA Adirondack Chapter Chairman
Steven Sherwood is a DEC Forester
Richard Gast is an educator and programs assistant for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Franklin County


12:30 PM

Mark Mayhew
Project Manager at NYSERDA

NYSERDA's Small Scale Wind Turbine Incentive Program
Mark will discuss the basics of wind energy including the different sizes of turbines and what might be right for each type of person. He will also describe how NYSERDA's incentive program works.
Presenter Biography:
Mark Mayhew is project manager for New York State Energy & Development Authority (NYSERDA) on-site wind turbine incentive program
.

Jim Juczak
Woodhenge Sustainability Campus

Whole Home Heating & Comfort:
Tankless Water Heaters; Radiant In-Floor Heating; GeoThermal and more


1:45 PM


Scott Shipley
Northern Lights Solar Energy

Benefits of the Grid-Tied Solar Community
Grid-tied solar connects people to a system as well as a community. It can be simpler and less expensive to install than off-grid systems and uses the technology and components more efficiently. Grid-tied systems can now make electricity cheaper than off the grid. Learn about how grid-tie solar works, including costs and the various financial benefits and incentives.
Presenter Biography:
Scott Shipley is President and owner of Northern Lights Energy, Hermon, NY. Northern Lights Energy has been designing and installing on-grid and off-grid solar electric systems in St Lawrence County since 1996.

Gerald Loch
commercial energy auditor/evaluator for NYSERDA's Small Commercial Energy Audit Program

Residential Energy Efficiency & How to Measure Progress
Learn about no-cost and low-cost efficiency measures. Topics will include: "apparent temperature" computations and relative humidity; use of high velocity; low flow shower heads; appliance management; phantom power and computations of the "energy factor" to measure relative month-to-month usage. Attendees will receive a free "Energy Kit" (a value of $15).
Presenter Biography:
Gerald Loch is a commercial energy auditor/evaluator for NYSERDA's Small Commercial Energy Audit Program. He is also the green jobs, green New York outreach coordinator for Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties.


3 PM

Panel Discussion:
Jackson Francisco, Chelle Lindahl, Miles Manchester, Allen Lumley

Wood Heating Innovations, Fire Science, and "Rocket" Stove Technology

optional feature: a tour of our recently built rocket mass heater (sign up at welcome booth!)

Recently the Local Living Venture organized a weekend-long workshop where we built a low- to no-cost mass masonry heater using "rocket" stove technology, which has nothing what-so-ever to do with jet fuel!  It is a highly efficient way to burn wood that saves money, makes wood heat a much safer prospect (no creosote build-up, no chance of chimney fires), and greatly enhances your comfort in the home.  There's a lot to it, and yet it is the sould of simplicity -- come learn more from the folks who shared in this building process, and go see the stove in action too!

Bring a bag lunch! 
There will not be food available on site, so please bring provisions if you plan to be here all day!

Confirmed Exhibitors

Exhibits will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

   Alternative Power Solutionswww.apsofny.com
Solar and wind systems for residential and commercial customers are installed here! We want to help you live an independent, and energy conscious lifestyle. We provide innovative, flexible solar power and wind power solutions that meet the pure power demands of the new energy marketplace. We want to help you take advantage of renewable energy to deliver greater freedom from an increasingly uncertain energy supply. Our goal is to raise your awareness of the benefits of living an energy conscious lifestyle. We stand behind and strongly believe in doing what is right for the environment, while making sure the chosen system matches the customers lifestyle.

   Shaw Family, Heuvelton
First year on grid-tied power exhibit

   Northern Lights Solar Energywww.nlightsenergy.com
Northern Lights Energy exists to provide expert energy solutions to businesses and individuals. In addition to understanding electrical systems, we have extensive experience analyzing all aspects of energy usage in all types of buildings. Scott has been working and living with Solar for 20 years. Primary services include: solar electric system design and installation, electrical efficiency upgrades, and complete residential electrical wiring services.

   NYSERDA  www.nyserda.ny.gov/Renewables/Small-Wind.aspx 
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is a public benefit corporation created in 1975. Today, NYSERDA’s aim is to help New York meet its energy goals: reducing energy consumption, promoting the use of renewable energy sources, and protecting the environment.

   DMT Foam  www.dmtfoam.com
Providing spray foam insulation, blown-in cellulose insulation and energy audit services for Northern New York, Upstate NY, Thousand Islands, Adirondacks, Watertown, and the North Country. 

   Solart Group Contractorswww.solartgroup.com
Solart International is a North American solar energy company specializing in the financing, development, manufacturing, building and operation of residential and commercial turn-key solar systems.  The project sizes can range from home properties to commercial and industrial building owners. Our mission is to take on the most innovative, original and customized solar installations while providing the best customer service possible.  We share an impressive track record when it comes to solar panel installations, customer satisfaction, operational efficiency, far-sighted innovation in solar energy, and the participation in the culture of renewable energy in Canada and the US.

   New York Forest Owners Association - Northern Adirondack Chapter: www.nyfoa.org

The mission of the New York Forest Owners Association (NYFOA) is to promote sustainable forestry practices and improved stewardship on privately owned woodlands in New York State. NYFOA is a not-for-profit group of people who care about NYS trees and forests and are interested in the thoughtful management of private forests for the benefit of current and future generations.

   SUNY Canton Alternative & Renewable Energy Systems & Center for Renewable Energy & Sustainable Technology: www.canton.edu/csoet/alt_energy/ & www.canton.edu/crest/
CREST offers training in energy and building science along with customized training!

  
Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA)
  www.adirondack .org
Free or reduced
Energy Star program home energy assessment information 

   TJ Toyota
, Potsdam
 
Showcasing the latest model Prius
-- TJ Toyota is a family-owned automobile dealership in Potsdam, since 1980. Their goal is simple – offer you the best product at the best price available and back it up with superior customer service. Plus a personal touch to make your experience a satisfying one.

   Crazy Jerry's yellow bullet hybrid bike (weather dependent)

   Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County
Provides unbiased, educational outreach to the North Country through research, education and demonstration in Food and Agricultural Systems, Life Skills, Community Enhancement, Rural Stewardship, and Youth Development. St. Lawrence CCE's vision is to be a center of dynamic educational programming which will dramatically improve the quality of life and opportunity of North Country residents.

   Local Living Venture 
Volunteer run, community-based non-profit -- organizers of year-round Rural Skills Workshops and events, the Local Living Festival (April 27, 2013!) and the upcoming Homestead Learning Community.  Oh, and this Energy Extravaganza, too!  Our Home Page.
   SPECIAL FEATURE: Miles Manchester's Wooden Stove Educational Display -- it's hot stuff!



For complete details
on the following items
please click on our Energy Page Link!


  • General Information
  • Suggested Donation / Entry Fee  $10 advance / $12 at door / $5 Student
    includes admittance to all speakers and vendors -- click here to buy advance tickets
  • How to Purchase Advance Tickets
  • How to Volunteer! (free entry)
Complete details are on our Energy Page!

Advance Tickets
You can use your credit card through PayPal -- click the link on our Donations Page at www.SustainableLivingProject.net to access the Pay Pal button. 
Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
Donations are tax deductible through Seedcorn, Inc.  Please ask us if you need a tax deduction receipt.


THE BRIDGE IS NOW BACK IN SERVICE!
Please note that the bridge is back in service on Rt. 68 between Canton and the Learning Farm, no need to go around.


Energy Resources
Check out our Resources page (scroll down past Events, to Resources).


        Solar                                           
         Wind                                         
               Hydro                                  
                    Geothermal                    
          Wood Heating Innovations     
                          Energy Efficiency     
      & more!                                        




Farmers' Market Gift Tokens 
GardenShare is making available $5 gift tokens to use at any farmers' market in St. Lawrence County (Winter or Summer markets!) They make great bonuses for employees, thank-you gifts for pet sitters, stocking stuffers, you name it. Give the gift of healthy eating and support your local economy at the same time. More information available here.


 3rd Annual Preserves Swap 
Saturday, Dec. 8, 10am - noon
If you grew or made It, you can trade it!!  NO MONEY EXCHANGED.  Contact littlegrasse@gmail.com or 386-3513 for more info.  Presbyterian Church on the Park in Canton.
blog link:  Preserves Swap!



"Tips for the Trade" Tree Enthusiasts Training Workshop
Tuesday, December 11, 8:30 am
This workshop, at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse, NY, will cover basic tree ID, where trees should be placed and why, which trees are best suited for specific urban environments, emerald ash borer update, landscaping maintenance, how to maintain tree health throughout the year, soil basics and urban soils, and protecting trees during construction.  Email us at SustLivingProject@gmail.com for a PDF of a flyer with more information
(SMSherwood 11/8)


 Farming Wood for Heat and Biofuels: 
  Workshop, Willow Harvesting Demo & Boiler Tour 

Tuesday, December 18, 12:45 - 5:00 pm
Jordan Hall, 630 West North St., NY State Agricultural Experiment Station, Geneva NY.
Click this link for further details on this event, as well as registration information: http://willow.cals.cornell.edu/.  This event is free, but please register by December 11, 2012.  Any further questions please contact Larry Smart.  Thanks and we hope you can attend!!  Contact information:  Lawrence Smart. Associate Professor, Dept. of Horticulture, Cornell University, NYS Agricultural Experiment Station, 315.787.2490, lbs33@cornell.edu,  web: www.hort.cornell.edu/smart,  Willowpedia: http://willow.cals.cornell.edu/




 The Peak Moment TV Schedule for December 2012 on WCKN-TV Potsdam, is available when you click here.  New schedules are posted about the 1st of the month.  You will also find a link there to view a description of all 60 episodes, each of which is available for loan on DVD through the Potsdam Public Library.


Basics of Organic Seed Production - Free Online Tutorial         
(Not an LLV Coordinated Event)

This course covers the fundamentals of seed production for onions, beets and chard, brassicas, carrots, and wet seeded crops. It will also cover climatic requirements for seed crops, important diseases, and seed quality.  The course is broken into a series of modules, each covering one main topic. Each module will have a link to a "book" page, followed by additional resources.   http://campus.extension.org/course/view.php?id=377
Appropriate for individuals with a basic knowledge of seed saving and organic production. Those who are seeking basic seed saving information may wish to read Organic Seed Alliance's Seed Saving Guide for Farmers and Gardeners (available here).  This course was created by Organic Seed Alliance, through a grant from Western SARE. It is based on materials from organic seed intensive workshops held as part of the 2011 Organicology conference.



 Bees & BeeKeeping 
   Discussion Group  
There will be no Discussion Group in December.  This casual, informal group for all levels of beekeepers - and those interested in becoming beekeepers - will resume it's regular monthly schedule in 2013.



November 2012

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


 The Peak Moment TV Schedule for November 2012 on WCKN-TV Potsdam, is available when you click here.  
You will also find a link there to view a description of all 60 episodes, each of which is available 
for loan on DVD through the Potsdam Public Library.


GardenShare's                               (Not an LLV coordinated event)
Thursday, November 8, 7 PM, SUNY Potsdam Thatcher Hall
A free evening of fun, socializing and sharing some amazing desserts cooked up by the local food champions at PACES at Thatcher Hall on SUNY-Potsdam's campus. Folks are still talking about last year's desserts, so you won't want to miss it this year! 
The annual Growing Community Award, recognizing an organization or individual whose efforts strengthen community food security in the North Country, will also be awarded at this event.  Don't miss it!


 Working Trees in Agricultural Landscapes: 
 An Introduction to Agroforestry Workshop 
              (Not an LLV Coordinated Event)
Friday, November 16, 9:30AM -3:30PM, USDA Big Flats Plant Materials Center 3266 Route 352, Big Flats, NY

This day long workshop hosted by The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service (USDA NRCS) and Cornell Cooperative Extention (CCE) will include:
  • An overview of five agroforestry systems for the northeast: ally cropping, forest riparian buffers, windbreaks, silvopasturing & forest farming
  • The ecological & economical benefits of agroforestery with Ray Archuleta, conservation agronomist with USDA-NRCS National Technology Center-East
  • Field tour of examples of windbreaks, living snow fence, willows for soil bioengineering, hybrid willows for bioenergy, shrub willow time of cutting and planting study. The tour will also include establishment method demonstrations of nursery stock options, sit preparation methods, post-planting vegetation and pest control, native willow evaluation, as well as species and cultivators of interest.
To register for this event Click Here
For additional information contact Brett Chedzoy at bjc226@cornell.edu (607-535-7161) or paul.salon@ny.usda.gov (607-562-8404). Please bring $12.00 to cover the cost of lunch (exact change would be appreciated)



 Nutritious Delicious!      Cooking Seminar
 Learn How to Bake (and Convert  
 Your Favorite Recipes!) to Whole Foods 
  
Tuesday, November 27, 5 - 7 pm, Potsdam, NY


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:


Cooking Resources
For more information on the Nutritious Delicious! series of cooking seminars, see our resources at 
www.sustainablelivingproject.net/workshop-event-resources



 Bees & BeeKeeping 
   Discussion Group  

Wednesday, November 28, 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!




October 2012
~ information on how to register for an LLV event appears below the monthly listings ~



 Hand Digging a Well Work Party 
October 6-12, a week-long event, near Canton/Pierrepont    POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
This event has been postponed at the homeowners request, but if you are interested please contact us to be put on a wait list for first contact when it is re-energized.  SustLivingProject@gmail.com



 Our Monthly Gathering -- Join Us!  
Wednesday, October 10, 7 PM, UU Church, 3-1/2 Main St., side entrance, Canton, NY


We hope you can be there for our monthly gatherings in 2012!  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 these plans with you!  Write us at SustLivingProject@gmail.com for more information.  Hope to see you there!



 Northeast Green Buildings Open House (GBOH) 

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Saturday, October 13, 10 am - 3 pm (mostly 10-3 -- unless otherwise specified)
  • NESEA’s Green Buildings Open House (GBOH), held annually in October, is the biggest sustainable energy event in the northeastern United States.
  • In 2011, nearly 11,000 people toured 500 homes, businesses, and public buildings showcasing energy-efficient design, systems, and products, as well as renewables. 
  • The Local Living Venture (that's us!) is serving as an organizer for this event in our region.  Nationally many more homes are toured also, through the American Solar Energy Association.
 A    S P E C I A L    F O C U S  i n  2 0 1 2 
Homes with
Mass Masonry Heaters
and
Rocket Stove Burner Technology!


These FREE tours (donations are always welcome, of course!) are on an Open House basis and will be held in various locations throughout the St. Lawrence River Valley -- from Potsdam to Adams Center, in St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties! 

We update the tour site information provided on our
Green Home Tours web page below regularly as new people sign on!
To view and sign up for the
tours please go to:

 www.SustainableLivingProject.net/green-home-tours 



If you are interested in hosting a tour at your green home, please contact us at: SustLivingProject@gmail.com




 Contra Dance!        (not an LLV Coordinated Event)
Saturday, October 20, 7:30 to 9 pm, Giffiths Hall, St. Lawrence University Campus
Caller Beth Robinson. Fiddle music played by the student organizer, accompanied by sit-ins. The cost is $5.00 at the door. Griffiths is #40 on the campus map.  Folks can park in H lot.  Enter Griffiths main doors (across Romoda Drive from H lot), go down the stairs, go to the right and follow the corridor until it ends at the dance rehearsal room.


 Help w/ Route 68 Adopt-A-Highway Roadside Clean Up! 
 
Saturday, October 20, 10:30 am
Meet in front of the Canton Library on Park near Main St. (approximately an hour plus travel time)

Join us for this roadside clean up and the Department of Transportation will post a sign with us as sponsors for that section.  We need your help!

Willing volunteers can sign up for a late morning of camaraderie and doing a good thing -- cleaning up the  roadside!

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.




Raising Chickens For Meat 
Saturday, October 20, 2PM - 4PM, Potsdam/Canton Area
Interested in learning how to raise and process your own chickens?
Presenter Brett McLeod will take you through the process from pasture to plate, this hands-on workshop will give you the details on how to raise chickens and hands-on processing of your own backyard fowl. In approximately two hours you can find out about selecting breeds, raising chicks, as well as processing and cooking methods.


Brett McLeod has been an instructor at Paul Smiths College since 2006. His specializations are forest policy, resource economics, land use planning and dendrology. He
was instrumental in planning a recent Homesteading Fair at Paul Smiths College and currently lives on a 25 acre farmstead that sports highland cattle, a draft horse, pigs, sheep, chickens and other rural essentials.

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.



Local Living Venture Carpool to
Groundswell Local Food & Farm Festival

Sunday, October 21, 12PM - 4PM (carpool would leave at 8AM), Groundswell Center for local Food and farming, Ithaca, NY
This will be a great opportunity to visit the site of Groundwell's new farm incubator at EcoVillage.
Additionally you can:
  • Enjoy fun FARMING ACTIVITIES for kids of all ages! Card some wool, build a hoop house, dig a soil sample, churn some butter, build a fence, or milk a goat!
  • Enjoy ETHNIC FOODS from all around the world featuring local farm products!
  • Chat with Groundswell’s Farmer-Instructors and Beginning Farmers at the LOCAL FOODS MINI-MARKET!
  • See the newest in FARMING INVENTIONS and learn how to build your own!
  • Take a TOUR of Groundswell’s Farm Enterprise Incubator, West Haven Farm and other EcoVillage highlights!
For more information on this event or the Groundswell Center check out:
http://www.groundswellcenter.org/

To join a possible  carpool to this event
Email us or call: 315-347-4223.



 Nutritious Delicious     Cooking Seminar
 Wild Game and Pasture-Raised Meats: 
 A Savory Natural Meat Cooking Seminar 
October 23, 5PM - 7PM, Potsdam, NY
Part of a series of six 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! 

Presenter Cathy Hohmeyer of Lake Clear Lodge will discuss the health benefits of pasture-raised meats over their mass produced, grain fed relatives. An emphasis will be placed on how to obtain all natural meat including both wild game and grass-fed farm animals, including chickens, pork, beef, lamb, and goat. Fish and small game will also be touched upon briefly.

In addition, recipes and preparation techniques will be suggested to ensure these meats have optimal taste with less “gamey” flavor for wild animals and necessary techniques for cooking pasture-raised meat at a lower temperature than commercial meat for optimal flavor. Discussion of the concept of a “paleo” diet will also be mentioned.  (note: we do not endorse paleo diets, per se, but feel it is an interesting concept to discuss
.)

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:

sping adk
        
www.AdirondackAlps.com
Many thanks to our generous in-kind Sponsor of the
               Nutritious Delicious series:




 Value Added Institute 
 Offers Food Processing Workshops 
     
  (not an LLV Coordinated Event)

Friday, October 26 & Saturday, October 27, Fulton & Montgomery County Cornell Cooperative Extension, 50 East Main Street Canajoharie NY 13317
Farmers and others have an opportunity to take a variety of classes toward greater profitability through adding value to locally produced fruits, vegetables and meats, taking place in the Central NY/Leatherstocking Region.

The NY Small Scale Food Processors’ Assn. (NYSSFPA) in partnership with the Montgomery County Agriculture Development will offer a variety of workshops at Fulton and Montgomery County Cornell Cooperative Extension, which can lead to a greater profitability through processing local produce and meats.

