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Local 20/20 Weekly Announcements
March 16, 2020
Promoting Sustainability and Resilience in East Jefferson County
Photo by Jenna Kinghorn

Note: Due to the COVID-19 virus, most Local 20/20 meetings will be online. Please contact us if you have questions. Since events we list may be canceled on short notice, you may want  to check with the event contact person to confirm. For local information on the coronavirus pandemic, see the Jefferson County COVID-19 website with links to weekly updates from County Health Officer Dr. Tom Locke.

Local 20/20 Steering Council - Wed Mar 18th *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, please email Marlow.

Time: 4:00 - 6 :00 p.m. Location: Online. Join Zoom Meeting here.  Or dial 669.900.6833 to join by phone. Meeting ID is 729 036 614.
 

Hugelkultur Tour de Force - Sat March 21 - *New*
Tour four hugelkultur sites in the Port Hadlock area. Hugelkultur is the process of using buried wood to mimic the decomposition of fallen trees in a forest ecosystem. Practiced in European farming for millennia, it has been adapted for modern-day permaculture. Site tour by donation. Contact Michael Pilarski by email or phone 360-643-9178 for more information.
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Location: Meet at Global Earth Repair Foundation, 10644 Rhody Drive, Port Hadlock.


New Cohousing Community kickoff meeting - Sunday March 22nd *Online*

A new community called Newt Crossing is forming just three miles from Port Townsend city limits. These beautiful wooded 17 acres have been set aside for a community since Jonathan Boughton and Eva Holm bought the property. Last summer, Charles Durrett of McCamant & Durrett Architects conducted a feasibility study at the site. Durrett, who coined the term “cohousing” after studying in Denmark, has helped create over 50 cohousing communities in North America, including our own Quimper Village. At this kickoff meeting, Durrett will give a free presentation on cohousing.
To learn more, visit website, or email for more info or for Zoom invite.
Time: 3-5 p.m.  Location: Now online only; email or see website for Zoom invite.


9th Annual Plant & Seed Exchange - Sun March 22 - *New*
Bring your extra seeds, plant divisions, starts, bulbs, trees or whatever else for the garden. Join us in creating resiliency, cooperation and connection in our community!
Time: 10:00 a.m.to 3:00 p.m. New Location: Friends of the Trees Office. 10644 Rhody Drive, Port Hadlock WA.


Climate Prep Action Group - Local 20/20 - Mon Mar 23rd *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 using Zoom: contact Cindy if you would like to join in or for more information.

Time: 2:00 - 4:00p.m. Location: Online.

Cooperative Gathering - Tues March 24th - *To be rescheduled for late May*
You are invited to a Cooperative Gathering to meet people from other area cooperatives -- forming or existing -- and explore how we might help grow each other’s cooperatives and the cooperative movement locally through establishing a network.
The Olympic Cooperative Network was formed two years ago “committed to serving the development of existing and start-up cooperatives in Washington's Olympic Peninsula counties.” Come to discuss how can we together build a more cooperative economy locally and in our region? How might a cooperative network serve its members? Are there skills, resources, or trainings that your members could offer or benefit from? For more information please email the organizers.

Time: 4-6 pm. Location: Rosewind Common House, 3131 Haines St., Port Townsend.
 
WSU 2-Day Rain Garden Workshop - Thurs March 24 and 31
WSU Jefferson County Extension is offering a 2-day workshop on designing and building residential rain gardens.  This professional level training will include instruction on construction siting, sizing and details; outside field measurements; site assessment, inflow/overflow, size; plant design considerations and activity (Small Groups); and costs & maintenance.  Attendees will be listed on the Jefferson County WSU Extension website as resources for local landowners to call on for their rain garden needs. Cost: $40, Register here. Contact WSU at 360-379-5610 x210 for details.
Time: 9:00 - 4:30 pm. 
 
