Promoting Sustainability and Resilience in East Jefferson County
Bon voyage, Brants! See you in 2021. Photo by C. McCreary
Zoom Drop-in Help - Apr 13 -18 - 9:30 a.m. *Online* Do you have questions about using Zoom video meeting software? About setting up meetings using the new security features? Join Jefferson County Librarian Andrea Hergert for help in learning how to use Zoom, how to download the app, how to set up and join meetings, audio and video settings, and more. Mondays – Fridays from 9:30-10:00am. Get details here or go straight to the live classroom daily through April 10th by clicking here. Other online library services include Live events; Library 24/7; How to Videos;Kids' Resources;Teen Resources; and COVID-19 Help.
Dr. Locke's COVID-19 Update - Mon Apr 13 - 9:45 a.m. *Online* Weekly COVID-19 weekly update with Jefferson County Public Health Officer, Dr. Thomas Locke at today's meeting of the County Commission. To watch live or recorded videos of the entire 9am Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting including go to the website for videos of meetings. You can choose “Streaming Live” or, if viewing later, “Recorded.” You can also listen live to the weekly update of find it recorded on the KPTZ home page.
Local 20/20 Beyond Waste Action Group - Tue Apr 14th *Online* The Beyond Waste Action Group meets the second Tuesday of each month at either 10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon or 7 p.m.- 8:30 p.m., depending on the month. The group looks at a number of issues including food-waste composting, plastics reduction and recycling, reduction of garbage on an individual and community level, and various other waste-related topics that spontaneously come up during the meeting. Newcomers are always welcome. Email Lisa closer to the meeting to request the agenda and info on how to connect online. Time: 10:30 a.m.-noon
Local 20/20 Steering Council - Wed Apr 15th *Online* The monthly Local 20/20 Steering Council meeting is open to all and welcomes those interested in active involvement in Local 20/20 leadership. Newcomers are always welcome. If you'd like an orientation to Local 20/20 activities, please email Marlow.
Time: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Email Mark for link to online meeting.
DIY Coddling Moth Traps - Thurs April 16th . *Online* This week in WSU Master Gardeners"Garden Notes" live video program, learn the basics of "Starting your Home Vegetable Garden". Presented for the public to take advantage of the season and do their part to promote community resilience. For relevant local gardening information you can use immediately, join on Zoom at 3:00 p.m. every Thursday afternoon in April. Don't be late - the Zoom room can only hold 100 participants. Recorded sessions will be posted on the WSU Jefferson County Extension website the following Tuesday. Here are the upcoming sessions led by local Master Gardeners: 4/16: DIY Coddling Moth Traps ~ https://wsu.zoom.us/j/638040636 4/23: What’s Blooming Now ~ https://wsu.zoom.us/j/705202928 4/31: To be announced
Coffee with City Manager Mauro - Thurs April 16th- *KPTZ 91.9FM* Port Townsend City Manager John Mauro has moved his weekly coffee meetings with the public onto KPTZ’s Discovery Road, hosted by Tim Quackenbush starting at 9:30 a.m. This week John Mauro will be taking questions from 10:00 -10:30 a.m. Call in on 360.215.7270 or submit your questions to John ahead of time by email here. If you're unable to listen live, the conversations will be posted on the Discovery Road page.
Climate Prep Action Group - Local 20/20 - Mon April 27th *Online* Interested in learning more about how climate change will impact Jefferson County, and what we can do as a community to prepare? Attend our meeting to learn about current projects and how to get involved, and/or learn more here. The meeting will be online: contact Cindy if you would like to join in or for more information. Time: 2:00 - 4:00p.m. Location: Online.
Permaculture Homesteading Internship - June 18th-August 31st Join The Dirt Rich School for a three-month Permaculture Homesteading Internship! If you are exploring the idea of farming or gardening as a vocation or lifestyle, or just looking for a skills-based education, this is the program for you! Check out the website for more information. Email Kateen with questions about the application and sign-up process. Duration is June 18 - August 31 at The Dirt Rich School at Compass Rose Farms, 1463 W Uncas Rd, Port Townsend.
Local 20/20 COVID-19 Resources *l2020.org/COVID-19/ Updates* One-stop page for local information during the coronavirus crisis. Daily updates on food sources of farms, groceries, restaurants, meal assistance, and growing your own. How to give help and get help with housing, business, unemployment, mental health. Daily Community Situation Reports from Jefferson County Emergency Management and other reliable information links.
Local 20/20 COVID-Resources is by the community, for the community, with 10 organizations coming together to contribute. Did you know...
How many farms are growing food for you in East Jefferson County? Find 25 (!) of them on our Local Farms list (Thanks, WSU Extension Small Farms Program!)
The Dept. of Emergency Management puts together a new situation report each weekday that tells you all about COVID in Jefferson County? Find it at the top of the page.