Initiated by a grant from the USDA North East Sustainable Agriculture, Research and Education (NESARE), the following classes will be offered:

Friday, October 26
9 a.m. to noon “Processing Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs for Market”
1 p.m. to 4 p.m. “Local and Sustainable Marketing”

Saturday, October 27
9 a.m. to noon “Small Scale Meat Processing and Marketing”
1 p.m. to 4 p.m. “Recipe for Success: Selling Food Products, A Business Planning Guide”

$ 16.00 covers lunches both days. For more information and to RSVP please contact: Toni Christman by phone 518-853-4015 or E-mail mcswcd4001@frontier.com.



 Food Day and Wellness Festival
   
(Not an LLV Coordinated Event)
Saturday, October 27, Lake Clear Lodge, Saranac Lake
Part of a week long festival focusing on healthy foods and wellness. Events include:
real foods workshops and cooking classes
Nutritional Consultations
Wellness Practitioners and demos

There will be a homemade soup and healthy beverages bar.
For a full schedule listing visit:
http://www.lodgeonlakeclear.com/

For more information call 518-891-1489



 Bees & BeeKeeping Discussion Group 
Tuesday, October 30, 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!

September 2012

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


   Power & Equipment Museum          (outreach tabling event -- look  for our booth!)
  Old Fashioned Harvest Days    
Saturday & Sunday, September 1 & 2, 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 , September 1, 9 am - 2 pm
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!



The Philosophy of Sustainability    (Not An LLV Coordinated Event)
Tuesday, September 4, 7 pm, Canton Free Library, Canton NY
What does it mean to be green, to be sustainable? Is sustainability something you can buy?
How do we physically and philosophically get to a more sustainable lifestyle?

A new course being held over several Monday's will explore these concepts.  The course will be held on Monday evenings from 7 PM to 8:30 PM, beginning Monday, September 10 through Monday November 12.

There will be an informal sign up meeting Tuesday, September 4 at the Canton Free Library.  The cost of the course is $150.  The Course will be taught/moderated/facilitated by Rich Douglass of Sow's Ear Farm, a 160 acre non-electric
, horse powered substistence farm, similar to the order of the Amish. Rich has experimented with many aspects of sustainability and low-tech living for over 30 years.



 Weekly Harvest Swap! - Share Your Garden Bounty 
Thursday, September 6 (check in to confirm!)
Canton Village Green, 4 - 5 pm
Ives Park Gazebo Potsdam, 5 - 6 pm

Many Gardeners & CSA members have an overflow of fresh vegetables at this time of year, and often have a huge amount of one particular crop and not enough of another.
By participating in the informal "Harvest Swaps" in Potsdam and Canton, one can swap out their fresh vegetables they have too much of!
All are welcome to attend this event & is a great opportunity to ask questions & share knowledge with other garden enthusiasts. Depending on the popularity of the first two weeks we may continue the swap on August 30th and September 6th.

A pass-the-hat small donation is requested of participants who are able to contribute.
Let us know if you'd like to volunteer for these fun events in Potsdam and/or Canton.  SustLivingProject@gmail.com

For more information and the Harvest Swap Guidelines, please click here!




Cornell Cooperative Extension Offering Shiitake Mushroom Cultivation & American Ginseng Growing Workshops

September 8th              (Not An LLV Coordinated Event)
Cornell Uihlein Forest & Extension Sugar Maple Research Station, Lake Placid NY
Almost all forest landowners view their land as a potential source of income from the sale of standing timber. Unfortunately, many are completely unaware of the harmful, long term environmental and financial impacts that can come from poorly planned timber harvesting. They are also unaware of the many available income producing opportunities that don’t compromise the quality of timber stands or put habitat, watershed, beauty, recreation, or the spiritual renewal that forest property offers, at risk.

If you are a forest or small woodlot landowner considering alternative ways to utilize your forest resources, you won’t want to miss an opportunity to attend two exceptional forest farming workshops being offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension. The workshops are designed to introduce woodland owners to the principles and techniques used for (1) successfully inoculating and cultivating delicious, healthy shiitake mushrooms on logs in outdoor environments and (2) growing “wild simulated” American ginseng in the forested environments commonly found in the Adirondack Mountain region and across much of northern New York State.

Cost to attend one workshop: $15   Cost to attend both workshops: $25
To register for this event, or for more information Call: 518-483-7403 or email: rlg24@cornell.edu




 Homesteading Fair                        (outreach tabling event -- look  for our booth!)
September 8 & 9, Cooperative Extension, East Part Rd., Lowville
Over 90 workshops planned on rural homesteading skills.   (Not An LLV coordinated event.)  Look for our booth at this fun event!

 



 Our Monthly Gathering -- Join Us!  
Wednesday, September 12, 7 PM, UU Church, side door, 3-1/2Main St, Canton


We hope you can be there for our monthly gatherings in 2012!  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 these plans with you!  Write us at SustLivingProject@gmail.com for more information. 
Hope to see you there!



 Hammond Fair 

Friday & Saturday, September 14 & 15, Fair Grounds, Lake St., Hammond, NY
Check out the 73rd annual Hammond Fair. The Fair includes judging for dairy, beef,
homemaking and vegetables on Friday. Rabbits, poultry, sheep and goats will be judged Saturday.

All entries should be brought in Thursday, September 13 between 1 PM and 9 PM. 
With the exception of rabbits, which may be brought in Saturday
morning for judging. 4-H clubs and other youth organizations are
encouraged to put up booth displays. A
youth dance will be held Friday
evening, following an ice cream social and
karaoke/open mic night at 5pm.
The children's pedal tractor pull will be Saturday,
with music provided
throughout the afternoon.


 Garden and Home Food-Waste Composting 
Sunday, September 16, 10-12 noon, Potsdam, NY  (postponed from 9/8 due to weather)
Now in it's third season, we offer what is always our most popular workshop of the summer!
As part of our series of Beginning Gardener Workshops, Janet Lomastro, the Doyenne of Decomposition, will join you to dig in the dirt once again to show you her unique and sensible 4-bin composting system. 
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 reserve your spot -- we will send you the location and other information.

 St. Lawrence County Public Hearing: Tobacco Cessation on County Land
Monday, September 17, 6:30 PM                 
(not an LLV coordinated event)
County Board of Legislators Chambers at the Courthouse, Court Street, Canton.

The St. Lawrence County Board of Legislators voted to bring the attached law to a Public Hearing.  (If this does not open properly, see the attachment "County Tobacco Law" at the bottom of this webpage.) 
The law would prohibit the use of tobacco
(including chew and smokeless) products upon real property owned or leased by St. Lawrence County.  The Legislators are split on this issue.  Public opinion is welcome at this hearing.  Details and questions, contact: Ben Todd, Tobacco Program Coordinator, (315) 229-3432, BTodd@co.st-lawrence.ny.us



Masonry Rocket Stove Intensive Workshop
Weekend of September 21 - 23, 2012, near Canton / Russell
With nationally recognized DIY presenters Ernie & Erica Wisner, who have built over 700 stoves!
Join us to build a cob masonry heater with warming bench and using rocket stove technology!
Up to 20 participants are invited to join in this 2-1/2 day intensive build.
The fee is $150 per person, but less or free for those who contribute to the planning process.
Primitive camping is available free on site.  Lots of camaraderie with fellow rocket scientists.  See also:  http://www.ernieanderica.info/earthenmaterials, www.richsoil.com/rocket-stove-mass-heater.jsp

Plans include showcasing this DIY build during the nationwide renewable energy tours, being hosted in the North Country of New York by the Local Living Venture / Sustainable Living Project -- scroll down to the calendar listing for this event on October 13The site where the stove will be built is in the registry of Green Home Tours and is an off-grid solar-powered abode with Swedish gutters for rain water collection, a composting outhouse, and many interesting features in the small intentional community where it is situated.



  Building Analyst Training (pre-BPI certification)  
September 24 through 28; online course
       (not an LLV coordinated event)
SUNY Canton is offering Building Analyst Training that can lead to BPI (Building Performance Institute) certification at 45% savings over 2011 tuition rates, starting July 9th and again August 13th. Learn Building Science/Energy Efficiency from a leader in this field. Save time, money, and gas by attending classroom sessions from your home or workplace. Review and fill out the attached form to register (scroll to very bottom of this page and click on the document  suny_canton_building analyst_July 2012.pdf). 
 


For information, contact Art Garno, Program Coordinator,
CREST, Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technologies, SUNY Canton, (315) 386.7197, http://www.canton.edu/cres




 Home Canning on the Cheap 
Tuesday, September 25, 6 - 7:30PM

Take the mystery out of canning and learn how to do pressure and water-bath canning safely, easily and best of all, cheaply. This will be an informative presentation and canning demonstration using fresh and local ingredients on the cheap, with Paul Hetzler reprising his role in this popular workshop at the Local Living Festival in 2011!

Paul has been canning home-grown produce, wild foods and meats for 12 years, and is still alive to tell about it!  He'll present USDA safety guidelines and share his experience, including money saving tips.


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.



 St. Lawrence University 
 Second Annual Climate Change Summit  
  (Not An LLV Coordinated Event)
September, 25-27, St. Lawrence University, Canton NY


Tuesday, September 25:
“The Reality/Science of Climate Change”
2-3:15 p.m. Panel discussion on Environmental Careers
Hannon Room, Student Center
Environmental Careers: stories from experi­enced pros, and advice on your prospects
Jeff Cook founder of Environmental Careers or­ganization (eco.org) and Hal Thomas, Jack Whittier - panel on careers in related fields

4-5:15 p.m. Panel discussion on offsetting carbon emissions:
Hannon Room, Student Center
Mark LaCroix, Executive Vice President of the CarbonNeutral Company, together with two of Clarkson University’s finest: Stephen Bird, As­sistant Professor of Political Science and Martin Heintzelman, Associate Professor at the School of Business will explain how carbon emissions can be offset with carbon reducing ventures.

7:30 p.m. Major Presentation
Eben Holden
Dr. Michael Mann, Pennsylvania State Univer­sity: “Climate Change: Is It Real?”

Wednesday, September 26:
“Climate Change Denial”
4-5:15 p.m. Plenary session on “The Impli­cations of Inaction on Climate Change for Coastal Communi­ties and Food Security”
Hannon Room, Student Center
Jon Rosales - SLU, Rick Welsh – Syracuse University, Dan Kent - Kent family Growers, Lisbon, NY

7:00 p.m. Major presentation
Eben Holden
Dr. Don Brown, Penn State University: on the climate change disinformation campaign (with attention on how to expose it and the tech­niques that make it hard to expose)

Thursday, September 27:

“What You Can Do”
10:30 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. Electric vehicle display outside Student Center including Tesla Roadster sportscar


2-3:15 p.m. Home Energy Savings Workshop
Hannon Room, Student Center
Local energy conversation guru, Jerry Bartlett’s workshop on what to do at home to save energy and costs.

4-5:15 p.m. Presentation on net-zero energy homes
Hannon Room, Student Center
Mel Tyree, “Net-Zero Energy Houses…A Vision for the Future?”

7:30 p.m. Major presentation
Eben Holden
Bill Blakemore (ABC News) – “Hugging the Mon­ster of Global Warming: the Many Psychologies of Climate Change and Glimpses of Realistic Hope.”



 Homestead Learning Community Planning Gathering 
Wednesday, September 26, 7 pm, Canton
Join us as we discuss our plans for a farm-based school of rural skills. 
Three Working Groups have formed so far:
Research of Viable Models/Examples - including visits to potential mentors.
Local Living Venture Center - tool library, time bank for rural skills, onsite gardens, more.
Business Plan - to create the HLC, including an ag incubator project; visits.
This gathering will start with a general interest discussion and go into breakout groups based on the interests of participants.  UU Church, side entrance, 3-1/2 E. Main St., Canton. 
For questions, please email us at SustLivingProject@gmail.com or call 315.347.4223 with any questions. 



 Bees & BeeKeeping Discussion Group 
Wednesday, September 26, 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!



 Forest Festival at Wanakena 
Friday, September 28 & Saturday, September 29
    (not an LLV coordinated event)

The Ranger School 1912-2012 - Celebrating 100 Years [logo]

Part of the SUNY-ESF Ranger School in Wanakena Centennial Celebration! 

Several great artisans and crafters will be in attendance, as well as food vendors, music, children's activities. The ranger school faculty will present various tours & demonstrations throughout the day, where you can learn about things like using a map & compass as well as tree identification. Smokey the Bear and the SUNY-ESF mascot "Oakie" will both make an appearance. Folks can go on a self-guided hike to the fire tower in their 3000-acre forest. Inside the school there will be a historical display & a photo contest sponsored by the Wanakena Historical Society. Other events include a fun run, story telling with Chris Lejewski, Music by Roy Hurd as well as The Blind Owls.

For specific times and details check out this website:
http://www.esf.edu/rangerschool/centennial/festival.htm
or call  315-848-2566
.
Our outreach booth will only be set up on Saturday.



 The Adirondack Rural Skills & Homesteading Festival 
Saturday, September 29, 9 AM - 5 PM, Paul Smith's College VIC      (not an LLV coordinated event)
This celebration of rural skills will showcase the talents of a bygone era with a distinctly Adirondack flare.  Exhibitions will include logging and farming with draft horses sponsored by the Paul Smith’s Draft Horse Club, and a demonstration of competitive lumberjack sports by the Paul Smith’s Woodsmen’s Team.

Workshops will appeal to a wide range of interests and include topics such as local and seasonal cooking, cider-making, cheese-making, lacto-fermentation of foods, pack-basket construction, renewable energy, fall gardening, heating with firewood and primitive skills. 

This event iasks a $5 per person or $10 per carload donation and is open to the public.  It runs concurrently with the Open House Artists Tour exhibits in the Visitors Interpretive Center where the Festival is being held, next door to Paul Smith's College.  For more information please contact Brett McLeod at (518) 327-6990 or bmcleod@paulsmiths.edu.


AUGUST 2012

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



Digging In!

6th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference      (not an LLV coordinated event)

August 2 - 5, 2012, Burlington, Vermont

Whether you're new to the movement or have years of wisdom to share, this a great opportunity to network, build skills and get energized! This is a national event that happens to be close to us this year!

 
Across the country great progress has been made connecting farm-fresh foods with K-12 schools, pre-schools, childcare settings, colleges, universities, hospitals, prisons and beyond - now we are Digging In!  The conference will bring together food service professionals, farmers, educators, policy makers, representatives from government agencies and nonprofits, entrepreneurs, students and others who are breaking down barriers and expanding the impact of Farm to Cafeteria.


There will be skill-building short-courses, field trips to innovative Vermont farms and institutions, a diverse workshop program, and plenty of opportunities to network with inspiring individuals from across the country.

Go to: 6th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference for details!



 Our Monthly Gathering -- Join Us!  
Wednesday, August 8, 7 pm, UU Church, side entrance, 3-1/2 E. Main St., Canton.

We hope you can be there for our monthly gatherings in 2012!
 
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 begins THIS MONTH and we have so many exciting plans for the Festival and the larger scheme of things...we'd love to share them with you!  Write us at SustLivingProject@gmail.comHope to see you there!


  Free Household Hazardous Waste 
                                       & Pharmaceutical Collection Event                                   

Saturday, August 11, 2012, 9 am - 1 pm
Ogdensburg Industrial Park, Ogdensburg, NY 
     (not an LLV coordinated event)

Free household hazardous waste and pharmaceutical / controlled substance collection event. Open to all residents of Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties. For a list of materials accepted at this event, see the graphic here or visit www.NorthCountryRecycles.org.
For more info:
Email:
joatman@danc.org
Phone: (315) 661-3234


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NOTE:  Single use alkaline batteries ARE accepted at these events -- not by the hazardous waste contractor collecting most of the material, but separately by County Transfer folks!





North Country Wine Beer & Food Festival 

(outreach tabling event - look for our shared booth with GardenShare)

Saturday & Sunday, August 11 & 12, 11 am - 6 pm, Lockwood Arena, Ogdensburg NY

Enjoy the North Country Wine Beer & Food Festival and celebrate the quality and the "Pride of New York" food beer and wine as only New York State can produce it.

At this event you will sample a variety of wines from New York State Vineyards and wineries from throughout the North Country. Craft brewed beer, hand crafted chocolates, baked goods, farm fresh cheese, beef, honey, maple products, specialty sauces & rubs, herbs and vinegars, plus freshly roasted coffee and nuts are all available for sampling and purchase.  Each day features a cooking demonstration from Paul Smith’s Culinary School.

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



  Building Analyst Training (pre-BPI certification)  
Starts August 13th; online course
       (not an LLV coordinated event)
SUNY Canton is offering Building Analyst Training that can lead to BPI (Building Performance Institute) certification at 45% savings over 2011 tuition rates, starting August 13th. Learn Building Science/Energy Efficiency from a leader in this field. Save time, money, and gas by attending classroom sessions from your home or workplace. Review and fill out the attached form to register (scroll to very bottom of this page and click on suny_canton_building analyst_August 2012.pdf).  For information, contact Art Garno, Program Coordinator, CREST, Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technologies, SUNY Canton, (315) 386.7197, http://www.canton.edu/crest


 Multiple Approaches for Managing Diseases
& Insects on Organic Farms 
       (not an LLV coordinated event)
Thursday, August 16, 4 PM - 7PM
Homer C. Thompson Vegetable Research Farm, 133 Fall Creek Rd, Freeville NY

This is an opportunity to discuss issues in organic agriculture ranging from beneficial insect habitat to reduced tillage to weed management and rotations. Meet with the researchers and farmers for an evening of demonstrations, collaboration and networking.
For information contact Betsy Leonard at (607) 423-8366, bai1@cornell.edu



 Weekly Harvest Swap! - Share Your Garden Bounty 
Thursday August 16 + 23 + possibly 8/30 and 9/6 (check in to confirm!)
Canton Village Green, 4 - 5 pm
Ives Park Gazebo Potsdam, 5 - 6 pm

Many Gardeners & CSA members have an overflow of fresh vegetables at this time of year, and often have a huge amount of one particular crop and not enough of another.
By participating in the informal "Harvest Swaps" in Potsdam and Canton, one can swap out their fresh vegetables they have too much of!
All are welcome to attend this event & is a great opportunity to ask questions & share knowledge with other garden enthusiasts. Depending on the popularity of the first two weeks we may continue the swap on August 30th and September 6th.

A pass-the-hat small donation is requested of participants who are able to contribute.
Let us know if you'd like to volunteer for these fun events in Potsdam and/or Canton.  SustLivingProject@gmail.com

For more information and the Harvest Swap Guidelines, please click here!




Finger Lakes Herbal Network 3rd Annual Herbal Hoedown

Saturday, August 18, 9 am- 6 pm
Six Circle Farm, 1491 Caywood Road, Lodi, NY

The Finger Lakes Herbal Network (FLHN) is providing a wonderful opportunity for you to discover what is available locally, meet other herbal lovers and take classes that will cover a wide range of topics.

Classes will include, herbalism for beginners, salve making, herbal business 101, "You've Got Nerves," formulation, garlic for health, herb propagation, herb and tree walks, along with a Keynote address from Matthias Reisen of Healing Spirits Herb Farm and Education Center.

The cost of the Hoedown is based on a suggested donation of $0-$50, and work-trade/volunteer opportunities are also available. There will be networking and tabling opportunities with local herbal products available for purchase, purchase or trade. Please RSVP by 8/11/12

For more information or to RVSP, please email herbalhoedown@gmail.com



Master Food Preservation Training:
A Cornell Cooperative Extension Train-the-Trainer Program
(not an LLV coordinated event)
August 21 - 24, 8 am - 3:30 pm
 
Learn and receive hands-on experience in boiling water and pressure canning, gelled products, pickling, freezing, and drying; & a discussion of other methods of preservation. Certificates of participation are distributed to those who complete the course, the first step toward becoming a CCE Master Food Preserver.

