American Community Garden Association - 2013 National Conference in Seattle

Thu, 08/08/2013 - 9:00am - Sun, 08/11/2013 - 5:00pm

From today's inbox:

American Community Gardening Association Annual Conference
Seattle, WA August 8–11, 2013
Cultivating Community, Harvesting Health:
Community Gardens to Urban Farms

Registration opens on May 1, 2013. Join us for this year's events, including:

  • workshops
  • presentations
  • keynote speakers
  • film festival
  • tours of local gardens, farms, and green spaces in the Seattle area

View schedule

About the Conference

The American Community Gardening Association (ACGA) promotes community gardening and greening across the United States and Canada.

ACGA's annual conference provides an opportunity for professionals, volunteers, and supporters of community greening in urban and rural communities to gather together, to share information and resources pertaining to:

Rain Garden Design Two-Part Workshop

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 6:30pm - 8:45pm

 Rain gardens are in the news a lot these days. What are they, and how do they work? Rain gardens allow homeowners to do their part to help protect streams and Puget Sound while also keeping stormwater drainage away from homes. A free workshop will provide all the details needed to build one or more rain gardens in your yard to create a low-maintenance, attractive landscape feature that will also provide habitat for birds and butterflies.

Part 1 of this how-to workshop will be offered on Thursday, April 18, from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. at Tumwater Fire Hall, 311 Israel Rd. SW.  Participants will learn how to create a rain garden landscape plan to suit their needs, and can also register for Part 2 on Thursday, April 25 where experts will offer individualized plan review. Each participant will receive detailed information about designing and building a rain garden, as well as a free handbook and beautiful four-color poster.

The workshop is free but registration is required. Register online at http://www.streamteam.info/getinvolved/calendar/  For more information, contact the WSU Native Plant Salvage Project at nativeplantsalvage@gmail.com or call 360-867-2166. This workshop is co-sponsored by Stream Team and WSU Extension’s Native Plant Salvage Project.


Community Seed Exchange

Sat, 03/23/2013 - 2:30pm - 4:00pm

From today's inbox:

Seed Exchange with Caitlin Moore
Saturday March 23 at 2:30
Olympia Timberland Regional Library
313 8th Ave SE, Olympia, WA 98501

Moore will give a short talk and answer questions.  Participants will exchange seeds and share snacks provided by the Friends of the Olympia Library.  Bring old seeds to make seed bombs and new seeds to trade.  Envelopes for trading will be provided.

Artesian Court Draft Concept Plan - Public Meeting

Thu, 03/07/2013 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

The City's Parks Department has created a preliminary concept plan for the rest of the empty space around the Artesian Well. (It's now being called the Artesian Court instead of the Artesian Park because the Parks Department doesn't want to become responsible for another park without any additional funding for it...

Here's what it looks like:

(I'm attaching a somewhat bigger PDF.)

According to the City's press release:

The City will hold a public meeting to present the Artesian Court Draft Concept Plan. The public is encouraged to attend and give feedback on the draft plan. Following the public meeting, written comments will be accepted until March 15. Please send all comments to Dave Okerlund at dokerlun@ci.olympia.wa.us.
Date:              Thursday, March 7, 2013
Time:               6:00 p.m.
Location:        The Olympia Center, Room 101/102
                        222 Columbia St. NW, Olympia
If you require special accommodations during your attendance, please call 360.753.8053 at least one day in advance of the event.

Evergreen TEDx - Local Innovations for a Changing World

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 4:00pm - 7:00pm

From today's inbox:

Monday, February 25, 4-7pm
Register: http://blogs.evergreen.edu/tedx/registration/
Student-Produced Trailer: https://vimeo.com/60148870
Live webcast at http://www.evergreen.edu/streams/

Speaker line-up:

Food Justice High - Kim Gaffi, Executive Director of GRuB (Garden-Raised Bounty)
Electric Vehicle Tourism -Ron Johnston-Rodriguez, Plug-in North Central Washington, LLC
Energy Efficient Homes - Scott Bergford, Scott Homes, Inc. and Northwest Energy Team
Addressing Ocean Acidification in Washington State - Shallin Busch, Research Ecologist, Northwest Fisheries Science Center
Sustainability in Prisons - Dan Pacholke, Co-Director, Sustainability in Prisons Project & Assistant Secretary, Prisons Division, Washington Department of Corrections & Andrea Martin, Intern, Sustainability in Prisons Project

Solidarity Rally to Oppose the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

Sun, 02/17/2013 - 3:00pm - 6:00pm


Confront the climate crisis: oppose the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

Join your friends, family, and neighbors on Sunday afternoon, the 17th of February, 3pm at Heritage Park, for a festive rally.

