February 3, 2020
Promoting Sustainability and Resilience in East Jefferson County
| Douglas Squirrel (Wendy Feltham)
Climate on Tap: “Recyling in Jefferson County” - Mon. Feb 3rd
This month's topic is “Recycling in Jefferson County - what is and is not recyclable, and why?” This session will cover our unique source-separated recycling program in Jefferson County. Learn where our recycling goes and what it becomes. Understand the history of recycling in our county and why we have been ahead of the curve for 30 years! Climate on Tap, co-sponsored by Local 20/20 Climate Action and Jefferson County Public Health, uses a book club and discussion format. Each session includes introductory information followed by group discussions that include what locals think and what locals plan to do. For further information email Laura Tucker or call 360-379-4491.
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Location: Finnriver Farm and Cidery; 124 Center Road, Chimacum
Tarboo Ridge Coalition meeting - Mon Feb 3rd - *New*
The Tarboo Ridge Coalition is holding a community meeting about a draft ordinance proposed by Jefferson County Planning Commission regarding weapons training facilities. This meeting is held in advance of a county public hearing on Feb 10th on the ordinance. The Coalition supports the Planning Commission’s draft recommendation that all new recreational ranges be indoors and located in industrial areas.
Time: 7 p.m. Location: Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 2333 San Juan Avenue.
Centrum lecture series: Fred De Sam Lazaro - Mon Feb 3rd
PBS NewsHour correspondent and Executive Director of the Under-told Stories Project, Fred De Sam Lazaro will discus his current work documenting the causes and consequences of poverty and the wor of change agents addressing them. For more information about the new 2020 Centrum lecture series, and to purchase tickets, go here.
Time : 5:30 p.m. Location: Salish Coast Elementary School
Farming Film Festival presents “The Permaculture Orchard” - Mon Feb 3rd - *New*
Based on 20 years of applied theory and trial and error, biologist and educator Stefan Sobkowiak shares his experience transforming a conventional apple orchard into an abundance of biodiversity that virtually takes care of itself. Miracle Farms is a 12-acre property located in Quebec’s western Monteregie region, in USDA hardiness zone 5. This feature-length educational film will teach you how to set up your own permaculture orchard at any scale. For more information see the website.
Time and location: Noon to 2 p.m., Charles Pink House, Port Townsend library, 1220 Lawrence St.
Time and location: 6 to 8 p.m., Jefferson County Library, 620 Cedar Ave, Port Hadlock.
Food Co-op Board Mtg with Study Topic, “Sea-Level Rise Review” - Tues Feb 4th - *New*
The Food Co-op Board Meeting Study & Engagement topic this month is “Sea Level Rise Review,” presented by Board Vice President Juri Jennings with guests from Local 20/20, to be followed by dinner and a board business meeting. All are welcome. (Co-op members are welcome to stay for dinner and participate in the business meeting.)
Time: 5:30 p.m. Location: Co-op Annex, 2110 Lawrence Street.
Arran Stark on “Cooking with Fruit” - Tues Feb 4th
Popular local chef Arran Stark (Garden Row Cafe at Jefferson Health Medical Center) will share his expertise on cooking with fruit at the North Olympic Fruit Club meeting. Admission is free.
Time: 7 p.m. Location: Tri-Area Community Center, Port Hadlock.
Thinking Through the Land Series: “Salvation and Surrender” - Wed Feb 5th - *New*
The Jefferson Clemente Foundation and Finnriver Farm present guest scholar and published poet, Jonny Horton speaking on “Salvation and Surrender: Literary and Historical Definitions of the Currency We Trade For Land” as the first in their 2020 series Thinking Through the Land. Horton lives in Seattle and teaches at Seattle Central Community College and the Richard Hugo House. From 2009-2018, he co-directed the University of Washington creative writing program in Rome. He loves discussions that unite poetry and history. Suggested donation: $10.
Time: 6 - 8 p.m. Location: Finnriver Farm & Cidery 124 Center Road, Chimacum.
Intro to Bike Mechanics: Foundations 1 - Disassembling & Tool Handling - Wed Feb 5th
The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart.”--Iris Murdoch, writer (15 Jul 1919-1999)
“Introduction to bike mechanics--disassembling and tool handling” is the first in this series of nuts-and-bolts classes designed to give you solid bike know-how. In the first class you will learn to identify bike components, how to handle tools and how to disassemble a kid's bike. You will learn how to repair a flat tire and replace a tube and how to clean and lubricate your bike. Tools are provided. Registration is required, and there is a fee. To register and to ask questions see the Recyclery website and/or contact them by email.
Time: 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Location: The Recyclery, 1925 Blaine St., Port Townsend
“Garden Planning with Seed Saving in Mind” - Thurs Feb 6th & Wed March 11th
Jadyne Reichner, from Oatsplanter Farm, will give two talks on the practice of
seed saving in your home garden.
Feb 6: 7 p.m., Port Townsend Public Library, Port Townsend.
March 11: 6 - 7:30 p.m., Jefferson County Public library, Port Hadlock.
