Seed Celebration & Sustainable Community Fair: February 15, 2014

The Sustainability Project presents the 9th Annual Seed Celebration and Sustainable Community Fair on Saturday, February 15th, from 9 am – 4 pm; admission by donation. This year we are delighted to be hosting the event at Mole Hill Theatre, 789 Gilsum Mine Road, East Alstead, NH.

Over the years, farmers, gardeners, and activists working for sustainable communities have come to know this event as a great opportunity for networking and day-long fun. Come boost your community’s skills for living well in a changing world. Proceeds help support the Seed Celebration and Sustainable Community Fair, our programming throughout the year, and our work to create wheelchair accessible trails and perennial gardens at the Emerson Brook Forest Center. The Seed Celebration is sponsored in part by W.S. Badger, The Gilsum Recreation Committee, The Monadnock Food Co-op, Green Energy Options, The Mountain, Gem Graphics and Mole Hill Theatre.

Schedule of Events:
9 am ~ Opening

10 – 11:30 am ~ Dave Jacke, noted permaculture designer, teacher and author of Edible Forest Gardens, will present “Ecological Culture Design: A Holistic View”

Noon ~ The Solar Sisters duo will perform songs of farm and garden

1:30 – 3 pm ~ Bill Whyte, founder and CEO of the W.S. Badger company, will present “Visualization – The Art and Practice of Imagining with a purpose”

3:15 pm ~ Last call for the raffle

3:30 pm ~ Raffle Drawing

All Day: Cafe featuring soups from local restaurants and kitchens and Orchard Hill breads, Exhibits & Displays, Demonstrations, Seed Sales & Swap, Raffle, & Children’s Activities

Tablers for the 2014 Seed Celebration & Sustainable Community Fair: Stonewall Farms, WS Badger, Kroka Expeditions, Orchard Hill Breadworks, Valley Green Journal, Green Energy Options, RECLAIM: Original Silk Screen Designs, and Wichland Woods

More about Dave Jacke:
Ecological Culture Design: A Holistic View
Few sane, aware and knowledgeable people would argue that our current culture is ecologically sustainable. Clearly we face an urgent need to redesign the ways we live, work and play or risk the worst. If we are to create ecological and egalitarian societies, we must move beyond the traditional environmentalist focus on resource management and technological solutions. Ecologically speaking, culture is the primary adaptive mechanism of the species Homo sapiens, and it is culture, as a whole system, that we must redesign. What is culture? How might we approach the design of ecological and socially just cultures as whole systems? This talk will address these questions, providing a practical framework for discussion and design practice.

Bio
Dave Jacke is primary author of the award winning two-volume book Edible Forest Gardens, a comprehensive guide to ecological garden design (www.edibleforestgardens.com). A student of ecology and design since the 1970s, he has run his own planning firm-Dynamics Ecological Design-since 1984, designing gardens, homes, farms, and communities throughout the U.S. and overseas. He holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Simon’s Rock College and a M.A. in Landscape Design from the Conway School of Landscape Design. In his teaching and his design work, Dave has always explored the interrelationships between people and land as interpenetrating whole systems, grounding his vision and theory in practical and concrete reality as much as possible.

Visualization: “The Art and Practice of Imagining with a purpose”
with Bill Whyte. Whether you are working on a personal plan for living a healthier lifestyle, designing a house, planning a garden or writing a business plan, visualization can be a powerful aid in developing a successful plan. Consider this workshop a brief space and time for you to create a “visualization mandala” on paper – a piece of “spirit art” that you can use as a daily reminder, mentor, guide and friend. Bring some colored pencils if you can!

Bill is founder and CEO of the W.S. Badger Company in Gilsum.

Responding to the Call of the Land: Building a Community Supported Food System

Responding to the Call of the Land:
Building a Community Supported Food System

– Friday, September 14, 2 – 9 p.m., Stonewall Farm, Keene
– Saturday, September 15, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Peterborough Historical Society

These events are designed to help farmers and food-related organizations, businesses and consumers to think and act clearly and interactively about the steps to take as a region to design and implement a structure that will provide an increased supply of local food for consumers and fair financial benefit for producers.

Steven McFadden is the featured presenter. A native New Englander, Steven lived in the Monadnock Region for 20 year.  Details at http://thecalloftheland.wordpress.com.

Gecko’s Complaint

I recently read a Balinese folktale Gecko’s Complaint and thought of all the businesses, organizations and individuals working to make the Monadnock Region’s communities more vibrant and healthy.  We all, while reaching towards our goals, may unintentionally interfere with one another.

Like the gecko, I have complained about the firefly that keeps me from sleeping.  Could it be that just like the firefly, whomever I am complaining about means no harm and is actually helping me reach my goal?

“So the Chief called Gecko in once more.  In a stern voice he said, ‘Gecko, no more complaining!  We’re all connected in ways we sometimes can’t see.”

We are all connected in ways we can’t see.  What are our common goals?  How can we self-organize and work more synergistically?  Instead of working on our goals in isolation, let us acknowledge our interconnections and create something larger and more beneficial to the whole.

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