Updated Meeting – 12/01/10 Info

Holly adds: I am sorry that there is some information that is outdated in this post. I just received it from Wayne today. Please remember to bring a snack (finger food) or cookies to share to the meeting. Bring your own drinks. Thanks.

Seed Savers Class begins January 10th. David Mitman is the lead teacher. “Without seeds, we have nothing.”
These classes are monthly, second Monday of each month, at the Yelm Senior Center. (Drive to Yelm, turn right at Five Corners where Del’s Feed is, take another right at Creek Street. You will see the politically proper sign, “Adult Community Center”. They start promptly at 7pm, so if you are new, especially, get there at 6:30 to sign in.
You will gain much more knowledge than just saving seed. You will learn that “it is just the right thing to do”. Since others from SRC and Graham will be going, it should be easy to carpool. Check their website at S4@rainierconnect.com or email David at dmitman@rainierconnect.com .

LEARN LONG TERM FOOD STORAGE at 70th Ave. Fire Station

The December 1st meeting of Self Reliant Community will be held at 6:30pm in the 70th Avenue Fire Station, (23015 70th Ave. E.). In this meeting we will see a reminder of the items Katie, from Pierce County Emergency Management, suggested we gather together, and also will have available more Pierce County Alert signup flyers. We may have a guest, Fire Chief Gary Franz, and also Julie M. from WinCo, Asst. Manager of the bulk foods department.
The main topic for the meeting will follow on from the last meeting about emergency preparedness. We will learn from Ray Cool and Anuttama Budd techniques for storing bulk food in 5-gallon buckets so it will last for years. You may also have learned tips about storing food that you can add to the discussion.
I have just obtained 29 5-gallon buckets (with lids) from Cosco, sour cream containers not yet cleaned. Needs something bigger than a kitchen sink to clean and sterilize them, ready for the meeting. Does anyone know a restaurant that might be willing to put them through a large dishwashing machine after hours? PUT DEC. 1st ON YOUR CALENDAR…COME AND BRING A FRIEND!

WORK PARTY at Graham Community Garden, this Saturday, November 20th. Bring your gloves. We’ll strip the beds, put all the vegetation in the compost cage, and make it ready for winter. How about if I show up to work at the garden every Saturday at 11am, if I’m available, and do what I can for a half hour, and maybe others can do the same…just show up maybe between 11am and 1pm, work for 15 or 30 minutes, then go shopping or whatever else?

Kristen McIvor is appointed the new Community Garden Coordinator for Pierce County. As a result of Lisa Cool and I attending the county-wide meeting, we are making connections with Julie Wiesen at the Graham Food Bank and also have the support of Ms. Knight, counselor at Graham-Kapowsin High School, to try to get some needy families involved in our two community gardens.
Kristen is creating a Pierce County map with every community garden and every food bank location located on it.

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