“STEM and Women Who Persevered” - Fri Feb 7 - *New*
The First Friday lecture series by the Jefferson County Historical Society will commemorate the centennial of Women’s Suffrage in Washington State. In the first lecture, Heidi Yantz will showcase notable women in STEM fields who overcame barriers and made important contributions to technology and to our contemporary quality of life. Yantz, a 1983 graduate of Port Townsend High School, is a licensed environmental hydrogeologist. She has provided senior technical support and quality oversight on technically complex projects in the Northwest and Midwest for twenty years. She earned her BA in business from the University of Washington and later graduated with an MS in the geosciences from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. For details on the series, go here.
Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: Northwest Maritime Center, 431 Water St, Port Townsend.
“What to Expect with Climate Change ” - Sat Feb 8th
At the fifth lecture in the Master Gardener Foundation Yard & Garden lecture series, Robin Fitch will discuss climate projections for the Olympic Peninsula, the likely effects of climate change on our ecosystems, and adaptation ideas that might improve our resilience. If you do not have a series pass, you may purchase individual tickets at the door. You are advised to arrive as early as 9:30.
Time: 10 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Location: Port Townsend Community Center, 620 Tyler Street.
Volunteer to plant native trees in Discovery Bay - Sat Feb 8th
The North Olympic Salmon Coalition has an ambitious goal -- to plant 10,000 trees this winter -- and they invite you to be part of the story! Help restore salmon habitat by volunteering for the Discovery Bay work party. Volunteers will plant native trees and shrubs to improve water quality and create healthy habitat for the fish and wildlife who share our watersheds. Events are family-friendly, snacks and a limited supply of tools will be provided. (To register for this and future work parties, look here.)
Time: 10 am to 1 pm Location:
Chamber of Commerce Luncheon - “Jefferson County Housing Challenges & Solutions”- Mon Feb 10th
Join the Chamber and the Housing Solutions Network as they review the status of 2019 initiatives and consider plans for 2020. Last year's conversations became real action by people dedicated to both long- and short-term solutions to workforce housing issues in Jefferson County. Chamber members describe the shortage of affordable housing for the workforce as “an issue that keeps us all up at night.” Please pre-register here.
Time: 11:45 a.m. Location: Elks Club, 555 Otto St, Port Townsend
Beyond Waste Action Group - Tuesday, Feb 11th
The Beyond Waste Action Group meets the second Tuesday of each month to look 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 for info on monthly agenda, meeting time and for the address of the venue.
Time: 10:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Location: Uptown Port Townsend.
Certified Interpretive Guide Training - Sat and Sun, Feb 15th, 16th, 21st & 22nd -*New*
This fun and informative training is offered by Heather Harding, a Northwest Naturalist Lead Educator. Whether you want to lead guided walks for Jefferson Land Trust, pursue a career as an interpretive guide, or just share your love of nature or cultural resources with your family and friends, the 32-hour Certified Interpretive Guide Training, organized by the National Association for Interpretation (NAI), will teach you the skills to educate, engage, and inspire others in fun and meaningful ways. Click here to learn more and register.
Cedar Root Adult Classes - Fruit Tree Pruning - Feb 15th
Steve Habersetzer has tended his orchard for 30 years. Get some hands-on pruning experience with him in this half-day workshop. You will learn proper tool use, tool maintenance, and how to prune for fruit production and tree health. To learn about more classes offered by Cedar Root Folk School and the fees, visit their website.
Time: 10 am - 2 p.m. Location: TBD
Local 20/20 Steering Council Meeting - Wed Feb 19th
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Time: 4:00 - 6 :00 p.m. Location: Charles Pink House, 1256 Lawrence St., Port Townsend.
Climate Prep Action Group - Local 20/20 - Mon Feb 24th
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. The new year brings a busy agenda.
Contact Cindy for more details, and learn more here. Please park in the back or side of the bank, or better yet, walk/bike/carpool/take transit!
Time: 2:00 - 4:00p.m. Location: First Federal Bank, 1321 Sims Way, Port
Repair Cafe Coming to Port Townsend - Feb 29th - *New*
A Repair Cafe is an innovative and fun community event where you can bring in up to two broken items and a community volunteer specialist will fix it for free. You can learn how to mend, fix, and stitch your belongings back together. Sponsored by: Beyond Waste, Local 20/20; the Food Co-op and Henery’s Hardware.
Want to volunteer? Need more information? Email Tracy or visit here.
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Jefferson County Recreational Center, 620 Tyler st. Port Townsend.
Northwest Native Plant Sale - Sat Feb 29th
Did you know that planting native plants is one of the ways the humble home gardener can combat climate change? Select from among the native conifers and deciduous and evergreen shrubs and trees shown at the Jefferson Conservation District website here. If you have pre-ordered plants, they will be waiting for you at the sale. (Photo courtesy of Jefferson Conservation District)
Time: 9 am - 1 p.m. Location: Horticulture Building, Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 4907 Landes Street, Port Townsend.
