Science Café - "The Ever-Changing Challenges of Coffee"

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

November Science Café
The Ever-Changing Challenges of Coffee
Bob Benck
7:00 pm, Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Orca Books - 509 East 4th Avenue - 360.352.0123

In a world where climate change continues to challenge agricultural products, coffee is no exception. Coffee growers have had to adapt many of their production methods over recent years to combat increased rainfall, temperature, and disease. Some regions that had been regarded as top quality producers are in decline while other areas formerly too dry or too cold are becoming more productive. In response, growers must make carefully calculated choices and decisions on coffee variety and process. By using genetics and technology, growers are striving to produce more coffee while continuing to improve quality.

Our speaker this month is Bob Benck who is the Green Coffee Buyer at Batdorf and Bronson Coffee Roaster in Olympia. Please join us to learn a little more about something most of us take for granted every day -- great coffee!

December Speaker:

Brian Polagye, Ph.D
Co-Director, Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center
Research Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington

Topic Area is the sustainable development of marine renewable energy, with an emphasis on tidal current energy.

Naturescaping for Water & Wildlife

Thu, 11/07/2013 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Stream Team and WSU Extension’s Native Plant Salvage Project will offer a free “Naturescaping for Water and Wildlife” class on Thursday, November 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Tumwater Fire Hall on Israel Rd. 

The class will feature detailed, hands-on information about how to incorporate beautiful native and other drought-tolerant plants into your landscape to attract amphibians, birds and butterflies while protecting water resources. Participants will learn how to transform their landscape while also saving time, money and resources!

Advanced registration is required as space is limited. Register at www.streamteam.info. Call 360-867-2166 for questions.


Phillip Ackerman-Leist - "Rebuilding the Foodshed: How to Create Local, Sustainable and Secure Food Systems"

Tue, 10/29/2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

From today's inbox:

Phillip Ackerman-Leist, author of Rebuilding the Foodshed: How to Create Local, Sustainable and Secure Food Systems, will be speaking at the Olympia Center at 7pm on Tuesday October 29. Following the presentation there will be a book signing with the author.
The event is free and sponsored by Sustainable South Sound.
About the Book

Droves of people have turned to local food as a way to retreat from our broken industrial food system. From rural outposts to city streets, they are sowing, growing, selling, and eating food produced close to home—and they are crying out for agricultural reform. All this has made “local food” into everything from a movement buzzword to the newest darling of food trendsters.

But now it’s time to take the conversation to the next level. That’s exactly what Philip Ackerman-Leist does in Rebuilding the Foodshed, in which he refocuses the local-food lens on the broad issue of rebuilding regional food systems that can replace the destructive aspects of industrial agriculture, meet food demands affordably and sustainably, and be resilient enough to endure potentially rough times ahead.

Changing our foodscapes raises a host of questions. How far away is local? How do you decide the size and geography of a regional foodshed? How do you tackle tough issues that plague food systems large and small—issues like inefficient transportation, high energy demands, and rampant food waste? How do you grow what you need with minimum environmental impact? And how do you create a foodshed that’s resilient enough if fuel grows scarce, weather gets more severe, and traditional supply chains are hampered?

Community Forum on Climate Change

Sat, 10/05/2013 - 12:00pm - 3:30pm

October 5th - 12:00 to 3:30
Columbia Room at the Capitol

(The website for the event asks people who expect to attend to sign up because it will help with their planning...)
Panel of Speakers

12:00-12:35 Ruth King will make announcements. Steve Hall, Moderator, opening remarks.

12:35-1:00 Patty Glick, Senior Climate Change Specialist, National Wildlife Federation.

Will provide an overview of global warming, its causes, how it affects climate, and what its global and national consequences are. Ms. Glick has been dedicated to the issue of climate change for more than 20 years. Her work has included research studies on the impacts of sealevel rise in the Florida Keys, the Pacific Northwest, the Chesapeake Bay region, and coastal Louisiana. In 2007, The World Conservation Union named Ms. Glick was one of 23 “Outstanding Women Working on Climate Change Issues”. In 2011, the U.S. Dept. of Interior honored Ms. Glick and a team of colleagues with a ‘Partners in Conservation’ award for their work on climate change vulnerability assessment.
1:00-2:00 The next 3 speakers will describe the regional consequences of climate change, what is already happening in this area, and what is anticipated in the future. They will tell you of the actions their agencies are taking to protect public health, safety, and property as they work to slow the progress of global warming, and help our community respond to climate change.

Lon Wyrick, Executive Director of the Thurston Regional Planning Council

NOAA's Christopher Sabine on Climate Change

Thu, 11/07/2013 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm

From today's inbox:

Dr. Christopher Sabine from NOAA (in Seattle) will be giving a presentation on “Our Evolving Understanding of the Global Carbon Cycle and how it Drives Climate Change and Ocean Acidification” on November 7th, 2013 at 5 p.m. in Lecture Hall 3 at The Evergreen State College. This event is free and open to the public.

The event is co-sponsored by the Ocean Life and Environmental Policy, Practice of Sustainable Agriculture, and Earth Matters: Geology and Chemistry Academic Programs; the Evergreen Chemistry Club; and the Puget Sound Section of the American Chemical Society.

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:

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