You don't have to wonder if our restaurant list or grocery list is up-to-do because we literally have two DEM volunteers personally contact every single restaurant and grocery store every few days to get that information to you. Dates of updates are next to our lists.
There are several groups working seriously hard to make sure that food assistance is available. Food bank info. is changing rapidly and it's all captured in our Meal Program list.
This week see updates on prescription delivery options county-wide. For new products and services from local farms, farmsteads and CSAs, use interactive map of grocery and food pick up or delivery options or print out the current list of East Jefferson County Farms COVID-19 adaptations. An emergency management volunteer had updated the restaurants page to show current takeout and delivery offerings. Support local retail businesses by using their online shopping options, including to buy gift cards for future use; the Chamber of Commerce has a new list here. Thanks to JCIRA, there's help for undocumented immigrant neighbors who are unable to access support through unemployment benefits and government relief checks, or to have equal access to healthcare.
Library Resources A to Z*New* Bookmark this Jefferson County Library page to access to a HUGE number of free resources from A (Academic Search Premier, Ancestry.com, and Automotive Resources) to the Washington Anytime Library with its e-books and audiobooks. In between find Kanopy for three free full length films per month plus unlimited Kanopy Kids and The Great Courses. ProQuest takes you to scholarly journals, dissertations and theses, books and videos. (A feature that limits searches to peer-reviewed material yielded 503 studies for the search term COVID-19.) Classes? Try Mango for languages, Lydna.com for computer skills and more. You don't even need a library card to access the Khan Academy for homework help from pre-school up through advanced placement and test prep. If you have trouble logging in, call 360-385-6544 Mon-Fri between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to get help from a librarian.
The Library Now Offers 1,422 Magazines *New* The Jefferson County Library has added a temporary new service giving readers online access to 1,422 magazines! Flipster®, a next-generation magazine service that allows you to browse digital versions of magazines, is FREE service through June 30. Click HERE and enter your library card to check it out!
Volunteering in National Volunteer Month “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth,” said Muhammad Ali. The April issue of the City of Port Townsend newsletter has a shout out to city volunteers and calls for more. Learn about jobs and training here and here, and complete a Volunteer Inquiry form here. For City Boards and Commissions, check vacancies here and the application form here. The COVID-19 emergency brings new opportunities for online and on-site volunteering. See Local 20/20's COVID-19 Resources for info on volunteering with OlyCAP or with Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management as a medical, security, or emergency responder, or as a maker in the Community Face Mask Program. The Washington Department of Health is enrolling and activating emergency volunteer health practitioners. See WAserv volunteer registration guide. Qualified UN Volunteers may telecommute or be deployed once coronavirus travel restrictions are lifted. Volunteer Match lists virtual opportunities for 90,000+ volunteers including 700+ in Washington alone.
WSU Seed Library offers Seeds by Mail Program The WSU Extension Master Gardener Seed Library is offering their community seed inventory to new members by mail. We encourage gardeners to borrow seeds, grow plants, and return the seeds from some of your plants at the end of the season. The process of becoming a Member is simple. 1. Visit their website to check the Planting Guide for the available seed inventory. 2. Fill out the Seed Library Request form, and 3. Click Submit. Once they receive your request, they will mail the seeds to you and add you to their mailing list. They will also send you information on Seed Saving Basics throughout the growing season. No payment is necessary, however monetary or stamp donations are accepted. Remember that although these seeds are free and come from donated and community-saved seeds they are all at least one year old. Also everyone is encouraged to support our professional seed companies, local seed vendors and nurseries. Help support community seed resilience! For more information email the WSU Master Gardener Seed Library here.
Jefferson County Master Gardener Foundation Grants The Jefferson County Master Gardener Foundation has a small grants opportunity to encourage and support volunteer horticulture and environmental stewardship projects. Residents of Jefferson County may apply for grants up to $750. Applications due May 1. Additional information and the application form are here.
Webinars on Community Gardens and Small Farms Free webinars on Mondays and Tuesdays in April focus on safe operations in during the coronavirus. Best Practices for Community Gardens During COVID-19 is today, April 6th at 11 a.m. Presented by Dr. Stephanie Smith of Washington State University, the webinar features cleaning and sanitization practices and a discussion of policies that should be put into place. Best Practices for Farmers Markets & Farm Stands During COVID-19 is Monday April 21 at 11 a.m. WSU's Faith Critzer looks at strategies for these businesses to consider. Getting Started with CSA on Tuesday, April 21 explores how the CSA model has been used successfully by farms of all types and sizes. Presenter is Ariel Agenbroad of University of Idaho Extension. Best Practices for Farm Deliveries, Pick-Ups & CSA's During COVID-19 covers best practices for making deliveries and picking up produce during the pandemic and is presented by WSU's Stephanie Smith, Washington State University. Register here for one or more webinars in the series.
