Archive for the ‘Environmental’ category

Woodstock Interfaith & Woodstock Transition Waste NOT Dinner

May 24, 2012

Community Building & Partnership

Woodstock Interfaith Council

Woodstock Transition

Woodstock Restaurants

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Spontaneous camaraderie radiated throughout the fellowship hall of of the Woodstock Jewish Congregation on Wednesday, May 16 as members of six (6) Woodstock faith communities joined the Woodstock Transition environmental team to discuss food sustainability, good stewardship of the Earth, and waste management..

Congregants from St Gregory’s Episcopal Church, Shady United Methodist Church, the Woodstock Dutch Reformed Church, St. John’s Roman Catholic Church, the Woodstock Jewish Congregation, Overlook Methodist Church and Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Monastery enjoyed conversation  over gourmet dishes prepared by local restaurants which support food sustainability.

Dinner guests also had the opportunity to share stories of how they and their families arrived in Woodstock and what they enjoy about living in town.

Participating Restaurants Were:

  • Garden Cafe on the Green
  • New World Home Cooking
  • Joshua’s Cafe
  • Violette
  • Press and Blend
  • Little Bear Cafe
  • Sun Frost Farms
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May 16, 2012

Woodstock Transition 
SUNDAY MOVIE MATINEE Sunday, May 20, 2012, 1:45 PM
              
  TRANSITION  2.0     THE  ULSTER  COUNTY  PREMIERE

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YOU’RE  INVITED  TO  A  SPECIAL  SCREENING  OF  

Transition  2.0

Transition 2.0 is an 67 minute inspirational immersion into the Transition movement, gathering communities printing their own money, growing food everywhere, localizing their economies that is about responding to uncertain times with solutions and optimism. In a world that is awash with gloom, here is a story of hope, ingenuity and the power of growing vegetables in unexpected places.

Location:  Woodstock  Dutch  Reformed  Church

16  Tinker  St,  Woodstock,  NY
Doors  open  1:45  PM          Film  showing  begins  at  2:00  PM
Suggested  donation  $5.00.     (No  one  turned  away  for  lack  of  funds.)
FOR MORE INFORMATION
CALL  KEVIN:  845.338.8313  ~woodstocktransition@groups.facebook.com    www.transitionwoodstock.wordpress.com

Alternative Economics April 13, 2012

April 20, 2012

Alternative Economics Photo Album[ slideshow]

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4/17 Hearing: Hydrofracking Brine on Ulster County Roads

April 15, 2012

URGENT NEWS FOR ULSTER COUNTY RESIDENTS AND PROPERTY OWNERS

Date:            Tuesday, April 17
Time:           7:00 PM
Location:  UC Community College  gym, 491 Cottekill Rd,  Stone Ridge
Why:  Keep radioactive, toxic gas wastewater brine off of our roads.
Who:  Bring friends, neighbors, co-workers…..strength in numbers.
How:  Fill the UCCC gym w/constituents who support this effort.

Do you care about your drinking water quality? Your dog’s paws? Your child’s health?

Mike Hein’s new, highly publicized Executive Order banning hydrofracking :
• may be rescinded by the next Executive.
• mentions neither enforcement nor penalties.
• Does not define “Hydrofracking Waste fluid/brine” which is the only thing prohibited in the Executive Order

Your participation is needed at an April 17th Public Hearing proposed by the Ulster County (UC) Legislature about the UC Hydraulic Fracturing Brine Prohibition Act to prohibit gas waste-water brine on Ulster County roads. (#1 at ulstercountyny.gov/legislature.html)

This Law Is a Big Deal. The gas industry’s biggest problem is how to “handle” its massive radioactive and toxic waste by-product. The DEC colludes in solving this by permitting its application on our lovely roads for de-icing.This allows the gas industry to use NY highway departments as a dumping ground.

