Year-Round Events

Sustainability
doesn't happen just one day a year!

**  see  WORKSHOP  & EVENT SCHEDULE 
below  **

   The Challenge -- What can you share with others?  We all have skills! 
Sewing?  Water Dowsing?  Canning?  Making BioDiesel?  A philosophical muse? 


Our year-round programs place a strong emphasis on "open learning" --
the idea that we all have
knowledge, skills and information to share with each other.
 

Join us as a workshop participant, leader or as a coordinator.



Folks working in the compost bins at our first ever Workshop

You don't have to be an "expert" to have expertise!! 
We encourage you to share your skills with others
even if you've never thought of yourself as a "teacher" or "mentor". 
Our year-round program seeks workshop presenters on many topics.  Please contact us.


Volunteers and New Topics  Always Needed!

                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                              

NEW!
Click here to view our growing list of potential Workshop topics! 
These are seasonal and  year-round as well as for presentation at the
Local Living Festival ~ A Celebration of Old and New Skills

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We Also Seek Your Ideas!

To suggest topics for future events
 please contact us at 
sustlivingproject@gmail.com


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 WINTER WONDERS WORKSHOPS
and

UPCOMING EVENTS SCHEDULE

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YEAR-ROUND:

Ark Gathering of Local Homesteaders
-- Potluck, Information Sharing, Work Party (sometimes)
Next quarterly Gathering is due for AprilNo host household has been determined as of this time
Email  to sign up to either attend or host in the future.

Bees and BeeKeeping  Discussion Group
Fourth Wednesday of each month
Canton, NY
Email  to sign up to attend in the future.
See article(s) below for details.

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First Ever!!
Bees and BeeKeeping 
Discussion Group
Wednesday, February 23
(Monthly - 4th Wednesday)

A regular Discussion Group has formed and will meet on the fourth Wednesday of every month in Canton, NY. Novice to Advanced levels are welcome but the March 2 Workshop is recommended first if you are a Novice! 
  • The Novice Discussion session is at 6:30 and will be moderated by an experienced beekeeper from Squeak Creek Apiaries or the Empire State Honey Producers Assn.  Attendees should know which end of the hive is which.  If not, please inquire about one of our Workshops (see below).

  • The Advanced Discussion is at 7:30.  Novices are welcome to sit in on this group for educational purposes but are asked not to disrupt with beginner questions.

  • An "All Natural" group is at 8:30-ish for those who wish to raise chemical-free bees (though there is discussion that this is very difficult to accomplish over an extended period of time).
Email us (SustLivingProject@gmail.com) or call Roger Stevenson at 315.714.2294 with your skill level, name(s), phone number(s) and email address(es) to be included in the Discussion Group. 
A small donation per person is requested each month -- we'll pass the hat).



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Bees and BeeKeeping Workshop
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
7 - 8:30 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church
Main Entrance (not side door please)
3-1/2 Main St. near Park St., Canton


Due to overflow capacity, a second Workshop is now scheduled!
 
Join us on March 2nd when Mark Berninghausen of Squeak Creek Apiaries will demonstrate with empty bee hive boxes and answer all of your questions about bees and beekeeping. 
Click here for more about Mark and his bee-charming credentials! 
RSVP appreciated but not necessary.  All are welcome. 
A donation of up to $10 is requested for the Workshop.

PLEASE NOTE: Unless you already have a source for purchasing a bee nucleus, you may not be able to do so this year (supply and demand - plus timing!)  Mark your calendar for no later than December to order them for the next Spring season.  If you can't find any, you can use this time to learn more about it through our:

NEW monthly Discussion Group on the fourth Wednesday of the month in Canton.  This is for Novice to Advanced levels and those wishing to go All Natural as well, but the March 2 Workshop is recommended first if you are a Novice!


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Nutritious ~ Delicious ~ & Cheap!
3 - 5 pm, Saturday, March 12, 2011
Presenter: Paula Youmell
This is a reprise of the truly enjoyable and useful Workshop that was created with St. Lawrence CBL students in Fall 2010; this time it's presented in partnership with the Potsdam Food CoOp.  Attendees will learn the in's and out's of the mysterious and healthful legume as well as information on various grains and inspired seasonal eating. 
MUST RSVP to
reserve your spaceInclude all participants names, phone numbers and email addy's.

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Bees and BeeKeeping  Discussion Group
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
(Monthly - 4th Wednesday)

A regular Discussion Group has formed and will meet on the fourth Wednesday of the month in Canton, NY. Novice to Advanced levels are welcome but the March 2 Workshop is recommended first if you are a Novice! 
  • The Novice Discussion session is at 6:30 and will be moderated by an experienced beekeeper from Squeak Creek Apiaries or the Empire State Honey Producers Assn.  Attendees should know which end of the hive is which.  If not, please inquire about one of our Workshops (see below).

  • The Advanced Discussion is at 7:30.  Novices are welcome to sit in on this group for educational purposes but are asked not to disrupt with beginner questions.

