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May 6, 2019
Promoting Sustainability and Resilience in East Jefferson County
Chilean prickly rhubarb basking in the Port Townsend sun. (D. Seabrook)

Cob Bench Work Party, stage #1 - Mon May 6th
All hands on deck needed! Join the fun! Every size feet and hands are welcome to join in mixing Clay, Sand, and Straw, to sculpt a bench out of mud where once there was just air! This is an especially fun stage for kids, observers making music, first-timers and mud-primers alike. There will be also plenty of prep work for plaster and it will be most fun to have many hands and light work on this day. This work party is totally free, and we'll feed you! RSVP so we know how many to cook for! Yes, it's okay to come for part of the day. Wear clothes you don't mind getting muddy, including layers for inclement weather. Sometimes clay can stain. Gloves (or shoes) are not necessary but feel free to bring them if you desire. 100% waterproof/ sturdy vinyl nitrile gloves are best if you prefer. This work party builds foundational skills for for projects of your own imagination, in your own home! Earthen building is surprisingly versatile, durable, low-tech, and beautiful - a fine addition to any home construction or retrofit. We will discuss application, appropriate technology, and methodology for building with earth in this climate as we work, sing, and play together. For further info contact Hannah or call 541-419-6723. Facebook page here, Website here.
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Location: "Concrescence", 1152 Old Eaglemount Rd

Climate on Tap – Create a Climate for Change! - Mon May 6th
 Finnriver Farm and Cidery in Chimacum is hosting a monthly series, “Climate on Tap”, to provide information as well as actions you can take to create a climate for change. The series is co-sponsored by Local 20/20 Climate Action and Jefferson County Public Health. The series is free and open to all.  The series will feature discussions facilitated by community climate educators and cover topics relevant to Jefferson County citizens. This will not be a lecture series, but conducted in a book club/discussion format with each session including information to get the conversation started, followed by group discussions that include what locals think and what locals plan to do. Participants will receive a summary of the group discussions and suggested actions to take. Session topics include, May 6th- Transportation, June 3rd - Carbon offsets, and July 1st- Shopping for change. 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, WA 98325

Fire Danger & Preparedness: Chimacum Grange - Wed May 8th *New*
The program at the monthly Chimacum Grange meeting will include a presentation from Brian Tracer, Fire marshal and Assistant Chief for East Jefferson Fire Rescue. Chief Tracer will discuss the danger of a fire like the one that destroyed Paradise California and what we can do to prevent fire individually and collectively. You can also access information on preparing your home and property against wildfire from EJFR here and here. More information is also available from the National Fire Protection Association here. The Grange meetings typically start with an informal potluck supper at 6:30, followed by the program at 7:00. All are welcome.
Time: 6:30/7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Location Chimacum Grange, 9572 Rhody Drive, Chimacum, WA 98325

Connecting with the Spirit of the Land - Wed May 8th *New*
Camilla Blossom Bishop will share her magical story of how she came into relationship with the spirits of land and plants for personal healing, clearing of land’s subtle energy, and revitalization of land’s beauty and purpose. Her ability to communicate with flowers, land, and the earth deepened through practices of honoring, intuitive listening, giving back, and developing a co-creative relationship with elementals of earth, fire, water, and air. This event is an opportunity to open your awareness and connect with the unseen realms of nature and discuss how we, as humans, can make amends by offering loving care and land honoring and clearing practices.
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Location: Jefferson County Library, 620 Cedar Ave., Port Hadlock

Climate Outreach Action Group - Thurs May 9th
Want to help educate the community on what we all can do related to reducing our carbon footprint? Attend our monthly meeting to learn more about what is currently planned, and add your ideas to the mix! Meetings are generally on the second Thursday of the month, from 4:30-6:15 pm at the Jefferson County Public Health Dept. meeting room, 615 Sheridan Street.
Time: 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Location Jefferson Co. Public Health, 615Sheridan St., PT

Conservation District Stream Buffers Presentation - Thurs May 9th

Jefferson County Conservation District  presents, “The Working Buffer Opportunity: Creating Ecologically Sound and Economically Viable Stream Buffers on Agricultural Lands.” 
Jefferson County Conservation District is proud to bring Carrie Brausieck of Snohomish Conservation District to the Chimacum Grange Carrie will present the work of the Snohomish Conservation District in helping farmers to build stream buffers that both produce a yield and provide fish habitat.  A question and answer session will follow the presentation. Free to the Public.