Jefferson County Land Trust Conservation Breakfast - Thurs March 26th - *Cancelled*
Start your day with good food, great company, and a dash of inspiration! Enjoy the presentation titled “Pointing the Way to a Brighter Future,” by Nan Evans, host of the Nature Now Program on KPTZ radio. Her presentation features a conversation with young local leaders who are making a difference for conservation and our community. Please note, this free event has limited capacity and will fill up. Please RSVP here by March 19 to secure your seat! Or call Rebekah at 360.379.9501 or send an email.
Time: 8:00 - 9:30 a.m,  Location: Old Alcohol Plant, 310 Hadlock Bay Road, Port Hadlock-Irondale.

North Olympic Exchange Meetup - Sun March 29th
The next meetup of the North Olympic Exchange, a local barter network, is  March 29th, 2 to 5 p.m.; come for any part of the afternoon. Trading using local currency (rather than bank-issued dollars) fosters community resilience and economic justice. More info is here. Bring a friend, enjoy delicious local food and drink, listen to some great live music by Micaela Kingslight, playing with FlyLiteGemini. We'll have a table and be handing out information, answering questions, and hopefully signing up new members! For more info, questions, or to check to see if event has been cancelled, contact Gary at (360) 643-3529.

Improving Neighborhood Resilience to Wildfire - April 5th
To prevent disasters like the one seen in Paradise California last year East Jefferson County Fire and Rescue is helping educate local communities on how to reduce wildfire risk. Last year about 70 fires were reported in East Jefferson County. In many cases, these fires could have been prevented and homes saved if vegetation was reduced and a defensible space was created around structures. The program will be presented by EJR&R Fire Chief Jim Walkowski. He will cover the firewise mindset; wildfire risk reduction; developing a defensible space around your home; recognizing and identifying hazard vegetation; and actions to take in the event of a wildfire. For more info or to check to see if gathering has been cancelled, call Marla at 360.385.6924
Time: 1:00 p.m.– 3:00 p.m.  Location: Chimacum Grange, 9572 Rhody Dr, Chimacum. While the program is free, donations to  support Chimacum Grange are gratefully accepted.

Permaculture Homesteading Internship - June 18th-August 31st
Join The Dirt Rich School for a three- month Permaculture Homesteading Internship!  Whether you are a beginner or an experienced practitioner, this internship offers hands-on experience that will empower you to create your own sustainable future. 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.
Time: June 18 - August 31   Location: The Dirt Rich School at Compass Rose Farms, 1463 W Uncas Rd, Port Townsend.

The COVID-19 Emergency Fund
Jefferson Community Foundation – along with 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.


Local 20/20's Weekly Announcements is Seeking a New Editor 
Do you like to write? Do you have a passion for building  local sustainability and resilience? As our volunteer editor you review submissions and edit them for brevity, clarity and coherence.  The Editor needs editing skills of course, plus basic writing and computer skills and an interest in keeping track of what’s going on in our community. Coaching in MailChimp will be provided. Our weekly distribution goes out to a list of about 1000 subscribers. Your weekly time commitment would be approximately 3-6 hours. It can be a fun and rewarding way to contribute to our community. Those with questions or  interest are asked to email us here.

Looking for Local Photos for Announcements
The Local 20/20 Announcements editor is calling local photographers to submit images that capture the charm and character of our community and its natural setting. We want to have a selection for the opening photo of each weekly email. Local color, horizontal (“landscape”) orientation, jpeg format and please no children, pets or recognizable faces. Please send to events@l2020.org with “Photos" in the subject line.  We are an all-volunteer non-profit, so the only compensation for your talent and generosity will be a photo credit out thanks.  A huge shout-out to photographers Katherine Baril, Wendy Feldman, Jenna Kinghorn, Allegra McFarland, Adrianna Santiago, and David Seabrook for submitting such sublime photos.

Solstice Family Farm Internships Available Now
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 are looking for two enthusiastic interns to work now through November,  to learn growing techniques for vegetables, fruit, meat and eggs, orcharding, pasture management, animal husbandry and the many skills involved in sustainable agriculture. In exchange for 21 hours of labor and 4-8 hours of feeding and chores per week, interns will have comfortable 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.