This is a train-the-trainer program.  Successful participants can offer workshops in their communities, which would be a lovely way to participate with the Local Living Venture and others, as a future Presenter!  


Space is limited and you must register before hand.
  Cost is $300.00 per participant.  Registration deadline is August 13.  For more information contact Karen Armstrong with Cornell Cooperative Extension at 518.483.7403.


 Homestead Learning Community Planning Gathering 
Wednesday, August 22, 7 pm
Bring a lawn chair to the Village Green at Park & Main St.'s and join us as we discuss the potential for a farm-based school of rural skills.  Rain location at the Canton Free Library.  Three Working Groups have formed so far:
Research of Viable Models/Examples - including visits to potential mentors.
Local Living Venture Center - tool library, time bank for rural skills, onsite gardens, more.
Business Plan - to create the HLC, including an ag incubator project; visits.
This gathering will start with a general interest discussion and go into breakout groups based on the interests of participants.
Email us at SustLivingProject@gmail.com or call 315.347.4223 with any questions.



21st Annual S E N I O R A M A “Celebration of Senior Citizens"
Thursday, August 23, 9 am - 5 pm. St. Lawrence Centre Mall Arena, Massena, New York.
By the North Country Chapter of NY Statewide Senior Action Council
. Many local organizations share their services with the senior population during this festive event.




 Weekly Harvest Swap! - Share Your Garden Bounty 
Thursday August 23 + possibly 8/30 and 9/6 (check in to confirm!)
Canton Village Green, 4 - 5 pm
Ives Park Gazebo Potsdam, 5 - 6 pm

Many Gardeners & CSA members have an overflow of fresh vegetables at this time of year, and often have a huge amount of one particular crop and not enough of another.
By participating in the informal "Harvest Swaps" in Potsdam and Canton, one can swap out their fresh vegetables they have too much of!
All are welcome to attend this event & is a great opportunity to ask questions & share knowledge with other garden enthusiasts. Depending on the popularity of the first two weeks we may continue the swap on August 30th and September 6th.

A pass-the-hat small donation is requested of participants who are able to contribute.
Let us know if you'd like to volunteer for these fun events in Potsdam and/or Canton.  SustLivingProject@gmail.com

For more information and the Harvest Swap Guidelines, please click here!



 Scything Skillshare: Dancing While You Mow 
Saturday, August 25, 10 AM - 12 PM, Canton/Russell Area
Facilitated by Eddie Goldstein, who will focus on the "European" style scythe (and largely ignore the "American" equivalent).  Various opinions and beliefs, based on over 15 years of mowing experience, will be offered regarding blades, handles (snaths) use, care, and sharpening.  Scythe

Emphasis will be placed on concepts and techniques that will hopefully lead to great pleasure and ease while using the tool.  It is anticipated that no more than half the time will be devoted to group discussion; with practice of mowing, sharpening, and individual attention to details taking up the remainder. 


Experienced mowers are encouraged to attend (no fee, but pre-register please) and share their skills and insights.  All attendees are encouraged to bring your own scythe (if you want to have more practice time, rather than less).  If you are looking to purchase one beforehand, we can put you in touch with Eddie for suggestions (recommended before you invest!)

Suggested donation of $15, $5 student - scholarships available when you RSVP.  Reply here (SustLivingProject@gmail.com) to register.  We will confirm with details about what to bring besides your scythe (if you have one) and drinking water.  Canton/Russell area.  Weather dependent, rain date next day. 


 Bees & BeeKeeping Discussion Group 
Tuesday, August 28, 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!




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From Industrial Farming to Pasture Raised: Progressing the Local Food Movement 
                                 (not an LLV coordinated event)
Friday, August 31, 7 PM
Harrietstown Town Hall, Main St., Saranac Lake

Carol Morison, a former industrial chicken farmer for Perdue, is sharing her story. Speaking the truth about industrial farming in the Oscar nominated film, "FOOD, INC." cost her her job. If you are interested in learning more about industrial farming and why to join the local food movement than this is an event not be missed.









JULY 2012

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


  Mares Wares Arts Festival  
     (outreach tabling event -- look  for our booth)
Sunday, July 1, noon - 8 pm
Rt. 37 near Morristown, NY This Festival of the Artisans of the River Valley hosts the BEST North Country artisans, musicians, authors (and So much more)every July 1st. They are dedicated to celebrating quality, creativity and artistry in all its forms. Admission is free and includes demonstrations, Farmers Markets, wineries, massage therapists, psychics, herbals, artisans,
kid friendly activities, food, fun and live music all day.

  Look for our booth at this great local arts event!
If you can help staff our booth for an hour or two please be in touch! (SustLivingProject@gmail.com)



 Garden and Home Food-Waste Composting 
Saturday, July 7, 10 - 12 Noon, Potsdam, NY
For the second time this season (one last time to follow in September!), we offer our most popular workshop of the summer! 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!  RSVP is necessary.  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.



  Building Analyst Training (pre-BPI certification)  
Starts July 9 and again on August 13th; online course
       (not an LLV coordinated event)
SUNY Canton is offering Building Analyst Training that can lead to BPI (Building Performance Institute) certification at 45% savings over 2011 tuition rates, starting July 9th and again August 13th. Learn Building Science/Energy Efficiency from a leader in this field. Save time, money, and gas by attending classroom sessions from your home or workplace. Review and fill out the attached form to register (scroll to very bottom of this page and click on suny_canton_building analyst_July 2012.pdf).  For information, contact Art Garno, Program Coordinator, CREST, Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technologies, SUNY Canton, (315) 386.7197, http://www.canton.edu/crest



 Our Monthly Gathering -- Join Us!  
Wednesday, July 11, 7 PM, First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, on the Park, Canton
We hope you can be there for our monthly gatherings in 2012!  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, you can read our reports as they are posted to the About Us page of our website just prior to each gathering.  Planning for the Local Living Festival begins soon and we have so many exciting plans...we'd love to share them with you!  Write us at SustLivingProject@gmail.com or call 315.347.4223 for details and location. 
Hope to see you there!




Bees & Beekeeping:  Raising Queens 
July date TBA
Details forthcoming.  Get on our Bee Happy mailing list or check in first to be up to date!  "Bee" in touch -- email us at SustLivingProject@gmail.com. Also, check out  "The BeeHive", our Resource Page!

"Bee" on the lookout for our series of beginner to advanced workshops, dates TBA:
Basic Bee Biology will be offered with Mark Berninghausen of Squeak Creek Apiaries as Presenter in June.
Raising Queens and Making Nuc's are planned for later in the season
Plus,
Summer Mentoring at Squeak Creek Apiaries!
Honey Appreciation sessions are also planned - honey tastings, cooking tips, health benefits, and more!

"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!



  On-Farm Energy Production                                         (not an LLV coordinated event)
 Oilseed Press/Grass Pellet Demonstration   - Finger Lakes, Cortland County
Wed., July 11, 2012, 10 am - 2 pm, Scheffler’s Dairy Farm, 643 Cobb Street, Groton NY 13073
Hosts Ed and Eileen Scheffler have purchased an Oilseed Press through an Organic Valley project. They will demonstrate the oilseed press and talk about how their plans and goals have evolved.  Other farmers will join in leading the discussion as well.  John Stoker, an organic dairy farmer from Cazenovia, will talk about his business pressing oilseeds for human consumption and Matt Dedrick, a crop Farmer form Lansing, will bring his homemade grass pellet maker for demonstration.  To register, contact Fay Benson 607-745-3807, afb3@cornell.edu.  Check with us to carpool, as well!


Potsdam SummerFest
      (outreach tabling event -- look  for our booth in front of the Bagelry!)
Our booth will be staffed Friday
, July 13, 3 - 8 pm  & Saturday, July 14, 10 am - 8 pm

Located in Ives Park & downtown Potsdam, NY.  This event runs from Thursday to Sunday, but look for our booth in front of the Bagelry on Friday and Saturday only.  



Colton Country Days  (outreach tabling event -- look  for our booth on the side of the Hepburn Library!)   
Saturday, July 21, Downtown Colton, NY
From approximately 9-3, look for our booth to the left side of the Hepburn Library, on the corner of Main Street and Rt. 56!


Service Learning & Sustainability: Avenues for Collaboration
    
(Not an LLV Coordinated Event)
Saturday, July 20, 10am-3pm, Geneva, NY
This is a workshop for sustainability professionals, and service learning providers.Taking place at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, it will feature examples of initiatives occurring both on and off campus, a discussion on the barriers of, and opportunities for, implementing service learning and sustainability education projects.The workshop will provide a robust exchange of information, current practices, and ideas.
 
Please RSVP to:   serve@hws.edu The deadline has passed but there may still be room.    Please note: A final Agenda for the workshop, with topics, and speakers, and directions will be sent to you in advance of the meeting date.  Prior to that, a tentative agenda can be accessed by logging on to:   www.albany.edu/gogreen.
 
A registration fee of  $25.00 will be due when you sign in at the meeting. Please make out checks to Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The registration fee covers the cost of coffee, refreshments, and lunch.
 

 Bees & BeeKeeping Discussion Group 
Wednesday, July 25, 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!



JUNE 2012
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  * * * SPECIAL PAGE ADDED JUNE 5, 2012 - Click this link for * * *
The Farm Bill Props Up The Wrong People



 The Peak Moment TV Schedule for June 2012 on WCKN-TV Potsdam, is available when you click here.  See the first Sub-Page on our Resources / Links page to view a description of all 60 episodes, each of which are available on DVD for loan through the Potsdam Public Library.



 F a r m  D a y   C a m p  2012                            (not an LLV coordinated event)
 St. Lawrence County Cooperative Extension  
“A place where young people can learn by doing.”

Get ready to embark on a summer of adventure and fun at the St. Lawrence County Extension Learning Farm, just outside Canton on State Route 68. Campers, grades 1-4 (plus one week for grades 5 & 6), will participate in hands-on-activities in animal science, agriculture, gardening, and environmental science led by experienced and trained educators.
Imagine a day filled with farm animals, nature, crafts, fresh garden vegetables, hikes and bug collecting! Hours will be filled with new experiences that you cannot find anywhere else but at this century old working farm. Campers do not have to worry about doing the same thing twice as educators will be changing their activities and building upon their educations throughout the summer.  2012 Farm Day Camp- Brochure/Registration Form
.



 Green Home Tours -- Grid-Tied Solar Homes
Saturday June 2nd, 10am - 12Noon-ish
Scott Shipley of Northern Lights Energy will lead a tour of 3 or 4 homes he is currently working at in Canton, NY.  The focus of this tour will be on installation of renewable energy systems in homes that are "on the grid" (connected to National Grid power lines). The tour will include Scott's own home. We will meet at one location and car pool to each site.
Scott, Owner of Northern Lights Solar, is a graduate of Cornell University and SUNY Canton's Electrical Construction program. He moved here in 1987 to live at Birdsfoot Farm. His own home was built from the beginning with solar for power in 1993. He still has his original solar panels -- they last that long! He has been working and living with solar for 20 years (his two teenagers have lived with solar their entire lives).
Northern Lights Solar has been around since the 90's and their primary services include: solar electric system design and installation, electrical efficiency upgrades, and complete residential electrical wiring services.

A free-will donation will be requested to benefit the Local Living Venture.  Your generosity is appreciated.  By reservation only, limited attendance.  Please RSVP for location -- click here to for information needed and how to sign up.



  Dairy Princess Parade     (outreach tabling event -- look  for our booth
Saturday, June 2, 10 - 2 pm  
Village Green (corner Main & Park Streets), Canton, NY -- look for our booth!
If you can help staff our booth for an hour or two please be in touch! (SustLivingProject@gmail.com)



  Transit of Venus Viewing  
Tuesday, June 5, 6:30 PM
        (not an LLV coordinated event)
Join the Potsdam Public Library for the first in its "Own The Night" Summer Series in Ives Park, behind the municipal parking lot across from the Roxie Theater.  Dr. David Bradford will help attendees get a safe view of the transit of Venus across the sun through a telescope with an appropriate screening lens.  Interested folks can also join Dr. Bradford later in the summer for a training on Stellarium, a planetarium computer program available on library computers.



Food Policy Council Workshop
and Networking Session for New York

June 7, 10 am - 4 pm
          (not an LLV coordinated event)
Monroe County Cornell Cooperative Extension Office
, 249 Highland Ave, Rochester, NY

People are organizing across the country to develop just, healthy, and sustainable local food systems. There are now an estimated 150 food policy councils in the U.S. that run the gamut from loose local food networks to statutorily authorized local and state food policy entities. Throughout New York there are several counties, cities, and regions that have organized food policy councils or are in the early stages of doing so.

  This workshop will be an opportunity to learn more about the “state of the art” of food policy council organizing and operation, and to provide a networking opportunity for New York’s local food policy councils, coalitions, etc. to take more deliberate action, possibly forming a statewide network.

 Workshop Leaders and Sponsors: Mark Winne, Food Policy Council Program Director for the Community Food Security Coalition; Kate Mendenhall, Executive Director of NOFA-NY; Mark Dunlea, Executive Director of the Hunger Action Network of New York State. Funding for this event is provided by Heifer International.

 Registration: Please register with Stephanie Backer-Bertsch at NOFA-NY. The number is 585-271-1979 x 509, or online at http://tinyurl.com/fpcreg. There is a registration fee of $10 per person to cover the cost of lunch and snacks. Due to limitations on space and workshop format, we must limit registration to the first 75 people. The registration deadline is May 25th but it would be wise to sign up ASAP.

Contact us here at the SLP (SustLivingProject@gmail.com) for carpooling arrangements.



 Kitchen Sink Soap:
Learn the Basics of Soap-Making Using Goat Milk and Lard 

Saturday, June 9, 10 am - 1pm, near Crary Mills, NY
 In this soap making demonstration, with host Alison Brant, you will learn the basics of soap-making using goat milk, lard, and a few other extras found in any kitchen cupboard. 
Topics covered will include rendering lard, making lye, creating your own soap recipe -- and goats!


Alison lives in a small town between Potsdam and Canton with her husband and son on their homestead where they raise goats, pigs, and work oxen, as well as garden and attend to many other homesteading activities.  Alison says, "I have been crafting for most of my life: I learned to knit as a child which lead to owning sheep and processing wool from sheep to final product. These days I am weaving throw rugs from left over baling twine, making soap from our goat milk and lard, and always knitting. To Alison these are all skills that any homesteader would have had in "the days of old" -- valued for their usefulness as well as creativity.

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.



   Power & Equipment Museum          (outreach tabling event -- look  for our booth!)
   Annual Antique Engine & Spring Planting Exhibition    
Saturday & Sunday, June 9 & 10, 9 am - 4 pm
Rt. 345 near Madrid, NY -- look for our booth at this fun event!



  Sustainability and Reality:  
  Lessons Learned from Ten Years as Diversified Small-Scale Farmers  

June 9, 2012, 2 - 5 PM, Kent Family Growers, Lisbon, NY
    (not an LLV coordinated event)
A tour of this North Country vegetable farm (using human, draft-animal, and petroleum power) will center on production and management practices that evolved through seasons of tears and cheers from various sustainable farming techniques.
Daniel and Megan Kent will teach us how pests, weeks, diseases, labor, crops and the farm are sustainably managed today, relating the background stories and experiences that explain the all-important "why" behind their management decisions.
Daniel and Megan Kent started Kent Family Growers a decade ago using hand tools and a half acre to serve local markets. The family farm now grows for local and regional markets on 20 acres with a mix of animals, machines and people doing the work.
Participants will learn to judge a practice's value to the overall production system by assessing the pros and cons of its inputs, investment and results. This field day is part of our Beginning Farmer Program; all participants are invited to stay for an informal farmer-to-farmer networking reception and potluck dinner following the presentation.
This field day is supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA.
Registration
: Please register with Stephanie Backer-Bertsch at NOFA-NY. The number is (585) 271-1979 x 509, or online at http://www.tinyurl.com/nofanyevents. Registration is FREE for NOFA-NY members and $15/ all other members.  RSVP for address.



 Our Monthly Gathering -- Join Us!  
Wednesday, June 13, 7 PM, location TBA in Canton
We hope you can be there for our first monthly gathering of 2012!  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, you can read our reports as they are posted to the About Us page of our website just prior to each gathering.  Planning for the Local Living Festival will begin soon and we have so many exciting plans...we'd love to share them with you!  Write us at SustLivingProject@gmail.com or call 315.347.4223 for details and location. 
Hope to see you there!



 Permaculture Your Campus Conference 
June 20 - 22, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
       (not an LLV coordinated event)
Participants learn how to create edible, ecological gardens and landscapes as an important strategy for making all campuses more sustainable.  Groups and individuals will learn the benefits to permaculture gardening and landscaping in a campus setting and how to design and create a successful permaculture initiative at their university, school, or business.

UMass
has been very successful at integrating permaculture food gardens on campus into both the curriculum AND the dining commons and is currently (2/2012) a finalist in the White House Campus Champions of Change Challenge.  If you have been trying to change the culture on your own campus - this might just be the way to begin! 

The conference is designed for:
  Academic Professionals and School Officials, Foodservice Staff, Students, and Ecological Designers. For more information, please see Permaculture Your Campus.  Or contact Mr. Ryan Harb at conference@umasspermaculture.comFor questions regarding registration: 413-577-8102.




North Country Clean Energy Conference
June 21 - 22, Lake Placid Conference Center       (not an LLV coordinated event)
Registration is now open for the inaugural North Country Clean Energy Conference!
The idea for this conference came out of the winning North Country Economic Development Council Plan’s vision and goals that called for “Creating the Greenest Energy Economy in the State.” Following a presentation at the North Country Symposium in late 2011, a team of committed individuals started working on developing a conference to identify the projects and investments that will help the region achieve its Clean Energy vision.

Taking place at the stunning new Conference Center in Lake Placid (NY), the conference will begin Thursday, June 21 at 5 p.m. with networking, a student poster session and other activities. Dinner will be served at 6:30.  Friday’s session is a full day, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring workshops in five areas: solar, wind, hydro, biomass and conservation. There will also be an opportunity for input to the NYSERDA-funded Cleaner Greener Communities Sustainability Plan for the North Country.

All meals are included in the admission fee, which is $50 until May 15. After that, the price goes up to $65. Register now by following this link: http://tinyurl.com/c2s5pnb

Presenters and Sponsors sought:  Contact Dan Mason, Conference Director at dhmason.uppermeadow@gmail.com. 
For general Conference information:
ANCA, 518-891-6200, anca@adirondack.org



 Bees & BeeKeeping Discussion Group 
Tuesday, June 26, 7 pm
Hosts: TBA (maybe you!?)  Write for exact location, SustLivingProject@gmail.comJoin 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!