Time: 6:00 p.m. Location: Chimacum Grange, 9572 Rhody Dr., Chimacum.

Digging for Dinner in Quilcene - Fri May 10th
Join the Jefferson County MRC and WA Department of Fish and Wildlife on Friday May 10th at Quilcene Bay WDFW Tidelands. Learn about harvesting different types of clams, where to find them and how to harvest safely and sustainably. This is a great family event. Registration is free, but you must register to attend. Directions and details will be sent to all registrants.  You will need a current WDFW shellfish license and Discover Pass. Learn more at . Registration is now open at Brown Paper Tickets: This free program is supported with funding from the Northwest Straits Marine Conservation Initiative, Puget Sound Partnership and EPA.

Port Townsend Farmers Market - Sat May 11th *New*
The Port Townsend Saturday Market is a lively community hub in the center of uptown Port Townsend. One of the largest small town markets in the nation, the Market has over 70 vendors each week including: 40 farms, 4 artisan cheese makers, 3 cideries, artisan bakers, espresso and coffee, herbal salves, soaps, and arts and crafts. Come get your groceries for the week, enjoy a delicious meal, live music and community. Open the first Saturday in April through the third Saturday in December, 9am - 2pm from April through October, 10am - 2pm from November-December. (Photo courtesy JCFM)
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Location: Uptown PT, Lawrence & Tyler St. 

Transportation Lab's Climate Change Forum #2 - Sat May 11th
Those who have a deep interest in building a healthy and resilient community are aware of how transportation affects building that community.  The Transportation Lab's 2nd forum will be to develop a “multi-solving” plan that can simultaneously help solve many seemingly intractable social problems and make Port Townsend and East Jefferson County a model for other communities. Since transportation affects so many other issues, we need to work together to solve problems. Any honest solution to address the climate crisis must include a significant reduction in transportation's 40% of Greenhouse Gases emissions.  Reducing GHG emissions will help build a model community based on people walking, biking, and using excellent transit.  We in Port Townsend can demonstrate how to live the good life without ruining the planet. Invitees include other “green groups”, environmental organizations, health professionals, schools, marine science, construction and development for housing, and peace and social justice, and you!   Help T-Lab develop an action that will lead to political will on the part of our local leaders.  This forum will include few speeches in favor of much interaction with others who share this area of interest. For further info contact David T. or call 360-301-6005.
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Location: Friends Meetinghouse, 1841 Sheridan St., Port Townsend

Cob Bench Work Party, Stage #2 - Mon May 13th
When the first stage of the cob bench is done (see event #1, above), it will be "hairy" and not-so-scary, with straw sticking out every which way, and raw material of stones and grits of sand ready to fleck off at first swipe. The base coat of plaster is a very satisfying experience where the bench will really inhabit its final shape - it will smooth our edges, and be last chance to add decorative sculpture of any kind. Still a fun stage for all ages and abilities!   This work party is free, and lunch is included! RSVP so they know how many to cook for! Yes, it's okay to come for part of the day Wear clothes you don't mind getting muddy, including layers for inclement weather. Sometimes clay can stain. Gloves (or shoes) are not necessary but feel free to bring them if you desire. 100% waterproof/ sturdy vinyl nitrile gloves are best if you do want them. This work party builds foundational skills for for projects of your own imagination, in your own home! Earthen building is surprisingly versatile, durable, low-tech, and beautiful - a fine addition to any home construction or retrofit. We will discuss application, appropriate technology, and methodology for building with earth in this climate as we work, sing, and play together. For further info contact Hannah or call 541-419-6723. Facebook page here, Website here.
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Location: "Concrescence", 1152 Old Eaglemount Rd, Port Townsend

Cob Bench Work Party, stage #3 - Sun May 19th
Wow, by now the bench is looking sharp! At this stage any colour desired is added to the plaster, and final shaping of the bench is done as it gets tied it into the cob oven. Once this coat of plaster dries, then all that's left to do is oil and wax it and it's ready for sitting, standing, and napping upon! Yippee!!! Everyone is still welcome but those less detailed oriented will push some edges of their comfort zone.  See post above for further details.

