Learn to make Sauerkraut at Return to Evergreen, October 19. Register Now

Sat, 10/19/2013 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

This is just one of a full day of seminars and workshops, capped off with an evening of live music the always popular Greener Beer Garden. $25 for the full day. Register at: Return to Evergreen

Time: 1:00 to 3:00 pm
The Organic Farm's Sustainable Agriculture Lab

Session Description:

Join us for a fermentation workshop with Sash Sunday of OlyKraut in the Organic Farmhouse.  Come learn and practice the basics of making home-scale sauerkraut and hear the story of some of the trials, tribulations and tricks of starting and operating a small processed-food business.

Facilitator Biographies:

David Muehleisen

David Muehleisen: David is a member of the faculty in sustainable agriculture and entomology at Evergreen. He holds a Ph.D. in Entomology from Texas A&M University, an M.S. in Botany and a B.S. Zoology from Clemson University. He is currently teaching in the Practice of Sustainable Agriculture program at Evergreen.

Sash Sunday

A Day of Skill Sharing

Sat, 09/21/2013 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

GMO Labeling and Yes On 522 Speaker Event

Thu, 09/19/2013 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

John O’Brien, PA-C, a local medical professional from Olympia, why he believes GMO labeling is the most important medical issue of our time. Questions are welcome after the presentation.

Lori Lively and Steve Halstrom, Yes on 522 Steering Committee members, will be on hand to discuss the the campaign and answer any questions about the initiative.

Where: Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2300 East End Street NW in Olympia

When: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

 “VOTE Yes on Initiative 522” insists families and individuals have the right to choose what they eat and therefore must know for themselves what is in their food and not just rely on government or corporate science. As it says in the proposed initiative,” The purpose of this chapter is to ensure people are fully informed about whether the food they purchase and eat was produced through genetic engineering so they may choose for themselves whether to purchase and eat such food.”

 Sponsored locally by The Grassroots Volunteers for I 522 and supported by Thurston County National Organization for Women.

 For Information  Liz Ellis 360 292-5442   groovyjoker@gmail.com


Science Café: Dr. George Mayer speaking about new materials inspired by nature

Tue, 09/10/2013 - 7:00pm

The Science Café topic for September is "New Materials Based on Inspiration from Biology".  During the past twenty-five years, discoveries by biologists, zoologists, chemists, material scientists and others have provided exciting and important information about how
materials behave in natural environments. Areas such as camouflage, sensing, protection from moisture, adhesion, and the toughness of new composites have been prominent areas of study.

Dr George Mayer of the University of Washington will review some of his work on the toughness of composite materials found in nature, as measured by their ability to dissipate energy. His work has focused on the structure and properties of seashells and sponge skeletons, and the knowledge gained may be applicable to the repair of human bones and teeth. Other practical applications of the research will be discussed.

Dr. Mayer is Research Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Washington.

The Science Café will meet at Orca Books, 509 4th Ave East in downtown Olympia. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Mushroom Cultivation & Application Course

Fri, 10/18/2013 (All day) - Sun, 10/20/2013 (All day)

Radical Mycology co-founder Peter McCoy will be holding a 2.5 day intensive on the theory, practice, and application of mushroom cultivation this October in his home town of Olympia, Washington. This course covers the essentials of mushroom production for all budgets, with an emphasis on techniques and tools that keep costs and complexity to a minimum. Whether you are looking to start a small mushroom farm or grow your own edible and medicinal mushrooms for personal use, this course will cover the core skills needed to hit the ground running.

Topics covered include:
Budgeting, planning & preparation
Cultivation and fruiting environments
Tool making and improvisation
Sterile practice with agar, grains, compost, and wood-based substrates
Alternative, low-cost, and low-tech cultivation techniques and tools
Medicinal mushroom processing and myconutraceutical product production
Wild mushroom identification and cultivation
Outdoor mushroom forest planning and installation
Mycoremediation concepts and strategies
Fungal & plant relationships
Mycorrhizal cultivation
& much more!

The instruction model Peter uses caters to all learning modes by offering a blend of visual presentation, live demonstration, hands-on practice, and a tour of a home-based mushroom lab. At the end of the course, participants will get 4 pure mushroom cultures (valued at $100) and a 100-page workbook of the techniques covered.

Dates: October 18-20 (Friday eve, Saturday & Sunday full day)
Location: Olympia, WA
Cost: $200

For more detailed information on the course, the instructor, and how to register, please visit the link here:

Northwest Permaculture Convergence

Fri, 08/02/2013 - 8:00am - Sun, 08/04/2013 - 5:00pm

Meet the Trees of Washington

Sat, 06/08/2013 - 10:00am - 4:30pm

Stream Team and WSU’s Native Plant Salvage Project will team up to present a free field class, “Meet the Trees of Washington,” on Saturday, June 8th, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in Olympia. After classroom instruction, participants will take a field trip to a local nature trail to learn to identify native trees, shrubs and perennials. Bus transportation will be provided for the field trip.

