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Nation in Transition:
Stories from the Field Issue #2

Kids learn to be gardeners

Kids learn to be gardeners with community aid

Hi-Desert Star Article
JOSHUA TREE, California - Students have been learning how to grow food in the high desert at two elementary schools thanks to members of the food group of Transition Joshua Tree who worked closely with the two schools for more than a year, setting up gardens for children to grow carrots, lettuce, beets and more. Read more.

Transition Cadillac

Transition Cadillac celebrates 100 YARDen DASH!

CADILLAC, Michigan - Transition Cadillac started the growing season with a simple goal: create and register 100 new food gardens in 2012. “There was such an atmosphere of community involvement,” said Transition Cadillac leader Shelley Youngman. “Before this event, I didn’t know Cadillac could do anything this cool.” Read more.

Sustainable NE Seattle tool library

Sustainable NE Seattle wins a grant for their Tool Library 

SEATTLE, Washington — Congratulations to Sustainable NE Seattle for winning a grant that will enable them to house their Tool Library Project. The NE Seattle Tool Library will provide free, community access to a wide variety of tools, training, and sustainable resources. Read more.

August Roundup of What's Happening out in the World of Transition...

Above photo: Transition Laguna's workshop on aquaponics 

Developing household resilience and landscaping for wildlife in Kentucky > Sustainable Berea put on a workshop on landscaping for wildlife as part of their Resilient Household Project. They have been discussing topics from water, waste, energy conservation, alternative energy, growing and storing food, emergency preparedness, health and transportation. Check out their  introductory list of books and other resources and  short list of suggestions for increasing your household’s resilience.

Timebanking and weaving community connections in Florida > Transition Sarasota is getting set for the launch of their Common Wealth Time Bank which will take place on Labor Day, September 3rd. In celebration of the nurturing of this new economy based on community, sustainability and shared prosperity, they'll be kicking things off with a potluck lunch, screening of "The Economics of Happiness" film, a World Cafe discussion on the future of their local economy and topping it off with live music. Read an interview with Don Hall of Transition Sarasota about their launch here. For an explanation of how time banks can be successful in creating resiliency within the local economy, read this article in Yes! Magazine: Time Banking: An Idea Whose Time Has Come?

Learning about aquaponics and growing food in the desert in California > Transition Laguna added to their monthly meeting and potluck a lesson on aquaponics, "a food production system that combines a traditional aquaculture with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment." Transition Joshua Tree has been learning about irrigation and growing food in hot and dry climates. Check out some of their experiments in gardening in the desert here. Learn more about farming without water or "dry farming" in this Grist article. Meanwhile, Transition Santa Cruz is getting set to host a workshop on the 'Economics for Transition.'

Collaboratively transforming lawns into food producing permaculture gardens in Maine > Some great photos from Transition Belfast Area in Maine - What are Permablitzes? "Permablitzes are free events, open to the public, with free workshops, shared food, where you get some exercise and have a wonderful time. To be defined as a permablitz each event must also be preceded by a permaculture design by a qualified designer. Most permablitz networks run on reciprocity, and in order to qualify for a permablitz you usually need to volunteer at other permablitzes first, although there may be other ways of qualifying." (via wikibooks).

Rethinking local foodsheds in Michigan > Transition Cadillac Area is sponsoring a seminar in September to learn about how the home ecosystem can contribute to the greater local food system. "We'll explore the nitty gritty of the microcosm i.e., home food production, waste systems, rainwater catchment, and how this ties into the bigger picture of building a resilient foodshed. Gain ideas for ways to make your home landscape or small farm more productive with tree crops & food forestry, swales & earthworks, no-dig gardening, and more."

Hosting a Skillshare Faire in Washington > Transition Whatcom members are in the late planning stages of their SkillShare Faire and have a great website already up - check out  "We have been meeting throughout the spring and summer and have some fantastic people lined up to share their resilience-building skills!  We have music being scheduled, and all is going well." If your group is thinking of organizing something similar, check out their website for details on how it's all coming together.

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