Surviving the Future: Conversations for our Time This is an 8-week online gathering for curated conversations that focus on the converging crises that our global society faces at this moment in time. Each week will contain a mix of readings, videos, audio recordings, discussion forums, and live webinars. Inspired by the work of David Fleming and facilitated by Shaun Chamberlin and Philip Ackerman-Leist, the series will also include participation from Helen Norberg-Hodge, Rob Hopkins, Kate Raworth, Martin Kirk, Lucy Neal, Nate Hagnes and Richard Heinberg. This is hosted by Sterling College and you can find the details including the sliding scale registration costs here.
The COVID-19 Emergency Fund Jefferson Community Foundation – along with our partners United Good Neighbors and the Housing Solutions Network - launched the COVID-19 Emergency Fund. This emergency funding campaign will support local nonprofits and community-serving government agencies that help meet basic human needs and are facing an increased demand for services or are dealing with their own organization’s financial hardship. Anyone can make a donation by clicking here. People can give to a general fund or directly to one of the local organizations who has registered with the campaign. The list of organizations will grow in the upcoming days and weeks to come as more response efforts are rolled out. Organizations that want to have needs posted - ones that help meet basic human needs and are facing an increased demand for services or are dealing with their own organization’s financial hardship - can email Jen Kingfisher or call her 360.385.1729.
LION Emergency Loan Program
LION, the Local Investing Opportunities Network, has established a new loan program for Jefferson County businesses and non-profits needing funding to deal with the COVID-19 emergency. The loan application and instructions are downloadable here.
Since 2006 LION's 60 local investors have invested in over 75 Jefferson County businesses and non-profits. LION members opted to initiate a new fast track application route to provide emergency loans to as many non-profits and business as their members can afford.
LION welcomes inquires from people who would like to become a member and increase the resiliency of our local community. LION is affiliated with Local 20/20 and EDC Team Jefferson.Information is on the LION COVID-19 Emergency Loan Program website. Email Brian Kuh or call him at (360) 379-4693 for further info.
Looking for Additional IT Team Members If you are you interested in getting more involved with Local 20/20 and have some website experience, Local 20/20's IT team is looking for additional team members to help maintain our website. The site is based on WordPress, but WordPress experience is not required. For more details, contactCindy.
Calling Local Photographers!
Local 20/20 Weekly Announcements invites local photographers to submit images that capture the character of our community and its natural setting. For the opening photo of each weekly email, we seek local color, horizontal (“landscape”) orientation, and jpeg format. Please no children, pets or recognizable faces. Kindly send to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name in the jpeg filename. We are an all-volunteer non-profit, so compensation for your talent and generosity is a photo credit and our profound thanks.
Take a walk! Local 20/20 Transportation Lab's popular walking times map is downloadable here. Walking is healthy, social, fun, costs nothing, keeps your carbon footprint small and allows you to maintain social distance.
Emergency Text Alerts from Jefferson County DEM
Local 20/20 has an emergency preparedness action group, and we recognize that communication is key to successfully coping with disasters and emergencies. The Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management participates in the "NIXLE" system which can send text alerts to your cell phone. Visit their web page here for further information and to get signed up. There you will also find information about other alert and warning systems including the tsunami warning system and the WASDOT alert system.
A Tool for Neighborhood Organization Nextdoor is a private social network for neighborhoods. Use this link to join one of 51 Nextdoor Neighborhoods (NDN) in Jefferson County. Currently there are 10,678 subscribers, with many new members joining each day. Email Pete Hubbard with questions or comments.
March King Tide Info & Photos
The tide waits for no man, and not even COVID-19 can stop it! There was a higher than average predicted tide on March 13th (9.0′ predicted), that gave us another chance to visualize the higher sea levels along local shore. The Local 20/20 Climate Action group regularly monitors king tides in Port Townsend. Photos and the analysis of the recent king tide are at the link above.
Solstice Family Farm Internships Available Solstice Family Farm is a 33-acre homestead farm on Beaver Valley Road in Chimacum. They grow produce, eggs and animals for market, and much of what they need for their table. They seek two enthusiastic interns to work now through November, to learn growing techniques for vegetables, fruit, meat and eggs, orcharding, pasture management, animal husbandry and other sustainable agriculture skills. In exchange for 21 hours of labor and 4 to 8 hours of feeding and chores per week, interns receive lodging, a row in the vegetable garden and the opportunity to enjoy surplus produce and eggs. For details, visit the farm website or call Jennifer White 360-215-0786
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The Sequel: a David Fleming movie
The visionary thinker and economist David Fleming used the term "Climacteric" to describe the set of converging crises that would punctuate the era of market capitalism. His thoughts and essays were gathered into a dictionary called "Lean Logic", edited and published posthumously by Shaun Chamberlin. Chamberlin also out out an interpretive book based on Fleming's works, "Surviving the Future: Culture, Carnival and Capital in the Aftermath of the Market Economy." This book was the focus of a Local 20/20 discussion group last year. Fleming's prognosis for how to reorganize after the end of this era was localization. And while transitioning to a system of localized everything when we're still a global culture seems near impossible, in Fleming's words, "it has the decisive argument in its favor that there will be no alternative." . Recently a film has been released describing some of the key concepts of Fleming's work and how they're being implemented around the world. You can find "The Sequel" here. Its offered by Vimeo for a $2.99 rental fee.