Produce Safety Alliance Workshop - Thurs May 23rd
Who should attend: Fruit and vegetable growers! By law, all non-exempt farms will be required to have at least one owner or managerial staff member on site who has attended an approved FSMA Produce Safety Rule (PSR) training such as this one. Even exempt farms will be required to keep certain records, which will be covered in this workshop. Growers will learn from teachers with produce growing experience about Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), co-management information, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements and exemptions, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan.You can register online here. Presented by the Washington Young Farmers Coalition, WSU Extension Regional Small Farms Program and Tilth Alliance. For questions, contact WSU Extension Small Farms Coordinator Kellie Henwood or call 360-379-5610, ext 201
Time: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Location: WSU Classsroom, 97 Oak Bay Rd., Port Hadlock


One-stop shopping for volunteer opportunities on the Peninsula *New*
Are you looking to volunteer for the environment but don’t know where to go? Visit the new “one-stop shopping” webpage for a listing of organizations on the Olympic Peninsula looking for great volunteers. The webpage is hosted by WSU Extension in Jefferson and Clallam Counties to promote environmental volunteerism on the North Olympic Peninsula. To view the page go to or visit either Clallam or Jefferson County Extension websites. There are currently 18 environmental organizations listed. If your organization has an environmental education or stewardship mission and would like to be included, please email Laurel.

Jefferson Land Trust is Hiring a Director of Philanthropy

Jefferson Land Trust is seeking an experienced, collaborative fundraising professional as our new Director of Philanthropy. Celebrating our 30th Anniversary in 2019, Jefferson Land Trust has a track record of high quality and innovative conservation work preserving habitat, working farms and forests in Jefferson County. This position will report to the Executive Director and will also work closely with our Board of Directors and committees. The successful candidate will have experience developing and implementing a fundraising strategy that includes major donor cultivation and retention, foundation grants, events, and capital project fundraising. For the complete position description, please click here. ( Qualified candidates please apply to with your cover letter, resume and three references. Position is open until filled with applications next being reviewed on May 20, 2019.

Non-Profit Bookkeepers Wanted
Interested in getting involved with  a local non-profit? Two local non-profits (Local 20/20 and JC MASH) are each looking for a bookkeeper, one is a paid position (JC MASH) and one volunteer (Local 20/20). The desired skills are proficiency with Quickbooks, ability to manage accounts payable and receivable, and ability to reconcile bank statements. Familiarity with non-profit bookkeeping is desired but can be learned. Interested in learning more? Contact Sonja for Local 20/20, or contact JC Mash at  or  (360) 385-4268.

Master Gardener Grant Applications Due

Grant Applications are being accepted by the  Jefferson County Master Gardener Foundation for gardening related projects.  All non-profit groups located in Jefferson County are eligible to apply.  Grant Application forms are available here. The Foundation is committed to funding research-based horticultural practices that will benefit our community in an environmentally safe way.  Applications must be received by May 15, 2019.

Climate Action Committee: Open Positions
Jefferson County encourages active participation in local government by soliciting interested citizens to serve on various advisory boards and commissions that make recommendations on specific issues or policies to the Board of County Commissioners and the City Council. There are currently 3 open positions on the Climate Action Committee. Committee members serve for a term of 3 years. The Climate Action Committee is responsible for developing strategies to implement the goals specified in Jefferson County Resolution 44-07/City of Port Townsend Resolution 07-22 via the Climate Action Plan. The plan recommends how to achieve the goal of an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by the year 2050. The principal role of the CAC is to advise the County and the City in the implementation and updating of a Climate Action Plan with specific focus on greenhouse gas emissions; preparing for climate impacts; monitoring progress; conducting community outreach. For additional information, click here. To receive an application, please contact Laura Tucker at or call 360-379-4491

What's your carbon footprint? Taming Bigfoot(TM) is Loose!
 Back in 2016 nearly 100 residents of Jefferson County participated in a unique carbon-emission reducing competition that now has spread. Created by the Climate Action Outreach Group of Local 20/20, the competition called “Taming Bigfoot” challenged teams to reduce their carbon footprint and awarded successful teams with prizes provided by local business sponsors. Local 20/20's February 2018 Resilience Review column in the PT Leader provides an overview of this great new program and mobile phone app. Try it out at

Post-Disaster Two-Way Radio Communication - Local 20/20
The neighborhood backup to 9-1-1 is Family Radio Service (FRS) walkie-talkie radio users working along with an amateur radio operator (ham). Their combined efforts coordinate communications with the Emergency Operation Center (EOC). Having a two-way radio is a crucial way to stay in touch should we lose our phone/email tools in a disaster. To better serve the people of East Jefferson County, the City of Port Townsend is now divided into what are called "FRS Radio Channel Sectors." If people stick to the channel of their sector there won’t be any interference between sectors. Anyone you hear on your channel is probably within walking distance. In the days following a disaster, as resupply becomes available, these Sectors provide a basis for requesting and coordinating that lifeline to the neighborhoods. The resupply activity will be more efficient with two-way communication with the EOC. These Sectors are now shown on Layer 0 of the Neighborhood Communication Systems Map. Click here to explore all the layers of this valuable interactive tool.  Learn more about FRS radios here. Visit Local 20/20's Emergency Preparedness web pages hereQuestions?  Email Pete or Local 20/20 NPREP.

