February 10, 2020
Promoting Sustainability and Resilience in East Jefferson County
Wooden Boat Show 2019 (Katherine Baril)
“Jefferson County Housing Challenges & Solutions” - Mon Feb 10th
Beyond Waste Action Group - Tues 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 other waste-related topics that 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.
Group Book Read - Wed Feb 12th, Thurs 13th or Sun 16th - *New*
The Native Connections Action Group at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship offers three opportunities to join others reading and discussing “An Indigenous People’s History of the United States” by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. Each section meets once a week for three weeks from February through early March. Please email Jo Blair, call 425-217-2164 or browse the QUUF Adult Learning Program website for class dates and other details.
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
Ecotheologian Rev. Michael Dowd on “ProFuture Faith” - Starts Mon Feb 10th
Facilitators Katy Taylor and Dave Hall will guide a series of eight group discussions on ecotheologian Michael Dowd’s program “ProFuture Faith: the prodigal species comes home.” Dowd explains that we are a prodigal species, because we have “squandered our inheritance on profligate living.” Industrialization and our insatiable appetites are causing devastating changes in our environment. At the intersection of science, spirituality, and sustainability is a deep love of life and a passion for our posterity – a ProFuture Faith. To register for this 8-week series, please visit the Adult Learning Program at QUUF. If you have questions, you may e-mail Katy Taylor email@example.com.
Time: Mondays 5:30-7:00 pm, Feb 10 - March 30 Location: Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Ave, PT
Farming Film Festival presents “Abundance on a Dry Land - Mon Feb 10th - *New*In California and other regions affected by drought, agriculture is suffering from a lack of water, and farms are being abandoned at an alarming rate. But some people have developed solutions to capture the rains that do fall. In many dry regions around the world, land restoration helps water penetrate healthy soils and in turn increases crop yields. This film explores the work of Erik Ohlsen, Geoff Lawton and other growers, permaculture designers and educators, showing how intentional design can benefit humans and nature.
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.
Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Location: QUUF fellowship Hall, 2333 San Juan Ave, Port Townsend.
Chimacum Grange - “Unite our Understanding” - Wed Feb 12th - *New*
Make sustainability a reality in your community. Through social fieldwork, you can protect and nourish your community; you can help ensure sound practice to inform local planning and to unite understanding in your community. The host will introduce “Grange as Hub” for “social fieldwork,” a framework for reflective community and place-based research. This is an open invitation and organizers encourage participants in Port Townsend to carpool to Chimacum for this event. Please contact Myriem LeFerrand (360-390-5253) or e-mail her for more information. Link to the Economics for Peace Institute here.
Time: 6:30 potluck, 7 p.m. presentation. Location: Chimacum Grange, 9572 Rhody Dr, Chimacum.
Intro to Bike Mechanics 2 - Assembling & Basic Bearing Adjustments - Wed Feb 12th
“Introduction to bike mechanics--Assembling and Basic Bearing Adjustments” is the second in this series of nuts-and-bolts classes designed to give you solid bike know-how. Foundations 2 will build upon topics learned in Foundations 1 and take a deeper dive into overhauling bearings. Each student will assemble a bike using classroom tools, focusing on adjusting and overhauling the headset, hub, and bottom bracket. 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
“Planting Riparian Corridors for Ecological Function and Profit” - Thurs Feb 13 - *New*
Of the thousands of miles of riparian corridor plantings going in across the country, few are designed for profit. These plantings can produce resources that employ people and deliver a long-term supply of natural resources. This workshop will focus on trees, shrubs, vines and herbs native to western Washington. To find out more, contact Friends of the Trees.
Time: 6:30 -8:30 p.m. Location: Global Earth Repair, 10644 Rhody Drive, Port Hadlock, WA
“The Herb Lover's Garden” - Sat Feb 15th
The 2020 Master Gardener Foundation Yard & Garden lecture series wraps up with Sue Goetz, who will reveal the many uses for herbs in landscaping, fragrance, healing, seasoning and cut flower arrangements. 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 to get a good seat. For details and information about upcoming WSU Extension classes, browse the Master Gardener website.
Time: 10 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Location: Port Townsend Community Center, 620 Tyler Street.