Four ways COVID-19 will change Food Systems and Food Security
Another great food-focused article! Humans are social animals. No man is an island. Food is social. Author Wayne Roberts places our food system into context with regards to the nature of our species and the dysfunctional nature of how we manage food, health care, and much of our society. I especially like the call to recognize the value of our food system workers, to acknowledge that in our current crisis the average grocery worker is a super hero. Take some time to think about our local food system, link to the article is here.
Weeds we Like to Eat
Foraging skills are fun to learn. How to work chickweed and miners lettuce into the spicy arugula for a salad. Its always good to know what exactly is growing around us, and that's especially so in these times. Read this article from author Kara Stiff and learn about what's available to eat all around us.
The Lessons that Coronavirus can Teach the Human Species
This article is beyond thought-provoking. Its like the poke of a stick in your eye and a smart clap to your ears. Author Luis González Reyes takes us on a high altitude review of the human species from primitive to technological. He picks up the hubris of the technological western variant of our species and rubs it like salt into a wound. The discussion reviews the interconnection of systems upon which human global society is utterly dependent upon, and reveals to us that we are neither omniscient nor invincible. Reyes’ closing line puts it bluntly, “One of the organisms that make up Gaia (thehuman species), thanks to a mutation, has converted into a pandemic that is putting it at serious risk. The coronaviruses of Gaia are anthropocentrism, capitalism, and technocracy. Therefore, we need to banish them urgently, taking the draconian measures that are necessary.” In this sense Reyes offers perhaps a hopeful warning- that when we emerge from this COVID-19 crisis we will have the opportunity to reorganize the way human societies are organized. Please find, read, and “enjoy” Reyes essay at resilience.org.
How soap absolutely annihilates the coronavirus. *New* "The CDC prioritizes soap," writes Vox science reporter Brian Resnick. "Sanitizer might feel like a modern-day, scientific, and more clinical upgrade to soap. But I’m here to tell you that soap — all sorts of it: liquid, solid, honeysuckle-scented, the versions inexplicably only marketed to men or women — is a badass, and even more routinely effective than hand sanitizer. That’s because when you wash your hands with soap and water, you’re not just wiping viruses off your hands and sending them down the drain. You’re actually annihilating the viruses, rendering them harmless." There's more on Why Soap Works in the New York Times, illustrated with a really cool reminder graphic you can print out and paste to the mirror above your sink.
Tracking the Pandemic - *Update*
"Right answers are NOT what epidemiological models are for," writes Zeynep Tufekci in The Atlantic. Epidemiologists routinely turn to models to predict the progression of an infectious disease...Here’s the tricky part: When an epidemiological model is believed and acted on, it can look like it was false. These models are not snapshots of the future. They always describe a range of possibilities—and those possibilities are highly sensitive to our actions...That variety of potential outcomes coming from a single epidemiological model may seem extreme and even counterintuitive. But that’s an intrinsic part of how they operate...A near miss can make a model look false. But that’s not always what happened. It just means we won. And that’s why we model.
Global, federal, state and local public health authorities use specialized data services to model and project the development of the pandemic. Data are fed in daily to show whether curves for a given area are flattening or steeping. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington tracks numbers and locations of cases, deaths, recoveries, hospital beds, ICU beds, and ventilators. On the IHME COVID-19 Projections site, you can select for the United States or for individual states and use interactive features to understand the implications of the changing shape of the curves. Comparing Washington and New York states is instructive. The New York Times Coronavirus Map is a user-friendly site with a color coded U.S.map showing the number of cases and case doubling time for each of 4000 + counties in the United States. Familiarization with situations in places where loved ones live, enables you to encourage them to stay home and stay safe, particularly if you see on social media that they are out and about. The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center COVID-19 Data Center is another respected service that tracks global data and trends and is updated daily. Their COVID-19 Map shows data for every country affected. The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Map of Humanistic GIS Lab at University of Washington collects global data from WHO, CDC, PHA, China CDC, NBC News, Wikipedia, and Baidu and data for U.S. states from CDC, state officials and NBC News. The Coronavirus Dashboard by Seattle teenager Avi Schiffman is one of the earliest trackers. The site automatically scrapes data from global sources and updates every minute with stats on confirmed cases, serious cases, deaths and recoveries.
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