Passing this law is not a DONE DEAL. Ken Wishnick, UC Legislator, the sponsor of the law, tells us, “A positive vote on this law is far from guaranteed!” Elected UC officials have made statements revealing their trust in DEC claims that gas wastewater brine from conventional vertical NY gas wells is safe—claims which are contradicted by DEC’s own tests revealing both high radioactivity and toxic chemicals. (Appendix 13 DEC dSGEIS) Does the DEC “regulate” the de-icing practice? Essentially the DEC tells drivers to stay in the middle of the road to avoid run-off and not to drive near wetlands. We are not making this up. (see DEC docs on toxicstargeting.com)
Will fracking come to Ulster County? Even if there is no drilling of the Utica Shale which lies under UC, we are being fracked by gas corporate leaders through the application of gas wastewater brine on NY roads. Local road control is still under “home rule” jurisdiction in NY State. For we the people of NY to allow this practice is to surrender to being fracked in all meanings of the word.

Frack Free Catskills (FFC)
for more information call 845-679-6938
email or rosalyn@clutterkit.com (Rosalyn Cherry)

The New Economics

March 29, 2012

 A look at an alternative economy that gives
priority to supporting human well-being and Earth⌫s natural systems.

Date: Friday, April 13, 2012
Time: 7:30-9:30 PMAdmission by donation

Where: Woodstock Dutch Reformed Church 16 Tinker St, Woodstock, NY
For information: Call Vickie (845) 679-2135
woodstocktransition@gmail.com

What would an economy built on principles of fairness and sustainability look like? How do we model it;; where is it emerging? How do we collectively strategize to fully implement it?

SPEAKERS
David McCarthy: From the mid-1990s to the present he has conducted intensive personal studies on economic issues in particular, and has developed a considerable body of original thought on the subject. His writings on economics can be found at the blog Trickle-In Economics.

Nick Kacher: is on the staff of the New Economics Institute and helps coordinate the BerkShares local currency. His work focuses on developing and implementing practical local programs informed by a theoretical understanding of the need to reform some of our most basic economic institutions such as currency, finance, land, and ownership.

YES MEN! – SUNDAY MOVIE MATINEE

March 14, 2012

YES MEN!
A FUN and LIGHT WAY TO LOOK AT OUR SERIOUSLY DYSFUNCTIONAL POLITICAL, SOCIAL & ECONOMIC SYSTEM
The Yes Men agree their way into the fortified compounds of commerce, ask questions, and then smuggle out the stories of their hijinks to provide a public glimpse at the behind-the-scenes world of business.
In other words, the Yes Men are team players… but they play for the opposing team.
After the film, there will be an open discussion on increasing our communities’ resilience.
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Woodstock Transition
Invites you to…
SUNDAY MOVIE MATINEE
Sunday, March 25, 2012, 1:45 PM
Location: Woodstock Dutch Reformed Church 16 Tinker St, Woodstock, NY
Doors open 1:45 PM Film showing begins at 2:00 PM Suggested donation $5.00.
(No one turned away for lack of funds.)
FOR MORE INFORMATION
CALL KEVIN: 338.8313
woodstocktransition@groups.facebook.com
http://www.transitionwoodstock.wordpress.com

Notes from the March 2 Woodstock Transition Gathering: Back to the Garden

March 7, 2012

Notes from the March 2 Woodstock Transition gathering: Back to the Garden

Vickie O’Dougherty opened the meeting and introduced the Transition Town Concept.

Kevin Kraft Introduced the Panel:

Wolf Bravo, Permaculture designer and founder of Ulster County Tool Exchange Project; and founder of Sustainable Urubamba Valley, which will bring permaculture training to a high school in the mountains of Cuzco, Peru. His work there is to create sustainable systems to alleviate the problems created by the melting of the Andean Glaciers, and to build community resilience.