  • If there is interest, an "All Natural" group is at 8:30-ish for those who wish to raise chemical-free bees (though there is discussion that this is very difficult to accomplish for an extended period of time).
Email us (SustLivingProject@gmail.com) with your skill level, name(s), phone numbers and email addresses if you would like to be included in the Discussion Group. 
A small donation per person is requested each month -- we'll pass the hat).


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Contra Dance!
Friday, March 25  7PM

Caller
: Beth Robinson     Band: Gretchen Koehler & Friends
Presented in partnership with Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY)
and the Greenhouse of St. Lawrence University. 
Sponsored by
SLU Student Life, Thelomathesian Society, and Swingin' Saints.


Friday March 25, 7 - 9:30 PM, 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.


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SPRING CLEANING SERIES
begins with
Green Up Your Clean Up!

Presenter: Makyla Whitney Zimmer

Makyla will share the two simple, basic non-toxic cleaning recipes you can use for most jobs in your home and also share some tips on how to make regular household clean-ups go FAST!
  Coming in March or April.
MUST RSVP to reserve your spaceInclude all participants names, phone numbers and email addy's.

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Note: Dates are not set for the following, but will likely occur this Spring.

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Spring Edibles Walk
This collaboration between the Ancient Skills School and the SLP will be a delicious trudge into the wilderness (location TBA and rain-date TBA!) that you will not soon forget. 
More details soon -- likely date in late April.  MUST MUST RSVP to reserve your spaceInclude all participants names, phone numbers and email addy's.

Hydroponics for the North Country

Including a tour of a local greenhouse, this introduction to hydroponic farming will explain the basics of this methods for growing produce all twelve months of the year and learn some of the features that make it a viable undertaking.

Fundamentals of Building Science

Informative and perhaps career-building for those who might be interested in the building sciences, and "green technology" in particular.


Butchering Hogs

Learn how to home butcher, wrap and label hog meat for the freezer, render fat into lard and possibly even a demo on home canning meat.  Having home canned meat on hand for quick dinners is a good thing!  
THIS WORKSHOP WILL LIKELY NOT HAPPEN AT THIS TIME - CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES.

Make Your Own Biodiesel
Grad students at Clarkson will show you how!  Originally intended for the Festival (which fell on a CU break weekend this year) perhaps, if we have enough interest, we'll get those folks to create a special session in 2011!

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** To sign up now to indicate your interest in any of these Workshops **
Email us with your contact information and which Workshops you are interested in
Please
include all participants names, phone numbers (home AND cell) and email addy's.  We will inform you of dates as they arise, in hopes that you can join us! 


                                                                                                                 

NEW!

Click here to view our growing list of potential Workshop topics! 
These are seasonal and  year-round as well as for presentation at the
Local Living Festival ~ A Celebration of Old and New Skills

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We Also Seek Your Ideas!

To suggest topics for future events
 please contact us at 
sustlivingproject@gmail.com


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Year-Round Programs include:

   Summer of Sustainability                                                                Winter Wonders Workshops & More

   Green Homestead and Garden Tours                                                   Weekend Intensive Workshops
   One Sustainable Thing (pledge program)                                              Sustainable Living Days Partnerships
   Speakers, Films and Presentations                                                     Green Homestead and Building Tours
   Sustainable Living Days Partnerships                                                  One Sustainable Thing (pledge program)
   Hikes, Canoe Rides, Bicycle Happenings                                            Ski/Snowshoe, etc. Winter Happenings

                                                                                                                      

SUMMER OF SUSTAINABILITY 2011
Workshops ** Films ** Speakers ** Outdoor Activities
See Upcoming Events Schedule or Calendar Listings

Home Food-Waste
Composting
for Creative Gardens
Workshop




This workshop (with high ratings for Janet, our knowledgeable
presenter!) will occur regularly in warmer months. 
You can read a brief report on it from 2010 and see some great pics at
NCPR and TAUNY's "Garden Plot" blog, here:


http://blogs.northcountrypublicradio.org/gardenplot/

and  then scroll down to "Master Gardener" report from August 2010


                                                                                                                
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    Join us at local festivals and events:


Updated Schedule Forthcoming
(most outreach events are seasonal/warm weather events).


The SLP Booth at the Dairy Princess Parade, June 2010
(Our very first outreach tabling event)

VIEW OUR CALENDAR
If the Calendar does not contain any current events
(public events can be spotty, especially when a lot of our attention
is going to student intern projects)
please also check the NEWS page.


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ONE SUSTAINABLE THING
~ our unique pledge campaign ~

Sustainable living is for everyone.
It simply means making thoughtful choices
about how you live your life and putting your actions in a larger context.

We invite you to join our campaign to do One Sustainable Thing this year!

How it Works
(click here)

 For every pledge we receive, a green leaf
is added to our Sustainability Tree!

We started with a bare tree in the Spring of 2010 and
plan to  have 1,000 pledges this year!




                                                                                    

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