More information:
This will be a solidarity rally with national protests, and actions in Washington D.C., to oppose the KXL pipeline. In Olympia there will be speakers, activities, street theater, opportunity to share and educate, and organize, against fossil fuel driven climate change, and for alternatives. Fun for everyone.

Please sign the Olympia F.O.R. Confronting the Climate Crisis task force petition to support Governor Inslee to stand strong against fossil fuel pollution: https://www.change.org/petitions/governor-inslee-please-address-the-climate-crisis

After the rally, there will be a potluck warm-up at Traditions fair trade café, you're invited, please join your friends and neighbors!

Sponsored by the Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation Confronting the Climate Crisis



Flash Mob to Confront the Climate Crisis

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 12:00pm


Join the Olympia F.O.R. Task Force to Confront the Climate Crisis for a merry flash mob festival!

What: Fun-spirited flash mob.

Who: You and your friends, family, and neighbors.

When: 12 O'clock Noon, Saturday the 16th of February

Where: Westfield Capital Mall food court.

Why: To raise awareness about tar sands fossil fuel extraction, the Keystone XL Pipeline, and build energy to confront the climate crisis.

How: Be there to support. If you want to participate, please come to practice at the Olympia Center on Saturday morning, starting at 9:30am, until 11:30am.

2) Remember also, Rally on Sunday, at Heritage Park. 3pm, Sunday the 17th, featuring a variety of great speakers and activities, educational and organizational opportunities, fun for everyone.
see separate event invite for more information about the Rally.
* And please sign the petition supporting Governor Inslee to stand strong for the climate: https://www.change.org/petitions/governor-inslee-please-address-the-climate-crisis

Thank you!


Forward on Climate Rally

Sun, 02/17/2013 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm

From today's inbox:

This Sunday, 2/17, thousands of Americans are gathering in Washington, D.C. to have the Forward on Climate rally be the largest climate rally in history. This Sunday will show the president how large the climate movement has grown, and how this is an incredibly urgent issue.

[If you're not planning to fly to D.C. for this event  - definitely a counter-productive idea - there is a local rally at Heritage Park the same day, 3 PM, Sunday February 17th. There's one in Seattle, too.]

Other suggestions from the national event's organizers:

1. Recruit for the DC event from afar: Let your friends and family in the Mid-Atlantic/DC metro area know about the rally and ask them to attend.

2. Speak out from your comfort of your kitchen:  If you’re pinned to the house for various reasons, host a waffle breakfast this weekend and write to President Obama to ask him to stop waffling on the Keystone XL pipeline (have the link open on a computer and everyone can easily sign on).

3. Engage on social media:  Take a picture of your waffle breakfast with signs that say @BarackObama #nowaffle #noKXL #ForwardOnClimate and post on Facebook to spread the word.  If you’re on Twitter, you can also spread the word in advance and the day-of by using the hashtag #ForwardOnClimate.

Community Update: Climate Change & Sea-Level Rise

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Beyond Landscaping: Marine & Riparian Revegetation

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

This free workshop is especially geared to those who live along a stream, lake or Puget Sound, but will be useful to anyone planning to restore sections of their property, including wetland buffers, degraded forests, unused pastures, and any kind of shoreline. 


Part I: Thursday, February 21, 6pm - 9pm: Classroom session to provide background info and resources to help you create a plan.

Part II: Saturday, March 2, 10am - 2pm: Return for hands-on field component and plan review.


To register, visit www.streamteam.info or call (360) 867-2166 for questions.



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