  NYSBA Energy Code Training          (not an LLV coordinated event)
Tuesday, June 26, 8 AM to 12 Noon
CREST at SUNY Canton will be hosting NYSBA Energy Code Training for contractors and all others interest in the new energy code for residential housing.  Please take a look at the attached flyer (scroll to very bottom of this page and click on Training on NYS Energy Code.pdf) and register for this workshop being offered right here in the North Country.  No need to go out of the area to get up to date training.  Continuing education credit available for this workshop, including BPI CEU's.  For information, contact Art Garno, Program Coordinator, CREST, Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technologies, SUNY Canton, (315) 386.7197, http://www.canton.edu/crest




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

Thursday, June 28th, 5 - 7pm

Part of a series of six 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 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:




MAY 2012

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



 The Peak Moment TV Schedule for May 2012 on WCKN-TV Potsdam, is available when you click here.  See the first Sub-Page on our Resources / Links page to view a description of all 60 episodes, each of which are available on DVD for loan through the Potsdam Public Library.



 Shiitake Fundamentals: 
  From Spawn Runs to Soup Recipes 
Saturday, May 5 (Cinco De Mayo!), 10 am through the afternoon
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.)

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.  We are asking for a $30 donation to cover expenses and to benefit the Local Living Venture/SLP

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 $10 each).  Please indicate your interest when you RSVP.
(Photo: Bob Wagner)



 Opening Day for the Potsdam Farmer's Market 
Saturday, May 12, 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



 Garden and Home Food-Waste Composting 
Saturday, May 12, 10-12 noon, Potsdam, NY
Now in it's third 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.


  Free Household Hazardous Waste 
                                       & Pharmaceutical Collection Event                                   

Saturday, May 12, 2012, 9 am - 1 pm
Human Services Ctr., 80 SH 310, Canton, NY 
           (not an LLV coordinated event)


Free household hazardous waste and pharmaceutical / controlled substance collection event. Open to all residents of Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties. For a list of materials accepted at this event, see the graphic here or visit
www.NorthCountryRecycles.org.
For more info:
Email:
joatman@danc.org
Phone: (315) 661-3234



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 Canton Town Board Meeting
 Important Ag Land Use Revisions Proposed 

  Monday, May 14, 4 pm, Municipal Building, 60 Main St., Canton, NY       (not an LLV coordinated event)
...A controversial plan to rezone several roads from rural to residential has been handed off to the Canton Town Board. If adopted, roughly 4,450 acres would be rezoned from rural to residential, affecting 168 parcels. The proposed revision involves extending the boundaries of the town’s Residential R-1 district along County Route 27, Hale Road, Pike Road, Finnegan Road, Ames Road, Judson Street Road and County Route 32.
The plan is drawing fire from because the town’s residential zone is more restrictive than its rural zone. That means fewer uses would be allowed unless a special use permit were granted to the owner. (
Agriculture, which is allowed in a rural zone, would require special permits, and be limited to personal use.)  A residential zone prohibits owners from having livestock, poultry, cows, sheep, goats, pheasants and other farm animals. Agriculture and agribusiness, which are allowed in a rural zone, would be prohibited...  Watertown Daily Times.
See the full story here and please attend this meeting to voice your opinion.



 Opening Day for the Canton Farmer's Market 
Tuesday, May 15
, 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



 Bee-ology -- Basic Bee Biology Beginners Workshop 
Saturday, May 19, 3 pm, Learning Farm Classroom (Cornell Cooperative Extension)
2043 Rt. 68, lg. white barn on R at curve w/ flashing light, 2.3 mi. from Price Chopper (E.Main St. Canton)

Expert beekeeper Mark Berninghausen of Squeak Creek Apiaries will be our presenter, discussing the anatomy and physiology of the honey bee, for beginner to advanced levels.  Mark will share what a honeybee looks like close up, examining what makes a honeybee distinct from other insects.  Suggested donation of $10 to $20, sliding scale, $5 student - scholarships available when you RSVP.  Email us if you have questions,need directions, or to RSVP (not necessary in this case, but helpful!).

Owner of Squeak Creek Apiaries, Mr. Berninghausen has been keeping bees since 1976 and has been providing local sourced honey for the North Country since 1988 through his Squeak Creek Apiaries based in Brasher Falls, NY, (315) 769-2566.  He has been by maintaining more than 500 colonies of bees across the St. Lawrence River Valley, which are also used to pollinate apple orchards in the region each Spring.  Overwintering his hives in South Carolina allows his bees to be ready for early Spring pollination needs as well as the production of nucleus colonies for use by local beekeepers.
 
Along with his Associates Degree in Commercial Beekeeping from the Agricultural Technical Institute at Ohio State University, Mark spent 20 seasons working as an Apiary Inspector with the N.Y. State Department of Ag & Markets and many years working with other commercial beekeepers.

Bee Fanciers Please Note:
"Bee" on the look out for our series of beginner to advanced workshops, dates TBA:
Raising Queens is planned for later in the season.
Making Nuc's is also planned for later in the season
Summer Mentoring at Squeak Creek Apiaries!
Honey Appreciation sessions are also planned - honey tastings, cooking tips, health benefits, and more!
"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!



 P l a n t  S w a p !   Garden Seedling & Perennial Transplants 
Thursday, May 24, 6:30 - 8 pm, Ives Park Gazebo, Potsdam, NY (location & parking details below)

On this day before the Memorial Day weekend (traditional planting-out time in the North Country) take this opportunity to swap out some of those extra seedlings (you know, how you grew or bought a whole six-pack of cucumber when you only wanted two or three plants, right?!).  In exchange you may be able to find a whole new variety of tomato you never heard of, or some beautiful flowers!

This is also an opportunity to share those fabulous perennials that are taking over that corner of your landscape!  Fun, casual; a great way to boost your garden diversity!  Come early for best selection!!  Small, free will donations will be accepted to benefit the LLV, but are not necessary.

Leftover plants will be donated to the Cecilie Garden Project of UShare, who also welcome volunteers for a Seedling Planting Party from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 27th.

If you would like to be a Plant Swap! volunteer please email us at SustLivingProject@gmail.com
or call 315.347.4223 for information (see planning gathering date below too)!  Rain date unlikely, since the Gazebo is under cover.  Unless it really pours.

Very Informal Plant Swap Guidelines
  • Bring plants. Or don't, and just hang out!
  • Try to arrive at 6:30 so everything is available at one time and you aren't the only one left with something to swap!
  • We'll have a very brief questionnaire that will be posted with your plants so people know what they're getting (type of fertilizer used, hardened off yet, etc.).
  • Try to have your plants pre-labeled with their common names.  Popsicle sticks and pens will be available if needed.
  • If you have extra containers, please bring them, so we can divvy up seedlings as needed. 
  • If you have other gardening-related information to share, please bring it!
  • If you have gardening questions, bring them too!  "Let's talk!"
  • Snacks?  We wouldn't turn away snacks! :-)
  • Rain or shine -- since the Gazebo is under cover -- you just have to get there!
  • Make a small contribution to the fund; it helps keep the Local Living Venture going!  (And pays for Popsicle sticks!)  No worries if you can't.

BE A PLANT SWAP VOLUNTEER!
If you'd like to help us pull this fun event together, we're getting together at the Gazebo on Saturday May 19 at 5:30 -- join us!  Otherwise, we'll see you at the Swap -- 6:30 on the 24th!
  Or contact us -- SustLivingProject@gmail.com or  315.347.4223 -- for other ways to participate.

LOCATION AND PARKING
Park at the end of Hamilton or Bay Streets, off of Pierrepont Avenue/Rt.56 or just pull to the very rear of the municipal parking lot across from the Roxie Theater and next to the Clarkson Inn.  You can't miss the Gazebo in the lovely riverside setting at Ives Park.



LATE BREAKING!
  Rammed Earth / Tire Earthship Work Party & Tour   
Saturday May 26th from 8 am till whenever, Adams, NY 13605
You can join in on a tire work party (filling tires with dirt and pounding them with a sledge hammer) for an Earthship project being built in Adams, just barely south of Watertown!  This is a casual event, you can come and go as you please. If anyone is interested in helping help or taking a tour please  Email us (SustLivingProject@gmail.com) or call 315.347.4223 -- and we will send you the location and other information.  There will be other opportunities this summer to join in, so if this one doesn't work for you, get on our list for future events!



 Bees & BeeKeeping Discussion Group 
Wednesday, May 30, 7 pm
Hosts: Bonnie Corse & Fred Henderson. Call or write for exact location, near West Potsdam.  (315) 347-4223 or 261-1926, SustLivingProject@gmail.comJoin 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:
Raising Queens and Making Nuc's are planned for later in the season
Plus,
Summer Mentoring at Squeak Creek Apiaries!
Honey Appreciation sessions are also planned - honey tastings, cooking tips, health benefits, and more!

"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!



  GardenShare Volunteer Orientation                          (not an LLV coordinated event)
  EBT Booth Staff Training for Farmer's Markets  
Wednesday, May 30, 7PM, near Canton

The GardenShare EBT booths at Farmer's Markets make it possible for people to use their EBT/Food Stamp benefits and helps low-income families to enjoy the freshest, healthiest, and tastiest food around, while boosting local farmers' incomes.
Volunteers staff the booths in two shifts on market days; from 8:45-11:30 and 11:30-2:15. The Canton Market is open on 9-2 Tuesdays and Fridays, and the Potsdam Market is open 9-2 on Wednesdays and Saturdays. RSVP for this orientation with GardenShare by email (office@gardenshare.org) or call 315-261-8054.



APRIL 2012

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 The Peak Moment TV Schedule for April 2012 on WCKN-TV Potsdam, is available when you click here.  See the first Sub-Page on our Resources / Links page to view a description of all 60 episodes, each of which are available on DVD for loan through the Potsdam Public Library.



 Wheat Belly Author to Present at SUNY Potsdam 
Wednesday, April 4, 6pm, SUNY Potsdam, 105 Kellas Hall      
  (not an LLV coordinated event)
Learn how and why you can benefit from a wheat-free diet!  New York Time’s Bestseller, Dr. William Davis, author of the book Wheat Belly: Lose The Wheat, Lose The Weight And Find Your Path Back to Health will presenting via Skype at SUNY Potsdam.  Dr. Davis is a preventive cardiologist whose unique wheat-free approach to diet allows him to advocate reversal, not just prevention, of heart disease. In additional, his patients following a wheat-free diet have experienced better health due to weight loss, reversal of diabetes and an improvement in many auto-immune conditions. Dr. Davis is a practicing cardiologist in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is the medical director for Track Your Plaque, an online heart disease prevention program.  This program is free and open to the public. 



 Transitioning to Organic:  A Workshop for Fruit & Vegetable Producers 
Wednesday, April 4, 10am - 4pm       (not an LLV coordinated event)
If you are considering transitioning to certified organic practices, this is the primer you need, hosted by NOFA-NY. Held at Jordan Hall, NYS Ag Experimental Station, 630 West North Street, Geneva, NY.
$35 for NOFA-NY Members, $50 All Others (includes resource materials, lunch, and refreshments)
For full details and registration, click here or call (585) 271-1979. 



 SLU's Romer Lecture:  'Honeybee Democracy'         (not an LLV coordinated event)
Wednesday, April 4, 7:30 PM, Hepburn Hall, St. Lawrence University, Canton
(see campus map below)

Cornell University Biology Professor Thomas D. Seeley will give a talk called "Honeybee Democracy" on Wednesday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Hepburn Hall at St. Lawrence University.  (Note:  here is a link to the campus map.  Hepburn Hall is #14. http://www.stlawu.edu/campusmap/map.html.)  The 2012 Alfred Romer Memorial Lecture event is open to the public free of charge and will be followed by a book-signing. Seeley's books will be available at the lecture, as well as in the Brewer Bookstore.

Seeley will describe how honeybees make decisions: collectively and democratically. Every year, faced with the life-or-death problem of choosing a new home, honeybees stake everything on a process that includes collective fact-finding, vigorous debate and consensus-building. Seeley will discuss how these bees evaluate potential nest sites, advertise their discoveries to one another, engage in open deliberation, choose a final site and navigate together - as a swirling cloud of bees - to their new home.

He will argue that these incredible insects have much to teach us when it comes to achieving collective wisdom. A decision-making group should consist of individuals with shared interests and mutual respect, a leader's influence should be minimized, diverse solutions should be sought, vigorous debate of the options should be encouraged, and the majority will should be counted on for a dependable solution. "We will see," Seeley says, "that with the right organization, decision-making groups can be smarter than even the smartest individual in them." 


If you are interested in Beekeeping, check out our
Bee Resources page!


Community Seed Swap
Saturday, April 7, 10am - 12pm, Winthrop, NY
 Organizer Jeremiah Curtis is bringing back the seed swap for its second 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:




Family Fun Night at SUNY Potsdam    (not an LLV coordinated event)
Thursday, April 12, 4:30 - 6pm, Merritt Hall Gym
Come celebrate spring with:
  • Healthy food and a child friendly cookbook provided by the Student Nutrition Action Committee (SNAC)
  • Face painting, water play, ball and ring toss, hockey shots, hopscotch, pin the tail on the bunny, bean bags, horseshoes, spin art, and clown photo frame for silly portraits
  • Display tables with representatives from: The St. Lawrence Dairy Princess Program, St. Lawrence Public Health, the Sustainable Living Project, Garden Share and Funding Factory.
  • Music Provided by the Crane School of Music
Donations are encouraged to benefit the SUNY Canton Early Childhood Education Program which was badly damaged by fire.


 99%  Spring Training Teach-In 
Friday, April 13, 2 - 5 pm    (not an LLV coordinated event)

In just one week 100,000 people will be trained to tell the story of what happened to our economy, learn the history of non-violent direct action, and use that knowledge to take action on our own campaigns to win change.  Please join us!  Fireside Lounge, Barrington Student Union, SUNY Potsdam.

Free!  Pre-registration required.  Register at: http://civic.moveon.org/event/99spring/128906
or e-mail sullivha@potsdam.edu for the link.  Sponsored by the SOCI Forum and Sociology Club at SUNY Potsdam.  Some of the organizations involved in 99% Spring include Jobs With Justice, MoveOn.org SEIU, Rebuild the Dream, UNITE-HERE, Greenpeace, Working Families Party, United States Student Association, American Federation of Teachers, 350.org, and many more!



 Start Your Garden Seedlings Indoors And Learn How to Transplant 
Saturday, April 14, 11am - 12:30 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 1 pm if there's overflow.  Suggested donation of $10 to $20, sliding scale, $5 student - scholarships available when you RSVP.

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.
  •  Green George Gardens  Specializing in unique Perennials that flourish in the North Country. 315-778-0188
  •  Potsdam AGWAY  Lawn & Garden Center (see link here.)

This workshop is part of a series of Beginner Gardener Workshops throughout the season,  including:
  • Shiitake Fundamentals - plug a log with spawn and take it home
  • Garden and Food Waste Composting - one of our most popular workshops with host Janet Lomastro
  • Plant Swap! Garden Seedlings and Perennial Transplants 
  • and many more are soon to come...scroll down for dates on the ones we've set so far.



 Earth Week! at SUNY Potsdam      (not an LLV coordinated event)
Various Events, April 19 - 25
Middle Ground, SUNY Potsdam's environmental group will be hosting a series of events around campus focused on expanding on the idea of Earth Day.
Events include:
 Thursday April 19th: Viewing of Ingredients, a documentary film about local food movements, 105 Kellas Hall, 6pm -- followed by a 
panel discussion with Biology Professor and Farmer Ray Bowdish, Dexter's Cafe Head Chef Steve Maiocco, and Phil Harnden, founder of GardenShare.
 Friday April 20th: Join Chip on his community clean up
 Sunday April 22nd: Earth Day One Bag Waste Picnic/Concert, Behind Union, 1:00 - 5pm. There will be a variety of speakers and tables. Live bands include: Jibberdad and A Sharp Arrangement. Food will be provided by PACES.

 (look for the LLV/SLP table at this event!)
 Monday April 23rd: Dominic Frongillo, the youngest elected Council
member in the town of Caroline, NY will be speaking to various classes about
environmental issues.

 Tuesday April 24th: 5K Walk/Run To Protect Forests at 5 pm. Supporting The
> Nature Conservancy adopt an acre program in the Appalachian Mountains.
> Donations will help to protect endangered plants and wildlife.

 Wednesday April 25th: Charles Fishman speaks, Snell Hall, 7:30pm (see separate listing here, scroll to April 25)
More details to come. For more information about Middle Ground and their activities email:
middleground@potsdam.edu



 Reconnecting Hands, Mouth, and Mind Through Food Systems Education 
Call for Campus Teams – Deadline March 26, 2012
April 20-22, Bar Harbor, Maine
          (not an LLV coordinated event)
Would you like to showcase your college or university’s work to promote sustainable food systems?  How are you integrating your facilities, activities and resources to teach about sustainable food systems?  How are you working with community partners, your own farms and Dining Halls to complement course offerings in food systems?  How are you trying to augment the amount of sustainable food (as you define it) served at your institution? 
NOTE: Attendance reimbursements possible for participating campus teams - deadline 3/26.

College of the Atlantic's conference will include a plenary session and workshops that will highlight interesting integrative work at other colleges and universities, discuss some of the challenges, and share stories about how these challenges were met in different places.  The conference will focus on Northeastern institutions of higher education, but is open to learning from institutions in other places too.  Journey to Mount Desert Island to learn about food systems education from some of the people who are forging paths in new distribution methods, policy that favors small organic farms, getting more sustainable food to campuses, cultural connections with foodways, and advocacy for food justice and sovereignty.

Keynote speakers:
    Eric Holt-Giménez, Executive Director, Food First / Institute for Food & Development Policy
    Gary Paul Nabhan, author and Research Scientist, Southwest Center, University of Arizona

Workshops on Intersections between Farming & Fishing Policy, How Can Colleges Help Move State & Regional Food Plans, Examining & Improving College Food Systems, Students Organizing for Social Justice in the Food System and more!  Contact:  Molly D. Anderson, Partridge Chair in Food & Sustainable Agriculture Systems, College of the Atlantic, 105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609 USA, T: 207.801.5729, E: manderson@coa.edu

REGISTRATION:  http://www.coa.edu/foodconnections.htm



Solar Home Tour / Grape Vine Planting Work Party
April 21, 9am - through out the day, Potsdam NY
Lou and Sandy Maine will be your co- hosts at their off grid solar homestead outside Parishville.  Also co- hosting later in the afternoon will be Matt Whalen, Owner of High Peaks Winery, in Parishville NY.

Lou and Sandy Maine have been living off the grid since 1982 and have a hybrid system of solar panels, diesel generator and battery storage. They use wood heat and have a pre-heated wood-based hot water system. They also raise chickens and pigs and have a large garden with vegetables and storage crops. The home tour will take place at 9 am

After the tour there will be an optional Back Yard Vineyard Planting Work Party, which will begin some time after the tour.  At 1 pm there will be  break for a bag lunch ( bring your own lunch please) and more planting from 2-5 pm followed by a wine tasting with High Peaks Winery and a barbecue of farm-raised meat. Please bring a dish to pass if you plan to stay for supper (vegetarians welcome, despite the BBQ.)

We will be planting 5 cold hearty test varieties of grapes for a total of 125 vines. If weather is inclement the workshop will be postponed until April 28th.  If you are interested in signing up the home tour and optional work party contact us by phone at 315.347.4223 or email us to RSVP. Attendance is limited and you must RSVP. Suggested donation of $10 to $20, sliding scale, $5 student - scholarships available when you RSVP.