Planting Party Along the Dungeness River - Sat Feb 15th
The Dungeness River begins at some of the highest peaks in the Olympic Mountains and flows 32 miles to the Dungeness Bay estuary. We will work with the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe Natural Resources to reforest land right along the river. We’ll plant Western Red Cedar, Grand Fir, Snowberry, Blue Elderberry, and other native trees and shrubs. Learn more about the work of the Jamestown S’Klallam Natural Resources here. You will receive location and parking details when you RSVP for the event at the North Olympic Salmonwebsite here.
Time: 10 am to 1 pm Location: (See website link)
Certified Interpretive Guide Training - Sat and Sun, Feb 15th, 16th, 21st & 22nd
This 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 Investing Opportunity Network (LION) Open Forum - Wed Feb 19th - *New*
LION welcomes everyone to an Open Forum. Since 2006 LION members have invested over $7.6 million in 75 Jefferson County businesses and non-profits. Come to this event to learn how LION works and to meet three local businesses and their LION investors. Arrive at 4:30 to mingle while enjoying a purchased beverage of your choice. The program will start at 5 o'clock and end before 6 to allow for informal conversation. If you are interested in becoming a member or applying for financing, this open forum is a great opportunity. For more information about LION, visit their website. If you have questions call or e-mail Earll Murman (360) 379-5372.
Time: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Location: Port Townsend Vineyards, 2460 W Sims Way.
Marine Science Center Low-tide Walk - Wed Feb 19th - *New*
Find out what marine critters get up to after dark! Join the Marine Science Center for a guided low-tide walk led by the Center staff and volunteers.
Bring weather-appropriate clothing, flashlight and/or headlamp. Parking is limited; please carpool! The event is free but donations are always welcome. Please RSVP to Marley Loomis or call (360) 385-5582 x 115.
Time: 6:30 - 8 p.m. Location: North Beach County Park, 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
Classes on Natural Building Materials - Fri and Sat Feb 28th and 29th - *New*
On Friday, Penny Livingston of the Regenerative Design Institute will share many wonderful examples of bio-regionally appropriate, non-toxic building supplies and systems from all over the world. Included will be cob, light straw clay, bamboo, timber frame, strawjet, rammed earth, paja rekey and wood chip clay, and earthen and lime plaster. On Saturday, Livingston will offer a hands-on workshop on earthen building technologies. For cost and other details contact Friends of the Trees.
Time: Fri, 6:30 to 8:30 Sat, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Location: 10644 Rhody Drive, Port Hadlock.
Repair Cafe Coming to Port Townsend - Sat Feb 29th
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 Jefferson Conservation District)
Time: 9 am - 1 p.m. Location: Horticulture Building, Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 4907 Landes Street, Port Townsend.
Webinar: “Participatory Conversations Matter” - Starts Mon March 9th
Getting in good practice with participatory conversation is fundamental to sustainability. Ease in this skill is a lost art. Learn more at this website. Contact Myriem Le Ferrand by e-mail or call 360-390-5253.
Time: Alternating Mondays, 4 p.m. Location : Web
“Garden Planning with Seed Saving in Mind” - Wed March 11th
Jadyne Reichner, from Oatsplanter Farm, will talk on the practice of seed saving in your home garden.
March 11: 6 - 7:30 p.m., Jefferson County Public library, Port Hadlock
Permaculture Homesteading Internship - June 18th-August 31st
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
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 person wil beable to earn up to $800 depending on projects completed. The job requires 3 hours er week from March to October. Interviews begin soon. Interested parties please contact Linda Landkammer, Designer/Director, at the Native Plant Demonstration Garden website
Open and Green Web Support Services
Using the web requires enormous amounts of energy. Let's use it for what really matters. To live sustainably day-to-day, it helps to be rid of online advertisements, even those advertisers who claim their product is “eco-friendly” or “natural.” Take charge of what you share online and what you don't. Learn more at Calathus.org (Book online.)
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 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 email@example.com.
(Local 20/20 Climate Outreach is helping to form an independent steering committee for this event.)
Emergency Text Alerts from Jefferson County DEM
January King Tide Info & Photos
There was a higher-than-average predicted tide on January 18, 2020 (9.4′ predicted, 10.0' observed), and a few Local 20/20 Climate Action Group volunteers were out there early in the morning to capture it! The king tide gives us a chance to visualize the higher sea levels that will become more frequent in the future due to global sea-level rise. You can learn more about the project in this post. The photos from the project are shared on the MyCoast website (you can zoom in on the map to find the Port Townsend photos, and others are posted all over the state coastline.)
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 10,222 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.
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 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. The brief is on the Climate Impacts Group website.
"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
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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