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 WADOT alert system.

A  Tool for Neighborhood Organization

Nextdoor is a private social network for neighborhoods.  Use this link to join one of 49 Nextdoor Neighborhoods (NDN) in Jefferson County.  Currently there are 7,981 subscribers!, with many new members joining each day. Email Pete Hubbard with questions or comment

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
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Risk Misunderestimated: War, Sleeping Pills, and the Extinction Rebellion *New*
Kurt Cobb, of Resource Insights, provides some thoughts on how and why the great majority of people underestimate the risk that climate change represents to humanity. He argues that we may be considering our community's existence spatially while ignoring the temporal dimension. In other words, we fail to consider the impacts to our future selves and future generations. Short-term vs long-term thinking. A very thoughtful piece; find it here

Scientists Warn the UN of Capitalism's Imminent Decline *New*
Author Nafeez Ahmed describes how mainstream economic analysis typically ignores the inputs and status of our ecosystem's resources, and how this blindspot greatly increases our risk of being caught unawares. Our use of the planet's resources is quite simply unsustainable. The dominant paradigm of a perpetually growing economy is leading us to the edge of a "Seneca Cliff". Of particular interest is the ratio known as "Energy Returned on Energy Invested (EROI). Ahmed argues that it is not simply a matter of swapping energy sources but that we will need to adapt to a future of overall lower energy usage. Find this paradigm-challenging piece here.

Crazy Town: New Podcast from
Did you know that we can lose half our food supply and it won’t matter? That’s because agriculture is only 3% of GDP, so there’s no need to worry about the effects of climate change on farming. Or so says the latest genius to win the Nobel Prize in economics. This “logic” is pretty darn disturbing on its own, but what happens when such muddled thinking comes to infest climate models? Besides causing Jason, Asher, and Rob to lose their minds (and their cool), it can lead to unrealistic optimism surrounding the Green New Deal and other worthwhile policies for dealing with climate change. Well, maybe we can use cryptocurrencies to purchase information about food for our virtual bellies when we run into problems on the farm. Catch the full podcast details here.

A Message from the future with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
The power of imagination is an awesome power, one which we frequently underestimate. If we can imagine the future we want for our kids and their kids, then we can begin to understand the path we must take. From the intercept is this awesome essay by Naomi Klein at The Intercept, and the now-viral 7-minute video narrated by the Congresswoman who has introduced the Green New Deal resolution.

Earth Day

The first Earth Day was nearly fifty years ago.How have we done since then? What are the issues we face today? This essay by Jody Tishmack reviews the developments of environmental protection over the years with a special focus on plastics pollution. Find the article here or at

Axial Shifts: The Decline of Trump, the Rise of the Greens, and the new Coordinates of Social Change
In these tumultuous political times it can be hard to maintain a perspective on the Big Picture. This amazing article  places into context the shifts and changes we’re experiencing in the political, economic and cultural realms and how these interact with the imperative to respond appropriately to the climate crisis. It helps make clear the choices we face. Its not an over-long read, maybe 15 minutes. Well worth the time. If we can all develop a better understanding of the whirlwind we seem to be caught up in, we can be more effective in bringing about the changes we need. The article by Otto Scharmer is here.

Greta Thunberg, Schoolgirl Climate Change Warrior 
Climate change presents a problem so enormous that it is often easy to engage in self-denial, distraction, apathy. The more you study the situation the easier it is to feel depressed and hopeless. But where there is love there is hope. The story of 15-year old Greta Thunberg of Sweden provides inspiration and a fresh reason to engage in the fight for a decent habitat on this planet for future generations. Please read this wonderful profile in The Guardian about Greta.