 Earth Day Community Climate Forum 
April 22, 4-6 PM, Pendragon Theater, Saranac Lake, NY 
(not an LLV coordinated event)

This is a resourceful and FREE forum. After Jerry Jenkins speaks, we will have 5 Action Stations where folks can learn about the following:

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  • Free Home Energy Audits
  • Local Green House Tour on Saturday 28th.
  • Buying a seasonal share in a local meat or vegetable farm so you can have farm fresh food every week.
  • Membership in the Farm 2 Family Food Network located in Saranac Lake that connects you to area farms and what they offer through the winter months
  • Sign up for a new 7 week workshop through The Green Circle called "Choices for Sustainable Living"
  • Learn about area Transportation options
  • What's your Carbon Footprint? Find out at the Wildlife Conservation Society's table.
  • Sign up for "Truly Wild: Adirondack Edible Plants" workshops for kids and adults.

Light snacks will be served. This event is a presentation of the Adirondack Green Circle (a project of Adirondack Sustainable Communities) and the Wildlife Conservation Society.

www.adkgreencircle.org
www.inthegreencircle.blogspot.com
Facebook: Adirondack Green Circle





 Bees & BeeKeeping Discussion Group 
Tuesday, April 24, 7 pm   First Presbyterian Church Conference Room, Canton.
The informal monthly Bee Discussion Group continues -- Meetings are held on alternating last Tuesdays and last Wednesdays of each month alternately.  Check in to be sure (see below)!

"Bee" on the look out for our series of beginner to advanced workshops, dates TBA:
Basic Bee Biology will be offered with Mark Berninghausen of Squeak Creek Apiaries as Presenter.
Raising Queens is planned for later in the season.
Making Nuc's is also planned for later in the season
Summer Mentoring at Squeak Creek Apiaries!
Honey Appreciation sessions are also planned - honey tastings, cooking tips, health benefits, and more!

"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!



 Charles Fishman, Author of The Big Thirst, Speaks 
April 25, 7:30 pm, SUNY Potsdam Snell Theatre, Potsdam NY     (not an LLV coordinated event)
SUNY Potsdam and the SOAR Institute for Learning in Retirement presents Charles Fishman, investigative reporter and author of "The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water".  As part of SUNY Potsdam's effort to help make people aware of impending water challenges, Charles Fishman will be speaking about "The Big Thirst".  The talk will bring to light many challenges the global community may soon face for access to safe water sources. 
This event is free and open to the public, no reservations required.



 Take Root!   A Training for Garden Educators   (coordinated by CCE - in collaboration with us, the LLV)
April 27, 9 am to 3 pm, Cooperative Extension Learning Farm, Rt. 68, Canton.
This workshop will be led by Liz Faulk from the Cornell Garden based Learning program in Ithaca. Training is open to educators and youth workers interested in, or already implementing, garden-based learning into their work.  It includes developing a long-term approach to garden-based programs, fostering commitment to year-long food systems, building capacity, forming collaborations, building healthy soil and composting, and much more.
There is a $15 registration fee which includes lunch. To register contact Bobbi-Jo Brothers, at 315-379-9192 or bmr37@cornell.edu. For more information about Cornell Garden Based Learning contact Liz Falk, at efalk@cornell.edu.
The Take Root! training session is part of a three part professional development program offered by CGBL.
To learn more check out: http://blogs.cornell.edu/garden/takeroot/



  Mud  Season  Boogie Down  with  DJ  Mark  Suede 
   BENEFITS the Sustainable Living Project!
Saturday, April 28, 7 pm on...

The event is the second annual Mud Season Boogie Down with DJ Mark Suede who "spins the platters" featuring funk, soul, hip-hop, salsa, house, techno, Balkan, and more.  The fabulous dance floor of the Crary Mills Community Center, near Canton, NY, will be put to the test as we warm up our Winter bones!

This event is free and open to the public; voluntary donations accepted to benefit the Community Center and the Sustainable Living Project (www.SustainableLivingProject.net).  Bring your own snack/refresments to stay revved up for dancing.  For more details about the dance, contact Derek at joaquinstick@gmail.com.

Directions:  at the intersection of Langdon's Corners on Rt. 68 (which is approximately 4-5 miles from Rt. 11 in Canton) proceed towards Potsdam on the Eben Road.  Less than a mile up the road turn onto the Post Rd. (only one way to go) at the flashing light and the Tri-Town facility is just up the road on the left.


 Cecilie Garden Opening Day Work Party  (not an LLV coordinated event)
Sunday April 29, any time from 1 to 4 pm, Lehman Park, Pierrepont Ave./Rt.56, Potsdam
Cecilie Garden will be opened with student volunteers from SUNY Potsdam and the committed helpers from the UShare Project at the UU Church pitching in.  All volunteers, skilled or not, are welcome -- volunteers are needed. We hope to get a lot done AND enjoy the company, so come out for as long or as little as you are able – even a half hour is a big help.
POURING DOWN (not sprinkling) rain date will be Sunday May 6. For information call Jan at (315) 244-8315.



MARCH 2012

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



 The Peak Moment TV Schedule for March 2012 on WCKN-TV Potsdam, is available when you click here.  See the first Sub-Page on our Resources / Links page to view a description of all 60 episodes, each of which are available on DVD for loan through the Potsdam Public Library.



Women and Wood:
How to Split and Stack Firewood Safely and Easily
Sunday, March 4th, 2pm - 4pm Colton/Pierrepont, NY
Don't let the men in your life have all the fun! 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 reserve your space! Include all participants names, phone numbers and email addresses and we will reply with the location near Colton and other relevant information.     
A donation of $10 - 20 is requested.  Scholarships are available in advance.
Please  call 315.347.4223 or write SustLivingProject@gmail.com for information.   



"Inside Job" at Cinema 10         (not an LLV coordinated event)
March 5th, 7:15 p.m., Roxy Theater, Potsdam
A must see film that goes into great detail about the financial crisis that, in part, precipitated the "Occupy" Movement of the 99%.
“...a first-class documentary that's also a dedicated act of citizenship,” writes Mick LaSalle of The San Francisco Chronicle. Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post,  concludes, “If you think you've absorbed all you could about sub-prime mortgages, credit default swaps and the arcana of elaborate derivatives,  think again. Inside Job traces the history of the crisis and its implications with exceptional lucidity, rigor and righteous indignation.”  (120 min.; PG-13)




Nutritious, Delicious  (and Cheap!)
Grains & Beans -- Low on the Food-chain Cooking Seminar
Saturday, March 17, 3 - 5pm
Followed by a professional guided nutrition shopping tour at the Potsdam Food Co-op
(optional)
Sharing cooking tips and various techniques as well as the health benefits of eating "low on the food chain" with Paula Youmell, assisted by SLP Co-Coordinator Chelle Lindahl and Community Health Intern Chelsea Coons.  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!
  We'll go so far as to claim tacit endorsement by Tom Ashbrook of NPR's On Point radio show -- who declared our seminar concept "...a recipe for eternal happiness."  The radio segment in question begins at minute 14:40!

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; recently teaching Health and PE at Parishville-Hopkinton Central School, currently proprietor of Hands On Health Holistic Healing.

OPTIONAL: 
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.  On this day, she offers a "group therapy" version of this service (though it will be necessarily less personalized) following the cooking seminar.  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!

Presented in partnership between the Potsdam Food Co-op, Hands On Health Holistic Healing and the SLP

You MUST RSVP to reserve your space! Include all participants names, phone numbers and email addresses and we will reply with the  location in Potsdam and other relevant information.     
A donation of $10 - 20 is requested to benefit Local Living Venture workshop creation.  Scholarships are available upon request.
Please  call 315.347.4223 or write SustLivingProject@gmail.com for information.   

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!



D
ig In
!
 
Food & Garden Conference 
Information, Inspiration and Resources for Organizations & Institutions
Monday, March 19, 7:30 AM register, 8 AM to 4:30 PM
  (LLV co-sponsors this event)
This second Dig In! conference will expand on school and community garden topics to incorporate workplace and other “institutional” interests, from gardening to composting to nutrition education. There is something for everyone at Dig In!  Participants may include school staff & parents; business owners & employees; community leaders & residents; and health & food-focused professionals. 
If you grow, prepare, market, eat, compost, educate or set policy about food, this event is for YOU!
The Dig In! Food & Garden Conference will offer information, inspiration and resources to develop and strengthen food-based projects and policies.  These may include gardening, composting, procurement, marketing and nutrition education in schools, businesses and communities; important components of a healthy, secure and connected food system.  With a focus on organizational level programs, Dig In! promotes cultural and environmental change to positively affect many individuals.
The Healthy Schools NY project of the St. Lawrence Health Initiative is collaborating with local organizations including Cornell Cooperative Extension, GardenShare, the Sustainable Living Project and UShare.  More info at GetHealthySLC.org.  Check back for more details or email us if you'd like to be on the conference mailing list -- or to help!
The registration deadline is March 15th and space is limited, so register soon!
Complete
Dig In! conference schedule, registration information and more at the web link above.



Traditional Maple Sugaring -- the old fashioned way!
Backwoods Horse-Drawn Maple Sugaring Work Party
CANCELLED DUE TO FINE WEATHER
Likely March 24, 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 some labor carrying buckets to the sugar house. We will end the day with warm beverages in the sugar house while the boiling action continues.This is limited to 12 attendees, and we hope to share this with folks who are seriously interested in doing this themselves. 
This workshop is weather dependent but should occur in the time frame above.
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.
If you are interested contact us by phone at 315.347.4223 or email us and we'll let you know a day or two in advance.  Suggested donation of $10 to $20, sliding scale, $5 student - scholarships available when you RSVP.



Two Biomass Events

March 21-23, Saratoga Springs, NY                            (not an LLV coordinated event)
The Northeast Agricultural Biomass Heating Seminar is an an all-day special event, March 21 from 10 am to 5 pm, focused on the use of agricultural biomass in heating applications (i.e., grasses, ag residues and other non-forest biomass).  It is being planned as a complement to the Northeast Biomass Heating Expo 2012, scheduled for March 22 and March 23, 2012.  Both events are being held at the City Center in Saratoga Springs, NY.  For information:  Jon Montan, Grass Energy Working Group, jmontan@stlawco.org



 BeeHive Components & Beekeeping Gear / Equipment 
Wednesday, March 28, 7 PM, Colton Town Hall, 94 Main St., Colton, NY 
(will replace the usual monthly discussion group gathering)
Join Greg Kalacin of Harmony Farms Apiary and the Empire State Honey Producer's Association for a lively workshop on hive components and the necessary equipment for bee keeping.  A suggested donation of $10 - 20 is requested to benefit Local Living Venture workshop creation.  Scholarships are available upon request.  Please call 315.347.4223 or write SustLivingProject@gmail.com for information.  Also, check out  "The BeeHive", our Resource Page!

This workshop is first in a series of workshops, dates TBA:
Basic Bee Biology will be offered with Mark Berninghausen of Squeak Creek Apiaries.
Raising Queens is planned for later in the season, as is Making Nuc's.
Summer Mentoring at Squeak Creek Apiaries!
Honey Appreciation sessions are planned - honey tastings, cooking tips, health benefits, and more!



GAPs for Small Farms:
Dispelling Myths, Getting the Facts, and Designing a Food Safety Plan

March 28
& March 29,
8:30am – 3:30pm, both days, Auburn, NY 
      (not an LLV coordinated event)
As food safety regulations continue to evolve, the need for farmers to be proactive about farm food safety issues is growing. NOFA-NY and Cornell Cooperative Extension are pleased to announce another great opportunity for farmers to learn more about the Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and develop a personalized farm food safety plan. Location: CCE Cayuga County Office: 248 Grant Ave, Auburn, NY 13021  To sign up go to:  http://www.nofany.org/events/field-days/gaps-small-farms-dispelling-myths-getting-facts-and-designing-food-safety-plan-yo-0



SUNY Potsdam  W e l l n e s s   F a i r      (not an LLV coordinated event)
Thursday, March 29, 10am-2pm, Barrington Student Union, SUNY Potsdam
This event promotes safety and wellness on campus and in the community. Basic health screenings will be available. In addition you will find a variety of demonstrations and informational tables of campus and community groups and services. This event is free and open to the public.
Note: Look for the SLP table at this event!


   
The NYS ClimAID Report and the Adirondacks 2012
Thursday, March 29, 10:00 AM, Wild Center, Tupper Lake      (not an LLV coordinated event)
What everyone needs to know about how we should anticipate climate change.  The Wild Center will host climate experts and authors of a recent New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) report on the State’s adaptation and mitigation recommendations regarding “Responding to Climate Change in New York State” or “ClimAID.”  The event is free but please register at this link.


 Renewable Energy Focus Group Gathering 
March 29, 4 PM, location TBA, likely Potsdam
A gathering to discuss creating a Workshops Series
for the Local  Living Venture on renewable energy topics. All are welcome. Call or write for details even if you can't make it to this event (time and place subject to change, determined by the group). 315-347-4223 (leave a message), 261-1926 (cell phone not always on), sustlivingproject@gmail.com.



ANNOUNCEMENT:     (deadline April 1, 2012)
  North Country Pastured , LLC seeks to hire two full-time Poultry Processing Specialists for its mobile poultry and rabbit processing unit. Please send letter of intent, resume and 3 letters of reference to:  North Country Pastured, LLC, 116 Rice Road, Dekalb Junction, NY 13630 or submit
electronically to northcountrypastured@gmail.com, by April 1, 2012

FEBRUARY 2012

~ information on how to register for an SLP  events appears below the monthly listings ~



 The Peak Moment TV Schedule for February 2012 on WCKN-TV Potsdam, is available when you click here.  See the first Sub-Page on our Resources / Links page to view a description of all 60 episodes, each of which are available on DVD for loan through the Potsdam Public Library.



Old Fashioned Ice Cutting Party
February 15th, 9am-4:30pm, near Canton, NY
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 with 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!  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

  

Clarkson University's 2nd Annual Wellness Fair:
Safer and Healthier Every Day             (not an SLP coordinated event)
February 22nd, 9am-2pm, Cheel Campus Center at Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY
Clarkson University is hosting its second annual event to promote safety and wellness on campus and in the community. Basic health screenings will be available In addition you will find a variety of demonstrations and informational tables of Clarkson and community groups and services. This event is free and open to the public.
Note: Look for the SLP table at this event!


Farm Bill Workshop & Town Hall Meeting with Rep. Owens


POST SCRIPT:  Video of this event created by North Country Public Radio is available at http://vimeo.com/37440179.


If you eat food, the Farm Bill affects you.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Farm Bill Intro:  9-10:30am; refreshments provided
Town Hall Meeting with Rep. Owens:  11-12 noon 

Barben Room, Cheel Campus Center, Clarkson Campus

Many people do not realize that most of the spending in the Farm Bill goes to the Food Stamp program. Can we ensure that our nation's hungry have healthy choices?


2010 USDA Farm Bill Spending

Graphic: American Farmland Trust

The League of Women Voters and numerous other area organizations will host Representative Bill Owens at a town hall meeting about the Farm Bill.

Join GardenShare at 9am, before the Town Hall Meeting, to learn about Farm Bill issues, how they affect you, and what you can do about it. This Farm Bill Workshop is designed to give you the opportunity to participate in the democratic process.  You will learn some of the ins and outs of the Farm Bill and how we can make the new Farm Bill reflect our needs. Then you will have a chance to tell your Congressman what you think!

Patty Lovera of Food and Water Watch will join us from Washington D.C. via teleconference to give us an overview of this behemoth bill, how it is formed, and some of what is in it.

Peter Ricardo, from the Food Bank of Central New York, will be here to focus on the Nutrition Title, the part of the Bill that covers the Food Stamp program, and talk about ways to improve this program that serves as a basic safety net for a full 15% of Americans.

The Farm Bill determines what is grown, whether our food is healthy for us and the environment, and what kinds of food assistance we offer to those in need. The current Farm Bill is set to expire in September 2012, and your voice will be needed to ensure that North Country producers and eaters alike are not left out in the cold. 

If you eat food, the Farm Bill affects you.
There is ample parking (use the main Rt. 11 campus entrance  -- Cheel is the 2nd building on the right, past the gymnasium complex, and has a large parking lot in front of the building).  Everyone is welcome to this event. 
For more information on the Farm Bill Workshop contact GardenShare at 315-261-8054 or info@gardenshare.org. 
For more information on the Town Hall meeting, contact Sue Cypert with the L.W.V. at 315-386-8659  or gardency@yahoo.com.



Bees & BeeKeeping
Tuesday, February 28, 7 PM
Unitarian Universalist Church, side door, Main St near Park St., Canton.
The informal monthly Bee Discussion Group continues -- for now it is between the 4th Tuesday and the 4th Wednesday of the month depending on the the survey going out to the group changes that date.  Check in to be sure!

Announcing a new series of beginner to advanced workshops, dates TBA:
Basic Bee Biology will be offered with Mark Berninghausen of Squeak Creek Apiaries as Presenter.
Basic Bee Components (equipment & gear) will be offered by Greg Kalacin of the  Empire State Honey Producer's Assn.
Raising Queens is planned for later in the season.
Making Nuc's is also planned for later in the season
Summer Mentoring at Squeak Creek Apiaries!
Honey Appreciation sessions are also planned - honey tastings, cooking tips, health benefits, and more!

"Bee" in touch -- join us!  Email us at SustLivingProject@gmail.com to receive notice of workshops and events.


JANUARY 2012

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Bees & BeeKeeping
A full schedule of beekeeping activities will resume in January/February. 
Email us at
SustLivingProject@gmail.com to receive notice of workshops and events.

The informal monthly Bee Discussion Group continues -- for now it is on the 4th Wed. of the month (Jan 25) unless the survey going out to the group changes that date.  Check in to be sure!

Announcing a new series of beginner to advanced workshops begins in February as well. 
Basic Bee Biology will be offered with Mark Berninghausen of Squeak Creek Apiaries as Presenter.
Basic Bee Components (equipment & gear) will be offered by Greg Kalacin of the  Empire State Honey Producer's Assn.
Honey Appreciation sessions are also planned - honey tastings, cooking tips, health benefits, and more!
"Bee" in touch -- join us!



   NOFA-NY     Winter Conference  
January 20-22, 2012 -- Pre-Register by January 6th (earlier for discounts)
30th Annual Farming & Gardening Conference of the Northeast Organic Farming Assn. of New York will be held at the
Saratoga Hilton & City Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
      The United Nations has declared 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives. Building on this momentum, NOFA-NY has chosen The Cooperative Economy for the conference theme. 
      Conference fee schedule by the day or package deals can be found at the website: www.nofanyconference.org

      Members of the Sustainable Living Project will be attending Saturday and Sunday events.  Please be in contact if you'd like to carpool!  SustLivingProject@gmail.com



DECEMBER 2011
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 The Peak Moment TV Schedule for December 2011 on WCKN-TV Potsdam, is available when you click here.  See the first Sub-Page on our Resources / Links page to view a description of all 60 episodes, each of which are available on DVD for loan through the Potsdam Public Library.



Home-Made Preserves Swap
Saturday December 3, 10am                                             
(not an SLP coordinated event)
The foodstuffs need to be made by you, this year.  Swap out some of those 300 jars you made of dilly beans for another taste treat you'd enjoy, made by your neighbor.  Last year included items like homemade soap, for instance, so any agricultural product is "on the table" here.



Second Annual!
How does it work?

*Bring tasty food that you've made, labeled with its contents
Come at 10am sharp.

*Everyone gets a space to set up their items
*Initial introduction, basic ground rules laid
*Open trading: mill about, make an offer, or wait for someone to approach you
       *offers can be negotiated or declined.

Bring a little, bring a lot, you choose.
E-mail  LittleGrasse@gmail.com  to reserve a spot.