Permaculture Homesteading Internship - June 18th-August 31st- *New*
Join The Dirt Rich School for a three- month Permaculture Homesteading Internship! In our shifting world, we face the challenge of environmental change against a backdrop of generational disconnect with land-based living. The Dirt Rich School brings students back to the dirt and back into balance with our ecosystems. This internship will empower you to become a steward of the land and to provide yourself and your community with nourishing energy, resources, and food. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced practitioner, the Dirt Rich School offers hands-on experience that will give you the confidence 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, WA 98368
New Cohousing Community kickoff meeting - March 22nd
A new community called Newt Crossing is forming just three miles from Port Townsend city limits. The 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, go here.
Time: 3 p.m. Location: Quimper Grange.
Registration open for the Spring 2020 Growing Groceries class - *New*
Interested in growing your own food this year? Join Master Gardeners and seasoned gardening experts for a fun and information-filled class! Get your hands dirty with hands-on, science-based skills for growing vegetables suited for your individual space. The Spring Growing Groceries class meets for six weeks starting March 4, so you will have many opportunities to get your questions answered by enthusiastic Master Gardeners who specialize in growing food. Topics include soils, seed starting, best cultivation practices, pest management, composting, and much more! For details and links to the paper registration or Brown Paper Tickets, go here.
Class times: Wednesdays, 2 - 5 p.m. Location: WSU Extension office, 121 Oak Bay Road, Port Hadlock
Seeking Publicity Coordinator for Kul Kah Han Garden
The Native Plant Demonstration Garden at HJ Carroll Park is searching for a Publicity Coordinator, an enthusiastic person experienced in computer skills, to introduce our mission and activities to the broader community. Plans are in the works for creating new display areas, planting new species, adding new signage, enjoying the support of our Foundation Board and taking part in special local events. Some tasks of the Publicity Coordinator will be to use Group Mail, make posters and update our website. This is a volunteer position that comes with a generous stipend of up to $800. The job requires 3 hrs a week from March through October. Interviews begin soon. Interested parties please contact Linda Landkammer, Designer/Director, at the Native Plant Demonstration Garden website
Wanted: Your feedback on buying local foods
Local Peninsula College student Radha Newsom created a survey for her Honors program and would like to get responses from Local 20/20 readers. The purpose of this survey is to evaluate food buying behavior on Marrowstone Island (where she lives) and across the Peninsula; to determine what values are most important to the consumer; and to learn where people buy local food. She would like input from Jefferson County folks primarily, and those from the counties of Clallam, San Juan or Kitsap. She is taking responses until Feb 8. Take the survey here.
Looking for Local Photos for Announcements
The Local 20/20 Announcements editor is calling all area 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 e-mail. Local color, horizontal (“landscape”) orientation, jpeg format and please no children, pets or recognizable faces. Please send to email@example.com 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 and our warmest thanks!
“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 e-mail Justine Gonzalez-Berg here.
Global Earth Repair Foundation Reference Library
The Global Earth Repair Foundation was started to advance the work of the international conference that was held in Port Townsend several months ago. The Foundation shares an office with Friends of the Trees. It houses a reference library of over 3,000 books, with sizable sections on earth repair, ecosystem restoration, bio-engineering, native plants, soil building, regenerative agriculture, arid lands, ethnobotany, and more. This is a great place for people to research and study earth repair, ecosystem restoration and the like. The office and library are open on Wednesdays from noon to 8:00 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The location is 10644 Rhody Drive in Port Hadlock.
Earth Day 50-Year Anniversary Planning
There are global plans for making the 50-Year Earth Day Anniversary in 2020 a huge event, with a goal of having a billion people worldwide involved! Discussions are just starting in Jefferson County regarding a local event involving lots of organizations. Organizations or individuals interested in helping plan an event, or that are already working on something related to Earth Day, can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Local 20/20 Climate Outreach is helping to form an independent steering committee for this event.)
Emergency Text Alerts from Jefferson County DEM
December King Tide Info & Photos
There was a higher-than-average predicted tide on December 1, 2019 (9.4′ predicted), that gave us another chance to visualize the higher sea levels that will become more frequent in the future due to global sea level rise, and a few of Local 20/20’s Climate Action Group volunteers were out there early in the morning to capture it. The Local 20/20 Climate Action group regularly monitors king tides in Port Townsend, and posts them to our website. You can see photos and the analysis of the Dec 1 tide at the king tide link above.
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.
Download the Port Townsend Walking Times Map
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 10,176 subscribers, with many new members joining each day. Email Pete Hubbard with questions or comments.
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.
If you have interesting articles, essays or videos to share that fit our mission, please submit them here for consideration.
"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
Save Our Food, Free the Seed
This is a wonderful article from the New York Times in which the work of organizations like Port Townsend based Organic Seed Alliance is highlighted. I especially liked the vivid pictures and descriptions of plants like the "Vibrant Ultraviolet" Asian mustard. It tells how we have lost much of our plant diversity due to corporate agricultural practices, and why it is so important that we reclaim the very basis of our food system and maintain a local connection to how we grow food. Locally, we are fortunate to have the Organic Seed Alliance and other such program like the Seed Library at WSU Extension Jefferson County, as well as a large community of seed growers, vendors and enthusiasts. Buy Local! Grow Local!
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
One week ago MIT published fresh 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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