School of Living News
Welcome to our School of Living electronic newsletter where you can catch up on what is happening in our land trust communities and SOL committee work.
The SOL Quarterly meeting, April 24-26, 2020, has been moved online due to the COVID-19 crisis. Watch your email for upcoming agenda and Zoom information. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or need more information.
SCHOOL OF LIVING COVID-19 RESPONSE: CALL FOR RESOURCES AND UPCOMING ONLINE EVENTS
Knowing this will pass and relying on that center in us all, much love and much peace.
SOL ONLINE EDUCATIONAL EVENTS
SOL is doing all of its educational events online until further notice. Check out our free webinars!
VIRTUAL HOME-BASED SEED SAVING EXCHANGE
Saturday April 4, 2020 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Learn How You Can be a Citizen Scientist Volunteer from Your Porch, Balcony, Yard, Garden, Farm, or even your Armchair!
At Our Webinar You Can:
For more information and to learn about other webinars planned in this
series see the Heathcote website.
Karen Stupski and Maggie Cahalan
School of Living Heathcote Education Committee and Chesapeake
Education, Arts and Research Society (CHEARS)
INTRODUCING SCHOOL OF LIVING’S ZOOMCAST SERIES!
School of Living’s (SOL’s) Education Committee is initiating a Zoomcast series. On the first Wednesday of each month at 7-8:30 p.m. we will have a presenter or specific topic of discussion relevant to SOL’s mission and work: practical skills of living, regenerative agriculture, land use, community land trusts, intentional communities, etc. SOL membership and the public are invited to participate. There will be opportunities to ask questions, network, and to speak to the topic.
SOL ZOOMCAST SERIES: #1
Learn about the Permaculture Living Lands Trust (PLLT). This is a non-profit land trust organization, fiscally sponsored by School of Living and founded by David Harper, Andrew Faust, and Lisa DePiano. It’s Mission: Create a global network of permaculture land commons by holding land in trust for human communities to meet our needs within the natural limits of the ecosystems and bio-regions in which we live. There is a Facebook event page here.
SOL ZOOMCAST SERIES: #2
Learn about how human stewards and ecosystems have built rich soils and productive diversity; how the several forms of carbon and their dynamic interactions play a role in nutrition, plant and soil and microbial interaction; how the role of water and water vapor evaporated from plants (or not) in cooling and or heating the Earth. Learn about a few of the regenerative practices now being employed to rebuild healthy living soils in ways that help with water cleaning, drought and flood mitigation, healthier food and much more. There is a Facebook event page here.
FIND FRESH, LOCAL FOOD DURINGCCOVID-19
To help farmers and shoppers weather this crisis, MDFMA and Future Harvest – along with collaboration from other local groups like MWCOG and Delmarva Grown, has created an interactive map of local food resources for direct sales. If you wish to be included on this map, go to this submission form. Here is additional information on safety protocols for food distribution and purchases.
SPRING NOTES FROM JULIAN WOODS COMMUNITY
by Deborah Fisher
Image Courtesy of Deborah Fisher
In early March one of my broody layer hens started hatching out her chicks. So I decided to order some “Freedom Ranger” chicks to add to her clutch. These meat birds take a few weeks longer to size up, but I like the idea that they actually walk around more than the standard Cornish variety. The mother hen took in 6 of the Freedom Ranger chicks and the other 10 I moved up to the greenhouse where they can have protected free range. In addition to their own free range finds of insects and worms, I give them non GMO grains from a local mill. I like to soak the larger grains for a day or so before feeding it to them.
We have been getting our vegetable gardens ready for being more productive this year. We’re planning to grow more root crops like onions and potatoes. Robin found a local source for onion plants and put in a group order for community members. This week I will be seeding lots of lettuce and kale.
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