Last year North Country Public Radio station did a story that aired locally and on 'All Things Considered.'
Home Canning Enjoys New Popularity  (scroll down to this title in the list).

P.S. This is the same day as the TAUNY Holiday Open House on West Main St., Canton, from 10 am-4 pm!
Includes a shape note singing concert and the fun Gingerbread house exhibit.
315-386-4289


NOVEMBER 2011
~ information on how to register for SLP  events appears above ~

 The Peak Moment TV Schedule for November 2011 on WCKN-TV Potsdam, is available when you click here.  See the first Sub-Page on our Resources / Links page to view a description of all 60 episodes, each of which are available on DVD for loan through the Potsdam Public Library.



Shale Gas: Panacea or Shell Game?
Tues., Nov. 15, 7:30 pm                     (not an SLP coordinated event)
An exploration of the economics behind the hype that surrounds shale gas development and hydro-fracking by professional financial analyst Deborah Rogers. Rogers has served on the Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas since 2008. She was appointed in 2011 by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to a task force reviewing placement of air monitors in the Barnett Shale region in light of air quality concerns brought about by the natural gas operations in North Texas. She also joined a regional steering committee for the Oil and Gas Accountability Project (OGAP) in 2011 with responsibility for economic questions. Her website, Energy Policy Forum, is the pre-eminent web site and blog for discussing the complex problems inherent in shale gas. A June 25, 2011 article in the NY Times, Insiders Sound an Alarm Amid a Natural Gas Rush outlines the risks. Her presentation, open the public, takes place in the Barben Room, Cheel Arena, Clarkson University.  This event is sponsored by the St. Lawrence County League of Women Voters, along with community partners: AAUW-St. Lawrence County Branch, the Center for Excellence in Communication at Clarkson, the Sustainable Living Project , the Institute for a Sustainable Environment at Clarkson, and SUNY Potsdam's Environmental Studies Program and Middle Ground , the SUNY Potsdam environmental club; and the Environment Studies Department and the Philosophy Department at St. Lawrence University.
Most of her presentation was  documented on YouTube at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYzU4bEfJ5U&feature=channel_video_title




Green Home & Garden / Farm Tours
Will not occur in November or December, future locations and times TBA
A series of monthly tours that will be one tour in one day, much more intensive and "whole-homestead" than previous (more renewable energy-related) tours.  Energy, building systems, agriculture, cottage industries, land management, animals/livestock, and more will be covered as befits the host home that month.  Some tours will also feature an optional "work day" event where you can help out with a project that is useful to the household and educational for you!  Check back for updates or sign up ly earanyway -- our version of "I Feel Lucky!"  Suggested donation of $10 to $20, sliding scale, $5 student - scholarships available when you RSVP.



Bees and BeeKeeping -- Discussion Group
(all skill levels welcome)                      

Wednesday, November 30
-- and every 4th Wednesday
7:00
Novice to Advanced levels welcome
Free will donation basis (pass the hat).  Call or email (below) for location in Canton, NY.
Click HERE to check out the "BeeHive" resource page for BeeKeepers!




OCTOBER 2011
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 The Peak Moment TV Schedule for October 2011 on WCKN-TV Potsdam, is available when you click here.  See the first Sub-Page on our Resources / Links page to view a description of all 60 episodes, each of which are available on DVD for loan through the Potsdam Public Library.



Green Home Tours
Sunday, October 2
Three homes -- at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm -- by RSVP only.
Please click here to view the particulars and to sign up for these tours.
Suggested donation of $10 per person for one tour, or go on all three for the same small donation!




Farm to You Fest               (not an SLP-coordinated event)
The week of October 3- 9
Celebrate healthy and delicious local foods in school!  Farm to You Fest is a week-long celebration of local food and agriculture organized by the NYS Farm to School Committee
.  Celebrations may include featuring locally sourced foods in school meals; hosting taste tests; or highlighting school garden projects.  Ask your district’s food service director if s/he plans to participate and let us know!  Please email us: SustLivingProject@gmail.comWe can put you in touch with the School Gardens NY project if you have questions or want to participate.



Garden and Home Food-Waste Composting
Saturday, October 8, 10-12 NOON
Once again, we offer our most popular Summer/Fall workshop!
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 compost pile that you can visit the next week to check in 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!  Suggested donation of $10 to $20, sliding scale, $5 student - scholarships available when you RSVP.  Email us to RSVP for location and date.



2011 Value-Added Training Institute
Multiple dates, October & November
Start or expand your business ~
Learn how to be a small scale food processor!

Dates and Locations (Click on this link for details on the course offerings)
Session 1: October 7 & 8 Watertown, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County
Session 2: October 21 & 22 Ballston Spa, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County
Session 3: November 4 & 5 Malone, ComLinks
Session 4: November 17, Geneva, NY
Cost: $25 per person

Questions?  Alison Clarke, 585-394-0864 or accompost@gmail.com
                    Laurie Davis, 518-962-4810 x404, lsd22@cornell.edu
This Institute is supported by a Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NESARE) grant to the NY Small Scale Food Processors Association partnering with Adirondack Harvest, Inc. and the Northern NY Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations.




North Country Food Day Youth Summit     (not an SLP-coordinated event)
Monday, October 24, all day

On Food Day in the North Country, GardenShare and the St. Lawrence Health Initiative will bring together high school students (grades 9 through 12) from around the region for a day of workshops, films, and discussions around food issues, from diet-related disease to sustainable farming to marketing to kids.  Food Day is a nationwide event that aims to change the way Americans eat and think about food. Organized by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Food Day will showcase activities around the country that encourage Americans to “eat real” and support healthy, affordable food grown in a sustainable, humane way.   The aim of this North Country Food Day Youth Summit is to stimulate young people’s interest in, understanding of, and engagement with the five goals of Food Day 2011, which can be viewed at the GardenShare website.


SEPTEMBER 2011


 The Peak Moment TV Schedule for September 2011 on WCKN-TV Potsdam, is available when you click here.  See the first Sub-Page on our Resources / Links page to view a description of all 60 episodes, each of which are available on DVD for loan through the Potsdam Public Library.



Old Fashioned Harvest Days        (outreach event - look for our booth!)
Saturday & Sunday, September 3 & 4, 9 am - 4 pm both days
Power & Equipment Museum , Rt. 345 near Madrid, NY -- we usually set up our tent on the right side of the main field, near the old milk house.



Farm 2 Fork Festival        (outreach event - look for our booth!)
Saturday, September 3, 9am-2pm
A series of Lost Arts Workshops, plus home cooks preparing dishes and showing you how, using what the farmers are selling!.  A Beverage Bar of artisan drinks (Rhubarb Tonic, Mint Tea, Switchel and more), and a Pickle Bar with pickled veggies.  The Locavore Grill will be open with grass fed burgers and local chips. Theatre Group Dzieci will perform from 1-1:45 as Cirkus Luna, “The worst circus act on the planet”.  Riverside Park, Saranac Lake.
NOTE: Look for the SLP booth at this event!



Local Living Festival Planning Gathering
Wednesday,
September 14, 7 PM
Ten day countdown!  Cornell Cooperative Extension Learning Farm, Canton, NY.
Join us to help make it all happen!  All are welcome. 
Email us for details please.



Maker Faire, New York           (not an SLP-coordinated event)
Saturday, September 17th - 10 AM to 7 PM & Sunday, September 18th - 10 AM to 6 PM
DIY Projects, science, demos, entertainment and fun.  New York Hall of Science47-01 111th Street, Queens, NY 11368-2950, 718-699-0005 - Located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.  http://makerfaire.com/newyork/2011




Nature Center ReBirth Celebration!

Saturday, September 17, 1 to 3pm,  Rain or Shine!
The Friends of the Nature Center at Robert Moses State Park, Inc. personally invite YOU (and all your friends and family!) ~ Come celebrate the re-birth of the Nature Center & its programs. Join us to thank our supporters and hear what we have planned!  Snacks & refreshments provided, Guided hike, Kid’s activity, Silent Auction & more.
At the trail head: 19 Robinson Bay Rd., Massena, NY  315-705-5022


 
Preparedness Expo          (visit our outreach booth - not an SLP-coordinated event)
Saturday, September 17, 10am to 4pm
Jefferson Community College, James McVean Gymnasium, freee and open to the public,  Demonstrations, information, and classes all day in emergency preparedness.  Free blood pressure screenings, CPR course, emergency planning for households.  Special presentations, on behalf of the Local Living Festival booth, by Woodhenge: Simple Solar Kit For Running Emergency Equipment and Waterpump with no Electricity (Making Sure Your Water is Safe) by Jim Juczak.  For more information: 315-777-8377, Sponsored by: Servpro of Jefferson County



Greenhorns Film ~ North Country Premiere

Monday, September 19, 7:15 PM,
Cinema 10 Screening / followed by a panel of young farmers

Now happily rooted on Director Severine von Tscharner Fleming's first commercial farm, Smithereen, on rented land in the Hudson Valley of New York the Greenhorn crew began traveling the country in the autumn of 2007 with a confident intuitive sense of an emerging movement of young farmers. On the road for two years they found a movement has emerged--scrappy, resourceful, adaptive young Americans have brought the products and the spirit of this movement into the sun.
This is America, and it takes all kinds. All over the country they met enterprising, hopeful greenhorns: descendents of family dairies, punky inner-city gardeners, homesteaders, radical Christians, anarcho-activists, ex-suburbanites, graduates with biological science degrees, ex-teachers, ex-poets, ex-cowboys. The sons of traditional farmers, the daughters of migrant farm workers, the accidental agriculturalists and the deliberate career switchers all mark our maps. In foothills, warehouses, back valleys, and vacant lots they are popping up as we reclaim human spaces in the broad lazerland of Monoculture that has engulfed so much of America.  These are the Greenhorns, and they are coming to a big screen near you!  At Cinema 10, for only $4.50 for adults, $3.50 Seniors and Students. 
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Pre-screening Mixer featuring local foods and beverages.  Help is needed with this if you're able to join us! :-)  Details TBA! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Post-screening Panel Discussion
With Patrick Kiley of the Greenhorns plus four local young farmers, and one who'd like to be! 
Katie Fagerlund co-manages Birdsfoot Farm, an organic vegetable farm and intentional community in Canton, where she has been working for 3 years. She recently built a tiny house on the farm, and is currently in nursing school.
 
Bali MacKentley keeps cows for home dairy, cheese-making, and meat and works the family business at St. Lawrence Nurseries (northern hardy fruit and nut trees). 
Dean Thornton is proprietor of Art Farm, growing a diverse and colorful crop selection, mainly vegetables, plus flowers, herbs, and hogs. 
Flip Filippi and her partner run littleGrasse Foodworks, a diverse CSA for Canton area residents that encourages member participation, all manners of food preservation and the awesomeness of human-power.
Joe Heindl has farming in his family and would like to make a go of it on his own in New York State.

Check it out on Facebook



Local Living Festival Planning Gathering
Wednesday,
September 21, 7 PM
Final countdown!  3, 2, 1...Lift-off!  Cornell Cooperative Extension Learning Farm, Canton, NY.
Join us to help make it all happen! 
All are welcome.  Email us for details please.



Remington Arts Festival      (not an SLP-coordinated event)
"Canton's Celebration of Arts Excellence in the North Country"
Friday, September 23, 5 - 8 PM  &  Saturday, September 24, 10 AM - 4 PM

It promises to be a GREAT Saturday in Canton!  Shuttle back and forth from our Festival to this perennially wonderful Arts Festival on the Village green in downtown Canton.  The schedule of
events includes an Art Show & Sale in the Park with featured artist
Wayne Brown of Tired Iron Sculpture, a performance by the Fraser Family Singers, collaborating with NYSARC to host the morning Autism Walk, children's games and dress-up, horse-drawn carriage tours of the Village of Canton, and a Student Art Competition!  What a day!  The events kick off Friday night with the Frederic Remington Exhibit Opening and Lecture at the Silas Wright House across from the Village Park on Main Street and culminate Sunday morning with a 5K run.  Info: remingtonartsfestival@gmail.com.
The Remington Arts Festival is sponsored by the Town and Village of Canton in cooperation with three key partner organizations: the St. Lawrence County Historical Association, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY), and the St. Lawrence County Arts Council.

www.remingtonartsfestival.com  ~ also ~  Join the Arts Festival on Facebook!




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A day to move beyond fossil fuels

Moving Planet is a worldwide rally to demand solutions to the climate crisis—a single day to move away from fossil fuels. For too long, our leaders have denied and delayed, compromised and caved. That era must come to an end.

Come on bike, on skates, on a board, or on foot. Come with your neighbors and your friends, your family and your co-workers. Come be part of something huge. It's time to get moving on the climate crisis.


see our listing at www.moving-planet.org


The Sustainable Living Project & Local Living Festival are registered events participating in this global day of action.  Think Locally, Act Globally in this case!  Join us for ways to live a low-impact life, at the Local Living Festival on September 24th -- AND 25th!  One day just isn't enough!


No fee to enter the Local Living Festival if you arrive by renewable, non fossil-fuel powered means!



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Local Living Festival - A Celebration of Resourceful Living Skills
September 24 & 25 2011, 9 AM to 5 PM both days
Cornell Cooperative Extension Learning Farm, 2043 Rt. 68, 2.3 miles from Rt 11, Canton, NY, 13617.
Over 75 Skills-Building Workshops, nearly 100 exhibitors, hourly children's activities, a satellite of the Potsdam Farmer's Market, farm animals, music, theater, and more!  Watch our 
Local Living Festival  webpage as the roster of speakers and events develops!
  We hope you will join us -- as a  workshop presenter, skill demonstrator, exhibitor -- or participate as an attendee for the low cost of $5 per person for entry.  There will be serious fun and delightful education for all ages! 

To volunteer for Planning this event NOW or to help out on the "day-of" (2 hour shifts, all weekend long!) please email us at SustLivingProject@gmail.com, expressing your wishes.  We will set you up with the appropriate information to choose from.  And, thank you!!


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Locavore Dining Event Planned

            Food Minus the Mileage
Sunday evening, September 25, suppertime!
We'll celebrate a meal in style, even if it's a picnic on the lawn after the last tent is taken down at the Festival.  This meal needs a coordinator to find the restaurant or caterer or set up the home-grown picnic -- but if no one shows up, we'll play it by ear!  Ear of sweet corn, hopefully!  Contact us for more information, to sign up locally, or to volunteer. SustLivingProject@gmail.com.

About the  Locavore*Challenge

The NY Locavore Challenge is a month-long campaign aimed at engaging consumers across the state in eating local organic foods.  The goal for this campaign is to educate consumers about how to make healthy and ethical food choices, cook with in-season, local organic foods, while supporting local sustainable farms and food businesses. Check out this page to see ways you can participate in this event through one or more of the key challenge areas:


The Challenge will culminate in a Harvest Meal -- we hope to share in breaking bread with you on Sunday, September 25th!



Community Contra Dance!      
Friday, September 30, 7:30 pm Learn the steps & 8 pm DANCE!

Caller Beth Robinson
Live Music by
Gretchen Koehler on fiddle and piano
Don Woodcock on fiddle and piano
Carter Houk on bass

St. Mary's Gymnasium, Court St. at Powers St., Canton, NY
$10 Donation Adults,  $3-5 Students,  Children under 16 FREE.

Relevant Details: This is a healthy, fun, alcohol-free event.
Bring drinking water and please wear soft-soled shoes to dance in.  Partner not required.

Mailing List: To get on the listserv for notification of local Contra Dances, please email your contact information (if you are so inclined, please include all modern tech: cell phone, Facebook name, Twitter account, etc. as applicable) to  contradance@ymail.com

Presented by a partnership of: 
Sustainable Living Project  & Local Living Festival, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY), and the Greenhouse Low Impact theme cottage of St. Lawrence University
Sponsored by: SLU Student Life, Thelomathesian Society, and Swingin' Saints.



AUGUST 2011
~ information on how to register for an event appears between the August and September listings ~


 The Peak Moment TV Schedule for  May 2011  on WCKN-TV Potsdam, is available when you click here.  The August 2011 schedule is TBA due to construction at Clarkson University (the host of WCKN.)  See the first Sub-Page on our Resources / Links page to view a description of all 60 episodes, each of which are available on DVD for loan through the Potsdam Public Library.



Adirondacks Raquette River Clean Up    (not an SLP-coordinated event)
August 3rd, 10 AM on
Please join Wild Center staff and Adirondack Guide and historian Mike Prescott for Raquette River Clean-Up. Starting at 10 am at the NYS Raquette River Boat Launch on Rte. 3 (the Crusher), we will paddle the approximately 7 miles downstream to the Fish and Game Club cleaning the river along the way. We plan to end the day around mid-afternoon. The Wild Center will supply trash bags and a car shuttle back to the Crusher at the end of the day. Paddlers, please bring: your own boat (canoe recommended to hold trash), personal flotation device (required), gloves, lunch, and water.  518 359 7800 for info or  www.wildcenter.org





Local Living Festival / SLP Planning Event
Wednesday,
August 10, 7 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension Learning Farm, Canton, NY.
Join us to help make it all happen! 
All are welcome.  Email us for details please.



FLAVORFest at the W!ldCenter     (not an SLP-coordinated event)
August 11, 2011
Click Here to Get Your Passport and Spend the Day Tasting The Best of the Adirondacks

Celebrated Chef Phil Smith with smoked trout, summer beer, Kilcoyne beef with maple glaze...all from the local food scene, from farm to table.Local breweries, local artisanal suppliers and all day fun for kids.
Kristin Kimball from Essex Farms, author of “The Dirty Life”, learn about maple syrup from biologist Don Osterberg, a home brew workshop with Lake Placid Pub and Brewery, regional Farmer's Market and master gardeners to answer your gardening questions, too!



20th Annual  S E N I O R A M A  ~  A Celebration of Senior Citizens
Thursday, August 11, 2011, 8 AM                  (outreach event - look for our booth!)
St. Lawrence Center Mall Arena, Massena, NY. This event is open to the public with no entry fee.  Hosted by the New York State Wide Senior Action Council, Inc., North Country Chapter, serving the Counties of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Hamilton and St. Lawrence.  For information: (315) 769-2500




Mushrooms 101    (not an SLP-coordinated event)
Friday, August 12, 2011, 11 AM - 12:00 noon
Join Noah Siegel, nationally known award winning photographer and Mushroom 101mushroom identifier for a stroll on The Wild Center campus. This walk will introduce you to the basics of mushroom identification and the purpose of mushrooms in the ecosystem. We will discuss edible and poisonous mushrooms, where to find mushrooms in the wild and the best methods for collecting them.

Noah is drawn to fungi by its wide variety and unsung nature. He is co-president and a walk leader for the Monadnock Mushroomers Unlimited in Keene, New Hampshire, and a trustee for the Northeast Mycological Federation. While mostly based in the northeastern US, he has also sought mushrooms out throughout the United States and Canada as well as New Zealand and Australia. This program is free for Wild Center members or with paid admission. 



House Concert for the Benefit of
Seedcorn’s  Sustainable Living Project & Local Living Festival
Renowned Jazz Guitarist Paul Meyers
Saturday August 13, 7 PM                 

                          

At Robin McClellan’s Home near Sanfordville.  Donation $10 plus ticketing fee. 
Seating is limited to 50, so reservations are required.  Ticket ordering information (Brown Paper Tickets - the Fair Trade ticketing company) is at this link:  Benefit Concert ~ Paul Meyers Reservations
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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.
Photo: John Meyers  

Paul
has graciously agreed to give yet another benefit concert in support of Seedcorn’s Sustainable Living Project & Local Living Festival!  Many thanks to him, and also to House Concert host Robin McClellan for opening up his beautiful home to us for this wonderful event.