The class is especially beneficial for newcomers to our area or anyone else who has ever wondered about the benefits and horticultural uses of native trees and other plants. Participants will learn about several different ecosystems to visit in South Sound and the plants and animals that inhabit them.

The workshop is free but registration is required. Register at streamteam.info or email nativeplantsalvage@gmail.com with your full name and phone number. 


Olympia Science Café - "Polar Bears, Ice Dependence and Other Stories"

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

From today's inbox:

Polar Bears, Ice Dependence and Other Stories
Dr. Dean Gushee, MD, MS, FACEP

7:00 pm, Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Orca Books - 509 East 4th Avenue, Olympia
(Phone 360.352.0123)

Using images from the polar regions, Dr. Dean Gushee will lead us in a conversation on the importance of sea ice to those ecosystems. While media coverage often begins and ends with a statement that ‘sea ice has no impact on sea level,’ Dr. Gushee will discuss how sea ice supports a wide range of animals that includes not only charismatic mega fauna, such as polar bears, but lesser known and equally important animals. Images will help illustrate what is at risk in these regions. The effects of sea ice change is a natural segue to the broader discussion on global climate change.

Dr. Dean Gushee, MD, MS, FACEP, is a physician and photographer whose photographs of his expedition to Antarctica have appeared in the National Geographic magazine.

NOTICE: We are taking a break in July and August, but will be back in September. We wish you a safe and enjoyable summer.

Kayak on the Bay

Sun, 05/19/2013 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Tomorrow afternoon, go for a paddle with Olympia Confronting the Climate Crisis. There will be opportunity to organize with your fellow human beings to protect the Earth against reckless fossil fuel industry antics. When: Noon to 4pm. Where: West Bay Park, Olympia. Who: You and your friends and neighbors. What: There will be about 15 or 20 kayaks and people can cycle through them.

Sweetwater Nannauck from Seattle IdleNoMore will be doing a water ceremony.

Trip Jennings will be instructing folks on water and kayak safety.

Trip Jennings first became a kayak instructor in 1998 and since then has shared his love of water as an instructor, competitive whitewater kayaker, expedition kayaker and filmmaker. In 2008 he was recognized by National Geographic as an 'Adventurer of the Year' for a kayak expedition to Papua New Guinea and was featured in the January 2013 issue of National Geographic Magazine. But most passionately, Trip is a climate justice activist working to confront the root causes of climate change. He is a member of Portland Rising Tide, campaigning to stop the onslaught of energy export proposals in the NW and professionally Trip works with groups such as the Power Past Coal Coalition and Columbia River Keeper as a videographer. He is currently producing a documentary on the oil, gas and coal export proposals in Oregon and Washington.

More information about the event here on this facebook event page: O3C Kayak Event.

Talking Crude: Stopping the Oil Trains

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 1:30pm - 4:00pm

Come hear leaders of Citizens for a Clean Harbor (CCH) from Aberdeen/Hoquiam discuss their opposition to 21 new oil tanks in the Port of Grays Harbor. You've heard about coal trains and oil pipelines, but this new oil trains plan also affects us locally.

The plan involves 50 oil tanker trains a month coming from North Dakota, on a route through the Columbia Gorge, Centralia, and along the Chehalis River to Hoquiam. The oil would be then shipped in huge Panamax oil supertankers in Grays Harbor and along our Pacific coastline.

The Ports of Grays Harbor and Olympia are colluding with the oil industry that has been waging war against climate stability. What can we do to stop them?

Join us at the Olympia Center (downtown at 222 Columbia St NW) on Saturday, May 18 at 1:30 pm for "Talking Crude," for this unique chance to hear from our neighbors, and discuss how to stop the oil trains! For questions contact Olympia Confronting the Climate Crisis at Bourtai31@gmail.com For background see Citizens for a Clean Harbor at www.cleanharbor.org/

Event Schedule:

1:30 Paul Pickett will talk about the climate crisis, and explain how burning more oil will add CO2 to the 400 ppm we already have in the atmosphere;
1:45 Zoltan Grossman will speak about fracking for oil in the Bakken shale, and explain how the Port of Olympia is colluding with big oil by downloading materials necessary for fracking;
2:00 PM Arnie Martin and Arthur (R.D.) Grunbaum will present their slide show about the proposed oil trains, storage tanks, and huge tankers in Grays Harbor;

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