Please Pass the Plates, Forks and Spoons — for PT High School!
The Students for Sustainability club at Port Townsend High School is organizing a plate drive to enable the school to ditch paper plates and plastic utensils and reduce its environmental impact -- and they need your help! To support this effort, the club is seeking donations of reusable plates, forks, and spoons. If you have plates to donate but cannot get to the school, please call (360) 821-1578 and an organizer will make arrangements.
Donation hours: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Location: Outside the main office of the high school, 1500 Van Ness Street. Bins labeled “Plates” and “Utensils.”


Seeking Red Rebel Brigade members for nonviolent direct climate action

Learn more about participating in nonviolent direct climate action as an Extinction Rebellion Red Rebel or in support of the Red Rebels. The core group of the Seattle/Puget Sound Red Rebel Brigade is emerging from East Jefferson County with the goal of launching actions during Earth Week. See Facebook XR – Invisible Theater – Red Rebel Brigades. Contact Polly for more information.

Cultivating Housing Solutions video available to local groups
If you  missed the latest screening of this important video (see listing above), click on this link to see the trailer. Please consider showing the video to your neighbors or your community group. Housing Solutions Network volunteers will facilitate discussion at each screening. For more details please email Justine Gonzalez-Berg here.

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 10,393 subscribers, with many new members joining each day. Email Pete Hubbard with questions or comments.

Download the Port Townsend Walking Times Map
Local 20/20 Transportation Lab's popular walking times map is downloadable here.  Walking is healthy, social, fun, costs nothing and keeps your carbon footprint small.
 Resilience Readings
If you have interesting articles, essays or videos to share that fit our mission, please submit them here for consideration.

A new resource for Washington State Climate Watchers: "Snowlines and Shorelines"
Amy Snover, Director of the Climate Impacts Group at the University of Washington, has done us the great favor of preparing and sharing a brief about the effects of a warming climate on the snowlines and shorelines our state. In this brief—and it is truly brief— they compressed the dense 1,170-page original into “nine short pages of succinct text and clear figures to bring the global science down to the local level.”
The report “Shifting Snowlines and Shorelines: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere and Implications for Washington State,” covers topics of direct interest to coast dwellers, illustrated with great graphics.
Snover hopes that it will be useful for regional planners, land managers, scientists and members of the public – i.e., people like us – who are concerned and working for a climate-resilient Northwest. You may download the brief from this page on the  Climate Impacts Group website (Scroll down to "Download the Brief.") Or read the pdf here. 

Use it all! Ideas for reducing the shocking amount of food we waste!
According to research by the non-profit ReFED, the U.S .spends roughly $218 billion on food that never gets eaten. Individually, we throw away about 25 percent of the food we buy, costing the average household of four an estimated $1,350 to $2,275 per year. Most of this food waste is sent to landfills, where it releases methane, contributing to climate change.
One way to reduce your “foodprint”: strive for zero waste cooking by creatively using every part of the food you buy. The people at foodprint.org put together a list of 17 ways to make use of skins, stems, fronds, stalk and peels.
(Editor's note: As a frequent browser of the “blue tape specials” at the Food Co-op, I am all for using food scraps and the unglamorous fruits and vegetables they put on sale. I recommend the Waste-Free Kitchen Handbook , a fascinating almanac of facts, recipes and food tips for the kitchen. And the august James Beard Foundation is getting in on the act with Waste Not,” a book designed “to encourage chefs to set an example and become leaders of a sustainable future.")


"Oskar’s Quest" — a film about how kids talk about the future
This film tells the story of a 13-year-old boy who sensed the depth of the ecological and climate crisis. By expressing his sadness, Oskar started a chain reaction so that his fellow students began to grapple with the potential collapse of societies due to climate change. By challenging the school curriculum, to learn what really matters to his future, Oskar offers a message for all of us. The implications for adult solidarity with young people become clear - to support them and society in adapting emotionally and practically to the disruptions ahead, as a complement to bold carbon cuts and drawdown. You can see Oskar's own short film "Sandcastle.