How to Dry Your Own Everlastings,
Flowers & Herbs, for Your Home and Health

Saturday, August 20, Noon (1-1.5 hours)
Part of the monthly Potsdam Farmer's Market series
Presenter:  Valarie Hallett.  Learn the ins and outs of successfully drying Everlastings -- an old word that encompasses Flowers, Culinary Herbs, even 'Weeds' in the traditional landscape, if they can preserved by drying. 
Valarie will share her a multitude of tips and techniques she’s learned over the years to help others properly dry flowers, culinary herbs and wildflowers to use as natural health remedies, aesthetic displays, or to spice up their foods naturally when cooking.  Using dried herbs is much healthier than using store-bought food seasonings which usually include preservatives when companies mass produce those products. Bottled seasonings could be on the shelves for an unknown amount of time, whereas with herbs you dry yourself you know the nutritional vitality and flavor is intact.
On hand will be Baby's Breath, Statice, Globe Amaranth, Straw-flowers, Sweet Peas, Daisies, Amaranth, Artemesia, Dill, Oregano, Parsley, Sage, etc.  A small sample will be given to participants to work with as well.  These and similar varieties can also be harvested from attendees own gardens and brought for drying at the workshop.  Either way we'll have fun and you'll leave knowing simple, money-saving methods for preserving your harvest for use in the home, as gifts, in cooking, or the traditional medicine cabinet. 
Suggested donation of $10 to $20, sliding scale, $5 student - scholarships available when you RSVP.  
Must RSVP, please email us to pre-register and assure your spot!



Bees and BeeKeeping -- Discussion Group
(all skill levels welcome)                      
Wednesday, August 24 -- and every 4th Wednesday
What's Up with Keeping Bees in the Coming Month?
6:00 pm Advanced, 7:00
Novice 
Free will donation basis (pass the hat).  Call or email (below) for location in Canton, NY.
Click HERE to check out the "BeeHive" resource page for BeeKeepers!



Chefs & Farmers: Taste the Adirondacks  (not an SLP-coordinated event)
Saturday, August 27, 5:30-8pm
This event is a fun and educational "tasting" event by local chefs using local farm ingredients
at the Union Depot, Saranac Lake. For more information contact: TastetheAdirondacks@gmail.com or call 518-304-7444



Local Living Festival / SLP Planning Event
Wednesday,
August 31, 7 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension Learning Farm, Canton, NY.
Join us to help make it all happen! 
All are welcome.  Email us for details please.




JULY 2011

~ information on how to register for an event appears between the August and September listings ~



 The Peak Moment TV Series is on hiatus for the summer due to construction at Clarkson University (the host of WCKN.).   The August and September 2011 schedules are TBA.   See the first Sub-Page on our Resources / Links page to view a description of all 60 episodes, each of which are available on DVD for loan through the Potsdam Public Library.



Mare's Wares Arts Fest  (Where Good Friends Meet)
Fri, July 1, noon - 8 PM      (not an SLP-coordinated event - look for our outreach booth!)
An amazing day of arts and entertainment and celebrate North Country quality, creativity, and artistry in all it's forms - artisans, musicians, authors and so much more!  Demonstrations, artisan booths, food and live music all day.  Live music begins and 1pm, and includes the Paul Baldwin Blues Band.  Free admission!  3938 State Highway 37, Morristown, NY.  For information, call 315-375-8214.








Natural Science Discovery 
-- summer program for middle schoolers

(not an SLP-coordinated event)
Five Mondays, Starting July 18, 9 - noon

A project of Little Grasse Foodworks
For more information, contact
(315) 386-3513 or (315) 379-9176.
















GardenShare CSA "Bonus Bucks" Still Available!   (not an SLP-coordinated project)
GardenShare still has "Bonus Bucks" available to help make CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) affordable for people living on limited incomes.  For eligible households, GardenShare provides a $150 discount off the cost of a membership at a participating CSA farm.  In CSA, consumers buy a membership in a farm and then each week get a box of the farm's harvest -- and not always just veggies, depending on the CSA provider.
For eligibility information, an application form, and a list of participating CSA farms, visit www.GardenShare.org, or call (315) 261-8054.



Local Living Festival / SLP Planning Event
Second Wed. of each month, (July 13), 7 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension Learning Farm, Canton, NY.
Join us to help make it all happen!  Email us for details please.



Potsdam SummerFest       (outreach event - look for our booth!)
Friday, July 15, 3 - 8  & Saturday, July 16, 10 - 8 pm
Look for the Sustainable Living Project & Local Living Festival Booth in front of the Bagelry. The Festival features music and performances on the Main Stage all day and night -- the entire block of Main Street is closed off for three days for this event (Th-Sat. -- but we will only be there Fri. and Sat.)  Ive's Park on the Racquette River in downtown is packed full of vendors on Saturday, plus antique cars and trucks, fireworks, and musical performances round out the day.  This is a fun community day in Potsdam!  Please sign up to help staff our table at this event!  It's fun and we need you!



Colton Country Days   (outreach event - look for our booth!)
Saturday, July 23, time TBA
Look for the Sustainable Living Project & Local Living Festival Booth on the Library Lawn all day. The Festival runs from (10 am to 4 pm??) with frog jumping contest and rubber duckie races thrown in for good old fashioned fun!. This is a fun community day in Colton!
Please sign up to help staff our table at this event!  It's fun and we need you!




Ecological WonderWash Laundry & Solar Cooking Demo
Saturday, July 23, Noon
Part of the monthly Potsdam Farmer's Market series
Caron Collins returns to the demonstration trail this summer with not only the powerful year-round Sun Oven that uses the natural free sunlight to bake, boil and steam all your favorite foods with no electricity or fuel required, but she will also demonstrate a brand new small appliance for your ecological home - the Wonder Wash!  The demonstrations will begin at noon, and you are welcome to come early to enjoy the beautiful new Potsdam Farmer's Market as well!  For more information on Caron's free-trade business, check out  www.aBetterFootprintNY.com.
Because this event is more demo than hands-on, and more about items you can purchase to improve your "ecological footprint", the suggested donation is free-will at this event, rather than an actual suggested amount.  All donations directly benefit the ongoing programs of the Sustainable Living Project & Local Living Festival.



 Birdsfoot Farm Annual Garlic Festival 
Saturday & Sunday, July 23 & 24, 9 AM to 6 PM
Come and Celebrate Garlic!  Harvest, peel and have a good time.  Willing workers welcome!
Birdsfoot Farm, 1294 CR 25, near Canton, NY 13617, 315.386.4852.



As part of its Summer Workshop Series, NOFA-NY presents

Between a Chicken and a Cow:  The Basics of Raising Medium-Sized Animals

Sunday July 24, 1:00pm-4:30pm            (not an SLP-coordinated project)

Followed by cookout and option to stay overnight at Bittersweet Farm, 1249 State Hwy 184, Heuvelton, NY.

Ann and Brian Bennett focus on producing heritage breeds that thrive in a natural environment with a reduced consumption of grain.  The impressive heritage-breed animal production at Bittersweet Farm will provide the ideal backdrop to learn about a range of animals, though focusing on sheep and Tamworth Pigs; from breeding to marketing, including infrastructure needs and costs of production.  Bittersweet Farm is a 112-acre family farm with vegetable and herb production, eggs, pasture-raised lamb, pork, and chicken. This workshop is funded by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant #2010-49400-21847

This event is FREE for NOFA-NY members and $15 for all others.  Scholarship opportunities for beginning and aspiring farmers.  Pre-registration is encouraged!  To do so, click on the event at the NOFA events page (www.nofany.org/events/field-days) or by calling Katie at (585) 271-1979 ext. 512.





Bees and BeeKeeping -- Discussion Group   (all skill levels welcome)
Wednesday, July 27 -- and every 4th Wednesday, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
What's Up with Keeping Bees in the Coming Month?
Free will donation basis (pass the hat).  Call or email SustLivingProject@gmail.com for location in Canton, NY.
Click HERE to check out the "BeeHive" resource page for BeeKeepers!



Garden and Home Food-Waste Composting
Saturday, July 30, 10-12 NOON
Once again, we offer our most popular summer workshop!
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 compost pile that you can visit the next week to check in 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!  Suggested donation of $10 to $20, sliding scale, $5 student - scholarships available when you RSVP.  Email us to RSVP for location and date.
Note that the Potsdam High School Environmental Club may host relevant children's activities as well!  Check back for more news on that...



JUNE 2011



Dairy Princess Parade    (not an SLP-coordinated event)
Saturday, June 4, 10 - 2 pm
Look for the Sustainable Living Project & Local Living Festival Booth in the Village Park all day. The Festival runs from 10 to 2 p.m. with the Dairy Princess parade beginning at 1 p.m.  As usual there will be Big Wheel races for the kids and Dairy Princess promotional events, touting all things dairy.  A block dance, antique cars and trucks, fireworks, and musical performances round out the event.  This is a fun community day in Canton!
Please sign up to help staff our table at this event!  It's fun and we need you!



Antique Engine & Spring Planting Exhibition    (not an SLP-coordinated event)
Saturday & Sunday, June 11 & 12, 9 am - 4 pm both days
Power & Equipment Museum , Rt. 345 near Madrid, NY -- we usually set up our tent on the right side of the main field, near the old milk house.
Please sign up to help staff our table at this event!  It's fun and we need you!



Scything Skillshare:  Dancing While You Mow
Saturday, June 11, 10 am - noon
Facilitated by Eddie Goldstein, who will focus on the "European" style scythe (and largely ignore the "American" equivalent).  Various opinions and beliefs, based on over 15 years of mowing experience, will be offered regarding blades, handles (snaths) use, care, and sharpening.  Emphasis will be placed on concepts and techniques that will hopefully lead to great pleasure and ease while using the tool.  It is anticipated that no more than half the time will be devoted to group discussion; with practice of mowing, sharpening, and individual attention to details taking up the remainder. 

Experienced mowers are encouraged to attend (no fee, but pre-register please) and share their skills and insights.  All attendees are encouraged to bring your own scythe (if you want to have more practice time, rather than less).  If you are looking to purchase one beforehand, we can put you in touch with Eddie for suggestions (recommended before you invest!)

Suggested donation of $10 to $20, sliding scale, $5 student - scholarships available when you RSVP.  Reply here (SustLivingProject@gmail.com) to register. Please note if you will need to contact Eddie in advance.  We will confirm with details about what to bring besides your scythe (if you have one) and drinking water.  Canton/Russell area.  Weather dependent, rain date next day. 

NOTE: There was a front page story on this Workshop in the Sunday, June 12, 2011 Courier Observer!  Check out the story by clicking here!



Local Living Festival / SLP Planning Event
Second Wed. of each month, (June 15, special date), 7 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension Learning Farm, Canton, NY.
Join us to help make it all happen!  Email us for details please.



Bees and BeeKeeping -- Discussion Group
(all skill levels welcome)   
Wednesday, June 22 -- and every 4th Wednesday
What's Up with Keeping Bees in the Coming Month?
6:00 pm Advanced, 7:00 Novice 
Free will donation basis (pass the hat).  Call or email (below) for location in Canton, NY.
Click HERE to check out the "BeeHive" resource page for BeeKeepers!



Greenhorns Mixer!        (not an SLP-coordinated event)
Saturday, June 25, all day




An All Day Event

By & For Farmers



Essex, NY
at Whallonsburg Grange Hall & Essex Farm



+++The Greenhorns+++
an american agricultural   revival








www.thegreenhorns.net  or at www.thegreenhorns. wordpress.com
Check it Out!  Email us for details if you're having trouble with the links.  SustLivingProject@gmail.com




Wild Edibles Nature Walk
Sunday, June 26, pre-register for notification.
Presenter: Joseph Longshore II.  A seasonal event in conjunction with the Ancient Skills School near DeKalb.  Learn about wild foods while walking softly in the forest - or at Heritage Park in Canton, as the case may be!  Suggested donation of $10 to $20, sliding scale, $5 student - scholarships available when you RSVP.  Please email us to pre-register and assure your spot!



 Agricultural (Dairy) Worker Orientation     (not an SLP-coordinated event)
Wednesday, June 29, 10-11 am  OR  3-4 pm
Are you interested in working in agriculture?  This orientation gives you a glimpse into the ag industry and the employment opportunities within the trade, specifically with dairy cattle. The orientation will provide you with familiarity with farm work before you get to the farm.  Please register by calling The Workplace at 315-782-9252.  Brought to you by the Jefferson County Workforce Investment Board in cooperation with the Jefferson County Agricultural Development Corporation, Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency. 



MAY 2011
(mind the black flies at outdoor events this month!)



 The Peak Moment TV Schedule for  May 2011  on WCKN-TV Potsdam, is available when you click here.  See the first Sub-Page on our Resources / Links page also if you'd like to see a description of all 60 episodes, that are all available on DVD through the Potsdam Public Library!


Community Contra Dance!      
Saturday, May 7, 7 pm Learn the steps & 7:30 pm DANCE!

Caller Beth Robinson
Live Music by
Gretchen Koehler on fiddle and piano
Don Woodcock on fiddle and piano
Carter Houk on bass

St. Mary's Gymnasium, Court St. at Powers St., Canton, NY
$10 Donation Adults,  $3 Students,  Children under 16 FREE.

Relevant Details: This is a healthy, fun, alcohol-free event.
Bring drinking water and please wear soft-soled shoes to dance in.  Partner not required.

Mailing List: To get on the listserv for notification of local Contra Dances, please email your contact information (if you are so inclined, please include all modern tech: cell phone, Facebook name, Twitter account, etc. as applicable) to  contradance@ymail.com

Presented by a partnership of: 
Sustainable Living Project  & Local Living Festival, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY), and the Greenhouse Low Impact theme cottage of St. Lawrence University
Sponsored by: SLU Student Life, Thelomathesian Society, and Swingin' Saints.



Spring Open House at
Earthwood Building School    (not an SLP-coordinated event)
Saturday, May 7th, 10 am to 4 pm.
People can see eleven different cordwood masonry buildings, ten living roofs, a masonry stove, off the grid solar, the bike pump water system, and a megalithic astronomically aligned stone circle. For more information and directions, go to www.cordwoodmasonry.com and click on Newsletter. Or go directly to Newsletter at:   http://www.cordwoodmasonry.com/newsletter.html
Contact us (click this link) if you want to participate in a ride-share (car, bus, bicycle, tele-porting?) to this event!  This is not an SLP / LLF sponsored event but is put on by long-time Energy Fair exhibitor and Workshop Presenter Rob Roy, of the Earthwood Building  School in West Chazy, NY (about 80 miles/1.75 hours from Potsdam).

==>> Rob Roy's 2003 book on cordwood construction is in our local public library system. 



Local Living Festival / SLP Planning Event
Second Wed. of each month, (May 11), 7 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension Learning Farm, Canton, NY.
Join us to help make it all happen!  Email us for details please.



Canton Farmer's Market - Opening Day
Friday, May 13, 9 - 2 (not an SLP-coordinated event)
Village Park, Main St (Rt. 11) at Park St. --  healthy foods sold by local farmers; shoppers may use Food Stamp Benefits to buy fresh fruits and vegetables via a GardenShare-staffed booth.  Open Tuesdays and Fridays 9-2 through October.  For info: www.cantonfarmersmarket.org



Garden and Home Food-Waste Composting
Saturday, MAY 14, 10-12 Noon
Once again, we offer our most popular workshop of last summer!
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 compost pile that you can visit the next week to check in 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!  Suggested donation of $10 to $20, sliding scale, $5 student - scholarships available when you RSVP.  Email us to RSVP for location and date.
SORRY - there is now a wait list for this Workshop!  We have scheduled the next one for Saturday, July 30, 10 - 12 noon.  If you would like to sign up for that one NOW you will be guaranteed a spot -- but don't delay, half of the available spots are ALREADY TAKEN!



Ark Gathering of Local Homesteaders 
Sunday, May 15, 1 PM
-- Potluck, Information Sharing, and (sometimes) Work Party
If you are serious about learning simple and sustainable living skills, this informal gathering is for you.  Share and learn from others who are on the same path.  Next quarterly Gathering will be held on an organic farm / intentional community near Canton, NY.  Email us to receive notice to attend, or to host future events!  No donation necessary.



The Really Big Show  *  Home Garden Business  (not an SLP-coordinated event)
Friday, May 20, noon - 8   &  Saturday, May 21, 9 - 4 pm
The Sustainable Living Project & Local Living Festival hits the "Outreach" trail!  Stop by our informational booth and share your ideas for a Workshop you'd like to see or pledge to do One Sustainable Thing in person!  Clarkson's Cheel Arena (follow the signs from the main Clarkson Entrance on Rt. 11 / Maple St.) $1 fee to enter, unless you've signed up as our Volunteer.  It's a really big show!!

Please sign up to help staff our table at this event!  It's fun and we need you!



Potsdam Farmer's Market - Opening Day & "Vine-Cutting" Ceremony
Saturday, May 21, 10 - 2             (not an SLP-coordinated event)
Join the celebratory Opening Day "vine-cutting" ceremony at 10 AM!
Ives Park, at rear of the Main St. parking lot across from Roxie Theater --  healthy foods sold by local farmers; shoppers may use Food Stamp Benefits to buy fresh fruits and vegetables via a GardenShare-staffed booth.  Market hours are from 10 - 2 p.m. every Saturday, rain or shine.  NEW hours for the Wednesday market will be 11 - 2 PM, when Wednesdays open for the season -- the first Wednesday in August through the last Wednesday in September.  Saturday hours continue through the end of OctoberFor info: http://PotsdamFarmersMarket.com



GardenShare CSA "Bonus Bucks" Still Available!   (not an SLP-coordinated project)
GardenShare still has "Bonus Bucks" available to help make CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) affordable for people living on limited incomes.  For eligible households, GardenShare provides a $150 discount off the cost of a membership at a participating CSA farm.  In CSA, consumers buy a membership in a farm and then each week get a box of the farm's harvest -- and not always just veggies, depending on the CSA provider.
For eligibility information, an application form, and a list of participating CSA farms, visit www.GardenShare.org, or call (315) 261-8054.



Bees and BeeKeeping -- Discussion Group
(all skill levels welcome)                      
Wednesday, May 25 -- and every 4th Wednesday
6 PM Advanced, 7 PM All Natural, 7:30 Novice 
Free will donation basis (pass the hat).  Call or email (below) for location in Canton, NY.
Click HERE to check out the "BeeHive" resource page for BeeKeepers!

Bees and BeeKeeping -- for Novices

For information on an ongoing series of  Workshops, please contact the SLP - email us or call 315.347.4223.



Green Home & Garden / Farm Tours
Living Roof, 30' Yurt  & Garden Planting Party
Saturday, May 28th, Garden-10 AM,  BYOBag Lunch-noon,  Tour-1 PM

Green Home Tour
Visit a Living Roof and a Yurt home near Potsdam and meet with the builder/growers!  View an Asian-style storage building with an attached carport that is a thin-shelled concrete living roof supporting an ornamental and vegetable garden.  You can also tour the 30' yurt home and ask questions about life in the round.  Here's the link to Todd Moe's interview with our hosts, on NCPR.
Directions:  Click here for  a map to the Gardens (see below) - which is where we'll park for the Tour as well.  Wear boots for crossing a wet field!