Wolf talked primarily about his ideas for the Ulster County Tool Bank. He brought examples of old tools that need to be repaired and refurbished, and some examples of knives he has retooled himself. The plan is to have a “Tool Share Network,” in which people will bring old/used tools and others will borrow them for a time. This will prevent old/used tools from going into the landfill, will create a sense of community, and will support young farmers, gardeners, and others in need of tools. The sites for donating and picking up tools during the month of March, will be at the High Falls Food Co-op, Marbletown High Meadow Middle School on Rte. 209, Tweefontein Herb Farm, at 4 Jenkins Road in New Paltz, Jens at 845 636 8218, and the Woodstock Library 679 2213. They are collecting all sorts of hand tools, not power tools. In addition, Wolf will be organizing Tool Repair and Maintenance Clinics during the months of April, May and June. Volunteers are needed to help teach these workshops. Wolf’s contact information is 973 207 9869, and wolf.bravo2014@gmail.com

Keiko Sono is the Woodstock Permaculture Meet-Up Coordinator, a certified permaculture designer, who relies on permaculture principles in all her activities, from daily time management to community organization.

Keiko described the principle of permaculture: connections among elements are more important than the elements themselves. Multiple functions are supported by multiple elements. She also described the important qualities in permaculture as Intuition (which she says can also be called common sense), Observation, and Sharing. She spoke of the edible forest garden, and a local strawbale house that her parents are building. Two important local sources for permaculture are Green Phoenix Permaculure, and UCCC.

Barbara Rosen is a member of the Woodstock Community Garden

Barbara spoke about the importance of saving (and buying) heirloom seeds, if you want to replicate one particular vegetable or flower variety year after year. Hybrid strains do not breed true, since they are made up of more than one variety. She talked about drying seeds in the oven if you have a pilot light, and keeping them out of the light until they “pop,” which is to say sprout. She expressed her fascination and love for all kinds of gardening, which was palpable in her presentation. She is committed to finding a way to develop four-seasons gardening in Woodstock.

Participants Michael and Lester discovered Woodstock Transition when they came to the Movie “Dirt” on February 26.

Michael has been Lester’s student in the study of pyramids for many years. Lester has been experimenting and learning about the power of pyramids in gardening since the 1970’s. They brought some examples of pyramids, and explained the energetic principles through with pyramids promote growth and health in gardens.

Polly Howells asked everyone in the room to introduce him/herself and say where they came from, and then facilitated a short open-space technology experience, out of which four discussion groups emerged: Reskilling, facilitated by Wolf; Fruit and Nut Trees and Community Gardens, facilitated by Barbara; Pyramids, facilitated by Lester and Michael, and Seed-Swapping, facilitated by Katryna.

Out of these groups, the following ideas emerged:

Reskilling group: The idea of a physical Hub emerged, possibly to be established in the Habitat for Humanity building on Route 28 (Susan is going to check into this). This could, ideally, be an office that would serve the Transition towns in the area, Permaculture, and possibly the Pachamama Alliance. Workshops could be taught there in craftwork, repair, reusing and recycling. It would possibly be a place where movies could be shown, and the tool exchanges could take place.

Fruit and Nut trees, starting gardens, and Woodstock Community Garden: The group discussed wild gathering of fruit and nut seeds, talking with arborist Vern Rist, collaboration with the Woodstock Land Conservancy, the Woodstock Environmental Commission, and contacting Cornell Cooperative Extension Center for seedlings. Jn addition, it was suggested that we get together with the Civic Design Committee and talk to schools and businesses in the community about planting gardens. Barbara is available to lead field trips around the community garden once spring arrives.

Pyramids: Lester and Michael encouraged us to put string pyramid structures over the community garden plots as well as private gardens. People experimented with sitting under the pyramid structures they brought, and experiencing their beneficial effects.

Seed exchange: There were some hubbard squash seeds and amaranth seeds exchanged, and the idea of using the Hub also as a center for seed exchanges was mentioned.

We reconvened in the larger circle, and Susan read a list of all the many TT and related events that are coming up in the next two months.