Climate Emissions reach Record: How can we Build Solidarity to Fight Climate Change? 
Despite the new understanding and awareness of the threats confronting humanity, our global carbon emissions have risen over the past two years. This article briefly discusses the need to decouple economic growth from the burning of fossil fuels. It acknowledges the difficulties this problem brings but reminds of the realities that say we must attempt to make such change. This will require unprecedented global solidarity, and this will require changes to the current system in many ways. Follow this link for the article by Kurt Cobb here at

Resilience, the Global Challenge, and the Human Predicament
Author Michael Lerner discusses the "perfect storm of environmental, social, technological, economic, geopolitical and other global stressors", and how they interact in unpredictable ways. He acknowledges that climate change is the biggest global stressor but argues that if we focus on only that we will underestimate the other significant system stressors. Lerner offers understanding for why individuals and institutions avoid thinking about our predicament but he believes we need a small critical mass of people who realize the need to think about our dilemma. "The reason is simple. If we prepare, we stand a beter chance at survival."  He also offers a thoughtful analysis of the term "resilience," along with some great artworks on that theme. And, near and dear to my heart, he speaks of emergency planning as the "lingua franca" of resilience. Access his article at here.

The Miraculous Hope of Climate Realists
Erika Spangler-Siegfried provides wonderful insight to how "climate realists," those who believe that the risk is high for global collapse from the human perspective, can also continue to hope and struggle. Her essay delves into a Finish legend to help us understand that we if love anything, if we can appreciate beauty, then we still have hope. She introduces us to the term, "sisu," that translates to determination, grit and courage but also perseverance in the face of extreme adversity. A truly uplifting essay for these times. Find her article here.

Noah's Town: Where Animals Reign
Washington State author Maury Forman, a humorist and retired economic developer, has written an engaging, funny and timely fable for disaster preparation and recovery.  Noah's Time: Where Animals Reign tells the story of how the descendants of Noah's Ark have integrated themselves in society and have formed a sustainable and growing rural community That is until the never expected, once-in-a-lifetime storm causes havoc among residents and tourists. It is up to Maya Morton, a proud and stubborn donkey and the newly appointed economic developer, to rescue her community and guide them to recovery. This fable illustrates that there is nothing more powerful than a community working together to prepare for a disaster before it happens. The book also includes teachable moments, resources, a business checklist and the role of an economic developer before and after a disaster takes place.

Resilience Review: Compassionate Communication
This month’s Local 20/20 PT Leader article, The Resilience Review, takes a look at how clear, compassionate communication can contribute mightily to our efforts at building a resilient local community.  Follow this link to take a peek at the article, Resilience Review Column – Communication: Keeping our Community Strong. Its about the benefits of a form of communication that deepen awareness of our feelings and an ability to name and listen for our common human needs.  Compassionate Communication classes are currently being taught by co-author Suzanne Jonesat the Qumiper Unitarian Fellowship Saturday afternoons.

Which Species are we sure we can Survive Without?
A recent study was released that measured the rate of insect species extinction and estimates that 40% of species could be gone within just a few decades. In this article Kurt Cobb of Resource Insights, examines the issue of how important insects and the "ecosystem services" they provide are to the human species. Find the article at Resilience.Org here.

How an Oregon Rancher is building Soil Health and a Robust regional Food System
This is a wonderful story about a new generation taking the reins of the Carman family ranch and transforming the way it is managed. It starts with the idea that the grasses are the primary crop and the cattle are secondary. If we are going to keep eating meat as we try to transform our agriculture to not pollute the environment, to sequester carbon in the soil instead of emitting it to the atmosphere, this story of successful regenerative farming must become the rule, not the exception. Find the article at Civil Eats, here.

The Big Picture
At the end of 2018, and with uncertainty for the year ahead, it is the perfect time to reflect on the status of the world around us. From and Richard Heinberg, this new essay discusses our Industrial Global Civilization from the perspective of the Adaptive Cycle. Heinberg offers a clear-eyed argument that we face significant risk of civilization collapse sometime in the not-too-distant future.  Nevertheless he offers hopeful suggestions on how courageous action (community resilience efforts, for example) can help moderate the transition and salvage those things that will be of most use to future generations. This essay is rated "Must Read" and is highly recommended. Use this link to take a close look at The Big Picture.

Fourth National Climate Assessment - *Available Now*
Following on the heels of the IPCC report released last month, this brand new report focuses on the situation of the United States. It offers a stark assessment of the scope of the threat that a changing climate holds for our economy and critical systems such as agriculture. It offers a clear but difficult path forward that will require work, innovation, and requires us to change. It is solid science but very readable and easy to navigate online, with lots of graphics to help us understand the challenge before us. Find the entire report here, or you can jump right to Chapter 24, that provides a detailed look at the Northwest region.
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