 
Resilient Reading — What we can learn about fire from Australia
Like the wildfires and landslides of the western U.S., Australia's bush fires are a fact of life. Just because they've been around forever doesn't mean they aren't getting more severe, however. The Guardian reports that, while "[c]limate change does not create bushfires... it can and does make them worse [sic]." …. Australia's situation is dire, to put it mildly, and it isn't clearing up anytime soon. Here are seven books you should read to fully comprehend the bush fires and what they mean for both Australia and the world:

How to Save the World: Turning a big negative into a big positive
Author Courtenay White describes the huge potential for soil to capture and hold carbon from the atmosphere. He goes over the numbers describing the deterioration of soil that  comes from our current land use practices and argues convincingly that the answer is no till agriculture. Regenerative agriculture means using cover crops to control weeds, crop diversification, and applying animal manures to soil to boost soil health. "Nature doesn't till, why should we"? This is the basic question we must ask. The challenge is changing generations of accepted ag practice but the benefit could mean that we can slow down the trajectory of harmful climate change. The article includes lots of references, links to short videos and a lot more. Highly recommended, find the article here.

Gathering in Groups as Society Falls Apart
Vicki Robin crafted an essay for the Jem Bendell blog that provides insight that our Western emphasis on individualism presents obstacles to living and working in groups. "Everyone wants community. Unfortunately it involves other people," she observes. As fossil fueled civilization seems headed for devolution, it may be that people will migrate to smaller and more tightly knitted community. Working together in such settings to meet the challenges of the future will require skills that many of us will need to learn. Working from the experiences of intentional communities, Robin provides some practical suggestions for things we can work on. Find Robins essay republished at Resilience.org here.

Petroleum Junkies of the World, Unite!
This is a great meditation on the joys and miracles that our precious fossil fuels bring into our lives. All that righteous environmentalist talk about reducing our carbon footprint, they don’t know what they’re asking. They want us to cut back? Or even go without? Bah humbug! How dare they? Don’t they realize how very... precious it is? Imagine going without, it would be like the taste of cold turkey on Thanksgiving. Or to consider "mutiny"? Which the author defines as "an act of courageous desperation that reasonable people consider reluctantly."  The link to the essay is here.

"Healing the rift between Political Reality and Ecological Reality:
Q & A with Shaun Chamberlain"  
Ecological reality says we need to urgently and dramatically bring down carbon emissions to avoid catastrophe. Political reality offer incrementalism, market based carbon trading schemes and top-down approaches.  In this article Chamberlain reviews the work of David Fleming who helped develop a concept called "Tradeable Energy Quotas" or TEQs. TEQs start with a hard emissions cap based on climate science then divide up the carbon budget between households, institutions and societal sectors. TEQs are a system of rationing that would be a bottom-up approach and  could earn buy in from a critical mass of people because its fairer than more regressive options. It could also leverage societal creativity and innovation. Find the article at Green Social Thought here


Food After Oil: how urban farmers are preparing us for a self-sufficient future. 
From The Guardian and author Richard Benson, this is an article that describes efforts in Bristol that show how small parcels can feed people in a City while it helps them connect to each other. The obvious benefit of minimizing energy lost on transportation of food is but one benefit. This is a great article with wonderful photography that delves into the history of modern agriculture and asks the question, how would we grow food if we wanted or needed to minimize the use of fossil fuels? Find the article here.

Seeds of Life: The Plants suited to Climate Change
If we consider the many challenges of climate change we must ask ourselves what we can do to make the inevitable crash a soft landing? What should we try to save and what can we let go to prepare for the Great Simplification? One of the things I hope we can save is agriculture and the key to this is seeds. This fascinating article from BBC News by Matthew Tucker, reports on efforts underway at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew. It takes a very close look at seeds in amazing detail, the pictures are stunningly beautiful. Please enjoy and find the article here. (Also, see the post below on seeds that also mention our local Organic Seed Alliance.)

Oceanic Carbon Cycle Tipping Point Approaching Fast
Last year, MIT published new work by Professor Daniel Rothman.  Fresh attention is now focused on the issue of ocean acidification, that co-equal threat to our world's ecosystem that gets far less attention than global warming. Dr. Rothman shows that while the oceans buffer excess CO2, there is a dramatic tipping point after which rapid change promises likely mass extinction. Click here for the MIT News report on this brilliant analysis of the Carbon Cycle. 


  
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