Garden Planting Party
Help plant out transplant seedlings -- the traditional way to spend Memorial Day weekend in the North Country!  Learn from experienced gardeners and help create part of Cecilie's Garden this year.  UShare, a community service project managed by Canton's Unitarian Universalist Church plants hundreds of seedlings every year, tending and harvesting for donation to area food pantries.  You will learn about planting out seedlings, raised beds, drip irrigation, and proper mulching.  This will take place at the the cooler time of 10 AM, with the nearby tour at 1 in the afternoon.  Bring a bag lunch for noon break or zip into town on your bike (!? lovely hint!)  See the link above for directions.


Suggested donation (for the Tour only) is $10 to $20, sliding scale, $5 student - scholarships available.  By reservation only, please RSVP for location and other information.  Please note if you are interested in the "free" Gardening event, the "donation-basis" Tour, or both.

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This series of monthly tours features only one tour in a day.  They are much more intensive and "whole-homestead" than previous (more renewable energy-related) tours.  Energy, building systems, agriculture, cottage industries, land management, animals/livestock, and more will be covered as befits the host home that month.  Some tours will also feature an optional "work day" event where you can help out with a project that is useful to the household and educational for you!  Check back for updates of new events - usually on the last weekend of a given month, or thereabouts.  Bookmark www.SustainableLivingProject.net/workshops-groups



CARI / Iroquois Farm Open House    (not an SLP-coordinated project)
Kick-Off for the Iroquois Farm Project for Veterans
Sunday May 29, noon on
The Iroquois Farm Project introduces returning Veterans and others to organic and sustainable farming and is being supported by the Rodale Institute and the Farmer-Veteran Coalition www.FarmVetCo.orgOpen House featuring local food vendors (coffee, maple, honey, wine, etc.) begins at noon.  More vendors welcome, as are contributions to a benefit Community Yard Sale (by arrangement), weather permitting.  Turkey Dinner at 1:00PM to honor major donors  to the Project -- $12 (free for demonstrators and donors), reserve at 315.528-9852.  On the St. Lawrence River, Rt. 37, between Ogdensburg and Waddington.  Contact: CARI (Clements Ag Research Institute) at 315.375.6789 for general information.



House Concert for the Benefit of
Seedcorn’s  Sustainable Living Project & Local Living Festival
Renowned Jazz Guitarist Paul Meyers
Sunday May 29, 7 PM                 
SORRY, THIS SHOW HAS SOLD OUT!
                          


At Robin McClellan’s Home near Sanfordville.  Donation $10 plus ticketing fee. 
Seating is limited to 50, so reservations are required.  Ticket ordering information (Brown Paper Tickets - the Fair Trade ticketing company) is at this link:  Benefit Concert ~ Paul Meyers Reservations
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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.
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Joe Epstein, The Star-Ledger

Memorial Day weekend is the traditional planting time in the North Country and we hope you will take a break from this labor of love to come out to see and hear Paul. 
He has graciously agreed to give this benefit concert in support of Seedcorn’s Sustainable Living Project & Local Living Festival to help us further our work.  Many thanks to him, and also to House Concert host Robin McClellan for opening up his beautiful home to us for this wonderful event.



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APRIL 2011



Community Seed Swap
Saturday, April 2, 9-10 AM
This fledgling event will likely be small, but it's the first time and better small than not at all!  We are working with organizer Jeremiah Curtis on this, and hope to incorporate a seed swap into the Autumn Preserves Swap as well.  This initial event will serve to let folks know that they CAN save seeds, hopefully inspiring them to do so, and also participate in the Fall!   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 upcoming useful information on gardening and seed saving!  For more background, here's a link to a recent letter to the Editor from organizer Jeremiah Curtis: 
http://northcountrynow.com/letters/first-seed-swap-winthrop-apr-2-024162
and here is a link to some wonderful Seed Saving Notes by Mary-Ann Cateforis of Potsdam, NY -- www.sustainablelivingproject.net/resources-links/seed-saving-notes.




The 9th Annual North Country Symposium  
(not an SLP-coordinated event)
"Growing Our Own Way: Strengthening Our Identity for the North Country's Future"
Monday, April 4th
Address: The Hardwick Story -- Ben Hewitt, Cabot, VT -- farmer and author of The Town That Food Saved: How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food (Hardwick, VT).
7:00pm to 9:00pm (registration and desserts begin at 6:30 pm ), in the Eben Holden Conference Center at St. Lawrence University, www.burtsymposium.org to register (free)
Tuesday, April 5th 
SLP / LLF Co-Coordinators Chelle Lindahl and Melinda Ely are Presenters in the Quality of Life / Sustainable Living Break-Out session at 12:45.
"The mission of the annual Symposium is to convene stakeholders in northern New York to explore and ultimately enhance the region's economic, environmental, and educational vitality."
8:45am to 3:45pm (registration begins at 8:15am), in the Eben Holden Conference Center at St. Lawrence University, www.burtsymposium.org to register (free, lunch included.)




Start Your Garden Seedlings Indoors
April 9, 2 -3:30 pm       SECOND SESSION ADDED - Noon to 1:30 pm
Come to an afternoon of learning and playing in the Birdsfoot Farm Greenhouse near Canton, NY.  We will be learning 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 a few seedlings of your own as well. Bring a snack to share if you'd like (Dulli likes cookies!) :-)  Tea and cocoa includedGood experience, good conversation, good people, good times!   Limited attendance - MUST RSVP (we will do a second set earlier if there's overflow).  Suggested donation of $10 to $20, sliding scale, $5 student - scholarships available when you RSVP.
  • Sponsored in part by Birdsfoot FarmYou can buy their fresh produce at many local stores or call them for CSA information at 315-386-4852.
  • Sponsored in part by an in-kind donation from Farmer Bill & Annie's Greenhouses & Roadside Stand at 1005 CR 25, (the Canton-Russell Rd.) about 5 miles from  Canton.  315-379-1493
  • Sponsored in part by an in-kind donation from Green George Landscape, Rossie, 315-778-0188.



Bee Week at St. Lawrence University     (not an SLP-coordinated event)
Monday 4/11
“Bee Aware” Dana Hall Dinner
Tuesday 4/12Keynote speaker Ross Conrad Winston Room, 7pm
Wednesday 4/13:  Hive demonstration by local beekeeper Greg Kalicin, 70 Park St., 3:30pm
Thursday 4/14: Documentary Night Griffiths 123 7pm Silence of the Bees, Tales from the Hive
Contact Lizzie at ebogo07@stlawu.edu if you have any questions

Sponsored by The Greenhouse and the Mellon Fund     



Earthapalooza!  at SUNY Potsdam
   (not an SLP-coordinated event)
Saturday, April 16, 1 - 5 pm
Join the fun when we do an outreach tabling to celebrate with SUNY students in the Barrington Plaza (outside of the main dining hall) -- dozens of musicians and picnicking on the grass -- ah, Spring!  Celebrate the kick-off of two weeks of Earth Day events!  For the rest of the program, clock on the Earthapalooza attachment at the bottom of this page for events through the 19th of April!



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



Local Living Festival / SLP Planning Event
Second Wed. of each month
, (April 13), 7 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension Learning Farm, Canton, NY.
Join us to help make it all happen! 
Email us at SustLivingProject@gmail.com for details please.



SUNY Potsdam Composting Information Event
Thursday, April 14, 11 -  2 pm
Come visit the display put together by SUNY Potsdam's Middle Ground organization and us, the Sustainable Living Festival folks!  Students and community members will be on hand to share their experiences with compost "piles" and vermiculture (worm) bins.  At the Barrington Student Union on the SUNY Campus.



SLU Earth Day Celebration
  (not an SLP-coordinated event)
Saturday, April 16, 10 - 2 pm
ODK is hosting an Earth Day festival at the Canton Village Park that will be free and open to all students and locals. Booths include the Outing Club, Outing Program, Greenhouse, Women's Resource Center, JAVA, Geology Club, Habitat for Humanity, Adirondack Raptors, GardenShare, Bittersweet Farm, and the Sustainable Living Project & Local Living Festival, of course!  A great band from Colorado (coming by veggie-powered bus!) will make this a day to enjoy!



Simple & Rural Living Skills Workshops Planning Event
Sat, April 16, 2pm – 3pm
Village Park in downtown Canton, Park St. at Main St. (map)
Open to all interested volunteers.  Come early for SLU's Earth Day celebration and look for our informational booth.  Anyone who is interested in throwing their event ideas in to the ring, helping to locate interesting speakers or skills demonstrators, or participate in any aspect of the many events put on by the Sustainable Living Project are welcome to attend a 60-minute "Planning Confab". 

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and we'll discuss potential workshops and events and what needs to happen to make them a GO! 
Participants will gain valuable community organizing skills, along with social and cultural benefits to the individual and the community -- and have a little fun too. 

Rain location is inside the Canton Pavilion (at the end of Outer Lincoln St., off of Miner St.)  Call or write Chelle for details, 315.347.4223, SustLivingProject@gmail.com.



Seedcorn's Annual Meeting
Tuesday, April 19, 6 pm coffee and desserts, 7 pm meeting
The 20th Anniversary Annual Meeting for this wonderful local organization (of which the Sustainable Living Project & Local Living Festival is a part!) that has helped many local ventures get off the ground, not having to reinvent the wheel, as it were.  Come join in the celebration and for reports on where some of those organizations are now -- including GardenShare, Bittersweet Farm, the North Country Grown Cooperative, and more (including us of course!).  At the Potsdam Community Room (above the Police Station, next to the Library).



Roll up Your Sleeves:
Spring Bicycle Maintenance Workshop


Thursday April 21st, 6-7:30 pm
1 mile from Village of Canton, RSVP for location.

Do you ever feel overwhelmed when you get a flat?  Come and learn how to take care of that -- and more.  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 lube in an un-heated space, and you may want to contain long hair.
Workshop presenters Bob and Flip co-manage Little Grasse Foodworks, a CSA garden in Canton.  They bike through all 12 months but aren’t afraid to admit that it’s GREAT that Spring is here, and look forward to much biking - for utility and fun. They’ll have their bike trailers too, and answer questions about hauling stuff with human-power.

Suggested donation of $15 (no one turned away for lack of funds)Limit of 8 participants, please RSVP to reserve your spot.   Email us at SustLivingProject@gmail.com.

Sponsored in part by

an
in-kind donation from The Treadmill, 55 Market St., Potsdam, 315-265-5850.



SPRING CLEANING:
Green Up Your Clean Up!

Presenter: Makyla Whitney-Zimmer,  April 23, 3-5 PM.
Several basic non-toxic cleaning recipes and tips to make cleaning GO FAST! 
Strive to keep your environment and your home a healthy place to live, by using fewer products that get the job done, just as well if not better than the chemical-laden alternatives. Say good bye to harsh chemical cleaners, and paper towels, you'll love saving money and feel invigorated knowing how to ****clean green**** with a few simple tips. If you can't make it to the gathering don't let that stop you from making the switch...let us know you're interested and we'll put you on the list for future events.  ALSO check out our Resources Page for local library resources for Green Cleaning!  
Limited attendance -- MUST RSVP-- please email us to pre-register.  Near Potsdam, NY.  Suggested donation of $10 to $20, sliding scale, $5 student - scholarships available when you RSVP.



GREEN HOME TOUR!  The first of monthly tour events upcoming!
CRAZY JERRY'S  CREATIVE  OFF-GRID  RETROFIT  HOME
SATURDAY APRIL 23, Noon
Crazy Jerry's on the tour again!  His presentation will focus on a nuts-and-bolts approach to Off-Gridding your older decrepit, non-energy star home -- in this case showcasing some very unique items.   See how some of the oldest technology, simply and elegantly mingles with the new to provide the domestic amenities we love in a tinkerers treasure trove of a home.  By the end of the tour, you'll be hot on the trail to start your very own endeavor -- within your skills and your budget.

Here's a teaser list that should get you talking:

Mobile-mounted Solar Panels, Sine-Wave inverter/Chargers, Batteries, 375 rpm in-house Diesel Co-Gen, Human Power!, Staber Washer, Spin-X Dryer, Sundanzer Refrigerator, Demand Water Heater and a fire truck extension ladder windmill tower ready for deployment.  You'll also take in the in-house bicycle generator setup,  the North Country's only bio-diesel powered motorcycle (115+ mpg!), sine wave inverter shootout AND a 3 minute spin dryer demo.  New this Spring is a  hotttt yellow  human-electric hybrid full-bodied tricycle dubbed "The Aurora Project" (see pic on our Green Home Tours page!)  If you're a tinkerer, and even if you're not, you will never forget this tour!

Crazy Jerry says, "Make plans to come to the Green Homes Tour
-- you definitely won't see any of this on TV!"

Pre-register for this tour at SustLivingProject@gmail.com or by calling 315-347-4223.  Suggested donation of $10 to $20, sliding scale, $5 student.  Limited attendance, and it fills up fast!  Exact address and directions will be sent to registered attendees.



Wild Leeks & Spring Edibles Nature Walk
Sunday, April 24 (Easter), 1 pm
Presenter: Chelle LindahlA seasonal event at Big Rock, an off-grid home.  Check out native wild leeks (a ramps romp!) while walking softly in the forest - you will be invited to go bare-foot, why not?  We'll share a recipe for pickling leeks -- take some home and enjoy them in various ways -- real, fresh vitality of green things after the long winter!  Yummm.  Near the Canton-Clare Rd. & Russell Turnpike four-corners.  re-register for this tour at SustLivingProject@gmail.com or by calling 315-347-4223.  Suggested donation of $10 to $20, sliding scale, $5 student.  Limited attendance, and it fills up fast!  Exact address and directions will be sent to registered attendees.



Bees and BeeKeeping -- Discussion Group  (all skill levels welcome)
What to Do This Coming Month As Things Warm Up?                      
Wednesday, April 27 -- and every 4th Wednesday
6:00 pm Advanced, 7:00
Novice
Greg Kalacin, Empire State Honey Producers Assn. will kindly moderate for the Novices this month, serving as a resource person, for which we all thank him very much.
Free will donation basis (pass the hat).  Call or email (below) for location in Canton, NY.
Click HERE to check out the "BeeHive" resource page for BeeKeepers!




The W!ld Center’s  Build a Greener Adirondacks Expo  (not an SLP-coordinated event)
Day One - April 29
For Builders, Contractors, Architects. This is a AIA LU and GBCI CE approved training event.  You’ll meet some of the nation’s leading practitioners of green building ideas, including Tedd Benson, founder of Bensonwood Homes.
Day Two
- April 30
For all the people listed above plus Business Owners, Municipal Leaders, Homeowners and people interested in Green Building ideas.

Day Three
- May 1
Learn how to save $ by creating an energy efficient home from local experts. Fun for the whole family. (Day Three is open to all paid Expo attendees and the general public who purchase a regular Wild Center admission.)
For information and to register: http://wildcenter.org/index.php?sub=95

Contact us if you'd like to rideshare to this event!

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March 2011


Pruning Your Apple Trees & Other Orchard Fruits
by: the Sustainable Living Project & St. Lawrence Nurseries
Saturday, March 12, 10 to 12 noon
Local horticulture and orchard expert Bill MacKentley and St. Lawrence Nursery staff Kathy Conway and Dean Thornton will show you how and when to prune your apple trees and answer questions regarding orchard care in general - take these new skills home and do right by your own trees!

Dress appropriately (warm and sturdy boots/outerwear; optional hat and gloves) and bring clean, sharp tools if you have them or purchase a set of professional Felco pruners for $46.01, with holster for $51.36, and/or a Felco folding saw for $23.01 (prices includes tax - note: farmers are tax-exempt).    Bring drinking water and possibly lunch, if you'd like to "picnic" when you're done.

$10-20 donation requested.  More than a light drizzle of rain/snow postpones the workshop (miserable for you and promotes the spread of orchard diseases) so be sure to give a phone number for that morning.  Attendance limited and weather-dependent so you MUST RSVP at (315) 347-4223 or SustLivingProject@gmail.com.  Please reply to register -- noting the names in your party and contact information (home and cell phone numbers, if applicable).


Nutritious, Delicious (and Cheap!) Cooking Class
by: the Sustainable Living Project & the Potsdam Food Co-op
Saturday, March 12   3:00 to 5:30 pm
Have fun with presenters Paula Youmell & Chelle Lindahl -- learn how to cook grains and dry beans as well as local and seasonal foods.  Visit our information page: Nutritious Delicious Cooking Resources  which provides you with detailed descriptions of how to soak, sprout, cook and store beans and grains. And here is a Nutritious Delicious Flyer you can post! 
Iin Potsdam, NY.  Suggested donation of $10 to $20, sliding scale, $5 student - scholarships available when you RSVP for location.


Traditional Maple Sugaring - the old fashioned way! 
Saturday, March 19, 10 AM
Drilled tap and bucket/bag method, using horses to transport to the sugaring house, where the boiling begins!  This is limited to 12 attendees, and we hope to share this with folks who are seriously interested in doing this themselves.  Next year we'll do a fun indoor/outdoor picnic so those who are just curious can participate, but for this year we ask that only serious participants respond.
Date TBA as this is weather dependent - we are hoping for the date above.  If you are interested contact us by phone at 315.347.4223 or email us and we'll let you know a day or two in advance -- hopefully it works that you can make it!  Near Canton/Russell, NY.  Suggested donation of $10 to $20, sliding scale, $5 student - scholarships available when you RSVP.


Bees and BeeKeeping -- Discussion Group
(all skill levels welcome)                      
by: Sustainable Living Project, assisted by the Empire State Honey Producers Assn.
Wednesday, March 23 -- and every 4th Wednesday
6:00 pm Novice, 7:00 Advanced, 8:00 All Natural Group
Free will donation basis (pass the hat).   
at NEW Canton Fire Hall, 77 Riverside Dr., Canton, NY
RSVP if possible to Roger 315-714-2294

For information on the ongoing series of  Workshops:
Bees and BeeKeeping -- for Novices
please contact the SLP - email us or call 315.347.4223.


CONTRA DANCE!
Friday, March 25
7:00 Beginners, 7:30 - 9:30 pm Dance!
by: the Sustainable Living Project, TAUNY & SLU's Greenhouse
Would you like to help make this a regular event? Please email us, if so! 

Beth Robinson as Caller
Live music by
"The Katz and the Fiddles" featuring Gretchen Koehler on fiddle and piano, Don Woodcock on fiddle and piano, and David Katz on bass.

Sponsored by
SLU Student Life, Thelomathesian Society, and Singin' Saints.

St. Mary's Gymnasium, Court St @ Powers, Canton, NY
$10 - 12 Donation Adults,  $5 Students,  $3 SLU Students,  Children under 16 FREE.
This is a healthy, fun, alcohol-free event.  Please wear soft-soled shoes in order to dance.
Partner not required.



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below are notices for events that occurred pre-website,
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February 2011

Basics of Bees and BeeKeeping

February 23, 7 p.m.
with Mark Berninghausen
of Squeak Creek Apiaries at Scoopaccino's in Potsdam.  Limited space, please reserve.


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Summer 2010

Composting for Yard & Garden
August 21, 10 a.m., Potsdam
with Janet Lomastro, the "doyenne of decomposition"!  Limited space, please reserve.



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